Gorgeous Gowns & Stylish Suits for Destination Beach Weddings
The breezy beach vibes of Tulum, Mexico, bring an easy elegance to these wedding-day looks.
With its lavish hand-painted detailing, dreamy illusion neckline, and airy chapel train, this Monique Lhuillier gown (pictured above) is the essence of boho beach-chic (price upon request at Alta Moda Bridal Boutique). On him: Topman’s gray fern-print jacket ($280) and skinny trouser ($120) give a subtle nod to the tropical locale (both at Nordstrom). Zara black V-neck T-shirt ($18), zara.com.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
Turn up the heat in this Claire Pettibone dress featuring a dramatic plunging neckline, French embroidered art nouveau accents at the waist, and a layered lace and tulle skirt with a scalloped hem (price upon request at Alta Moda Bridal Boutique). Gold bangle bracelet ($34) and gold cuff bracelet ($34), both Katie Waltman Boutique.
Nestled along Tulum’s famed turquoise coastline and milky-white beaches and tucked under a canopy of palm trees in a vibrant jungle paradise lies the luxury boutique hotel Nest. The intimate property showcases natural simplicity at its finest; the modern-minimalist Mexican aesthetic features sun-bleached stone dwellings, wood and woven textures, and casual, tropical vibes.
Nest has 9 rooms that, all together, can sleep up to 22 people—some with ocean views and terraces—and an on-site kitchen and bar serving up colorful Mexican-fusion cuisine, fresh fruit juices, and never-ending margaritas. The private, beachside setting is prime for destination weddings of up to 60 guests, as well as romantic honeymoons or unforgettable bachelor and bachelorette getaways.
Easy and breezy is the name of the game when it comes to fashion for beach bodas, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or luxury. Case in point: this elegant boho-chic bridal ensemble by GALA by Galia Lahav featuring a sheer pleated lace inner-dress and vintage hand-embroidered antique net with medallions and bows (price upon request at Alta Moda Bridal Boutique). Large round crystal studs with silver earring jackets ($56), Katie Waltman Boutique.
When saying “I do” in a hot, humid climate, look for a dress made with natural fibers; heavy, synthetic fabrics will cause you to sweat in the sweltering sun. We love this Elizabeth Dye silk chiffon gown lined with lightweight linen gauze and featuring a plunging V-neckline, backless bodice, and satin straps (from $2,000 at Harlow Brides). Gold crescent moon charm necklace ($78), Katie Waltman Boutique. Bouquet by Xochitl Botanicals, xochitl.mx.
FROND OF YOU
The crop top bridal trend is still going strong, and what better setting to flaunt your mid-section than in a tropical Mexican paradise? Parisian designer Rime Arodaky keeps the look soft and sweet and wedding day appropriate with a floral embroidered crêpe crop top and high-waist crêpe and embroidered tulle skirt (price upon request). Bouquet by Xochitl Botanicals, xochitl.mx.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
A shimmering caftan-style dress such as this sheer gold-sequin and beaded vintage gown ($380 at etsy.com/shop/saltontherocks) is a casual-chic look for a beachside rehearsal dinner or a rocking after-party. Killer earrings? Yes. Shoes? Optional. Gold fringe earrings ($48), Katie Waltman Boutique.
AT FIRST BLUSH
The perfect match: a blush-tinted gown for her, and a rose-toned suit for him. On her: Hayley Paige organza A-line bridal gown in “Moondust,” featuring a prismatic illusion bodice with bateau neckline and V-neck beaded detail, open net back, and full organza skirt with slit (price upon request at Alta Moda Bridal Boutique). Gold hoop earrings ($58), Katie Waltman Boutique. On him: Topman rose dust jacket ($220) and coordinating ultra-skinny trousers ($80), and Hook + Albert black lapel flower ($30), all Nordstrom. White V-neck T-shirt ($17), Gap.
INTO THE BLUE
Make a splash in a glittering, mermaid-like gown, such as Claire La Faye’s gold-sequined A-line dress with a fitted V-neck bodice and back (price upon request), also available in silver.
Models: Megan Moes / Seattle Models Guild and Hunter Wyndham / Q6 Model & Artist Management
Hair & Makeup: Kaija Mistral Towner for MAC Beauty
Stylists’ Assistant: Bianca Garcia