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On August 2nd, fashion mag Harper’s Bazaar released a piece defining the “new” beach bride. She’s a cousin to the boho bride we’re familiar with but with less lace and more drama. She wears a flowy tulle ball gown or a shapeless shift with floral appliques. She dips her toes into the world of haute couture and looks absolutely effortless and cool as she sparkles in sunset.

Basically, in Harper’s Bazaar’s eyes, the new beach bride is a clothed version of Venus in her half shell and we’re all about it.

Taking inspiration from Harper’s Bazaar’s lineup of gorgeous dresses that, in their opinion, epitomize the modern bride by the bay, we’ve put together a few looks for both brides and grooms that pay homage to the haute-couture-does-shore designer fashion while remaining wearable and comfortable for nuptials in the sand.

Muted, washed-out tones are expected to be big for upcoming beach weddings. We’re talking nudes, blushes, grays, and even hushed yellows and purples. Grooms might consider working this trend into their wedding wardrobe. Linen suits are already big for beach weddings, but opting for a more unusual and understated color can add interest.

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This beigey-pink two-piece suit from Moss Bros. keeps things fun and within the monochromatic sphere. And because the suit is made with a breathable linen, grooms can keep the jacket on during the ceremony to maintain a more formal feel.

Perhaps one of the most surprising trends predicted for the modern beach bride is a full-coverage wedding gown — high neckline and sleeves included. Although this trend could be ideal for beach brides in cooler climates, it’s perfectly possible to pull off a Meghan Markle-esque look for a summer shoreline wedding as well. For example, check out the Razia dress from Russia-based designer Victoria Spirina.

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Although this design covers all the bases of a full-coverage wedding dress, it remains far from old-fashioned. It’s simplicity and natural linen texture keep the dress bohemian yet sophisticated — and not to mention, breathable. Thank goodness.

For couples who want to play up the drama of a beach wedding, grooms might want to consider adding a statement shirt to their wedding wardrobe. This semi-sheer lightweight button-down from Zara is a bold take on the sheer trend often seen in tulle skirts, lace, and transparent cutouts often seen in wedding gowns. That watercolor-esque print paired with a linen suit? That’s what beach wedding dreams are made of, people.

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And finally, we absolutely love Harper’s Bazaar’s idea of bringing the ball gown to the beach because honestly, why not? Brides deserve to have their Cinderella moment and their dream seaside ceremony. The key to pulling off this dramatic look without making oneself seem out of place on the beach is to keep the textures of the gown light and airy — this means tulle, tulle, and more tulle.

This Lazaro dress is giving us major mermaid feels with the color and beading on the bodice. And just picture the sea breeze picking up those sheer layers of tulle in the skirt. Ugh, we’re goners for this gown.

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Think outside the box when planning your beach wedding and you’ll absolutely leave a lasting impression on your guests. Break the mold and make your beach wedding one to remember.

Written by: Olivia Harvey

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