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‘Tis the season of the summer wedding. Cocktails are served to brightly-dressed guests beachside or on sprawling country lawns. Vows are exchanged at sunset and dancing takes place under the stars. There’s a lot of magic to behold at a summer wedding. But if a bride is bound up in a dress that’s making her sweat bullets, that magic can quickly turn into somewhat of a nightmare. Luckily, The Cotton Bride is here to help brides keep their cool on their big day.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle a summer bride must jump over is finding a dress that suits her style but won’t suffocate her in the heat. Many wedding gowns available today are made from polyester blends, synthetic fabrics, or heavyweight satin or taffeta — none of which are breathable materials. With their airy gowns made from natural fibers, the Cotton Bride offers, “an ethereal, modern alternative in couture bridal,” their Instagram page states.

“We design and create bridal gowns for discerning brides in search of uncommon wedding dresses made from flawless, magnificent, 100% natural fabrics including cotton, linen and silk,” The Cotton Bride’s website reads. The company doesn’t follow trends, and makes each dress to order. This guarantees every bride will feel her best and look stunningly timeless on her wedding day.

Although many of The Cotton Bride’s designs are crafted from simple cotton, the pieces themselves are far from casual. The New York-based boutique expertly uses cotton laces and blends to craft couture looks that are so comfortable you could sleep in them (we won’t judge you if you do).

The Belle gown (pictured below on the left), a drop-waist ball gown that retails for $2,950, is made with delicate Italian chantilly cotton lace and gathered cotton tulle. And the gorgeous $2,630 Antje (on the right) features subtle “Bursting Peonies” cotton lace over a base of silk chiffon.


With their lace overlays and classic silhouettes, the majority of The Cotton Bride’s designs definitely have a vintage flair. But brides looking for a modern look should stay tuned. The Cotton Bride’s collection has a couple contemporary looks that may just float your boat.

In these designs, summer brides can beat the heat and look great while keeping cool. Check out The Cotton Bride’s website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram pages to see more designs and learn more about their mission. Or, give their Long Island City boutique a call to set up an appointment to get your cotton on.

Written bt: Olivia Harvey