8 Garden Party-Perfect Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses
Garden Party Wedding Dress 1

Photo: Derek Kettela

Nothing says "summer wedding" like sheer fabrics, pretty prints, and floral lace, which is why we had to feature these stunning gowns in our August/September 2015 issue. These dresses were made for saying "I do" in a garden-party wedding amongst a backdrop of lush greenery and full, feminine blooms. We present the season's freshest ways to wear flowers.

Above: To ease the formality of a full-skirted gown, just add a whimsical cherry-blossom print, an askew fascinator, and a very comfortable-in-her-skin bride. Silk-organza gown, price upon request, Romona Keveza; Coat, COS; Hairpiece, Bloom Bazaar

Garden Party Wedding Dress 2

Photo: Derek Kettela

It's not just for celebs! A sheer bodice takes floral lace from delicate to dramatic. Chantilly-lace crop top, $390, Jenny Yoo; Hand piece, Yeprem available at Neiman Marcus; Ring, Tiffany & Co., 800-843-3269

Garden Party Wedding Dress 3

Photo: Derek Kettela

A major trend of the spring bridal runways: 3-D flowers like these cascading blooms, which mimic the floral chandeliers all over your Pinterest boards. Strapless gown with opal crystal details, price upon request, Marchesa

See more: 8 Beach Wedding Dresses for a Chic Summer Bride

Garden Party Wedding Dress 4

Photo: Derek Kettela

Heads up, free spirits: A flared minidress with a long embroidered veil lets you look like a bride and still do you. Dress, $2,160, Delphine Manivet, 847-800-6312; Veil, Carolina Herrera, 212-249-6552; Ring, Fred Leighton, 212-288-1872; Shoes, Christian Louboutin available at Horatio Boutique, 212-255-1910

Garden Party Wedding Dress 5

Photo: Derek Kettela

With a high neck, bell sleeves, and barely there top, this '70s-inspired gown is beautifully buttoned up — but not nunnish. Lace gown with hand-sewn appliqués and shrug, price upon request, Honor available at Stone Fox Bride

Garden Party Wedding Dress 6

Photo: Derek Kettela

A leafy print is a modern way to add color. Satin high-low ball gown, $6,380, Elizabeth Fillmore; Veil, Piers Atkinson

Garden Party Wedding Dress 7

Photo: Derek Kettela

A simple lace column gets a dose of sweetness from shoulder ties that could have been stolen from a sundress you wore as a kid. Ivory corded macramé and lace column, $6,990, Oscar de la Renta available at Mark Ingram Atelier, 212-319-6778; Earrings and ring, Martin Katz

Garden Party Wedding Dress 8

Photo: Derek Kettela

Go full-on English rose (with a Kate Moss, rock 'n' roll edge) in a Chantilly-lace sheath with an illusion back. Lace dress, $6,390, Monique Lhuillier; Headband, Colette Malouf; Earrings, Dior, 800-929-3467; Ring, Tiffany & Co., 800-843-3269. Shoes, Roger Vivier

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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