Inside the BRIDES June/July 2016 Cover Shoot

Jewelry & Accessories, Wedding Dresses

Photo: Derek Kettela

Happy summer! The BRIDES June/July issue is finally here, and this month we're celebrating all things summer wedding style! From the shores of Panama, our cover shoot kicks off the start of summer and all that comes with it.

With an ocean breeze in her hair, our cover model is embracing a natural undone beauty look for the big day, thanks to glowing skin, a hint of vintage-inspired eyeliner, bold brows, and a softly-braided half updo. (Embroidered crepe dress, $6,160, Angel Sanchez; Earrings, Blue Nile.)

Our main fashion story this month focuses on that often neglected, very important wedding day accessory: the veil! A veil can be the most traditional part of a bride's style, but we're rethinking the rules and making it feel modern and cool.


Photo: Derek Kettela

Embrace trends when it comes to veils! Pastel blues and pinks were popping up on wedding dresses all over the bridal fashion week runways, and adding hand-painted colorful touches to a veil can give even the most minimal wedding dress a fresh pop of color. (Chantilly-lace gown, price upon request, Reem Acra; Hand-painted veil, $400, Paris by Debra Moreland available at BHLDN; Earrings, Fallon, Engagement ring, David Yurman; Other rings, Katkim New York)


Photo: Derek Kettela

Who says a veil can only work with an updo? Not us! A loose hairstyle gives ample room for a comb to be tucked into the back of your head, and makes the veil a categorically unstuffy final touch. (Hand-embroidered cotton-tulle gown, $7,143, Sophia Kokosalaki; Mark Ingram Atelier, 212- 319-6778. Veil with gold trim and Swarovski crystals, $489, Jennifer Leigh; Earrings, Dannijo; Ring on right hand, Arik Kastan; arikkastan .com. Engagement ring, Single Stone; Bracelet, Tacori; )


Photo: Derek Kettela

Not planning a formal affair? You can still match your less-formal dress with a more formal veil. An ornate veil is the perfect opportunity to add a little bit of texture, and attention to detailed fabric into the big day. (Embroidered cotton dress, $1,000, Grace Loves Lace; graceloves Beaded veil, $890, Twigs & Honey; Belt, worn as headpiece, Revel by Veil Trends; veiltrends .com. Bracelet, David Yur- man;


Photo: Derek Kettela

This proves you don't compromise on length! Having a non-church ceremony does not mean you have to forego that chapel-length veil of your dreams — a full veil makes just as much of a statement on the beach as it does walking down a traditional aisle. (Embroidered crepe dress, $6,160, Angel Sanchez; 212-921-9827. Veil with Swarovski pearls, $500, Veil Trends; veiltrends .com. Earrings, Blue Nile; Ring, Tacori;


Photo: Derek Kettela

It's all about personal preference. Dreaming of a bead-encrusted gown, a flower crown, and a veil? We're here to tell you it can all be yours! Make your look modern by making it your own — a vintage-inspired veil goes with everything. (Pearl-embroidered tiered tulle dress, $8,990, Naeem Khan; Chantilly-lace veil, $578, Sara Gabriel; sara Rings, Jennifer Dawes Design;

Looking for honeymoon inspiration too? Look no further than the golden-sand beaches featured in our cover shoot. Welcome to Panama, the Central American country quietly making waves as one of fashion's favorite new refuges. Our crew loved posting up at the Westin Playa Bonita ( on the secluded southern coast. Nestled between the Punta Bruja Nature Reserve (where you can spot monkeys during an air-tram tour) and a mile-long stretch of pristine sand, the resort is a spectacular spot to unwind post-wedding (though you might not sleep much, thanks to the killer caf• con leche). Make the 20-minute drive to Panama City and hit Calle Uruguay to get in the buzzy nightlife scene. (Try the fresh ceviche at La Posta.) And don't miss Casco Viejo, the picturesque colonial neighborhood with cobble- stone streets that served as a sexy setting for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. Then enjoy your honeymoon bragging rights!

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