"Sheer backs with embroideries and appliques are sexy, but still modest," says Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard. "I love that look." You'll love it too in this lineup of the season's smoldering open-back wedding gowns.

Remember, the recessional is just as dramatic of a moment on your wedding day as the grand entrance. Make every angle count with a dress that's both flattering from the front and behind—if not more so. Lace-trimmed keyholes, for one, felt fresh this season as an updated outlook on showing off a little skin.

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