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Yes, Laid-Back Wedding Dresses Exist! Meet 3 Designers Changing the Rules of Bridal

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Marie France Van Damme

For the past six years, Marie France Van Damme has been designing everything you need for a beach vacation: caftans, tunics, and embroidered dresses. So it makes sense that she would eventually start designing beach wedding gowns, too. Her first “beach bridal” collection is launching on May 8 and includes tonal jacquard slips, caftan-like lace gowns, and chiffon minis that float in the breeze; they’re super-light, but not too bohemian, and prices start at just $500.

Van Damme drew her inspiration from Jane Birkin, who famously wore a white crochet dress out with Serge Gainsbourg, as well as her own travels around the world. Her dresses are exactly what you should be wearing to get married on the beach; a sparkly formal gown just doesn’t make sense in that natural, earthy setting. You can picture a truly laid-back bride wearing her Van Damme dress on her honeymoon, too, maybe thrown over a bikini. Shop the entire collection on mariefrancevandamme.com next month, or browse the site now if you’re in need of a vacation-ready tunic or pajama set.




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