LGBTQ Wedding Fashion – Style Ideas for a Wedding in the Tropics
Mexico’s blissful Riviera Maya encourages a style that’s both relaxing and refined.
Attention to detail and textiles turns a sun-filled beachfront ceremony into an elegant affair. On Megan (left): Dramatic plunging neckline, French embroidered art nouveau accents at the waist, and layered lace and tulle skirt with scalloped hem on this Claire Pettibone dress (price upon request); gold bangle bracelet ($34) and gold cuff bracelet ($34) from Katie Waltman Boutique. On Katie (right): BHLDN gown ($560) with graphic, bold beading and a back slit for dancing, accented with two-layer sparkle Katie Waltman studs ($56). The dual white bouquets are by Xochitl Botanicals, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Floral prints aren’t just destination-wedding acceptable—in sultry climes, they’re a go to. On Quincy (left), palm fronds dot purple Bonobos Parker shorts ($98), which pair seamlessly with a light J.Crew cotton sweater ($70) and blue Zara scarf ($18). Hunter (right) jazzes up his pastel Tommy Bahama chinos ($128) and Joseph Abboud long-sleeve linen shirt ($90 at Men’s Wearhouse) with a cobalt Oasis Blooms blazer ($325 at Tommy Bahama).
The ultimate locale for an idyllic tropical LGBTQ wedding, Mexico’s Riviera Maya encompasses a blissful 100-mile stretch of sugary Caribbean beaches from just south of Cancun to Tulum. You’ll find diving, yachting, horseback riding, zip-lining, 1,500-year-old archaeological ruins, and a wealth of both large and small resorts, many with an eco-chic focus. We’re fond of intimate Nest Tulum, a luxe boutique hideaway with plush rooms either facing the ocean or nestled in the jungle. Kathy Reece of Austin’s Dragonfly Designs created these breezy yet elegant invitations, with artful maps by Debbie Scott of Snappymap.
Embrace the carefree vacation vibe and indulge in captivating, but unfussy silhouettes like this wide-leg halter jumpsuit from BHLDN ($280), accented with statement-making jewelry: a seed-bead tassel pendant ($40) and Bellafonte Earrings ($65) from J.Crew, a Tommy Bahama Bird De Paradise Bracelet ($38), and 20K gold wedding band (price upon request, Nordstrom).
The Gown Jewel
Sometimes the right gown is the only sparkle you need. Dazzle your guests in this plunge-back gold-sequin Claire La Faye number (price upon request) with full skirt and shimmering sheer sleeves.
A tropical climate calls for abandoning traditional suits (no wool!) and embracing light materials. Slip a linen jacket over a simple T-shirt paired with a neutral twill pant for a dressy casual look. Punch it up with a boutonniere or print pocket square. On Hunter (left): Beckett & Robb linen jacket ($695), Gap crewneck T-shirt ($30), and J.Crew Seaside twill pant ($80). On Quincy (right): Beckett & Robb purple linen jacket (price upon request), Gap long-sleeve T-shirt ($25), J.Crew Seaside twill pant ($80), and Gucci Birds of Prey shawl ($420).
When your feet are planted in the sand, the traditional tuxedo look is out. Instead, take inspiration from the colorful natural surroundings—think ocean blues, sunset pinks, and bougainvillea purples. Topman notched lapel rose jacket ($220); black Gap V-neck ($18), and Bonobos slim printed trouser ($158).
On the Beach
Beachside brides have lots of options beyond traditional gowns. Sunworshippers might consider bathing suits for the ceremony—perfect for a post-nuptials dip. On Megan (left): Beth Richards deep-V one-piece swimsuit with ruffle details ($260) and Katie Waltman silver crescent moon necklace ($48). On Katie (right): The Daisy White Bridal Bodysuit ($140 at etsy.com/shop/saltontherocks) and sheer tulle Monique Lhuillier overskirt (price upon request moniquelhuillier.com).
Photography: Kevin Focht
Styling: Lauren Schugar and Tessa Woolf
Models: Katie Joy Blanksma/SMG; Megan Moes/SMG; Quincy Saunders/Option Models; Hunter T. Wyndham/Q6
Hair & Makeup: Kaija Mistral Towner using MAC Beauty
Location: Nest Tulum, Mexico