Filled with breathtaking beaches and stunning landscapes, the Caribbean has become one of the most romantic places on earth for destination weddings. But the region deserves equal acclaim as a creative hub for bridal design. A new generation of designers from the Caribbean and wider Diaspora is making a mark on wedding fashion, creating stunning gowns for every bridal personality. For those whose destination wedding is on the horizon (or still only in your dreams, so far), check out these beautiful creations by Caribbean designers.
Known for her minimalist gowns with sexy cut-out details, Jamaican-British designer Carly Cushnie easily adapted her signature style for her label’s bridal collection, launched last year. These new designs for her Bridal Spring 2020 collection continue along the same vein, featuring streamlines silhouettes, thigh-high slits and peak-a-boo lace accents. The line also offers pantsuit options for the more modern Caribbean bride.
Young Trinidadian designer Neha Karina has quickly become the go-to Caribbean label for amazing traditional Indian bridal wear. Based in Port-of Spain, the brand goes beyond expectations with her modern approach to the classics. For her bridal gowns, she often depart from traditional red in favor of more modern color choices. And the stunning beading details of her bridal couture also prove a sight to behold.
If you’re a serial binger of the popular TV show “Say Yes To The Dress,” you’ve probably dreamt of an appointment at the iconic Kleinfeld Bridal Salon in New York. Whenever you do make the trip, be sure to try on the high-glamor gowns of Cuban-born designer Lazaro. He has proven a master of all styles, from sweeping ball gowns to slinky trumpets. Each design features his signature use of sumptuous fabrics and painstaking details, from botanical lace to metallic finishes.
Known as one of Puerto Rico’s most accomplished designers, Harry Robles has mastered the art of the evening gown, creating couture-worthy finishes. Based in San Juan, he’s also brought these skills to his stunning custom bridal line, a particular favorite of local and international celebrities. His Spring 2019 wedding dress collection leans in on these dreamy details, with loads of delicate lace, beading and intricate, dripping feather-work straight out of a fairytale.
For brides looking to declare their own independent style on their big day, they can’t go wrong with a custom gown from Haitian-American designer Jean-Ralph Thurin. The New Jersey-based brand had developed a reputation for unique, custom creations, mastering various styles for every bridal personality. A Parsons School of Design grad, Thurin proves fearless with unexpected touches, including this blush pink number above with pleated chiffon skirt detail.
Haitian-born designer Viviane Valerius brings Caribbean couture design to Miami with her eponymous bridal line. She has quickly developed a following in the 305 for her sensual take on wedding dress design. Think bold, graphic lace embellishments and plenty of sheer paneling. The brand also prides itself on creating custom looks for women of all sizes and styles at her private atelier.
Brooklyn’s current cultural renaissance owes much to the young generation of creators who call the New York borough home. This includes Jamaican-American designer Andrea Pitter Campbell, who opened up her Crown Heights-boutique in 2013. Since then, she’s garnered fashionista fans for her contemporary take on traditional silhouettes. In addition to her bridal collection and custom commissions, check out her adorable Pantora Mini line for flower girls.
Jaye Applewaite Bridal
Barbados has become the go-to location for romantic destination weddings. But true fashion insiders also know the island as home to stunning bridal style, thanks to local designers like Jaye Applewaite. A former civil engineer, Applewaite turned her critical eye to creating bespoke wedding dresses, with hand-sewn beading and lacework. And each design is custom-fitted to the bride’s body for a true couture experience unique in the Caribbean.