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Bridesmaid dresses

Take a Look!

Well, just go ahead and color me late to the party.¬† It wasn’t until this week that I finally caught a glimpse of Ruche’s winter lookbook….but there sure as heck is some winter left so I guess I’m not that late. ūüėČ

Maybe you haven’t seen it yet either so I thought I would go ahead and share some of my favorite pretties to send you into the weekend on¬†a good great note.

My very, very favorite (and you’ll soon see that’s a big statement…so much gorgeous stuff!) are the ‘alternative bridesmaid dresses’. I have always loved patterned frocks for the girls – you will¬†SHINE no matter what they wear, so why not pick something good….and interesting…and (gasp!) a dress¬†they can maybe wear again for real.

Can you even pick a favorite?! I’m torn between the first one with the flower sash, and the plaid… good thing I’m not trying to make a decision in real life!


Then there’s this ~ (get ready to swoon!)

Perfect for just about anything: ceremony, reception, or going-away dress! But I would want to wear it for as long as possible…


And don’t forget threads for¬†when you’re the¬†wedding guest – or whatever else you have going on this winter: Outerwear, glam wear (including a muff! The perfect alternative to gloves), and jewelry.


Don’t you love it all? And don’t worry that I’m teasing by showing you amazing stuff you’ll fall in love with only to discover it’s super expensive….these prices are completely reasonable! So go SHOP!¬†I’ll be getting my first order together this weekend – true story.


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A Sucker for Seersucker

I think it’s about time we get ready for Spring and Summer weddings, right?! Please. I think Winter weddings are beautiful {see above} but¬†after a few weeks of the cold and snow I’m ready to cross over into warmth.

And if you’ve spent any amount of time here then you know my love of fashion rivals my love of weddings…so what better place to start than some thread¬†inspiration for warm-weather weddings?

Let’s hear it for the boys! ~

Seersucker is¬†a lightweight cotton material made popular in the South and often is blue-and-white striped, although other colors are available.¬† It is traditionally only acceptable to wear from Easter through Labor Day, but I think the most important thing is the weather; if it’s warm, wear it. ūüôā

So not only is it a nice material for your summer nuptials but look how versatile it is! I love how the three grooms above have completely different looks and color schemes. Did you catch that pink polka-dot pocket square? So great.  See more of these fellas and their weddings: Navy and Yellow, Pink Bowtie, Blue Dots

Next up: Your ‘maids! ~

Another consideration for incorporating seersucker into your wedding is the time of day – for a brunch or afternoon¬†event it’s perfect, but I wouldn’t recommend dressing anyone in it for an evening affair.¬† This material lends itself to a more casual gathering than an evening shindig.

So what do you think of the gals dressed up in ‘sucker? The girls above are in the traditional blue stripes, but like I said before there are lots of other color options.¬† Two dress designers that offer great ones are Lula Kate and Thread:

See Lula Kate’s color swatches HERE.

See Thread’s color swatches HERE.

Maybe you like the general concept of seersucker but don’t want it on your clothes? Or maybe the clothes aren’t enough and you want to use it for even more? Check out these invitations – which, by the way, the bride and groom did themselves after learning letterpress just for the occasion!

Seen on Oh So Beautiful Paper

And now…for The Showstopper…

Well, I actually can’t decide. So you tell me which deserves to be named “the best” of today’s Seersucker Collection. Is it the Bride or the Little Dudes?

Dress by Ian Stuart as seen at Bridal Market; pic by Southern Weddings

via Style Me Pretty


Whew! Who knew there was so much inspiration for a little piece of cotton? But there it is…do you like it? Have you considered it, or will you¬†now?¬† I can’t wait to hear what you think and if you’re wearing it¬†then naturally I can’t wait to SEE! ¬†


The Bride, The Designer

I happened upon a gorgeous wedding.

See the stunning bride? A real beauty that can work to-die-for red lips:

And her groom…perfect in a classic tux¬†plus a big, suede, modern bow tie.

They make such a lovely couple….a sweet pair.

And then… she raised the bar.¬†Like, raised it. ¬†Turns out the gorgeous bride is also a designer, and¬†the bridesmaids wore a sampling of her “So Good I Can Hardly Stand It” Collection.¬†
{OK, that’s not really what it’s called…but it should be}

Whoa, right? WHOA.  

And that brings us to Vi Hoang’s brand, Dolly Pearl.¬† These pieces are beautifully crafted, designed to be ‘non-seasonal’, and are perfect as bridesmaids dresses….or not.¬† Rehearsal dinner? Bachelorette party to Miami? Engagement photos? Check, check, and check, plus any other reason you can think of to slip into ‘stunning’. Ah, can you tell I love them?!

These are just perfectly romantic to me¬†(as if all my gushing didn’t already clue you in).
Please, go shop and let me be jealous.

{Beautiful wedding photography by Clayton Austin ~ You really should go see the rest of this wedding!}


So what do you think? Are you as in love as I am or are these styles not quite your cup of tea?  

Pretend Wedding

Since all of the other wedding blogs like to showcase “Real Weddings”,¬†we’re going to shake things up and start blogging “Pretend Weddings”!¬† First up: Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher.

Yes, they really had a wedding Рtoday in fact! I am so anxious to see pictures of the event that I went ahead and put together an Envision Board of what I hope it looks like!

Let’s start with the facts that have already been reported. They were married today, July 10, in a lakeside tent at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA.¬† About 250 guests were in attendance as Carrie and her bridesmaids walked down the aisle in Monique Lhuillier.¬† I’ll go ahead and assume Mike added more bling to her finger, to accompany her 12 carat engagement ring.¬† Sounds good so far!

Ritz-Carlton (the wedding pictured is not Carrie and Mike’s):

The engagement ring, in case you forgot:

I envision their wedding as the epitome of tradition and elegance, with shades of pink and white to add a romantic girly touch, and of course country-inspired details to pay homage both to Carrie’s roots and her career.¬† The cupcakes pictured are from IveyCake, which is owned by the wife of Carrie’s bass player.¬†

Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Fisher and all the other newlyweds today!

You Need Lots of ‘Wedding Dresses’!

Brides tend to get so wrapped up in “THE” dress they will wear down the aisle, and rightly so.¬† It’s a big deal! But in all of your shopping efforts try to keep an eye out for dresses you can wear to other wedding events being held in your honor: engagement party, bachelorette night, bridal shower, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, and morning-after brunch.

Whew, that’s a lot!¬† Of course you might not schedule all of these events and you certainly don’t have to wear a dress to everything – but in case you want to, I put together this shopping list of my favorite dresses at Modcloth.¬† Shop quickly, they sell out fast!

(All dresses are listed from Left to Right)

Rehearsal dinner dresses

Sweeter Than Sugar , Sugar and Cream

Hors d’Oeuvres Hour , Boutique Browsing , Frock the Line

Five Course Fashion, Super Superlative, Come Hither

Windy City, Fluid Dynamics

Who Wants to be a Frillionaire, The Tiers of a Gown, Grecian Green

Brocade For You, Tea Leaves, Flowers in the Fountain

Glisten Up, Licorice Dish

Happy shopping!

Be Nice to Your Bridesmaids…

And maybe they’ll be nice to you. Maybe.

Prevent your bridesmaids from single-handedly turning you into a Bridezilla by showing them early on they won’t be wearing a butt-bow or lime green spandex tube dress.¬† The best way to disarm them is to put them in something lovely, comfortable, and flattering to their individual body types.¬†¬† And if you want to honestly utter the words “You’ll be able to wear it again!” then think, and shop, outside the box.

If they know they won’t look like Little Bo Peep reincarnated they can focus on their real job – serving you. ūüôā

As always, click the picture for a larger view.

1. Newport News – Black beaded empire waist dress $99

2. Victoria’s Secret – Ultra Indigo matte jersey dress $50
Also comes in Berrylicious, Scarlet Red, Cilantro, and Black

3. Victoria’s Secret – Titanium ruched jersey dress $69
Also comes in Beach Plum, Turqoise, and Black

4. White House Black Market – Floral print dress $158

5. JS Collection – Yellow floral print $160

6. Newport News – Dahlia one-shoulder drape-front $59

7. Victoria’s Secret – New Indigo knot-front $50
Also comes in Fiesta Red, Grape Jelly, and Black

8. Newport News – Satin Copper dress $39

9. White House Black Market – Black and White print $168