October 3, 2008

bridesmaids aka dressing my best friends

this is the picture that started it all, folks. i have no idea the photographer who took it or where it was or anything - i stumbled upon it in one of those embarrassing facebook stalking episodes many moons ago. at any rate, it shall be recreated at my wedding, no question. pretty much the one mandatory photograph i will hand to my fabulous photographer, josh malahy. love him. this photo also spawned my sash-obsession, because i think it pretty much necessitates sashes. they add to the effect.
so, glad that's out of the way. maybe start working on that shoulder tone, ladies, because if i have my way, this will be framed and displayed in the stone household until the end of time.

long before captain fantastic popped the question, but long after i knew he was The One, i had decided on my wedding color scheme. pink & green with accents of white. perfectly preppy. the more i stalked other people's weddings online, the more firmly i decided that i am allergic to both pastels and satin. bright colors and swirly patterns, though, i cannot live without. the inspiration for my wedding was thence dubbed vera bradley's pink pinwheel pattern. love. not exactly paisley, but close.
one of my most triumphant moments was when i found out that vera bradley makes TIES, and i almost had a heart attack from awesome at the prospect of the groomsmen smartly arrayed in these babies.

captain fantastic, however, in one of his unfantastic moments, crushed my dreams when he refused. le sigh.

so my original thinking for bridesmaid dresses was to do something like one of these dresses in a bright raspberry/fuschia silk dupioni with a bright apple/kelly green sash (tied in a big bow in the back, obvi) and white bouquets:
from aria bridesmaids
from charsa designs

then came my love affair with all things trimmed in ruffles and pleats. you can do a ruffly neckline and a sash, right? i think yes. my current obsession is this little number, in the same color scheme as above:
from coren moore (you can see the whole dress here)

HOW CUTE IS THAT?! come to think of it, the white sash is cute too, maybe with predominantly green flowers? hmmmm....

as far as bridesmaid accessories, i'm not going to force everyone to have the same hairdo or wear the same necklace or buy the same shoes , so don't worry (though this is extremely adorable)
i've also grown to kinda like the idea of bridesmaids in different dresses. the problems with that are a) usually you get a discount for ordering multiple dresses at a time, and i don't want to bankrupt my maids b) see above mandatory portrait with matching sashes c) i am somewhat obsessive compulsive, and it may drive me insane to have two girls in one dress and 8 in another. i'd probably try to make a certain number of people get each dress and then arrange everyone alternating for pictures...and no one wants that.

i actually like a lot of the dresses on the coren moore site. perhaps we could work out a style ratio agreement between the lilly, the julie, and the brooke? what do we think, ladies?

9 comments:

Masey said...

Lauren, I love you!!! I love the back of the bridesmaid photo, too.

The dresses are all fabulous, I personally like the strapless, but vow to put any and all on my body for you...

I also have a newly found love for Clifton because he rightly refused you putting his best friends in Vera Bradley ties. ;-)

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Louise said...

oh --- and this wedding this weekend, they had a good idea for the exit from the reception. they had dried lavender that we threw at them as they were leaving. it smelled great. maybe you could transform that into a favor too and have little sashes (how do you spell that? pronounced sashAys) that people could put the extra lavender in. ALso, instead of having one cake, each bridesmaid picked their fave cake flavors, and there was a cake to represent each bridesmaid. i dont know if i liked the way it looked though. like someone had a sorority cake, someone had a ny skyline cake, and someone had a chinese character cake. it looked disjointed, and nothing really matched. i thought it was a cute idea that wasn't executed right, and there might not be a good way to execute it, but i thought i would just let you know.

oh and my only specification for the bridesmaid dresses is that it is NOT mermaid cut.

Louise said...

wait... i thought i posted another comment. i dont understand this. did you get it lauren? maybe i made it private or something. it was about bridesmaid dresses i saw this weekend

la said...

i didn't get the earlier post - was it the deleted one? i was actually looking at a lavender send-off idea yesterday and really liking it! the bridesmaid cakes are cute. i've thought about supplementing a smaller wedding cake with muddy's cakes or cupcakes, since i have wet dreams about them. could be an option? tell me about the dresses from this weekend! and don't worry, i will not make yall wear mermaid cut dresses. i think those are highly unflattering on everyone.

Louise said...

k - what i said in the mysteriously missing last post is... the dresses this weekened were really pretty. i planned on taking pics of them and sending them to you, but i found out they were $450. now, i am intentionally hiding them from you. they were chocolate brown w/ a bolaro (dont know how to spell it, but that lace shrug thing). the bolaro was really flattering. also, the dresses were a basic color, but the flowers reminded me of your paisley color scheme. the flowers really popped w/ a neutral background. maybe ill send some pics....

tricia said...

this is awesome! i will be stalking for the next 8 months & offering up opinions since i know you missed always hearing pht's advice... ;-)

tricia said...

oh & i think that bridesmaid cake idea is...odd. the wedding is about the bride & groom, hence the bride & groom cakes. just my two cents!

josh@jmalahy.com said...

Thanks, love you too! Keep the ideas coming, this shot is awesome!