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Statement jewelry pieces, especially necklaces in particular, are popular right now, both down the aisle and in day-to-day life. Think Bauble Bar, J. Crew, Kate Spade…Jewelry for your wedding day doesn’t necessarily need to be elegant and dainty, but it  can match your style, or that of your wedding party. Don’t be afraid to accentuate your gown or your bridesmaids dresses with something fun, bold and bright. Why not wear a big, fun piece as the bride (during the reception perhaps if you want to keep it simple and more traditional during the ceremony?) or let the bridesmaids each pick a fun piece that matches their personality? Or even let your maid or matron of honor have a fun, special piece just for her to stand out. There is a lot of fun that can be had with jewelry to add a bit of color or personality to your wedding day. Have fun playing around with different options. Here are a few favorites!


K Stone Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic


Courtney Bowlden Photography via Wedding Chicks


Lani Elias Fine Art Photography via Style Me Pretty


Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty


Matt Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty


Anna Routh Photo via Southern Weddings


Heather Cook Elliott Photography via Style Me Pretty


Hello Studios via Ruffled Blog


Michelle Sullivan Photography via Style Me Pretty

Every year, bridesmaid dresses become better and better. The phrase “I picked this style so that you can wear it again” is actually becoming a more realistic outcome after the wedding has concluded. There are so many new, feminine and flattering styles currently available, that I just had to showcase a few.

1) Lace


Dessy Collection Style 2893 | 57 Grand Style 5704


Occasions Style JH5351


Photo via Green Wedding ShoesJoielala Photography

2)  Asymmetrical Hemlines


Social Bridesmaids Style 8130 | Lela Rose Style LR190


Alfred Sung Style D587 | After Six Bridesmaid Style 6659

3) Print


After Six Bridesmaid Dress 6600 | Watters Maids Dress 1343

Slide6 Dessy Collection Style 2834 | Kay Unger New York from Neiman Marcus


Jessica Watson Photography via Style Me Pretty

What do you think of these bridesmaid styles?

The wedding bouquet, and choosing which flowers will be included, can be one of the biggest decisions for a bride during the wedding planning process. This is a classic, traditional and beautiful element of any wedding day, and one I always look forward too. However, these days, brides are able to be a little less traditional and are updating traditional wedding elements to best fit their personality. We’ve seen the evolvement of flower bouquets to stunning, sparkling broach bouquets, and here are 5 more bouquet alternatives to consider.

1) Clutches


Ryan Ray Photography via A Groom Sold Seperately

2) Pinwheels


Jagger Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

3) Felt Flowers


Muncle Fred Art on ETSY via One Wed

4). Corsages

Matching pink wrist corsages fo the bridesmaids

Sherry Hammonds Photography via Uber Brides

5) Parasols


Mihaja Photography via The Louisville Wedding Blog

Do you plan on going traditional and carrying a flower bouquet, or do you have something else in mind for you and your bridal party?

A while ago I had posted about new twists on old traditions, and today I will elaborate on one of those twists – mismatched bridesmaid dresses!  This past weekend I had the honor of being a bridesmaid for a very dear friend who had decided to take on this new tradition by putting her 2 maids of honor in a slightly different color than the 4 bridesmaids.  The contrast was not only fun and original, it was beautiful seeing the brown and gold colors together and I can’t wait to see the final photos by the talented Mark and Kelly Hawkins of Mark Hawkins Photography. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos of these other brides who also went down this non-traditional road and see what a stunning impact the way in which you dress your bridal party can make.

Cheyenne Schultz Photography

Erin Hearts Court

Keith Cephus Photography

Matthew Morgan Photography

Photo via realweddings.ie 

Photo via realweddings.ie

 Photo via thebridelink.com

 Photo via weddingbee.com

Photo via wedding-magazine.com


 Photo via poptasticbride.com

What style do you plan on having for your big day? Different styles, different patterns or simply choosing different colors is a unique and original way to let each of your bridal party members express some of their own personality with their wedding day wardrobe.  However, if you don’t like the idea of mismatched bridesmaids, remember that you can even choose different style or colored shoes or jewelry for your bridal party as well.  

The ladies you ask to stand up with you on your wedding day are special to you. They’re your sisters, cousins, best friends, college roommates, or about to be sisters-in-law. Whether they are all best friends too, or have never met before, they all come together for a time to show support and be a team for you. They throw gatherings and parties in your honor, tie ribbons onto hundreds of programs or tiny boxes or what-have-you, write speeches about how much you mean to them, and lend ears to listen to the stress and joys that come with wedding planning.

This all culminates in the wedding day, of course, and there is a special time with these ladies before the wedding begins, before you are a wife, before you are trying to talk to hundreds of people in a short period of time: the time when you’re getting ready. Being beautified, sipping champagne, getting nervous/excited butterflies, all with your closest girlfriends and family members; There’s nothing like it.

I love seeing the photos of this time from almost every wedding, and the joy and anticipation of it all. The photos I love most, though, are the ones that start off the parade of cohesive and meticulous detail that will be present the remainder of the day in flowers and paper and cake and coordinating attire; The ones that showcase the solidarity of this team that has gathered to help the bride on her special day. Photos like this:

Urban Grey Photography

Lane Dittoe

Katie Day Photography

I just love matching getting ready attire and the fun photos it allows for. Plum Pretty Sugar (robes shown above) has actually created a “Lil’ Getting Ready Dress“, which I adore, and kind of want just for getting pretty at home.

Plum Pretty Sugar

All of these getting ready options would make great bridesmaid gifts to show your appreciation for your lovely ladies, and while you’re at it you could throw in personalized dress hangers for extra cuteness and photo-ops!

Left: delovely details Top Right: Paloma’s Nest Bottom Right: lila frances

Not every wedding warrants matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses. So, how do you get your girls to match without actually matching?

Hawes Photography

1. Give your girls some guidelines. Whether its length, color, style. With a few rules in mind, they can go on the hunt for a dress that matches their style, but fits with your rules.

2. Give the girls a list of specific styles to pick from. Shops like Bella Bridesmaid, J.Crew, and David’s Bridal make this easy!

Beth Berry Photography

3. Ask to see the dresses before they purchase (or make sure they are returnable if the girls end up purchasing). This will give you the opportunity to preview all of the dresses and give them the okay.

4. And, lastly – don’t feel like you have to have your girls match (or not match).  Go with your gut, and pick an option that works best with the overall look and feel of your wedding.

It’s no surprise I was quite stoked (yes, stoked) about the debut of Bella Bridesmaid in St. Louis.  And, when owner, Carrie, invited me to meet with her and check out her adorable shop in Town & Country for the Grand Opening – I could hardly pass up the offer.

For all you St. Louis brides (or out-of-town brides in the St. Louis-area this weekend), Bella Bridesmaid will play host to the Joanna August trunk show January 21-22.

Besides the fact that I would be more than willing to purchase every. single. dress. in Bella (and, ignoring the fact that I am only in one wedding in the near future), Joanna’s gowns are: Romantic. Beautiful. And, 100% completely and totes re-wearable.  Which means, you have to check them out for your own wedding!

Be sure to give the St. Louis boutique a call to schedule your appointment for this weekend!

About Joanna August: Launched in February 2010, Joanna August is a collection of Wedding and Bridesmaids dresses for the discerning modern bride who is looking for more fashion forward options and is tired of asking her friends to spend money on dresses they will never wear again. All of Joanna’s dresses are chic, flattering, stylish, come in over 100 colors for the bride to choose from and, most importantly, are unrecognizable as bridesmaid dresses. Accordingly, Joanna’s dresses walk down the aisle and red carpet alike and have been seen on celebrities such as Meg Ryan, Malin Akerman and Bree Williamson. The Joanna August Collection is available in the US, Australia and coming soon to the UK. Please visit www.joannaaugust.com for information regarding locations, styles, colors and pricing.

So, you’re not sure how to dress your ‘maids.  You could go the traditional route, and have them all wear the same thing (I did).  Or, you could have them coordinate a monochromatic look. Or, you can have all of them wear the same thing, except the maid of honor. Of which, I am a fan of when it is executed beautifully.

Case in point: Bridesmaids in a neutral, Maid of Honor in a bold wedding color. Two words: Le Swoon.

Photos courtesy of Megan Thiele Studios

In my own planning process, St. Louis lacked a little direction for the bridesmaid. While there are tons of fabulous bridal stores in town, there was one thing missing:

But, have no fear, this fabulous bridesmaid chain will be debuting in St. Louis this October in Town & Country.  And, what will you find?

Alix & Kelly

Simple Silhouettes

Lula Kate

Plus, you’ll find bridesmaids dresses by Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, Thread, Jenny Yoo, twobirds, Cynthia Rowley and Lela Rose. And, accessories from Nelle and M. Flynn Accessories.

The fabulous (and adorable, might I add) owner, Carrie, is so excited to bring this boutique to St. Louis. And, granted my wedding is next month, you can bet I’ll be popping in on occasion to check out the new shop and the latest bridesmaid styles.

These dresses are hands down my favorite dresses to-date.  They are modern, chic, classic.  AND, they are totes re-wearable.

Images courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography

You may recognize a few of these girls from this video.