My bridesmaids. Oh, how I love these girls.
Not only are they my closest friends, but they were paramount in helping me pull off the wedding of my dreams. They listened to my crazy DIY ideas and contributed to making them a reality. They planned the ultimate bridal shower and bachelorette weekend. They stayed up late with me the night before the wedding to help me figure out the seating chart. They talked me off the ledge minutes before the ceremony when I thought I would pass out from nerves. And to top it off, my maid of honor gave the most beautiful, heartfelt speech at our reception. (Originally I had six bridesmaids, but my good friend Sarah got the stomach flu on the morning of my wedding and sadly wasn’t able to attend).
For their bouquets, I requested something earthy and organic. No tight rose bundles. Nothing too formal or expected. Just something that would complement my own oversized, freeform bouquet. And I could not have been happier with the results! My floral stylist nailed it.
When it came down to their outfits, I pretty much let them have free reign. Being a part of a wedding is very expensive, so I wanted to make sure that each girl was able to shop within her own budget to find a look that fit her own personal style. (And who am I to insist upon overpriced dresses when I only spent $40 on my own dress?) The only direction I provided was the color palette (aqua colored dresses and red / pink / orange / yellow accessories). I love how all six of them were able to find a look that completely embodied their own unique personalities, while still looking like a unified group.
If I can give any advice to future brides, it’s this: choose bridesmaids you can count on!
When I first asked my girls to be in the wedding right after getting engaged, 50% of them lived in different states…! But even with distance as an obstacle, I never once had to worry about any of them not coming through. All six girls were an absolute dream and it made my job as the boss lady a cinch ;)
Photos by Katie Pritchard Photography.