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These weddings have convinced me of two ingredients that make a beautiful event: bridesmaids clad in blue and animal motifs. (I’ve always been partial to a squirrel.) Be sure to check at the complete posts here and here: they are truly stunning.

Happy Friday!

Ever since a recently-engaged buddy of mine mentioned that she envisioned her bridesmaids in navy, I have been besotted by the chic color palettes that navy evokes. Navy is a perfect balance of classy and casual; all the bridesmaids featured here are wearing their hair (mostly) down, and yet they still look so very elegant. Here are a few of my favorite examples of the subdued hue — first in the same shade, and then mixing things up.

I love how these girls make the color their own by accessorizing with different colored shoes.

These ladies embody effortless class with universally flattering navy blue shift dresses.

Each of these bridesmaids was tasked with picking her own dress, and one of them actually made hers from scratch.

I love how seamless these girls pull off different shades of navy blue. Effortless and fabulous.

Summer technically ended with the autumnal equinox on Friday, September 23, but with 70 and 80 degree temperatures in New York City, I’ve been happily living in denial. That comes to an end this Saturday with the start of October. I’m afraid I will have to face reality.

As an ode to the last days of summer, I thought it would be fun to highlight two sets of bridesmaids with fabulous floral dresses. The first, featured here in full, includes maids with different floral patterns (from Sohomode); different florals could be a train wreck, but the patterns all have the same color intensity, which allows them to complement, not compete with, one another.

The second is from a quaint event in England. These maids all wore the same dress from Oasis, a British retail shop. I love how effortless and chic they all look.

A good friend of mine wore this dress to her rehearsal dinner last September. I love it equally as a bridesmaid dress. Patterns can be tricky if you have a big wedding party, but with a 2-person party, this dress looks like a winner.

I love this color combination, featured in this Villagio Inn Winery wedding.

(AND the fabulous purple nail polish!!)

And I love the increased popularity of blended bridal parties (e.g., groomswomen, men of honor, etc.).

From the bride’s mouth: “To maintain a fun cocktail party look and feel, we decided on a “mismatched-but matching” wedding party.  I picked out each of the purple dresses for the girls – it was a quite challenge to make the style look cohesive, but still unique!  

We let the guys wear any khaki suit of their choice, and the ties and pocket squares were purchased from Etsy.  We even had a grooms woman (one of Matt’s close friends) in a similar colored khaki Jcrew dress, carrying an orange bouquet.  

We put our ring bearer in a sweater vest instead of a suit, and flower girls in causal dresses from J.Crew. “

Happy Friday!!

At first glance, these two bridal parties (featured in full here and here) might not appear to have much in common, but I would like to draw your attention to two critical components that have lead me to include them in the same post:

  1. They are pictured outside alongside furniture that is traditionally indoors (a  bed frame and a chandelier, respectively), a trend I adore
  2. I love their dresses and style

My love affair with polka dots advances again with the fabulosity of these polka-dotted bridesmaids. (Extra points for polka-dotted flower girls!)

 

AND they have parasols. I love it.

Here’s some bridesmaids in white as a reminder of why white dresses can be oh-so-pretty any time of year.

Ladies clad in white J.Crew dresses in Napa.

An assortment of fabulous (from Monique Lhuillier and BCBG) in Scottsdale.

Bridesmaids’ dresses from Modcloth at this wedding in Mission Viejo.

Although many brides still choose to have their maids dress alike, I’m seeing this less often than 5 to 10 years ago. That said, here are a few cases of “matchy-matchy” with a special twist.

Same shoes, same bouquets? Not for this bridal party. Matching your shoes to your bouquets? Why not?

I’ll see your matching shoes and bouquets and raise you a belt for this Oklahoma wedding.

And now for a completely revisionist take on matchy-matchy, as told by Rock n’ Roll Bride: “Her bridesmaids all adopted one CMYK colour and bought their dresses from various high street stores. They wore their own shoes and each girl even found a pair of Converse trainers in their colour to wear in the evening! The girl’s also each had a different colour bouquet to match and the bride had a bunch of white blooms. ”

And in case you, like me, didn’t know, here’s an explanation of the theme from the bride: “Graphic design is a massive part of our lives and to base our wedding on the colours that make up a lot of printed design work (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Black) made so much sense to us.”

I’m having a polka dots moment. I can’t walk past something with polka dots on it (including, but not limited to, dresses, skirts, tops, shoes, puppies) without thinking: “ooo, I want that!” In honor of this flash-obsession, I thought I’d share some lovely polka dot dresses, which could be appropriate for guests or maids.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Jersey Dress from Nordstrom ($134); Diane von Furstenberg Short Dress in Fuchsia from Yoox.com ($160); Halston Heritage Polka Dot Chiffon Dress from Bloomingdale’s ($565); Lauren by Ralph Lauren Georgette Ruffle Dress from Ralph Lauren ($71.99); TARA JARMON Navy Silk Dress with Polka Dots from StyleBop.com($585); Polka Dot Bib Dress from Forever 21 ($22.80); Spot Heart Back Prom Dress By Dress Up Topshop ($120)

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