- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
A lot of people post their wedding dress story… I have more of a wedding color story.
I originally wanted a teal/blue and orange wedding – my bridesmaids in teal dresses, with orange gerber daisy bouquets for a little pop of color. But most of the teals I liked were either too dark (think: peacock teal… more appropriate for autumn than for summer!), or too light and “beachy” for my middle-of-the-woods venue. None of the teals I found felt right.
So I considered black dresses… classy, elegant, super flattering. And maybe they could even wear the dresses again! And I could incorporate my beloved teal in a sash or accessory or shoes somehow. But my bridesmaids pointed out how hot it would be for an outdoor late August wedding in black dresses.
So I then thought about Grey dresses. I found an absolutely breathtaking wedding on WB where the bridesmaids wore silver dresses, the groomsmen wore grey tuxes to match (but the groom was in black, and I LOVED that he stood out!), and there was a beautiful pop of fuchsia brought out in the girls’ shoes and bouquets as well as the men’s boutonnieres and vests. I totally fell in love with this scheme – grey looks good on everyone, looked SUPER classy and elegant, and allowed for a BRIGHT pop of color. Only trouble is… I’m not a pink girl. I’ve had my heart set on some kind of teal or blue for my wedding from when I was a child! But why not do grey with blue??
So I set out looking for a blue flower (difficult to find!) and fell in love with Blue Dendrobium Orchids. Yes, I know they’re dyed, and I don’t care. They’re beautiful anyway! And I’ve seen them used successfully in wedding bouquets and submerged centerpieces (which I adore).
So, I armed my phone with a ton of photos of blue dendrobiums and bouquets including them, and brought two of my girls dress shopping. We set out to find a designer with nice styles and a GREY that was compatible with my flower! I had planned on picking a designer and the color, and then allowing each of my girls to choose a dress that suited them. I figured we would all wear the same (blue or teal) shoes to tie us all together. And my beautiful blue dendrbium bouquets and centerpieces! But things never go according to plan, do they?
Just minutes after we began browsing, we stumbled upon a lovely knee-length bridesmaid dress with a corset back, sweetheart top, and angled rouching (all similar to my gown). I LOVED that it was similar to mine! I already pictured a cute photo opp of all of our beautiful laced up corset backs. Both my girls tried it on, and both looked amazing in it! One of them liked it so much she had wished she had it last weekend for a party she had gone to (which made me SO happy… I had considered black and wanted to allow for different styles so that ALL my girls could love their dress and feel beautiful.. and it’d be an extra bonus if they actually would wear it again!).
Texted photos to my two MIA bridesmaids, who also loved it! So we were set!! Didn’t even need to try on any other dresses. I asked the assistant for color swatches for that designer, eager to see what shades of grey the dress could come in…. Except, the designer has one shade of grey, and it’s so close to white it looked terrible next to my (so light it should be considered white but it’s called “ivory”) dress.
We were all a little disappointed. Until we held up my photos of my dream bouquet next to the actual sample (which was in a deep blue color that I had never considered because it wasn’t teal!).. and realized it’s a perfect match. PERFECT.
Now that we have the dress, the world is open to us! Next step is to find shoes (we’re thinking super blingy rhinestone strappy heels), and then jewelry (just a necklace or earrings). I can’t wait to meet with my florist to discuss the blue dendrobium bouquets and centerpieces! And I get to look at linens, and favors, and invitation color schemes, and menus, and…. Okay, I’m just really excited about this. 🙂
What do you think?? That’s one of my bridesmaids in the dress (keep in mind it’s 2 sizes too large, so once it’s fitted right, the corset back will be so much nicer!), and that’s my actual venue in the woods. 🙂
Did finding the bridesmaid dress change YOUR vision of your wedding, or did you make sure you found a dress that fit your original vision?