After Mr. B proposed in May 2007, we spent the summer booking things – the church, the reception hall, photography – you know, the actual on the books stuff – more on that later this week. Because it’s both Mr. B and my favorite color, I knew all along that green was going to be our main wedding color, with bright pink flowers to make the color pop in the middle of July. But beyond a color scheme, we didn’t think too much about the details – including attire – until September. We wanted the name of the game to be easy – no muss, no fuss, no drama.
I went to three bridal boutiques. At the second dress shop – a little boutique in Fort Collins – I tried on a dress with a pleated bodice and loved it, but didn’t love the plain and beaded skirt and the way it all worked together. It was the first contender until I walked into the third boutique, one in Denver.
My mom and aunt came with me that day, and I tried on dozens of dresses. They were all beautiful, but when I tried on the gown with pleats from top to bottom – the second to last gown I tried on, but the first one I picked up – I knew it was THE dress. Amazing, everyone had been right.
And we can’t forget the shoes:
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses
With my dress squared away, it was time for the Bridesmaids. I loved the green color that Ann Taylor had introduced in their new wedding line, and I loved that it was easy – we didn’t have to gather the girls together to go pick out dresses. My mom and I decided on the color, took my sister Kate and in-town-Bridesmaid Emily to the mall to make sure the dresses looked good on, and left it up to my sissy to pick the style of dress she wanted to wear (the power of the Maid of Honor!).
Didn’t Kate pick a flattering dress? It’s the Christine Double V from Ann Taylor and they still sell it. I’ve thought about buying myself one. I loved that the neckline contrasted my strapless dress.
It was so simple – I sent every bridesmaid the link, everyone went to their local Ann Taylor to try on the style, sent me their size, and I ordered in bulk to get a 25% discount. Couldn’t have been easier.
We ended up ordering the Flower Girl dresses from Ann Taylor, too. Simple Ivory dresses with the Meadow Green sash tied around the waist and we were done.
I voted for the boys to wear suits, but Mr. B said he was getting married in a tux. So getting married in a tux he was. We went into Mens Wearhouse together – since he wasn’t allowed to know anything about my dress – so that I could hand over the swatches and he could choose the style. The MW guy matched the dresses perfectly to the boys’ vests and ties, and set everything up.