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I think it’s safe to say that every bride dreams of a wedding dress shopping experience that is a little bit magical–a time when she feel confident, beautiful, supported, and most of all, excited about being a bride! Two of the biggest factors that contribute to that experience are who you bring with you and where you go to shop. We share our advice for choosing who to bring here, but in order to better address where to go, I’m delighted to introduce our new Shop Spotlight series, where we’ll be introducing y’all to some of the loveliest bridal salons in the South.

Kicking things off is the adorable Twirl in Lexington, Kentucky–a cute yellow house-turned-bridal salon, thanks to the passion and hard work of owner Ty McBrayer. Ty and Twirl’s Marketing Director, Liz, were sweet enough to share the story behind this darling Kentucky bridal salon, as well as a few tips for brides on the hunt for their dream dress!

Thank you to Rachael McCall for these lovely photos!

Tell us about the beginnings of Twirl–why did you want to open a bridal boutique, and how did you get started?
Ty: I opened Twirl to offer the ladies of Kentucky a small, boutique shopping experience. I had been in nine (!!) weddings at that point and realized that the area needed a charming place to shop that catered to women wanting more than rows and rows of the same old dresses. I was also frustrated in the corporate world and longed for a more meaningful career. Owning my own business in a cozy old home had always been a dream of mine, and I know it sounds crazy, but I really just woke up one day and decided I needed to open a bridal boutique! I did lots of research and decided to take the leap and make it happen when I was 29 years old. I haven’t looked back since! Twirl is such a blessing in my life.

Tell us about what y’all offer to brides and gals.
Liz: Our little boutique currently holds 120 bridal gowns and over 200 bridesmaid dresses! Currently, we carry nine different bridal designers, including Hayley Paige, Blush by Hayley Paige, Tara Keely, Justin Alexander, and Stella York. For bridesmaids, we currently carry LulaKate, Jenny Yoo, Amsale, Lynn Lugo, and the Dessy group. Nothing makes us happier than a total Twirl wedding–gorgeous brides and their beautiful bridesmaids decked out in Twirl dresses just sends our hearts soaring!

What is your current favorite wedding dress in the store? If you were getting married tomorrow, what dress would you wear?
Liz: If I absolutely had to choose, it would be Londyn by Hayley Paige. Londyn’s beautiful silk radzmir sweetheart bodice and the horsehair-trim layered skirt create the perfect combination of simplicity, elegance, and an element of modern chic that I adore. Plus, it’s a ball gown, and let’s be real, when else in your life can you get away with wearing a big, beautiful dress like that?!

What sets the Twirl experience apart from other bridal salons?
Liz: We do our best to offer brides a wonderful, personal, and memorable experience. Helping a bride pick out the dress she’s going to become a wife in is a big deal to us, and our top priority is to make that process as enjoyable as we can. When a bride comes to Twirl, she will have the entire bridal suite to herself for around an hour and will work one on one with our amazing consultants to find that perfect dress. Our consultants listen to the bride’s vision and work with her to make it come to life! We believe that the cozy and cute atmosphere of Twirl, paired with the quality, one-on-one attention each bride receives, is the perfect combination for a bride as she searches for her dream dress!

What is your single best tip for a bride about to start shopping for her wedding gown?
Liz: Have an open mind and a hopeful attitude. I can’t tell you how many times the unexpected pick has been “the one.” Having a vision, but also allowing for some flexibility, can lead a bride to the very best dress for her. Additionally, attitude is everything, and having an optimistic one can be what makes an appointment a total success. Having the hope in your heart that your wedding dress could be in the store you just walked into is one of the greatest gifts a bride can give herself!

What is your favorite memory from your own wedding day?
Ty: My husband and I were married just six months after I opened Twirl. Our outdoor wedding took place on a warm, sunny day in May 2010 at The Carrick House in Lexington. My dad and I stood at the back of the ceremony and watched the bridal party and everyone be seated, as our favorite acoustic guitar versions of The Beatles’ songs were played. Standing there with him, seeing my soon-to-be husband, and watching it all come together was very surreal. “Here Comes the Sun” began to play and I walked down the aisle to the man of my dreams on the arm of the man that helped mold me into the woman I am today. It was hard to hold it together!

Do you have a favorite Twirl memory?
Ty: It is hard to name just one favorite memory, but one of my favorites may be my first trip to Bridal Fashion Week in New York! The energy buzzing amongst all of the buyers is amazing and the passion each designer puts forth to make each season more memorable is unbelievable.

What is the single greatest lesson you’ve learned in business?
Ty: Be kind, be kind, be kind. My mother taught me that long ago, and it is always a good reminder. You never know what battle someone is facing that day. We all have our own struggles, and sometimes, it is hard to put forth your best foot when nothing is going quite the way you had hoped. We do our very best to give every bride and bridesmaid a warm fuzzy feeling while they are here with us. It is our chance to put a burst of sunshine into their day!

Name three items every gal should have in her closet.
Ty and Liz: The perfect little black dress, a classic set of pearls, and a rocking pair of heels!

Thank you so much, Ty and Liz! Lexington ladies, be sure to follow along with Twirl here:

Website: Twirl | Blog: Twirl | Facebook: Twirl Lexington | Twitter: @TwirlLex | Instagram: @TwirlLex

This post is brought to you by Twirl–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Liz Cox reply

    This is just so exciting! Thank you all so much for letting us be a part of the SouthernWeddings family and featuring our little shop! This is a joy & honor for us!! XOXO

  2. avatar Lucy Cox reply

    What a great article about Twirl- the best bridal shop in Lexington! The care and attention they share with brides is outstanding!

  3. avatar Bren & Lon Watts reply

    Very impressive Ty! We are so very proud of what you have done with the business. Maybe we will get married again and get the dress from Twirl, ha, ha.

    Love you,

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At Southern Weddings, we love a good printed bridesmaid dress–our In Full Bloom and Freshly Squeezed editorials are proof of that! It was probably no surprise then, that if you follow SW on Instagram, you saw how excited Emily and I were to discover the new printed bridesmaid dresses from Donna Morgan at Bridal Market. The dresses immediately had us dreaming of the beautiful weddings where they’d be at home, so over the next few months, we’ll be sharing wedding inspiration based on a few of our favorite patterns!

First up is Garden Floral – a bright, cheery, feminine print perfect for spring. It looks just as lovely mismatched with solid colors as it does on its own!

Photographer: Jessica Haley Photography / Venue: Topping Rose House and Villa des Amis / Styling: Jacqueline Weppner of Merci New York / Florals: Sag Harbor Florist / Hair Styling: Andreas Schonagel of UtopiaNYC / Makeup Artists: Sally Duvall and Yona Corbett for Sally Duvall Makeup Artistry

We firmly believe that wedding inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere–your love story, your home, architecture, books, movies, and even fashion. Inspired by the sweet silhouettes, jewel-toned pops of color, and feminine feel of the Garden Floral print, we created this wedding inspiration board, and we love the bolder take on a spring color palette!

Clockwise from top left: envelope liners by Sideshow Press, lavender drink via Brides UK, dresses by Donna Morgan, programs photo by Agnes Lopez, unknown bouquet photo, centerpiece photo by Apryl Ann via 100 Layer Cake, gold cake photo by Cheryl Ford via Style Unveiled, floral arch from Martha Stewart Weddings

Ready to get the look? Shop the pieces below!

A. “Greta” in Garden Floral by Donna Morgan, B. Kendra Scott earrings, C. Stag Handmade tie, D. Kate Spade clutch, E. Nars Schiap lipstick, F. Jessica Simpson heels, G. Twig & Twine Design bouquet, H. “Ruby” in White by Donna Morgan, I. Essie The Lace is On nail polish, J. BaubleBar statement necklace

You can browse all of Donna Morgan’s bridesmaid styles right here. And stay tuned for another installment of pattern inspiration next month!

This post is brought to you by Donna Morgan–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Dana reply

    I love this inspiration board so much!

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  3. avatar Stephanie reply

    Last week, I created a floral bridesmaid dress inspiration board with this exact picture included! I’m loving the Spring-like feel of floral maids dresses these days!!

  4. avatar Meagan reply

    So so pretty! Loving all of their new prints!

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Brides aren’t the only ones looking for guidance and inspiration before the big day! I’m willing to bet that many of y’all are (or have been, or will be!) the best gal beside the bride, trying to do everything you can to make sure her engagement is sweet and her wedding day smooth. We teamed up with our friends at Weddington Way and a few of our favorite Nashville ladies, including former Bachelorette Kacie Gaston, YouTube star Julia Sheer, country artist Katie Armiger, and lifestyle blogger Caroline Acree, to offer some advice for those of y’all walking down the aisle just before the bride!

Southern Weddings: What’s your best tip for fulfilling the role of bridesmaid?
Kacie Gaston: Let the bride know you are available to help with anything during the wedding planning process. The day of, give her a token of your friendship to let her know how excited you are for her special day!
Katie Armiger: Just have fun and enjoy it! Do all that you can to ensure that the bride is taken care of. It’s her special day, and you want to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
Julia Sheer: Go with the flow, no complaining, and always have some tissues on hand for the criers.
Caroline Acree: This day is about celebrating the happy couple. The bride and groom should feel support and love from everyone around them. A bridesmaid should not only add to the happiness of this exciting day, but make herself useful whenever possible. Attend to the couple, the wedding party, and the guests in the most genuine and courteous way possible. Go the extra mile and offer to handle planning details for the bride. Let her enjoy her happy day to the fullest.

SW: If you were getting married tomorrow, what would you have your bridesmaids wear?
Kacie: I would have Weddington Way send me a mixture of the gold dresses and lace in styles that complement the bridesmaids’ body types. I love mixing textures and colors!!
Katie: I would choose either a deep navy or a black dress. I love the classic darker colors.
Julia: I would have them wear a mixture of different dresses in the same color range.
Caroline: I’ve always loved the idea of an all-white wedding, but I’ve never liked bridesmaids wearing the same dress. I’d let them choose their own shape, neckline, length… even fabric! Just as long as each bridesmaid felt beautiful in her dress, I’d be happy!

SW: Do you have a favorite memory from your time as a bridesmaid, or with the bridesmaids at your wedding?
Kacie: Really, my favorite part of being a bridesmaid and on my own wedding day is the quality time you get to spend with those who are closest to you. It means so much to share such a precious time with all of those who have built and shaped you into who you are!
Katie: Just hanging out with best friends at their wedding, laughing and reveling in the happy day. It is a day of celebrating life and love, after all.
Julia: My favorite time as a bridesmaid was when I got to be in my older sister’s wedding about 6 or 7 years ago. It was so fun to get to be a part of all the bridal showers and celebrations even though I was much younger than most of the people in the bridal party. It was a great way for all of my sisters and I to bond more.
Caroline: I’ve actually never been a bridesmaid, and I’m not married! :)

Big hugs to all of these fabulous Nashville gals for sharing! You can follow along with them here: Kacie | Katie | Julia | Caroline

Friends, be sure to check out Weddington Way to get a closer look at the bridesmaid dresses these gals are sporting! Their current collection includes more than one thousand beautiful options from leading designers.

Photographer: Tec Petaja | Set + Floral Stylist: Jessica Sloane | Calligrapher/Menu: Chelsea Petaja | Beauty and Hair: Babe Beauty Bar | Model Agency: Amax (Danielle Maltby, Mary Elizabeth Clark, Sydney Chiyoko)

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Nichole reply

    I’m using weddington way for my bridesmaid dresses! I’ve loved working with them so far & can’t wait to see the dresses all together.

  2. avatar Christopher Clare reply

    Superb images. Loving every bit of them. Thanks for the opportunity to view them.

  3. avatar Andreina | Fly Away Bride reply

    Love the navy dresses.

  4. avatar Michael and Carina reply

    This is just perfect! Thank you for sharing!!!

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