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This week we were inspired by A Bryan Photo’s beautiful image of Miss Katharine in her getaway dress as well as this Jeff Clark bride’s stunning Angelina Jolie-ish red carpet-worthy earrings. So, we thought it would be quite fetching to bring a little style to your St. Patrick’s Day. Plus, we wouldn’t want you to get pinched, now would we?

Let’s start with your bridesmaids. Your maids’ frocks are the perfect place to add that pop of color to your wedding without going overboard. Green is a great color to add to your wedding day palette, since there are about as many shades of green as you can think of! From hunter to sage, when choosing the shade that’s right for your big day consider the season, the time of day you will be tying the knot as well as the hair and skin colors of your bridesmaids. Like a few of our brides below, consider choosing the color and then having your girls choose the style of their dress. This allows each to find the most comfortable and flattering dress for her body type. Believe me, they’ll thank you!

Image credits from top to bottom and left to right: Sylvie Gill, Jen Curtis via Style Me Pretty, Jeff Clark, The Parsons, Katie Murphy (see more of this classic Tennessee wedding here), Troy Grover, Jennifer Dery, Tim Will (see more of this reader-favorite V3 wedding here) and Melissa Schollaert (check out our Real Weddings gallery for more of this Georgia wedding).

Onto the shoes! If you are looking for a way to add color to your own wardrobe, but love the look of classic white bridal attire and accessories, shoes are the perfect item to really go all out on! They can be hidden under a long gown or paired with a short dress like the teal peep toe Valentino’s below from Millie Holloman for a more modern look. Don’t worry, we’ve got some great shoes in our shopping guide that are a little more affordable, but equally as stylish. Come on, y’all — you know this bargain shopper wouldn’t leave you hanging!

Image credits from left to right and top to bottom: Erin Hearts Court, Millie Holloman via Southern Weddings, Amelia Lyon, Amy Squires via The Brides Cafe and Marie Labbancz via The Brides Cafe.

And last, but certainly not least, we have the beaus! As you know, we‘ve got a sweet spot for bow ties and what better way to “tie” in your favorite color than with your groom’s accessories. Just like green shoes can add subtle color to your attire, let the gents in your wedding party join in on the fun with socks in coordinating green shades. Quick tip: by mixing in prints, like the Lane Dittoe groom below did with the baseball bat tie from Vineyard Vines, you can tone down the brightness of a certain color as well as create a cohesive blend of all your wedding colors.

Image credits from left to right and top to bottom: First image and image of the groomsman’s socks Amelia Lyon, Tim Will (see more of this handsome V3 groom here), Aaron Delesie via Martha Stewart Weddings, Punam Bean, Meg Perotti via Style Me Pretty, Browers Photography via With This Ring

As promised, below is our Shopping Guide filled with some of my favorites sure to make it a lot easier being green:

A. Marlon Garci Bow Tie ($13.99), B. Brooks Brothers Bold Stripes Bow Tie ($55), C. Pierrepont Hicks Southside Bow ($62), D. Danielle Stevens Multi Strand Necklace ($86.40 on sale!), E. Judith Ripka Two Toned Double Drop Pendant ($135 per week), F. Cocktail Bling CEC7 ($200), G. Kenneth Jay Lane Jade Link Necklace ($80), H. Angelina Jolie Inspired Emerald Earrings ($108), I. Cocktail Bling CB3 ($350), J. Emerald Studs ($89.99), K. Alex and Ani Rock Candy Bracelet ($118), L. AO3 Designs “The Knot” Clutch ($78), M. LulaKate “Zoe” ($285), N. Siri “Carmel Valley”, O. J. Crew “Mika” ($250), P. J. Crew ” Erica” ($160), Q. Hunter “Original Tall” ($125), R. Green Siebe TOMS ($48), S. Caparrios “Narita” ($63.20), T. Nina “Elizana” ($89.99), U. Converse Kelly Green Chuck Taylors ($39.99), V. Nina “Electra” ($89.95).

Readers, weigh in! What do you think about adding this bright and cheery color to your wedding palette? Are you incorporating your favorite color in your wedding, and if so, how? Will you or were you a green-shoed bride? Tell me about it in the comment section below!

I want to hear from you! Have a question for me or something you’d like me to discuss? Leave a comment below or send me an email.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Lori reply

    I adore the green! It’s one of my wedding colors, so I am a little biased. :)

    We’re incorporating lots of green from the floral arrangements to groomsmen bow ties. I think it would be fun to a piece of green jewelry for my bridesmaids, too. The shopping guide has given me lots of inspiration.

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Lori, I’m glad the Shopping Guide gave you some great ideas! I think a pop of green for your maids’ jewelry would look just fabulous! xo, Marissa

  2. avatar Courtney reply

    Love the green! Ok, urgent question… The first bridesmaid picture, the dress on the far left with the twist and bow on the top.. Where can I get that??? I LOVE it!!! Thanks!

    • avatar Desiree reply

      Courtney: Im pretty sure that’s an older J Crew dress, similar to this one on the website now:
      http://www.jcrew.com/wedding/Wedding_Bridesmaid/dresses/silktaffeta/PRDOVR~19961/19961.jsp

      ALSO, Marissa…awesome job! green is such a beautiful color, winter spring summer or fall. You did such a good job showing it off in all seasons :)

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Courtney, I think Desiree is right, it looks very similar to an older version of the J. Crew dress she so kindly provided the link to. I also found a few similar options for you with that fabulous bow detail. ML by Monique Lhuillier http://tinyurl.com/4msvzqb, Affairs by Mori Lee http://tinyurl.com/4g3w6zt, LulaKate http://tinyurl.com/68p2b7h and Maggie London http://tinyurl.com/4knk4mf. If the Y-neck is what you love, I also found this great option from David’s Bridal http://tinyurl.com/6hbs2kk and one from Alfred Sung http://tinyurl.com/68p6tmc. Best of luck on your search! xo, Marissa

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  4. avatar Jan – Green Tree Photography reply

    LOVE love love all the Green colors and inspiration board! thanks for sharing.

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In light of all the fashion goodness that has abounded on the blog lately (here, here, and here, most recently!), I figured a stylish Southern Spotting would be right up our alley!

I spotted this dress on Savannah photographer Donna Von Bruening’s blog a few weeks ago, and couldn’t get it out of my mind! Isn’t the scalloped detailing incredible? So sweet and Southern. It turns out the dress is the “Jaclyn” by Alyne for Rivini. Alyne appears to be based in Toronto, but several shops in the South carry the line, including Bridals by Lori in Atlanta and Solutions Bridal in Florida.

What do y’all think?

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Susan reply

    Love the detail. Now I’m dying to know who those adorable shoes are by. I’m desperately searching for the perfect pair of flats for my wedding.

    • avatar Tali reply

      Emily, I’m sorry to hear you were frustrated calling into my salon. We just picked up Alyne and had yet to receive gowns in our salon. They were actually picked up for the Gainesville salon that may have been why Orlando was a little out of the loop. Alyne should only have a Gainesville listing for us. I’m glad you found your gown! Thank you so so much for your feedback! Sincerely, Tali Gallo Director of Solutions Bridal

  2. avatar Sara reply

    My wedding dress is also by Alyne, purchased from Bridals by Lori. Just an FYI, since I am a Florida bride, I tried multiple times to contact Solutions Bridal regarding which Alyne dresses they carried. Even though the Alyne website, the Solutions Bridal site AND the Solutions Bridal blog all say that they do- no one on the phone ever knew what I was talking about. It was extremely frustrating. Bridals by Lori, however, was worth the drive from Orlando.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thanks so much for letting us know, Sara! I’m so sorry you were frustrated, but hopefully your advice will help other potential Alyne brides.

    • avatar Sara reply

      Emily: Thank you! It was honestly all worth it- I love my Alyne dress and would totally recommend them to other brides! I was happy to see them featured here.

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Well, if it’s the season for engagement sessions, that probably also means it’s the season for wedding dress shopping! Cue the exclamation points!! In the spirit of spring, we decided to each pick our four favorite designs from eighteen current collections. Floaty, structured, dreamy, embroidered, dramatic, or sweet — we each have our own preference, and hope our picks inspire, whatever your style might be!

I’m going to start with myself! A few things I like in a wedding gown: natural waists, full skirts, matte fabrics, sweetheart necklines, swiss dot fabrics, and draped bodices. Each of the gowns I’ve chosen has at least three of these criteria, and many have more than that!

1. The “Maribel” by Christos is quite possibly my favorite dress of all time. The swiss dot fabric is perfection! (The Maribel also scores the highest on the criteria count, coming in at a solid 6 for 6.)
2. The “Aimee” by Jenny Yoo is a beautiful bargain at $1,200. I love its delicate bodice. (Criteria: 3 for 6)
3. The “L238” from Legends by Romona Keveza is my shortie pick! John is a traditionalist when it comes to wedding gowns, which means that there is most likely not a short number in my future, but this would be my choice if there was! The stiff lace hanging past the skirt hem is gorgeous! (Criteria: 3 for 6)
4. Watters gowns are my new wedding love! This one is the “Sydney”, but I was also very tempted to include the “Lasara,” “Melbourne,” “Cancun,” or “Escalante.” (Criteria: 4 for 6)

From Nicole:

1. I love love love “Ceres” from Jenny Packham. The structured bodice is made more feminine with lace and the skirt has a ton of movement and isn’t overwhelming like a full ballgown can be.
2. Amsale “Ivy”. A dreamy dress. It looks so soft and feminine with the perfect hint of drama in the ballgown skirt and big organza flowers.
3. I’m a big fan of wedding dresses that aren’t white. This sherbet colored Lazaro (3108) looks like the ultimate princess dress. My absolute favorite part is the deep V in the back.
4. I love this White by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal dress five times more with the lace sleeves. Delicate and traditional but kicked up a notch with a huge black bow and smooth A-line.

From Whitney:

1. BHLDN is the brand new wedding line of a personal favorite brand (and probably your favorite, too), Anthropologie. The “Pleated Fantasy Gown” is just that, a fantasy. Everything about this gown is magnificent, from the piles of pleats to the dusky gray color.
2. Swoon-worthy. That is the only reaction that the “Serafina” from Kenneth Pool could possibly elicit. The strapless a-line gown with its gorgeous ruffled skirt is definitely one of the highlights from this season’s collections, in my quite honest opinion. Can you beat that beaded belt? I think not.
3. Oscar De La Renta has perfected the art of combining modern elegance with the memories of times past that lace often evokes. From the red carpet to a rose-petaled bridal walkway, Oscar De La Renta is the way to go when it comes to elegant gowns. I love the lace dress in Oscar’s spring 2011 line-up, particularly “22L20”and honestly I could see myself in a similar gown someday.
4. The “Elope”‘ dress from Sarah Seven would be the perfect choice for a low-key affair and I am absolutely obsessed with the small polka dots. Further, 5% of all proceeds go to charity! Heavenly.

From Sierra: I’m a bit all over the place when it comes to my favorite wedding dresses, which means I have four very different, equally lovely looks to share with you!

1. Modern Trousseau’s “Matilda” is simple and classic, perfect for a Southern belle on her big day. We’re a bit bow crazy around here, so the Matilda, with its subtle drop-waist bow detailing, is 100% SW-approved.
2. The JL227 from Priscilla of Boston’s Jewel Collection taps into my love for the ethereal. I love that the gown is a sophisticated update on the popular Grecian column style. The jeweled belt makes it more modern and just the right amount of glamourous.
3. Like Emily, I’m a through-and-through Christos fan, and think his flowy Christos “Magnolia”>”Magnolia” is whimsical and perfectly girly.
4. The Lazao “3111” is the only “princess” gown I would consider for my big day. The jeweled detailing at the waist seems to dress up the gown effortlessly, perfect for a formal cathedral wedding.

From Marissa:

1. Oh, Amsale! As you know, we are BIG Amsale fans around here, but this strapless satin “Ella” gown with its French lace bodice and grosgrain ribbon detail makes me fall in love with Amsale all over again!
2. My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw Watters’ “Escalante” gown! With its hand embroidered v-neck bodice and full skirt with pockets (bonus!) this dress is just perfect to me! I would literally wear this dress to the grocery store!
3. LulaKate’s “Christy” gown has to be in my top picks for spring 2011 gowns. The feminine ruffled collar alone makes my heart happy! This gown’s simple clean design makes the perfect canvas for a spectacular necklace or detailed-edged cathedral length veil.
4. Southern, vintage and glamorous! Three of my favorite words to hear when it comes to wedding gowns, and I’m happy to describe the “Grace” gown from Anne Barge with these words. This 1950’s style tulle ball gown is the epitome of classic style, and, well, grace!

From Katharine: When it came time to look for my own wedding dress last winter, it was pretty clear I had a distinct type: rich, structured materials, clean lines, classic silhouettes with natural waistlines and very little embellishments, save one or two unique details. (Amsale had my name written all over her lovely line!) Judging by my final pick, it seems I err on the minimalist side. But less is more, right?

1. If Jackie O. were to pick a wedding dress this year, it would be the “Clara” from Amsale’s luxe Blue Label. This dress, with it’s simple full skirt and 1950’s understated glamour, could totally be renamed the “Katharine.” It’s just that perfect for me. The chic bow detail at the waist makes an otherwise simple gown feminine without being too girly.
2. Priscilla of Boston’s “4507” is a bit more glitzy than I normally go for, but I just love how the full, pleated skirt and natural waist perfectly balance the jewel-encrusted top. If I had the curves to pull off a V-neck dress (which I don’t), this would be my pick.
3. More sophisticated than the 4507, Priscilla of Boston’s “4509″ is wedding day perfection. (This dress definitely would have given my Amsale “Blakely” a run for its money if I’d seen it first!) The shape and style are right up my alley, and the jeweled illusion neckline is understated glamour at its finest.
4. Sure, I’d have to grow a good six inches (and find a magical reserve of self-confidence!) to pull off this dramatic Romona Keveza, but I’m just crazy for the RK 226. With its slim mermaid shape and bold one-shoulder neckline, this silk sheath is a chicer, more modern version of my go-to favorites.

You’ve seen our favorites; now it’s time to tell us yours! What dress or designer are you loving right now? Are any of you wearing one of the dresses we highlighted in this post?! (If you are, send us a photo!)

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Mary reply

    Yipee, Emily! Maribel is my dress! Can’t wait to wear it :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Ahhhhhh I am so jealous, Mary!! I’m sure you’re going to look GORGEOUS! You MUST send me photos after your wedding!

    • avatar Mary reply

      Emily: You are so sweet! Will do!

  2. avatar Kristin Nicole reply

    This post makes me want to get married again (same wonderful man of course) just to wear all these dresses.

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I am all about textured skirts… give me tulle, ruffles, lace, pleats, or swiss dots any day! :) Thanks for sharing all these stunning gowns!
    Lisa

  4. avatar paloma reply

    I got to see the RK L238 in person and it seriously is such a stunner – the perfect balance of femininity and drama! I wish it came in a black lace for cocktail parties! Also really love Marissa’s pick of the LulaKate Christy! So unique!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      paloma: Can you relay where you tried the RK L238 on or saw it? I am on a hunt and have come up empty.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Marissa: Just in case Paloma doesn’t see your question to reply back, I’m guessing she tried it on at Lovely Bridal in New York — she works there sometimes! Either that, or at Bridal Market itself. Hope that helps! You should also try calling Romona Keveza directly, if you haven’t already — they’re very helpful!

  5. avatar katie reply

    I am wearing the Maribel, too! I knew I wanted texture and felt certain I would choose a lace dress. After I tried on that dress, my mom and I knew it was IT.

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