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Choosing dresses for your bridesmaids seems to fall on one of two ends of the spectrum: super easy or super hard! Even in our office, we fall on opposite ends–I checked it off without any hassle, while Emily and Marissa both remember it as one of the more challenging wedding planning decisions. And I don’t blame them! Selecting a dress for someone else to spend money on and then wear (fingers crossed more than once) is a big decision, but want to know one way to make your process a little bit easier? Start your search with a company that specializes in modern, fashion-forward options, like one of our favorites, Joanna August!

Along with plenty of classic styles (this wrap dress is one of my all-time favorites), Joanna’s newest collection has a bit of a bohemian feel that is so much fun. I honestly think the styles look more like chic maxi dresses than “bridesmaid dresses,” which is probably something your best gals will appreciate! With simple silhouettes and interesting details (love this this twist neck dress!), it’ll be easy for your bridesmaids to rewear their dresses. Can’t you picture these styles dressed down for a weekend brunch or casual cocktail party thanks to a pair of flats or sandals, a cute jacket, and maybe a statement necklace or earrings? Sign me up!

All Joanna August dresses come in a variety of gorgeous colors, and since they use a few signature fabrics, it couldn’t be easier to achieve a mix and match look, if that’s something you’re hoping for. No matter what you choose, your girls are guaranteed to look gorgeous!

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

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Jamie reply

    These are gorgeous! Especially love the blue one in the first photo.

  2. avatar Melissa reply

    I loveeee these dresses – you can totally wear these again!!

  3. avatar Rachel reply

    So pretty!

  4. avatar Nicole Schwalge reply

    Oooh I want to check these out for our bridal shop! These are super adorable!!

  5. avatar Hilary reply

    love how simple these are – definitely rewearable!

  6. avatar Megan reply

    I would wear these every day! Perfect summer maxi dress

  7. avatar Ally reply

    These styles are so timeless!

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One of my favorite things about attending Bridal Market every year is the opportunity to meet and chat with designers. In the same way that so many memories and personal touches are part of each issue of Southern Weddings, it’s so much fun to learn about the stories and hearts behind each of their new designs. This year, Kristin and I had the pleasure of meeting Joanna of Joanna August, and taking a peek at her Winter/Spring 2016 Ceremony by Joanna August collection. I always recommend her line to brides who are after varied styles for their best gals, and this new collection adds even more lovely options to the mix!

The Winter/Spring 2016 collection includes eight new bodices: four wrap dresses (a Joanna August staple) and four sleek, slip-style dresses, all of which come in a beautiful palette of neutrals and pastels that are easy to mix and match and can work for any season. They also launched the Patty Shawl, a beautiful lace wrap that’s perfect for church ceremonies, or for adding a bit of texture to your bridesmaids’ looks. Plus, it helps keep them cozy and warm during cold weather weddings!

I’d love to know, which of these styles is your favorite? I’d love to take a twirl in that two-toned white and blush strapless dress!

Dresses: Joanna August / Photography: Krista Mason / Florals: Flower Duet / Hair and Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy / Venue: The Colony House

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

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Rachel reply

    These are stunning! Love all the unique styles!

  2. avatar Christine reply

    Love these chic bridesmaid dresses!

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    So pretty! I love the backs of all of them!

  4. avatar Anna reply

    Love the backless dresses!

  5. avatar Lindsay Pennington reply

    I adore all of these dresses! They are so soft & elegant. But the halter has to be my number one!

  6. avatar Ally reply

    Love the backs on those dresses! Beautiful!

  7. avatar Marie reply

    So gorgeous! Love mix and match dresses

  8. avatar Brit reply

    Loving that shawl! and that bouquet too – what are those leaves in it??

  9. avatar wendy reply

    Hello. Need help findings some bridesmaid dresses that are knee length, light purple but not lavender and well look good with boots and possible blue jean jackets? And if at all possible never Greenville sc so my girls can try them on. Thanks in advance.

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Wendy! Check out Bella Bridesmaids in Greenville–they have a fantastic selection (including Joanna August!), and your girls will be able to try on tons of options!

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Our own Lisa is getting married this weekend (!), and we’re obviously really excited for her! One thing I truly admire is how she and her adorable fiancé Dave have prepared for their marriage. Like Lisa and Dave, Amy and Todd know how important the covenant of marriage is, so during their engagement, they chose to cultivate their relationship first and foremost. Amy told us “it was important to us to prepare not only for our wedding, but for the marriage to follow–the most important part!” We completely agree! I know their wedding must have been a beautiful reflection of that sweet preparation. And, y’all, I cannot let Todd’s expression when he saw Amy for the first time pass without a note. So much love right there!

Big SW hugs to Mandy Busby for capturing this pretty day!

Our wedding flowers were absolutely stunning. Laura McCarty of Marked pulled together beautiful neutrals with hints of pink–plus one brilliant yellow peony–that totally suited my neutral, subdued taste. She included lots of garden roses, peonies, and greenery, which are my favorites! Laura also added kumquats to one of the arrangements, which I loved! One of my favorite parts of our wedding was the beautiful arbor that Laura flowered up. I couldn’t have asked for anything more beautiful!

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We had lots of help from friends and family, who were all willing to give us advice and guidance. We also went through premartial counseling, which was really helpful for us. It was important to us to prepare not only for our wedding, but for the marriage to follow–the most important part!

We decided not to do a first look. I wanted to save that moment for when I was walking down the aisle, and for us, I think it was perfect. Walking down the aisle was so incredibly special and memorable. Since we didn’t do a first look, it was very emotional and sweet, and the breeze wafted cherry blossom petals as I walked down the aisle. I will never forget it!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Finding my wedding dress was so much fun! I bought my dress from The White Room in Birmingham, Alabama. I had my mom, my three sisters, and my grandmother all come with me, and they were all so kind and supportive. It was such an honor to have them all there! I only tried on three dresses, and I knew almost immediately after I tried on the third dress that I’d found my wedding dress! I loved that it was simple and romantic and reflected who I was as a person and a bride.

We loved having our wedding and reception at the Donnelly House in Birmingham, Alabama. I’d grown up on the same street as the owners, Carl and Karen, and it was so special to have them involved on my wedding day! The venue was also in a significant area of the city for us, as we spent a lot of our dating relationship downtown and on Highland Avenue.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t get caught up in the details! Details are really fun and special, but what’s really important is to enjoy the process and savor your engagement. It is such a sweet time to prepare for such a reverent day, so don’t worry too much or agonize over little details! It will all come together.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Todd and I met through mutual friends after I graduated from Auburn University and moved to Birmingham. He moved to Louisville shortly after I returned to Birmingham, but we kept running into each other at weddings and parties when he’d visit. Somehow, we started emailing, very “You’ve Got Mail.” He came in town one weekend to celebrate his sister’s birthday and he took me on a date! We decided just to go for it and date long-distance, and we are so glad we did.
Tell us all about the proposal! Todd surprised me by coming into town one Friday afternoon. That night, we had a friend’s wedding to attend, and after the ceremony, we hopped in the car and Todd told me we weren’t going to the reception–instead, he had made reservations at Highlands Bar & Grill for “a late birthday celebration” for me. We had an incredible meal, then headed back to my parents’ home, where Todd had recruited my mom and sisters to decorate with lights and lanterns. Todd proposed to me under an arbor of lights in the front yard, while, unbeknownst to me, all of my friends and family were watching and waiting inside with cake and champagne to celebrate! It was truly magical.
When did y’all get married? April 19, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 300
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We did have one reading, Colossians 1:9-14. We had one of our dear friends read it, and it was really special. It was important to us for our ceremony to be reverent and focused on the Gospel, so the scripture reading was very important to us.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Todd was totally in charge of the music, and he did an amazing job! He sings and plays guitar, so that was the only part of the wedding he insisted on planning. I walked down the aisle to “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros, one of our favorite bands. The song is incredibly beautiful and moving and perfect. We walked back up (or rather, danced back up) the aisle to Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” which was so appropriate for us as a couple! We love to dance. Our first dance was “Save You” by Matthew Perryman Jones, who is a really significant artist for us. We’ve been to several of his concerts together, and his lyrics are so sweet and romantic, perfect for a first dance.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. My friend and cake lady extraordinaire, Malinda Nichols, made our wedding cake! It was really fun to have her as a vendor on our big day. She made a traditional vanilla wedding cake with buttercream frosting that was to die for, and Laura adorned the cake with flowers. It was beautiful. We also had Coke cake cupcakes with buttercream frosting and sweet little cupcake flags instead of a traditional groom’s cake!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Trying to be budget friendly was definitely a challenge, but honestly, planning our wedding was a joy!
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We chose to limit the alcohol served to wine and beer. That helped cut down on our costs! We also chose to have both our wedding and reception in the same place, which helped our budget as well.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We’ve really enjoyed the first months of our marriage. It has been so joyful and fun! We’ve loved being able to live in the same city. It is such an honor to walk alongside your best friend every day. We’re excited to see where God leads us next!

Photographer: Mandy Busby / Venue: The Donnelly House / Florist: Laura McCarty / Cake Baker: Malinda Nichols / Caterer: Happy Catering Company / Bride’s Gown: Robert Bullock / Bridal Salon: The White Room / Bride’s Accessories: BHLDN / Hair Stylist: Joanna Ballentine / Makeup Artist: Molly Stilley / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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