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The fun thing about bridesmaid dresses these days is that they’re actually fun. Right? I mean, they can still be a painful part of the planning process (as evidenced by my own struggles!), but at least there are far more options, and far fewer “rules,” than there used to be, which frees all of us up to find the perfect fit for our wedding and our style. I love how Lauren’s bridesmaids ended up in a dress that was a perfect blend of her aesthetic and background AND her groom’s — and delightfully Southern to boot!

Photos by Sarah DeShaw

These lovely dresses are the “Zoe” style by LulaKate in royal seersucker! From Lauren:

When pairing an authentic sailor from the north with a self-proclaimed princess from the Deep South, we knew the vibe of our wedding would have to be a compromise. So, we met in the middle. Incorporating the seersucker look for my bridesmaids was a must. The simple, clean print made with cool, airy fabric was the perfect pick for our hot August ceremony. Selecting the subtle stripes was the easy part. Deciding whom and where to purchase the dresses from was going to be the hard part… until I stumbled upon LulaKate, that is. Based in Charleston, SC, LulaKate’s fresh selections provided me with a pleasant and easy shopping experience that I couldn’t have been happier with. Every detail was flawless, from Zoe’s halter bows draping my bridesmaids’ necks to the soft blue and white tones that complemented the nearby sea. Our “traditional meets nautical” vision was brought to life on Jekyll Island, and with LulaKate’s creations, the wind in my hair and the Southern sea serenading us in the background, I couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect beginning to kick off the rest of my life.

Thank you so much for sending these beauties our way, Sarah!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Sukey (Dress For The Wedding) reply

    So pretty! Love LulaKate and seersucker. So fun to see these in a real wedding – especially love how the bows echo the one in the bride’s gown.

  3. avatar Brent & Anna – Live View Studios reply

    wonderful! we love seersucker!

  4. avatar Jekyll Island Club Hotel reply

    The white of the Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel makes a perfect backdrop for these seersucker dresses!”

  5. avatar Amy | Fly Away Bride reply

    This is my new favorite shade of blue! Gorgeous dresses : )

  6. avatar Anita reply

    Beautiful dresses and I just love those bouquets, they are so pretty!!

  7. avatar Kristin reply

    Where were these beauties last spring when I couldn’t make up my mind on BM dresses? Lovely!!

  8. avatar Kelly reply

    How romantic. I love the moss swinging from the old oak tree as a backdrop. The photographer did an excellent job using natural framing in the last photo as well.

  9. avatar Lisa reply

    As soon as I saw these on Instagram, I rushed over to the Lula Kate website to check them out–I’m determined to wear a seersucker dress for my graduation, and these are officially a contender!

  10. avatar Emilia Jane reply

    Love this whole wedding of Sarah DeShaw’s!

  11. avatar Ashleigh reply

    I am seriously wondering how much my bridesmaids would kill me for changing their dresses right now? Oh-em-gee! I am obsessed with these!!! I also LOVE that it was on Jekyll Island which is one of our fave vacation spots! So perfect!

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    […] Oh, how I love cotton bridesmaid dresses, and I particularly have a soft spot for seersucker bridesmaid dresses! For my own summer wedding, I desperately wanted cotton seersucker dresses, and they were so hard to find in regular styles, in the right color,  and never mind in bridesmaid dress styles.  Thankfully, the trend is back and J.Crew offers many cotton options, and brings us this seersucker look, too.  I also know that bridesmaid dress designers like LulaKate and Coren Moore do seersucker dresses now, as well. Want to see how sweet they can be? Check out this adorable ruffled style from LulaKate featured in Southern Weddings! […]

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Can you believe we are only 20 days away from the arrival of V5? To help pass the time, join me for another look into Bridal Market 2012. I have lots of gorgeous gowns to share, plus an impromptu mini SW fashion show!! (PS: Don’t miss out on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.)

We will start with the always amazing Badgley Mischka.

If I had to pick one word to describe this collection from Badgley Mischka, it would be glamour. The pleated tulle, delicate Chantilly lace and crystal embroidery (which was on almost EVERY gown – oh my stars) was soft and subtle and at the same time oh so glamorous. As a traditional ‘ballgown bride,’ I couldn’t help but wonder about trying on one of these lovely form-fitting beauties.

Our next step was a good ol’ squeal fest as we met and became fast friends with all the lovely LulaKate ladies. It was so fun to see these dresses in person, since they frequently make appearances on the blog in Real Wedding posts. Look for a few of these beauties in V5, too!

Somehow the LulaKate ladies convinced us to pull the frocks that we had been drooling over and have a mini SW fashion show. Marissa snagged a beautiful lace and striped dress with a detachable bow-belt, and I picked a lovely grey and white rugby stripe dress with pockets! After trying them on and prancing around, we decided we needed a place to wear these lovely dresses again.

Isn’t Katherine, the brilliant creator of LulaKate, just adorable? We were so grateful for her and her team and all their Southern hospitality.

Up next was Watters. During this show we were able to preview both the Watters and Wtoo collections, and boy oh boy were there a LOT of lovely dresses.

The camellia lacy overlay on the gown above added a layer of lovely texture to an already beautiful tulle ballgown. And of course, how can you not love the whisper pink beauty below with the hand-beaded detailing? We saw a lot of soft blush colors during Bridal Market this year, and this was definitely one of the prettiest.

The lovely C20 collection had some great LBD options that would be perfect for bridesmaids or maybe for a rehearsal dinner? This crewneck illusion lace dress was so chic, and I died over the hidden pockets in the sleeveless black satin number.

Finally, we stopped by the lovely Donna Morgan booth to take a peek at the fresh new styles and colors in their 2013 bridesmaid collection. We loved seeing the work of our friends Trent Bailey and Jackie of Merci New York on the walls of the Donna Morgan booth. The new campaign is gorgeous, y’all!

The coral dress, with its sassy texture, seemed like it would be the perfect thing to dance the night away in. And of course, we were all big fans of the stylish lace peplum in delicate pink.

We’ve got two more Bridal Market posts coming up, so stay tuned! BIG huge thanks to Kat Harris for photographing all these beauties for us!

P.S. Which is your favorite gown from this post? So hard to choose!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    I love the last Badgely cuz it’s just SO Badgely ya know? I had my girls wear LulaKate and I just think her gowns are the cream of the crop. Love that she is bringing in some lace textures! My favorite Watters gown is Row 3 left one. so girly!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite with Badgley, because they’re all just so stunningly detailed, but I’m going to go with the one that looks like it has seashell embellishments. For Watters, I love the camellia lace overlay, and I adore all three of those bridesmaid looks! Love LulaKate and Donna Morgan as well!

  3. avatar Whitney reply

    I love the last dress for my bridesmaids – the lace in delicate pink. Can you send me more details on that one? I MUST find it.

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Whitney! I am pretty sure the lovely pink peplum will be available in the spring 2013. I will reach out to our Donna Morgan contact to confirm and definitely pass along any info I can collect for you!!

  4. avatar Victoria reply

    I love that LulaKate dress that Marissa tried on! I think it would work so beautifully for a rehearsal dinner dress or bridal shower dress.

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh Victoria! It was even better in person! I about died when I got to try it on! It’s inspired by Blake Lively – die again! : )

  5. avatar Kat Harris reply

    As crazy as NYC was…all these posts are making me want to go right back this instant.

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Kat! I was thinking the exact same thing as I was crafting this blog post. We saw a LOT of gorgeous in 3 short days.

  6. avatar Deb reply

    OMG I’m obsessed with Marissa’s dress! It’s perfect for a shower dress. I looked on the LulaKate website and didn’t see it. Do you know the name of it? LOVE

  7. avatar Quesa reply

    AHHH same! I need that LulaKate dress. I must wear it to my rehearsal dinner in December. How do I get my hands on it??!

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Jennifer + Armand, photographed by Kristyn Hogan, brought a burst of color to Tennessee’s Country Music Hall of Fame with their Nashville nuptials, planned by Amber Housley of Sweet Life Designs. Rhonda Patton Designs coordinated the bold blooms for the celebration, and LulaKate supplied the coordinating periwinkle-blue sheaths for Jennifer’s bridesmaids. The bride kept the focus on her with a romantic drop-waist Priscilla of Boston gown and sparkly Louboutins that I just know y’all are going to gaga over!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. (From the groom) We both went to Oakwood College and knew very little about each other. We never even came into contact with each other until Jennifer was studying for boards in California and I came out for a show. I wanted to meet up with some friends from college but only one friend was available and she ended up bringing Jennifer along. We went to a sushi restaurant that turned into a lounge after dinner. Jennifer and our mutual friend left me in another part of the restaurant and actually tried to “hook me up” with another young lady there! It was a fun night that went so well that we decided to keep in touch. A month later, I invited Jennifer to accompany me to a charity ball in NYC. It just so happened that my group was performing at the event. She accepted and we ended up having a blast!
Describe the proposal: (From the groom) In all my planning, I decided it would be great to get engaged where we had our first date, New York. I told Jennifer we wouldn’t be able to spend New Year’s Eve together because I had a show in San Francisco, but that I would fly to Nashville New Years day. (From the bride) I was supposed to pick Armand up at the airport on New Year’s Day, but at 5:30 in the morning, Armand began messaging me on my phone telling me to wake up and he was excited he was going to see me. While we were messaging back and forth my brother busted in my room and turns on all the lights and had a video camera! I was so angry! I messaged Armand and told him what was happening and then he asked “Will you marry me?” on blackberry messenger. I thought it was a joke so I told him to stop playing. Then he sent a picture of the ring and I freaked out. I got all dolled up and my brother drove me to the airport but when we got there he took me to the short-term parking and pulled out the video camera and said “Have a good trip!” He took me to the back of the truck and there was a bag packed and my boarding pass to go to NYC! I arrived in NYC and Armand’s friend Jonathan picked me up in a cab from the airport. He took me to the same hotel we stayed in a year earlier when we had our first date. When I got up to the room, the door was cracked. I walked in and there was a pathway of candles and rose pedals all leading to Armand on one knee with the ring. I don’t think he even got the question out, I just ran to him and hugged him and started crying.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fun, spiritual and magical.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We are both huge music fans (country music included) so we decided that the Country Music Hall of Fame was a perfect venue for the reception. We also thought it added a bit of southern flair and a taste of Nashville’s history having the reception there and pictures in the museum area. In our menu, we added cheese grits, per my request.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

    Thank you so much for featuring this wedding. Jennifer & Armand are two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met and I always love remembering their gorgeous day!

  2. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    I love all the vibrant colours, it brightens up the wedding and you can’t help but smile!

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