bridesmaids

Bridesmaid Proposal: 25 Ways to Ask For Maids

I'll never forget the first few weeks of my engagement because I was beside myself with joy and excitement, and I was brimming with ideas. I remember looking into the fields of Virginia on our drive back from Tennessee, and imagining what kind of wedding I'd have, an outdoor or barn wedding, or maybe a tent reception? With each new vision came thoughts of who would stand by my side. Will You be my bridesmaid Photography by Lauren Rae via Perfect Palette

Like I mentioned before, it wasn't a week into my engagement before I started searching for cute ways to ask my closest friends to be my bridesmaids. I spent hours preparing special packages for each girl, with a personalized t-shirt and homemade card. In each one, I printed this poem:

A friend knows the song in your heart And can sing it back to you When you’ve forgotten the words.

It’s hard for me to believe That in just a short while Mr. Brooch and I will be Walking down the aisle Nothing would give me More joy and pride Than to have you there by my side.

I’ll need someone to help hold up my dress while I pee too!

Will you be my bridesmaid?

I don't remember where I found the poem, but I liked it and thought it was cute! Nowadays, the poems and cards are so much better - and there's a plethora of them! So, for all you newly engaged ladies, excited to bring your bridesmaids aboard, I compiled a list of 25 ways to ask for maids! I'd love to know your favorite from this list!

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If cards and crafts aren't your thing, you could always throw a swanky dinner party to ask your girls!

How are you planning to ask your friends to be bridesmaids?

Are you buying a special card or crafting something? 

Loving: Bridesmaids First Look

Good morning! Today I'm starting a new little series called Loving, to share some of my favorite wedding industry trends and ideas. For this first installment, I wanted to share something I first saw on Meredith Perdue's blog - a first look with your bridesmaids! I love this idea immediately, and wanted to give Meredith a huge high-five for capturing such an emotion-filled moment! Since then, I've seen similar photos popping up all over the web.

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Photo 1 & 2 via Meredith Perdue / Photo 3 also from Meredith Perdue

Jordan Quinn Photography / Kaitlin James / via Pinterest

Have you seen images like this?

Do you plan to have a first look with your bridesmaids?

Barre Bachelorette Party Inspiration by Cyn Kain Photography

Greetings friends! This is a big moment for me, to finally reveal the full-on styled shoot I did with Cynthia Kain, which was published on Style Me Pretty Living last week!

I've always been infatuated with styled shoots and secretly, since before our wedding, dreamed of curating my own. When I reached out to Cynthia for guidance on where to being/how to set something like this going, I was flabbergasted when she said she'd help make this dream a reality.

My initial idea was a zumba bachelorette party, but Cynthia, being an avid Barre-goer, suggested it instead. She said Richmond Barre had a fabulous studio and her friends might allow us to shoot there. Once we got the OK from them, the pressure was on me to design the funniest barre bachelorette party possible. Naturally, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration and when I found these Meet me a the Barre t-shirts, the ideas snowballed.

I worked with Sarah Rose on the invites. I wanted something fun, but clean and her design definitely delievered. Sarah also worked fast, which was a life-saver. PS: She's a fellow bee! (She's Mrs. Cheetah!) I printed and packaged the invites with the help of a very patient gentleman from Office Depot, and some creative girls at the Mosaic District Paper Source.

My focus was healthy/fun/high-end and I think between the adorable swagbags and the Champagne toast finale, it's definitely all of those things. What do you think?

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Venue: Richmond Barre / Photography: Cyn Kain Photography / Stationary: Sarah Rose Studio

Swagbag Goodies: Meet me at the Barre shirt - Sweaty Betty

Get the Show on the Road Idiom Bangle - Kate Spade

Lululemon Run-From-Work Backpack - Lululemon

Flutes, Pommery Champagne, and handmade paper - World Market

EOS Organic Lip Balm/Barre Real Food Bars/Zico Coconut Water/Mane Message Hair Ties

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I can't thank Cynthia enough for her guidance through this process, and for these amazing photos!

I have to give props to the ladies of Richmond Barre as well. Their strength and fierocity for this sport is so amazing and inspiring. Barre is definitely not for sissy's, no matter how pretty and delicate it may look!

And, thank you, Ghadeer (from Ask GG)! You are always so supportive, and this day was no different! I couldn't have done it without you there cheering me on and helping! 

Would you consider planning a barre bachelorette party, or some other healthy alternative?

Get caught up! Here's links to previous posts about this shoot:

Wedding Trend: Blush Bridesmaid Gowns

I'm really loving all the wedding goodness on the blog today! Why can't I let this industry go? Are you married, like me, and still into weddings? If so, you'll appreciate this collection of gorgeous blush bridesmaid gowns. Of course, there's not much I'd change about our wedding day if I go back, but, one thing I would consider is switching out my girl's green dresses for a shade of blush! I'm totally in love with this color, this look and and the soft, feminine touch it brings to wedding day photos.

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Blush Bridesmaid Dresses
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Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

Weddingchicks- I am SO in love with this image!

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Blushing Bridesmaids

Brittany Rene of BrittRene Photo / Style Me Pretty

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Blush Bridesmaid Dresses
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Pale Pink Bridesmaids
Pale Pink Bridesmaids

Jemma Keech / Style Me Pretty

Do you love this color?

Would you consider it for your bridesmaids?