Dreaming up this “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” styled shoot made me feel like a kid again.
Growing up, the part I loved most about fantasizing over my future wedding wasn’t the prince who would one day sweep me off my feet, my flower centerpieces, or that aisle moment. Instead, I loved the thrill of daydreaming about my wedding with my girlfriends and in the end, hoping that those same girls would still be my best friends when it was finally my turn to get married. Happily, many of those same girls were still by my side when I got engaged, yet they were spread all over the country. When it came time to ask them to be my bridesmaids, I sent each of them a cute package to ask them to be a part of the wedding, but I didn’t get to throw the girly soirée I had imagined. This styled shoot gave me the opportunity to finally plan the party I wish I could have thrown for my girls. To the seven lovely ladies who stood next to me on my wedding day, this project is dedicated to you in celebration.
As I began envisioning what this party would look like, I started playing with the idea of mixing girlhood with womanhood, blurring the lines a bit between the simplicity of childhood and the sophistication of adulthood. Even though we’re at the age where many of us are getting married and moving into new phases of life, my girlfriends and I still like to do the same girls-only things we did when we hung out in elementary or middle school: eat nothing but sweets, braid each other’s hair, laugh hysterically, and dream up wedding ideas. Hence the extra sweet girly details included in this shoot, including sprinkles, various sweets and candies, feathers, ribbon, and the blooming apple trees the orchard as the backdrop.
Colby Elizabeth Photography did a great job photographing this project and working with our eight lovely models. The gorgeous handmade beetle plank farmhouse table was made by Old Wood Soul. You should absolutely go check out their website and become obsessed with their products like I am. Overflowing floral arrangements and crowns were designed by Sarah Tedford, the resident genius at Ladybird Poppy. Other details include the custom cookies, cake, and other sweet treats from Baker Loves Cake, the beautiful letterpress “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” cards from Chatham and Caron, and the table settings and other vignettes (pink velvet loves seat, ladder, quilts, etc.) from Good Ol’-Fashioned Party. The models wore chic boho clothing and accessories from Rustic Thread and were styled to perfection by makeup artist Kacey Clark and hair stylist Brittani Estes.
I just know you’re going to love the sweetness and whimsy of this “Will you be my Bridesmaid?” brunch! Thanks so much to Bridal Musings for featuring it!
Photography: Colby Elizabeth Photography | Florist: Ladybird Poppy | Venue: Ya Ya Farm & Orchard | Reclaimed wood table + benches: Old Wood Soul | Bakery: Baker Loves Cake | Rentals: Good Ol’-Fashioned Party | Letterpress cards: Chatham & Caron Letterpress Studio | Hair: Brittani Estes of Chloe Paige | Makeup: Makeup by Kacey | Wardrobe + Accessories: Rustic Thread Boutique