Throughout this entire Leeper-Morrison wedding planning process, never once did I hesitate to answer the frequently asked question of “what color is your wedding party wearing?!” I would always say with confidence, “I’m having them wear white(s).” That statement was often followed by something like, “Oooh, that’s so brave of you! That will be pretty…hopefully you will still stand out!”
I’ve never been too fond of the extreme color contrasting bride vs. bridesmaids trend. I’m sure many people have tastefully pulled it off, but it’s never been my preference. From day one, I was considering either neutrals, soft metallics, or whites for the bridal party. After the first few months of planning began, we were quickly arriving at the reality that this wedding was going to feel regal, but as if Kate Middleton was placed into the Beverly Hills Hotel in the 1950’s. A sartorial intersection of timelessness, elegance, and vintage- inspired glamour. To me, that meant I was sticking with simplicity, and I chose for the bridesmaids and flower girl to all wear white.
One of the least enchanting things about being a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, aside from the fact that you have to buy an expensive dress that you most likely won’t ever wear again, is that the chosen bridal party dress is one that doesn’t fit everyone’s body type. While most brides are considerate and thoughtful in this process, there is still just nothing like wearing your own dress that you have picked for yourself. I decided right away that everyone would be choosing their own floor-length elegant dress that they felt most beautiful and comfortable in for the big day. The ladies who surrounded me at the altar on our wedding day and who supported me during this process are all unique and wonderful in their own ways, and in their friendships and sisterhoods with me. I wanted their dresses to reflect that, and never once did I doubt whether or not the dresses would pull focus from Mimi’s stunner gown and crown.
There were countless texts that went back and forth between me and the girls, especially between me and my sister-in-law Jen, about style ideas, comfort, which fabrics would photograph best, the most affordable finds for the best quality, etc. Everyone had input, and I tried to be very hands-off when it came down to all of the final dress decisions, because I wanted the girls to feel excited about what they chose.
I had both a Maid of Honor and a Man of Honor-and of course, in keeping with the tradition of simplicity, I had my Man of Honor wear a classic black tux that would look most like the groomsmen in the wedding. As soon as the photos and the ceremony were finished, he changed into a white dinner jacket to better match the gals, and to get his little piece of wardrobe independence.
Now that all is said and done, I am still in love with the bridal party look from our wedding. Everyone was radiant, unique, and the dresses turned out beautifully in photos. They were a mixture of brands: Alfred Sung, BHLDN, Jenny Yoo, Jill Jill Stuart, Lille Couture, and one was custom made.
A huge thank you and so much love to the ladies and gentleman in my bridal party, for all that you did to make my big day the most special it could have ever been.
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