Today's shoot is all about the sisterhood. And that to us, is pretty freaking cool!
A pal getting married is such an exciting time in a group of friends.
Even though I'm not having bridesmaids, ever since I got engaged, my friends, who had never seemed like they were that into weddings before, have really gotten behind me, chatting about hairstyles and gushing over dress options like we were teenagers again.
And it's been a lot of fun!
Which is why this ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?‘ brunch shoot, by Colby Elizabeth Photography and Purple Summer Events, is such a special one.
With playful flower crowns, a pretty brunch spread, and cute DIYs, whether you're popping the question to your own gang of girls (or boys) or planning a bridal shower for a BFF bride, this shoot is brimming with sweet ideas and swoon-worthy style.
Scroll down to feel the friendship love (and then call your friends afterwards!), but first up, read a little more about the idea behind this bridesmaid brunch from Abbey of Purple Summer Events…
From The Stylist
This whimsical “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” styled shoot focuses on a piece of a bride's life we don't see very often: her friends, the importance of her lasting friendships, and how those friendships have contributed to her journey, her engagement, and her eventual marriage.
After all, none of us would get very far without our girls standing by us!
Dreaming up this 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 soiree 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.
We hope you enjoy the sweetness and whimsy of this “Will you be my Bridesmaid?” brunch!
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 of Ya Ya Farm & Orchard as the backdrop.
The DIY Details
I wanted the party to appear handmade but classy, as if the bride played a hands-on part in every piece of decor.
DIY elements such as the glitter-coated feathers, the hand lettered calligraphy sign, and the burlap “She Chose Us” garland helped achieve that organic “home-grown” feel.
The Wedding Vendors
This vision would not have been complete without the help of all our contributing vendors and the ethereal quality of the resulting photographs from Colby Elizabeth Photography.
Whimsical elements pictured include the handmade beetle plank farmhouse table from Old Wood Soul, the overflowing floral arrangements and crowns from Ladybird Poppy, 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 love 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.
‘She Chose Us!' Isn't it sweet? So many fun ideas, and I just love the idea of throwing a brunch for your friends after you get engaged, it's a great way to show them nothing's going to change in your friendship!
Anyone else off to call their girls?
Thanks so much to Colby Elizabeth Photography, Abbey Purple Summer Events and the rest of the talented vendors for sharing this bridesmaid brunch!
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