Wedding Recap: Bridesmaids

My bridesmaid total came to six.

020_BridesmaidsSix incredible women.

Four friends since elementary school. One sorority sister and roommate from college. One sister.022_Bridesmaids

032_BridesmaidsWe had such a great time together throughout our wedding weekend, laughing and reminiscing about fun times we shared in the past, and wondering how the time went by so quickly that one of us was actually old enough to get married.  019_Bridesmaids 018_BridesmaidsMy bridesmaids wore cashmere-colored one-shoulder chiffon dressed by Jim Hjelm. My vision for our wedding day was one of elegance, romance and classic beauty.

I’ve always dreamt of champagne-colored bridesmaids dresses, as I think the soft color allows the true beauty of the woman wearing the dress to shine. My bridesmaids are all so breathtaking and looked unbelievably gorgeous.

012_BridesmaidsI told my bridesmaids they could wear their hair and do their makeup however they pleased, and I loved the mix of tousled up-dos with long, wavy locks.  013_BridesmaidsMy only request for my bridesmaids’ shoes was that they be strappy and a soft, gold metallic color. After my mom found an incredible deal on a beautiful pair of strappy, gold Nine West sandals, everyone jumped on board and ended up in the same gorgeous pair of shoes. 031_Details030_DetailsBy total coincidence, a few of my bridesmaids and I had clutches in creamy white and beige, which our photographer noticed and immediately rounded up into a beautiful photograph of our purses.

003_DetailsYou may remember my white clutch from a previous post!   005_DetailsI know people say don’t waste money on a clutch, but I used mine! I kept a little mirror, a tube of Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper lip smackers, tissues and my camera (which went untouched) in my clutch and was very grateful for the tissues! 032_DetailsAs you may already know, my sister served as my maid of honor. 025_BridesmaidsThroughout the entire planning process, Leslie was there for me and was on top of everything. From my bachelorette party to my bridal shower to crafting for hours on end, she was excited, enthusiastic, loving, considerate, kind and unbelievably thoughtful. 028_Bridesmaids

027_BridesmaidsI was blessed with the most amazing maid of honor.

There are so many moments from our wedding day that I will cherish always.

One that vividly stands out in my mind is lining up in the hallway with my father and all of my bridesmaids before our ceremony.

It was at that moment that I remember feeling so unbelievably overwhelmed with excitement. My best friends and my sister were lined up with the biggest smiles on their faces, all of us practically bursting with joy. My father was by my side, holding back tears.

I told them all how beautiful they looked, and they walked down the aisle to Canon in D, smiling at me with the most radiant smiles as I took my first step down the aisle.

To be continued…

(All photos courtesy of the amazing Gina Leigh.)


  1. Danae says

    What a beautiful wedding! Would you mind sharing the style number of the Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dresses? I’m getting married next summer and would love to see if they come in my color, but I couldn’t find them online. Thank you!


  2. Paige says

    Hi Julie! I am recently engaged and am starting to plan my wedding, including putting together the budget. Did you pay for your bridesmaid’s hair and makeup? Or because you let them choose their own hair and makeup styles, did you forgo providing that for that? Thank you!



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