pink bridesmaid dresses

Natasha and Morgan's Kentucky Outdoor Wedding

Natasha was one of the very first brides to come through the doors of Twirl Lexington.  From the moment she came in her sense of style and sweet personality came through.  Actually before Natasha even came in, one of her fabulous bridesmaids came in to check things out first and get an idea of what dresses we had to match the blush pink the bride had in mind!   

Natasha and Morgan were married in a perfect outdoor setting in Morgan's parent's backyard in picturesque horse country in May.  The bridesmaids wore Dessy Collection styles 2787 and 2799 in Blush.  The effect was quite stunning!  In fact, after seeing Carrie Underwood's wedding pictures I think she stole some ideas from Natasha...blush bridesmaid dress, pink sash on the wedding gown, and pink kissing balls! 

A special thanks to Alumbra Photography for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!  Congratulations to Morgan and Natasha!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness.


Twirl Lexington Dress of the Week 7/16/10


My favorite dress this week is actually a line of bridesmaid dresses.  The designer Chloe & Reese has a bridesmaid line called Ardour and it is, in a word, fabulous!  It was specifically designed with the bride and/or or her bridal party in mind.  It's fun and flirty; perfect for the bride who is looking for something unique for either her girls or herself. 

The dress is short.  The bodice is form-fitting with several necklines available including: strapless, scoop neck, v-neck, and one shoulder.  The skirt starts at the natural waistline and is gathered to form a full party skirt that hits 2-3 inches above the knee.  Available in many colors, the fabric is a tightly woven silk faille that holds it's shape very well and really makes the dress.

The best thing about this dress is the fact that it gives you so many options to accessorize, and what girl doesn't like her accessories?  It looks great with some fun & funky shoes (flat or high heel) and/or a brightly printed clutch.  You could also pair it up with some custom jewelry, which could also be the gifts for bridesmaids; I would recommend a slightly chunky, colorful, 15-20 inch necklace.

The dress is very versatile, working for both modern and vintage weddings, and is basic enough to be worn again and again.  It is a distinct look that can work outside of a wedding as well.  For example, Vanessa Minnillo wore this dress to the Kentucky Derby this year.  Ardour has just come out with this dress in both short and long bridal gowns.  Whether the dress is for an engagement party, bridal shower/luncheon, or the bridesmaids, it is a dress that will capture everyone's attention.

Jewelry provided by Sally F. Billings of sallyb.  Clutch provided by Elizabeth J. Sexton of b.jolley.  Both available at Twirl Lexington.

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Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding Day Do's

Now that it has been a few weeks since our wedding, I can think more clearly about what advice to give to other brides and bridesmaids.  I was so emotional about everything for a while after the wedding...and admittedly even a little depressed it was all over. 

View from the back where Dad and I waited

Here are a few of my favorite things or the "Do's" I would suggest:

  • Do spend the night before with family or friends.  It was so nice to wake up at my parent's house and be able to relax that morning with them.
  • If everyone is going to the same salon, go early and hang out while everyone is getting their hair and make up done.  Plan for mimosas and brunch and just enjoy everyone.
  • Have your photographer join for salon time.  I think we had some great shots just hanging out together.  Brandon and his guys played golf that morning and the photographer joined them for a bit as well!  Capture every moment!
  • DO have a person serving as your wedding coordinator.  Even if you can't afford someone, have a friend that is organized help out.  Ours was invaluable!  She took the dresses to the venue and made sure everything ran smoothly for the wedding and reception.
  • Do have someone video the wedding ceremony for you.  Once I started down that aisle it is all a blur, so it was nice to watch everything and remember it all.
  • If you are willing to buck tradition a tad, I would recommend having a special moment together before the wedding.  For us, Brandon had my bouquet at the spot where we were getting married.  I came out of  the front doors of the Carrick House and met him there.  It was so nice to see him and relax before there were going to be 250 eyes on us.  We did all of our pictures before and it made us so at ease for the wedding.

  • If you are having an outdoor ceremony, offer a beverage to your guests.  We had tea and lemonade stations and it was a huge hit in the heat!  We also had our programs printed as fans to help keep everyone cool as well.
  • Brides - if you can get to a spot in the back of the ceremony to watch all the music and everyone be seated I would recommend it!  Standing at the back watching it all come together with my dad is one of my favorite memories. 
  • After the ceremony have a spot to meet your bridal party before everyone goes into the reception.  We had the Carrick House designate an area with drinks for everyone so they didn't have to wait in line.  It was fun to hang out and take some fun pictures!
  • Save your cake topper and eat it when you get home from the honeymoon.  We hardly got any cake at all, so this was great!  We are going to have a fresh one made next year for our anniversary:)

  • Before you leave your reception, have your coordinator pull your parents out first to a special area so you can properly say your thank you's and good-byes.

I have WAY more Do's than Don'ts, but I will share those next week!

Happy Planning!


Ty's Bridal Party Preview

It is official...I am now OBSESSED with the bridesmaid dresses I just received!!!  Since we have a whole 38 days left until our wedding I couldn't resist sharing these gorgeous dresses with you all a tad early!  They are the Stella dress by Thread in Fuchsia Matte Silk (Mini length).  Now just picture them on 6 beautiful girls holding ivory peonies in front of a big white 1800s mansion on a late spring day in Kentucky.  Oh. My. Gosh.  So excited!