Last summer, when we were putting together our wedding website, Ryan and I each took the time to write up a little something about everyone in our wedding party. We wanted them to know just how much they mean to us, and wanted to let everyone else get to know them a little. Here are the blubs I wrote for each of my girls. **And they all have great senses of humor, which is why funny/silly pictures were more appropriate than cutesy ones.
Maid of Honor
Kasey and I have been best friends for nearly 14 years. With her Texas drawl and beautiful smile, she was an instant friend to me, as she is to nearly everyone she meets. We met in high school Spanish class and became friends (amigas) right away. We shared a love for adventure and road trips, whether it was going to a frat party in Columbia (we're going down!), a secret trip to Warrensburg, or just driving down every single gravel road in Pike County singing along to the radio. After high school we went our separate ways for college, but Kasey soon realized that she couldn't live without me, transferred to Mizzou, moved in with me and we got jobs at the same place. After graduation it was my turn to move away, until I realized how much I missed her and joined her in St. Louis. While most people would describe us as complete opposites, I feel like Kasey balances me in a way that no other friend ever has. No matter how many years pass or how much our lives change, we always seem to remain true to each other and be there through the most important times in each other's life. She is always patient with me; she always listens when I need her to; she always tells me the truth. I would not be the person that I am today without her in my life. Kasey, I am honored to have you, not only as my Maid of Honor, but as my best friend.
Aren't they the best?!
I’m not a big fan of matchy-matchy maids all in a row that all look exactly the same. Since each girl has her own unique sense of style (and that’s one of the things I love most about them), I wanted to give all the bridesmaids an opportunity to choose their own dress. I thought about picking a designer and a shade of green and letting them each pick a dress in that shade and fabric. I’d seen this done a million times and it looked great. That way each girl can choose a shape/style that fits their body best.
And then I saw this picture:
That was it! That's the look I wanted. Pick one color and let them go. Mix-match colors would be perfect for our outdoor rustic wedding. I gave them free range to pick any dress they wanted, with a few guidelines (and ultimate veto power), that would help orchestrate the individually conclusive look we were going for. It would also allow their beautiful personalities to shine through and hopefully give them a dress they were comfortable in and might even wear again. My only real criteria was that each dress be a different (if possible) shade of green, none of them match, and be around knee length.
When I tell people this, everyone seems to be very skeptical about whether or not I can pull this look off. Luckily for me, this has really become a trend lately and I’ve been able to round up all kinds of photographic evidence that this idea just might work. Here are some of my favorites.
And here are the dresses my bridesmaids have picked out. I won’t tell you who picked which dress, you’ll have to wait until Jackson Hole to find out!!