Two weeks ago, I posted a roundup of my favorite blush pink dresses (read here), and I had a request from a friend of mine who is engaged to do a refresh of an old little white dress post (read here). I’m sharing twenty-four of my favorite ‘little white dress’ finds in a number of price points, ranging from this gorgeous Forever21 dress, which costs $35, to this fun, perforated Chloe dress at $589. Also, I slipped in a romper and two maxis, which aren’t really ‘little white dresses,’ but they belong in the roundup!
When you’re engaged, there are a number of occasions to wear a white dress besides your wedding day. Couples showers, engagement parties, bachelorette parties, bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners, etc. – the list goes on. I recently rewore a shower dress at Isla’s Christening, and I wore every white dress I own during our honeymoon to Bali. They’re handy items to have on hand!
This past weekend, our good friends, Amanda and Scott, got married in a stunning ceremony at the Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans. The wedding weekend kicked off with a bridal happy hour at Le Meridien hotel, where the bride and her family were staying. Amanda gave us the cutest monogrammed pajama pants to get ready in the next day, as well as a tiny bottle of St-Germain (obsessed). After we had a couple glasses of bubbly (in gold sugar-rimmed glasses!), we headed to the Galvez Restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. The speeches were wonderful, and the video that Amanda made was unbelievably good – almost all of the guests watched their faces flash by on the screen and were reminded of the many wonderful memories they had of the bride and groom.
The next day, we met in the bridal suite and started getting ready around lunchtime. There were lots of girls getting their hair and makeup done, and it was so nice to catch up with many friends I haven’t seen since high school. I slipped away for 30 minutes to take photos of the men getting professional barber shaves at Aidan Gill. Around 5:30pm, we all loaded into the limo and headed to the Southern Oaks Plantation. Once we got there, Amanda and Scott had their first look, then it was go-go-go as guests started to arrive. The ceremony was so sweet, and the processional New Orleans marching band that marched around with the bridal party afterward really helped it end with a bang. We headed inside for the reception, which was quite the party – Amanda’s incredibly talented dad and his band, Easy Money, played the best music all night long. The highlight of the entire party (for me at least) was when Amanda and her two sisters surprised all of the guests by performing ‘Single Ladies’ (watch an iPhone capture here – not the best quality, but you’ll get the picture). It is an understatement to say that they nailed it. I’m so impressed!
The grand exit was perfect, with guests shaking noise makers at the bride and groom as they left the venue as husband and wife. I am so excited for Mr. and Mrs. Commons. They are a perfect match, and I know they’re going to live happily ever after.
I cannot wait to see pictures from their talented photographers, Dark Roux! Until then, here are a few that I captured during the weekend.
This past weekend, a best friend of mine got married in one of the most gorgeous (and emotional!) wedding ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed, which was followed by one of the most incredibly fun receptions. Every single detail of the weekend was perfect. Sophee is definitely one of the most organized people I have ever met, so I was the least bit surprised. From the bridal brunch on Friday at Z’Tejas to the reception at Lakeway Resort & Spa, everything was planned to the nth degree. Everyone kept commenting on how the rehearsal dinner felt fancy enough to be the actual wedding!
Sophee and Johnny wrote their own vows, so pointless to say – everyone was crying. We had discussed doing the same, but I knew I wouldn’t have been able to keep it together and I know that’s a fact after boo-hooing when they read theirs. Sophee and Johnny are two of the most thoughtful and loving individuals I’ve ever met, and every single speech that was given reiterated this fact. And then there’s their model looks. I’ve never seen a model in any wedding magazine that looked as gorgeous as Sophee did when she slipped her dress on. Truly breathtaking.
It feels like yesterday that Sophee asked me to be her bridesmaid. I cannot believe they’re now married, relaxing on their honeymoon as husband and wife. I could not be any happier for them! Her wedding photographers (Anne Marie Photography) snapped a million photos, and I cannot wait to see them. Until then, here’s a sneak peek at some of the precious moments from the weekend.
Venue: Z’Tejas | Paper Goods: Paper Therapy Shop | Florals: Walton’s
As I mentioned on Monday, we threw a couple’s wedding shower for two of our good friends this weekend (see their Paris engagement photos here). There were six other wonderful hostesses (all college friends), and I loved getting to meet and spend time with these ladies. Amanda and I met in high school, and we have been friends ever since. She is genuinely so sweet, and I cannot wait to celebrate her and Scott’s wedding in a couple of months.
We ordered the shower invitations from Paperless Post and used hot pink envelopes from Paper Source. We stamped these colorful invitations with my favorite vintage seed stamps, which are now retired. We decided to avoid a theme per se, but the invitations being pink, gold and white, led us to decorate the house similarly. I’ve linked most of the decorations to their sources at the bottom of this post.
Amanda looked like a real life Barbie at the shower (photographic evidence below), wearing a stunning white 5th and Mercer dress from Shopbop. You’ll recognize the dress from Erin Gates’ blog post about her visit to Houston, and you might recognize the girl standing beside Erin too!
My very talented mum made a naked Funfetti cake, which I topped with flowers from our florist (and friend) Jess Hamilton. We ordered catering from Central Market, and the hostesses brought cupcakes, sausage balls, and salads as well. We had a bartender, which was a life saver, as we all wanted to party with the guests and not be stuck pouring wine all evening!
I definitely think one of the biggest hits was the Fuji Instax camera. Although we ran out of film at the end of the night (apparently 80 photos for 67 guests was not enough!), tons of great photos were added to the bright pink guest book (which I found at Michaels). I didn’t take more than a handful of pictures with my DSLR once guests arrived, but am glad I snapped some during the day while we were setting up and that we have polaroids to remember all of the fun that took place. It was a great evening and we’re definitely #crazyforcommons.
One of my closest friends from childhood, Amanda, got engaged last month while visiting Paris with her (then) boyfriend. Sasha and Scott are friends, so we are both extremely excited for them and their spring wedding in New Orleans. While in Paris, they had photographs taken by the very talented Stacy Reeves.
I absolutely die over these photos. Paris is my favorite city in the world (see travel guide here), and I just swoon at their strolls through the Palace Gardens, romantic tossing of a key on the lock bridge, romantic poses outside the Louvre, and breathtaking shots in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Isn’t this couple just stunning? I cannot wait to celebrate their big day with them in less than six months.