Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bridesmaid dresses

Hey Mom,

Just wanted to give you a heads up that I met a really cute boy and we're getting married, and I want to throw the event of the year.

ps. Do you mind sewing bridesmaid dresses out of silk chiffon for my closest friends?

pps. There's only nine.

love, Jess

I mean, the conversation didn't quite go like that, but it definitely escalated into that.  We pinky promised when I was 13 we wouldn't make my wedding dress, I don't think making all the bridesmaid dresses were any easier, but OH they were stunning.

I had a color palette in mind, and we looked everywhere for the dresses I was dreaming of. It turned into sending pictures back and forth with my Mom and then we decided it would be best to make them. We realized quickly finding the silk chiffon fabric in the colors we wanted was no easy task.

That is until we found out Mood Fabrics ships! Project Runway fans will know what I'm talking about. Designer fabric in the most gorgeous colors you can dream of. My littlest sister was my maid of honor and started in her own shade of green, then my four girlfriends would be a lighter green, my two married sisters would be in Pesto, and Scott's two sisters would be in Eggplant to accent the greens.

Oh and did I mention my bridesmaids lived in four different states? She enlisted the help of her friend Mindy, a costume designer and seamstress wizard and skyped Mindy in to help with fittings. Mom made mock bodices and mailed them to the bridesmaids and did skype fittings while faithful husbands pinned and marked the dresses. I have never seen something so incredible. 

Oh and she made Lillie's dress too, and sewed lace from my Grandma McGuire onto my temple dress. 

She's incredible. 

There was a lot of twirling happening :)  

 The green we picked out for Alyssa was too granny smith apple, so we pulled a Kate Middleton and put her in ivory and made her sash out of a little fabric left over from Lillie's dress. She's a knockout.
Dream come true to be standing with all of these gorgeous ladies.

We made a victory tunnel for her to celebrate. Have you ever seen such gorgeous dresses?

 It couldn't have been more perfect. Thank you Momma, I love you!

Bachelorette Party

I have the best girlfriends, it's no surprise I ended up with 9 bridesmaids. My dear friends Hilary and Hannah threw the party. We had it at my little red-brick house and it was so perfect. Hilary and I met as babies while our parents were going to BYU and Hannah and I became instant best friends during my Denver/College days. She moved out to Utah just a few weeks after I met Scott and we got to live together while I was engaged. So basically it was a non-stop party living together. 

They planned wonderful games and made the cutest spread of desserts. My close girlfriends and cousins came. Obviously I can't write about the whole party because that breaks all sorts of girl code rules.  But a gorgeous party deserves to be remembered. 

Love you girls, thank you for making getting married such a blast! 


 Hilary moved in with me when Scott moved to Texas to help keep me sane while we were apart before the wedding. It was so good for my heart.
Uhm how cute are these? 

Tissue paper wedding dresses 

Miss Madi 

My dear Hannah and Hilary 

Seriously these two throw an amazing party! 

Madi watercolored this and it happily hangs in my kitchen. 

I don't know how we missed getting a picture of the whole group, it really was so much fun to get together with the girls!