Sunday, July 19, 2009

From City to Country: Bridesmaid Go Couture & Free Giveaway!

Hi everyone!! Cassandra from coco+kelley here to kick off Couture Week on Weddings Fresh with some gorgeous picks for bridesmaid dresses - most of them quite over the top and very divine! This time last year I was picking my own dream dresses for bridesmaids, and it was so fun to have the opportunity to dive into the wedding world once again, so thank you so much Dani for inviting me over!

When I think couture, I have a few favorite designers that come to mind - Elie Saab, Marchesa, Zac Posen... so, I dug through my runway files to pick some of my recent looks and put them together according to venue - after all, next to the colors you pick for your maids, the location always sets the tone...

*The Vineyard: The top pick for a wedding of my own dreams is definitely a vineyard - to me that means rich, earthy tones like these gorgeous designs from Chloe, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa in luxurious fabrics.

*The Loft: Modern spaces are all about being non-traditional, and the dresses should be no exception! A black and white palette or pieces with architectural lines are perfect picks. From Christopher Kane, Reem Acra and Oscar de la Renta.

*The Country Club: Why not play up the fact that your event requires a VIP invite? Drape bridesmaids in over the top florals and pinks like these dresses from Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta and Dior.

*The Country: Couture on the farm? But, of course! Keep the palette natural and the texture intense - feathers are a bonus. Dresses by Monique Lhuillier, Luisa Beccaria and Lanvin.

*The Beach: There is plenty of couture out there that is all about the color, and perfect for a beach wedding, just like these dresses from Reem Acra.

*The City: You know the type of wedding - the couple who always knows about the next hot spot. Whose wedding will start fashionably late and go all night long. It's classy and sexy all at once, so rich jewel toned dresses from Lanvin, Marchesa and Barbara Tfank are just what the bridesmaids will need.

And, since a dress is only as good as its accessories, we have our first giveaway from - the for the entire Couture Wedding Week - to get you on your way to your own couture look! The prize? A very chic black satin crystal broach clutch from Monya Handbags! It's the perfect little couture touch for your wedding - thanks!! You have until Friday at Midnight to leave a relevant comment on this post (one per person) and one lucky winner will be chosen at random. So get to it!

*all photography via and monique lhuillier