Picking the perfect bridesmaid dress

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As an event coordinator & stylist, Sarah Tucker has seen her share of brides experience the drawbacks of choosing the perfect bridesmaid dress. You want something your party will feel great in and might actually wear again, yes? After having a great experience as a bridesmaid herself, wearing the dress long after the wedding it was meant for, and hearing the question, “Where did you get that dress?”, Sarah decided to team up with Jessica Lorren Organic Photography and Camilyn Beth (the designer who made the custom dress for Sarah) to create the concept of this shoot.

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Pretty little peek at how Camilyn Beth sketches her dresses beforehand.

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When coming up with the concept I kept thinking of my favorite moments as a bridesmaid. I adored the moments before the wedding. Such a precious, sacred, and often giddy time. I envisioned girlfriends getting ready, feeling comfortable and amazing in their Camilyn Beth dresses, sipping delicious drinks (ahem, lavender lemonade infused with vodka), and enjoying each others company.

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They all leave you with a few tips on curating seamless looks for your girls:

* Choose your color palette. This doesn’t have to be the colors of your wedding per se. It can be colors you find in your venue, your favorite colors, or just colors that complement one another.

* Give your maids some guidelines. If you don’t want them to wear something that’s floor length or one shoulder, let them know. They can’t read your mind.

* Show them examples of what you like. A fun way to do this is to create a Pinterest board. This way you can add images that express the vibe you’re going for!

Now have some fun with it! Call up your party and plan a girls day to gab about dresses!

Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography / Bridesmaid Wardrobe: Camilyn Beth / Coordination + Styling: Sarah Tucker Events / Clutches: k.slademade / Calligraphy: Rachel Carl & Company / Organic Lavender: Paula’s Garden / Branch Tassles: FleurLux / Letterpress Coasters: Pressed in Brooklyn / Models: Ashten, Michelle Pullen, Candice, and Andrea Kovak

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(@WeddingReports) (@WeddingReports) on Jul 6, 2012

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sarah tucker (@sgmtucker) on Jul 6, 2012

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(@100LayerCake) (@100LayerCake) on Jul 6, 2012

Great tips + picks on how to pick the perfect bridesmaid dress from @camilynbeth @sgmtucker & @JessicaLorren: http://t.co/5jxHijRt

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Jessica Lorren on Jul 6, 2012

love this concept! thank you so much for the feature!!

Jillian Nicole on Jul 6, 2012

Gorgeous photography + dresses! And impeccable styling from Sarah Tucker, as usual!:)

Sarah Tucker on Jul 6, 2012

Loved working on this! Thanks so much for featuring us!!

Camilyn Beth on Jul 6, 2012

This was such a beautiful and fun shoot! It was such a pleasure working with everyone involved especially Sarah Tucker and Jessica Lorren. Thank you for the sweet feature!

Annie on Jul 6, 2012

Can't wait to see Cami's bridesmaid dresses for our wedding and have Jessica Lorren photograph it in August! You guys are the best!

Lisa on Jul 6, 2012

What an amazing concept! Any bridesmaid would be so lucky to wear these dresses!

Jacquelyn {Jacquelyn Jackson Photography} on Jul 6, 2012

Love this gorgeous shoot! Any bridesmaid would love to wear these dresses!

Belle of the Ball Events on Jul 6, 2012

Wow, there are some interesting details here. In particular, the ruffle detail on the navy dress caught my eye because it was so different. Had to pin that one to my Wedding Wear board!

(@100LayerCake) (@100LayerCake) on Jul 6, 2012

We can totally see these @camilynbeth bridesmaid dresses worn well after a wedding: http://t.co/5jxHijRt

Cindy on Jul 6, 2012

I think finding the perfect dress(es) for your bridesmaids is more challenging than finding your own wedding dress. Great post! Beautiful dresses - stunning photography!

Cristina J Heald (@HealdWeddings) on Jul 6, 2012

Some simple tips to keep you AND your 'maids happy with their dresses! -Melissa http://t.co/oj6JepUI

Marry Me Productions (@MarryMePlanner) on Jul 6, 2012

Oops wrong link! Here it is! RT Super cute bridesmaids dresses to brighten up your Friday afternoon! http://t.co/vgi1GebN #wedding

(@EventsAndDesign) (@EventsAndDesign) on Jul 6, 2012

Check out these tips by @100layercake on how to pick bridesmaid dresses! What factors did you consider? http://t.co/zzaYOEYs #FashionFriday

Fleurlux on Jul 6, 2012

Yay, thank you Sarah! xo

Shannon on Jul 10, 2012

Where is that gorgeous anchor from?

sarah tucker on Jul 12, 2012

Hi Shannon! It was a flea market find. Sorry I couldn't source it for you!

DonaldDGraham on Sep 20, 2012

Very creative, It is very interesting while I'm thinking of getting married can draw lessons from you

lucielee on Sep 26, 2012

Very impressive of your bridesmaid dresses! each of them are unique, And you took beautiful photos too!

Bridesmaid Dresses on Nov 20, 2012

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sophia kaylee on Feb 22, 2013

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