Mismatched Gowns on your Favorite Gals

Maybe your not a “matchy, matchy” kind of girl. Maybe your bridesmaids are so distinct as individuals that you want to showcase their uniqueness. Perhaps, you understand that one dress style may not be flattering on every bridesmaid’s figure (they’re not Rockettes after all). If any of these thoughts strike a chord than mismatched bridesmaid dresses are for you. There are several ways to approach this look, but they all create a cohesive and coordinated statement.

Mismatched Gown Style in the Same Color: Pick a color you love and allow your  bridesmaids to select a gown style that makes them feel beautiful


Manda Weaver Photography

Pastel blue looks lovely on each lady, while unique dress styles create visual interest. (Manda Weaver Photography and Wicked Willow LLC)



Loving this sophisticated neutral look. (Living Radiant Photography and Floral Studio)


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So many dress options in all the same color. This is a great way to give your girls choices while maintaining a unified look. Sleeveless, sure. Long-sleeves, go for it. (Bradley Images and Studio in Bloom)

Mismatched Gown Style, Monochromatic Color: Set your wedding day color palette and request that your bridesmaids select a gown in their choice of color and cut.


Three shades of teal blue create a serene and sweet feel. (Kate Ann Photography and Cache Fleur)


Violet Floral Designs of Baltimore and Katherine Zell Photography

Steel toned gray, blue and lavender gowns mix nicely on this group of lovelies. (Violet Floral Designs of Baltimore and Katherine Zell Photography)


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Green gorgeousness! I love how each shade of green works with the flowers and check out their mismatched shoes as well. This look is fun and fresh. (Annabelle Dando Photography and Eventi)


Meaghan Elliott Photography

From blush to buff each bridesmaid looks radiant mixing a variety of gown styles. (Meaghan Elliott Photography and Intrigue Designs and Decor)



Another beautiful blush look. (Kate Ann Photography)

Mismatched Style and Mismatched Color: Pick a range of colors and your bridesmaids select a dress that suits them best.


A plum perfect mismatch of beautifully hued gowns makes quite a statement. This bride is not afraid of color! (Alicia Wiley Photography)


Florals By Patricia and Pat Clevenger

The mismatched gowns are striking and the coordinated florals look fabulous. Remember, not every bridesmaid needs a floral crown.  (Florals By Patricia and Pat Clevenger)



An unexpected color palette, burgundy, mauve and teal, work. Matching wraps tie the look together. (Violet Floral Designs of Baltimore and Mary Kate Anthony Photography)



Another example of how bold color choices can work together. (Core Creative Co. and Steel Cut Flowers)


Mix in Metallics to break up the Matchiness (made up word, but you get the point). Make them shine.


This is so fantastic. Muted colors paired with metallics like rose gold and gold and a perfect floral print. (Kira Nicole Photography and Joie Events)



Even rose gold and silver can get along to create a dazzling presentation. (B.O.B. Photography and Simply Beautiful Flowers)



Soft colors and hints of gold offer a modern, feminine vibe. (Candice Adelle Photography)



Another variation of subtle but stylish bridesmaid wear. (Vness Photography and An Elegant Affair)


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Here the gold is a bit more pronounced but works with the coordinating peach dresses. Pretty, pretty (L.A.Birdie Photography and Della Blooms and Gifts)

If you decide to go with mismatched bridesmaids dresses remember flowers, hair, makeup, and accessories are all ways to unify the look. Take into consideration the feelings and ideas of your gals. Some women are not comfortable in shorter length dresses and some don’t want to spend the day in a strapless gown. With all the beautiful choices available, you are sure to find a dress to make them feel and look amazing.

Three Details that Make a Winter Wedding Magical

So you’re planning a Winter wedding? Congratulations. You’re a bridal renegade. While Winter is not the most popular month to tie the knot, it is a smart season to consider. You’ll likely find greater vendor availability, meaning that venue you want may not be booked (but steer clear of holiday dates). You won’t have to worry about the sweltering heat and humidity wreaking havoc on your hair and makeup. Winter weddings are in fact, romantic. Today we’re spotlighting three details that make Winter weddings magical.

#1 Winter Accessories  Woolen mittens, a cozy scarf, wooly wraps. Winter weddings invite the opportunity to dress up your attire with a warm weather accessory. Temperatures from December to March are going to be chilly in Maryland. Plan ahead by selecting a sweet set that will keep you toasty-especially for those outdoor portraits.

Talk to your florist about ways to coordinate your florals with any accessories you plan to wear. How beautiful is this? (A Unique Boutique and Karizma Photography)

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A long-sleeve wedding gown is a stunning option for cold-weather nuptials. (We are the Cashmans)

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Remember your ladies. Keep them cozy in coordinating wraps. (Brittany De Frehn Photography and My Flower Box Events)

Brittany DeFrehn Photographyl Charm City Wed

A fluffy white stole is angelic looking and will keep bare arms and shoulders from catching a chill. (Brittany DeFrehn Photography)

Consider clothing your bridesmaids in separates, include a lovely, winter sweater and they’ll be forever grateful.  (Kirsten Smith Photography and Floriculture Micro Farm)

#2 Intimate Indoor Ambiance Cold weather invites us in and gives us the chance to transform indoor spaces into romantic, intimate settings. Stringed lights, candles, fireplaces are all available for creating atmosphere. If your venue does not have a fireplace, no problem- most rental companies have architectural pieces available for you to rent.

Tricia Notte Images

Draping fabric sets the focus on your ceremony site and adds an ethereal quality when paired with lights. Beautiful florals frame your “I dos” perfectly. (Violet Floral Designs and Tricia Notte Images)

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We love a fireplace. There are endless ways to decorate a mantel and the ambiance they create is undeniable. (Core Creative Co. and Steel Cut Flowers)

Anabelle Dando Photography l Charm City Wed

Lights on the ceiling warm up any space and create an al fresco feeling, inside. (Annabelle Dando Photography)

Joy Michelle l Charm City Wed

Some indoor spaces are so beautiful they need only minimal decor. Simple candles and greenery on the mantel work elegantly, here. (Sweet Blossoms Events and Joy Michelle Photography)

#3 Snow You know the line from Father of the Bride when Howard, Frank’s assistant, says, “All I can say is thank God snow is white. It works. You know what I mean? It works.” He’s right. It does work. If it happens to snow on your wedding day, I have no doubt your photographer will figure out a brilliant way to make it work.

Leah Rhianne Photography l Charm City Wed

A beautiful couple and a snowy iconic Baltimore scene. That’s quite an image! (Leah Rhianne Photography)

Jennifer Starcher Photography l Charm City Wed

A whimsical photograph that warms the heart, even with all that snow on the ground. (Summertime Blooms and Jennifer Starcher)

We Are the Cashmans l Charm City Wed

Even a dusting of snow adds to the beauty for this strolling pair. (We are the Cashmans)

If you’re considering a Winter wedding, go for it. There are so many ways to personalize your day and to create a warm, inviting event for your friends and family. Think of all the things you love about Winter (don’t forget the hot chocolate and a cute pair of snow boots) and incorporate those elements into your overall design. Make it romantic, fun and seasonally delightful.


Brookville Academy Styled Wedding || Meaghan Clare Photography

Located at the Brookeville Academy in Brookeville Maryland this styled shoot brings the richness of traditional colors interplayed with a bohemian style. It reminds us of what would be a modern take on an old castle wedding. The interplay of historic location, berries, pewter plates and royal colors bring us to the days of Robin Hood. Yet, there is a simple feminine elements throughout bring us to more modern day.

The historic stone building created the  perfect setting for this styled shoot. Stylist Shelagh Bolger from Shelagh Bolger Event Planning & Styling, designed an elegant table setting using a rich blue tablecloth, pewter vintage table settings, and fawn hemstitch napkins, all the pieces filled the heart of table, creating a groaning board effect. This setting is both unique and romantic, having a strong historic feel.

The cotton paper invitations, designed by Jenny Olsen of Wild Hearts Calligraphy added the perfect element of elegant aged simplicity. Torn edges, light font and simplistic deign, this invitation offers an old world effect, while bringing it to a more modern day appearance with the thin typeface and clean design.

At the center of the table, Julie Abrera of Beaumont House Design, created an exquisite floral bouquet full of delicious aromas; Sweet pea, lilac, garden roses, hellebore, clematis, ranuncula, viburnum, stock and antique carnations were delicately arranged harmoniously together. Berries were also interspersed into the design, creating a feeling of abundance. The bridal bouquet was made of was lilac, garden roses and mixed greenery. Simple, full and completely elegant, this bouquet is incredibly romantic.

Lauren Connolly, of Sweet Elephant Bakeshop created a  Madagascar bourbon vanilla Cake with vanilla Buttercream icing and it was a work of art unto itself.  The cake showcases a light violet textured buttercream. The cake was then topped with stunning florals and greenery that wrapped around the cake. Romantic, elegant and decorated beautifully, we love the loose design of the cake and the felinity that it displays.

Kristin and Brianna of Amie Decker Beauty created a bridal hairstyle with a loose, textured updo which they paired with an elegant natural make-up palette. The loosely coiled coifs of her hair are ultra feminine and still beautifully structured. A single veil with a thick lace border finished the look.

Be sure to check out these exceptional vendors if you love this look as much as we do.

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Model: Libby Jones

Calligrapher: Wild Hearts Calligraphy

Bakery: The Sweet Elephant Bake Shop 

Floral Designer: Beaumont House Design

Make Up Artist: Amie Decker Beauty

Stylist: Shealgh Bolger Event Planning & Design

Photographer: Meaghan Clare Photography

Happy New Year, Hello Coral Florals


A new year means a new Pantone Color of the Year. Were you waiting on the edge of your seat to find out what it would be or did you just realize that UltraViolet is so last year? I am not even sure when this started, but it’s fun to see what color is selected each year as the “hip” new color and it’s even more fun to see how that influences trends. In the wedding industry, we see the impact and in all honesty, coral has been in style for the past few years. I imagine it will continue to show up in wedding day color palettes for quite a while. So whether you’re a trendy gal of just like the feminine (but not pink) hue, there are some gorgeous coral options for your florals and bridesmaids.

Lindsey Yocker l Charm City Wed

Coral Charm Peonies are both coral and charming. These wonders of nature are in a word-gorgeous. Spring Brides are lucky enough to get these lovelies in season. Here they make quite the statement when paired with paler pink Peonies, blue Scabiosa, white Lisianthus and mixed Eucalyptus greens. So, so pretty. (Dandelion House Floral Design and Lindsey Yocker)


J. Colony Photography l Charm City Wed

I really love how the coral florals pop in this bouquet. Gathered with white Roses and Panda Anenomes, this look is clean and sophisticated. (AZ Fleuristas and J.Colony Photography)


Libelle Photography l Charm City Wed

Remember you can always dress your best gals in coral and they can carry coral bouquets. This tone-on-tone look is delightful and all those pretty ribbons add even more feminine flair.  (Wrenwood Design and Libelle Photography)


Libelle Photography l Charm City Wed

Here’s that amazing Coral Charm Peony again, this time gathered with pink Roses, yellow Ranunculus and mixed greenery for a bright and colorful bouquet. (Wrenwood Design and Libelle Photography)


Blair Roberts l Charm City Wed

There are alternative coral flower options if Peonies are not available (or if you don’t love them). Coral Orchids are phenomenal and look brilliant with peach Stock, pale orange and pink Ranunculus and yellow Roses. This is truly a stunning bunch of blooms. (Sweet Blossoms and Blair Roberts)


Owl and Fox Studio l Charm City Wed

Coral combines nicely with soft pink and orange and looks striking with turquoise dresses. The soft green-blue of Dusty Miller foliage pulls the whole look together. (Unique Boutique and Owl and Fox Studio)


Patricia Cleavenger l Charm City Wed

A lovely line up, indeed. These coral bridesmaid gowns are flowing and fabulous, perfect for a formal wedding. Simple, sweet bouquets compliment the color and style perfectly.  (Florals by Patricia and Patricia Cleavenger)


The Hursts & Co. l Charm City Wed

Coral shaded Garden Roses in a mixed bouquet of white Alstroemeria, Astilbe and Lisianthus create an elegant look.  (Little Miss Lovely Floral Design and The Hursts & Co.)


Leah Adkins Photography l Charm City Wed

An amazing and classic bouquet mixes coral Peonies with Protea, Ferns, Ranunculus, Stephanotis (with the pearl centers) and hints of blue Delphinium and Hyacinth. (Little Miss Lovely Floral Design and Leah Adkins Photography)

If you’re planning your wedding palette, consider coral. It is a vibrant, happy color that can work in any setting. Pair it with black and white for a more formal look or mix it up with yellows and brighter shades for a lively look. Coral and navy blue is my all-time favorite combination using this trendy “new” color. Have fun and happy planning.

Thanks so much to all the photo contributors and floral phenoms.


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