Blue Lace Cocktail Dress for a September Wedding Guest

I took a cue from September’s sapphire birthstone when choosing the color for today’s wedding guest style post. This vibrant blue is between a vibrant sapphire and a royal blue, in one of the most classic fabrics: lace!  This will be the first a few ideas for what to wear to September and fall weddings, so I thought I’d start things off with a completely classic combination: an impeccable cocktail dress style, in a color that is both flattering and very wedding-friendly!

Royal Blue Lace Cocktail Dress

 Dress: Royal Blue Lace Dress by Betsy & Adam // Earrings: kate spade new york ‘sunrise cluster’ earrings //Bracelet: Pearl and Crystal Cluster Bracelet by Sabine //Clutch:  Jolene Clutch by Ted Baker London //Sandals: The “Nudist” Sandals in Blonde Satin ( or try pink!)  by Stuart Weitzman

Royal Blue Lace Dress

While you can certainly keep this look super classic with diamonds or pearls, I thought it was fun to add some colorful statement earrings, and a non-matching hot pink clutch.  This post also features my new favorite shoe – the slim ankle strap style (this pair by Stuart Weitzman is is called “The Nudist”, because they allow so much leg to show!) These heels not only elongate the leg, but also just adds a wisp of barely-there color, letting the dress stand out.  This sandal style comes in tons of shades, so you could also try a floral, or hot pink for fun contrast if you dare!  I hope this has given you some ideas for wedding attire for next month’s weddings, or at the very least has helped you find a beautiful royal blue dress!


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Evening Gowns and Enchanting Gardens

Prepare to be utterly entranced by this glamorous styled shoot by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography, with evening gowns from Solutions Bridal Designer House, placed against the beautiful backdrop of Harmony Gardens.

Champagne lace gown | Hundreds of Moments Photography  see more:


Evening Gowns and Enchanting Gardens

Fashion-seeking friends, I have such a treat for you today! You may have noticed that I don’t feature many styled shoots here on Dress for the Wedding, but it’s certainly not because I lack any love for them! When I saw this amazing shoot by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography, filled with designer evening gowns set against lushly wooded garden paths, I knew I had to share it.

These exquisite evening gowns are from Solutions Bridal Designer House by Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Theia. These are the designer names and dresses you’ll see me mention often for wedding guests, bridesmaids, and mothers. Isn’t it wonderful to see them in action and in such a glorious setting?

Of course, I was initially dazzled by the evening gowns and dresses,  and then I saw Rex the Pony! I love any shoot that features stunning gowns like these, and if there is an equine friend in the mix, then I’m even more thrilled! This collaboration by a talented team of Florida-based wedding vendors, reflects exactly the sort of styling inspiration I want to offer my readers. If you think evening gowns are just for ballrooms, this shoot will have you thinking differently!


Champagne lace dress from by Notte by Marchesa  | Available at Solutions Bridal Designer House | Photographed by Hundreds of Moments Photography

Champagne lace Notte by Marchesa gown Hundreds of Moments Photography

Red lace dress |  Photography by Hundreds of Moments Photography

Red and neutral illusion dress | Photography by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography See more at

Red evening gown back detail | Photography by Hundreds of Moments Dress by

Red evening gown and sequin dress from Solutions Bridal Design House

Stunning red gown from Solutions Bridal Design House  Photography

A few words about the inspiration details from the shoot by Betsy Hansen from Hundreds of Moments Photography:

“This beautifully styled and enchanting shoot came together when Solutions Bridal Designer House requested to create something special with this season’s evening wear. Their desire to feature evening gowns in a shoot was spurred from their always shooting bridal gowns. They wanted to create something amazing, and I was up for the challenge!”

Red and black evening gowns by Solutions Bridal Design House

Black evening gown by | Photography by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments

More from Betsy: “Solutions Bridal Evening Wear Specialist, Stephanie Nicholl, hand-selected the dresses from their collection. She sent images of the gowns to me prior to the shoot, and I knew they would be perfect! The bright reds and purples were just perfect to stand out against the green foliage in the gardens.”

Black lace dress from Solutions Bridal Designer House | Photographed by  Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography | See more:

Ballgowns and dresses from Solutions Bridal

More of Betsy’s behind-the-scenes details: “Harmony Gardens is a location in the small, Central Florida town of DeLeon Springs, Florida that I have previously photographed. I knew that the quiet garden was capable of giving us the type of mystical images I was hoping for, so I contacted the always bright and bubbly, Leah King, owner of the property. She was happy to accommodate our team and even helped us get a few shots in with her adorable pony, Rex!

Simone Rosas, owner of Makeover Station, is a hair and makeup professional that I have worked with for 8+ years. She is the most talented stylist I know who can beautifully craft bridal hair plus apply an amazing face of soft and elegant makeup. I was so excited to have her on this shoot.

BMG Models is an agency that I work with often. They are always up for providing stunning models for styled shoots. Lauren Ensley, a newbie to BMG, and Mariah Vos were our two beautiful girls who wore the designer gowns.

I can’t stop looking at these amazing images, and I am proud to have produced them. My heart and soul was put into each shot. I even ended up lying on the ground, sitting in brush and tromping through some woods for a few shots.”

From the glamorous results, I’d say Betsy’s efforts were well worth it!

I hope you’ve loved one of Dress for the Wedding’s first forays into sharing styled shoots.I think you’ll agree, we have started things off with style!

Photography: Betsy Hansen with Hundreds of Moments Photography LLC  // Evening gowns provided by  Solutions Bridal Designer House   styled by Stephanie Nicoll (Details: Champagne lace gown, neutral and red embroidered dress, red one shoulder evening gown, and black lace cocktail dress are all by Notte by Marchesa;  Gold sequined cocktail dress, black sequin gown, and black and purple ballgown all by Theia Couture) Red draped back dress: ML by Monique Lhuillier  // Talent: BMG Models Lauren Ensley and Mariah Vos // Hair and Makeup: Simone Rosas with Makeover Station // Location: Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden, DeLeon Springs, FL // Rex the Pony: In care of Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden 

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Pale Pink Wedding Shoes

Many ladies love pink with such a passion that they consider it their signature color. If you are a bride who considers herself an honorary member of the Pink Ladies, your wedding might not be complete without including this pretty shade in some way.  One of the best ways to do this is with a pair of pretty pink wedding shoes!

Pale pink wedding shoes

1. kate spade new york “sala” pumps in baby pink satin  2.  Ted Baker London “Torela” Pumps in Nude Pale Pink  3.  Christian Louboutin Pink Glitter Piou Piou Pumps 4.  kate spade new york “miva” sandal  5. Manolo Blahnik Hangisi in Nude Pale Pink 6. Badgley Mischka “Petal” Pumps 7. kate spade new york “charm” slingbacks  8. Caparros Elate Lace Pump 

If you love pink, but aren’t choosing a blush wedding gown, or having a full-on pink wedding, a subtle way to bring in this color might choose to wear a little bit of this delicate color on your feet and in your accessories.  And if you are having a pink wedding extravaganza, then it won’t be complete without a pair of pale pink wedding shoes!

I’ve selected some of my favorite wedding-worthy heels in shades from blush, ballet slipper, to pink glitter.  If you’re more of a hot pink or fuchsia fan, I’ll have a post soon that will feature the more vibrant end of the pink shoe spectrum!

More pink posts:

Mismatched Pink Bridesmaid Dresses

Pink Dresses

Pink Wedding Ideas

Pink Mother of the Bride Ideas

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Summer Giveaway from Cuisinart and BridalPulse!

CuisinartGiveaway from BridalPulse

Enter to win the BridalPulse and Cuisinart Summer Giveaway on the BridalPulse app! You could win a package of these 5 items that are perfect for summer cooking all from Cuisinart: 1.Ice Cream + Sorbet Maker 2. Griddler 3. Sparkling Beverage Maker  4.Belgian Waffle Maker 5. Blender + Food Processor

Summer Giveaway from BridalPulse and Cuisinart

You may remember a few weeks ago when I told you Dress for the Wedding was excited to be a part of a top wedding planning app called BridalPulse which is sponsored by Cuisinart. It’s a fabulous mobile way to stay on top of posts from Dress for the Wedding and other top wedding blogs, which will make getting wedding inspiration and your wedding planning a cinch!

I hope you immediately grabbed your iPhone and downloaded the app when I first told you about it. But if for some reason you didn’t (What the…? Ok, ok, maybe your nail polish was wet, or your best friend called?) well, you have even more reason to now! Cuisinart is sponsoring a fabulous summer giveaway featuring five products valued at over $500 that will make your summer food fun complete and also make great wedding registry items.

You can only enter to win through a sign up on the BridalPulse app, so download the app, and then click on Register to Win!  It really is a win-win, you’ll get the best wedding inspiration, and be entered to possibly win one of these great prizes from Cuisinart to make your kitchen prep snap and summer cooking routine full of fun! Good luck and please spread the word to all your engaged or soon-to-be-engaged friends!

Giveaway ends on August 25th, and winner will be announced on September 2nd. Download the BridalPulse app and register to win! Giveaway Terms and Conditions are listed on the BridalPulse app.

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Green Mother of the Bride Dress

As we head into the fall season, more rich, jewel-toned dresses start to emerge, and this gorgeous green gown is just one wonderful example of some of the great fall hues and styles there are to choose from. This style idea for a mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom features an green evening gown with pretty illusion neckline, which makes a subtly-stunning dress for fall and winter weddings.


Green gown for the mother of the brideGreen Crepe Gown by JS Boutique //  Black Crystal Chain Earrings by Athra Luxe // Link Bracelet by Carolee  //Ornate Clutch by Kate Landry // Duchess 2 Sandal by Ivanka Trump

Green Gown for Mothers of the Wedding

Some of my emerald green dress posts from a few seasons ago were very popular with mothers-of-the-bride or mothers-of the-groom who were seeking gown and color that would strike the balance between subtly standing out in a special dress and standing the test of time in photos.   For weddings from the fall season through winter, I think jade, emerald, and teal greens or blues are a beautiful choices. As we head closer to that season, I wanted to present this updated version of a choice for a wedding-appropriate green evening gown.

The color here is called emerald, but it also seems to lean toward one of my favorite colors right now: deep teal. I love how the illusion neckline of this gown gives both coverage and beautiful embellishment. The tailored shape of the solid green gown serves to balance the sparkle and gives it a completely classic look.  Guests with an invitation to a formal fall or winter wedding can also consider this beautiful gown a perfect choice for those festive events!

More ideas:

Mother of the Bride Dress Ideas

Mother of the Bride Dress Picks

Formal Gown Picks


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Good Guest Tip # 3
Give your wedding gift within a month of the wedding - don't wait the year you're "allowed".
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