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Watters: Real Bridesmaids

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Watters. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’d like to dedicate this post to my beautiful bridesmaids. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for these girls, and they made me feel the same throughout all of my planning, bachelorette party, and wedding day.

All photos by  Brant Smith Photography

It was so magical seeing all of them in their Watters bridesmaids dresses! The color palette was even more stunning when they were together. After everyone had their dresses on, they surprised me with a gift…

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Throughout the day, they had been documenting me getting ready with a Fujifilm instant camera. They had created this book ahead of time filled with their letters to me about our friendships together. All morning, they were sneakily taping the photos they were taking into this book… including a photo they had taken of my mother, my sister, and me not even 5 minutes prior to handing me this gift! I can’t believe how much thought they put into everything! I will forever be grateful… and so begins my letters to them.

Wearing  Lottie

Wearing Lottie

Dear Kat,

My wonderful maid of honor! I’ve always said and will say again how great you are at handling the everyday things. You have the most common sense and practicality out of everyone I know. Even though I helped you with academics throughout college, you helped me with things a young adult should have already known, like how to boil an egg or fold clothes!

Living with you during college was the reason I laughed the hardest throughout those years. You’re so silly, and we clicked so easily! That’s probably why I was so excited to live with you yet again when we were in our late twenties!

You will always be a friend I will cherish throughout life. Thank you for taking on the stress and challenges of being my maid of honor, even though you had to help with a ton of other weddings, showers, birthdays, family matters, and more. You are superwoman, and I hope I can do as much for you that you have done for me! Roomies for life!

Wearing  Summer

Wearing Summer

Dear Angela,

My baby sister! We’re finally both married women! I loved being part of your special day, and I’m glad you were able to be part of mine. Thank you SO much for taking care of the family side of things, fighting some of my battles, and listening to me vent. You always reassure me when I only have criticism for myself, and you keep me sane! I could not have done it without you.

Even though I’m the older one, I feel like you’ve lived a lot more life than me, and I applaud how you handle every situation that’s been thrown at you. Thank you for being so generous, kind, and thoughtful to me.

I’m lucky to be able to tell people that I’m actually close to my sister, and that we’re just alike when it comes to the core. I can’t wait until Ashton has a little cousin to play with, and we start our own family traditions together.

Wearing  Aldridge

Wearing Aldridge

Dear Jean,

My fellow crazy cat lady! Thank you for coming along on this journey with me! I know you had to sometimes step out of your comfort zone for me, and I truly felt special that you would do that for me.

Even though we don’t see each other a ton, and we lived relatively far from each other all the time, I love that you make time for me when you can. You’re one of the most down-to-earth, candid, no BS girls I know. Not to mention you have impeccable taste in music, art, fashion, and books. Thank you for randomly surprising me with books, photos, and inspiration!

Few people have influenced me in life, but having you as my friend definitely steered my towards certain taste and aesthetics over the years. I’m so glad to have you in my friends circle.

Wearing  Deni

Wearing Deni

Dear Jen,

It was so funny how we discovered how alike we were in college! There were so many situations where I felt alone until I talked to you. I appreciate how honest you are and how you go to such great lengths to be a good friend. Because of you, I’ve learned to say yes to more social situations LOL.

Even though you and I have lived in different cities, it never felt like you were far. Like even now, when you’re in Austin! We always pick up where we left off whether it’s through text or in person, and that doesn’t come easily to me!

I love that you have a huge heart, think to put others first, and are always there when I need advice. You are someone who shows friendship with action and not just words, which is something that can be so rare these days.

I’m so lucky to have you as my friend and as a bridesmaid! I can’t wait to see you again in January!

Wearing  209

Wearing 209

Dear Marie,

My History Day, MST Day, multimedia capstone, piano, travel, and everything partner! Wow, we’ve been through SO much together!

I know I mentioned this before when I asked you to be my bridesmaid, but it’s so amazing how close we were when we were younger, drifted apart in college, yet still found our way back into each other’s lives. And now, we’re closer than ever! ……….’Til death do us part ;)

Thank you for being down to be my bridesmaid and to always hang out with me, be creative with me, and inspire me! You are crazy talented and push me to be better in so many ways! As a left-brained person who loves creativity, I find it to so fun and refreshing to be around an actual right-brained person.

You’re such a great friend and an independent and driven person. I can’t wait to see where your future takes you, and I will always be there to cheer you on!

Wearing  Fiona

Wearing Fiona

Dear Sandra,

My wonderfully talented, outgoing, bubbly, and hilarious friend! You’ve always been so easy to talk to, and I’m so glad to have gotten close to you throughout college.

I love how you always make the effort to get people together or make everyone feel special, whether it’s a birthday, engagement, or any other celebration. You selflessly pour a ton of heart and energy into others, including me, and I don’t know how to repay you!

Thank you for being my bridesmaid, making “special” cookies for my bachelorette, and making time for me when I visited California!

I miss you and selfishly hope that you’ll be back in Texas for good so I can see you more often again! I’m so excited for your special day too, and I hope I can help you as much as you helped me!

 

Thank you again to Watters for having my girls’ backs like they had mine! They were the perfect dresses for the perfect bridal party.

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Watters Bridesmaids Dresses

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Watters. The opinions and text are all mine.

Earlier this year, my bridesmaids and I visited the Watters headquarters to pick out their bridesmaids dresses! In May, they received all of their dresses, and this past weekend, I got to shoot a few of them in it!

This was one of my favorite shoots all YEAR because I got to capture my beautiful bridesmaids in their dresses for the first time! Not everyone could make it, but I'm happy to have been able to shoot Jen, Angela, and Kat!

Left to right: Jen wearing  Deni , Angela wearing  Summer , and Kat wearing  Lottie

Left to right: Jen wearing Deni, Angela wearing Summer, and Kat wearing Lottie

I really loved that everyone got to choose a dress they liked from the Watters/Wtoo collections also! I wanted to be sure that everyone felt confident in how they look and feel in their dresses in September!

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Don't they all look so beautiful? I'm so proud to call them my bridesmaids! I can't wait to see the other three girls in their dresses also! I know everyone is going to look amazing!

Watters Visit With My Bridesmaids

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Watters. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I'm so happy to announce that I'm collaborating with Watters for my wedding! On Monday, all 6 of my bridesmaids and I visited the Watters headquarters in Dallas for bridesmaids dress fittings! We were welcomed with champagne and cookies, but best of all... we got to meet the CEO herself, Vatana Watters, and the entire Watters design team! It was such an honor, and we were all so thrilled! I'm truly so grateful that Watters is sponsoring all of my girls' dresses because their selections are ALL so amazing! We got to pick from all 3 of their collections: Watters, Wtoo, and Willowby. Nothing but the best for MY girls ;) The experience of being there as everyone tried on selections was one of the best moments of the year! 

Sydney at Watters helped the girls try on dresses, recommending styles and colors to us the entire time. She was so patient with us, even though I think we asked the same questions multiple times! We couldn't have done it without her! I originally wanted all navy blue dresses for my bridesmaids, but I thought it would be fun to have different variations of blue. I also wanted my bridesmaids to be able to wear what they thought looked best on them, so I told every person to pick a dress that they liked.

What we all love about Watters is that the bridesmaids dresses don't look like bridesmaids dresses... they're all beautiful pieces that can stand on their own! I was fine if some girls ended up picking the same dresses, but I'm so happy that everyone ended up choosing a unique piece!

The beginning was a bit hectic because not every dress style came in the same kind of blue, and I wanted to be sure there were at least enough different blues to alternate colors. Sydney came up with a game plan to decide on the colors once everyone chose their dress style.

Genius!

Genius!

After everything was picked out, the girls got their measurements taken, and we were all done! It was such a fun experience, and I'm so happy with what everyone chose! As you can see above, we went with half Navy Blue and half French Blue. Sydney was sweet enough to put together how it would look. Are you ready....

Top:  Summer ,  Deni ,  209  | Bottom:  Aldridge ,  Fiona ,  Lottie

Top: Summer, Deni, 209 | Bottom: Aldridge, Fiona, Lottie

AHH! It was better than I could have imagined! I cannot wait until my girls get their dresses. They're going to look so beautiful standing beside me on my wedding day!