Bromeliad pink is one of my favourite colours.
It is also a colour that looks beautiful amidst the lush greenery of Hawaii.
Not surprisingly, when Mr Dreamy and I picked a wedding location set in tropical gardens on the slopes of a mountain in Hawaii, bromeliad pink was one of the first colours I thought of for the bridesmaids.
Unfortunately, I said “Pink” and two of my four bridesmaids said “Ewwww….no….” The other two bridesmaids were very obliging and said “Oooh, pink!” and “It’s your wedding, I’ll wear whatever you want me to” respectively.
Being the sweet, accommodating person that I am (only slight sarcasm intended), I offered the two recalcitrant bridesmaids green, which they agreed would be much preferable.
And then of course I went out and bought lots of bromeliad pink chiffon (which I loved) and muted jade green chiffon (which was OK), and showed both fabrics to the bridesmaids, and the recalcitrant ones said “Oh….that colour pink! We would wear that.”
Well. Thanks. Too late.
I first designed both skirts and tops of the same bromeliad pink or jade green chiffon, but then decided that I wanted to include a Hawaiian twist, and wanted to include a print, so I found a beautiful tropical print barkcloth for the bodices, and also for the groomsmen’s shirts.
I made the skirts myself, and my lovely (honorary) Auntie Artie made the bodices and groomsmen’s shirts (and the father of the bride and groom shirts).
She even brought her sewing machine to the Lodge the day before the wedding, and made sure that everyone’s top fit them perfectly.
And then, at the last minute, my fourth bridesmaid couldn’t come. So I had two in pink and one in green.
But my three bridesmaids were darling and wonderful and looked amazing – like bright hibiscuses, or little tropical fairies.
And no, I’ll admit that their outfits aren’t particularly practical or wearable again, but I paid for them, so I think I’m allowed that indulgence!
The fabric looks amazing! I do hope that your fourth bridesmaid is okay and nothing terrible has happened.
Oh, she just had to take a masters final – nothing bad!
I think these outfits are very rewearable. Especially when splitting them and wearing the bits with other things. I have a theory though that seeing any dress style on bridesmaids ‘brands’ it in our minds as bridesmaidy. I made four polycotton, deep navy dresses that were so plain they only needed an apron to look like nun novice frocks, and even then they all said they were “so bridesmaidy”. Really! hehehe
They look lovely Dreamstress! And I agree with Mrs C – totally rewearable, especially if split. I’d wear both pieces quite happily! The top would be great with denim jeans or shorts for a nice barbeque or other summery event where you want to show a bit of skin but keep it relaxed, and the skirts are so pretty that they’d be lovely for a slightly dressier affair like a work Christmas party or (as I would) with a relaxed cotton singlet for lovely, summery, swishy, easy-to-wear goodness.