Wedding - January 25, 2020

What I Wore To Our Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party

Ahhh hello!! I cannot believe TODAY is the day!

I’m actually writing this the week before, though, and scheduling it to go live the DAY of the wedding! But even still, I cannot believe it’s so close! I thought it would be fun to let y’all in on the planning process behind my rehearsal dinner dress that I wore last night – it was such a fun process!

Brighton keller rehearsal dinner dress sketch Mackenzie Brittingham

I hadn’t originally planned to get a dress made for our rehearsal dinner, but I had so much fun working with Mackenzie to create my reception dress that we decided to create another dress together! She’s so incredibly talented and I just love working with her in general and being around her!

I knew I wanted to do something that I could wear to both the rehearsal dinner and the welcome party. For our welcome party, the theme was “Boots, Blazers & Butlers” and the attire was “Western Chic.” Duncan and I wanted both our rehearsal dinner and the welcome part to feel laid back and casual! And for those who asked what “Western Chic” meant we just said for the guys to wear jeans, blazers and boots and for the girls to wear a less-than-cocktail-style dress with cowgirl boots!

So for my rehearsal dinner dress, I wanted something that I could transform from a dressy-ish look to more casual with my cowgirl boots for the welcome party. That being said, we played around with a lot of fun two-piece outfits that were easy to transition into another look.

brighton keller rehearsal dinner dress

After looking at inspiration, I decided I wanted to use lace somewhere in the look. I thought about doing high-waisted white pants paired with a lace crop top with a dramatic sleeve. I also considered doing some sort of see-through lace blazer/jacket to go over a white skirt suit – how cute would that be?!

And funny enough, the day we met to conceptualize the dress, Mackenzie was wearing a black organza tunic top she’d designed herself paired with leather leggings and flats – she looked so cute. The top was sort of like a wrap blazer/jacket that fastened with a bow. It’s SO CUTE! Anyway, her top gave us the idea to play with white organza fabric and maybe do something transparent OVER a pretty lace or white stain maybe.

After we starting playing with the idea of using white organza fabric and dreaming up ideas, I was SOLD. I knew that’s what I was going to do!

And then as we starting playing with a few fabrics, it sort of all came together. She’d already made an organza bow for another client that she showed me and I LOVED how fluffy and fun it was. And plus, I love me some bows!! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! What do you think?!

brighton keller rehearsal dinner 2
brighton keller rehearsal dinner dress

I wore these custom-made heels that my Mom made for me for my 30th birthday party and our engagement party (same party because our party was on my birthday this past November!).

brighton keller lace and organza rehearsal dinner dress
brighton keller rehearsal dinner lace dress