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Colorado Wedding Photography: Bridesmaids, inspiration shoot

The idea for this shoot came from Denver’s local Bella Bridesmaid shop owner, Rae Ann Wheeler. As the owner of one of the busiest dress shops in town, she often encounters bridesmaids who buy gorgeous dresses for their friend’s wedding, but don’t know how they can wear them again after the wedding.

In one of the ISES meetings, she discussed this subject with a couple of industry professionals, including myself. During the discussion, we decided we could inspire these women to make the most of their gown by creating a story about transforming a bridesmaid gown to a dress that could be worn after the wedding.

With some very minor details like a change of jewelry and adding cute accessories, our stylist, Tina Gill, was able to transform the bridesmaid dresses into beautiful casual and fun styles.

All of our local Denver vendors rocked the show with their amazing creations. I was so honored to be part of this photo shoot. We couldn’t have done it without our beautiful models Leeza, Katya, Hillary, Audrey (who happens to be a photographer), Angel and amazing Mia!

While you might have an idea of what to do with the bridesmaid dresses after the wedding, also pick up some ideas for the actual bridesmaid dresses from our designer. It is all in the details!


Bella Bridesmaid – Rae Ann Wheeler
Shawls – Splendor For Your Guests
Stylist – Worthwhile Style
Make Up – Make up by Sameera
Hair – K. Schell Designs
Venue – Hilton Garden Inn, Denver Downtown
Florist – Sweet Pea Flowers
Photography – Mansurovs Photography


Belt change, swap the elegant shawl with a leather jacket and you are instantly ready to rock the bridesmaid dress out at a cocktail party or a corporate dinner.

Bridesmaids #2

Pull the hair down, change up the jewelry, grab a vintage jacket and you are ready for a movie date with your girlfriends or your sweetheart.

Bridesmaids #3

Nothing is more cuter than a western glam. Biggest advantage? You can play this card almost all the time.

Bridesmaids #4

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Match up the colors, change the heels grab a cute purse and you are ready to rock it out!

Bridesmaids #7

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For the brides who are just not ready to let their bridesmaids go, here are some ideas for the bouquets from Sweet Pea Flowers.

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Can you tell they were bridesmaids?

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August 3, 2011 - 4:09 pm

tina gill - Great pics Lola! LOVE the different looks! Most jewelry by Stella and Dot (Becky McBride) and hair accessories by Kori Schell Designs. And what a FUN shoot! Everyone looked amazing! thanks for including me!

December 30, 2011 - 8:56 pm

jj - Great color match….

January 11, 2012 - 11:02 am

Lola - Thank you, JJ!

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