Y’all, my big brother got married last month, and I got my very first sister out of the deal! Even though it rained literally all day and night, their outdoor ceremony at The Cypress Grove Estate House was absolutely stunning, and I completely balled my eyes out. Seeing everyone I love in one place made me miss Florida (and temperatures above freezing) quite a bit. Fortunately, even with all the rain and mud, Catherine was there to work her magic, and I should have some photos to share with y’all soon!
Anyways, the dress code was semi-formal, and their colors were navy and peach, so this cross wrap Bardot dress fit in perfectly with their outdoor garden theme. Its chic, off-shoulder style blends retro glamor with sophistication, and I absolutely love it. I also love that it can be styled with a wrap or shawl to keep warm in colder weather. If you’re attending a formal garden party or wedding in the future, I can’t recommend this gem highly enough. It comes in navy, black, pink, and red and is shockingly well made, especially considering its $34 price tag. Head to the bottom of this post for outfit details!
Also, flights out of Columbia are pricey, so I tried to save as much money on my wardrobe as possible. I decided to try these budget-friendly black block heel sandals, and they rock! They look and feel just like Sam Edelman but for a quarter of the cost. They weathered the mud and rain like champs, too!
If you’ve got an upcoming garden parties or garden weddings in the future, keep this versatile gem in mind! Also, I know spring is right around the corner, so if you need affordable spring wedding guest dress ideas, too, click here.
Photography by Catherine Rhodes. Big thanks to Helmi’s Gardens for letting us shoot in your incredible greenhouse!