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Presto Change-o!
Tara Guérard Soirée and LulaKate teamed up to create a custom bridesmaid ensemble that went from formal ceremony to garden party reception. Here’s what they fashioned (plus a few bonus accessories Tara recently fell for)

The pros at LulaKate say this ensemble (top), with its overskirt and Little White Dress, flatters every figure because the dress has a scoop neck and straps while the pink skirt is long and cut full. After the Big Day, they suggest bridesmaids throw a denim or leather jacket over the frock for work or dinner out. And, they say, pair the skirt with a smart sweater or button-down blouse and head to anything from a church service to a cocktail fête.

Dress & Overskirt
LulaKate’s “Emily” little white dress and “Dahlia” long overskirt ($225-$240 and $200-$210, respectively, both from

Peyton William’s “Fallyn” quartz necklace ($325;

Out of Hand’s beaded clutch ($285;

Ivanka Trump’s “Gelana” heels ($53-$130;

Be A Savvy Shopper
This wedding’s bride wanted floral footwear for her maids, so when planner Tara Guerard spotted these beauties (right) at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH at Charleston’s Tanger Outlets, she bought every pair. A little online shopping ensured the entire wedding party was similarly well-heeled. Even luxury planners know how to shop smart!

We’re Wondering ...
Who should pay for the bridesmaid’s Ensemble? “If a bridesmaid can easily wear an item again, it’s OK to ask her to pay,” says Carrie Glasscock of LulaKate and Kate McDonald Bridal. “If not—and the ensemble is specific to your event and décor—then you should gift the items.”


Photographs by (bridesmaids) corbin gurkin; (3) emily moore; (shoes) courtesy of ivanka trump; (necklace) courtesy of peyton william