A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside Ceremony

by Danielle Salazar November 22, 2014

The night before Christmas Eve, Jake insisted that Kelly break tradition by opening one of her presents early. After some hesitation, she finally agreed, and Jake delivered a small gift on one knee. As you can assume, the rest is history! Just like their romance, their wedding day was just as fun and exciting. The lakeside scenery was enchanting, her simple wedding dress was breathtaking, and the guests and happy couple spent the evening "dancing, laughing, and smiling even more!"

See the stunning lakeside wedding here! | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside Ceremony

From the simple wedding dress to Kelly's wedding planning advice.

Q. What was your favorite part about the wedding day and why?

A. The ceremony was held on a lawn overlooking a lake with white, wooden folding chairs and café lights strung across the yard. I could feel the energy and excitement as I walked down the aisle--it was the first time I had seen Jake all day. Our pastor is a close family friend, and after the welcome and opening prayer he had us turn and look at all of our guests. I was so excited to see everyone! I loved the readings that we picked out, and our pastor’s message to us was so beautiful and inspiring. I loved our vows, and our rings, and the whole 'you may kiss the bride' thing.

Kelly wore a classic and traditional button-down, A-line wedding dress. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyGorgeous bridal shoes with beaded, floral accents. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyBridal veils are a stunning statement piece for the traditional bride. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyA white and green bouquet for the bride. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonySee the stunning lakeside wedding here! | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside Ceremony

Q. What made you decide on your Kennedy Blue gown?

A. When I went into my appointment my attendant brought me five gowns. I saw the simple wedding dress and thought it would be fun to try on--it was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted. I tried it on first to “get it out of the way” and I fell in love with it! I tried on more gowns, but nothing compared. My wedding dress was classic, elegant, and most importantly, comfortable. Every time I tried it on, I was just so excited!

We love this wedding picture idea for the groomsmen. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyThese groomsmen were handsome in their classic gray suits. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyWe love these personalized sweatpants as a bridesmaid gift idea! | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyGorgeous mismatched bridesmaid dresses in different colors. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyMix and match bridesmaid dresses for a fun and unique look! | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyThese ladies wore mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses - the same style in different colors. | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonySee the stunning lakeside wedding here! | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonyKelly and Jake looked so happy sharing their first dance! | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside CeremonySee the stunning lakeside wedding here! | A Simple Wedding Dress for a Lakeside Ceremony

Q. What advice would you give to other brides?

A. For one, we only thought about three things at a time. I made a list of everything that needed to get done, and put it in order of what needed to be done first. Jake and I would put three things on the board and only worry about those three things. Once they were done, we added three new things. If people asked us about something that wasn’t on the board (cakes, colors, etc.), I would say just simply say that we weren't there yet.

Also, hire and work with competent people that you trust, and don’t micro-manage them. When you work with talented people, you don’t have to be the expert in a million different areas. Plus, their ideas were 10 times better then anything I could have imagined!

Photography by: Sarah Chacos Photography

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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.




Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.