Miss A Columnist

Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Bridesmaid Dress Of The Week: Chiffon Cowl-Neckline Dress By Occasions

My pick for this week is a long bridesmaids’ dress (rare for me!), but I love this one for a few different reasons. It is by Occasions, a division of JLM Couture. This company’s name may not be too familiar to you, but they are a multi-label bridal house engaged in the design of bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses. The company’s bridal gown collections are Alvina Valenta, Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Blush, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, and Tara Keely. The bridesmaid collections are Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Occasions, and Noir by Lazaro…definitely designers most have heard of!

Photo credit: jlmcouture.com

(Photo Credit: jlmcouture.com)

Anyway, back to the dress! This one is a chiffon A-line bridesmaid gown, cowl draped neckline, natural waist, and a wrap skirt with side front slit. The dress comes in thirty colors that range from brights to neutrals. The cowl neckline and front slit give this dress crafted from a traditional fabric a sexy edge. I love it paired with an amazing shoe (as pictured above)!

This simple, but elegant edgy dress also comes in white and ivory. Why do I specifically point out these hues? Because some brides are seeking a dress without the “princess” look of beading and a full skirt. For that simply sophisticated bride who craves clean lines, this dress could fit the bill!

Photo credit: jlmcouture.com

(Photo Credit: jlmcouture.com)

As an added bonus, it would be way less expensive than most dresses that are designed to be “wedding gowns”.

Regardless of whether you love this exact dress, do keep this tip in mind if you are a bride in search of a simpler dress! Browse through the bridesmaid racks and catalogs and ask if your favorite dress comes in white or ivory!

(Photo Credit: jlmcouture.com)

(Photo Credit: jlmcouture.com)

 

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