HAVE A FASHIONABLE ST. PATTY’S DAY! | Irish Dancer Styled Engagement Session with a dose of Anthropologie, and dress picks! And, for kicks, the current “it baby.”

Well.  I. am. excited you guys.  Today is, of course, St. Patty’s Day.  Which means so much.

But to most people, it means an excuse to drink like a fish publicly, hang out with friends, bar crawl, meet your green food dye ingestion quota for the year, stare at – and potentially fall into – green RIVERS in some cases, wee-wee on the sidewalk and this time not be the only one doing that… the list goes on.  So fun. 

Ok, you guys, I’m gonna come clean.  I don’t have a lick of Irish in me.  My Aunt’s husband is Irish, so the most I know about being Irish is that they have awesome personalities, know a lot about politics, and sit at the head of the table during Thanksgiving.  But that’s assuming every Irish person is like my Uncle.  SO!  I’m glad Bre Conley submitted this cuddly little Irish-themed engagement session – which she not only styled, but STARRED in! – so that someone who has a real understanding and connection to the importance of this day could be here to speak about it AND share some lovely images!

My name is Breanna and I am the owner of Say Bre Photography. I also am engaged and it is very exciting being a bride and a wedding photographer! Since I am very Irish I thought I would style a engagement session for my associate to shoot of me and my fiancée, Bryant. I truly am in love with my heritage that I thought this would be a fun way of expressing it with the one I love. I have been an Irish dancer for 11 years and thought it would be fun to wear my dance shoes with a white dress instead of my traditional uniform. I also had Bryant wear a brooch that I wear on my dancing dress. We have been together 6 years and are getting married in Oct. We both have Irish engagement rings, mine being a puzzle ring and his being a claddagh. A claddagh is the Irish wedding ring and symbolizes love, loyalty, and friendship and when the heart is worn toward the person it means they are taken. He has an engagement ring too because I proposed to him and then later he proposed back to me ;) He always said it would be funny if we asked each other at the same time but once I got him the ring I couldn’t wait for him to ask so I popped the question early. We’re also going to Ireland for our honeymoon and I can’t wait! I love The Knotty Bride and follow it as a bride and a photographer and would love to contribute something that means a lot to me.

xoxo!  – Bre

Thanks for the lowdown, Bre!  And now, Bre’s engagement shoot!  Enjoy, friendlies, while you bask in your newfound informed…ness?

Actually, here’s an important note, before we begin.  You’ll notice that one of Bre’s dresses is the Anthro to which I’m referring in the title of this post.  It’s the dress we all adore.  And I truly regret not purchasing it.  Did you nab it in time?  Now, here’s the important note: I have a dress suggestion at the end.  I warn you, you might want to purchase the item.  So, fair warning.

Ok, GO!

Photographer: Ali Clark / Event Design: Bre Conley / Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Dress Designer: anthropology and consignment / Floral Design: Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Markets / Jewelry: Puzzlering

Thanks for sharing, Bre!  And congratulations on your engagement!

Ok, so as I’m pretty sure you know, her lovely Anthro frock is no longer available, last time I checked.  It sold out like dresscakes when it came out, much to everyone’s chagrin.  But you know I’m not gonna leave you without alternatives, right?  Right.  :)

I find this ASOS Peter Pan Collar Lace Waisted Dress quite the ideal substitution, not to mention a steal at $80.69!

It comes in a few colors, too.  Awesomeness!

But here’s my favorite, by faaaaaar.

It’s a gorgeous lace number with one of those a Peter Pan style collars (I know a lot of people like these collars, but I think I’d probably have it tailored out of the mix).  The sheer lace overlay and structured full skirt KILL me.  I love sheer lace overlay and structured skirts.  LOVE. THEM.

What think you?

xoxo!  – Alison

By the way, I’m still totally obsessed with adorable behbehs. Enjoy:

Label(s): Color, Green

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  1. Alexis on March 17, 2011

    I loooove those dresses. And I’m with you on the collar thing. But the rest of the dress is stunning, so worth it! Lovely shoot, too!

  2. Aileen@Love&Lavender on March 17, 2011

    Umm, yes please to those dresses!!! Love the keyhole cutout in the back too. Happy St Patty’s Day to you :) I totally forgot about it, to be honest. Is that bad?!

  3. katherine on March 17, 2011

    Such a cute engagement session. I’ve never heard of both people proposing to each other. That’s so unique!

  4. Lena on March 17, 2011

    That shoot is so darling, and I’m crazy for her puzzle ring! Those ASOS frocks are to die for, even if I won’t be doing any Irish dancing in them!

  5. Shannon on March 17, 2011

    Um, love the shoot and the dress, but freakin’ ADORE that baby video. Holy crap that’s adorable! lol

  6. Joana on March 17, 2011

    I almost bought that dress a few days ago…but then also wondered about the little collar and gave it up…Still flirting it though…;)

  7. Lauren H. on March 17, 2011

    Love the dress. So pretty!

  8. Naomi on March 17, 2011

    The shoes for me no…but that dress…si!!!!

  9. Koru Kate on March 17, 2011

    She proposed to him- that is fantastic!!!!

  10. Amy on March 17, 2011

    I got that Anthropologie dress when it first came out! Wearing it for my bridals! But I love the alternative one just as much. Kiiinda want to get it. Someone stop me!

  11. Breanna Conley on March 17, 2011

    I’m so glad you all love the photos and the fabulous dress! One of my bridesmaids is actually wearing at our wedding!!! xoxo

    ps totally bought that alternative dress you posted! so cute!!!

  12. Maliha on March 17, 2011

    so beautiful! i’m so happy for you breanna :)

  13. Johanna on March 20, 2011

    Love this shoot, and love the dresses. Wish the Anthropologie one was still around but your pick is just as good if not cuter! I like it best in black, too :)

  14. Elin on March 20, 2011

    SWOONing over the lace cocktail dresses in this post. On another note, I very much like the idea of the man wearing a ring to signify his heart as taken, sort of like a woman’s engagement ring. Great custom. This should be mainstreamed if you ask me!!

  15. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on March 21, 2011

    Very sweet… love the clover leaf behind her ear. And yes the dresses are gorgeous! Going to watch baby vid now :-)

  16. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on March 21, 2011

    OMG had to comment again… that baby vid is hilarious!!! He looks literally terrified! So freakin’ cute!

  17. Jemma on March 21, 2011

    I need that ASOS dress!!!!!!!!

  18. Hank on February 14, 2012

    It’s a plaseure to find someone who can think so clearly

  19. Sarr on June 28, 2012

    Where can I get these dresses? Are they online?


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