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Bridesmaid Bash pokes fun at wedding attire for charity

OK, show of hands. How many have a bridesmaid’s dress in the back of the closet which the bride swore you could really wear again? Last Saturday night’s Bridesmaids’ Bash finally gave a reason to make good on that promise.

Shelby Tudor and Suzanne Anderson co-chaired the second annual party which benefited the local Make-A-Wish Foundation. They put together an event that highlighted the fun of a wedding reception without the expense of buying a gift.

The women were encouraged to wear those “disaster dresses,” but as it turned out, most of the gowns came from Goodwill. Among those wearing authentic bridesmaid’s attire were Mary Chavez, Jana Marie Lyons, Maria Lanzillotti and Rachel McCall, who deserves special congratulations for fitting into a dress she wore in 1993.

Susan Jones skipped the bridesmaid’s job and went straight for the leading role of bride. She found her “gently-worn” lace-and-tulle confection for less than $100.

The centerpiece of the reception is the cake and the Bridesmaids’ Bash took it to the next level with five masterpieces. Lakewood Ranch’s Lyndsy McDonald and Crista Cotton of Pastries by Design said that they were taking a rare evening out of the bakery to accompany their creation to the party.

In time-honored tradition, Jennifer Grondahl made sure that her mint-green dress matched the pastel plaid jacket of her husband, Paul. And, Jessica Pomerleau took the extra step of trimming her sandals with silk daisies to match the ones in her hair and on her yellow-and-white dress.

Everyone lived happily ever after — at least until the party ended — with the fun of a fashion show, hairstylists to provide wedding updos, “love psychics” and dancing.

Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years.