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At the bride-to-be’s suggestion, Lela Rose has designed seven knee-length dresses in seven colors inspired by the state’s wildflowers for the 14 members of her “house party,” a Southern term for attendants. Each ethereal dress has handmade rosettes and is made of crinkle silk chiffon backed with cotton voile. Rose, whose of-the-moment weddings dresses have been embraced by more directionalstores, has created seven dresses with such modern touches as boatnecks and pocket details – without a strapless style in sight.
In the spring, bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas, Indian paintbrushes and other wildflowers grow rampant along Texas highways, thanks largely to Lyndon Johnson’s late wife Lady Bird, who championed a nationwide beautification program. Her fellow Texan First Lady Laura Bush has followed suit in a similar vein. Just last week during a speech in Dallas, Bush said the First Bloom program, a National Park Foundation program she launchedlast fall, carries on Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy.
“It will be glorious in Texas at this time of year. It could not be prettier,” said Rose, who grew up in the Lone Star state and has known the First Daughters since they were young. “Crawford has meant so much to them. Having their wedding in a natural space and mimicking nature seemed very natural for them.”
Jenna Bush will wear an Oscar de la Renta gown when she weds Henry Hager in an outdoor evening ceremony in front of 200 friends and family members.
The First Family will put the celebratory mood in motion May 9 with a pre-wedding bash. The blonde haired twin is taking everything in stride.
“She’s very relaxed, easygoing and just so happy. She has a great group of girls around her and she’s known many of them for years. I think she’s enjoyed every single moment of it,” Rose said.
Jenna Bush’s twin sister and maid-of-honor Barbara, who will be the only female attendant standing with her during the ceremony, will wear a long Lela Rose moonstone-colored shimmery gown with a pretty antique silver beltand a low-back. The designer created a similar belt for the attendants.