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2016 Top 4 Flower Girl Fashions

At times, the bride is the star in the wedding party, whereas currently flower girls are bringing their own special sparkle down the aisle.

Kellie Gould, editor-in-chief of The Knot, joined “Good Morning America” to tell us about the top four flower girl dress trends for this wedding season. She says that flower girl dresses in 2016 are really a reflection of wedding dress trends themselves.

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“The idea of dressing your mini-me in something similar to the wedding party’s style has definitely taken off,” Gould told ABC News. “When you’re shopping for a flower girl dress, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your selection. Keep both your own style and the style of the wedding in mind.”

In the end, she added, “No matter what kind of dress you choose, you want your flower girl to be comfortable, so no super-long hemlines or scratchy fabrics.”

Take a look at four newest, most darling flower girl dress trends of 2016:

Lace dresses for daytime weddings:

Maeve has the traditional flower petals in a basket to go with her little lace dress from Jenny Yoo. Bridal Fashion Week just ended in New York City and the runways were covered in lace dresses from so many designers. Gould says it’s such a sweet and timeless fabric that you really can’t go wrong with it. This dress also features a sheer lace overlay with lace sleeves, which is also a trend in bridal fashion. It’s perfect for an outdoor daytime affair.

2016 Top 4 Flower Girl Fashions

3D appliques for a fresh, new trend:

“Good Morning America” is excited to reveal Leah Still’s flower girl dress for The Knot’s dream wedding. Her father, Devon Still, will wed his fiancée, Asha Joyce, at the New York Public Library on May 13 with little Leah, who captured the nation’s attention as she bravely fought pediatric cancer last year, by their side. This dress is just one of her wedding looks for the day. Designed by Hayley Paige with lots of Leah’s input, it’s the perfect mix of all of Leah’s favorite things — pink, sparkle and flowers. The 3D appliques are super trendy now as designer Paige incorporated white and pink flowers all over the bottom of the dress with a few as extra touches on the belt and headband.

2016 Top 4 Flower Girl Fashions

Tiered skirts for black tie weddings:

Eloise has a mini bouquet and is wearing a mini wedding dress from Joan Calabrese for Mon Cheri. Gould says tiered skirts with flowy layers of tulle are all over the runways these days. Eloise’s dress has a satin bodice with ruched tulle and a multi-tiered tulle skirt, which creates an ultra-feminine fairy-tale look.

2016 Top 4 Flower Girl Fashions

Boho-style dresses for beach or garden weddings:

Leah Van Der Part is walking down the aisle blowing bubbles instead of using traditional flowers. Leah looks like a little flower child in this boho look from BHLDN. This airy frock is made of chiffon with straps that tie into sweet ribbons at the shoulders and has a ruffle bodice to create the perfect whimsical look. Gould says to add some sandals and a floral headpiece to complete the look for a beach or garden wedding.

2016 Top 4 Flower Girl Fashions

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Leah Still Designs Her Own Flower Girl Dress For Her Father’s Wedding

Leah Still Designs Her Own Flower Girl Dress For Her Father's Wedding

If Leah Still’s flower girl dress ends up looking a lot as a pink version of Elsa’s gown from Disney’s Frozen, don’t be surprised. It’s her favorite movie, Elsa is her favorite character and well, she just loves pink.

“I want my dress to look like this,” the spunky five-year-old told PEOPLE as she held up a sketch at a recent consultation with designer Hayley Paige at her New York City headquarters.

“Lots and lots of glitter!” she giggles, then adds with a shrug. “I’m a glitter girl.”

Keep up with your favorite celebs in the pages of PEOPLE Magazine by subscribing currently. Not only is her father, Devon Still, getting his dream wedding, Leah is getting to design her dream flower girl dress with Paige. Her father couldn’t be happier.

Leah Still Designs Her Own Flower Girl Dress For Her Father's Wedding

“I knew pink was going to be involved,” he says with a smile. “She loves princess stuff.”

It’s hard to tell that the spunky, self-described “girly-girl” sitting in a boutique Manhattan bridal shop designing her own tiny, sparkling hot-pink flower girl frock was battling life-threatening stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer just weeks ago – but doting dad Devon Still says that’s just his daughter’s personality, resilient and consistently positive.

“She’s just had the best attitude of fight and then move forward with life,” Devon, 26, tells PEOPLE of his daughter. “And look where we are now. I’m getting married to my love and Leah gets to be a part of this wedding. We overcame tragedy and are becoming a family. It’s like a fairy tale.”

Leah Still Designs Her Own Flower Girl Dress For Her Father's Wedding

About two years ago, the recently signed Houston Texans defensive tackle and his fiancé Asha Joyce put their wedding plans on hold after Leah was diagnosed with the deadly disease. Doctors gave her a 50-50 chance of survival.

Her diagnosis made headlines across the world in September 2014 after the Cincinnati Bengals cut Devon from their roster but offered him a position on the practice squad so he could keep his health insurance to help pay for Leah’s cancer treatments.

Devon publically documented his daughter’s two-year battle on social media, and officially announced that she “beat cancer,” in January.

The couple, who will be married in spring 2016, was selected by, as the recipients of this year’s Dream Wedding.

The site is helping Devon and Joyce put on their special day – including coordinating with Leah to make her a custom-designed flower girl dress. The site is also helping the couple carry out another dream – raising money for other families facing pediatric cancers – by setting up a charity registry for those in need.

Starting March 16, America is invited to vote on each detail of the day – from Joyce’s dress to the flowers and the honeymoon.

Leah’s dress, nonetheless, is not up for discussion. Everyone wanted to make sure Leah got exactly what she wanted for the big day.

“I’m excited for the wedding,” Leah says while coloring in dress sketches with a blush-tinted crayon. “I’ve never been to one!”

It’s clear she truly is Daddy’s little girl.

“I love you dad,” she whispers as she colors.

Devon says it brought him great joy to see his daughter working with Paige to create the dress, reminding him that every moment he sees his daughter happy is “precious.”

Leah Still Designs Her Own Flower Girl Dress For Her Father's Wedding

“When you sit back and look at everything and hover above, it’s important to remember to cherish every moment you have with your child,” he says. “My daughter was almost taken away from me, and I’ve learned that you can’t waste time.

“I only get 24 hours in a day to spend with Leah and my goal is to see her smile as much as I can,” he says. “We hang out and have fun and are silly.”

The daddy-daughter duo, who plan to “wing it” for their dance but have a special (surprise!) duet performance planned, have learned the importance of counting on family and love during difficult times.

Leah Still Designs Her Own Flower Girl Dress For Her Father's Wedding

“We aren’t quite at our happy ending right now, but we are getting there, and this journey has brought us so much closer,” says Devon of Leah. “We’ve been through so much in the past two years and things are finally starting to turn around. Hopefully people see that you can go from the lowest of lows and with strength and the right attitude can reach a beautiful high.”

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Easton Prepared For Another Year Of Growth & Progress

Easton Prepared For Another Year Of Growth & Progress

I’m greatly proud to say the Lehigh Valley is the region I’ve called home my entire life. It’s been a great privilege and a rewarding experience to maintain my deep roots in the city of Easton as the place where I now work and play. As I look forward to 2016 as the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce representative and forecast what exciting growth initiatives it possesses, I’m encouraged to reflect on where it all started for me personally and professionally.

Flower Girl DressesSome of my early, and very special, Easton experiences include: back-to-school shoe shopping at Seidel’s in Centre Square; twirling in flower girl dresses at Sigal’s Bridal Shop on Northampton Street; faithfully attending every Easton-Phillipsburg High School rivalry game on Thanksgiving Day, and constantly begging my parents to take me to Easton Baking Co. in the West Ward on Sunday mornings for bakery pizza. I now have the opportunity to work in the same city where all these childhood memories occurred, which serves as continued inspiration for me to create a sense of place for residents, business owners and visitors.

Easton has seen important interest from entrepreneurs in the past 10 years. In the past year alone, I’ve had countless conversations with Chamber members about their desire to grow their business, or open a new business, within the city. We’ve also experienced a notable influx of individuals and families with a desire to live in an urban setting where they work or operate a business. The urban living trend is being addressed by developers with projects such as the Simon Silk Mill, the A&D building and the former Governor Wolf School building.

We are now living in a world where our society expects the everyday conveniences and enhanced quality-of-life experiences at their fingertips. They want to walk out their front door and grab a bite to eat, meet a client, attend a community concert or event, shop for a friend’s birthday, or go see a show at the local theater. The idea of convenient, connected urban living is trumping the preceding American dream of the suburban home with the iconic white picket fence. The good news is that Easton already possesses the necessary infrastructure to support this renewed interest in the urban experience.

Now, Easton stands on solid ground thanks to proactive economic and community development planning, conscientious financial forecasting, an emphasis on “Clean and Safe” programs throughout the city, and the constant willingness to collaborate with regional partners.

Also, we’ve witnessed increased interest from developers who are attracted to investing in Easton, on various scales of participation, by taking underused, but desirable buildings, and transforming them into usable spaces for both residential and commercial purposes. The community believes in the successes of our city and is willing, now more than ever, to step up and get involved in the renaissance through lending their time, talents and resources to strengthen Easton.

As we look ahead to 2016, you’ll witness: commitment to each of the four neighborhoods, recognizing and celebrating their distinctiveness while also encouraging collaboration through community-building initiatives; attention to clean, green and safe environments throughout the city; stronger action taken on vacant and dilapidated properties; investment into new economic and community development projects supported through the public and private sectors; and incentive programs to encourage residential investment that will assist with the housing availability to support a growing population. The development strategy will be derived from the dynamics and the needs of the places and people in Easton.

Easton Prepared For Another Year Of Growth & Progress

Whether we reside, play, or work in Easton — or probably all of the above — we must remain committed to bettering the quality of life and strengthening the local economy. We are a city of an incredibly diverse group of innovators, teachers, collaborators, business professionals, artists and leaders who will continue to work toward common goals for growth.

As a regional community and Chamber, we also must continue to support and buy local in every way possible to guarantee our business communities stay strong and viable. On behalf of the Chamber and our 500 Easton area businesses, we look forward to another landmark year of advancement.

Furthermore, Alison B. Pickel is executive vice president for the Easton & Phillipsburg initiatives of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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In New Venue Bridal Show Hits Right Notes

At Saturday’s edition of the 2016 Winter Bridal Spectacular in Fort Wayne, Nathan Dennison had a modest proposal for some brides-to-be.

Will you have your wedding reception at Memorial Coliseum?

In line with Dennison, the Coliseum’s vice president of sales and top promoter of its newly opened Conference and Event Center addition, some committed.

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“We’ve already booked three (weddings) today, and we’re hoping for more as we have a lot of interest expressed,” he said, standing in front of a tasting station set up by Aramark, the Coliseum’s food service provider.

The stand, headed by a white-toqued chef, enticed show attendees with duck and sausage meatballs in marinara sauce and tiny pecan tarts.

The bridal show – the new venue’s inaugural event – was “highly successful,” Dennison said. He said more than 2,000 visitors were expected by the time it ends at 4 p.m.

The show, in its 25th year, was expecting more than 600 brides, said Tracy Sweeney, promoter of with show sponsor Black Tie Productions of Fort Wayne.

“We’re very happy,” she said of her experience with the new venue.

“It’s just state-of-the-art. It’s the acoustics, it’s the carpeting, and it’s the lighting. It’s luxury,” she said, adding that Coliseum staff were “outstanding.”

Among the show’s attractions are about 120 vendors of wedding goods and services, from gowns and tuxes to honeymoon locations, flowers, DJs and event planners.

However the centerpiece was a fashion show, with the trendy and the classic walking down the runway – from several gowns with low-cut or illusion backs to one with sparkly spaghetti straps that apparently were supposed to be worn draped down on the upper arms.

“There’s the ultimate princess dress,” said bride-to-be Kristen Foster of Greentown, as she watched a model in a puffy, full-skirted gown with a sweetheart neckline and all-over sparkles walk by, accompanied by a flower girl in a similarly styled dress.Flower Girl Dresses

“I don’t really want the princessy kind. I think I want it fitted at the top and a little flared around the bottom, not really a mermaid, more of a flare, like an A-line,” said the 24-year-old, who’s getting married Sept. 17 to Jacob Pegg. “I think I want more lace, and vintagy. I think I could go for a little sparkle, but not over the top.”

Newly engaged Sarah Plasterer, 39, of Fort Wayne attended the event with her soon-to-be stepdaughter Elizabeth Weber. Plasterer said she hadn’t even thought about gowns yet, as she became engaged just before Christmas.

And she nibbled on a meatball while assessing the Coliseum’s new space.

“I think any kind of reception could be here. They can divide it into sections,” she said. “It’s beautiful.”