Aisle Style at Charleston Wedding Week

We’re kicking off 2018 with bang because one of Charleston’s premiere event is only a couple of weeks away.  Charleston Wedding Week takes place on January 24-27 and hosts workshops, signature experiences, runway shows, and parties produced by Charleston Weddings magazine and The Wedding Row.  Even if your not in the wedding industry, the runways shows and fashion events are the perfect excuse to get dressed up and visit venues that you wouldn’t normally have access to.   The shows will be filled with gorgeous gowns from local boutiques and designers from Charleston and beyond. 

I had the pleasure of playing with some of the dresses from featured stores that will walk the runway.  The first show will be at Cannon Green on January 24th, and will feature Bella Bridesmaids, Betty Bridal, Lovely Charleston, Maddison Row, Southern Protocol, and Verità.  The posh Cannon Green is the perfect setting to host a cocktail party/runway show.  The other big show will be on January 26th at Lowndes Grove Plantation and will feature Emily Kotarski, Made with Love presented by Lovely Bride Charleston, Mason Hosker, and Modern Trousseau.  After the shows, get an insiders access by meeting the designers to learn how they work and what inspires them  Tickets to all of the events are available at charlestonweddingweek.com. 

 Verità will be opening up the Cannon Green show and expect to see dramatic dresses with texture, 3-D embellishments, and unexpected add-ons like capes, detachable trains and skirts.  Verita meaning truth in Italian, was recently opened by Jessica Kiss in Mt. Pleasant.  The seasoned bridal stylist offers dresses for every style – from the classic traditional southern woman, to the edgy fashion-forward destination bride. They carry designers such as Rebecca Ingram, Madison James, Tara Keely, Calla Blanche, and Nicole Suppose with an accessible price range of $800-$3500.  They’re a one stop shop stocking mother of the bride dresses, bridesmaids, and accessories such as veils, jewelry, and head pieces.  If you want to get a sneak peek of the runway show or if you can’t make it to the event, visit Jessica for her Designer Event from the 19th-27th at Verità320 West Coleman BLVD. Unit J MT. Pleasant, SC 29464.

Dress by Madison James and hair pins from Verità // Earrings and ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box

 Southern Protocol is another locally owned boutique that will be waltzing down the runway at the  Cannon Green fashion show.  Located at 164 Market Street downtown, Southern Protocol exudes chic and charm with it’s airy decor and glittery floor.  Owners Ann E. Rice Ervin & Lisa S. Rice, alongside buyer and manager Michelle Miller stock the posh boutique with designs from Charleston to Barcelona.  They carry an exquisite selection of dresses from local designer Kate McDonald, and other sought after brands like Ivy & Aster, Romona Keveza, Carol Hannah, and Jesus Peiro.  Set up more like a showroom than a shop, the gowns are curated carefully with each rack dedicated to each designer.  This dreamy dress by Ivy & Aster is just one of the designs you might catch at their runway show.

Dress by Ivy & Aster, Taxidermy clutch, and Carol Hannah hair piece from Southern Protocol // Earrings and rings from Gold Creations

Gone are the days of the dreaded, never to be worn again bridesmaid dress.  Bella Bridesmaids offers fashion forward, ready to wear options for your bridal party and beyond.  The national franchise makes it easy to coordinate with your girls because they can visit any of their 51 locations to try on a dress before they order it.   The Charleston location at 43 John Street in the Upper King Street district is locally owned by Allison Long who is celebrating her 12th year in business.  She stocks her shop with exclusive designs by Theia, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Woo, Amsale, Adrianna Papell, and Joanna August.   Don’t let the name throw you off because their dresses and separates are also perfect for prom, mother of the bride/groom, black tie events, wedding guests, and rehearsal dinners.   They will also be showing at the Cannon Green runway show on January 24th.

Dress by Joanna August from  Bella Bridesmaids // Earrings and rings from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Australian designer Callie Tein, is the visionary behind Modern Trousseau, a custom bridal line with 8 stores nationwide including her downtown location at 418 King Street. Couture quality gowns are custom made with every option including color, trimming, skirt shapes, strap selections, and you can even mix and match styles.  All of the gowns are made in the USA using the finest quality European lace sourced from the French regions of Chantilly, Alencon, Guipure, to Burano Italy and Teneriffe Spain.  Callie also sends her brides a sketch of their gown and will sew their monogram and wedding date within the inside of the gown in blue for “something blue”.  Modern Trousseau will be showing at Lowndes Grove Plantation on Friday January 26th from 6-9pm as the the finale showcase designer.  After the runway show take advantage of the “Meet and Greet” the designer cocktail hour to learn about Callie and her designs. 

Tune into Lowcountry Live tomorrow 1/12/18 at 10am for more looks from these boutiques who will be showing at Charleston Wedding Week.  I’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate from Southern Protocol,  a veil or accessory of your choice from Verità, and a little black dress of your choice from Modern Trousseau.  You don’t want to miss out on this one!

“Roux” dress and hair piece from  Modern Trousseau // earrings from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Rings from  Gold Creations

Photography by Nicole Mickle, Stylist – Andrea Serrano, Model – Marissa Rocco at Millie Lewis, Makeup – Elina Mille at Bellelina Studio, Hairstylist – Rosa Martinez, Shot on location at Cannon Green

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Bella Charleston

Picking out a bridesmaids dress these days is not what it use to be.  Gone are the days of spending hundreds of dollars on a dress you’ll never wear again.  Now girls have so many great options from beaded and sequined dresses fit for a ball, to easy separates that you can mix and match with your everyday wardrobe for extra mileage.  Step into Bella Bridesmaids and it’s a dream come true for any bride who wants lots of options for her party.  You can shop a dizzying array of dresses and separates by Theia, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Yoo, Amsale, and Adrianna Papell just to name a few.  

The owner of their Charleston location, Allison Long, opened up her shop over 10 years ago downtown on King Street and is currently on John Street in the Upper King Street area. She stocks 20+ designer collections with over 1,000 dresses sampled in store.  Her boutique has become a great resource not just for wedding parties but also prom, graduation dresses, and black tie affairs.  With over 50 Bella Bridesmaids nationwide it’s so easy to accommodate bridal parties.

Allison is always promoting her store with fun fashion shows, collaborations with other boutiques, and trunk shows.  They’re currently having a Bella pop up shop at Maddison Row’s new location on Friday and Saturday.  Pop by 189 C St. Phillip Street to browse their gorgeous selection.

Tomorrow’s my big Bridal segment on Lowcountry Live where I’ll be featuring bridal looks that are red carpet ready.  With the Oscars right around the corner I’ll be featuring dresses that are fit for a Hollywood A-lister, but also perfect for your wedding day and beyond. Tune in tomorrow at 10am to see designs by Emily Kotarski, Mason Hosker, and Hermosa Jewelry alongside dresses from Bridal House of Charleston and Bella Bridesmaids.

Headpiece by Emma Katzka at Emily Kotarski, Jewelry by Hermosa Jewelry, Bouquet by Frampton’s Flowers

Photography by Clay Austin, Model – Christina Zapolski at Directions USA, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup and Hair by  Mac Does Hair, on location at The Gadsden House

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Garden Of Eden

The newest Charleston designer on the scene is Danielle Hosker of Mason Hosker.  She opened her flagship boutique on State Street in the French Quarter in December and has quickly made a name for herself.  Her dresses have been seen on the red carpet on Asher Paul with the director of LaLa Land at the Golden Globes and SAG award winner Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black.  Structured silhouettes in luxe fabrics that have a touch of vintage glamour is what you’ll find in her boutique.

Once you slip on one of her dresses you’ll know that fit is everything.  Danielle is a ballet-trained dancer who co-founded Dance FX, and has a natural sense of how fabric should fit and move with the female form.  Her past experience with interior design has beautifully translated in her collection with the textiles she uses.  The colorful and pattern friendly dresses create whimsical vignettes throughout her store.

The occasional dresses at Mason Hosker are perfect for galas, weddings, cocktail parties, and mother of the bride.  You’ll find couture quality, original designs, and classic styles that can live in your wardrobe forever.

Stay tuned for more of Mason Hosker on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am, a runway show on Friday March 17th at Charleston Fashion Week, and her grand opening party in March.

Headpiece byEmma Katzka, Necklace by Hermosa Jewelry

Photography by Clay Austin, Model – Christina Zapolski at Directions USA, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup and Hair by  Mac Does Hair, on location at The Gadsden House

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House of Style

The Bridal House of Charleston is a bridal boutique veteran in the Lowcountry.  The locally owned business has been established for 30 years and the new owner Tierney Simpson is breathing new life into her bridal shop.  Her wide variety of dresses cover everything from classic silhouettes to beautiful beaded gowns in a wide variety of prices.  She focuses on a handful of designers representing a true collection from Robert Bullock, Truvell, Amy Kuschel, and Justin Alexendar who designed this dreamy dress.  

It’s trunk show season and they are gearing up their Justin Alexander trunk show this Friday through Sunday, so book your appointment so you can try on gorgeous dresses like this one.  Looking for a white dress for a special occasion but not necessarily tying the knot?  Their Robert Bullock Debutante Collection trunk show is happening now through March 6th and they’ll have plenty of dresses to try on and order.

These beautiful earrings and bracelet are made by local designer Haley Keisler of Hermosa Jewelry. She creates one of a kind jewelry from dainty to bold that always makes a statement.  She works closely with brides to create custom jewelry for them and their bridal party and has made jewelry for over 100 weddings!  Haley is always on the move with her jewels and will be setting up a pop up shop at the Style Lounge at Charleston Fashion Week on Thursday, March 16 and at Volvo Car Open April 1-9th.

These stunning shoes by Emmy London are just a teaser of what I’ll be featuring from Mason Hosker tomorrow on the blog.  Stay tuned for more bridal fashion on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am for my Fashion Friday segment!

Photography by Clay Austin, Model – Christina Zapolski at Directions USA, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup and Hair by  Mac Does Hair, on location at The Gadsden House.

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Goddess Dressing

This week is Wedding Week on  Lowcountry Live, and I’m so excited to share a few local bridal designers and boutiques that carry beautiful dresses and jewelry that are perfect for the big day.  Tune in on Friday at 10am to see designs by Emily Kotarski, Mason Hosker, and Hermosa Jewelry alongside dresses from Bridal House of Charleston and Bella Bridesmaids.

The first one in the series is local bridal designer Emily Kotarski who opened up her design studio on King Street last year.  The independent designer has quickly made a name for herself by landing her stunning teal lace dress in an editorial spread for Charleston Wedding Magazine and a solo show during Charleston Wedding Week.

Designer Emily Kotarski sources materials from Europe and keeping up with the trends of fabric, laces, embroideries and beaded embellishments,  her gowns are one-of-a-kind and made with the finest materials.  All gowns are made by hand in her King Street studio, and you can work closely with the designer to make a custom gown of your dreams.  The intimate and one-on-one VIP experience is what you’ll get when you meet with Emily.  The Parsons graduate interned with Anna Sui and Fabiola Arias where she learned the manipulation of fabric treatments including beading, applique and couture hand sewing details.  This particular dress called Sterling, has a silk chiffon detachable cape that is hand painted by Emily herself.

Emily also carries local accessory designer Emma Katzka’s collection of bridal ready headpieces and jewelry like this crystal headband. The fairytale inspired accessories pair perfectly with Emily Kotarski’s goddess-like gowns.

Emily Kotarski is taking her show on the road, well actually just down the street at Fabulous Frocks 100 Church Street for a trunk show from March 10th-15th.

This beautiful locket necklace is by Haley Keisler of Hermosa Jewelry, and you’ll be seeing more of her designs this week on the blog!

Photography by Clay Austin, Model – Christina Zapolski at Directions USA, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup and Hair by  Mac Does Hair, on location at The Gadsden House.

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Decked out at the Dewberry

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Im excited to share that next week we will be experiencing our 1st annual Charleston Wedding Week™ Presented by Diamonds Direct.  It will be an industry event celebrating all things weddings, since of course we’re one of the top destinations in the U.S. to get married. There will be plenty of opportunities to hob knob with industry leaders at daytime workshops, as well as book signings, brunches, dinners and night time fashion shows.  You can view the full schedule and purchase ticket here.   The week would not be complete without a couple of fabulous runway shows starting with “The Evening at The Gibbes”  next Tuesday which will showcase local bridal boutiques and designers including Betty Bridal AtelierLovelyMaddison RowBella BridesmaidsModern Trousseau Charleston, White on Daniel Island, and installation by Southern Protocol Bridal.

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Another outstanding event at Charleston Wedding Week will be the cocktail party with designer Lela Rose and her runway show at The Dewberry on Thursday, January 26th. Her red carpet ready looks have been seen on Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Chastain, Selena Gomez, Uma Thurman, and Jessica Alba just to name a few.

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At Southern Protocol each unique gown combines tradition with a contemporary twist.  They carry an exquisite selection of dresses from local designer Kate McDonald, Nicole Miller, Ivy & Aster, Heidi Elnora, and Carol Hannah.  The So Pro girls stock their boutique with a diverse variety of dresses – from the little white dress which is perfect for a rehearsal dinner or brunch, to ballgowns made for a fairytale wedding. They also carry the cutest accessories including Kate Spade clutches, stationary, bar ware, Candy Shop Vintage rice beads, and Taxidermy clutches.

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With 12 locations from New York to Miami, Lovely Bride recently opened up in Charleston last year on lower King.  They are known for their wide selection of dresses to cover every style from traditional, to boho, to retro inspired. Each rack showcases a designer and represents a healthy selection of dresses for both the classic and alternative bride including designers Rue De Seine, Leanne Marshall, Limor Rosen and Christos.

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Located on Upper King, Modern Trousseau is stocked with exclusive dresses and jewelry by designer Callie Tein.  You’ll find luxurious details like fine French laces, imported silks, delicate beadwork, and impeccable designs.  The Australian designer easily translates her style to the southern bride.  She’s known for her traditional gowns but has added her Muse line to her collection which has fashion forward details for the modern bride.  If you want to meet the designer Callie you can swing by their flagship boutique at 418 King Street for a sip and shop next Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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 Tune into Lowcountry Live this Thursday at 10am for more gorgeous dresses from Southern ProtocolLovely BrideModern TrousseauBetty Bridal Atelier and more about Charleston Wedding Week.  The much anticipated Drybar will also be styling the hair on all of the models.  Stay tuned for their grand opening party at 518 King Street on February 10th.  They’ll be treating everyone to complimentary blowouts and goodie bags with their partner Servis1st bank.

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Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina, Hair by Mac Does Hair, Stylist – Andrea SerranoModels – Taylor Brobisky & Sarah Malia

Jewelry from Croghan’s Jewel Box and Gold Creations, On location – The Dewberry

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One Love

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True love is not bound by skin color, gender, beliefs, or background.  These two beauties, Abigail Marie (right) and Natalie Rodriguez (left,) are madly in love with each other and are proud to share it with the world. Both creative souls, these women share their passion for life and never take for granted the endearing love that they have found.

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They are the perfect symbols of love to represent this bridal story.  Wearing one of a kind gowns by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon, these ethereal goddesses happily posed in front of Southern Smoke Cigars super swanky airstream at Holy City Brewing Company.

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To learn more about Abigail and Natalie’s story and admiration for one another view more.

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Dresses by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon // Earrings and draped beaded chain by Birdsong // Floral crown by Anna Bella Florals

Host and Floral: The Event Cooperative, Photography: Nickie Cutrona, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano,  Hairstylist: Mac Does Hair, Makeup: Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Location: Holy City Brewing Company, Airstream by Southern Smoke Cigars

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