Truth be told, everyone here atCharleston Weddings magazine (CWM) and The Wedding Row (TWR) are having a case of the post Spring Bridal Show blues. Itâ€™s a fashion-related cousin to the post-wedding blues in that after months of planning and anticipation, the day passes in a blur, and now weâ€™re left to pore over photos galore. In that respect, weâ€™re rich beyond measure thanks to the talents of Leigh Webber, Shannon Michele, Brianna Stello, and others. We wanted to share some of our favorite shots of theirs with you, in case you were there andâ€”like usâ€”want to relive the most fetching parts, or if you werenâ€™t able to join and wondered what happened under the fashion tents.
Fashion and Freebies
If you take a peek at our Instagram and Twitter accounts, both our crew and the audience were fired up over fashion and freebies. As for the freebies, we debuted â€śRandom Acts of Swag,â€ť the brainchild of TWR editor Della MacNicholas. A feed of photos of great wedding-themed gifts, randomactsofswag gifted attendees who followed us on social media everything from pearl cuffs and necklaces to pocket squares and Tervis cups. As for fashion — where to start. With the chic stylings of Liz White Couture, perhaps? (Loved the floral skirt and prairie-smart gown.) Or the new must-haves: a gold-link caplet from Birdsong Designs; fluffy flower girl gowns from The Fresh Stitch ; the resort wear meets runway stylings of Suite 33â€™s lanky bridesmaid gowns; or One Love by Rachel Gordonâ€™s curve-clinging gowns in shimmering earth and pearl tones? Closing out the first half, Emerging Bridal Designer winner Brooke Ray toyed with layers (silk slips with vestments, sheer overlays, peplum tops, and more), sleek and slim silhouettes, and finished and raw edges, all showing sheâ€™s a great talent in the making. Have fun at your prize-winning internship at Modern Trousseau this summer, Brooke!
The second half brought in the nationally known players, including White on Daniel Island and store owner Jodi Moylan, who predominantly showed Jenny Packhams (â€śbecause they are so stunning and just pick up the light on a runway,â€ť Jodi said) and Alvina Valentas, plus a lovely, fun taupe and cream confection of her own making. Next up was Modern Trousseauâ€™s Callie Tein. We had a sneak preview of the gownsâ€”which debuted here in Charleston before Aprilâ€™s New York Bridal Market, something of a coup for the Holy Cityâ€”on Friday afternoon and weâ€™re smitten with the blush tones, tea-lengths, and the fluffy chiffon-embroidered floral lace on one shortie. Our absolute favorite, though? The pinstriped taffeta gown with a lace overlay and tails. Utterly perfect for the Charleston bride. Last came featured designer Anne Barge. Anneâ€™s gowns are carried at White, and sheâ€™s known worldwide as a doyenne of elegant bridal wear. Her ball gown silhouettes, impeccable tailoring and proportions, and mix of feminine allure meets sophistication really knocked us out. We featured her ombre skirt and short lace gown in the current issue of CWM, but were blown away at the breadth of her work.
Whew! Another great year. We canâ€™t wait for our next big show. And in the meantime, keep following us to see what other events we have up our sleeves for 2013. Many more surprises to comeâ€¦