Monthly Archives:: January 2016

The Natural and Artistic Style of Durham Wedding Photographer Riley MacLean

This month’s featured photographer is Riley MacLean –  a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in Durham, NC.

Riley has accompanied SB&G for several years to New York’s Bridal Fashion Week and served as our official camera man. Each year, we pour over Riley’s pictures that perfectly showcase the latest fashion trends and choose which to feature on our blog. We also featured one of Riley’s real weddings at The Rickhouse in our 2016 magazine and on our blog this week. Whether digital or film, his artistic style and vision sets him apart.

“There are probably a million things I could say about my hobbies and passions but they all disseminate into the same thing – I absolutely love working with people and making art. That passion keeps me working late at night, and gets me out of bed in the morning. Mostly I’m incredibly grateful to have spent more than a decade working with awesome couples who appreciate fine art, laughter, adventure, and a willingness to share some authenticity in their lives,” Riley shares.

Riley MacLean is one of the rare photographers out there with a four-year degree in photography. Because of this, he has a dedicated love of film, a deep and complex understanding of technical lighting, and “very few career options if this one doesn’t work out,” he says half-joking. He has also recently become one of only a dozen professional photography studios to offer tintype portraits to the general public.

He considers himself to be a dreamer, forever scheming up complex projects with lofty aspirations, and photography gives him the means to tell complex human stories in a simple, honest way.

Get a sense of Riley’s natural and artistic style by taking a look at a selection of some of his (and our) favorite wedding photos below!
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Courthouse Marriage With a Reception at The Rickhouse in Durham

After months of bad dates, Allison Becker felt a sense of relief when a funny profile picture of Alan Ebeling popped up on One look at Alan clad in a turtleneck with an 80s moustache and a blowout, and she knew she found someone with a great sense of humor. They met up for a casual date over tacos and since that day, haven’t left each other’s side.

Alan proposed on Christmas Eve, saying he “didn’t want to spend another Christmas without being family.” Their wedding was on the third anniversary of the day they met.

The main goal for their wedding was to find a compromise between Allison’s desire to have a private, casual event, and her family’s hopes for a formal wedding. The perfect solution was having an intimate ceremony at the Wake County Courthouse with immediate family only, followed by a full wedding weekend including a giant reception. Grace Beason of Grace Leisure Events was brought onboard to help the couple pull off this delicate balance.

“Grace was so amazing!” Allison said, “She was on top of every detail, from helping us find a venue, vendors, and a band to thinking up what to put in welcome bags for our guests to finding flip flops for the dance floor at the last minute.”

The Rickhouse was exactly what Alan had in mind for their day. Grace focused on a few key elements to help them create their successful party, including Allison and Alan’s great love for food and drink and their colorful, quirky, and chic design aesthetic. She worked with the couple to pull together eclectic elements such as antique furniture, Edison bulb chandeliers from Get Lit, and a hanging garden from Tre Bella Flowers which was positioned above the dance floor and “looked magical and smelled great” according to the bride. Other details included a cigar roller on the patio, an ice cream bar and a pig roast! The evening culminated with a fun dance party with the help of live band, Groovetown.

Since the groom is a photographer, they were picky about choosing that service, and ended up hiring Riley MacLean because his “dynamic” photos were so far from being “cookie cutter.” They shared that he took the time to get to know them and felt like another member of their family.

Allison and Alan planned a weekend of activities to make the trip worthwhile for their many guests traveling from out of town. They hosted a mix and mingle welcome party at The Surf Club and ended the weekend with a Sunday brunch at The Durham Hotel.

Take a look at their intimate courthouse wedding followed by a modern day after party inside The Rickhouse’s unique and modern downtown Durham space.
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Romantic Mariner Wedding Theme in Downtown Wilmington

In today’s photo shoot from our 2016 magazine’s styled shoot spotlight series, the team from Gather Together event planning and design worked with some of their favorite SB&G coastal area vendors to create a romantic mariner-themed reception, with formal touches inspired by the 1930s social scene and details reflecting a love for travel on the sea. The historic City Club at de Rosset of Wilmington, a 19th century downtown mansion with columned porches, naturally landscaped brimming gardens and spectacular cuisine was the choice for this intimate soiree.
City Club at de Rosset Wilmington wedding venueNorth Carolina destination weddingHistoric mansions, a bustling riverfront with unique shops, great scenery and nearby beaches draw many couples looking for a beautiful Southern destination wedding to North Carolina’s Port City.

The wedding decor is filled with antique nautical, to navigate you through a beautiful seafairing-inspired wedding celebration too memorable to be forgotten. Enjoy an extended look at this shoot captured by Katherine Miles Jones Photography in the images below.

First, The bride, groom and their wedding party enjoy a toast at their well-stocked bar on a classic cart that rolls with the party.
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The rustic tables are paired with rattan seating and chargers to complement the seafaring theme, along with personalized place card favors that are tied to replicas from a sailor’s life at the helm. City Club serves a beautiful organic green salad, with or without local oysters, and mouth-watering plated steak and asparagus.
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Wilmington NC wedding venues by the beachAn old mailbox cubby is filled with a collection of seafaring tools and trinkets, and a wooden box where guests can lead the couple their all wishes on note cards takes the place of a traditional guest card box.
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Coastal bride portraits by the water or the dockWEDDING CONSULTANT & STYLIST Gather Together | VENUE & CATERING City Club at de Rosset | LOUNGE FURNITURE Pomp Event Furnishings | FLOWERS Fiore Fine Flowers | MEN’S ATTIRE Savvi Formalwear | BRIDAL GOWN Martina Liana from Coastal Knot | DEPARTURE GOWN Sophia Tolli from Coastal Knot | BRIDESMAID DRESS Sorella Vita from Coastal Knot | ACCESSORIES Coastal Knot | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day, Wilmington | CAKE One Belle Bakery | PHOTOGRAPHER Katherine Miles Jones Photography | PARTY RENTALS Party Suppliers | JEWELRY Falls Custom Jewelers | PAPER, CALLIGRAPHY & SIGNAGE Mason Dixon Events

Plan Your Wedding at The Carolina Inn’s 2016 Bridal Showcase

The Annual Bridal Showcase at the historic Carolina Inn is one of our favorite wedding shows of the year! On Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 1–4 p.m., The Carolina Inn celebrates more than two decades of bringing the best and most talented wedding vendors in Chapel Hill, the Triangle and the Carolinas together for an afternoon filled with inspiration!

Attendees will delight in a feast of sample wedding cakes, view the most exquisite wedding gowns from top couture designers, and experience an interactive approach in choosing your most valued wedding vendors. Whether you are looking for a florist, ceremony musicians, flawless hair and make-up, or photography that makes you go “wow,” The Carolina Inn joins 70 premier vendors to offer an elegant afternoon full of information and inspiration for all things wedding.The Carolina Inn Chapel Hill“The day will be full of new ideas but steeped in timeless etiquette, phenomenal food and exquisite charm,” says Director of Catering Heidi Werner. “The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase is a masterpiece more than two decades in the making that offers you the opportunity to take all the stress out of planning your special day.”

Online tickets are $15 per person. (Tickets are complimentary for any bride who is getting married at The Carolina Inn. Brides having their wedding at The Carolina Inn also enjoy exclusive access from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and the event is open to the public from 1 p.m.–4 p.m.)
Carolina Inn Bridal ShowcaseAbout the Inn
For over nine decades, The Carolina Inn has been transforming wedding fantasies into memories that live forever, from the exquisitely beautiful to the most elegant and romantic. Providing an atmosphere of warmth and grace, the Inn’s intimate parlors, secluded courtyards and expansive ballrooms are perfect for wedding receptions or the exchanging of vows.

As the region’s weddings capital offering Classic Southern Elegance since 1924, the historic hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus hosts more than 125 weddings annually.

From the stylish Old Well Room, with its evocative Art Deco décor, especially popular for weddings to the elegant John Sprunt Hill Ballroom, neoclassical in design, The Carolina Inn has a long-standing history of hosting memorable bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, champagne brunches, wedding receptions and banquets.

See SB&G’s recent blog posts: A Downton Abbey-inspired styled shoot and a UNC alumna’s real wedding to get a sense of the beautiful backdrop the Inn provides!
Chapel Hill wedding at The Carolina InnMeet the Team
The Carolina Inn’s planning professionals know that Southern hospitality is the heart of a great wedding and are eager to design a reception, rehearsal dinner, post wedding brunch, or charming afternoon tea that not only celebrate your nuptials but celebrate your guests as well. Get to know each person on the team a little better in their bios below and meet them in-person on January 31st during the Bridal Showcase.
Wedding planners at The Carolina InnFrom left to right: Heidi Werner, Samantha Mead, Kristen Prescott, and Tiffany Dawn Jackson.

Heidi Werner
“I’ve planned many weddings but there is something special about a southern wedding. It holds its own special kind of grace and charm.

It’s a lot of work to create that perfect day. The details are endless but I enjoy every single one of them. Perhaps the most gratifying to me is the moment that I am standing alone with a couple right before we open the doors to announce their entrance into the wedding reception. It’s a quiet moment where I am saying good luck, congratulations, and goodbye all at the same time. Then the doors open and applause mingled with an endearing tune welcomes two people into their new lives together.”

Samantha Mead
“The sweet smell of magnolias and fresh Carolina air has fueled my passion for planning southern tradition since 2008. Originally from Pennsylvania, my husband Travis and I found the Carolina Blue Skies and haven’t looked back.  With a great appreciation for the outdoors, Chapel Hill provides the perfect atmosphere for rocking on the front porch and hosting southern banquets. We look forward to raising our daughter as a true southern belle.”

Kristen Prescott
“I’m a true Southern girl, born and raised in eastern North Carolina. I love all things southern: mason jars, magnolias and sipping sweet tea on my front porch. I live in downtown Chapel Hill with my husband Bradley and our daughter Harper Rose. There’s no doubt that planning weddings at The Carolina Inn was a perfect fit for me – a place known and cherished for its hospitality and charm.

After seven years of planning I still tear up for the father-daughter dance and can’t wait to see the groom’s face when his bride walks down the aisle. It’s not just the wedding that makes my heart beat a little faster; it’s the whole process from start to finish.”

Tiffany Dawn Jackson
“Southern wedding traditions hold a close place in my heart from bridal portraits and signature drinks, to courtyard ceremonies and pearls. In hopes of becoming a southern belle one day, I was immediately attracted to The Carolina Inn, and thinking how magical this place is.

Last year I was lucky enough to marry a true southern gentleman. As a newlywed, I know how time consuming planning a wedding can be; however, this is when the fun begins! I love chatting with the bride and groom about their vision for their big day, and turning that vision into reality. My favorite part of the wedding day is standing in the ballroom right before cocktail hour when every detail is in the right place and the room is about to be filled with love, joy and fun! I love seeing the biggest smiles on the bride and groom’s face before they enter as husband and wife because I know we created a magical day that they will always remember.”

Photos by Robin Lin Photography

UNC Alum Summer Wedding at The Carolina Inn

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Becky and Eoin’s UNC Alum summer wedding at The Carolina Inn captured by the talented Robin Lin Photography.

Since Becky and Eoin were both in elementary school in Chapel Hill, their families lived less than a mile apart. As kids, they competed together for the Pacers running group, attended the same high school, and ran cross-country and track, but hardly knew each other until 2009 when Eoin graduated from Virginia Tech and moved back to Chapel Hill where Becky was a junior at UNC. They were reintroduced through mutual friends and discovered how much they had in common, including their love of endurance sports, movies, music and traveling. Five years later, they were engaged!

Shortly before Eoin was born, his parents left their hometown of Limerick, Ireland so his father could attend graduate school. Eoin grew up spending his summers in Ireland visiting family, often staying in Mt. Cashel, a beautiful lodge in Sixmilebridge just outside of Limerick. In September 2014, Becky went on her first trip to Ireland with Eoin and his parents. They spent several days visiting family and exploring Dublin, Limerick, and several other places including Adare, where his parents were married 30 years ago. One evening after returning to Mt. Cashel, Eoin asked Becky to walk down to the lake behind the house. On the dock with beautiful views of the lake and hills, Eoin surprised Becky when he got down on one knee and proposed in this magical spot.

The Carolina Inn is the quintessential Chapel Hill venue,” says Becky. “They have an outstanding reputation, and their beautiful courtyards and guestrooms, all-inclusive wedding packages, great staff, and the fact that both of us grew up in Chapel Hill made it the perfect venue for our wedding.”

The bridal party all had strong ties to Chapel Hill as 10 of 12 of our bridesmaids and groomsmen went to Chapel Hill High School with the couple, and the other two went to UNC and ran on the cross-county and track team with Becky.

The colors were gold and teal. Champagne tablecloths and other gold accents paired perfeclty with the Carolina Inn’s classic feel in its courtyards and the Old Well Room. The teal napkins, table numbers, bridesmaid dresses, and other decorations added a contemporary pop of color throughout the spaces, but still allowed the classic beauty of the Carolina Inn to shine.

With lots of family members traveling from Ireland, they started off the celebrations early in the week with a welcome party hosted by the bride’s family, featuring home-brewed beer by the father of the bride. They also planned an after-party at Spanky’s (one of the groom’s favorite memories) and a brunch on Sunday after the wedding hosted by the groom’s parents.

The photography was very important to Becky. She did a lot of research before deciding on the perfect person, Robin Lin Photography, to capture all the happy times captured in the images below.
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Wedding Coordinator
“I was uncertain about having a coordinator for our wedding as I wasn’t sure it was necessary. However, the Carolina Inn requires a day-of coordinator, so my mom and mother-in-law found Emily with Erin McLean Events. Upon meeting, I was convinced too! She was so much fun to work with and provided a lot of useful suggestions and tips. On the wedding day, I couldn’t believe I had initially thought it was unnecessary – her presence was absolutely invaluable. She kept everything on time and running smoothly, and I felt entirely comfortable leaving the coordination in her hands, which left me free to enjoy the day.”

The Carolina Inn was the perfect venue for us. I worked with Samantha and she was incredibly helpful and responsive throughout the whole process. The venue was beautiful and classic, the food was delicious, and all of our out-of-town guests told us how much they loved their guestrooms, the service, and the event spaces.”

Robin Lin was definitely one of our favorite vendors. She was the first photographer we met and we knew immediately we didn’t need to look anywhere else. She was professional, friendly, and very easy to talk to. She listened carefully to what we wanted, responded very promptly to all of our questions, and was very knowledgeable and organized. During the engagement shoot and the whole day of the wedding, she made us laugh and feel so comfortable. Both our engagement pictures and wedding pictures turned out better than we were hoping for and we are so happy to have such high quality photographs to remember the day.”

Bridal Salon
“I had a great experience at Lana Addison. Everyone is very friendly and they have a great selection of beautiful dresses. I ended up choosing a dress that I did not initially like on the hanger, but fell in love with once I put it on. They did all of the alterations in-house and did a great job.”

VENUE & CATERER The Carolina Inn | WEDDING CONSULTANT Erin McLean Events | PHOTOGRAPHER Robin Lin Photography | REHEARSAL DINNER Top of the Hill Great Room | MINISTER Reverend Robin Renteria | BRIDAL GOWN Nicole Miller from Lana Addison Bridal | BRIDAL SHOES Guess | HAIR Amelia from Ceremony Salon | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Kennedy Blue | MOB Macy’s | BRIDESMAID GIFTS Necklaces from Etsy, Shutterfly coffee mugs, and running shorts from Dicks Sporting Goods | MEN’S FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Boxes and bottle openers from Etsy, Cam Newton MADE (ties), and Kennedy Blue pocket squares | FLORIST Lindsay Clendaniel and Victoria Park Florist | CAKE Stephanie Wertman | CEREMONY MUSIC Elegant Ensembles | RECEPTION MUSIC Mitch Woodard with Joe Bunn DJ Company | PARTY RENTALS The Carolina Inn and CE Rentals | ACCOMMODATIONS The Carolina Inn

Downton Abbey Themed Bridal Tea and Luncheon at The Carolina Inn

In today’s photo shoot from our 2016 magazine’s styled shoot spotlight series, Southern Bride & Groom fashioned a Downton Abbey-inspired tea and bridesmaids’ luncheon hosted by the bride in this modern day version of its ’20s theme. Teas were popular when The Carolina Inn was built in 1924, just as they are today. The Inn’s architecture blends elements of Southern plantation homes with neoclassical features, and offers modern sophistication in guest amenities while retaining its historic charm.

To get an up close look at The Carolina Inn and many of its wedding vendors, be sure to attend their Annual Bridal Showcase taking place on January 31, 2016 from 1-4 p.m.
Weddings at The Carolina Inn Chapel HillPastel bridesmaids dresses from Bella BridesmaidsBefore tea, the bride treats her bridesmaids to hair and makeup styling with a Downton Abbey look by Makeup for Your Day. The ‘maids then give the bride a pre-wedding preview of their flowing, chiffon bridesmaid dress choices from Bella Bridesmaids, enhanced by estate jewelry from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. They each carry original era purses with floral posies and wear handmade period headbands with silk fabric ribbons designed by The English Garden.
Fingerwave styled hair by Raleigh Makeup for Your DayGold clutches for bridesmaidsRaleigh florist and bridesmaids bouquetsOutdoor weddings at The Carolina InnFloral arrangements by the English Garden Raleigh FloristVintage Downton Abbey tablescapeFloral and ribbon headpieces for Raleigh bridesmaidsVintage handbags and purses for bridesmaidsBridesmaids jewelry from Baileys Fine JewelryDownton Abbey themed wedding and gownsThe table is set with mixed floral china and teapots from The Carolina Inn’s collection, styled by Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair. The Inn has afternoon tea service with a tantalizing selection of tea sandwiches, scones, sweets and tea. The original watercolor design on the invitations are from Paperbuzz and the gold-lettered calligraphy from All She Wrote Notes.
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Chapel Hill wedding venue The Carolina InnBridesmaids play a game of croquet at The Carolina InnVENUE  The Carolina Inn | CONSULTANT A Swanky Affair | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Joanna August and Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | BRIDESMAIDS’ JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | TEA FASHIONS & ACCESSORIES Belk Crabtree Valley Mall | FLOWERS & HEADPIECES The English Garden | HAIR STYLING & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | RENTAL CHAIRS & LINENS Party Reflections | INVITATIONS & PAPERS Paperbuzz | CALLIGRAPHY All She Wrote Notes | PHOTOGRAPHER Robin Lin Photography | GIFT WRAPPING Momento & Muse | TYPEWRITER Themeworks


Designer Spotlight: Anna Maier Couture

Quintessential Bridal Couture Available at Nitsa’s Winston Salem and Charlotte NC

Couture is at the root of the Anna Maier-Ulla Maija brand – from the story behind each fabric used to create each wedding dress to the luxury service offered to every bride.

Designer Charles Bunstine II shared with us that this year he was especially pleased to reveal their 2016 collection after discovering some of the finest French couture fabrics to incorporate into the creations. The beauty of these fabrics was obvious when the extensive collection was displayed on the runway at New York Bridal Fashion Week.

Riley MacLean Photography and I attended the bridal market event with the owners of Nitsa’s Apparel, who carry Anna Maier in their bridal salons. Based in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, NC, Nitsa’s has a roster of some of the most elite bridal house labels. They agree that Anna Maier offers true American couture.

Lace is in demand this year, and a wide assortment of incredible lace patterns and layering appears in the 2016 Anna Maier collection. Beautiful lace Anna Maier wedding gownAnna Maier with lace detail and sheer sleevesAnna Maier wedding gown sheer button backBlack lace wedding gown fashion trends from New YorkAnna Maier couture wedding gown latest trendsOne of Nitsa’s selections for their 2016 collection, ‘Natasha’ is a daring long-sleeved, high-neck gown with floral French stretch lace and a key hole back.
Anna Maier all over lace wedding gownAnother gown Nitsa’s selected to have in-store, ‘Lola’ is a lightweight corded French rose floral lace gown.
Anna Maier wedding dress gown designer fashion trendsArchitecture is everything! Duchess satin is paired with draping, and the occasional star accent piece, such as an oversized bow or floral embroidery.Anna Maier wedding dress designer at NY Bridal Fashion WeekAnna Maier Couture Wedding GownsAnna Maier wedding dresses with embroidered flowersAnna Maier wrapped silk wedding gownsWedding gowns with floral detail by Anna MaierPhotos by Riley MacLean Photography

Designer Spotlight: Amy Kuschel

Flattering & Affordable Couture Carried by Lana Addison in Cary NC

The lovely and charming San Francisco-based Amy Kuschel is one of the more playful bridal gown designers. Her line has been a staple at local NC wedding dress boutique Lana Addison Bridal, so we at SB&G have had the privilege of watching her style evolve over the past several years.

At NY Bridal Fashion Week lat October, we took a peek at Amy Kuschel’s 2016 collection. This year’s line takes inspiration from various “decades of fashion” – but her signature shapes that are form fitting and oh-so-flattering have remained consistent. From deco to disco, this
sophisticated collection pulls the best features of each decade and offers something for every bride.

Fine fabrics, playful lace patterns, and best of all, moderate price points are what you’ll find with Amy Kuschel. Peruse the website where you can search gowns by theme, fabric, silhouette, or neckline. We think you’ll fall in love. And when you do, plan a visit to Lana Addison bridal boutique, located in a historic renovated home in downtown Cary, NC, where these wedding dresses are available. Owned and operated by Alexia and Michael Joyce (and named for their daughter, Lana), who also own Alexia’s in Raleigh, this bridal boutique will give you the experience of feeling like the blushing bride that you are!

Photos below captured by Riley MacLean Photography during our bridal market visit with Amy Kuschel.

A pleasure to see lead designer Amy Kuschel, and her fabulous media rep, Lauren Aranador
Southern Bride and Groom with Amy KuschelAny Breakfast at Tiffany’s fans? ‘Go Lovely’ blends a low scoop neckline with a soft trumpet shape and the smallest pleats to accentuate
the waistline.
Amy Kuschel wedding fashion NY Bridal MarketRiley Maclean Raleigh wedding and fashion photographerOld Hollywood-inspired ‘Harlem’ shows Amy’s talent for balancing a low back with a charming silhouette.
Amy Kuschel wedding gowns with sleevesAmy Kuschel embroidered cap sleeve wedding gownThe roaring 20s continue to be a major inspiration in bridal fashion this season. Amy’s got several options for brides seeking a frisky flapper style!
Amy Kuschel flapper style wedding gownAt left, a detail of ‘Broadway’ a cap sleeve in Amy’s 60s Garden Party lace (we swoon at the creativity!). At right, ‘Libby,’ with a sheer blouse styling, evokes a bohemian vibe.
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Photos by Riley MacLean Photography

Designer Spotlight: Eugenia Couture

Wedding Dress Styles for Every Bride at Tre Bella Bridal in Durham NC

Eugenia Vasiliadis began her career in high-fashion bridal design in her native Greece over 30 years ago and later created her own line here in the US, Eugenia Couture. Her daughter, Barbara Kavchok, joined the business in 2004 and became lead designer in 2012. Today, the women work very closely together, but Barbara has certainly paved a new path for the company. With a classical art background, she has contributed fine-art techniques to the design process, striving to make each gown a masterpiece.

At New York Bridal Fashion Week, Southern Bride & Groom Magazine was delighted to meet this mother-daughter team, who are as down-to-earth as they are talented. As you can see, the gowns by Eugenia Couture and their new label, Joy, are a wide range of styles that can appeal to many different brides.

Eugenia Couture wedding dresses have recently made their way to NC via Tre Bella Bridal, downtown Durham’s bridal salon. Tre Bella is a family business as well, owned and operated by two sisters, Rachael Price and Rebecca Price Simmons. We hope you will fall in love with some of the beautiful gowns from the fall 2016 Eugenia Couture and Joy collections, and head to Tre Bella Bridal to see one of these artistic creations in person.

The craftmanship and beauty of each gown was captured by Riley MacLean Photography. Enjoy the photo tour!

“Miranda” is silk chiffon with a lovely rose accent.
Eugenia silk chiffon weddding gown‘Edith’ is a sheath with sheer kimono sleeves which is lovely and modest from all angles.
Eugenia wedding gown with sheer sheath sleeves‘Geneva’ features a sheer Chantilly lace and Alencon lace tank matched with a tulle A-line skirt
Eugenia wedding dress with sheer lace top‘Faith,’ shown front and back, is a Raschel knit lace bodice with bell cap sleeve (below is a tulle A-line skirt).
Eugenia beautiful lace wedding gown with sleevesLace back Eugenia wedding dressSweet and romantic, ‘Sasha’ is a lace and organza off-the-shoulder wedding dress – a popular look this fall. It has soft rose bud details.
Eugenia wedding gown with long lace cathedral veil‘Rosalia’ features satin with delicate, hand painted roses and soft gathered tulle
Floral wedding dress from couture desinger EugeniaEugenia wedding dress with flowersThe bodice of ‘Neela’ features sheer Chantilly lace tank under Venise lace appliques
Sheer bodice wedding gown by EugeniaFounder Eugenia Vasiliadis and her daughter, Lead Designer Barbara Kavchok.
Eugenia desinger at New York Bridal marketPhotos by Riley MacLean Photography

Designer Spotlight: Blue Willow by Anne Barge

A Preview of Wedding Dresses carried by Tre Bella Bridal Salon in Durham NC

Anne Barge is a well known and revered name in wedding fashion. Known for combining timeless elegance with current trends, she is perfect for the Southern bride who is a little bit demure and a little bit fashionista.

Blue Willow by Anne Barge launched a few years ago. Geared toward brides with a more moderate price point for their wedding dress ($2,000 range), but seeking that couture look, the Blue Willow collection features Anne’s signature style of clean lines and delicate details.

At bridal market in NY last fall, SB&G previewed the Fall 2016 collection, which is equally stylish as it is romantic. Today, we’re sharing the photos taken by Riley MacLean Photography at the preview. NC brides who fall in love with the preview below (it’s hard not to!) should head to Tre Bella Bridal. Located in downtown Durham, Tre Bella is owned and operated by two sisters. Brides will love the warm atmosphere created by the genuine and easy-going staff.

We absolutely adore themed collections – each gown is named for a famous wedding venue. And of course, we have a soft spot for this gown, as it’s named for a beloved NC venue – the Biltmore Estate! A full A-line gown with a bateau neckline, ‘Biltmore,’ below, is covered from top to bottom, and on its sheer back, in romantic Chantilly lace.
Beautiful lace wedding gown from Blue WillowStrapless sweetheart never goes out of style, nor does a full ball gown skirt. ‘Amberley’ is sprinkled with tiny silk flowers. Blue Willow bridal gowns at NY Fashion weekA unique ballgown for the classic bride, ‘Cloister’ features a bodice of mixed lace bands, pockets, and a pleated skirt in white Mikado silk.
2016 Bridal fashion trends from New York‘Plaza’ is a dynamite mermaid gown, and achieves a second look with a detachable tiered tulle overskirt.
Blue WIllow ballgown wedding dressWhat do you get when you layer tulle on tulle? Pure romance! A rosette sequined layer gives ‘Ritz’ a fairytale feel.
Cap sleeve wedding gowns from Blue WillowNot a shabby place to hang out and admire beautiful wedding fashions – in a suite overlooking Central Park, at The London NYC Hotel.
Southern Bride and Groom at NY Fashion Week ‘Ryland’ is a charming high-low dress with a sweep train of dupioni silk.
2016 bridal fashion trendsBeaded embelishments and details on wedding gownsThis strapless mermaid, ‘Vanderbilt,’ has Chantilly lace and is framed by Alancon lace.
Perfect fit Blue Willow wedding gown‘Vanderbilt’ is shown again below, this time looking extra enchanting paired with a cathedral veil.
2016 veil trends from fashion weekPhotos by Riley MacLean Photography