Monthly Archives:: November 2016
Couture Wedding Fashion at Alexia’s Bridal in Raleigh NC
“Project Runway” devotees will remember Austin Scarlett and his theatrical styles from the show’s original season. But Austin’s fashion career started far before his reality TV fame, and has taken off in the years since. After serving as Creative Director at Kenneth Pool for several years, he debuted his own bridal collection in 2012. Each year his craftsmanship has evolved, and today he is regarded among the true couture in U.S. wedding brands.
Why do Austin’s bridal gowns so perfectly fit the Southern bride? He is a cutting-edge designer with experience in theatrical work, yet his root inspiration is in vintage fashion, including classic styles of the South. I first met Austin at a trip to New York Bridal Fashion Week a few years ago. His presentation was like a homecoming – his collection that year was themed to “Gone with the Wind.” He has also authored a book on the same topic: In “Forever Scarlett, the Immortal Style of Gone with the Wind,” Austin describes how he strives to bring the grace and elegance of that iconic Southern belle’s fashion and persona to his own designs.
Austin is a master of minimalist shape that honors the female form, combined with beautiful draping techniques. In true haute couture tradition, every design is developed and created under Austin’s personal supervision, and each gown is made-to-order, by hand, in New York City.A Visit to Raleigh
This fall, Austin Scarlett visited Raleigh for a trunk show at Alexia’s Bridal, a wedding dress boutique off of Glenwood South, which is the only place you can find these gowns in our state. At this special event, brides had the unique opportunity to meet the designer during their appointment and get direct feedback. After a day of appointments, the charming and humble designer mingled with brides at a cocktail event at the salon.
Riley MacLean captured some playful images of Austin near the bridal boutique in downtown Raleigh.
Alexia’s Bridal team welcomed Scarlett and brides to their salon, offering the unique opportunity to get personalized fitting advice from the designer himself.
For information about upcoming trunk shows at Alexia’s Bridal, and other area bridal salons, visit SB&G’s Shows & Event’s Page
By Jenna Parks, co-publisher of Southern Bride & Groom
Photos by Riley MacLean Photography
Cole and Kristina met at UNC where Cole was in the a cappella group, the Clefhangers. Even though Cole left NC to move to CA following graduation, they had a strong long distance relationship for three years before getting engaged and looking forward to the day they’d both live in the same state (currently residing in CA).
Cole took Kristina along on a business trip to London in 2015. During dinner at the Aqua Shard, at a table overlooking London, the waitress delivered an envelope of pictures to the table that told the story of their relationship – at the end, Cole was on his knee proposing and had the whole thing live streamed on Periscope so that all their family and friends back home could watch (he had announced it on Facebook and kept her from seeing it).
The began planning their Chapel Hill wedding at Top of the Hill, a place that was a huge part of their lives at UNC. They also involved another piece of UNC that was so meaningful to them – the Clefhangers!
Kristina wanted the wedding to be simple, romantic, intimate, and beautiful. The Great Room at the Top of the Hill had everything they were looking for in a reception venue. Plus, celebrating at a venue where they spent so much time was a blast for them and their guests.
“Danielle and her team at TOPO went out of their way to make our day perfect, down to the smallest details. Thanks to them, I was completely stress free on the day of the wedding, and the reception was above and beyond my expectations,” shares Kristina. “And they never fail to deliver amazing food! Everyone was raving about how it surpassed the stereotypical ‘bland’ wedding food.”
The couple enjoyed an exceptional experience at The Carolina Inn, where they stayed, for the wedding weekend.
Of course, some of the UNC Clefhangers played a role in the big day. One of the groom’s best friends in the a cappella group graduated from Wake Forest Seminary school just in time for the wedding and was able to officiate the ceremony. Another best friend from the group, an established musician, played the piano at the ceremony.
The bride and groom were all smiles on their long-awaited wedding day!
VENUE & CATERER Great Room at TOPO | MINISTER Daniel Potter | PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah Morrel Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER Vantage Virtual | BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal | BRIDAL SHOES Steve Madden | JEWELRY Simpson’s Bridal and Formal | MEN’S FORMALWEAR Indochine | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Ties from TM Lewin in London | HAIR & MAKEUP Tiffany Mentrak | FLORIST University Florist | CAKE Simply Cakes | INVITATIONS Wedding Paper Divas | CEREMONY Jason Perfetto | RECEPTION MUSIC Adam Danze | PARTY RENTALS CE Rentals
Southern Bride and Groom Magazine is proud to feature some of the very best wedding vendors in the state of North Carolina, and each year, we introduce you to our talented group of wedding photographers. This month, we’d like you to meet Dajuan Jones of In His Image Photography.
Dajuan’s style is romantic, scenic, and very much “in the moment.” On a typical wedding day he utilizes several different methods of photography in order compliment his clients throughout the day, including editorial, photojournalism, natural light, and even fashion!
“While I’m personally attracted to landscapes and architecture, you’ll often find me photographing weddings and receptions indoors. Therefore, I artistically light reception venues so those images are as well captured as the outdoor natural light images photographed earlier in the day,” he shares.
Get a sense of Dajuan’s enchanting style in a selection of his photographs below.
Photos: In His Image Photography
Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we’re excited to share Trey and Jenn’s Downtown Durham wedding at the modern industrial space, The Rickhouse. This crafty bride added her own rustic touches with DIY wooden decor and cowboy boots!
Three years to the day that Trey asked Jenn to be his girlfriend, he asked her to marry him at a beach resort in Puerto Rico where they were on vacation to celebrate their third-year anniversary.
They chose to get married at The Rickhouse in Durham because it was a big open space where they could have both the ceremony and the reception with ease. “It was rustic enough, but also had touches of industrial feel which really worked well for us,” explains Jenn, who loves a little rustic flair. She incorporated her love of cowboy boots and DIY rustic wood crafts into her wedding day, with handmade signs, table numbers and menu sign. She even made her own wedding invitations!
The bride and groom are not very big “cake people,” but Jenn LOVEs cookie cake, so instead of doing a traditional cake, they had Nestle Toll House in Southpoint make a stacked cookie cake and ice it like a normal wedding cake. From the outside, no one knew the difference, but once cutting you could see the layers of delicious cookie inside!
The overall theme was rustic chic with many neutrals, tans, burlap and pops of red in flowers, bridesmaids dresses, men’s ties and bride’s shoes. As big NC State fans, red might just be their favorite color to begin with! Get Lit did the draping for the ceremony which pulled everything together for this gorgeous event.
VENUE The Rickhouse | CATERER Catering Works | MINISTER Owen Barrow | REHEARSAL DINNER The Pit – Durham | WEDDING PLANNER Jessica King of Happily Ever After | PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER Six Foot Photography | GOWN Stella York – New York Bride and Groom | BRIDAL SHOES Jessica Simpson – Ariat Boots | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Alfred Angelo | HAIR & MAKEUP Perfection By Patricia | FLORIST Watered Garden | CAKE Southpoint Nestle TollHouse (cookie cake) | MUSIC PC Productions | PARTY RENTALS CE Rentals | DRAPERY AND LIGHTS Get Lit Special Event Lighting | FAVORS Etched mason jars