It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Jon and Kelly’s rustic Southern wedding at The Chapel Between Cotton and Gin, a gorgeous new wedding venue in the historic district of Woodville, NC.
Jon and Kelly met through Jon’s older brother, who had a few classes with Kelly at East Carolina University. After dating for six years, Jon proposed to Kelly during a quiet night in, when they were both sporting their pajamas!
When the couple was looking for their ceremony venue, they came upon The Chapel Between Cotton and Gin and fell in love immediately! The property – which is on the National Register of Historic places – is a revitalized church, built in 1845, that’s situated in lush countryside between cotton fields and a cotton gin, thus the inspiration behind its name. It features beautiful historic details, like a broad staircase, soaring ceilings, large windows, fluted columns and an original cedar shake steeple.
Jon and Kelly accented the venue’s historic charm with rustic details like baby’s breath arrangements, old mill equipment, and a soft color palette. These photographs, courtesy of Ginny Corbett, beautifully capture the couple’s sweet Southern wedding!
Wedding Ceremony: The Chapel Between Cotton and Gin
Wedding Reception: Indian Woods Lodge
Photographer: Ginny Corbett
Vidoegrapher: Five Copper Creative
Bridal Gown: Mikaella from Maggi Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank
Florist: Dee Gibson
Cake: Vanilla Bean Bake Shoppe
Invitations: Noteable Occasions
Reception Music: PUNCH
Rentals: Occasions Party and Tent Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Salon Blu
Join Southern Bride & Groom at Marbles Kids Museum on November 15th for Couture for a Cause, Activate Good’s 6th annual fashion show fundraiser! Local designers have teamed up with nonprofit partners to create outfits inspired by their missions, and they’ll showcase their designs in a live runway show.
Tickets are on sale now, and you can already start bidding in the online silent auction, which includes fabulous items like a wedding planning package!
Amsale is one of the most well-known names in bridal couture. At NY Bridal Market last month, we joined Chris and George Bambalis, owners of Nitsa’s Apparel, for their appointment to preview the 2015 spring and fall Amsale collections.
Nitsa’s Apparel, NC’s premiere couture bridal salon, has been in business for 50 years, with 23 years in bridal – and after shadowing them for day at market, the reasons are clear. Observing the way they moved throughout the day – taking in each dress, considering its fabric, its fit, and its appeal to their bride; how they smoothly communicated their thoughts to one another; and how they spoke of the various designers such as Amsale as people with whom they have long-lasting relationships, even friendships, left me assured that these are two professionals who not only know what they are doing, but are passionate about the industry and bringing beautiful craftsmanship to their brides. They have a clear understanding of the Southern bride, and they work very hard to find the perfect selection of gowns to present to her! Nitsa’s carries a selection of some of the most elite wedding gown designers, and has been the exclusive North Carolina distributor of Amsale for 20 years.
Amsale is classic bridal couture, meaning her lines are of utmost luxury, with in-house ability to customize, and meticulous attention to design. She is known for a soft and romantic full ballgown look with a natural waist. Some highlights from the 2015 Amsale collections are shown on this page, photographed by NC wedding photographer, Riley MacLean Photography.
“Amsale’s stretch illusion is a very high quality, beautifully sheer” – George Bambalis
“A full ballgown with a natural waist is the Amsale look” – Chris Bambalis
At left, Jules – a hand-beaded bodice ballgown with a soft tull tiered skirt ; At right, Aileen- the metallic chantilly lace gives this ballgown a retro feel, and the layering of blush tulle finishes with timeless romance
This is the conclusion of the NY Bridal Fashion Week blog series, but the images will live on – some of our favorite trends and gowns we previewed are being laid out as we speak into the pages of our 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom, which will be released this December!
I’d like to thank Chris and George Bambalis of Nitsa’s Apparel who were so gracious to let us shadow them for a day at market. It was a pleasure, and we learned so much from you!
And a huge thank you to Riley MacLean for joining me for this adventure and capturing such stunning photography for SB&G!
All week, we have been reliving our quick trip to NY Bridal Market last month, and sharing the fabulous images by Riley MacLean Photography of collections we previewed by designers carried by some our NC bridal boutiques. The buyer’s market is the life force behind NY Bridal Fashion Week – the trade show, as well as the individual buyer appointments and previews. But there is nothing more glamorous and fun than attending a runway presentation! We joined our friends Chris and George Bambalis, owners of Nitsa’s Apparel, for the runway show for the Anna Maier Couture 2015 collection.
Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija is built on the premise of couture luxury. In the program notes from the presentation, in reference to inspiration of his Collection 42, Lead Designer Charles Bunstine, II, says, “The power, complexity and sensuality of today’s woman..was a consideration in every line.” Gives you chills, right?
George Bambalis says this is a couture bridal house that “works very hard at providing high value for a couture product.” His wife, Chris, noted that Anna Maier is known for their dramatic sculpture and draping. Take a tour of Anna Maier Couture Collection 42, and if you fall in love with it the way we did, visit Nitsa’s Apparel in Winston-Salem or Charlotte NC.
All week we have been sharing our favorite looks, designers, and exclusive photography by Riley MacLean from our trip to New York Bridal Market last month. Today we are introducing you to the Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 collection, which we previewed in their New York Showroom.
Modern Trousseau is run by husband and wife team, Callie and David Tein, and based in New York and Charleston. The sophisticated, romantic look of Callie’s designs is perfect for Southern brides. Also appealing is the versatility of the collection that allows brides mix and match styles, skirt shapes, color accents, veils and jackets, to create a personalized look.
If you like what you see, be sure to look for some of the gowns from this collection at one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Tre Bella Bridal in Durham. Several Modern Trousseau gowns will also be gracing the pages of our 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom!
Another high-low dress just like Honor, Pride is also in Italian silk. Her signature jacket features with mink pockets for a “Game of Thrones” vibe, and when the jacket is removed, Grace Kelly is evoked. What a finale!
At NY Bridal Market last month, we were treated to a preview of the fall 2015 line by one of my favorite bridal gown designers. The new Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection has her signature classic yet contemporary feel, with a focus on flattering fits and comfort. This charming collection with its nod to the 60’s & 70’s flower child ear is particularly hip, but as always, Amy uses the finest fabrics from beaded French lace to embroidered organza.
Today we are sharing a preview of some of our favorite new looks from the new collection, photographed by Riley MacLean Photography who documented our time at New York Bridal Fashion Week. The best part? Amy Kuschel is carried by one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Lana Addison Bridal in downtown Cary, NC!