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2017 Bridal Fashion Inspiration from the top NC Wedding Boutiques

SB&G’s bridal fashion shoot captures modern trends in wedding dresses. Two piece gowns, loads of layers, and elegant long-sleeved lace are just some of the looks that are popular for Southern brides in 2017. These looks – which are also showcased in our 2017 magazine – are available from the SB&G preferred bridal boutiques here in NC, so be sure to take note of the designers you like best, and where the gowns can be found.

In addition to the fantastic Raleigh and Wilmington area bridal salons who contributed their stunning gowns, many other vendors came together to make this shoot happen! The beautiful Park Alumni Center hosted the shoot. This is a stately event destination located on Centennial Campus at NC State University in Raleigh (you may recognize it or remember its former name – The State Club). SB&G wanted to build on the look of the white marble floors and walls and all of the natural light that pours in through their three-story ballroom windows. Erin McLean Events helped us add style with white props and draping from Themeworks. All bouquets and arrangements were created by Floral DimensionsFinally, teams of hair and makeup artists and local jewelers added to the stark “vogue” vibe with 60s inspired looks.

We hope to whet your excitement for your upcoming day with our fabulous bridal and bridesmaids attire. The best of fashion design always stays timeless.Raleigh ballroom weddings: Park Alumni CenterPark Alumni Center at NC StateAbove, our model wears beautiful gowns from Lana Addison Bridal, and The Wedding Dress Shoppe while showcasing the Park Alumni Center’s impressive grand entrance.

Alexia’s Bridal

Alexia’s Bridal Boutique has been the destination for NC bridal salon for couture designer wedding dresses for over a decade. The beautiful salon is located in downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South. It is owned by a husband and wife team who are dedicated to giving brides a luxurious experience.

From the 2017 Lela Rose collection, this charmer from Alexia’s Bridal is utterly romantic with a fully lace bodice, illusion back and chapel length train.
Lela Rose lace wedding gownWedding gown from Alexias BridalLela Rose wedding gownIn silk fabric with a trumpet shape skirt and retro boat neck, this chic gown by Austin Scarlett has no embellishments except for the sensuous cut-outs and the bride who wears it. Local brides can find more designs from this well known NY designer at Alexia’s Bridal. Extra shimmer is added with pieces from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
Austin Scarlett modern wedding gown resizedAustin Scarlett Top wedding dress designers in NCSoft and flowing distinct styles pair well in two shades of romantic pale pink. The one on the left is Amsale Nouvelle and the right is Monique Lhuiller, both from Alexia’s Bridal.
Alexias Bridal bridesmaid dresses

Lana Addison Bridal

Sister store to Alexia’s Bridal, Lana Addison is located in lovely historic home in downtown Cary. This salon carries high end designers but does offer a more modest starting price point. At either salon, the expert wedding specialists will assist in finding the look that perfectly suites each bride.

A pearled corset strapless top is part of Martina Liana’s “separates” collection available at Lana Addison Bridal. It can be mixed and matched to your dream combination, shown here in barely blush with layers of soft ruffles in the skirt.
Wedding dress from Lana Addison BridalThis Pronovias gown at Lana Addison with a silk-soft skirt is topped with a partially sheer lace bodice. The look is both sweet and sexy paired with Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
Pronovias gown from Lana Addison Bridal

Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh

Bella Bridesmaids has a concept that makes so much sense. This is the specialty boutique that focuses on the bridesmaids. They have an extensive selection of sought-after designers and styles. Our local Bella Bridesmaids is located in Cary at Lochmere Pavilion.

Whether wearing chiffon or glitter, let your best friends enjoy their best look. Jenny Yoo at right and Amsale at right are both from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh.Hair Salons Raleigh NCBella Bridesmaids RaleighRaleigh NC makeup artistsBridesmaid grace your wedding day with flowing Amsale mint and white tulle dresses available at Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh – they are also available in many jewel-toned colors. Moon & Lola has a wide selection of jewelry perfect for bridesmaids in all colors.
Amsale from Tre Bella Bridal

The Wedding Dress Shoppe

Located in the lovely upscale Barclay Commons shopping center in Wilmington, NC, The Wedding Dress Shoppe is a must-visit for brides who love a mix of classic with sparkle!

Make a grand entrance in this breathtaking Eve of Milady glamour gown with a fitted jeweled bodice and shimmering full skirt. This well known designer can be found at The Wedding Dress Shoppe. The bride’s elegant drop earrings are from Diamond’s Direct Crabtree.
The Wedding Dress ShoppeEvoke your inner Cinderella and head to the ball in a traditional  gown, like this one from The Wedding Dress Shoppe, adorned with beaded cap sleeves for a modern twist, and jewelry from Anfesa’s Jewelers.
Bride at The Park Alumni Center Raleighwedding gown with cap sleevesNorth Carolina State University Wedding

(Photos above by Fancy This Photography)

Tre Bella Bridal

Owned by two sisters, Tre Bella Bridal is the only full service wedding salon in Durham. Located downtown, their clothing and gift boutique of the same name is on Main Street ground level, and upstairs you will find the bridal salon. These ladies have a true penchant for weddings – they also run Tre Bella Flowers – a wedding florist.

This charming all-over lace Eugenia Couture ball gown from Tre Bella Bridal has a forever-flattering sweetheart strapless neckline adorned with a pearl necklace from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
Eugenia Couture from Tre Bella BridalThis Blue Willow by Anne Barge A-line classic gown from Tre Bella Bridal needs no embellishments with its Audrey Hepburn aura, except for a few pretty items from Anfesa’s Jewelers.
Wedding gown from Tre Bella Bridal

Coastal Knot Bridal

An impressive line up of modern wedding dress designers was brought to the NC Coast by Coastal Knot Bridal’s Wilmington and Shallotte bridal boutiques. Now, they have opened a new location in Cameron Village of Raleigh.

A pretty lace scallop trims the sweetheart neckline of this graceful Augusta Jones wedding gown from Coastal Knot Bridal paired with beautiful earrings from Diamonds Direct Crabtree.
Augusta Jones at Coastal Knot BridalCoastal Knot Bridal wedding gownsThis look is romantic and fetching in an Augusta Jones gown from Coastal Knot Bridal, with matching lace on sleeve, bodice, hips, and a wide band at the hem. The bride is wearing jewelry from Anfesa’s.

Augusta Jones wedding gown

 SB&G preferred photographer Fancy This Photography took the remaining beautiful images from our fashion shoot pictured below (as well as the set of three images noted above)

Gilded Bridal

Another new wedding dress salon in Raleigh, Gilded Bridal focuses on upscale independent designers. You’ll find some cutting-edge looks at this gorgeous boutique in Glenwood South.

A cutting-edge combination in this Tara LaTour mix and match line available at Gilded Bridal shows a corset style semi-sheer bodice with a flattering fit-and-flair skirt.Tara LaTour from Gilded BridalFancy This PhotographyIvy & Aster’s deep V-neck ball gown, also available at Gilded Bridal, has at the barest blush cherry blossom embroidery. Anfesa’s Jewelers’ pearl drop earrings compliment the look.
Weddings for NC State AlumIvy and Aster wedding dressWith vintage feminine lace and nostalgic Bohemian style, this free spirited bride fits into any setting with earrings that fit the look from Moon & Lola. The gown is Romantique by Claire Pettibone, from Gilded Bridal.
Romantique bridal gown from Gilded BridalRaleigh bridal boutiques

BRIDAL SALONS & DESIGNERS each noted above alongside the gowns VENUE The Park Alumni Center | STYLING AND COORDINATION Erin McLean Events | FLOWERS Floral Dimensions | PROPS Themeworks | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day and 140 Salon and Dry Bar | PHOTOGRAPHERS Dara Blakeley Photography and Fancy This Photography (designated above)

Hair & Makeup for the models…
short hair      redhead      brunette

Makeup for your Day              Makeup for your Day               140 Salon and Dry Bar
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