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Charleston Wedding Week: Runway Fashion at Cannon Green

Charleston Wedding Week Fashion Show at Cannon Green

Charleston Fashion Week has been the ultimate destination for Southern fashionistas for many years. And bridal fashion has always been a key element. The finale day of Charleston Fashion Week always included a knock-out wedding fashion event, showcasing local Charleston bridal salons and a featured established wedding dress designer. We were excited when last year, producers at Charleston Magazine switched up the format with a dedicated Charleston “Wedding Week” full of educational events with rockstar wedding pros, and of course, plenty of wedding fashion! For today’s modern bride-to-be, wedding pro, or lover of fashion, Charleston Wedding Week is the must-attend bridal fashion event of the South!

With Charleston being such a close drive from Raleigh, we just had to make an appearance at Charleston Wedding Week to cover some of the fashion for Southern Bride & Groom magazine. Cara Galati of f8 Photo Studios is originally from Charleston, so has been my partner in crime at these Charleston fashion events for several years.

Today, we are sharing some of our favorite shots that Cara captured at the first fashion event of Charleston Fashion Week 2018, which was held at the famous Cannon Green restaurant. We hope this gives you a feel for what it’s like to be at Charleston Wedding Week – and maybe next year, you’ll make the trip and experience this and more (I know we will!)

Verita finale walk at Charleston Wedding Week f8 Photo Studios

Charleston Wedding Week – the Premiere Bridal Event from the South’s Leading Wedding Destination

Everyone knows that Charleston one of the top wedding destinations not just in the South, but in the US. Well if you didn’t already know that, you can imagine why that’s so! It is one of the prettiest towns in the country, with its colorful historic rows of homes and buildings, lots of green space draped in Spanish moss in its walkable downtown region, and a lovely waterfront. Add to that a world-class culinary scene, breathtaking wedding venues in and outside of Charleston proper, and a warm climate, and you’ve got a fantastic Southern travel and wedding destination.

Charleston’s historic beauty, swoon-worthy shopping and vibrant nightlife also lends itself to a fantastic destination for bachelorette parties and other travel adventures. And that’s exactly how we see Charleston Wedding Week shaping up to be – a fabulous travel opportunity not just for wedding professionals, but for any girls who admire the Southern fashion scene, or as the focus or an add-on to a Charleston bachelorette party.

Cannon Green Cocktail Party for Charleston Wedding Week

Cannon Green, one of the best restaurants in Charleston, made a beautiful setting for the first bridal fashion show of Charleston Wedding Week 2018.

Guests entered the Cannon Green courtyard area for a cocktail party. Even for Charleston, where weather is usually kind, the air seemed to grace us with an extra layer of warmth on this January evening! And so we freely mingled – of course – all the while documenting the loveliness of the setting, and ogling the fabulous fashion on display from the Charleston who’s who in attendance.

We also ran into the Diamonds Direct crew, who are not only preferred vendors recommended by Southern Bride & Groom magazine, but also sponsor Charleston Wedding Week. A rep from Henri Daussi, a co-sponsor, was present as well. That night, this team gave away a wedding band at the end of the fashion event!

Charleston Wedding Week fashion sightings by f8 Photo Studios
Cannon Green Bar decorated for Charleston Wedding Week
Cannon Green serves oysters
Fashion Sightings at Charleston Wedding Week Cannon Green event
Charleston Wedding Week Sponsors Diamonds Direct and Henri Daussi with Southern Bride & Groom Jenna Parks by f8 Photo Studios
SPONSOR Diamonds Direct | SPONSOR Henri Daussi | COVERAGE Southern Bride & Groom | PHOTOGRAPHER f8 Photo Studios
Market Lights and Palm Trees at a Charleston Cocktail party by f8 Photo Studios

Charleston Bridal Salons Present Cannon Green Fashion Show at Charleston Wedding Week

The first of two major fashion show productions from Charleston Wedding Week 2018, the Cannon Green event was a lineup of top bridal salons in Charleston itself. (Whereas, the second, finale fashion show was focused on designer presentations- many whom were Charleston-based as well).

The interior of Charleston restaurant Cannon Green was transformed into a long runway. Each participating wedding dress shop sent out their own models. So the bridal gowns we saw included the more popular bridal styles of this season.

We’re sharing some of our favorite looks from the Charleston Wedding Week 2018 Cannon Green bridal runway presentations – photographed by f8 Photo Studios.

Fashion Show at Cannon Green for Charleston Wedding Week
EVENT Charleston Wedding Week | LOCATION Cannon Green | PHOTOGRAPHER f8 Photo Studios

As you can see by these shots below from Charleston Fashion Week at Cannon Green, sheer wedding dresses are still in high fashion for 2018. This is a trend that came in strong a few years back, and has remained popular.

Verita finale walk at Charleston Wedding Week with Sheer Dress f8 Photo Studios
PHOTOGRAPHER f8 Photo Studios
Sheer off the shoulder wedding dress at Cannon Green fashion show for Charleston Wedding Week 2018 photo by f8
High Neck Sheer bridal gown closeup by f8

Another major wedding dress trend is the off-the-shoulder bridal look. This flattering style looked chic on the Charleston Wedding Week runway at Cannon Green.

Charleston Wedding Week Fashion Show Off the Shoulder Closeup by f8 Photo Studios
PHOTOGRAPHER f8 Photo Studios
Off the Shoulder Fold Over Sweetheart from Maddison Row at Charleston Wedding Week fashion event at Cannon Green by f8
Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress closeup at Cannon Green Fashion Show by f8 Photo Studios

Charleston Wedding Week 2018 showcased loads of classic shape wedding dresses with deep V-necks. This was the look of the fashion event! It even translated into the bridesmaid looks from Bella Bridesmaids.

Southern Protocol finale walk at Charleston Wedding Week
V Neck Wedding Dress with Ruffle Sleeves from Lovely Charleston Wedding Week Cannon Green event 2018
V Neck Bridal Gown with Applique at the Cannon Green fashion show for Charleston Wedding Week, by f8 Photo Studios
Maddison Row on the Cannon Green runway at Charleston Wedding Week 2018 by f8 Photo Studios
Sweetheart Dress with Deep V from Maddion Row on the runway at Charleston Wedding Week
Sheer Beaded A Line Bridal Gown on the runway at Charleston Wedding Week by f8 Photo Studios
Deep V gown on the Cannon Green Runway
Hayley Paige Lace Dress with Detachable Train from Maddison Row at Cannon Green Fashion Show for Charleston Wedding Week 2018 photo by f8 Photo Studios
Maroon Velvet Bridemaid Gown Bella Bridesmaids Charleston
Emerald Green V Neck Bridesmaid gown on the runway at Cannon Green for Charleston Wedding Week
Lovely bridal fashion show finale walk at Charleston Wedding Week 2018 by f8 Photo Studios

Do not fear if none of these wedding dress trends are calling to you. The coolest thing about bridal fashion is that it reflects street fashion. And it can be interpreted in so many ways. So whether that’s a boho look, a cape, an oversized bow, or a slouchy t-shirt look, whatever your fave current ready-to-wear style is, you can be sure to find it in a wedding dress. That means any bride or bridesmaid can walk down the aisle feeling like (a fancy version of) YOU. Props to Charleston Wedding Week for showcasing so many amazing bridal gown styles at this event.

A very 2018 wedding dress style oversized t-shirt look by f8 photo studios
PHOTOGRAPHER f8 Photo Studios
Hand Dyed Blush and Ivory Wedding Dress at Charleston Wedding Week 2018 Cannon Green Event by f8 Photo Studios
Boho Lace Wedding Dress from Lovely Charleston on the runway at Cannon Green for Charleston Wedding Week, by f8 Photo Studios
Tea Length Wedding Dress from Charleston Betty Bridal Atelier by f8 Photo Studios
Floral Print Long Bridesmaid Gown from Bella Bridesmaids Charleston at Cannon Green fashion event f8 Photo Studios
Modern Mermaid Bridal Gown from Southern Protocol on the runway at Charleston Wedding Week by f8 Photo Studios

Envision yourself and your best gal pals spending a week in downtown Charleston, and enjoying some of the best sights and eats that the city has to offer by attending Charleston Wedding Week. I know I’m in – who’s coming with me?

Can’t get enough? Check out more of Cara’s fashion coverage with this post from Charleston Fashion Week a couple of years ago!

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