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SB&G 2019 Fashion Editorial at The Bradford

A Tour of the Most High Fashion Wedding Dresses in Raleigh NC This Year

We are excited to share the Southern Bride & Groom 2019 fashion editorial. This summer photo shoot is a tour of some of the most beautiful wedding dresses in Raleigh. Some of the best local NC bridal boutiques shared their favorite wedding gown styles. We came together with local jewelers, stylists, florists and rental companies at The Bradford. With its white walls and outdoor garden ambiance, this French country estate wedding venue near Raleigh was the perfect setting for romantic fashion portraits. Chapel Hill wedding photographer Bronwyn Duffield Photography captured every bridal gown in film and digital, so the images you see below are a mix of the two.

This editorial appeared in Southern Bride & Groom 2019. We’re sharing several gorgeous images that could not fit into the print editorial. Enjoy the extra images of the Raleigh wedding gowns, stylists, jewelers and flowers. All of the contributors of this editorial are mentioned in descriptions as well as at the bottom of the post.

Alexia’s – Where you Can Find a Vera Wang Wedding Dress in NC

Dare to wear one of the most romantic wedding dresses from Vera Wang. Alexia’s, based in Raleigh, is the only NC bridal boutique to carry this iconic designer. A plunging neckline of English net over chiffon, this beauty has an all around sheer bodice and off-the-shoulder draped sleeves. An attachable veil is made of English net.

Our model’s hair and makeup was styled by Makeup for Your Day. She wears jewelry from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry of Cameron Village in Raleigh. She shows off the cape back of the wedding gown on the back entrance of The Bradford.

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GOWN Alexia's | VENUE The Bradford | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield

Essense of Australia – Affordable Couture Wedding Dresses in Raleigh NC

Essense of Australia has become a super popular option for chic yet affordable wedding dresses. They are available near Raleigh at Lana Addison Bridal. This Cary bridal boutique is the sister store to Alexia’s.

This layered skirt of French tulle is paired with a lace and beaded bodice. The beautiful bride was styled by Wedding Hair by Liz, and wears pearls from Bailey’s. She is standing in one of the upstairs bedrooms at The Bradford.

Lela Rose and Monique Lhuillier from Alexia’s

You might recognize the trio below, because a different shot of the ladies paired together in these looks is on the Southern Bride & Groom 2019 Summer-Fall Cover!

Both the bridal gown, and the mix and match bridesmaids gowns are from Alexia’s. They all carry bouquets from Watered Garden Florist. Doesn’t it look beautiful on the vintage chair from Petal and Oak? Watered Garden also created the greenery and blush garland that drapes across The Bradford fireplace.

The bride’s Lela Rose gown showcases the elegant, minimalist look that is so popular in wedding dress fashion here in NC. This off-the-shoulder silk crepe gown has a plunging back. She is styled by Makeup for Your Day, and her plunging necklace is from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Monique Lhuillier is the designer of the bridesmaids gowns. The pastel blue gown looks beautiful paired with the floral print in the same back tone. Mina’s Studio styled the maid at left (closeup below as well), and Wedding Hair by Liz styled the lovely lady in the floral print.

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Some of the Best Bridal Gown Designers in NC, found at Lana Addison Bridal

Here, two very feminine looks from Lana Addison Bridal are paired together. Some of the best wedding dresses in Raleigh can be found at this sister store to Alexia’s.

At left, the bride wears a Liancarlo gown with delicate lace from the upper skirt to the sheer shoulders. Behind, a long train gives the dress a fairy tale vibe. She is styled by Mina’s Studio and jeweled by Bailey’s.

At right, the bride wears a strapless lace Pronovias gown with flattering sweetheart neckline. She is styled by Makeup for Your Day and jeweled by Bailey’s.

Photos are by Bronwyn Duffield Photography.

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For the Most Unique and Stylish Indie Wedding Dresses in Raleigh, check out Gilded Bridal

Another lovely pairing is these two brides wearing independent designers that are available in Raleigh at Gilded Bridal.

The off the shoulder gown is an XO by Limor Rosen design. We love the sophisticated simplicity, and the modern cut out detail in the bodice. The bride is styled by Wedding Hair by Liz, and her jewelry is from Diamonds Direct. We love her colorful Watered Garden bouquet.

The v-neck gown is by Daalarna Couture, also from Gilded. The dramatic lace plunging bodice is paired with a comfortable flowing skirt. She is styled by Mina’s Studio, and her jewelry is from Diamonds Direct.

For Glamorous yet Affordable Wedding Dresses in NC, Check out Enzoani at The Wedding Dress Shoppe of Wilmington

How utterly exquisite is this series? The bride wears an all-lace, sleeved Enzoani gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington NC. She sits on a vintage bench from Petal and Oak, a party rental company in Raleigh. The greenery bouquet is by Watered Garden, a top Raleigh florist. The bench is flanked by the oversized windows of The Bradford.

The bride’s sheer lace look is paired with a messy updo by Makeup for Your Day. She wears a delicate pendant from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Bronwyn Duffield captured these romantic bridal portraits on film. Her “Bella” bridesmaids join for a shot – their description is below.

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BRIDAL GOWN The Wedding Dress Shoppe | BRIDESMAIDS Bella Bridesmaids | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield

The Most Unique Bridesmaids Dresses in Raleigh Area – from Bella Bridesmaids

These two lovely maids are paired in gowns from Bella Bridesmaids. This Cary shop has the largest selection of bridesmaids gowns and designers that can be found in NC. At left, a Theia jumpsuit is paired with a lace topper by Jenny Yoo, in matching shades of blush. She was styled by Wedding Hair by Liz. The matching dress version of that Jenny Yoo piece is modeled on the maid at right, who was styed by Mina’s Studio. Both bridesmaids carry Watered Garden blush bouquets and wear Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. They are dazzling in the sunlight on the back patio area of The Bradford.

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BRIDEMAIDS GOWN Bella Bridesmaids | BOUQUETS Watered Garden | VENUE The Bradford | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield
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Presenting a More Affordable Wedding Dress Collection from Tara LaTour – Rose+Williams at Gilded Bridal Raleigh

Gilded Bridal has been a big fan of Tara LaTour since they opened up their Raleigh bridal boutique a couple of years ago. Now, Rose+Williams, Tara’s more affordable line, is available in Raleigh.

Known for exquisite fabrics, Tara LaTour’s new collection is going to have an upscale feel even at its more moderate price point. With soft lines and sheer details in a V-cut lace top, the skirt flows from tiny pleats for easy movement in this timeless gown.

The bride is styled by Makeup for Your Day and Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, and the blush floral arrangements by Watered Garden top off the romantic vibes.

Pronovias Wedding Dresses in Raleigh NC

One of the more well-known names in bridal fashion is Pronovias, a Spanish couture designer. The original, upscale Pronovias collection is available at Lana Addison Bridal in Cary NC, as well as Alexia’s, their sister salon in downtown Raleigh.

Here, our bride poses on a balcony off of a bridal suite at The Bradford, next to a chic modern couch and pillows from Petal and Oak. She is styled by Mina’s Studio, a hair salon in Chapel Hill, NC. Her jewelry is from Bailey’s, a fine jewelry store at Cameron Village in Raleigh.

Bronwyn Duffield Photography captured these images on film as part of a Southern Bride & Groom editorial.

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GOWN Pronovias from Lana Addison | COUCH AND PILLOWS Petal & Oak | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield
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HAIR & MAKEUP Mina's Studio | JEWELRY Bailey's Jewelry | GOWN Lana Addison Bridal | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield
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Meet Another Indie Wedding Dress Designer, Limor Rosen at Gilded Bridal in Raleigh

XO by Limor Rosen is another designer to check out when you hit up the indie wedding dress shop in Raleigh, Gilded Bridal. This sweet gown makes a svelte silhouette with unique and flattering sheer details. The bride is styled by Makeup for Your Day and wears earrings and a drop necklace from Diamonds Direct. Her summer bouquet by Watered Garden features blush and lavender hues springing out of ferns and greenery. The Bradford makes a beautiful backdrop for this summer bride.

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VENUE The Bradford | GOWN Gilded Bridal | JEWELRY Diamonds Direct | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield

Classic Beauty from Our Favorite Wilmington NC Bridal Salon, The Wedding Dress Shoppe

Here, our bride wears a modern fit and flare gown. Its simplicity is a match for today’s popular minimalist wedding dress style. The Blue by Enzoani gown is available at the Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington NC.

The bride is styled by Mina’s Studio and is jeweled by Bailey’s. She carries a bouquet by Watered Garden, and the purple lounge couch is from Petal and Oak.

This dress also appears in the opener photo at the top of this blog, both photographed by Bronwyn Duffield Photography at The Bradford as part of a Southern Bride & Groom magazine editorial.

Classic Bridal Fashion in the Wedding Arbor at The Bradford Venue Near Raleigh

This sweetheart neck Enzoani gown has a lovely lace bodice and a stunning train. Enzoani is available in NC at The Wedding Dress Shoppe of Wilmington. The bride, styled by Wedding Hair by Liz and Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, stands in the wedding arbor at The Bradford. This is one of several ceremony options at this Raleigh area wedding venue. Drapery is by Petal and Oak, as well as the modern decorative chair set up on the patio pavers. The greenery garland is by Watered Garden.

Edgy Lace Accents by Elizabeth Filmore, a Wedding Dress Designer at Alexia’s in Raleigh

One of our favorite current designers at Alexia’s is Elizabeth Filmore. Both demure and sensual, this gown has an exquisite embroidered optional lace caplet. The open back overlay drapes over a fitted sheath with a flattering sweetheart neckline. Styled in a low messy updo by Mina’s Studio, the bride wears jewels from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Bronwyn Duffield photographed her by the entryway staircase at The Bradford.

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GOWN Alexia's | HAIR & MAKEUP Mina's Studio | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield

Glitzy Bella Bridesmaids Dresses in Raleigh Durham Area of NC

We brought back our gorgeous bride in the Enzoani lace sweetheart top gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe for a shot with some gorgeous bridesmaids gowns. These mix and match bridesmaids dresses are in complementary muted tones of gray, blush and cream. We love how the V-neck lace top styles pair with the strapless option. Check out Bella Bridesmaids in Cary NC for limitless options for bridesmaid styles and designers. Plus, full attention will be given to the ladies you love!

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VENUE The Bradford | BRIDAL GOWN The Wedding Dress Shoppe | BRIDESMAIDS Bella Bridesmaids | BOUQUETS Watered Garden | PHOTO Bronwyn Duffield
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Want to see more fashion inspiration and wedding dresses in Raleigh NC? Check out our 2018 fashion editorial at The Carolina Inn.

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