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Charleston’s bridal fashion scene is abuzz this spring with fresh collections of gowns, jewels, and much, much more. Read on for the scoop

Hair accessories by Emma Katzka; gown by Lea-Ann Belter from Southern Protocol Bridal. Images (left) by Kristina Verington & courtesy of Lea-Ann Belter


June 15, 2017

Haute News!
Charleston’s bridal fashion scene is abuzz this spring with fresh collections of gowns, jewels, and much, much more. Read on for the scoop



Primp Palace
National blowout biz Drybar (843/872-3570) recently opened doors on Upper King. With a sleek aesthetic (hello, marble countertops) and a cocktail-themed menu of styling options—“The Cosmo” features loose curls while “The Uptini” delivers buns, braids, and other updos—it’s the perfect place to primp. Bonus? Their stylists can come to you, as well.


Oh-So Mod
Couture dress designer Mason Hosker (843/203-4465)—whose flagship boutique opened on State Street earlier this year—now dresses brides in bespoke frocks with classic silhouettes and unexpected modern details (exposed zippers, pockets, metallics, and on). Also in shop? High-end ensembles for maids and mothers.


So Very Pretty
Modern Trousseau founder and creative director Callie Tein made waves at New York Bridal Market last fall by debuting her über-dreamy MUSE by Callie Tein collection. Head to King Street’s Modern Trousseau Charleston (843/722-6300) or one of their other flagship boutiques in Savannah, Louisville, or Nashville to shop the sexy, sumptuous, and sophisticated looks rife with romantic touches (think corset bodices, beading, and lots of lace).


Gal Pals
Katherine McDonald—the local talent behind Kate McDonald Bridal and LulaKate—has teamed up with her mom, Diane, to introduce Big Day Best Friends (843/805-7193; BigDayBestFriends@gmail.com), the newest day-of dressing service in town. The duo steams, sews, styles, and ensures the bride and her posse look picture-perfect all wedding-day long.


Girl Power
Buyer and manager Michelle Miller joins new Southern Protocol Bridal (843/212-5160) owners, mother-daughter duo Lisa Rice and Ann E. Rice Ervin, to expand the shop’s offerings. Find beautiful new bridal collections from Lea-Ann Belter and Matthew Christopher, and ask the ladies about the colorful couture options now available for mothers of the bride and groom. (And a fun fact? We featured Ann E.’s Big Day seven years ago!)


Finishing Touches
Boho-glam bridal jewel designer Emma Katzka recently moved into a studio on King Street (shared with local gown-maker Emily Kotarski). Find her in-the-rough crystal tiaras, ethereal halos, dainty jewels, and vintage-minded veils there and at Lovely Bride (843/764-9560). Also, Mount Pleasant’s Kiawah Fine Jewelry is now Sandler’s Diamonds & Time (843/768-5357)—a perfect place for gals to find fancy timepieces for their fellas and gents to shop for sparkly rings.




 

Date: 
2017-06-15 00:00:00