Charleston Fashion Week put on a different face Saturday morning for their Spring Bridal Show. The elegant sounds of the Charleston Virtuosi opened the event as attendees roamed the reception-esque tent sipping complimentary mimosas and bloody Marys and snacking on sweet treats from some of Charleston's best caterers.
Ticket holders donned dainty dresses in vibrant prints and colors as opposed to the sky-high stilettos and daring styles of the evening shows. On the runway, Yoyo Designs presented flowing, bohemian styles perfect for a simple barefoot beach wedding. Designer Alena Fede changed things up with her non-traditional, vintage-inspired creations. The Charleston Wedding Dress designer may have had some question marks looming over attendees heads as her looks are certainly one of a kind and may lack the elegance other designers showed on the runway.
Next up was Modern Trousseau, who hit the mark with their showcase of classic, elegant gowns, featuring a band of brunette beauties decked out in diamonds, oversized sunglasses, and sleek updos for a Breakfast at Tiffany's theme that the crowd loved. Belle Couture Bridal's show seemed to happen all while I was digging in my purse for my last set of drink tickets. Featuring only a few models with over-the-top feathered eyelashes, the show featured easy, breezy, chiffon bridesmaids dresses and feminine gowns. This show didn't stick out in my mind, but White picked up the slack with a gorgeous parade of gowns featuring plenty of beautiful fabrics, bling, and unique designs. Their last look, a scoop neck gown with an oversized tulle skirt and beaded belt had the crowd cheering. Another personal favorite was a chiffon gown with an empire waist and heavy beading that mimicked a vest around the bust.
Madison Row and Bella Bridesmaid presented high-end designers, as well as fresh, innovative gowns that kept us wondering what would come next. The bridesmaid dresses were attractive and stylish, and their last look, a gorgeous, over-the-top black creation of tulle, feathers, and beading, was certainly a showstopper.
The featured designer of the day's event was Heidi Elnora of Project Runway Season Two. Her dresses were fairly simply, and although pretty, they were all looks we've seen a million times over. The models wore branches of flowers in their hair that got progressively bigger as the show went on. Toward the end of the show, the final girl had a tree growing out of her head.
No doubt about it, brides, wedding planners, and hopeless romantics left this year's Spring Bridal Show ready to plan their dream weddings.