2024 Wedding Dress and Fashion Trends
Pinterest boards, Instagram inspo, TikTok trends … we all know that searching social media for ideas to inspire the perfect wedding look can quickly spiral into information overload. Lucky for you, our 2024 Heart of NC Weddings fashion editorial features gorgeous, trending gowns from top wedding dress boutiques in the Triangle. Welcome to your NC wedding fashion guide!
Part of this photo shoot took place at the Cannon Room, at the penthouse of Raleigh’s Capital Club. The Cannon Room features exquisite art deco details – the perfect backdrop for delicate tulle, shimmering satin and the intricate embellishments that are trending this season.
Photography by Richard Barlow Photography | Styled by Amy Plant-Perdue
Beautiful Bows and Bustiers
UC Models’ Andréa Watson wears an ethereal Daalarna Couture dress from Raleigh boutique Gilded Bridal. “Daalarna is a true European atelier based in Budapest, Hungary, where all gowns are produced by hand in its studio,” says Gilded Bridal owner Susan Langford. “This dress brings on-trend, over-the-top shoulder bows, and a delicate fabric overlaid on a bustier-style bodice. Bustiers are the No. 1 trend in bridal this year.”
A fitted bustier adds structure to the Truvelle ballgown, also from Gilded Bridal, worn by UC Models’ Kleo Carter. The Canadian-based designer is beloved for its use of unique fabrics, like the textured, floral Jacquard of this gown.
“Truvelle is committed to ethical fashion, both in production and in its impact on the environment,” Susan adds. “We love the on-trend slit in this skirt, and the boning in the bodice – a nod to a vintage fit a la ‘Bridgerton.’” In fact, this kind of visual allusion to corsetry isn’t the only element of regencycore continuing its reign over bridal fashion.
Elegant ballgowns with voluminous skirts and flowing trains bring the drama, much like our favorite “Bridgerton” cast members.
Below, Kleo models a strapless Rivini by Rita Vinieris dress with exposed boning and a full skirt. Liquid shimmer satin fabric adds a beautiful finish. This is a look many to-be-weds are currently seeking, according to Michelle Jarrett, director of sales for White Bridal Boutiques. Pearl mesh gloves and coordinating earrings completes the ensemble.
UC Models’ Trevor Wilson looks dashing in an Ike Behar tuxedo from Bernard’s Formalwear. “After an extended period of outdoor weddings that were somewhat less formal, we are seeing events trending back to black-tie formal,” says Bernard’s Operations Manager Keith Smith. “The slimmer, more fitted versions of these classic tuxedos offer simple elegance,” Keith adds.
Andréa wears a Rivini by Rita Vinieris fit-and-flare gown from White Bridal Boutiques. This delicate wrap is detachable. The gown’s beautiful lace and sheer corset are on trend.
Reign Beauty Highlights Natural Texture in Bridal Updo’s
Reign Beauty highlighted Kleo’s natural curls in both a French twist and a second, looser style. “Each year, we are getting more requests from brides with natural hair searching for artists who are knowledgeable about their hair type,” says Reign Beauty CEO and founder Marissa Davis. “So, it was important to us this was represented in the final look.”
Reign’s team also transformed Andréa’s polished updo into a retro, half-up style inspired by ’60s glam and Brigitte Bardot. Andréa wears an asymmetrical Alyssa Kristin dress from Gilded Bridal. The dress is styled with chic pearled gloves, hoops and a clear belt from Durham-based jewelry and accessory studio Hushed Commotion, also available at Gilded.
Richard Barlow Photography snapped a mix of high-fashion photos and candid scenes with flash. This trend is taking weddings by storm.
Additional vendor: Gloves & Earrings Hushed Commotion
“I had the original concept for the session to be a retro-style shoot involving an ’80s Mercedes that a friend of mine owns,” Richard says. “… One day, I was scrolling through social media and stumbled across a photo shoot that Ana de Armas modeled in for a French magazine using a vintage car; that was where I drew inspiration. Combined with the much-requested look of on-camera flash, or ‘Polaroid flash,’ this concept was born.”
“This style of photography is … a blast to shoot, because it requires a lot of movement, expression and playfulness from both the photographer and the subject in order to be authentic,” Richard says.
2024 Bridal Trends: The Mod Minidress
Mini getaway gowns and oversized bows take shift the couple into afterparty mode. Retro pearl glasses and hair accessories from online bridal apparel and gift retailer BeEverthine bring ’60s fabulousness. Short reception dresses are here to stay, if you ask us.
A heart-shaped cake from Raleigh bakery Sugar Euphoria is piped in a Lambeth style.
“The more people see this style, the more elaborate it’ll get over time,” says Sugar Euphoria founder Randi Smith. “We’ve definitely noticed a resurgence of this nostalgic style as people are going through their grandparents’ or parents’ [wedding albums].”
A playful smash with Champagne coupes completes the evening.