Stunning Style: From Runway to Wedding Day (our January issue cover shoot!)


Samantha Laffoon Photography
Shot on location at Graylyn in Winston-Salem

We know: Sometimes the runways’ looks are so extravagant and radical that normal folks just trying to plan a beautiful wedding chalk them up to enigmatic designers trying to make headlines. But for this issue’s cover shoot, we wanted to highlight three of the hottest trends on the runway —and how you can pull them off.

Wardrobe stylist and fashion insider Stacee Michelle, who attended New York Fashion Week as a correspondent for E! News, produced the shoot for our January issue, and we are so excited to show it off! Check it out here and grab a copy of the magazine at any local wedding vendor and at participating Harris Teeters and Books-a-Million stores.


High necks, intricate lace and beading, and embellishments that echo yesteryear are all you need for a new-classic affair. 

To achieve this look, Sheena Steele of Star Studio gave our model a simple, classic twist at the nape of the neck, and added sparkle with a well-placed hair pin that complements but doesn’t compete with the show-stopping back of this dress from New York Bride & Groom.

Essence of Australia, embellished high-neck gown, $1,299, New York Bride & Groom; Diamond stone hair pin, $239, Winnie Couture.

For a garden-style dinner, Aisha Thomas of Aisha Thomas Events created this beautiful tablescape with help from Lily Bee’s Floral (look at that arrangement!) and Elle Dee Designs, who created the menu.

Samantha Laffoon Photography

And check out this channeling-Victorian-era beauty from The WOW Factor Cakes. Swoon.

On him: Custom navy tux, price available upon request, Ole Mason Jar; Brackish Feature Bowtie. $195, and Feature Lapel Pin, $60, both at Neiman Marcus; white button-up and patent dress shoes, price available upon request, both at New York Bride & Groom.

For some yesteryear flair, give your invitations a script that channels the days of feather quills and pots of ink. Paperie created by Tied & Two.

Samantha Laffoon Photography

And even a strapless gown can have a new-classic feel, when it’s adorned intricate lace and gorgeous beading, like this dress from Winnie Couture. Want to add a 21st-century twist? Add the pop of the plumb ombre lip, like makeup artist Alyssa Green of Artistry by Alyssa did here.

‘Avalynn’ European lace outlined with embroidery, $3,289; teardrop embellished earrings, $89; teardrop diamond necklace, $199, all at Winnie Couture.

Demure hues in frothy aesthetics are a chic and subtle way to make a statement.

Madeline Cardner, blush gown with embellished waist ribbon, $749, New York Bride & Groom; Teardrop embellished earrings, $89, Winnie Couture.

This pale pink gown from New York Bride & Groom channels cotton candy, spun with sweet elegance. It’s the perfect hue for someone who wants to buck the white-dress tradition but not drastically. Pair it with a bouquet like this one from Lily Bee’s Floral—flowing with peonies, silver dollar eucalyptus, snapdragons and oriental lilies—and the result is breathtaking.

These sweet invitations from Tied & Two are a nod to the watercolor trend and a reminder that a fresh font can bring a playful yet glamorous touch to any paperie.

Whether on your lace or your manicure, florals and rosettes add depth and dazzle.

Maggie Sottero, sleek organiza soft pearl ballgown with handmade rosettes, $1,499, New York Bride & Groom; Alexis Bittar, Lucite embellished chocker, $495, Neiman marcus.

We’re swooning over this look’s handmade rosettes, lucite and simple, classic pony.

This gorgeous creation from WOW Factor Cakes lives up to its name. The delicate blooms, vertical touches and artful perfectly placed silver “drips” are a show-stopper.

If strapless isn’t your style, opt for dainty sleeves (like those on this dress, from Nitsa’s) and a swept-back ‘do.

Even a small bloom on a manicured nail lends an air of subtle sophistication.

A special thanks to all the vendors involved with this shoot!
PHOTOGRAPHY Samantha Laffoon Photography
VENUE Graylyn
MAKEUP Artistry by Alyssa
HAIR Sheena Steele | Star Studio
MODELS Cici Reid and Sebastian Pradoni
AGENCY Directions Model and Artist Management
MENU CARDS Elle Dee Designs 
CAKES The WOW Factor Cakes
FLORALS Lily Bee’s Floral
WARDROBE Winnie CoutureNitsa’sNew York Bride & GroomOle Mason Jar
ACCESSORIES Neiman Marcus; Winnie CoutureNew York Bride & Groom
NAIL ARTIST Nails by Natalie


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