All feature photos by Christi Falls
Art. Modernity. Fashion. Black. White. Color. Concrete. Street art. City lights. Skyline. Brazen. Bold. Moody. Racy.
ne atelier, eight couture garments as designed and constructed in Charlotte, five local female artists, three high fashion models, one fine art photographer, two cinematographers, twenty wedding vendors: more than just a style shoot, this feature quickly became a concept wedding filled with inspiring art and bold cultural elements. The shoot surely serves its purpose to push the boundaries of bridal fashion and event tablescapes.
Christi Falls captures the finest details and creates clean stills of the most dramatic movements, her moody portraiture perfectly complimenting the shoot’s theme. Meanwhile, Andrey and Mercy Solodyankin of Andrey Solo Films, craft the dreamiest and most cinematic story line complete with the perfect contemporary musical accompaniment.
Marriage involves so much more than a day of successfully pulling-off pretty pins from Pinterest. Likewise, every wedding should reflect the inherent values of the couple. And so, the shoot furthers a major discussion point of the 2016 Summer Olympic ceremonies, during which medalists were gifted ceramic sculptures from local artisans in lieu of roses. In the same spirit of sustainability, minimal floral design was utilized. Instead, Charlotte’s own activist, artist, and educator, Bree Stallings, curated a sample fine art gallery of bold pieces – the participating artists each presenting their own unique style. The featured artists: Karla Sosa, Bree Stallings, Sharon Dowell, Julie Wheeler, and Erika Eckerson have priced their work similarly to that of the average medium to large centerpiece. One major conceit follows that while florals are ephemeral, fine art may be repurposed post festivities to adorn newlyweds’ walls. Some brides may similarly opt for fewer flowers, substituting some centerpieces with sculptures, and so the approach deserves some discourse. The flowers, though few in number, packed quite the punch: smooth black cala lilies and flirty red parrot tulips.
A continuation of the focus on sustainable style includes eight couture looks from local atelier, Pixton Design Group. Clean lines, glamorous textures, and high fashion dominate the overall aesthetic of the collection, each piece perfectly complimenting and contrasting its sister look. Custom crystal necklaces with either black or clear stones embolden each textile and follow each frock’s respective neckline.
The genius of designer Kimberly Pixton Millar lies in the unique way in which her seams regard each and every curve of the female body. In the small of her back, the curves of her bust, the coyest of collarbone pops, and the sashay of her hips, good design takes hold.
Our models, Sandy Stirrup and Lauren Egan, alternated between bride and bridesmaid roles highlighting the flexibility of the fashion. Take, for instance, the bridal jumpsuit – the fiercest plunging neckline and sexiest keyhole back are tamed with a demure wide-leg. The luxurious allover sequin fabric is unapologetically contemporary. Depending on the jewelry or headpiece worn, this look is easily appropriate for the rehearsal or reception and, for the more avant-garde bride, the ceremony.
The most luxurious piece is, of course, the over-the-top overskirt as paired with a structured sequin cocktail dress featuring an open back and classic sweetheart neckline. The skirt’s fluid fabric catches even the slightest breeze. The frock easily transitions from ceremony to reception by way of removal of its billowy, silken train.
Lindsey Enander Hedin of Lovely by Lindsey and Lindsay Pizzuti of Mirror Bomb Studio upped the ante with avant-garde makeup and hair, respectively. Model Lauren Egan is radiant in her burgundy bridal look while Sandy Stirrup smolders with her subtle smoky eye. Both sport structured updos. Lauren’s strikingly cylindrical topknot easily accommodates a cathedral length veil, balancing contemporary and classic. Sandy’s hairdressing, while sculptural, is definitively bridal.
The cake, as designed by Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets, is hand painted and gilded. Its corners are enveloped in the stiffest fondant, lending an architectural air.
And as for paperie? Bold red envelopes and geometric liners contrast with the most careful calligraphy. Take a peek inside at the clean lettering as softened with a grayscale design somehow assuming the texture of both ink blot and watercolor.
The contemporary tablescape via Classic Party and Magnificent Moments Weddings boasts modern and minimal flowers, small sculptures, and a commissioned cut-paper piece via Karla Sosa. Black silverware against stark white linens feels simultaneously bold and understated. Elegant candlesticks and uncomplicated stemware echo the clean and contemporary aesthetic of the ghost-chairs. All of this as to not overwhelm the true magic of the alternating place settings. Triangular bowls sit stacked upon cubic green dinner plates featuring concentric rings and colorful chargers. Its sister setting sports a free-form black charger glazed with galactic glitter, topped with a bright purple salad plate, and grounded with the simplest stark white dinner dish.
ARTISTS: Karla Sosa – www.karlasosaart.com/ – @karlasosaart | Bree Stallings – www.breestallings.com – @breequixote | Sharon Dowell – www.sharondowell.com – @sharon_dowell | Julie Wheeler – www.artbyjuliewheeler.com – @juliemwheeler | Erika Eckerson – www.erikaeckersonart.com – @erikaeckerson
ART CONSULTANT: Bree Stallings | www.breestallings.com | @breequixote
ART RETAILER: Revolution Clothiers & Co. | www.shoprevolution.com/ | @shoprevolution
ATELIER: Pixton Design Group – Kimberly Pixton Millar | www.pixtondesigngroup.com | @pixton_design_group
CAKE DESIGN: Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets – Ines Aranguren | www.stlbridalsweets.com | @stlcake
CREATIVE DIRECTOR / PRODUCER: Charlotte Brides – Therese V. Brooks | www.charlottebrides.com | @charlottebrides
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrey Solo Films – Andrey Solodyankin, Mercy Solodyankin | www.andreysolofilms.com | @andreysolofilms
HAIR: Mirror Bomb Studio – Lindsay Pizzuti | www.mirrorbombstudio.com | @mirrorbomb
JEWELRY: Pixton Design Group – Kimberly Pixton Millar | www.pixtondesigngroup.com | @pixton_design_group
LIGHTING: Eye Dialogue – Nick Lyoob | www.eyedialogue.com | @eyedialogue
MAKEUP: Lovely by Lindsey – Lindsey Enander Hedin | www.lovelybylindsey.com | @lovelybylindsey
MODELS: Lauren Egan, Sandy Stirrup, Kylen Blanchette
MODEL AGENCY: 3 BlackBird Management | www.3bbm.com/ | @3blackbirdmanagement
MURAL: Muralists: Matt Hooker, Matt Moore | Location: The Local, 105 E 5th St. | www.hookermedia.com | @hookermedia @puckmcgruff
PHOTOGRAPHER: Christi Falls | www.christifalls.com | @christifalls
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER: Christina Elmore | www.shutterowlphotography.com | @theshutterowl
PLANNER, FLORAL DESIGN: Magnificent Moments Weddings – Amanda Allsbrook | www.magnificentmomentsweddings.com | @magnificentmomentsweddings
PAPERIE: Elle Dee Designs – Lauren Mullett | www.theelledee.com | @elledeedesigns
RENTALS: Classic Party Rentals – Amanda Hollingsworth | www.classicpartyrentals.com/locations/charlotte | @classicpartyclt
RINGS: Diamonds Direct | www.diamondsdirect.com | @diamondsdirect
TUXEDO: Men’s Wearhouse – Emily Kramer | www.menswearhouse.com/store-locator/3272 | @mwtuxedo
VENUE: Charlotte Trolley Museum | www.charlottetrolley.org
DATE OF PHOTOSHOOT: 08.29.2016 ● DATE OF ORIGINAL PUBLICATION: 10.24.2016