All Feature Photographs by Casey Hendrickson
Nestled in an unassuming space in the quaint, lakeside town of Huntersville is the area’s newest bridal boutique, Paige & Elliott. The brainchild of local wedding and event planner Erin Padgett of Erin Padgett Events, Paige & Elliott is poised to bring a fresh perspective to brides.
First things first, the boutique is named for Erin’s and her husband’s middle names, Paige and Elliott, respectively. But what makes the new kid on the block different? Perhaps it’s that Erin isn’t exactly a new kid on the block. Having been in the business of planning weddings since 2013, she and her team are well versed in all things bridal and have a unique understanding of how big a role the bridal gown might play in a couple’s wedding day.
The boutique itself is well-appointed with a nonchalant vibe that allows the bridal gowns to do most of the talking. The polished concrete floors lend a chic industrial feel to an otherwise modern space. The boutique is anchored by cool white walls, dark gray silk drapes and a well-appointed chandelier at the center of it all.
Padgett is accustomed to providing a range of design advice to couples planning their ceremonies and receptions, fashion included. It makes complete sense that she has followed her passion into this new venture, creating a space that’s warm and inviting for brides-to-be and bringing an exciting mix of designers to brides looking for their dream dresses. Speaking of designers, who will you find lining the racks at Paige & Elliott? Expect a wide range of options from simple and chic to dramatic and glamorous.
DESIGNER GUIDE FOR CHARLOTTE BRIDES
- Austin Scarlett ($4,600 – $6,800): Described by the New York Times as “magic” and “a tour de force,” Scarlett’s design are for the fairytale bride seeking to make a statement with a modern take on classic designs.
- Jim Hjelm ($2,300 – $4,500): Elegant, classic and timeless with a hint of romance make designer Hayley Paige’s collection stand out.
- Kenneth Winston ($1,500 – $1,900): For the bride who wishes to be a modern-day princess on her wedding day, Winston’s designs are a perfect fit.
- Femme by Kenneth Winston ($1,000 – $1.500): If ever there is a day to celebrate your curves, it’s the day you say “I do.” Award-winning collection Femme by Kenneth Winston allows full-figured brides the opportunity to feel comfortable and beautiful on their wedding day.
- La Sposa ($1,200 – $2,300): Inspired by European bridal style, each gown is meticulously crafted with only the finest fabrics.
- Martina Liana ($1,800 – $3,000): Martina Liana is known for their well-structured gowns and attention to detail with intricate beading and embroidery. Semi-customizable makes creating your dream gown a reality. Want to truly create your own gown? Check out Martina Liana’s separates, starting at $770 per piece.
- Moonlight Collection ($900 – $1,300): Classic bridal gowns in a wide array of fabrics and silhouettes make the Moonlight Collection an easy choice for brides.
- Moonlight Couture ($1,500 – $2,300): Looking for a show-stopper of a gown? The exquisite embellishments and dramatic fabrics are only a couple of the reasons the Moonlight Couture collection could be right for you.
- Moonlight Tango ($660 – $900): If you’ve got Dom Perignon taste on an Andre budget, this collection is definitely a must-shop. With a wide range of styles and affordable fabrics, the designs maintain their structural integrity, making bridal fashion completely accessible.
- Val Stefani ($1,800 – $2,800): Described as “fiercely feminine,” the hand-sewn crystals and hand-rolled rosettes are examples of how the designer elevates bridal style, giving brides a truly unique gown with a vintage feel.
- White One ($880 – $1,500): Touted as a collection for the bride who seeks a timeless heirloom gown, classic bridal style is evident and attainable with the White One.
Erin Padgett and her team know that every bride is different, and their ultimate goal is to help each one achieve the vision they have for their wedding day; the bridal gown being a large component of that. From setting up the first appointment online to picking up the dress for the wedding day, the process is not only easy but a pure joy. Visit Paige & Elliott online to find out more about the boutique, the designers and how to start shopping.