Out of the Box: A Colorful, Bold and Dramatic Styled Shoot

Emby Taylor Photography * Styled by Whitley Adkins Hamlin of the Queen City Style

In our spring 2018 issue, Carolina Bride embarked on many firsts, including our cover photoshoot. Shot on location at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center with Opera Carolina, this photo shoot was the first time a fashion shoot was granted access to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and allowed to shoot on the stage of the Belk Theater. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity.

The theme for this shoot was out-of-the-box with a splash of theatrical flair. Our two models alternated between bride and bridesmaid in a photo shoot inspired by the Opera Carolina performance of Rigoletto.

Hair: Amy Carter with Carmen! Carmen! Salon e Spa!
Makeup: Cali Stott with Cali Stott Artistry
Floral and Headpiece Design: Shelly St. Laurent with Foxglove Fine Flowers
Models: Renee Burrows and Katie Coble with Directions USA Model & Artist Management

Luis Machicao Black and White Lace Gown, $4,500; Amanda Thompson Design Vintage Art Glass and Gold Vermiel Earrings, $174; 14K yellow gold ring with 26.02 carat green amethyst and 0.23 total weight diamonds, Diamonds Direct, $1,540. 

High Drama Cascade Bouquet with Purple Hydrangea, Purple Spotted Phalaenopsis Orchids, White Protea and Black Magic Roses, Pheasant and Peacock Feathers.

RCB Fashion Custom Dress with Collar, Price Upon Request; Gucci GG Moon Metal Belt, Capitol, $750; Vintage Black and Gold Necklace c/o Berhan Nebioglu; European Vintage Collection Lavender Crystal Stone Earrings, $148, Brooch Cuff Rhinestones and Lavender Art Glass Beads, $175 and Antique Cut Crystal Brooch Cuff, $495, all from Amanda Thompson Design; 14K rose gold ring with 16.40 carat rose quartz and 0.34 total weight brilliant round diamonds, $2,270 and 14K rose gold lace ring with a total carat weight of 0.73 brilliant round diamonds, $2,530, both from Diamond Direct.

Tropicali Headpiece: Birds of Paradise, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Feathers and Kumquats, Jewels and Butterflies.

On Renee: Monique Lhuillier Off the Shoulder Gown, Coplon’s, $6095; Amanda Thompson Designs Vintage Collection Necklace, $485; Celeste Mogador Hand Embroidered and Beaded Eye Brooch, c/o Pam Stowe; vintage keyhole earring, $140, vintage wolf bracelet, $240, vintage layered bead bracelets, $40 each, all from Kristin Hayes Jewelry; 14K white gold ring with 17.36 carat honey quartz and 0.83 total weight brilliant round diamonds, $2,300 and14K white gold ring with 1.05 total weight blue sapphire and 0.70 total weight brilliant round diamonds, $2,400, both from Diamonds Direct. 

On Katie: Luis Machicao Green and Blue Gown, $2,500; semiprecious filigree earrings, $140, vintage layered bead bracelets, $40 and vintage dragon bracelet, $240, all from Kristin Hayes Jewelry; 14K white gold ring with 14.33 total weight sapphires, $1,800, Diamonds Direct.

Midnight Feather Ruff on Katie: Maribou Feathers and Craspedia

Shimmer in Paradise bouquet: Birds of Paradise, Shimmer Roses and Pink Genestra  

Chair and maske c/o Opera Carolina 

Marchesa Embroidered Dress (worn as blouse), Coplon’s, $795; RCB Fashion Black Sash, Price Upon Request; Danielle Rollins Silk Taffeta Millicent Skirt, $1,100; vintage multi-color necklace, $750 and red tassel earrings, $100, both from Kristin Hayes Jewelry.

High Drama Cascade Bouquet: Purple Hydrangea, Purple Spotted Phalaenopsis Orchids, White Protea and Black Magic Roses, Pheasant and Peacock Feathers

RCB Fashion Custom Purple Gown with Fionna Feather Trim, Price Upon Request; Constanza Bielsa Recycled Fabric Laser Cut Necklace, FOUND collection, $270; Leyla Gans Velvet Embroidered Belt, $125; Kristin Hayes Jewelry Starburst Filigree Earring, $140.00, kristinhayesjewelry.com; Vintage Designer Brooch Cuff, Maltese Cross, $395, Antique Brass Floral Medallion cuff, $224, and Red Art Glass Cuff, $188, all by Amanda Thompson Design; Tacori rose quartz ring, $2,150, 14K white gold ring with 1.05 total weight blue sapphire and 0.70 total weight brilliant round diamonds, $2,400 and 14K yellow gold ring with 26.02 carat green amethyst and 0.23 total weight diamonds, $1,540, all from Diamonds Direct.

Orchid Hair Cascade: Phalaenopsis Orchids and Cyclamen Clutch: Hot Pink Cyclamen Plant, Pink Genestra, Lavendar Scabiosa and Shimmer Roses Bouquet

Danielle Rollins Elsa Silk Taffeta Floral Warp Print Top, $420 and Fitzgerald Silk Taffeta Floral Warp Print Skirt, $1,240; Constanza Bielsa Recycled Fabric Laser Cut Necklace, FOUND collection, $270; Leyla Gans Velvet Embroidered Belt, $125; Kristin Hayes Jewelry Semiprecious Filigree Earring, $140, Amanda Thompson Design Vintage Designer Miriam Haskell Brooch Cuff, $488

Black Magic Box: Black Magic Roses and Jewels (Boris the Grasshopper c/oPam Stowe)

Luis Machicao Black Lace Gown, $3,000; Kristin Hayes Jewelry Red Tassel Earring, $100; Vintage Brooch Cuff, Maltese Cross, $395 and Red Art Glass cuff, $188, both by Amanda Thompson Design; 18k white gold engagement style ring featuring an emerald cut diamond, price upon request, Diamonds Direct.

Alyana Headdress: White Goose Feathers, Butterflies, Crystals and Gold Cyclamen Leaves, 

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