Recently caught up with my forever friends at Gilded Bridal to work on updating some store photos and to grab some headshots of Susan’s new girls, Jensen and Makenzie. It’s no secret that Gilded is one of my favorite places to photograph not only because it is ALWAYS FUN to photograph fancy dresses, but because Susan is a ridiculously fun person. This is quite evident in everything she does, but also evident in how happy her staff is. Everyone is relaxed and incredibly silly, and they all make my job easy just by being themselves. I had already worked with Jensen at another shoot, so I was aware that she’s a super chill and funny person, but I hadn’t yet met Makenzie until this shoot, and SURPRISE: she is also a super chill and funny person. I don’t think Susan would hire anyone who wasn’t, but still. I love how much I always love her staff. I don’t work at Gilded but I kinda wish I did because look at them!

Always an absolute joy working with my kick-ass friends over at Gilded Bridal! Gilded Bridal is the best best bestest designer wedding dress shop in the area, owned by my former wedding client and friend Susan. We’ve had a ton of brides get their dresses here over the years, and every one of them has had a great experience, which makes me so happy! Susan’s incredible, and she just put together yet another awesome shoot which I feel privileged to be a part of. It’s so cool working with so many other local female-owned businesses in the area! Special thanks to our incredible team:

Makeup: Michelle Clark
Hair: Katelyn Mcginn
Dresses: Gilded Bridal
Model: Ashley Lyons
Model: Drewe Smith
Begrudging Yet Beautiful Model: Susan Langford, owner
Venue: Whitaker+Atlantic
Venue: Hummingbird Cafe

Promos // Gilded Bridal.

We are SO excited to share this post! Our wonderful former wedding client Susan is opening a new bridal boutique called Gilded Bridal in the Glenwood South neighborhood on Boylan Ave. in downtown Raleigh.  AND IT’S GOING TO BE FABULOUS. We think it will really offer something new and different in the local wedding dress department, and we are thrilled that we got to play a part in it! This shoot was to get good promo pictures to help with the branding and the website. All of the dresses and accessories in this shoot will be available, plus a ton more. And we can testify to the fact that Susan has great taste, so. :) HUGE THANK-YOUS GO OUT TO:

  • Hair and Makeup // Lula Hair+Makeup
  • Flowers // Eclectic Sage
  • Venue // The Stockroom at 230 + The Glass Box, Raleigh, NC
  • Moral Support // Joan Langford +Massengill
  • Fan Operator Extraordinaire // Geoff Brown
  • Real Girl Model #1 (the happiest girl with a veil) // Rayn Mangum
  • Real Girl Model #2 (blonde, much taller than me) // Annaleigh Mills
  • Real Girl Model #3 (power walking in fluffy pink dresses) // Joey Elphick

If you want to follow Gilded Bridal, check out their website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. Gilded Bridal will be proudly carrying the following dress designers when the store opens in late August: Anais Anette, Truvelle, Ivy & Aster, Romantique by Claire Pettibone, Temperley London, Limor Rosen, Rebecca Schoneveld, Sarah Janks, Elizabeth Dye.


1st Series (Rayn twirling in flower dress) // Dress by Ivy & Aster. Flower Crown by Eclectic Sage.

2nd Series (Annaleigh with greenery and pink couch) // Dress by Ivy & Aster.

3rd Series (Joey with fluffy peach skirt) // Dress by Elizabeth Dye. Headband and belt by Hushed Commotion.

4th Series (Rayn with veil and bold lip color) // Veil by Veil Trends. Dress by Ivy & Aster.

5th Series (Annaleigh in front of black wall) // Dress by Sarah Janks. Headpiece by Twigs & Honey.

6th Series (Joey with lace backed dress ) // Dress by Romantique by Claire Pettibone.

7th Series (Rayn with veil and lace dress) // Dress by Romantique by Claire Pettibone. Veil by Twigs & Honey. Belt by Hushed Commotion.

8th Series (Annaleigh in slim dress downtown) // Dress by Sarah Janks. Veil by Twigs & Honey.

9th Series (Joey with headpiece and screen) // Dress by Elizabeth Dye. Headdress by Twigs & Honey. Belt by Hushed Commotion.

10th Series (all three girls ) // Dresses (in order of left to right): Romantique by Claire Pettibone, Elizabeth Dye, and Romantique by Claire Pettibone. Bouquet by Eclectic Sage.