Bride: Allison Hill Johnston
Groom: Benjamin Lofton Johnston
Wedding gown style: Vera Wang Diana Gown
Boutique purchased: Maddison Row, Charleston, South Carolina
Wedding date: November 13, 2010
Location: Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
Photographer: Juliet Elizabeth
Did you have a certain style in mind when you started your search for a dress?
Not particularly, however I love high-fashion and I tend to gravitate towards forward statement pieces that catch your eye and are a catalyst for conversation.
What made you decide on your Vera Wang gown?
The Diana was magnificent! Not only did it exude high-fashion, but the way it made me feel when I first put it on was indescribable. It truly was my perfect dress!
Did you bring anyone along dress shopping? If so, did their opinions influence your final decision?
Yes! I brought my mom, one of my maid of honors, a bridesmaid and my wedding planner. I was reassured by their positive feedback, but honestly it was one decision I was quite confident in.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day outfit unique?
Accessorizing my dress was one of my favorite parts of the planning process. I immediately enlisted long time friend Kristin Morris to create custom one-of-a-kind jewelry for my special day. The necklace (from the photos) speaks for itself featuring vintage pieces and heavy chain. Matching earrings were designed to compliment the necklace. A vintage Oleg Cassini fur stole given to me by another dear friend and the finishing touch… blue suede Louboutin’s!
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
Vintage-Modern style and a love of all things personal.
Did your gown style relate to any other design elements of the wedding?
Yes! The table linens were one of my favorites! They were almost identical to the swirling frothy draped skirts!
What was your favorite part of the day?
Aside from marrying my husband in front of our closest friends and family, I have said many times, my moment in my white dress. It was finally my time to shine, and thanks to Vera Wang and The Diana, I truly did. The ever-lasting smile on my face that day, is the reflection of one very happy girl.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
Be yourself! Don’t feel as though you are bound by tradition; select something that is uniquely you, that makes you feel special, and that is the centerpiece of conversations for years to come. I love it when I am recapturing the events of that magical evening and someone says, oh… and that dress! Oh, that dress! It was magnificent.
Are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
Thank you for making our day so special!
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