The Dress: Kate McDonald Bridal

I’ve known since the beginning of college that I would be walking down the aisle in a gown Katherine McDonald designed. I started modeling for LulaKate and Kate McDonald Bridal in college. You might even still catch me on their website!

Katherine & her team were just absolute gems to work with. She was so kind and made the shoots fun - not to mention she actually feeds the models!

The first time Corby ever saw me in a Kate McDonald gown in her show during Charleston Wedding Week at the William Aiken House. His face and reaction were just the sweetest when he saw me come down the runway/aisle. We went to dinner downtown after the show. Later I’d find out he was planning to drop the L word for the first time that night, but we were seated next to a fighting mother & son, so that didn’t happen.

After the proposal and we’d finished drying our tears, I knew I’d found the perfect guy! Now, I needed to find the perfect dress.

Mom and I took a weekend trip to Charleston to dress shop. We had a great time and I ended up with the beautiful Milay in Ivory, from the Poets Society Collection.

The best day in the best dress

The best day in the best dress

It was important to me that my wardrobe dollars went to supporting female-owned businesses rather than an easy fix like Amazon or a department store. My belt was a sweet tribute to my pageant days, from Kim Pixton with Pixton Design Group. It was very similar to the belt on the dress I won Miss North Carolina US International in! My earrings were custom designed with Dee Ruel in Charleston, SC.

My alterations were done by RCB Fashions here in Charlotte and I HIGHLY recommend Erin and her team for all of your alterations & custom needs!

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After the fashion show

After the fashion show

A little fashion show fun in kate mcdonald bridal

A little fashion show fun in kate mcdonald bridal