On March 2, brides will leave the Telfair Museums with ideas, inspiration - and possibly a three-night stay in a York Street Vacation Condo valued at $1,200.
The fifth annual Behind the Veil, Savannah's premiere bridal salon presented by Savannah Weddings, the editors of Savannah Magazine and the Telfair Museums, will feature more than 50 expert wedding planners, caterers, florists, stylists, photographers, videographers, bakers, entertainers, production services, beauty experts, venues and more. These top professionals will help brides envision their perfect day, down to the last hand-finished detail.
"This year, expect to see some color," said Audrey Wagner of French Knot Studios and event stylist for Behind the Veil. "White and blush weddings have been popular for the last few years, but I think vendors are vying for an infusion of color in the flowers and other decor elements."
The first 200 brides at the event will receive a goodie bag filled with gifts from featured vendors. They will also have a chance to win fabulous giveaways, including engagement and bridal photography sessions, a bachelorette party and overnight accommodations.
Highlighting the boutique bridal salon is the top-label bridal fashion show, courtesy of BleuBelle Bridal, Simon's Formal Wear, B Street Salon, Savannah Makeup and Skincare Professionals, Urban Poppy, French Knot Studios and Izzy Hudgins Photography. Music will be provided by Jeremy Davis & the Equinox Jazz Quartet.
The fashion show, which will lace its way through the Jepson Center for the Arts at 4 p.m., will feature gowns from exclusive designers such as Jenny Packham, Vera Wang, Lazaro, Liancarlo, Monique Lhuillier and Paloma Blanca. Shannon Bailey of BleuBelle Bridal promises a display of the biggest bridal trends of the year - such as the vintage elegance of Jenny Packham - on real Savannah brides. Looks will also showcase attire for groomsmen, mothers of the bride, flower girls and ring bearers.
"Hair, makeup and accessories will be over the top," Wagner said. "Like the runway shows of New York, look for something to inspire!"
"We'll feature tight, polished looks mixed with playful hair accents such as flowers, eclectic ornaments and accessories," said Laura Carter, a stylist and partner at B Street Salon. "Brides will get to enjoy a bold color pallet, with hints of indigo, eggplant and plum - a fashion-forward look with sophistication that's runway-inspired."
"Nowhere else will prospective brides find such an intimate and inspirational toolbox from which to build their dream wedding," Carter said.