Feature Friday: Holly Bright & Christopher Towson

The couple: Holly Bright & Christopher Towson

Wedding date: December 14, 2013

Bridal photographer: Carmen Bright Photography, www.carmenbrightphotography.com

Wedding photographer: Perez Photography, www.perezweddings.com

From Grace Kelly, to Princess Diana, to Kate Middleton, the wedding gowns worn by the world’s most renowned royalty often inspire brides-to-be. Our stunning client Holly, however, surpassed them all when she had Nardos Imam create an entirely regal look that could only be fit for a Dallas Duchess.

With the drama of the Highland Park United Methodist Church sanctuary in mind, Nardos created a structured sweetheart bodice overlaid with Chantilly lace that was hand-embellished by Swarovski crystals. The result? A stunning illusion neckline that continued into a sheer back and was accented by dainty cap sleeves. The gown’s corseted bodice cinched into a natural waist, then exploded into a voluminous ballgown skirt of silk taffeta boosted by layers and layers of petticoats. The designer also created an elegant, feather-light veil featuring hand embroidery and beading, which was created exclusively for Holly to subtly reference the pattern of the Chantilly lace of her gown. The effect was nothing short of breathtaking as Holly swept down the aisle and made her way toward Chris.

“Nardos is truly an artist, and she wants to build such a unique piece for every bride,” Holly said. “I found that to be such a rewarding experience. I’m so happy with my dress, and I feel like it was me—it was my personality.”

Carmen Bright Photography

Vogue-worthy is perhaps the only way to describe Holly’s bridal portraits at Scottish Rite Cathedral, which were beautifully captured by her mother, photographer Carmen Bright. Society Diaries agrees—one of Holly’s portraits was recently featured in the magazine.

“I love the ceilings in the main room, and how the whole setting complements Holly and her dress,” Carmen said.

Carmen Bright Photography

We couldn’t agree more. The regal setting was perfect for a bride who might as well have been royal in her show-stopping Nardos Imam gown. Congratulations, Holly and Chris!

A Dallas-based writer and artist, Nardos Imam guest blogger Karley Kiker has interned for Us Weekly and D Magazine, worked as an au pair in Southern France, and attended parties as a society columnist for People Newspapers. Her bridal guide, Hitched in a Hurry: The ultimate how-to for a speedy “I do,” released April 3, 2014. To learn more, visit www.hitchedinahurrybook.com.