Celebrating the opening of Studio White
Charlotte's chicest brides and industry insiders gathered Wednesday evening for an intimate affair in the eclectically picturesque locale of Plaza Midwood, marking the official opening of Studio White, the Queen City's first self-planning wedding boutique. Smartly dressed guests perused a winding collection of vendor masterpieces on display throughout the charming converted home, sipping fresh fruit champagne cocktails. A quick jaunt up a wooden staircase revealed a room full of just desserts. An impressive assortment of three-tier cakes, meringues and pearly white cake pops covered a long banquet table, beckoning multiple taste tests, and romantic refrains floated through the air. From jewel-encrusted headbands to whimsical wedding stationery, no 'I do' detail was left to the imagination… Which was perfectly in keeping with the novel concept of this cozy planning boutique. BlueSky Studios' Cassandra Bradley and Wedding Row Charlotte's Alicia LaLone, the duo behind Studio White, put their extensive industry experience to use and created a vendor colaboration suited to the self-planning bride. "We are excited to offer clients a chance to independently browse a well-curated collection of vendors and provide a space for our couples and vendors to all meet in a beautiful and laid-back location and no cost to the couple," Bradley explains. Though the company also has full-service planners on hand, it, in essence, provides an intimate view of the wedding industry and ability to book vendors simultaneously. Booking aside, the notion of flicking through vendor dossiers or chatting with industry owners over a glass of wine in the cozy confines of a delightful bungalow feels like a refreshing respite from the typical bridal showcase. Seems like having your cake and eating it too–which is precisely what I did that night. And if anyone asks, I had one slice–not two!