On January 27, 2013, Carrie wed James Ephraim at the Hotel Zaza in Houston, Texas looking more beautiful than a gorgeous bouquet of roses. The epitome of elegance, Carrie looked wonderfully enchanting as she walked down the aisle in her grand ballgown.
After doing some local shopping, Carrie and her parents headed off to New York to visit the Pnina Tornai Boutique at Kleinfeld Bridal. While trying on gowns, Carrie could not stop eying a ball gown with rosettes and ruffles out of the corner of her eye. Curious about the gown, Carrie asked her consultant if she could try on the alluring dress. It was at this point that Carrie's father stepped forward letting her know that, if she loved the gown, he would be purchasing the dress for her! With her father's blessing and insistence that she try on the dress, Carrie tried on the gown she could not take her eyes off of.
Carrie instantly fell in love with the strapless ruched corset ball gown complete with ruffled skirt and extravagant rosettes. The gorgeous dress was everything she had wanted in a wedding gown: something simplistic and bridal without looking too “girly”. This gown, with its unique and larger than life ruffles and rosettes was something elevated and elegant; just what Carrie had dreamed about.
“The rosettes are actually what attracted me to the gown,” recalls Carrie, “I wanted to steer myself away from what I thought was the norm.”
The dramatic and upscale gown fit in perfectly with the black tie atmosphere at Carrie and James’ wedding. Not only did the gown fit in, but to Carrie, the gown was the center piece for her bridal and wedding vision.
“The gown made the wedding come together,” Carrie explains, “It was the center point that reflected the wedding that we wanted and had.”
To show off the striking pointed V-neckline of the gown, Carrie opted out of wearing a necklace. Instead, Carrie decided to wear her hair down in loose waves to mimic the glamorous ruffles of the dress. Letting the gown speak for itself, Carrie was an astonishing beauty when it came time to walk down the aisle.
“It was magical. When I put the dress on and was all dolled up I felt sparkling all over like Cinderella, even without the bling!” Looking exquisitely upscale, Carrie wed her beloved with all the style and class of elevated grace.
Photography by: Akil Bennett Photography
Writer: Jazmine Keels