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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours
Bride wears the ‘Teagan’ gown by Modern Trousseau. Greer G. Photography image courtesy of Wedding Belles.

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Charleston Style & Design – Summer 2014

Charleston Style & Design - Summer 2014Pick up the Summer issue of Charleston Style & Design magazine, for their 2nd consecutive Bridal section featuring this amazing fashion editorial by Evan Laettner, with gowns from our Spring 2015 bridal collection.

Titled ‘Midsummer Dream,’ and shot on location at Magnolia Plantation, this photo shoot highlights Modern Trousseau’s latest gown collection inspired by our southern belles.

Found a look you love? Call our Charleston bridal boutique today to schedule an appointment: (843) 722-6300.

Visit to learn more about this styled shoot for Charleston Style & Design.

Flowers: Anna Bella Florals
Greenery and florals: The Flower Cottage
Fashion editor: Anna Stahl Senise
Fashion stylist: Alexandra Munzel from Alexandra Styles
Makeup artist and hair stylist: Charlotte Belk from Elysium Salon
Prop stylist: Jennifer Langston
Model: Whitney Spaulding from Directionsusa

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Charleston Debutantes

Jackie O & Sister at Debutante Ball

Jacqueline Bouvier & her sister Caroline Lee Bouvier pose for photographer
Cecil Beaton in their debutante dresses. 1947

The Debutante and Cotillion season is just around the corner, and we are already looking forward to dressing Charleston’s ladies-in-waiting.

Modern Trousseau has many samples to choose from for a glamorous, society presentation. We also offer our signature design service for discerning young ladies who would like the complete, couture experience, and a custom look for the big day.
Every debutante organization has their own rules regarding event apparel; however, we’ve narrowed down several guidelines to follow when choosing a style for your coming-out ceremony:

1. Dresses must be white, with crystal, floral, or lace details optional. The classic silhouette is an a-line ball gown; however, many debutantes opt for column or fit-to-flare styles. Most organizations have a preference for traditional looking dresses. If you’re in doubt, make sure to request advance approval from the ball committee prior to making a purchase.

2. Choose a demure cut that complements your figure. Skip cleavage-revealing bodices, side slits, or short hemlines. Just because it’s a ‘coming-out’ ceremony, doesn’t mean it’s okay to come out of your dress!

3. Don’t forget the curtsy. Select a skirt that hits just above the floor, and allows you to bend deeply without embarrassment.

4. Wear white gloves, and plan on ordering more than one pair. Gloves impart vintage elegance to a classic ball gown, but can spoil an ensemble if threadbare, soiled, or yellowing. 

5. Custom dress designs may take up to 3 months and 3 fittings to complete. Plan showroom appointments around school breaks or weekends.

In the photo below, our Nashville debutante, Abigail, models her finished Modern Trousseau gown and final cotillion style for the Illinois Club for Catholic Women‘s 56th Annual Presentation Ball. She wore a combination of the ‘Lisbon’ bodice with the ‘Regan’ skirt in diamond white. We gave her deep pockets in the jacquard skirt to hold her gloves, keys, and phone with a sweep train that allowed her to dance and curtsey with grace.

More great debutante suggestions from Modern Trousseau Charleston:

Come out in couture! Call today to make an appointment for your debutante gown: (843) 722-6300.

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‘The Bachelorette’ as ‘The Bride’

Posted on in Boutique News,Our Brides,Real Bride Stories,The Charleston Bride

Emily Maynard Weds!

People Magazine - June 3, 2014 - Modern Trousseau real bride fea
“She may be a girlie girl, but for her nuptials to 28-year-old management consultant Tyler Johnson, Emily Maynard, also 28, showcased her country roots with ‘rustic glam’ touches from the menu (fried okra) to the cowboy boots under her custom Modern Trousseau gown.”We had to keep it a secret, but when Heather of Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte, NC called to tell us the news, we were ecstatic. The former Bachelorette star wore a custom, soft-pink gown with ‘Eden’ lace bodice and romantic, tulle skirt. Emily’s daughter, Ricki, who served as Maid-of-Honor also wore a custom Modern Trousseau dress modeled on our fresh and fun ‘Teacup’ style with a re-embroidered lace bodice and layered organza skirt. The pair simply stole our hearts.”The wedding was a surprise to guests, who were told they were attending an engagement party. ‘I feel like I’m in a dream I’ll never wake up from,’ said Maynard.”

We think her entire wedding day look was dreamy — as well as her handsome groom! Best wishes to the new family. We hope the fairy tale lasts a lifetime!

Stay tuned for more photos from Emily’s amazing, southern-chic wedding. Images courtesy of Corbin Gurkin for People Magazine.

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A Lowcountry Wedding – Fall 2013

Posted on 01/08/2014 in Boutique News,Press

Planning a nautical-themed wedding? Then don’t missed the fabulous ‘Southern Sparkle’ fashion editorial in the Fall 2013 issue of A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine featuring our cotton lace Hope dressPhotographer Dana Cubbage snapped these beautiful shots at the pier of the South Carolina Aquarium, and local wedding stylist, Pure Luxe Bride, provided the beautiful model and tablescapes.

We love the fresh palette of hot pink, navy, and gold that elevates a casual seaside event into a glamorous affair. Francesca at Pure Luxe Bride began the design process using a pink and navy sailor knot bracelet with anchor clasp by Kiel James Patrick. The jewelry inspired the shoot’s theme of Nautical Meets Kate Spade (with lots of sparkle!), and was incorporated in the model’s wedding day look.

Modern Trousseau’s Hope gown is truly the centerpiece to this bridal shoot for its modern, summer vibe, and graphic cotton lace that evokes nautical ropes and knots. This rich ivory wedding dress has a classic fit-and-flare silhouette, with a creamy silk sash that tails behind the bride. The strapless style is lightweight and comfortable for even the hottest southern weddings — or mid-summer photo shoots!

Contact us today to try this look on for your seaside wedding. (843) 722-6300 or

Additional Thanks to:
Floral: Charleston Flower Market
Rentals: Event Works
Stationary: Modern South
Catering: Salt House Catering
Cake: Declare
Hair & Make Up: Ash & Co.
Venue: South Carolina Aquarium

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Get Inspired!

Posted on 01/07/2014 in Boutique News,Our Brides

Join Modern Trousseau as we look back on our gorgeous brides of 2013.

Simply click on the video above to start the show….

…then call us to book your exclusive bridal gown appointment in 2014!

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Charleston Fashion Week

Posted on 07/23/2013 in Boutique News,Our Brides

At long last…2013′s Charleston Fashion Week runway show is now available! See Modern Trousseau’s Spring 2014 bridal collection come to life on the runway hosted by Charleston Weddings Magazine. A must see!

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Welcome Mary Claire Weaver!

Posted on 07/16/2013 in Boutique News,Press

Mary Claire Weaver at Modern Trousseau's Nashville bridal shop

Modern Trousseau would like to welcome Mary Claire Weaver as she takes the helm of our Charleston flagship boutique July 16th.

As a native of Greenwood, SC, Mary Claire earned her BS in Management from Clemson and BA in Interior Design from Queens University of Charlotte. Since 2012 she has lived and worked in Nashville where she helped to launch Modern Trousseau’s newest flagship boutique.

In addition to sending Nashville’s brides down the aisle in amazing lace and silk wedding dresses, Weaver has also played stylist to the Music City’s fashion luminaries, working with designer Callie Tein to create a line of custom evening wear. Most recently, she dressed the co-hosts of Nashville’s annual Swan Ball to rave reviews, and continues to work with stylists, socialites, and celebrities who want luxurious, custom-made gowns for the red carpet.

Although she will miss her brides and the many friends she has made in the area, Mary Claire is very excited to begin her new role in South Carolina. She loves spending time on the water, antiquing, and walking her dog, so Charleston is a natural fit for her.

“I have watched our showroom grow from the construction phases to become a thriving boutique in the heart of this amazing city, so my transition to Charleston will be bittersweet. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to make my mark in Nashville, and I look forward to the challenges that await me in another amazing city in the job I love!”

Stop by our King Street flagship to meet Mary Claire, or make an appointment for our signature couture experience. To learn more, call (843) 722-6300, or send an email to


Photo courtesy of Benjamin Jackson

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Our bride, Amelia wears ‘Julia’

Posted on 07/09/2013 in Boutique News,Our Brides,The Charleston Bride

Amelia was such a wonderful bride to work with, so we were all excited when we discovered she had sent us the latest photos from her Charleston wedding. She wore a custom Julia gown in exquisite French lace with a natural waist, full skirt, and sweep train. Prior to putting Amelia’s custom changes into fabric, we created a muslin of her design to make sure the design and fit were executed to perfection.

Along with her bridal portraits, the bride sent along this heartfelt thank-you note to Modern Trousseau designer, Callie Tein:

Amelia bridal portraitsI purchased a wedding gown from Jen for my May 17th wedding, and just wanted to let you know that both my mom and I were absolutely thrilled with the entire experience. Modern Trousseau designs are beautiful, and if I ever have the opportunity to wear one of your dresses again I will jump at the chance (I particularly want the Nila lace gown in navy!) My dress made my wedding day perfect, and the purchasing experience was by far the most enjoyable part of the planning process.

I know that the wonderful experience we had was due to the wonderful, friendly, knowledgable and approachable service we received from Jen. From our first appointment she made my mom and I feel at home and taken care of. We are always looking for local businesses where the quality of service is just as wonderful as the product they offer, and Modern Trousseau Charleston proved to be exemplary. Modern Trousseau Charleston is now the first place I recommend when friends ask about wedding vendors!

The Julia dress was equally amazing!  It was exactly what I was looking for, and I couldn’t have been more pleased or felt more beautiful.  And thank you SO much for your willingness to work [my custom design] in muslin first. I knew I wanted inset sleeves, and trying on the muslin put my mind at ease!

Another big reason my mom and I have become such huge fans of Modern Trousseau Charleston is because [every gown] is sewn in the United States. Thanks so much for your commitment in this economy, and providing quality jobs in our country!


Mail like this reminds us why we love making bridal dreams come true! Congratulations Amelia and Mark! We wish you both lots of love and joy as you begin your lives together.

Did you wear a custom Modern Trousseau gown for your Charleston wedding? Send us your photos:


All images courtesy of Justyn Lamb

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Goodbye 2012!

Posted on 01/04/2013 in Boutique News,Our Brides,The Charleston Bride

Modern Trousseau Charleston - skirt! magazine - January 2013
Pick up the latest issue of Charleston’s skirt! magazine for our newest ad featuring real bride, Brooke, blowing a kiss goodbye to 2012. Brooke is wearing the ‘Lauren’ gown by Modern Trousseau that features French alençon lace gorgeously styled with a deep, V-neckline in the front and back. This gown’s fit-to-flare silhouette is complimented by pleated tulle godets and chantilly lace edging, as well as a lovely sweep train.

Brooke married her soul mate, Dan, last November on the beach at Secrets, Maroma Beach Riviera Maya. Her vows were blessed by an amazing sunset and the warm wishes of her friends and family, and the celebration continued with champagne and dancing under the stars.

The bride’s ‘Lauren’ gown fit her perfectly, and she added a touch of color with a blush silk sash at the waist that matched the sweet neckties of her groomsmen. We were thrilled to see the final, head-to-toe look, and love how radiant and confident she appears in her wedding dress.

Brooke wrote, “I was in love with my gown and didn’t want to get out of it! This gown made me feel so beautiful, and I was so pleased with how easy it was to dance in!”

Are you planning a destination wedding? Make an appointment for a couture look custom made with love for you.


Images courtesy of Tony Rues.

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2012: A Look Back

Posted on in Boutique News,Our Brides

We would like to raise a virtual toast to all the lovely Charleston-area brides we have come to know and love this year. As a tribute to the fabulous women who make us look so good, we put together a slideshow to share some of our favorite wedding photos from the past year*. It’s hard not to smile — or sniffle — when you see each bride beaming with joy, and it is wonderful to know we helped her look and feel so beautiful on her very special day.

Thank you for choosing Modern Trousseau Charleston, designed and made with love in the USA just for you!
* We’re still receiving photos from our brides’ 2012 weddings, so we apologize in advance if your wedding photos have been left out. We hope to include you on the blog or next year’s Best Of video.

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Shimmery Winter Wedding

Posted on 12/03/2012 in Boutique News,Fashion Trends

Winter Wedding Fashion by Modern Trousseau Charleston

Modern Trousseau’s ‘Paige’ beaded lace gown has just arrived at our Charleston bridal shop, and we’re just head over heels for this stellar look.
The beaded, re-embroidered lace of this couture gown adds just a hint of sparkle, and the 3-dimensional lace has a wonderful texture
perfect for a snow-flecked photo shoot.

We pulled the fashion for our Winter Wedding style board from King Street’s finest boutiques, making this look easy to adapt for your own
Charleston nuptials.

Give us a call today to try on Modern Trousseau’s Paige gown — not available in any other location — and begin envisioning a white, Christmas wedding!

Modern Trousseau’s ‘Paige’ gown
Available in ivory.

BHLDN Crystal Earrings
260 King Street, Charleston

Vintage Diamond Necklace
Croghan’s Jewel Box
308 King Street, Charleston

Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour
Cos Bar
201 King Street, Charleston

Jerome Rousseau Aizza Glitter Pump
Hampden Clothing
314 King Street, Charleston

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Charleston Weddings Magazine – Fall/Winter 2012

Posted on 09/28/2012 in Boutique News,Press

Callie Tein's Nila Gown with Bateau NecklineWe always look forward to the selection of fashion magazines that come out in the fall,
so we were so excited to see that the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Charleston Weddings is
chock full of pretty pictures featuring Modern Trousseau gowns and accessories.

Turn to page 58 or 130 for two real brides with loads of Lowcountry
charm and fabulous ideas for the DIY bride.

Go to page 78 for style tips on how to pull off sexy/demure wearing
Modern Trousseau’s ‘Hadley’ lace gown.

And for ladylike grace in a dreamy location, turn to page 114 for Jorg Meyer’s
photo shoot at River Oaks country manor on the headwaters of the Wando River.
For this editorial Charleston Weddings stylist Ayoka Lucas paired our ‘Nila’ lace
gown with vintage finds and jewel-toned heels for a pop of autumn color.

Come in to try any of these gowns on for yourself,
and show us how you would style our couture collection.

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The Voting Booth is Open

Posted on 08/13/2012 in Boutique News

Vote for Modern Trousseau’s Callie Tein as 2012′s Best Bridal Gown Designer presented by Wedding Industry Experts Awards.

The polling booth opens at 7am EST on Monday, August 13th, and concludes at 4pm EST on Friday, August 31st.

Show your support, and let the world know about the love and attention Callie pours into each of her Modern Trousseau bridal gowns.

Cast your vote today!

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Lovely New Arrival

Posted on 07/30/2011 in Boutique News,The Charleston Bride,Trunk Shows

Dakota arrived this week and she is now gracing the window on King. Latte duchess and ivory guipure lace finished with a ribbon sash and ivory organza flower. Lucky for all of the brides planning to shop this next week and weekend. Enjoy a 15% trunk show discount as well as no sales tax on Aug 5-6. Plenty of cupcakes and mimosas to pass. Appointments are limited, please call ahead to reserve a dressing room.

modern trousseau dakota

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New Arrivals

Posted on 06/16/2011 in Boutique News

Often, brides and families who shop at 418 King are amazed that the entire store houses gorgeous gowns created by one designer. They are also amazed how there is truly a variety of styles in different fabrics making Modern Trousseau Charleston an A list store in their books!  Another compliment that we receive often is that we have always have new gowns arriving.  For all of our window shoppers that pass by daily, have you seen the new gowns in the window?  All of our new arrivals are steamed and ready for you!

modern trousseau hailey backHailey Gown

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Only one more day left…

Posted on 05/27/2011 in Boutique News,The Charleston Bride,Trunk Shows

Last day of Trunk Show - tomorrow, May 28th

Invite your mother, aunt, grandmother, & fabulous friends to your trunk show appointment.
You’ll have a ball playing dress-up at our beautiful King Street showroom.

418 King Street  Charleston, SC  (843) 722 6300

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Beginning Next Tuesday Shop Charleston’s Evening Wear Event

Posted on 05/16/2011 in Boutique News,Trunk Shows

shop for evening gown in charleston Modern Trousseau Charleston is known for their gorgeous bridal gowns — but we think you should look and feel bride-beautiful at all your special events. So call up your fashionista friends (who also happen to be your personal stylists) and make an appointment for our very first Mother of the Occasion Trunk Show, from Tuesday, May 24th to Saturday May 28th.

Plan on receiving the royal treatment for a 1.5 to 2 hour dress-up session in our lovely Charleston showroom. Shop for evening gowns for Mothers, Aunts and Grandmothers in many styles and options. You’ll love the fit and style of a Modern Trousseau gown. Your dress order will be custom made to your measurements, and styled to your personal preferences. Even after a long night of event organizing, socializing, and dancing, you’ll look like you just stepped off the runway long after the party has ended.

Make your appointment right away. The opportunity to shop Modern Trousseau Charleston’s evening wear collection will only be available for a short time, and wedding season is just around the corner (not to mention spring and summer’s variety of black tie galas, charity balls, and graduation celebrations)!

Contact our King Street showroom to book your Trunk Show appointment the week of May 24th. Call Heather at 843 722 6300 to learn more.
< Modern Trousseau’s “Hazel” gown is embellished with organza flowers and Swarovski crystals.

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May brings New Arrivals

Posted on 05/10/2011 in Boutique News,Wedding Gowns

There is always great anticipation when a delivery arrives…it is either a bride’s gown or a new gown for our Charleston showroom collection.  Looking for lace or something different?  Can’t find what you have in mind?  Take a moment to book your appointment at our King Street location.  Appointments usually last 1.5 to 2 hours, call today 843-722-6300.

Modern Trousseau Kendra

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Still Time to Save

Posted on 04/19/2011 in Boutique News

Modern Trousseau Charleston Bridal Gown savings

Easter weekend is approaching, and many of you are most likely expecting family for the holiday. This is the perfect opportunity to grab your visiting sister or best friend, and go dress shopping! You are sure to receive a warm welcome at our elegant showroom. Plan the rest of the day strolling King Street and dining at one of the fabulous local eateries in the area.

If you attended Charleston Weddings Magazine Spring Bridal Show, and received a Modern Trousseau Charleston coupon, there’s still time to save. Bring your postcard in until Saturday, April 30th to receive 25% off bridal gowns at our King Street flagship.

And if you’re in town this Thursday, make sure you visit upper King Street for the Spring 2011 Design Walk, April 21 from 5-8 pm. We’ll be opening our doors to the public to help us toast our newest Modern Trousseau bridal gown showroom, and Cos Bar will be making our guests gorgeous with complimentary make up applications.

Contact us for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

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New Arrival, Perfect for a Southern Wedding

Posted on 04/14/2011 in Boutique News,Fashion Trends

Daphne has arrived and is even more beautiful in person than in photos…thats the way it goes with most gowns.  Must touch, feel, see and try on to appreciate the quality and fabulous feel of the fabrics.  The Daphne gown also graced the runway at Charleston Fashion Week’s Couture Bridal Show a few weekends ago.  Here is a peek of her, now available at 418 King to try on and consider as your perfect gown, she is the shorty with the exquisite back!

Modern Trousseau

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New Arrivals, Stunning Details

Posted on 03/30/2011 in Boutique News,Wedding Gowns

As we reel from the excitement of this past weekend, we are thrilled to share that we have new arrivals.  Yes, new arrivals!  Driving by on King will give you a sneak peek as these lovelies are in the window.  Shopping this weekend?  Make plans to visit the new store at 418 King St.  The interior is as gorgeous as the gowns and the dressing rooms are fit for you and your loved ones!

Modern Trousseau

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Charleston Weddings Magazine Spring Bridal Show

Posted on 03/28/2011 in Boutique News,Wedding Gowns

Sunglasses from Charleston fashion show

Modern Trousseau put on a dazzling show at this year’s Spring Bridal Show. Callie Tein sent 20 original looks down the runway donned in Holly Golightly style, complete with dark sunglasses and sparkling tiaras.

Long and slimming, short and sassy, and entrance-making tulle ballgown styles all were represented. Designer Callie Tein’s focus for 2011 was all about luxury, and it certainly shows—from the silks and laces she hand-picked and designed,  to the fine furs of the boleros, to the delicate beading of the custom bridal sashes. This collection was a crowd favorite, and finished with enthusiastic applause in time to the fun and flirty music. We’re still waiting for the official event video, but you can get a peak at the Modern Trousseau final runway walk on YouTube:

Modern Trousseau Bridal Fashion Show

Thanks to all the models who suffered endless pin pricks, makeup fixes, and hairspray, as well as the fantastic hair and makeup professionals who conjured up 20 Audreys. We would also like to thank Justine M Couture and Kristin Morris who both provided the phenomenal jewelry and hair accessories that brought this vintage look together, as well as SEE eyewear for the fabulous sunglasses.

updo from Modern Trousseau fashion show

The signature look of Audrey Hepburn

Modern Trousseau's short bridal gown

Short was a big trend on the runway

Wallis always makes a grand entrance

Wallis always makes a grand entrance

Maddie sends Summer down the runway

Maddie sends dresses to the runway

Beautiful work Callie & Heather — & America’s youngest designer, Maddie Tein!

See more photos from the event here.

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