The year of 2020 has been a roller coaster across the globe, and for those planning their wedding, it’s certainly been no exception. Joanna, owner of Monkee’s of Raleigh and her now husband Brad had to get creative with their nuptial arrangements in the face of a global pandemic.The two decided that scaling down from a large, formal ceremony by the ocean in Florida, to an intimate yet elegant affair in their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, would be the best solution.
Neutral shades of white guided a sartorially traditional occasion. The bride donned a regal off-the-shoulder, full A-line, faille gown with a chapel train, designed by Sareh Nouri. A timeless look was precisely what Joanna sought after, and the delicate Farrow earrings in crystal certainly achieved such. “When you get engaged, the decisions you have to make are endless.” Joanna says. “One choice I knew immediately, was that I would wear Loren Hope for my big day.”
The lovely ladies of the bridal party also joined in on the choice to wear Loren Hope. From house classics like Abba and Cupid, to statement makers like our Bouquet and Begonia earrings, everyone had their own sparkling bijoux moment. Formal yet fun, each woman in Joanna’s entourage was able to express their own personal style through Loren Hope jewelry paired with their individual colorful dresses.
A cherished moment for Joanna during the festive day, was the elegant high tea reception organized by both the mother of the bride, and the mother of the groom. “That time spent before the wedding with my sister, our parents, and close friends, enjoying macaroons and praying together is something I will always remember,” Joanna recalls.
One element of the wedding that allowed Joanna to truly remines was the jewelry she selected. “My love for fashion and jewelry came from my grandmother,” Joanna says. “When I look at Loren’s pieces, they remind me a lot of my grandmother’s fabulous collection, timelessly classic and stunning.” The same excitement Joanna felt as a child, playing in her grandmothers closet, was felt on her special day wearing Loren Hope. “Loren perfectly recreates a vintage feel but with a modern touch,” Joanna explains. “It was an easy decision to outfit both my bridesmaids and myself in her stunning jewelry!”
Brad and Joanna Knott shared a divine wedding day, one filled with many gleeful and loving moments. Though their original plans fell through, a close circle of family and friends we able to gather together to celebrate their love and future. We are honored to be a part of their day.
Photography: Olivia Suriano
Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri
Hair: Douglas Carroll Salon
Flowers: Allison Creekmore