Charleston Wedding Week: The Designer Shows | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Wedding Photographer

On Friday, January 26, Charleston Wedding week presented the Designer Shows at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. The evening, culminating the nightly festivities of Charleston Wedding Week, was absolutely spectacular. From the outdoor waterfront reception, welcoming guests with drinks, live music, and even caviar. 

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Charleston Wedding Week is an annual celebration of all that is the wedding industry. The venue at Lowndes Grove proved to be the perfect venue for a bridal fashion show. The permanent and expandable event tent offered plenty of seating, great lighting, and an awesome horseshoe runway setup.

The DJ kept the energy up with the high tempo selections and the MC of the night. While Della MacNicholas of Charleston Weddings Magazine and The Wedding Row, opened and closed the show beautifully.

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Event emcee, Della MacNicholas, opens the Designer Shows

Event emcee, Della MacNicholas, opens the Designer Shows

The Designer Shows was titled sponsored by jewelers, Diamonds Direct and Henri Daussi. The four showcases were from Mason Hosker Bridal, Lovely Bride Charleston with its 'Made with Love' presentation, Emily Kotarski, and Modern Trousseau

Afterwards, guests were invited into the main house to meet with the designers and presenters in individual rooms. There was also a two piece ensemble upstairs to serenade guests as they browsed the rooms.

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Event Design & Florals
Fox Events

Event Design, Event Production Director
Naomi Russell, Exec. Director for Charleston Wedding Week

Event Design, Fashion & Model Coordination, Fashion Production
Lindsey Nowak, Fashion Director for Charleston Wedding Week

Event Draping Design
Tiffany Snyder and Moriah White, Veil

Event Emcee
Della MacNicholas

Event Technical Director
Todd St. Onge, Technical Event Company

Model Coordination
Kaelyn Jiran, Model Coordinator for Charleston Wedding Week

Runway DJ
Arthur Brouthers


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Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!