Designer Spotlight: Meet Nicholle Jones of Communion Millinery + Her Top Tips for Bridal Gown Shopping
As the leading authority on bridal inspiration for discerning brides of color who crave culture and style, we are committed to continuously showcasing that brides of color are creative, stylish and truly unique. In addition to this central objective, we have decided to introduce a new section called Designer Spotlight. Through this section, it is our pleasure to introduce you to extremely talented designers of color who specialize in creating the perfect wedding dress. We intend to give them a spotlight where they might not otherwise have one. We hope you enjoy!
Nicholle Jones, an Ohio based bridal gown designer is no stranger to the fashion industry. She’s actually been in the industry for quite some time, gaining experience and knowledge of textiles through various positions including working as a freelancer for Columbus’ Victoria’s Secrets and a design internship with Donna Karan.
Inspired by her grandmother, who was a seamstress and tailor, Nicholle completed a degree in Textiles and Clothing from Ohio State University and launched her own Atelier called Hairston Atelier and headpiece/fascinator collection called CommunioN Millinery.
In our debut digital issue, we had the pleasure of working with Nicholle on a stylish and chic bridal editorial photographed by Shannon Williams. The model, Melissa Roshan, is also a super talented makeup artists out of Ohio and it’s always a pleasure to work with her. Enjoy the images below + Nicholle’s advice for brides-to-be when shopping for a wedding gown.
Nicholle’s Top Tips for Bridal Gown Shopping
1. Know your body type. Take time to research the shape of your body and what silouette is most flattering. Make sure you research details such as bodice shapes and fabric manipulations that are flattering or avoidable for you personal body shape.
2. Bring shoes that you would consider wearing. Depending on the heel height, the feel of the dress will be different. When choosing shoes, keep in mind that they will be worn throughout ceremony and reception.
3. Know the venue and wedding theme. you don’t want to buy a gown with a cathedral train and later decide on a beach wedding.
4. Do not forget alterations. Know your budget and stick to it but make sure to calculate alteration in your final budgeted cost.
5. Bring a married friend. Previous brides tend to not have the fairy-tale goggles on but understand this special time for you. They have the best advice and patience.
6. Always remember to have fun and enjoy the experience.
Thanks Nicholle for sharing your custom designs with our readers! Be sure to head over to her site and also check out her shop on ETSY. Follow her on Twitter: @cmillinery and Like her Facebook page. Click here to view the full gallery and enjoy the behind the scenes video footage of the editorial shoot.
Credits:Photography and Videography: Shannon Williams Photography Wedding Dresses/Pants Suit: Hairston Atelier Headpieces: Communion Millinery Model + Makeup Artist: Melissa Roshan