Southern Belle Magazine May 2013, Issue 1 - Page 60

BF W : M a n d i Fa u l k I H e i d i E l n o r a Modern brides who are also looking for that “Southern Sparkle” can find Heidi Elnora gowns across the world and in Nordstrom Bridal Salons. She has dressed brides from Los Angeles to Dubai. Heidi graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002, and after four years of designing children’s wear at Carter’s in Atlanta, returned to Birmingham in 2006 to begin designing her own line of wedding gowns. With clean lines and intricate detail, all of her elegant gowns are hand crafted in Alabama by master garment artisans. This collection, “inspired by a light-hearted feel with an air of vintage femininity,” is called “Heavenly Days,” and is new for Fall 2013. Mandi Faulk, BFW winner in 2012, grew up in Oxford, Alabama. She hit the stage this year with a Spring Collection created for a chic, trendy woman. She likes “the idea of embracing the beauty of grunge while preserving the sexy, urban sophistication of today’s modern woman. The woman I design for is chic, trendy, and appreciates a fresh dynamic esthetic. I want my customer to feel confident, strong, and beautiful while she makes it look easily natural to others.” 60