Gorgeous and Classic Colorado Wedding | Real Kate McDonald Bride Janet | April Anne Photo | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Gorgeous and Classic Colorado Wedding – Janet & Keith

A gorgeous and classic wedding for a beautiful bride and her dashing husband in the mountains of Colorado.   When we saw this featured wedding on Magnolia Rouge, it was hard to sit still. Scrolling through the images and seeing the gorgeous photography by Apryl Anne Photography our jaw literally seemed to drop open. Every […]

Various Kate McDonald Maids dresses | Michael and Carina Photography | Featured on Style Me Pretty | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Timeless and Romantic Kate McDonald Maids In Charleston

This timeless and romantic wedding with Kate McDonald Maids in Charleston is nothing short of dreamy!     Beautiful bride, Holly met Chris in the 4th grade and their sweet story is one for the books. Featured on Style Me Pretty with stunning photography by Michael and Carina Photography, we were of course so excited […]

Real Bride Sara In Kate McDonald Custom gown | Alex Thornton Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Sara & Nick – A Coastal Wedding In A Customized McCants

Our real bride Sara in her customized McCants is giving us all the heart eyes! Sara and Nick’s recent nuptials happened in Folly Beach, South Carolina. A gorgeous setting with a backdrop of the sea. Alex Thornton who used film photography to capture this darling and intimate occasion has left us undoubtedly oohing and awwing. […]


9 Perfect Essentials To Pack For Your Beach Honeymoon

A relaxing beach honeymoon on the brain? Alongside planning your wedding, you might be thinking about your honeymoon too, and we’ve got the perfect 9 essentials for your beach honeymoon right here.   What ever dreamy beach location you’re headed off to, St. Barts, Tulum, the Maldives, it’s time to pack! In preparation for organizing, and basically playing Tetris in […]

Poets Society Collection Catalog Part 2 | Kate McDonald Bridal | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Poets Society Collection Catalog Part 2

Excited for Poets Society Collection Catalog Part 2?   In every line, pattern, and applique, the Poets Society Collection was brought together with inspiration from all over. Particularly inspired by the poems and words of the great poets. Here is Part 2, and I hope you love it as much as we do.   Poets […]

Poets Society Collection 2017 Catalog | Kate McDonald Bridal | Rachel Red Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Poets Society Collection Catalog Part 1

Inspired by the greats, here is our Poets Society Collection Catalog…   Putting together a catalog shoot is no easy task. We spent hours and hours going over minute details and micro-managing ourselves to make this Poets Society collection perfect. Taking love inspired quotes by some of the great poets throughout time, the names of […]

Wedding Planning Tips for the Introverted Bride | Guest Post on www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Wedding Planning Tips for the Introverted Bride

The bride often commands the attention on her wedding day. From the dress she wears to the flowers that she carries, all eyes focus on the bride. Some women bask in the attention; they glow brighter in the princess moment. But for the introverted bride, the anticipation of hundreds of eyes watching her glide down […]

Kate McDonald Bridal Ellis Top and Tulle Skirt Real Bride Jessi Aislinn Kate Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Lace Sleeves Swoon With Ellis Top & Tulle Skirt

Lace sleeves, especially from our Ellis Top, is sometimes all you need to make an grand entrance.     Such a special moment to see your bride wearing one of your creations. The Ellis Top and Tulle Skirt are truly a dream come true and seeing those lace sleeves on a bride is definitely the […]

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Winter At Maple Rock With Our Lace Ellis Top

Our lace Ellis Top is oh-so romantic…     We know it might be a little late in the year, but this winter wedding inspiration shoot from designer Back Bay Bride with photography by A Fogarty Photo is giving us all the feels! We adore how the ruby and mauve jewel tones contrast against that crisp […]

Watercolor McLeod gown by Kate Mcdonald | Henry Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Watercolor McLeod At Cannon Green Charleston

Watercolor McLeod dreaming…   Our McLeod has always been a favorite, but we must say, it’s quite possible we just fell more in love with her! Henry Photographs has us stunned with this beautiful shoot. The fun, whimsical style Nicki Korman of Toast of the Coast brought to the table makes us so so happy! […]

Real Bride Heather of Sweet Tea Heather | Custom Bridal gown with beaded bodice and fitted skirt, Ballgown overlay | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Custom Calhoun On Sweet Tea Heather

Seeing our Calhoun gown on the sweetest bride, Heather of Sweet Tea Heather, is perfection.   Custom Calhoun Heather chose to have the best of both worlds. Combining a fitted gown with a ballgown style is a two in one dream for most brides. Many brides to be sometimes find it hard to choose between the […]

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Little White Dress Nancy For Bridesmaids

In bridal, we also love a little white dress too!   The Nancy Little White Dress And taking those sassy stripes of our Nancy LWD brings in a little pep to this southern classic wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. Photographed by Tim Will Fine Art Photography, we loved every second of seeing Nancy as we […]

Real Bride Jessica in our Powell gown | Nautical Wedding featured on A Coastal Bride | Kate McDonald Bridal gown | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Real Bride Jessica & Her Nautical Wedding

Real Bride Jessica chose our Powell gown for her nautical wedding and it fits the theme perfectly!   From anchor bow ties to stripe texture on the bridal gown, this wedding featured on A Coastal Bride was nautical perfection top to bottom. Whites and navy blues along with those eucalyptus green accents in the florals […]

Real Bride Dianna in McCants | Kate McDonald Bridal | Skinny strap bridal gown with full skirt | Classic and Timeless! - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Real Bride Dianna Is Divine In McCants

Our darling real bride Dianna chose our McCants all the way from California…   Dianna reached out to us and asked if we might be able to send a dress to her to try to see if it would be the right one. Unable to make it to Charleston, we sent her a few dresses […]

Fun and whimsical ballroom wedding | Kate McDonald Bridal McLeod Bridal


The Best Ballroom Wedding Ever

A perfect ballroom wedding in our McLeod gown? Sounds like perfection. Beautiful bride, Meredith, and our McLeod gown were featured in the Washingtonian. An absolutely fancy affair took place at the DC’s National Museum of Women in the Arts, and with the color pink in abundance, it was full of fun and whimsy. We could […]

Real Kate McDonald Bride Kelly in our Beatrice gown | Shilliday Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Beautiful Bride In Beatrice – A Sparkled Detailed Bridal Gown

It is so exciting to see the beautiful bride in Beatrice on her wedding day… As one of Katherine McDonald’s first designs, there is a special place in our hearts for this sparkled bodice gown. And our bride Kelly wore it beautifully of course! Kelly and Chad had an adorable outdoor wedding with their friends and family, […]

Kate McDonald Bride Caroline in Thoreau gown | Kate McDonald Maids Monroe Bridesmaid Dresses | Riverland Studios Photography - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Thoreau Bride & Monroe Bridesmaids

The beautiful bride Caroline wore our Thoreau gown and had her lovely ladies in our Kate McDonald Maids Monroe dresses! All look nothing short of incredible…   This special day for Caroline and Jason was indeed beautiful and genuine. We can definitely feel the love through these gorgeous photos from Riverland Studios. The light and […]

Kate McDonald Bridal Real Bride Ashley in our lace Ellis Top and Tulle Skirt | Nicholas Gore Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Real Bride Ashley In Our Lace Ellis Top & Tulle Skirt

Such a perfect day for our real bride Ashley!   It is such a welcome surprise to have a bride choose bridal separates for her bridal look. We adore the idea and love how it combines a classic style with a modern bride. The Ellis Top with it’s french lace and scalloped edges make our […]

Cinderollies Charming Styled Shoot with Kate McDonald Maids | Billy Jo and Jeremy Photography | Cinderollies Ballet Flats for your bridesmaids and more | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Cinderollies Charming Styled Shoot

Cinderollies are the perfect addition to dancing the night away in a Kate McDonald Maids dress!     Charming as ever, these Cinderollies ballet flats look great paired with our Kate McDonald Maids dresses. A sweet addition to the softness and romance of our style.     Mix and Match in Kate McDonald Maids Dresses […]

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Featured Brides of 2016 Make Our Hearts So Happy!

Our Brides of 2016, featured from January to December, are stunning, beautiful, full of love, and each one makes our hearts so happy. Brides of 2016 As our brides start their newest adventure, we definitely want to give thanks. We are truly blessed to be able to be a part of their special day. Helping […]

Kate McDonald Bridal Real Bride Meg in McCants | Stacy Hart Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Darling Real Bride Meg In McCants

Meg in McCants is sweet, charming, and genuinely kindhearted. From beginning to end, we loved scrolling through Stacy Hart‘s capture of Meg and Noah’s wedding! Meg in McCants looked beautiful, stunning, sweet, elegant, you name it, Meg pulled it off with absolute grace! Even her honey looked very dapper indeed with his suit from JCrew. […]

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A Custom Gown For Real Bride Margeaux

A custom gown created with a feeling… Being a part of a bride’s day is always special. When I met Margeaux in the summer of 2014 she handed me a photo and told me she wanted the same feeling of the picture but not the same dress. I was thrilled to be able to be […]

Real Bride Arlynn - Customized Kate McDonald Bridal gown | Joe Friend Photography


Real Bride Arlynn In Customized Kate McDonald Bridal

Our darling real bride Arlynn had us put together her dream gown… Taking two of our favorite dresses, McCants and LaMour, we customized a unique gown for this gorgeous laid back and bohemian bride. The top, overskirt, and veil was done in our LaMour fabric and gave that little touch of boho vibe to the […]


Gorgeous Real Bride Abby In Custom Bryant Dress

Our Real Bride Abby in her custom Bryant dress is a vision… We first met Abby and her family back in 2011 when she came in with her mom and sister for her sister’s debutant dress! We fell in love with the family then and were so excited to be able to be a part […]

10 Favorite Floral Bouquets From Kate McDonald Bridal styled shoots - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


9 Favorite Floral Bouquets From Kate McDonald Bridal Styled Shoots

Floral bouquets…one of the most decorated pieces of your bridal style. In almost every styled shoot, event, or bride’s wedding, you will see those gorgeous full floral bouquets. And we just can’t get enough of them! From deep tones to bright and punchy, these floral bouquets are perfect in every way. Here are 10 of […]


Greenhouse Garden Shoot With Kate McDonald Stanwyck

Lovely Stanwyck In this Greenhouse Garden shoot featured on Wedding Chicks, our beautiful Stanwyck gown makes a stunning appearance. Taking us back to an old world with English tea and crumpets, and floral adorned sun hats, Angela Marie Events has styled a dreamy and inspiring image. Seeing our Stanwyck in this Greenhouse Garden shoot, we […]

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We Love Our KMB Brides!

Our brides are the best! KMB BRIDES   We are so grateful for each and everyone of our KMB brides. Their grace and genuine hearts touch our own and we just want to say thank you. They are seriously the best! From our LaMour gown to our classic McCants, these brides look amazing head to […]

Kate McDonald McCants in Mikado | Featured on Haute Cotton Weddings | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Real Bride Maggie In McCants Mikado

Real Bride Maggie in McCants and her handsome man are picture perfect!   MAGGIE IN McCANTS   With a lovely feature on Haute Cotton Weddings, photographer Nancy Ray has stunned us with her capture of this cheery and sweet wedding. Bride, Maggie, chose our classic McCants dress in Mikado fabric which is a blend of […]

Kate McDonald Bridal Pollitzer gown with Rachel Buckley Weddings Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Pretty Pollitzer Gown Mesmerizes In Oceanside Sunrise Shoot

A little while ago, we shared a few images from an inspiration shoot with our Pollitzer gown featured on Style Me Pretty. We are still oohing and ahhing over the images from Rachel Buckley Weddings and had to share more of this incredible shoot with you.     OUR POLLITZER GOWN One of the things […]

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Ethereal Beauties: Kate McDonald Maids

Our ethereal beauties in bridesmaid form and our editorial shoot with Perry Vaile will always be favorites! With these sweet dried floral crowns by FlowerShop in  Charleston, SC. and makeup done by the fabulous Ashley Brook Perryman, how could we go wrong? The editorial shoot took place at the expansive Middleton Place also in Charleston […]

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Morgan Gown Style Inspiration

This Morgan gown style inspiration has everything. And with Fall arriving soon, we thought to style Morgan with icy blues and shades of green to fit the season. MORGAN GOWN STYLE INSPIRATION The Morgan gown has that dramatic and sexy deep V, but will all over lace and delicate illusion lace sleeves, the dress is […]

Favorite Bridal Hair Accessories | Kate McDonald Bridal | katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Our Favorite Bridal Hair Accessories

Favorite Bridal Hair Accessories Hair accessories can bring together and put touches on your final bridal look. When it comes to hair accessories, there are several to choose from. But we’ve rounded up our favorite accessories. Hair combs, pins, and headbands seem to be on our minds lately and we hope you enjoy and find […]

Beautiful Sunrise Shoot With Kate McDonald Bridal Pollitzer Gown with Tulle Skirt overlay | Rachel Buckley Weddings | Featured on Style Me Pretty #dreamwedding #weddingdress


Sunrise Shoot With Pollitzer Gown

POLLITZER The most Beautiful Sunrise Shoot is all the inspiration we’ll need. Yes! Featured on Style me Pretty this week, our unique Pollitzer gown was included in this morning seaside landscape where our dusty blue Tulle Skirt overlay added to the other wispy details.     We are in LOVE with all the many details […]

Kate McDonald Maids Mulberry Dress | Bridesmaid Dresses - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Kate McDonald Maids Mulberry Dress

The Kate McDonald Maids Mulberry dress can be worn different ways, with or without a sash to cinch the waist. The dresses from our Maids collection are bohemian and ethereal, and the Mulberry dress is no different.       STYLE INSPIRATION:   {1,2,3,4} We love the idea of very simple makeup with the Mulberry […]

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Kate McDonald Fontaine Gown In Blackberry Styled Shoot

There’s something really special about the Kate McDonald Fontaine gown…     Led by the incredibly talented Stephanie Scholl in her styling, design, and planning, this darling blackberry styled shoot at The Stockroom at 230 in Raleigh, NC is perfection. We love everything about it! From the exposed brick walls of the venue to the […]

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Kate McDonald Secret Garden Collection

So excited to officially share with you our complete Kate McDonald Secret Garden Collection is now up on our website! Below are only just a few of our gowns, and the new collection is all about new beading, new delicate laces, and a bridal style that is both purely romantic and completely timeless. From fitted […]

Kate McDonald McLeod gown featured in Southern Watercolor Inspiration shoot | Julian N Photography | Strictly Weddings - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Southern Watercolor Inspiration

This Southern Watercolor Inspiration shoot featuring our McLeod gown will go down as one of our favorites. Posted this week on Strictly Weddings, we were so excited to see a full vision come to life! Created by Mary Phan of Very Mary Inspired, comes a workshop, The Sketchbook Series, for all creatives wanting to take […]


Real Bride Leah In Kate McDonald Bridal McCants

Real Bride Leah in McCants   This darling real bride in our McCants gown was a vision on her wedding day! And it truly is such a treat to have such a bride in our gowns. We wish Leah and Jon much happiness in their lives together, and thank Kate Preftakes for taking these amazing […]

Garden Wedding With Stanwyck | Kate McDonald Bridal | Bayside Bride Workshop | VA Photography - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Bayside Bride Workshop With V.A. Photography

Garden Wedding Style With Stanwyck Truly honored to be a part of the Bayside Bride Workshop last year. Our Stanwyck gown looked positively stunning if we do say so ourselves, and the whole styled shoot seems like a bridal dream. Styled and planned by Kruse & Vieira Events with florals by Intrigued Designs, V. A. Photography […]

Kate McDonald McCants gown featured in The World is Our Oyster Styled Shoot | Laura's Focus Photography - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


McCants Featured In Coastal Styled Shoot

McCants Featured So so happy to see our McCants featured in this The World Is Our Oyster styled shoot! Working with Laura’s Focus Photography and Cristina Calvert Signature Weddings & Celebrations was an easy decision to make. And we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. The shoot was shot at a private home in […]

Kate McDonald Bridal Hemingway gown and Tulle Skirt Featured in the 2016 Charleston Weddings Summer Issue | Photography by Corbin Gurkin - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


We’ve Been Featured – 2016 Charleston Weddings Summer Issue

What a treat it is to flip through the gorgeous pages of the 2016 Charleston Weddings Summer Issue and see several images from both our bridal and bridesmaids collections!   Loved seeing our festive gathering of wedding and event professionals featured in the magazine! Our fashion show for the debut of our Kate McDonald Maids collection […]

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Grammercy Style Inspiration

This Grammercy style inspiration is all about making fashion forward and trendy elements work in a very elegant and classic setting. For the bride who chooses the Grammercy separates, with her cool silvery print, complete with pockets and a crop top to match, is a bride who is both daring and eloquent. The Grammercy bride […]

Choosing to do a Custom Made Bridal Gown with Kate McDonald Bridal | Brandon Lata Photography - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Choosing A Custom Made Bridal Gown With Kate McDonald

A custom made bridal gown is a huge decision. And with Kate McDonald Bridal, that choice becomes an easy one to make. What all goes into making a bridal gown? What are the specifics? What do you need to do as a bride wanting a custom gown? Do you work one on one or just […]

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Modern Unique Bride For Kate McDonald Bridal Editorial

MODERN. UNIQUE. ROMANTIC.     Taking inspirations from yesterday and today, the new Kate McDonald Bridal collection is definitely for the modern unique bride. There’s something so graceful and full of light, and we love how photographer Perry Vaile is able to capture this so elegantly. You can see more of the new editorial shoot here. […]


McLeod Featured In Southern Weddings!

The Kate McDonald Bridal McLeod gown was featured in Southern Weddings and will always be a favorite! Though placed among the gorgeous pages of Southern Weddings magazine at the end of last year, the inspiration of a Spring wedding with our McLeod gown in this preppy golf course styled shoot is definitely still on par. […]

handpainted Kate McDonald Bridal McLeod gown | Sweet Tea Photography - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Handpainted McLeod Gown

Nothing like a little Sweet Tea Photography to capture our handpainted McLeod gown! This darling shoot featured on Southern Weddings is a true blessing and just so darn adorable! If you are a bride who wants something very unique and truly memorable, our handpainted McLeod gown is a great choice. Everything from a sweet flower […]

Marquise cut engagement rings | 14 Engagement Rings That Wow | Kate McDonald Bridal Blog - www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


14 Engagement Rings That Wow

Engagement rings are the symbol of the incredible love that passes between two people. But before you show off that gorgeous stunner, you have to sort through the many styles, shapes, cuts, clarity, bands, settings, etc. It may seem like an endless search for the perfect one. We have found 14 engagement rings that wow […]

Real Bride Arden in custom Kate McDonald Bridal gown | Ashley Seawell Photography | www.katemcdonaldbridal.com/blog


Custom Kate McDonald Bridal Gown On Real Bride Arden

Our real bride Arden in her custom Kate McDonald Bridal gown was a vision on her wedding day! With gorgeous photography by Ashley Seawell, every moment was captured and treasured. Arden’s gown is very special. With elements taken from a couple of our staples like our Stanwyck and McCants gowns, a bride’s dream dress came […]

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Kate McDonald Maids Cornelia Gown Style Inspiration

Kate McDonald Maids Cornelia gown is utter bridesmaid perfection…if we do say so ourself! So graceful and light, it resembles the wrap dresses from Diane Von Furstenberg and tied around the waist to accentuate your figure. A fine art style with bohemian and angelic vibes, we thought we should give the Cornelia gown some style inspiration! […]