Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Molly & Stephen

My bride Molly and I were first introduced when she came into the salon with her friend to view the gowns we had. Molly instantly fell in love with Samarah from my Fall 2012 collection.  After trying on a few of my other gowns, Molly needed more time to decide if Samarah was the right dress for her or if she wanted to try a different look. A few months past by and I did not hear anything from Molly until she called me at the salon to inform it was time to get the process started on her Samarah gown.

To make her gown a bit more personalized, we added delicate ¾ length lace sleeves and created a mid-back “V’ shaped neckline.  We kept the dress at mid-knee, although she had considered a longer length when she first tried it on a few months back. The Samarah gown and Molly’s personal style/personality complimented each other fantastically! To top off her remarkable look we created a classic pillbox hat out of the same Dupioni silk as the under dress. Molly suggested the hat have a bow on the side to add a bit of detail, along with French netting that would be used in place of a veil.

Molly and Stephen’s wedding took place at the historic Camarillo Ranch in the beautiful Ventura County. The open space and outdoor scenery was the perfect match for their rustic, fun, and unforgettable wedding. The bride and groom along with their wedding party performed a “flash mob” dance for their guest to mix of their favorite songs. The incredible Jen, of Fondly Forever Photography, captured their special day and festive reception.

Congratulations Molly & Stephen!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pasadena Museum of History

I recently had another great opportunity to work with two of my good friends, jewelry designer Liza Shtromberg and photographer Shelly Waldman, on another fun photo shoot. The pictures from the shoot will be featured as informational postcards during the "I Do! I Do!" exhibit, that is currently on display at the Pasadena Museum of History.

The shoot featured three of our gowns: Rita (Spring 2010), Petal (Fall 2010), and Nasira (Fall 2012). Each gown was dressed up with pieces from Liza's beautiful jewelry collection; the gowns and the jewelry were a perfect match for this exhibit about the history of weddings.

If you have some time, I would definitely recommend checking out the exhibit. You just might learn something new and interesting about the history of bridal gowns, I know I did.

Exhibit Information: 

Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103

"I Do! I Do! - Pasadena Ties the Knot"
Part 1 - February 14 to July 14
12 p.m to 5p.m Wednesday - Sunday
$7 - General
$6 - Student & Seniors
$0 - Members and Children under 12


Photography: Waldman Photography 
Bridal Hats: Louise Green Millinery  

Friday, July 12, 2013


I first met my bride Perrin two years before her wedding when she came from New York to visit her parents.  Perrin came to the salon with her mother and they brought her mother's wedding dress. Perrin already had an idea that she wanted me to work with; how to make her mother’s wedding dress more of her own style, so she could wear it as her own wedding gown.

Perrin’s mother’s dress was a very beautiful lace tiered sheath dress with iridescent rhinestones. The dress was simple yet elegant with a vintage feel. Since I love working with vintage pieces I saw so many possibilities in creating something new with this dress. I wanted to give Perrin a dress that she would feel incredible in but I also wanted to keep certain elements of the original dress.   

We had the idea of making the dress a bit shorter, like a mini, by moving the all tiers of lace up a few inches. The dress originally had long sleeves that I shortened to ¾ length and used the leftover tiers of lace to create a beautiful scalloped neckline and “V” shaped back to compliment her collarbone.  Since the dress already had rhinestones on it, I had to find new ones to match so I could continue the flow of the rhinestones on the sleeves and neckline.  The end result was a perfect match of Hollywood glamour and modern chic.

Perrin and Michael were married in Santa Barbara at the historic Casa de la Guerra and this wonderfully special day was 
captured by Limelife Photography

Congratulations to Perrin and Michael!