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WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

If there was one splurge you could have done for your wedding (or plan to do for your wedding), what is it? (Be as detailed as possible.) Why aren’t you including it in your wedding? Are you including anything “inspired by” it instead?                   

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Tracey N Audrey avatar
Tracey N Audrey from SeamstressbytheSea  

I got married 30 years ago when a Wedding was not such a big event but have always wished we had hired a better photographer instead of using a family friend. I had a list of shots I really wanted and did not get ! I still feel upset when I remember it. No matter who you hire, create a list of shots that you want with specific guests, Bridal Party, etc….Type it up and make the photographer sign an agreement to take these for you so that you have those wonderful memories to look back on later.

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Kristin Ames avatar
Kristin Ames from BagSecrets  

I really wanted to have a photo booth at our wedding, but the venue was too small to include all the guests we wanted to invite and a photo booth. In the end I don’t regret not having one. Our photographers were so great in getting photos of everyone at the wedding anyway.

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Melissa Jebril from Dibrel 

My wedding was in 2011 and I only discovered photo booths a month before our wedding.  I wish I would have known and got one, although I probably wouldn’t have because I was very strict about my budget – I wanted my husband and I to start off on the right foot not with lots of “party debt”.  We attended a wedding one month before ours and they had a photo booth, we took pictures and had a really good time.  At the time it didn’t seem that special, but two years later our print out of our four goofy prints is still on the refrigerator. When we are having a meaningless argument and I walk by the kitchen and see that picture – our faces, how happy we were in that moment being so silly with all of the props – I realize that is what marriage is all about – having fun and enjoying each other – and the argument seems to be so small and I get over it right away.  We had our first child just two months ago and just the other day I was holding him in the kitchen and pointing the pictures of different family members on the refrigerator and telling him who they were, then I came to the photo booth picture and I told him – that’s mommy and daddy before we got married!  It was a special moment for me, who would have known two years ago.

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Karen avatar
Karen from BlingForTheTable 

My dress!  Polyester quiana was the big thing in 1980 as far as fabric went.  Here I  go dating myself again!  I thought once I had the dress I was done.   Never thought about the slip or crinoline.  I wanted a drape of fabric to create a slimming silhouette.  Then on the day of my wedding I realized my dress was a  little shear!  A last minute trip to the store solved the problem.  However if I had it to do again, I would pay more attention to the dress and accept advice from the experts.  Comfort, style and class are a must.

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Kitty Kanzashi avatar
Kitty Kanzashi from kittykanzashi 

I am not sure what I would have splurge on if I could because my wedding was very family orientated so there was a list of do’s and don’ts.
Given a choice, I think I would have loved to invite more of my friends to my wedding and had a huge stock of decent cider and cake!

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar
Jennifer Ferencz-Barato from ClayBouquetShop 

I have two…my attire and a candy buffet.
I wanted a sparkly lace wedding gown (fell in love with a few $3k+ gowns along the way to finding my used $500 gown…which I really liked after all of the drama of finding a gown) and tried to justify purchasing a $600 necklace and earrings set, but bought much cheaper rhinestone pieces on Ebay instead. Sigh.
And I *so* wanted to have a candy buffet at our wedding, but after pricing that, even as a DIY project, had to drop it. My aunts made some of the family recipe cookies instead to be served with the wedding cake, which I really appreciated. : ) (That’s the reason I picked up a few candy buffet sets and rent them out at an affordable price…to let others have them at their weddings/events within their budget.)

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Karen Grace Hornsten avatar
Karen Grace Hornsten from GracelinePaperStudio 

I was young, we were broke, and it was quick. My dress was beautiful, no invitations, just verbal, small party at my mom’s and dad’s house. If I had my druthers i would have waited until I was older, i would have been wiser, i would have been richer……but, and here is the big but, without all of the above we would not be where we are today, almost 13 grandkids richer, still poor in $ but rich in the places where it counts. Today I am helping brides make their weddings just perfect. Seems paper flowers are the thing. Lucky me!

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What one splurge do you wish you could do for your wedding?

Why aren’t you including it in your wedding?

Are you including anything “inspired by” it instead?

WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

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What offbeat idea(s) did you include (or want to include) in your wedding? Did you do it/them? What reactions did you receive to your ideas, and was it / were they received differently at your wedding?

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Tracey N Audrey avatar
Tracey N Audrey from SeamstressbytheSea  

We used three different pastel colors for the flower girls ( we had 7! ) and bridesmaids. The pale pink, lavender and jonquil yellow looked very pretty together and no one had to wear a shade that did not look good on her.

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Kristin Ames avatar
Kristin Ames from BagSecrets         

My husband and I had one goal for our wedding, we wanted it to be FUN for everyone! My husband is older than me and for our first dance we decided to go with Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. We made up a whole routine and even had the bridal party join us half way through. Most people thought it was funny (and I am sure even some stupid) but we had so much fun and to this day every time I hear that song I laugh.

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Karen avatar
Karen from BlingForTheTable 

32 years ago I totally broke with tradition and had my mother and father walk me down the isle.  That was a real breach from tradition but I wanted to credit my mother as well as my father for having raised me!

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Amanda avatar
(Kristin–I LOVE that you guys did that!  So fantastic!  And Karen, that’s the kind of tradition-breaking that brings people closer, so good on you for taking the initiative!)
I didn’t have bridesmaids at all, and we didn’t set the bridal party apart (by specific dress/clothing).  I also didn’t have a bouquet.  I did my own flowers, so it wouldn’t have cost much to create a bouquet along with the corsages, etc., but I didn’t want to waste the time on something that I was just going to have to carry around all night.
We incorporated some of the traditions from my husband’s country of origin (Argentina), such as a ribbon-charm pull in the cake and crazy/silly hats and other accessories which we brought out during the dancing for people to dress up in.  It was a little wild, a little silly, but people still compliment us on how much fun our reception was, so I’m glad we chose to be different!

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Kitty Kanzashi avatar
Kitty Kanzashi from kittykanzashi 

 I had a Chinese tea ceremony after my wedding ceremony!  I suppose for half of the guest this was not unusual but for my husband side it was a sight to be seen.  None of them have ever seen it and for me it was paying respect to my family tradition.
Oh and for wedding presents, I asked for “lucky money” which is the polite way of saying “we want cash as present”.  I know it was cheeky but in Chinese tradition, lucky money is the gift you present to the bride and groom and since my partner and I didn’t need anything like household goods, it seem the perfect solution.  My mother-in-law wasn’t too happy with the gift suggestion but once I exampled to her that it was traditional she seemed happy enough and for the guests, I think it made their life easier.  No need to spend ages wondering what to get the happy couple!

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar
Jennifer Ferencz-Barato from ClayBouquetShop 

Oh, I wanted an eclectic wedding…but my oh-so-traditional husband kiboshed most of my ideas. (No red wedding gown, no untraditional wedding site, no informal wedding wear for our wedding party….sigh.)
The one untraditional thing I wanted, – and got -, was alternative flowers (because I flat out refused to have real ones). I created clay flowers for all of the bouquets and bouts, and caught royal hell from most about it. The constant complaining and griping didn’t stop until they saw them…and then encouraged me to keep making them.  : )
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The McDonut’s Event Decor and Fine Jewelry from mcdonuts 

My husband and I planned our wedding on a budget, before the days of pinterest, and having a unique wedding venue was important to us.  We had our wedding ceremony in an old spanish mission (in Texas) and our reception was in a natural history museum.  Both were places that reflected our loves of history, science and nature.  Instead of giving wedding favors, we donated to a non-profit organization in the names of our guests and had information about the non-profit (and the donation we made in honor of our guests) at each of the tables.
My husband and I also both have big families and we broke with tradition when we decided NOT to have toasts during the wedding reception.  Instead, we had toasts during the rehearsal dinner in a more personal, informal setting with our closest friends and family.
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What offbeat or alternative ideas would you like to include in your wedding? Have you received any feedback from your ideas, and how are you dealing with it?

WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

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While looking for services/goods for your wedding, was cost or quality more important to you, and why?

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Tracey N Audrey avatar
Tracey N Audrey from SeamstressbytheSea  

At the time, it was cost because we paid for our own Wedding. But quality should not be underestimated. Whether it is the cost of a great photographer, your dress, flowers or a the cake…decide the most important elements to you. Shop around and look at portfolios as reference for each service or ask for a list of former customers for a reference. Hopefully you won’t be doing it all again in a few years so get it all right the first time. Balance the price with what you will be getting. Save some money by DIY on some things to balance your budget.

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Kristin Ames avatar
Kristin Ames from BagSecrets  

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For me it was all about quality and doing the wedding exactly the way we wanted it. We did some DIY projects to save some money and my Aunt did our flowers which saved us a TON of money. In the end we splurged on the photographer, DJ, my dress and venue but in my opinion those are the most important elements to a great wedding!
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Karen avatar

32 years ago it was all about cost and budget.  At the risk of dating myself, weddings were different.  There was no Etsy or Pinterest to launch our ideas and creativity.  I would love a redo!  Albeit,  with the same man!

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Keri O'Hara avatar

OMG Karen that’s hilarious! When I got married none of those sites existed for me. Now, most days, I dream of being a wedding planner, but maybe all I need is a redo!!!

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Amanda avatar

I’m a hardened cheap-skate, so of course cost was an issue.  (Our entire wedding in 2005–reception, dress, flowers, even part of the honeymoon–cost less than $2,000.)  That being said, I have to agree with Tracey: PRIORITIZE!  If you have a small budget, use it where it’s most important to you, and don’t sweat the other stuff.  Photography would have been a big chunk for me, but fortunately I have a couple of friends that are very talented photographers who gave me a giant discount.  I also did some DIY stuff (the flowers and reception centerpieces) and was very fortunate to marry into a family that owned a bakery, so they provided the excellent food.  😀

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Kitty Kanzashi from kittykanzashi  

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I suppose it depends on what I was looking for.  Stuff like decoration, I went as cheap as possible because it will only be used once and if it gets destroyed during the day then oh well.
However for my dress, it was a balance of cost .v. quality.  I spent a long time searching etsy for a seller who offered value for money and had good feedback.
My motto for my wedding was if it is worth the money then go for it.

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar

We got married in 2009, when the economy was tanking, and paid for it ourselves…so cost was the all-important bottom line. But in order to meet our 10k budget for a traditional Saturday night sit-down dinner wedding-reception for all of our family and friends (in the greater NYC metropolitan area, no less), I decided to take on as much as I could as DIY projects, and buy used whenever possible (my gown, decor basics, etc.)
The only thing we regretted not opting for quality on…our DJ. What a nightmare! An Ipod wedding would have done a better job than our $500 DJ…and my husband apologized for not agreeing to pay 1k to The Pros multiple times…on our wedding night and many times since. LOL

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What is guiding your decisions in planning your wedding, cost or quality?

WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

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What recommendations would you have in looking for a photographer?

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Amanda avatar
Amanda from artisanmaskers 

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Look for someone you are comfortable with!  If you feel awkward, it WILL show in your pictures.  Also, I’ve seen both brides who like to take charge of the who/what/where aspects of their photos, and brides that want it taken care of for them (usually by the photographer!).  Either way, know if your photographer is one who takes charge or not.  If you don’t, you might be irritated to find that they come across as “pushy” or “bossy”; or, alternately, that they are a “pushover” who wastes pictures on stuff you don’t really care about because someone else told them it would be nice to have a picture of.  So, besides the obvious (that you like their photography–and, yes, you should obviously look at their portfolio before hiring them!), it’s definitely important to get along with them!

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Keri O'Hara avatar
Oh my god! How did I miss this? Well, better late than never I always say :). I would say to definitely hire a professional. But if you are trying to cut costs & you happen to have a connection with someone’s friend who has ” a very expensive camera, has taken up photography, and will make you a great deal”, check out their portfolio first.
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Kristin Ames avatar
Kristin Ames from BagSecrets  

You should find someone you are comfortable with. I went with a family friend (they are professional photographers) because they knew my family and would know what photos would be really special. My only reflection on my choice was that they aren’t “digital” yet, meaning they printed every photo from the wedding (all 800!) and had me choose from those. I would suggest finding someone that has the ability to digitally send you your wedding photos. They turned out beautiful anyway and I eventually ordered a CD of my favorites – just some food for thought!
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idobliss from idobliss  

I would really communicate the most important poses with them and the overall look you are trying to accomplish. You want to see their portfolio way ahead of time and make sure their photography style matches yours. I believe it is well worth paying the extra to go with a photographer who is truly skilled and has the experience. I would also ask them of their experiences and make sure they have photographed a wedding that mimics yours so there will be no suprises: if he/she has only done small intimate weddings, and you have a huge one…. or if they have only done local weddings, and yours is destination. Also ask about how will you receive your photos and how you can get albums created… apparently things are quite different now in our digital/online world!
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Tina Cooke from Marrymevintageirish   
Speaking from my  own experience last year, I would recommend NOT using a photographer who is a friend or family member.  Your photos are the one thing, apart from memories, that remind you of that special day and by using someone who is included in the wedding party, having drinks, enjoying themselves, tends to let the real reason why they are there skip their mind!! Keep it professional, pay that little extra to get what you want.  Remember it is your day..don’t worry about who you may offend…they will get over it :))))

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar
If you are looking around for an affordable photographer (as we did), talk to them on the phone, and meet them in person to be sure that you are comfortable working with them. Then talk to 3-6 of their past brides and grooms to see how they liked their services and thier photos. If you do that, you will be able to rest assured that you will be happy with your photos! (Our photographer actually edited our pics and sent them so quickly, that they arrived the day after we returned from our honeymoon! : )
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What helped you find your photographer? What services or qualitlies are / were you looking for?

Hiring a Photographer for your Destination Wedding

By LaCocoRouge

 

You are getting married…where?  Whether it’s a tropical island, another continent or merely another state you are travelling either by plane, train or automobile.  So what does this mean for your photographer?

 

If you are travelling outside of the country you could hire someone local who you get to meet in person or someone at your destination who already knows the locations.  Both seem appealing right?

 

There are significant advantages and disadvantages to both so it’s up to you to decide what is going to be more important.

 

If hiring someone local you have the opportunity to build a deeper relationship with them which can make a difference for those intimate moments which will be frozen on paper for life.  Travel, lodging and meals plus tips will certainly be an added expense as well as transportation and any other incidentals that should crop up that are wedding related.   It may be easier to come up with a per diem if the meals aren’t part of the venue package deal.  For everything else they are on their own (such as tours, etc.)

 

You will want to consider flying your photographer to the site a few days early to allow for any time changes, to get settled and to scout out locations other than the venue.  Does your photographer have experience travelling to destination shoots?  Are they comfortable travelling with their equipments and know the ins and outs of what to do should something happen to their equipment?  Do they have backup equipment travelling separately or on board?

 

Sit down and have a list of your questions ready.  Your photographer should already have a written estimate of everything that needs to be covered and what those fees will be written into an agreement.  Make sure your needs and those of the photographer are clearly defined to prevent any surprises down the road.

 

Don’t be afraid to negotiate.  If you never ask – you will never know.  Sometimes the answer will benefit you!  Some photographers will also work a destination wedding for the expenses only depending on the location.  If it’s a place that’s difficult to reach or unlikely they will ever travel to, then they may be open to some creative thinking on your part!

 

Stephanie Farley

La Coco Rouge, LLC

Owner – Designer – Performer

www.lacocorouge.com

 

 

Hiring a Photographer for Your Wedding

By LaCocoRouge 

 

So you are busy planning a wedding – maybe you have help or maybe you are doing it all on your own.  Flowers, food, dress, bridesmaids, family, invitations, photographer…

 

Every single moment of your wedding is important but then you think about the photographer.  The person you will hire to immortalize your wedding day forever.  Yes forever.

 

There are a few things you should think about before settling on that one person.  Maybe you have a friend who takes lovely photos and is wiling to do it as a gift.  Consider this carefully – not to disregard your friend but seriously.  Think about this.  You are not going on a picnic, or visiting Disneyworld or even having a birthday dinner and your friend is invited along and is taking photos.

 

This is a monumental event which covers not only the day itself but perhaps the events the day before such as the rehearsal, dinner, etc.

 

Depending on the skill and professionalism of your friend this may be a great idea.  So here are a few things to think about regarding hiring a photographer.

 

When hiring a professional you are paying for certain absolute truths.  First look at their portfolio.  Typically this will be their website.  Do you like their style?

 

Have a conversation with them.  Set up a meeting in person.  Do you like them?  Do they dress professionally?  Does your personality match up with theirs?  Remember – you will be in intimate situations with them.  Are you comfortable doing this?

 

Discuss terms of pricing and what is included, timeline to receive your proofs and then, after your photos are picked, when you will receive them, how many copies, and in what formats (black/white, colour, or both).  Do they keep the files and for how long?  What if something happens to your album five years from now and you need new photos?  Sign an agreement/contract.

 

Go for quality with the photos and don’t worry so much about the album itself.  That could be a great DIY project you can do later if budget is a concern.

 

Remember – your friend has a life.  Your professional photographer does this daily for a living.

 

What happens when Uncle Joe crashes into them at the wedding and the camera lens is damaged by the champagne glass?  Do they carry extra lenses with them, more than one camera?  What is their backup plan?  Do they have insurance?  What is your responsibility in this situation if they do not?  What if they get sick?  Injured right before the wedding?

 

These are a few thoughts to get you started in your search.   Next time we will discuss destination weddings and your photographer.

 

Stephanie Farley

La Coco Rouge, LLC

Owner – Designer – Performer

www.lacocorouge.com

Summer Circus Wedding

Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot.  Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!

 

First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride.  She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!

 

Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…

 

A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…

 

And, then, the gang’s all here!  Time for the party to START!

So, what do YOU think?  Could a Circus be in your marital future?  ;D

 

 

Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!

Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles

Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop

Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS

Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs

Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets

(Not pictured:  Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )

A bit of inspiration from a fun, alternative bridal photoshoot : )

By ClayBouquetShop

I have planned to include alternative brides in my advertising for awhile, and finally had the opportunity to include models willing to have fun with this idea earlier this year. Here are some photos to enjoy…and possibly use as inspiration. : )

We had multiple outfits available for models, some more traditional than others, so many models appear more than once. The models had loads of fun in the wardrobe room changing from one outfit into another, accessorizing their attire, and wandering around Turkey Hill Inn for photos by the different photographers. : )

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Veil by Chaos Couture 

Haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Jacket by Blooms In The Night

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Gloves and lace neck wrap (eye mask) by KVO Design

Bouttonniere by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Hair Flower by Chaos Couture

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Fascinator by Chaos Couture

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Fingerless gloves and Lace neck corset by KVO Design

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Layered skirt by Blooms In The Night

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Lace eye mask and cuffs by KVO Design

Bouquet charm by DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Skirt handcrafted by the model (Elderberry)!

(Yes, I told her that she should open up an Etsy shop, too!)

Thank you to all of our participants!

(listed alphabetically)

Photographers

www.brianbortnickphotography.com

www.flowingcolor.com

www.janeniziolphotography.com

www.metroglamourstudio.com/

www.modelmayhem.com/MichaelLawrencePhotography

www.facebook.com/steven.otte

www.steelcityphotography.com

http://stillsinfashion.com/

Hair Stylists

Allison Tegano

www.nazbeauty.com

www.vervenj.com

www.theupdoguru.com

Make Up Artists

KimmV  MM# 2357138

www.MaganSethi.com

www.facebook.com/makeupbynessa

www.nazbeauty.com

SK Faceworks Makeup MM# 2213330

Models

Andie-Nicole

Ava

Courtney

Elderberry

Jacqueline

Jamie

Kattia

Nicole

Rachell

Stephanie

April Desktop Calendar

Thank you to Adaleta, from Polkadile, for our April calendar. : )

 

March Desktop Calendar

Thank you to Adaleta, from Polkadile, for our March calendar. : )