Hello rad brides...and rad grooms! There's something that has been on my mind for a few months now; have you ever notice the huge gap in groom inspiration?! It's as if the wedding industry collectively decided a long time ago, that grooms just need to show up, and be props on their own wedding day. Thankfully, I've started to see more and more editorials and inspiration shoots where traditions are being broken, and the groom is getting back to its rightful place, next to his shinning bride, or shining groom, and not behind them. Let's give grooms out there great wedding inspiration so your celebrations are equal, exciting, and nobody is left behind. And that includes accessorizing.
You might be familiar with the original Helicon boutonniere, but I introduced the Helicon Chain boutonniere this year, taking the original design to an even edgier level, and quickly became my personal favorite. It's versatile, it's unique, and it's absolutely fun! The best thing about it is that it moves and dances with you throughout the night, and brings a little bit of modern sparkle to the signature architectural touch.
And did you see the last post about custom design? Well, guess what? That also includes boutonnieres! I can design and make your very own piece of art, something that reflects your wedding theme, your partner's custom piece, your favorite flowers, and everything in between. Every piece is unique and handcrafted according to what you want, which means endless possibilities for a sleek, contemporary piece. Keep scrolling down to get inspired!
Hello rad brides! I've been getting more and more inquiries about the custom design process lately, so I thought I'd write a quick guide to solve all your doubts!
The first thing I'd like to point out is timing. It takes an average of two weeks to finalize the design, and another two weeks for me to make the piece and ship it. I can always accommodate tighter deadlines, but four weeks would be ideal. Remember that you should always ask; the number of pieces I make fluctuates throughout the year, and I'll do my best to fast-track the process if you're in a time crunch.
You should never worry about location. I ship anywhere in the word, and standard shipping fees are included in the price.
Another question I've been getting is if I would ever design something that doesn't involve triangulated metal. To be honest with you, it would have to be something very, very special. Not because it's not possible, but because the minimal aesthetic of the triangulated pieces goes hand in hand with my design philosophy of creating contemporary, architectural lines as an alternative to the traditional pieces you see in the bridal industry everyday. There's a place for everyone!
But that doesn't mean there's nothing new coming up. I'm releasing a new line of limited pieces in mid-September, with a different metal treatment and lots of sparkle! Keep your eyes open!
Now for the topic at hand...
All custom piece starts with you sending me an email, or filling out the contact form. It's completely up to you how much you want to tell me, but it's always helpful to know a little bit of your love story, your wedding day expectations, if you've already picked your flowers, your colors, or your dress. Every bit of information helps me imagine your piece more clearly, and allows me to draft an array of designs that is tailored to you.
Once I have a good picture of what you're looking for, I'll send you three or four design proposals, with their respective price.
You have the option of requesting any flower or leaf you can imagine; working with cold porcelain allows me to model every single application into one of a kind, personalized shapes. You can also request crystals, stones and everything in between. Sometimes I find beautiful paper flowers that I can incorporate into your piece. The possibilities are endless!
Every design sketch has a letter that we can refer to when we talk about it, which streamlines the process. Every little bit helps to have a good design experience.
It's important to remember that these are in no way final designs; you can add, tweak, omit or propose something else. These will only serve as a starting point as we create your dream piece together. If there are any modifications to the designs, I'll send you updated sketches until we find the perfect one.
Many brides believe that custom pieces = pieces with porcelain applications. The truth is that most of my custom pieces are exclusively made of metal! A custom piece could be based on one of the original designs; it can be an Aurora that goes up the head on one side, or it can be turned into a full crown. It could be two modified Lystenas that adapt to a pony tail. Because my process is completely artisanal, I can easily design and make one-of-a-kind pieces every single time.
The start of every piece, custom or not, is the original triangulated base. It serves as my perpetual inspiration, but in the case of custom pieces with applications, it also serves as the framework to which every petal, leaf and crystal will attach.
I'll also send you a few photos of the porcelain applications, and depending on the design, I will email you a small mock-up of how the applications would look together.
These photos will help you better visualize your piece, and it gives you the chance of making any additional changes. I've sometimes had brides replacing the flowers we had talked about for something more subtle, or replacing flowers with more leaves. This is a great opportunity to make any tweaks before I put the whole piece together.
I want your opinion! I want you to take every opportunity to make sure you get exactly what you want. Only happy brides!
I'll always send you a photo of your completed piece before I ship it. This is the last opportunity to change the location and quantity of the applications, or the metal configuration; I want to make sure that you're getting your dream piece!
If you've been thinking about a custom headpiece, now is the time! You can fill out the contact form or email me directly any day, any time. Let's chat!
I'm ready to design and make the geometric crown of your dreams!
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Until next times rad brides!
Happy Holidays rad brides! With the celebrations in full swing, and with just a few hours to start a new year, I'd like to make a recount of the most modern, unique rings I've stumbled upon for this engagement season. Dare to break tradition and look beyond the traditional diamond ring. Scroll down and dive into design greatness!
Hoping everyone is having a wonderful holiday and engagement season, and may this year be the greatest yet!
Have you seen or have a modern ring? Share it with us!
Hello rad brides! I'm happy to welcome you to the new blog section. I'll keep you posted on all things bridal, what inspires me, what does Architecture has to do with what I do, and more!
I've been browsing the Spring/Summer 2019 collections for a whole month now, so it's only right that this will be my first post. When looking for bridal looks, I tend to gravitate much more towards regular season collections, than bridal fashion week presentations. The dynamism and the many design proposals from the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections present a rich and diverse palette from which to take bridal cues.
If you're looking for alternative bridal looks, cutting edge silhouettes, and just all around beautiful composition, keep scrolling down!
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1. FLOWER POWER
Romantic and organic motifs take center stage; flower embroidery and prints bring your white ensamble to the next level. How about a custom Aurora with handcrafted porcelain flowers to go with your dress?
2. COSMIC LACE
I'm deeply inspired by the sky and the universe as a whole, so this galactic lace immediately caught my eye. Infuse some planetary love to your look with this beautiful dress.
3. FRINGE AND TASSELS
From subtle braided threads to all around movement, these dresses will bring delicate and modern lines to your wedding look.
4. LONG SLEEVES
These dresses reinterpret the traditional long sleeve dress, with strong lines and structured hems. Demure 2.0.
A category of its own. Del Pozo's ethereal, contemporary and daring use of textures and color, provide a starting point for every alternative wedding look. Try mixing showstopping color with subtle accessories, like our Lystena mini piece. Something blue, something red, something awesome, and something great!
6. TEMPERLEY LONDON
Absolutely divine dresses for your absolutely unique vision. Introduce birds, flowers, leaves, and every image you can dream of to your dress. Make it your own and add one of our custom wrapping vines or a flower crown for a drop-dead-gorgeous final look!
7. SARA BATTAGLIA
Looking for a quintessential modern dress? These structured designs hit the right spot with their impeccable construction and uncommon form. I can definitely see one of these dresses with a textured braid and our Pyramis pins in gold metal. An absolute favorite of the season!
8. SUIT UP
This post can't be complete without the always-sleek white suit. A staple of any modern bride, a good suit will complement your contemporary vision and catapult your look into contemporary heaven! Complete your look with our outstanding, classic Aurora headpiece in silver metal.
9. SANDRA MANSOUR
French design at its best, these sheer looks will introduce the magic of sparkle, pattern and romanticism with a modern twist. The reinterpretation of lace, and the many layers of transparency will give you the right amount of uniqueness.
The creme de la creme of sleek dresses. These three looks are my ultimate top three for all my rad brides. Architectural patterns and structured neck lines give you a truly unique option for your wedding day, dripping with style, modernity, and hyper-defined silhouettes. Add one last touch with our ultra-modern Sirius choker.
Have you had a chance to look at the new collections? What did I miss? Leave your comments below.