Today is my first day back from Paris where not only did I go to find fabric for my new collection but I did an inspirational wedding photo shoot! I was able to share this experience with my sister and several dear friends for the first time. Normally, they get to only hear about my travels but never see how I bring my vision to life. So this made me think, maybe you all who follow Erin Grey Couture, may want to know this process as well. Additionally since this experience was so special and I had put so much time into it, I am hoping to submit the images for publication or blogging! So fingers crossed that someone will love it as much as I do!
So the process begins when I get an itch to travel. Nothing is more exciting to me then to plan a travel to a new city and design a concept around what I believe a bride would want to wear and how she would look. For Paris I first came up with a inspiration board to cover the color palette, hair style and overall feel of the shoot. With so many friends in the wedding industry, I then reach out to them to ask if they would like to contribute to the shoot. Debral Hall with Olive Paper did all the gorgeous stationary, Cheryl King Couture provided jewelry, Donna Morgan provided bridesmaid gowns, Veil Trends provided some accessories and Heather Davidson keeps me on track and provides feedback.
Then I research area that I want to scout out so when I arrive I am efficient with my time. The first location was Parc de Belleville, which ended up being very close to the flat I had rented. I also walked all along the East and West bank of the Seine River where some of the most beautiful architecture is found.
Lastly I contact several modeling agencies to set up casting call times and hire hair and makeup artist. This is my favorite and most important part of the photo shoot! I have a very specific look in models and most of the time they are of Eastern European in nature. It is important for me to meet them in person to get their personalities and view their portfolio. Also they have to be a great actress. Yes, a great actress. Just being beautiful doesn’t always work if they can’t immerse themselves into a character. This was very important for this shoot because she is portraying a bride in love, eloping to Paris to marry the man of her dreams and then celebrating with just a few close friends! So my model Darina Darii just killed it!
I had everything in place in time for my friend and phenomenal photographer, Drea Atkins Photography to arrive! On this trip she and I had special help because my sister and my friends were there to assist. Usually it is just Drea and I hauling all the gear and accessories everywhere. Whew! It can be so exhausting! So I have to say how special it was to have so many extra hands to tract up and down countless steps help but also as moral support.
Now that we all are back, the next step is narrowing down all the images for Drea to edit (which is going to be difficult because she directed and captured so many gorgeous shots )! Since I am looking to submit the final results I can’t share too much, but here is a sneak peak of Dorina in my Veronica top, Erin Grey custom flowers and Cheryl King Couture earrings!
After sitting down with Leah McGuirk, a make-up artist that has been in the industry for over ten years (and developed in New York City in the heart of her career) I was fully educated on the top three looks a bride should consider for her wedding day. Let’s get started with Leah’s top threes!
First we have Subtle Sophistication. This is a defined, contour of the eye with neutrals (dark grey, cinnamon, peach, etc.) to play up the bride’s natural shape. We should always pair this with a soft lip – neutrals, pinks, gloss or matte.
Second is Ethereal Goddess (aka Strobing). This highlights the skin to bring prominent features forward for a glow-y look. “It should look as if you were sent from Heaven, kissed by baby angles” – Leah McGuirk
Third we have Bold Beauty. This is for the bride that prefers a daring approach to make a statement on her wedding day. This look involves a bright lip paired with soft defined eyes to keep the lip as the focal point.
Thank you for all the support you have given Erin Grey Couture’s Designer, CJ Bostrom over the past few weeks. As her talents have been recognized publicly by THE FACE magazine, we would also like to continue to keep you apart of the experience. Here’s a lovely, captivating video the magazine has put together for us.
Our Erin Grey Couture bride couldn’t look any more stunning in her Ashley Lace Top, with custom-made straps, paired with the Cindy Lace Skirt. Her waltz length veil completes her look to walk down the aisle. For the after party, Morgan slipped into an Erin Mini Skirt and wore her Ashley Lace Top with the straps detached! Morgan’s look show us just how fun #creatingyourowncouture can be! Be the bride you want to be with Erin Grey Couture, it’s worth it!
How amazing does CJ Bostrom look on the Red Carpet premier of THE FACE magazine?! Due to her success of Erin Grey Couture, she was celebrated, among others, on the night of Friday, August 28th. THE FACE magazine features local designers, artists, and business owners. CJ’s Erin Grey Couture has a spread in the magazine highlighting her past, present, and future successes. This is one of the many red carpet events celebrating our Erin Grey Couture designer. Congratulations CJ, well deserved!
Stay tuned for more information where you can pick up your first issue of THE FACE magazine.
Take an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek into the Erin Grey Couture 2016 Collection. The exposed back, long-sleeve high neckline top gives the body a slender, tailored look that compliments the full, A-line skirt. This Grace Kelly inspired look adds a chic, sophistication to any bride on her wedding day! More looks for the upcoming collection will be following the Paris, France photo shoot. Stay tuned!
Welcome back to this Monday’s blog post. Today we will be featuring Lace Bridal Couture, a lovely boutique based out of Cincinnati, OH that adores the Erin Grey Couture sash collection. Can you blame them? Erin Grey Couture sashes are one-of-a-kind accessories that add LIFE to any wedding gown. Yes honey, LIFE!
“Lace Bridal Couture is a chic and modern bridal boutique specializing in providing the latest designs for the sophisticated bride.” Its owners, Kelly and Allen share the same passion for the Bridal Fashion Industry. They work to make sure each bride has a wonderful experience and ensures the highest quality of customer satisfaction. This Boutique is highly recommended by The Knot and very much welcomed by the Erin Grey Couture community with open arms.
Welcome to the team, Lace Bridal Couture!
*Stay tuned for next week’s first look into C.J. Bostrom’s new ideas for her Erin Grey Couture 2016 Collection!*
My name is Royalle J. Crutchfield and some of you may know me as the fun loving consultant at the fabulous J. Major’s! Now not only am I loving bridal wear but I am loving the Erin Grey Couture line. So it was a natural move to become the newest blogger for all things Erin Grey Couture. I will be keeping you updated with all things beautiful! Stay tuned each Monday evening for our blogs, #WeddingWednesday posts and our #FeatureFridays. If you have any questions, inquiries or submissions feel free to contact me on FB!
Brides often feel that strapless is THE option for bridal wear. We were so excited when Kate Middleton catapulted long, lace sleeves into the forefront of bridal fashion again, but were eager to see women open their minds to other necklines. It’s important to know what works for your body type and how to accentuate your best physical features.
We adore our Audrey top because it’s the perfect option for brides with a smaller frame who want to show off their shoulders. It’s a classic look that oozes just the right amount of sexy. Here she is in 2 totally separate but equally gorgeous looks.
Like most Erin Grey Couture pieces, it’s incredibly versatile. Keep it sweet with a pink organza overlay skirt or add a little sophisticated sass with a flowy, gold organza skirt. View more skirt options here. Which option would you pair our halter with?