Katrina was my golden bride, she wanted to be ethereal with a pop of colour and this vibe matched her personality perfectly. She is a very go with the flow, free spirit kind of woman but when she spoke you were 100% focused on her because she is so eloquent! I adored how each of my brides knew themselves so well they chose fabric and designs that suited not only their styles but personalities as well, this is something I stress to my brides. So many people come to me for a custom dress and they want something so different then themselves, but I always say; 1, you want to be comfortable and 2, you still want to be you!
At the end of each season a twinge goes off in my heart for the passion, love and work that went into that collection. The S/S 2017 Collection, Cinnamon Solstice, was particularly passionate for me because the inspiration came at a moment when I was feeling directionless.
After being less than inspired for a collection that needed to be urgently designed, an incredible opportunity presented itself where I got to take a road trip with my best friend and see California for the first time.
At first I found the states' lack of colour bizarre to see. Being October my Canadian brain was trained to search for red, orange and yellows, but all I saw was browns and greens. As we continued our drive I began to see all the different shades of green, the pops of colour from the tropical plants and the endless blue sky. Just like that, visiting a new area, hitting the road with my friend who helps me navigate my thoughts and one of my best collections was born.
I am beyond lucky to know a group of creatives that collaborate so beautifully together. One thing I hate to do is put limitations on their own ideas, so going into this shoot I told them picture two girls on a road trip who have collected vintage items along the way. Together this is what we created...
Photography: Kaja Tirrul, Kaja Photo
Assistant: Kamara Morozuk
Model: Jana Galley
Model: Leyla Djira
Styling: May Mustapha
Set Styling: Brittany West, Gloss Events & Decor
Makeup: Megan Roberts, _2bu_
Hair: Stephanie Richardson, Richardson Hair Design
Airstream: Kasey Boudreau, Cellar 82
Videographer: Emma Jones
Are you still searching for that perfect fall dress or looking to start your holiday shopping early, stop by Vien Avec Moi at 1338 Wellington Street West in Ottawa and check out the Fall Collection Maple & Wool. I have admired this store for many seasons and their choice in designers is always the best of the best, so I am honoured to be among those designers they carry!
The lovely ladies at VAM will be carrying a variety of the Fall 2015 Collection and I am thrilled to be in a store that is paired with many incredible accessory designers to be styled with my pieces, including Krista Norris, who makes the most incredible scarves, perfect for pairing with your Copious dress for Fall.
From left, top to bottom: Sofia fox dress, Mila quilt dress with faux leather insert, Victoria plaid dress, Alice quilt top with floral elbow patches, Maya fox dress with faux leather collar, Kaja quilt dress, Hilary floral dress