Congratulations to Tammy & Kevin’s beautiful elopement in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. This is an extraordinary feature with dreamy photography by Jemma Keech.
Tammy was so adorable to work with. She was very specific about the headpiece she wanted to pair with her beautiful Claire Pettibone gown. She decided on my Impatiens silk flower crown of blush & pale sage green hand pressed habotai silk blossoms. I think it is an absolute dream with the gown.
She looks like a living doll!
Make-up & Hair: Sophie Lau // Dress: Claire Pettibone // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Headpiece: Erica Elizabeth Designs // Bouquet: Andrea Crawford //
Sometimes when it comes to wedding accessories, less is more. Because of my background in jewelry design, one of my favorite styles to create is smaller jeweled hair embellishments. Pieces adorned with plump lustrous freshwater pearls & sparkling crystals can be moved freely though out feminine hair rolls & braids to brighten up the brides face without taking away from her gown.
After spending much needed time & energy reorganizing my shop to keep things clean & simple as I experience growth, I have been inspired to design pieces that are a tad more dainty. Look forward to pretty hairpins, winding vines, fairy rings & bands of delicate spring flower chains.
Until then here are a few images of delicate hair adornments. One is of a real bride of mine with a precious hairstyle of twist & rolls with my Bejeweled Freshwater Pearl hairpins Style no. 838.
I must admit to being very spotty with my blog posts this year. I have had an incredibly busy season with healthy growth and a full production schedule. Finding time to design & finish all the backend responsibilities, I have had to put blogging aside. I do find that this is a general trend with most designers & small businesses. With the popularity of the social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram that give us quick & snappy results, we have lost our desire to communicate in detail about the happenings of our creative process.
So much is happening with my beloved career of wedding accessory designing. I have daily inquiries from retailers who want to sell my designs in their stores. I am so busy selling direct to the bride from my website, I must admit to being very happy with the way things are now working away in my studio. It is very peaceful & I feel more like an artist working this way than when I had a larger wholesale business.
Look forward to some fun creations to come as I branch out to some intoxicating new pretty things. I am working closely with a very talented perfumer to design a private label parfume. Something so gorgeous, you will be drawn to the precious bottle every day so your senses will be awakened.
I must admit to not being able to tolerate wearing parfume myself, but being a gardener I love sticking my nose in anything that blooms, so I wanted to design a scent that I can wear daily myself that reminds me of the pleasures of gardening which has been enjoyed by my family for generations.
Until then, feast you eyes on this adorable wedding from my bride who wore my excellent selling Lily Circlet Photographed by JC Lemon at the Prallsville Mill.
Erica E Koesler
Erica Elizabeth Designs 2014 Collection | Green Wedding Shoes Wedding Blog | Wedding Trends for Stylish + Creative Brides.
Many thanks to Jen over at Green Wedding Shoes for featuring my 2014 Collections on her beautiful wedding blog today. Everything is always so tasteful & creative on Green Wedding Shoes!
Gorgeous Photography by Caroline Tran
Always beautiful gowns by Claire Pettibone
Hair & Makeup design Theresa Huang. Also many thanks to Theresa for the use of her studio.
Makeup Jamie Stevens
Our darling model Hanna Rose Masi from Vision
I am so excited to present my lookbook no. 3!
A collection of my favorite images from my collaboration with Caroline Tran.
With our second shoot under our belts we are getting in the groove to bring my collections to life for my website.
I love, love, love working with Caroline along with Theresa Huang on hair and Jamie Stevens on makeup. Checkout Darling Hanna Rose Masi’s gorgeous red hair & amazing creamy skin.
I almost died, slight exaggeration, getting this collection to this point, so many thanks to all who made it happen.
Please share this with the world!
Special thanks to my sweetheart David for being the best and kindest of men!
After a few days off relaxing in Santa Barbara in preparation for the year to come, I came home to a lovely box from Caroline Tran with my new images from our shoot.
More New Pretty Things to come in the near future, but for now here are a few images that stand out.
Many thanks to Caroline Tran for her sensitive eye for beauty, Theresa Huang & Jamie Stevens on hair & makeup & Claire Pettibone for the gorgeous gowns.
Do to my everlasting love for the Georgian era of clothing, I could not help myself & made the gown shown in these images worn by the lovely Hanna Masi. We are in love with Hanna Rose! Not only was she a living doll but she was so kind & lovely to work with.
I was so pleased when my Bride Kendall sent me a link to her lovely wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn shot by Elizabeth Messina as seen on Style-me-Pretty. I once heard Elizabeth’s photographic images perfectly described as creamy & delicious. To be sure!
The bride wore my simple yet perfect English silk tulle blusher veil which was perfect with her adorable pixie hairstyle. Notice how beautifully the silk lays & drapes around her pretty shoulders.
Gown by Claire Pettibone
Touch here to view the entire images from this beautiful shoot from Elizabeth Messina on Style-me-Pretty
Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Design and Production: Merryl Brown Events | Videography: Isaac Hernandez | Draping, Furniture and Décor: Rrivre Works Inc. | Floral and Decor: Mindy Rice | Venue:Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Collateral: The Stationery Collection | Ceremony Music: Aurora Ensemble | Officiant: Soaring Starkey | Reception Band: Jumpstart | Sound and Lighting:721 Productions | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Dance Floor: Barker Décor Service Inc. | Patisserie Desserts: Elizabeth Colling | Patisserie Cakes: Robyn Loves Cake | Wedding Cake: The Butter End Cakery| Hair: Travis Jay Hazzard | Makeup: Tomiko Taft | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Many thanks to my amazing team for yesterdays New Pretty Things Collections shoot. Caroline Tran & her amazing eye working to the very end of her pregnancy. The precious Theresa Huang with Jamie Stevens at her side on hair & makeup. Hanna Rose Masi as our darling model who was so patient as we picked & plucked at her from daylight to the end of day. And as always, many thanks to Claire Pettibone for the generous use of her beautiful gowns which are so beautifully detailed & finished.
What would I do without you all!
Enjoy this sneak peak from Caroline’s Instagram page.
XOXOX & many thanks,
Erica E Koesler
These days I very particular about who I lend my pieces to for photo shoots. It is very important to me that my own style is brought to life in the images & that the care of my pieces is respected.
When asked by local Los Angeles photographer Meghan Sadler if I would participate in a shoot, I was ready to say yes before she finished asking. I knew the images would be beautiful!
TOUCH HERE TO SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL FEATURE ON MAGNOLIA ROUGE
Along with precious Teresa Huang on hair & Makeup, this beautiful shoot was quickly snatched up by one of my favorite bridal blogs, Magnolia Rouge.
Thanks all for this gorgeous project!
Hey all you good people out there!
I must admit to being spotty on my blog entries & information this season. It is not because I have nothing to share, but I have been a very busy bee. I have enjoyed wonderful growth this year with a healthy increase in orders. Along with keeping up with correspondence from brides, new design time, my obsession to make everything perfect & continuing to take care of myself, it has been a glorious non stop year.
Working with talents like Melinda Kelley, Be Inspired, Yuan Leonard, Claire Pettibone, Stephanie Williams & Caroline Tran has helped pave the way for my second brilliant career in my bridal. Pinch me!
I am now getting ready for the release of my 2014 collections which I am sooooo in love with & preparing for a shoot with the fabulous Caroline Tran. Look forward to seeing my skills gone wild with classic charm, fantasy & as always a touch of whimsy.
Darling bride wearing my Deco Bridal Cap!