Showtime! The dresses in this collection are all made from thrifted/vintage materials that I dyed, painted, and re-styled. The show began with a dance choreographed and performed by Joori Jung, founder and artistic director of ARTLAB J, and Thomas McCarter. This amazing duo set the dreamy romantic mood with a beautiful routine full of lifts and spins. I made Joori's dress out of a pleated vintage dress, and covered it with tiny feathers and Swaroski crystals that caught every spotlight as she twirled.
Ballerina flower-girl Alaina charmed the audience and tossed flowers as she opened the show. This awesome group of models were so much fun, they totally got on board with my wedding theme and adopted their roles of flower girls, bridesmaids, and brides. Finale model Sarah Sadovsky told me that walking down the runway in the finale wedding dress was an emotional moment...she almost felt like she was walking down the aisle! She totally pulled off the bouquet toss like a pro (congratulations to Madison Ortiz for the catch!)
Included in the model line-up was author Heather Novak. I created a custom rehearsal dinner dress out of material from her mother's and both grandmother's wedding dresses (whole post on that to follow!), and was thrilled that she was willing to make her runway debut in my show.
|all photography by Anastasia Cheatham|