Every year, it has become our tradition to share our reflections/memories with you. Sometimes we’ve done it through the “Instagram Best Nine” or through a blog post or both. With the end of the second week of 2018 rapidly approaching, we wanted to share with you EÉ’s top 17 memories of 2017.
As creative entrepreneurs, it's easy to become overwhelmed in the daily goings on. But it is also very important to take the time to reflect on all the wonderful things we have been a part of. So much has happened in the last year that it was hard to pick only 17. In some cases, we had to group memories that spanned the year into one “category” so that we could include others. Anyways, back to the point of this blog. Without further ado, here are our “17 of ‘17” in a somewhat particular order.
Photo of our bride Annie by Vein + Vessel
It's almost been one year since our #realbride Mary traveled to Ireland to marry her beau Donnchadh. But, we've known Mary for over two years. We met Mary at the launch of our Fall/Winter 2016 collection back in September of 2015. When it was time for her to pick her wedding dress, it was our honor to have her be an Edith Élan bride!
The wedding took place at The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Ennis, Ireland. The reception happened at the Temple Gate Hotel down the street. In the midst of it all, they (lucky for us) made sure to stop by the the ruins of Clare Abbey and the Cliffs of Moher for some amazing pictures (see exhibit A above). We dare say that their New Year's Eve wedding was the perfect way to ring in 2017!
The holidays are a special time of year: full of magic, love, happiness, time spent with loved ones, and gift giving. In some cases, those gifts are round and sparkly. To be honest, holiday season is also known as “engagement season” for a reason. Anyhow, if you happen to find yourself on the receiving end of one of these sparkly gifts: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! And when you start you search for that perfect dress, you may find the inspiration you need in this post. #bippityboppityboo
Some dresses come together beautifully: from the original sketch to the production sample, it’s 100% EXACTLY as envisioned. Our Leyla, was not one of those gowns.
Just like newlyweds, you sometimes lose track of time as a creative entrepreneur. We can't believe it's been a little over a year since Mel and Dave tied the knot! We thought we would share some of the beautiful images from their special day as a way to celebrate their love. No bias here... okay maybe a little... but Mel was so effortlessly feminine, charming, and sophisticated in our Tamarisk gown! Or rather, her Tamarisk gown.
This fabulous duo married in Chicago last August at Morgan’s on Fulton in the presence of friends, family, and Mel’s oh-so-adorable pup, Rocco.
>>We’re so sorry to have left you without something to read and the fun pictures to go with it for so long! We hope this makes it up to you…maybe a little bit?! Please forgive us! Say you’ll stay and read! It's a cute story about this American bridal designer's adventures in London.<<
Chapter 1: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE...SORT OF
Our story begins in December, a few days after Christmas…
A year ago we were green fashion designers taking the "big plunge" by exhibiting at our first bridal market...in New York City, no less. What a learning experience that was! With 17 new dresses making their debut this year, along with the 10 dresses that continued on from our 2016 collection, one thing was for sure: it was time that this independent bridal designer got a booth upgrade! Gone were the days of a cramped 10' x 10' space. But before we could even start to work on our booth, we had to get there.
To say 2016 has started off with a BANG for us would be an understatement. Just as it would be to say we have been “keeping busy.” We’re in the midst of working on the samples for our 2017 collection, sending gowns from our 2016 collections to trunk shows across the country, and, on top of it all, we’ve been blessed with being able to participate in styled shoots. Several of them, in fact. And this is just one behind-the-scenes look at what happens during a styled shoot.
As Lourdes and I make the newest set of muslins for our next collection, it's easy to get caught up in our own world and get NOTHING else done! But luckily, we have the award season to pull us from our abstraction and give us the much needed inspiration, oohs, ahhs, and what the hell were they thinking's!
Bridal fashion has the added fun in that we can look back at current bridal trends and see where on the red carpet they originated. And, just like in the past, the 2016 red carpet will have some things are right on point (which will be immediately put into the next season's wedding gowns) and some that will thankfully be put to the wayside. Here are our favorite trends so far that we predict will grace the white carpets!
As I type this, I’m realizing that Christmas is one week away and 2016 is only TWO WEEKS AWAY!!! Where did 2015 go?! Seriously… can time slow down a skosh?
For us, 2015 has been an adventure for sure: setting up our website, two collections in the books, trips to Chicago and NYC bridal markets, photo shoots and trunk shows, a Kickstarter campaign, and a giant learning curve as we grow Edith Élan! For as glamorous as we would like to think owning and running our own fashion design company should be, it’s not. In fact, it’s cliché. It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs. Stress over this. Celebrate that. Plan this. Worry about that. Design this. Forget that. Sew this. Unstitch that, and so on. Luckily, we can rely on each other and our fabulous support system of friends and family to keep us sane and motivated.
So, to all of you wonderful people: THANK YOU!!! (a million times over)
To G: Thanks partner! I wouldn’t have chosen anybody else to make this dream come true with me. We love and fight like sisters, but that’s what makes us awesome.
#loveyou #donteverchange #phraseswritteninhighschoolyearbooks #butimeanit #yesididjusthashtaginablog #itsmyblogdealwithit
2016 will be a year of learning for us as well - another year of growth. And while we don’t know exactly what it will hold, there are a few things we do know: our favorite and not-so-favorite bridal trends for 2016. So without further ado, here they are: