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A little Q&A with the designer:
Q. What is your design inspiration?
I can get inspired almost anything but a few example of things that inspire are classical paintings and modern architecture. I like the details in classical paintings and how things can repeat over the centuries. I try to modernize that through my own perspective and touches. I really like the creative use of materials in modern architecture. It inspires me to play with materials that are not traditional bridal. Woven throughout my inspiration process I am always thinking about romance because a wedding dress should never be without romance.
Q. Tell me two little known facts about you:
I am a Black Belt in Taekwondo. I romantically and serendipitously met my husband on a backpacking trip in Paris.
Q. Describe your personal style:
I am a huge fan of effortless chic. I love shorts with frumpy sweaters and killer heels are a MUST. I think heels are a great way to finish up any look with a touch of glamour.
Q. What is your favorite article of clothing?
I love my high-waisted leather mini skirt these days.
Q. Favorite vacation spot:
I love the Mediterranean, Capri and Sicily, but I can't pass on Paris where the great masterpieces live.
Q. When did you know that you were going to design bridal?
It started with my all-time favorite wedding dress I have made is called "Paris." This dress was named after the city (Paris, France of course!) where I met my love of my life and now husband, Jonathan. You can call it cliche but it was love at first sight in Paris. That was a life changing moment and when we decided to get married I also decided to make my own wedding dress which is how I got introduced to this world. We got married on the beach on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The theme of my Paris dress was "a mermaid that just stepped out of the water." Of course, it was a mermaid silhouette and I handed beaded tens of thousands of Swarovski crystals, sequins and glass beads to create a glittering ombre. The glitter represents the glistening water on the hem and it gets less and less going up the dress like it would on a mermaid coming stepping out of the water. When I walked in the dress it looked like a sea of glitter and my feet. The beading alone took me three months of sleepless nights but it was worth every moment. It sounds like a lot of work (it was!) but I enjoyed it so much that I HAD to become a wedding dress designer. One day I want to recreate this dress and include it in one of my collections.
Q. Who is your style icon?
Bridget Bardot, Diane Kruger and the Olsen Twins
Q. If you could dress any celebrity, who would it be?
Carla Bruni and Cory Kennedy
Q. What is the last great book that you read?
On Love by Alain de Botton
Q. Any advice for brides?
Listen to the voice in YOUR head and don't get swept away by the voices around you. Push yourself to wear something more special and don't be too conservative in your dress choice. This is the biggest party you will ever throw yourself and these are the pictures you are going to look at for the rest of your life. If you find that you are questioning yourself just think about how your pictures will look in 5 years and ask yourself..."Will I regret this choice? Will I wish I would have stuck with my idea?..."
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