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Poppy_Plum_MidCenturyModern_StyledShoot_2285These fun shots of our Fey gown were taken for a photo shoot styled by the fabulous Poppy & Plum event planners.  Thanks to Ryon:Lockhart & Stephanie Brauer photography for the gorgeous images.

 

 

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Model Search

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We loved working with the lovely Stephanie and Erikka for our last photo shoot!  Currently we are looking for a couple more models for an upcoming shoot.  We are shooting some bridal looks as well as a new non-bridal product we are launching in December/January.  Anyone who is interested or knows of someone who would be can apply.  All applicants must have some modeling experience.  The photo shoot will be in Southern California.  You are welcome to apply if living out of state but must be willing to travel on your own dime.   The photo shoot will take place sometime late November or December.  To apply please e-mail the below items to info@illumegowns.com.  Thank you for your application!

1.  Several photos of previous modeling work including head shot and full body.

2.  Measurements (taken at the fullest point): bust, waist, hips as well as height.  We believe that all body types are beautiful.  We need this info to see if models will fit our sample sizes.

Custom Bride Jen

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This was one of our favorite dresses to date!  Jen has great taste and was a joy to work with.  We started with the skirt of the gown, made of silk chiffon.  Getting the right fit and volume was the easy part; the bodice of the gown took some trial and error.  We originally started with a completely different design inspired by a designer gown Jen liked.  It had a v-neckline, rushing and floral applique details.  It just didn’t feel right and Jen was not connecting with it.  She found new inspiration for the bodice and we went with a much simpler bodice design.   I was speaking with my seamstress about techniques we could do that would give some interest to the bodice.  She suggested a tufting technique where you sew small tufts, of silk chiffon, one by one in a row.  She sewed up a sample about 3 inches square.  When I showed it to Jen she immediately loved it and said, that is what I want!  Each tuft of fabric on the bodice of this gown is sewn by hand.  We added a silk chiffon sash around the waist that opens into a train in the back.  All the design element really came together in a harmonious way.  This bride looked so stunning on her special day that Style Me Pretty featured her wedding on their blog, definitely worth checking out!