TruLu Couture Product of the Week
Friday, June 3, 2011 at 8:00AM
Louise in Brocade Art Designs, Fascinator, Product of the Week, Sash, TruLu Couture

Hey y'all! I think you know that I've been a bit...uh...shy...uh....I guess about pimping TruLu Couture on my blog. Everyone left me really nice comments saying that I'm allowed to, which has been nice. One idea that was given to me was to feature a Product of the Week (thank you, Stephanie and Jeff!). Well, I thought that was a grand idea, so here we go!

The most recent sale I had was for a fabulous Nashville bride, Miss Hillary Robson. You might recall Hillary's kick-ass yellow and gray themed engagement shoot. Poor Hillary, the florist behind Brocade Design Arts, is *this close* to her own wedding and in the thick of the busiest time of the year for her business. Could you imagine? Ugh! She asked me a super-long time ago if I'd make her something for her wedding and then it sort of fell off both of our radars. A few weeks ago, she managed to share some ideas and thoughts about what she wanted and I got busy on a hair toy. Afterwards, she asked if I'd also embellish her sash for her. Well, duh. Of course I would!

I knew from reading her blog The Renegade Bride that in the beginning stages of her dress shopping, she was going full-throttle for lace. I happened to be at The Bride Room when I was still living in Nashville and I saw her trying on gowns - beautiful, lacey, ball gown type things that were just so stunning. Like me, her final selection was nothing like the first gowns she tried on. I’m not sure if she’s revealed the gown to others, so I’ll keep that on the super-shush, but I do know that her gown is not the lacey ball gown style she started off shopping for. It is, however, stunning. And perfect for her. Her wedding colors are gray and yellow and she added a dark gray sash to her gown.

In designing her fascinator, she pretty much gave me free reign and her absolute trust. After she sent me her bridal sash, I created an embellishment that coordinated, but wasn’t all matchy-matchy (ew).

Check them out!

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Sash2

Hillary2

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I made the fascinator first, using a whole bunch of little goodies. The center piece is a rhinestone and pearl brooch that has a gun-metal gray colored base that I thought would pull in the color of her sash really well (it did!). I created a few little lace “petals” for the fabric flower, just so she could have a little of what her dress doesn’t have. I mean, every bride needs a little sumpin’ lacey, right? I included some loops of vintage (20+ years or more) nylon mesh and a hint of Russian tulle. I included additional loops of some dove-gray ribbon and snow-white hackle feathers.

Once I got her sash, I sent Hillary some design options and she went with more lace! I used the same lace that’s in the fascinator and added some dainty accents of ivory pearl beads, iridescent sequins and teeny white glass beads on the lace. Around the lace I added vintage pearl bead florets! When I was finished with them both, I think I might have done a little happy dance in the studio. Might have. Smile

I received a lovely email from Hillary today:

I can't express the love I feel for my beautiful pieces....they are perfection. Thank you so, so, so terribly much. You are a goddess.
Much love
H.

It’s emails from happy brides who make me feel like a goddess. I’m just happy that Hillary got a little lace into her wedding ensemble! Can’t WAIT to see the pictures!

So have you finalized your wedding day ensemble?

Article originally appeared on The Thirty-Something Bride Wedding Blog (http://thethirtysomethingbride.com/).
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