Wednesday, October 24, 2012

creating a custom bridal party

Alexandra Berlin is an interior designer and blogger with a lovely point of view, keen design sense, and an eye for fashion. I had the pleasure of working with her over the past year to design and create a custom dress for her bridesmaids to wear for her wedding last month. She asked me to document the process for her blog, Things That Sparkle, and the post is up today as part of her Wedding Wednesday series. 

Our goal was to come up with a style that would compliment the glamorous yet laid-back vibe of her wedding and was formal and elegant without reading black tie. Alex wanted to incorporate some type of unexpected texture or pattern into the dresses, so fabric choice was a priority. Initially, I worked on a custom print for her inspired by a vintage beaded silk but we eventually decided on a luxe crinkle chiffon. To bring in an extra bit of interest and pay homage to our initial beaded inspiration, I created a grosgrain sash with a beaded chevron pattern. The bride chose gold beading to add a pop of color and compliment the gold accents of her invitations and reception decor.

To execute the rest of her vision, Alex teamed up with a handful of other amazing vendors, including two of my personal favorites—Marina Birch of Birch Design Studio for planning and Jessica Murnane of Suitor for the paper goods. The process was truly collaborative and I loved seeing my creations in the context of Alex's creative ideas and impeccable attention to detail. Not only was every aspect of the wedding stunning, it was such a joyful celebration. I couldn't be happier for her, Spencer, and their families.

The Suitor-designed invitation suite stuck with the theme of keeping things simple but special.
I love the gold edge painting and the polka dot envelope liner.

The beautiful place cards and a shot of Collin and me from the photo booth.


  1. I don't know how I missed this post! Thank you so much for everything Elise, you were so much fun with work with. And I love all of the pictures of the invitations Jessica did. They turned out so beautifully. If you don't mind, I might have to seal a couple of those for my wedding Wednesday post tomorrow :)

  2. I love this post Elise, along with all of the beautiful details that you create:)