Just like Dorothy, there’s no need to look any further than your own back yard for beautiful handmade wedding accessories. Photographing these modern knits for our Columbus based client Hearten Hand Knits, we collaborated with local wedding dress designer Ghinda, local floral artist Natural Designs and the Dublin Arts Centerwedding venue.
Laura Berry, owner of Hearten Hand Knits and LilBear, is a talented knitwear designer with a purpose. In 2005, she began knitting shawls she sweetly named “Hugs” for loved ones with cancer, leaving them on doorsteps. She extended her “Hugs” to embrace women struggling with poverty all over the world, by buying 100% fair trade yarn and partnering with U.S. knitters in impoverished areas, providing untethered income. One small glimpse into Laura’s home studio and it’s obvious how passionate and talented she is.
This new bridal knit collection, Hearten Hand Knits, will be available soon, this is your first sneak peek at the beautiful designs. Every item is handmade. The knits are custom made for each individual and offered in 100’s of different colors to create the perfect accents. The best part is they can be worn after the wedding day, easily paired with a little black dress or a cute pair of jeans. In fact, don’t bother getting married at all, treat yourself to these beautiful designs anyday–which is exactly what I plan to do the moment they’re available.
Make sure you take a peek at LilBear’s other handmade wraps, shawls, scarflace (a cross between a scarf and a necklace-my personal favorite), scarflettes, and pins.
Our gracious hosts, the Dublin Arts Center. I always call it The Castle.
A talented designer is the same as a talented chef. Making something simple into something special is evidence of brilliance. I always remember the judges on Top Chef raving over Carla Hall’s peas. The simplest dish, yet at the same time, the most amazing wonder. Ghinda dresses hold that same power. They’re like blank canvases. They can be worn any way, paired with any style, and let the bride shine. Yet it’s obvious they aren’t cookie cutter dresses. They have structure and fit, include small details and created with lush fabrics. Carla used to say the most important ingredient is love. I can’t help but agree, and these dresses are proof.
The vine scarf below wasn’t created with weddings in mind, yet how cute is it paired with a simple white dress and a bright bouquet of green and peach flowers?
I wasn’t immediately sold on this purple piece being worn by brides until I saw it in action. WOW. How much better is this bright and sparkly sweater when compared to the overused colored ribbon around the waist?
Our two lovely models did an amazing job on a really hot day, they took it all in stride AND looked incredible.
The Dublin Arts Center is my favorite wedding location. It’s intimate with lots of light streaming in, a spiral staircase, tons of lawn and shaded areas, a staircase out back, and hello, it’s a castle. Well, not technically, but still. Not to mention all the beautiful art exhibits they host. Check it out on a normal weekday, there’s always something amazing on display.
These soft and fluffy sweaters immediately reminded me of cotton candy, I got the pairing stuck in my head and had to bring them together. Luckily we were able to find cotton candy at 9am on a Thursday morning at Giant Eagle Market District. Besides, I couldn’t call myself Photo Kitchen without having SOME food make an appearance on set.
All of the beautiful flowers you see were designed by another one of my favorite clients, Regina of Natural Designs. Everything she creates is clean and fresh. She sources flowers from all over–local farms, New York vendors, and often straight from her own back yard. Easy to work with, creative, and thoughtful, I’m always excited to see what she’ll do next.
This was one of my favorite pairings. The makeup, simple dress, bubble necklace…all came together to perfectly highlight this rosette bag and collared sweater.
These handmade handkerchiefs can be ordered with custom embroidery. Husband and wife initials, wedding date, a personalized note from grandma…What a beautiful gift for the wedding day. Throw in a little blue thread and you’ve got yourself something blue.
I loved this shot, it reminds me of a promo image for Mad Men a few seasons back.
Like I said, every piece is versatile, to be worn long past the wedding day. Which piece is your favorite?
All the beautiful glass pieces you see are part of the gallery exhibit by Glass Axis
in the Dublin Arts Council gallery
. The exhibit is called “Glass, Color and Light: A Glass Axis Member Exhibition. This is a temporary show, of course. To see more, take a trip to the Glass Axis studios
. I go every fall for their glass pumpkin patch. Glass pumpkins in every size, color and shape imaginable.
Thank you to:My wonderful client with a huge heart Laura Berry of Hearten Hand Knits and LilBear Regina Carmody Prange, floral designer and beloved client from Natural DesignsJennifer Kessler of Ghinda, wedding dress designer extraordinaireEmily and the entire team at the Dublin Arts Center, my favorite castleOur models Sarah and Emma, who, even 9 hours in, wanted to keep shooting AND helped us pack up.
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