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Bridal Portraiture | Artist Debi Griffin Captures Your Inner Fashionista!

Illustrative Moments by Deborah Griffin

Debi Griffin‘s bridal illustrations stem from over a dozen years in luxury bridal design.  After 13 years of working in couture bridal with Vera Wang and Amsale , sketching wedding gowns for clients and bridal publications Debi decided to make this modern keepsake available to every bride.  Rendered in the high fashion style you would see on the design room walls of the coveted labels in NYC/Europe, Debi has the talent to turn your memories into a timeless piece of art!

Each custom illustration is approached with much thought and detail, highlighting unique characteristics such as hair color/style, gown silhouette, and jewelry.   Debi’s sketches are not meant to be portraits; the magical essence of her illustrations exists in her ability import her subject into a high fashion setting – thus creating a timeless original fashion illustration.

The process begins with an order and payment, and requires several photos, such as a good full frontal, three-quarter view, full back view if that option is selected, and then detail shots (shoes, jewelry, hair ornaments, dress embellishments).   The chosen pose is decided by the dress and all highlighted details creating a flattering composition.

Every illustration is an original piece done on bristol board using permanent artist ink, colored pencil and markers with accents of metallics. You will also receive a scan of the finished piece before shipping.  Once completed each piece is signed and then set in a 12×16″ light ivory mat with backer board, and then placed in a protective clear sleeve. Each piece is carefully packaged in a non bend envelope before mailing.

Debi graciously agreed to my Three-Q-Interview , and I am delighted to share her responses with you!  Enjoy!

Q1: Name a celeb you would love to have as a client

Gwen Stefani would be a dream client! I would love to illustrate her custom-made pink and white silk faille wedding dress by John Galliano for Dior, with an antique lace veil also designed by John Galliano.

Q2: What are your favorite fabrics and/or embellishments?

My favorite fabric is silk faille. It is the new taffeta. Lots of body and richness and ultra chic. I love embellishments that are bold but understated like Vera Wang’s use of fabric treatments that do not need alot of glitter to make it important.

Q3: Who is your favorite wedding dress designer for current year or new season.

There are so many great designers who I admire for so many different reasons. I have had an obsession with Marchesa for several seasons now. I love Georgina and Keren’s vision of the new glam.

 

Illustrative Moments renderings are perfect for any occasion- Bridal shower, Wedding, Anniversary (the ULTIMATE first anniversary gift of paper), Valentines, Birthday, Christmas, or just because.

Additional Links & Contact info for Debi…

http://www.etsy.com/shop/IllustrativeMoments | info@illustrativemoments.com

(c) 2012  E.Delgardio

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09 2012

Where NOT to Skimp: Key Wedding Elements

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3 Wedding Things You Don’t Want to Skimp On

(Me:) What?  Only three things?  So unfair: I’m a wedding planner! – we know that EVERYTHING is important!   But, if you insist… I suppose I could narrow a few dozen things down to a few key elements.   And, it would take barely a breath for me me to rattle off a list; however, I’d prefer to share some ideas and experiences instead – because as we like to say: no two weddings are alike.

DIY wedding flowers

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As founder and primary planner for my company, I have experienced hundreds of weddings and worked with such a wide array of couples that it’s difficult to even cast a client profile.   Nonetheless, I have noticed a few commonalities that I can share:

DIY Wedding (Type 1): Couples who have a very strict or tight budget need to watch expenses and will certainly benefit from help of a planner to advise them early on.  Of course you can save money by doing some things yourself, just be realistic about what is possible and what will send you over-the-edge.  I encourage these couples to invest in a seasoned planner / coordinator that can advise them and assist them the day of the wedding.  Don’t skimp on the venue, because food and built-in amenities (linens, interior space for contingency, staff, etc.) have tremendous value, and can make or break the entire day.  Don’t skimp on the photography because things such as limited hours (partial coverage), inexperience – which often times translates into timing issues on the wedding day, and inadequate or poor quality images & editing are not worth the expense.  Summary: Hire a planner to help you and for advice making wise budget decisions; secure a good venue to accommodate your guests comfortably and provide most necessities; hire the best qualified photographer you can afford.

An investment in experience is far wiser than savings gambled on inexperience.

Young & Fabulous (Type 2): Couples who enjoy the luxury of a larger budget have countless options and rarely skimp on anything.  They are able to plan an event with all the trimmings – spectacular décor, an amazing venue, the elaborate wedding cake, etc. However, even these couples eventually reach a point where they need to rein in costs.  For them, my advice is:  Be the best hosts you can be.  Don’t skimp on your bridal party – offer to pay for their accommodations, hair and make-up, and offset the costs of their attire.   Don’t skimp in any area that jeopardizes your guests’ comfort – anticipate their experience and make sure they are not too hot or too cold, or too far from one place to another.  Lastly, don’t skimp on taking care of your vendors – that’s an investment that will pay off in spades!   Summary:  If you have the money, invest it throughout.  The level of style and grace should be perfectly matched, and result in a great experience for all.    second wedding-beach wedding

Second Weddings and Blended Families (Type 3):  Almost without exception our second wedding clients are at least in their mid-thirties and beyond.  They are less inclined to host over-the-top events, or invest a lot in décor, and the guest lists tend to be less than one hundred.  Their priorities often center on quality, and we encourage them to splurge on Food and Beverage, Photography and/or Videography, Entertainment (wanting guests of all ages to have fun).   Summary: Set the tone for the wedding with a less traditional venue where guests can enjoy quality time and a lovely meal together; hire a great photographer to capture all the fun and memories; add an interactive element or unique entertainment to keep everyone amused and in the moment.

(c) 2012 E. Delgardio

It’s Only A Wedding, Sit Anywhere

There are 127 seats – just pick one.  Really.  We’re cool like that, so when you come to our wedding sit anywhere.  Except at the Reserved tables.


When you invite people to an event, do them a favor and tell them where to sit.  They want to know.   After all, you are the host (hostess) and they are expecting to take direction from you.  They don’t want to make decisions and run for tables like seats on a bus. (Hey Barb – save me a seat!)

I often hear “We went to a wedding (party) and they didn’t have assigned seats and I thought it was great”.  Ok.  And some people like eating with their fingers, but that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate in all settings or at all times.

“. Large receptions, over 30 people, can be chaotic if there is no assigned seating. Often couples elect not to assign seating because they don’t want to offend anyone who ends up seated in the back. But, honestly, guests feel more comfortable when they know where to sit. They won’t have to battle for a “good seat” or argue over who sits by whom. Etiquette and courtesy dictates that parents of the bride and groom and elderly family members or friends should be seated in the front. Do the best you can to seat families or groups together. You won’t be able to please everyone, but don’t sweat it. Most people won’t stay in their seats for long anyway.”   Source: www.bridalgathering.com

We have a saying in the business:  Asses in seats.  It’s the way things are done.  Leaving people to sit anywhere is like saying you don’t care where they sit.  And Reserved cards at tables don’t cut it.  If you really want to offend someone, tell them they can’t sit at the tables reserved for…. Umm…. who exactly are they reserved for?  (Personally, I’m never quite sure since it doesn’t say anything more than “Reserved”)

reserved sign

Creating a seating plan doesn’t need to become a major ordeal.  There are resources available to assist with this task, such as  Perfect Table Plan.   Also, sites like WeddingWire.com and TheKnot.com  have helpful (free!) tools for seating charts and table layouts.  If you don’t want to mess with creating placecards, contact our friends at PlaceCards.com.

Casa Feliz | Real Wedding: Paige and Greg

Photos from Paige & Greg’s wedding at Casa Feliz

Photos courtesy of studio blu

One of the things that excites me most is working with couples who have a unique vision of their wedding day. There are wonderful couples who come to me needing ideas and creative input, and there are others who need me to help them ‘make it happen’. Seattle-based bride Paige was one of the latter. She found me after selecting Casa Feliz as her venue, and told me excitedly about her ideas for the peacock motif.

It’s impossible to discuss this wedding without mentioning the amazing floral created by Lana at Fairbanks Florist. Considering that this wedding was fairly intimate, and the couple was budget conscious, Lana’s floral creations really stood out: They were colorful, original and striking!

Casa Feliz wedding with peacock theme

Lana with Fairbanks Florist created Paige’s custom bridal bouquet – a Peacock Feather fan – with fresh flowers using Phaphiopedilum (Lady Slipper) Orchids along with fiddle ferns, blue delphinium, green kermit buttons with a braided ribbon stem wrap with pearl head pins.

Fairbanks Florist | photo Val Becker

Fairbanks Florist | photo Val Becker

Look at the detail on the Groom’s Boutonniere!  Phaphiopedilum Orchid, Fiddle Fern and peacock Feather.

Peacock Wedding Cake Collage

Anna Cakes | Fairbanks Florist | studio blu | Val Becker

The custom cake top was amazing!  Shown in detail on the right as well as atop the cake, it was created with peacock feathers, phaphiopedilum orchids, blue delphinium, fiddle fern, green kermit buttons, and cimbidium orchids.

Thank you to studio blu for great images and the very complimentary words! It’s so wonderful to hear such positive feedback about the value of our services!

Since Paige was planning her wedding from Seattle, she hired a wedding coordinator to help her with her day. I always recommend this! Paige was lucky enough to hire Elisa from A Flair For Affairs. I cannot stress enough how hiring a coordinator will make your day better, and in turn make your pictures better! – studio blu

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