Vendor Spotlight: Dixie Pin-Up

Knot Couture was introduced to Sarah, owner and mastermind behind Dixie Pin-Up, a few years ago through a mutual photographer friend.  We were not only impressed by her personal style and grace but by her business, which can cater not only to the everyday woman but also to a bride to be.

Back in December we asked Sarah if she would be interested in loaning us some of her hair pieces for our long dress shoot.  Lucky for us, she said yes and brought along several gorgeous pieces!

When did you start your business?
Dixie Pin-Up began in 2009 with the help of a photographer and dear friend Matt Odom (www.rockandrollhearts.com )

What inspired you to start Dixie Pin-Up?
A friend of my husband had contacted him looking for a photographer that could do some period photos for her husband as a gift.  He had been encouraging her do some photos like this for quite some time. We put her in contact with my friend and talented
photographer Matt Odom. She was not sure as to what to look for when it came to wardrobing. I have always loved the 40’s and 50’s fashion and have quite a collection of vintage clothing. I was so excited for her shoot that I had her come to my house and
I outfitted her in some of my clothes and then offered to do her hair and make up for her. The photos turned out great and she couldn’t have been happier with the whole process! Following that shoot Dixie Pin-Up was born!

What products/services do you offer?
Dixie Pin-Up began as offering only photo shoots, everything from one lady to a group of four (we call this the “Pillow Fight” package). We had hosted a few events where everyone had been asked to come dressed in 50’s cocktail attire. We had a makeup artist set up offering “mini pin-up touch ups” where a guest could get a little pin curl, some retro red lips and some lashes. In addition to that we had a portrait area set up to get some photos taken. Everyone always has a great time and is wondering when the next will one will be held…we hope to host another event in the near future.

In 2010 we produced a calendar for the charity Wounded Warrior Project. We used military wives from Ft. Benning, many of which at the time had husbands that were over seas. I would love to one day be able to tackle this project again! It was very rewarding
and great fun!

In the last 2 years we had started offering bachelorette and birthday party packages. We send over (to your destination of choice) make up and hair stylists and a photographer to get all the ladies styled and ready for a night on the town. The photographer
takes behind the scenes photos and some staged shots of all the ladies with their new looks. Everyone has a great time at these parties!

Recently I have added a line of hand made hair accessories and fascinators. These items are made with material from feathers to vinyl. Each piece is truly unique. I loved making the head pieces to compliment the Knot Couture’s wedding dresses! Dixie Pin-Up’s fascinators are a great way to add a modern and alternative look to the average wedding head piece. More and more brides are turning to adding a personal style to their look on the big day. I am a big fan of one of a kind pieces and try to stay as true to that as possible.

Do you do custom orders?
I do take custom orders. I am happy to give the customer exactly (as close to exactly as I can) what they are looking for.

Where can I purchase your products?
You can purchase my products on Etsy.com. There is a direct link to my shop at www.DixiePinUp.com.

Where are your hair pieces made?
All of my hair pieces are hand made by me in my studio in Atlanta.

Have any upcoming events or new products you are launching?
I don’t have any specific events that are on the books right now. We are always booking photo shoots and bachelorette parties, being that the wedding season is now upon us. New products are always in the works! I am looking to get into the festival circuit more this spring and summer. I had the honor of being invited to be a vendor in last month’s Atlanta’s own Southern Fried Burlesque Fest. It was great fun and received amazing feedback from not only the performers but guests of the festival. I had the pleasure of knowing that my product went international due to this opportunity!

I am very grateful for the lovely and talented ladies at Knot Couture for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their wedding dress shoot!

 

Fresh Bridal Experience Runway Photos

Kathy Grate, owner of Divine Occasions, contacted us last year about participating in an event she was coordinating. It’s called the Fresh Bridal Experience, and we had the honor of being the featured designer in the fashion show. It was the first time the gowns in our long dress line were on the runway. Below are the photos from the event taken by Cindy Brown.

This is “The Reason” We Love Our Jobs

Anyone who has met the design team of Knot Couture, knows how we work. Many of our big projects are group efforts, and we have, in the process, been able to meet so many talented individuals. The artists we have collaborated with have spent hours and hours helping us with hair and makeup, photography, graphic design and modeling.

The most recent collaborated effort resulted in the most amazing photo shoot yet. It took place at Paris on Ponce, mainly in Le Maison Rouge- the most glorious event space we have ever seen! With our past success, we were fortunate enough to have vendors ask us to take part in it, such as Melissa from Alternative Boukay and Sara from Dixie Pin-Up. Our hair stylists, Susan and Whitney have been with us since day one, and Rachel (one of our past models) stepped in to do makeup. Tress Ritter, who does all the photography for our website and Etsy pages took care of all the photography. But this time, we had one MAJOR difference, and that was the addition of Chris Bartelski from The Reason.

The Reason is a husband and wife photography team based in Atlanta, contacted us about doing a promotional video for our long dress line. The result is this truly spectacular video that shows the world what it is Erin Bohanon and Nancy Couture REALLY do. And we must say, we are FLOORED. Completely.

To  everyone we have worked with, everyone who has showed us their support and loved and shared our links and spread the word: this is for you. You are the reason we love our jobs. Most especially, to Chris and Hector, who filmed and edited this wonderful video that we have the honor to unveil to the world.

Thank you.

Knot Couture from the reason on Vimeo.

Credits: Dresses: Knot Couture www.myknotcouture.com
Hair Pieces: Dixie Pin-Up www.dixiepinup.com
Bouquets: AlternativeBoukay www.alternativeboukay.com
Hair: Whitney Huffman and Susan Osborne
Make up: Rachel Rackliffe
Models: Christina, Suzu, Dianne, and Tori
Location: Paris on Ponce, Le Maison Rouge www.parisonponce.com
Photography: Tress Ritter www.tressritter.com
Video: Chris Bartelski and Hector Arocho www.thereasonilove.com

Fresh Bridal Experience at Ambient + Studio!

We are thrilled to announce that Knot Couture will be involved in the Fresh Bridal Experience at Ambient + Studio on February 26th 2012! Fresh Bridal Experience is a fantastic alternative to the traditional bridal show! NOT cookie cutter, always modern and fresh; engaged couples and their guests can expect to have an  intimate yet fun wedding planning experience! Get your tickets today at www.freshbridalexperience.com!!!

We expect it to be a ‘Divine Occasion’!

Vendor Spotlight: AlternativeBoukays Unique Blooms

A couple of weeks before our photo shoot for our long dress line, we were contacted by Melissa, a really cool wedding vendor.  She creates these really amazing hand-made wedding bouquets that last a lifetime. She developed her company, AlternativeBoukay, for the bride on a budget who loves unique details that will set her wedding day apart from the rest. Sounds like our kinda girl!  She provided several bouquets for our photo shoot at Paris on Ponce, she even came from Florida to attend and lend a much needed helping hand. We are pleased to be the first to show off some amazing photos of her work.  Read the interview below to learn some more about her unique business:
Tell us about your service.
AlternativeBoukay provides brides on a budget an alternative option to traditional floral bouquets. The use of felt fabric, french beading, and seashells are some of the materials and techniques utilized in completing our timeless bouquets. My goal is to continue to offer savvy brides the opportunity to have a high quality designed bouquet without the high cost.
What inspired you to start your business?
With the economic instability in our country today, becoming a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) bride just happened. It truly wasn’t planned. But, after an exhaustive search to find my bouquet and other wedding elements to fulfill my vision, I literally found myself completing a majority of those elements and thru other small boutique handmade artisans. So, after discouragingly encountering really beautiful alternative bouquets to quickly realize that with my budget it could not be an option. I told myself to get over it. So, I did and then challenged myself to complete my own wedding bouquets. I found myself at out local fabric store requesting two yards of yellow felt fabric. I chose two yards because it sounded like a good number and thought it would be more than enough for my trial run. I would learn after three more trips my calculations were all wrong. While completing my bridesmaids bouquets and harassing them with numerous picture texts/emails, with their encouraging comments the idea was planted in my head of starting a bouquet business. Doing It Yourself projects a lot of times can save you a couple or a lot of dollars, but at the same time you do acquire an additional stress. So I figured why not help other savvy brides on a budget by eliminating the stress and giving them the opportunity to walk down the aisle with a special handmade heirloom bouquet
What was the inspiration for your collection?
Our premiere avant-garde collection, The Four Seasons, transpired thru my one year stint in Philadelphia where I consciously signed up to complete nursing school. This Miami girl wanted to experience living in the most magical season when it snows, winter. Ha! I quickly discovered it was very beautiful to look at from indoors but a pain in the ass to trudge in it and have to shovel your car out. But, it truly made me appreciate the seasons; the awestruck blooms I would encounter on my walks in spring, the busy summer with the city in full swing, and my favorite by far was fall. The variations of oranges and reds were unspeakable, and to see a tree emblazed by the sun and glow as if its on fire was amazing.
Do you take custom orders?
I do take custom orders. The bouquet packages are starting points and the option to customize a package that fits your wedding is welcomed. No two weddings are alike. The Four Seasons Collection is not a limiting factor as to say you have to pick one of those four bouquets. I decided to make bouquet collections so that I can selfishly release my creative juices and push the envelope. Which works great because now brides are able to see what kind of work I can do and I can openly create a brides bouquet vision without imposing mine.
Which one of your pieces is the most time consuming?
The Spring Bloom bouquet by far was the most time consuming as it is our only full beaded bouquet. Beading flowers has really taught me patience and once completed it is so worth it.
Tell us a little bit about some of your upcoming projects.
Right now I’m working on our spring bouquet collection called World Tour. I hope to take our brides on a cultural tour around the globe through our alternative bouquets. I’m also in collaboration with Therez Fleetwood of Therez Fleetwood Designer Doll Collection, known for expressing the melting pot of various cultures through her bridal gown line. I will be using some of her designer dolls as inspiration to complete the World Tour Collection. I truly look forward to collaborating with many other creative artisans in the wedding industry and meeting the needs of brides on a budget who are willing to walk off the beaten path.
Shoot location: Paris on Ponce
Photographer: Tress Ritter
Bouquets: Alternativeboukay
Dresses: Knot Couture
Hair Pieces: Dixie Pinup
Hair: Whitney Huffman and Susan Osborne
Make up: Rachel Rackliffe
Models: Christina, Tori, and Dianne

Bride Spotlight and Guest Blogger: Susan

We would like to proudly introduce Knot Couture’s MUAH and friend, Susan Osborne. Susan has been working her hair and make up magic dating back to our very first photo shoot.  She has been a large part of the behind the scenes for just about every photo shoot and fashion show we have had.  We have thrown her many curve balls such as locations with no running water and electricity – you would never be able to tell from how amazing she made our models look! Below are some photos of Susan in action.

Recently, Susan got engaged and we jumped at the chance of asking her to write a guest blog for us to show the world her wedding planning tips and ideas, and to share her wedding story.  Without further adieu here is Susan:

Where do you start?  A relationship always comes from a series of weird and awkward events that always seem to end up right where things are intended to be in life.   You meet your soul mate at a Halloween party, as he is dressed up like Robert Smith from the Cure and you can’t help but think, who is this guy and where does he get his eyeliner?  Well, the hair was all Aqua Net  and eyeliner was pure Maybelline but there was something really…just real about this guy.  Little did I know, I would fall in love with that big hair and kohl lined eyes.   It would take a few years and a few awkward exchanges, a loves gone bad, a few parties gone good, but I got my man.

September 20, 2011, Matt (aka Robert Smith) sent me a camera phone picture of a cross stitch piece that was proudly displayed in a home he was working in that day.  It read… Grow Old With Me, The Best Is Yet To Be.  Well, I thought it was the sweetest, but thought nothing more of it.  Later that night, sitting on his lap after the lovely meal he made, I could tell something was on his mind.  I asked “ What’s wrong?”  and he responded “ I feel anxious”.  Me being me, my mind went to a million and one different horrible scenarios in five seconds.  Five very long seconds.  “Why do you feel anxious?”  I asked.  “It’s what’s in my pocket.”  He reached to his pocket and pulled from it a beautiful vintage engagement ring and asked me to marry him!  I said yes!

Thank you Susan!  What a love story!  Susan will continue to blog about her wedding plans up until her wedding day 2/22/2012.  We postponed Susan’s first blog a bit so we could sneak in photos of her engagement shoot, and man we are glad we did!  Take a look below at how cute they are together!

Photography done by Erin Gray egrayphotography@gmail.com

Photography done by Erin Gray egrayphotography@gmail.com

Photography done by Erin Gray egrayphotography@gmail.com

Photography done by Erin Gray egrayphotography@gmail.com

Tradition with a Twist: Wedding Veils

Check out these fun a quirky twists on wedding veils we found in the Etsy community!

Romantic White Lace Bandeau Bridal Mask w/ Swarovski Pearls & French Netting

Shop owner: Moonshine Baby

 

Blushing Butterfly - Bridal Tulle Birdcage veil

 

Shop owner: Sibo Designs

 

Bridal Pillbox Hat made from recycled cereal box with Birdcage Netting and Dupioni Silk Flowers

 

Shop owner: Just Liv

 

Winter Castle Bridal Hood

 

Shop owner: Mataharis Daughter

 

Black and White Bridal Mini Top Hat with Detachable Veil

 

Shop owner: Two Back Flats

 

Personalized retro tattoo bridal fascinator red heart with veiling

 

Shop owner: Janine Basil

Sweetness Spotlight: Bleeding Heart Bakery

We have recently had the pleasure of stumbling upon the most amazing cake vendor EVER! Bleeding Heart Bakery is based in Chicago and is owned and operated by Michelle & Vinny Garcia. They specialize in local, sustainable punk-rock pastry. With their combined talents, these two make the most delectable and beautiful cakes we have ever seen! They even make VEGAN cakes! Check out this interview we had with them, and if you are in Chicago, be sure to stop in and eat some yummy goodness. If you aren’t in Chicago, then the pictures themselves are delicious, and should hold you over until you are. YUM!

What’s the story behind the name?
It is VERY cliche, but I thought of the name in dream! I was going to business school and was writing my thesis which was for a community based organic bakery…named Bleeding Heart! The name seemed to work!

Where did your interest in cake making begin?
I was honestly always more interested in pastry itself, until I moved to Amsterdam.I had been invited by the Dutch Patisserie Team. I took a job as a cake decorator there and I seem to have been woken up. I was aloud to be very avante garde, which really helped me love the job!

Is there any common style to most of the cakes you have done?
I personally prefer buttercream and interesting structures with simple and elegant design that is still thought provoking or even having a bit of gore. I love the use of non traditional items like an anatomical heart to speak about love and something very off the wall like the use of hand made paperflowers. I adore Mexican art and religious imagery done in a tattoo style especially with gold and silver guilding.

Where do you look for inspiration when you are about to start something new?
I am inspired by everything from architecture to clothing, but mostly by grafitti and street art, which I find absolutely beautiful.

What is the most unusual request you have ever gotten?
We were asked to make a pot cake which I said no to, but we were also asked to make a very beautiful cake to bleed when cut open. I was previously asked this and had declined, but I took on the challenge and it worked really great!

What’s your favorite cake?
My favorite cake is one that was on the cover of Chicago Social Magazine. It was the first cake I made which really played with structure and was made from 6 long skinny rectangle cakes, on a wooden boards and placed precariously on top of eachother.

What are the most requested flavors?
Chocolate peanut butter is by far the most popular.

When did you start making allergy free cakes?
We started making vegan cakes right away, then came gluten free about two years later. We started offeing the peanut free option about a year ago and started baking with alternative sugars at the same time.

Do you donate a portion of cake sales to charities? (Or rather, what charities do you donate to?)
We have cupcakes for charities, one charity gets chosen a month. We choose charities based on location (must be local) and how they fit into the bakeries mission. Music and tattoo oriented one such as Sacred Transformations or Girls Rock Chicago and perfect examples.

How do we place an order?

Give us a call at 773-327-6934 or email info@thebleedingheartbakery.com and request a tasting. They are $25 which comes off the final cost of your cake if you order from us!

Interview by: Nancy Couture

Knot Couture to be a Vendor at “This Is The One” Bridal Sale

Knot Couture is excited to announce their presence at the ‘This is the One’ Bridal Dress Event on March 19th and 20th. Stop by and meet the designers in person, and see our Spring collection make it’s way down the runway. You will also get to see a special sneak peek of our Fall collection! We will also be giving away a $250 gift certificate for one bride to use any way she wants! There are a few VIP tickets available, if interested contact us at info@myknotcouture.com. Sunday is a free-for-all for those brides without VIP tickets, so make sure to spread the news and make a day of it. Read below for additional details:

This Is The One Bridal Consignment Sale features meticulously chosen NEW and NEARLY NEW designer, couture, vintage – whatever your dream dress may be – wedding gowns of all styles and sizes once purchased from major retailers, exclusive boutiques, and even custom made that are in pristine condition.  Our sale also features slips and essential wedding gown undergarments, mother of the bride dresses, flower girl dresses, boys tuxedos, shoes & accessories such as veils, crystal tiaras, headbands, clips, gloves, and much more!

On Saturday, March 19th This Is The One Bridal Consignment Sale is featuring an exclusive VIP Presale from 5PM til 9PM. Tour the amazing venue, Le Fais do-do to consider for your wedding and/or reception, meet some of Atlanta’s most fabulous vendors, eat, drink, be merry and get the first peek at all of our stunning gowns and accessories. AND, most importantly, shop ’til your heart is content! There will be AMAZING prizes only given away on this night and a runway fashion show with models wearing gorgeous gowns available for sale, and all dolled up in wedding hair-styles and beautiful make-up to offer all of our brides-to-be fresh and exciting new ideas! Plus, much more (we can’t give away all of the details but you don’t want to miss the VIP night)!

Sunday, March 20th from 11AM til 5PM is the This Is The One Bridal Consignment SALE DAY, which is open free to the public! At 11AM, we’ll host a fabulous cocktail hour where you can meet some of Atlanta’s finest wedding professionals. We’ll have bridal swag bags to give away to our first 500 brides-to-be, champagne, wedding cake tastes, and amazing prizes to register to win while you are there including THE ULTIMATE WEDDING GIVE-A-WAY!

So bring your bridesmaids, your mom, your team, or come stag and have fun with us for the day and hopefully find ‘THE ONE’ gown before the weekend is over! Mark your calendars, save the date, invite your friends & family, ask off from work, do what you need to do to not miss this opportunity on March 19th & 20th to come to This Is The One Bridal Consignment Sale!!!

Photographer Spotlight: Sylvia Hagar of Syltastic Photography

We have had the pleasure of being introduced to the lovely Sylvia Hagar last year when we were first starting Knot Couture.  Sylvia came into the Knot Couture family as a model with her boyfriend, she modeled ‘Roxy Thrasher’.  Since that shoot she has become a friend and HUGE supporter and promoter of everything we do.

There is more to Sylvia then just a pretty face and sexy German accent, she is the proud owner of Syltastic Photography.  Her photography ranges from  pin-up to weddings, and everything in between.  She has an eye for capturing the unique personalities of her subjects, and these ability comes across in all of her photos.  You may recognize Sylvia’s name as her photography is featured in several different tattoo magazines and publications.  Read on for a mini interview from Sylvia Hagar and all thing Syltastic.

Where are you originally from?
Germany, born and raised.
Yes, I do speak German, Sauerkraut rocks when cooked correctly and I am not in love with The Hoff.

Why the drastic change from working in cancer research to photography?
I used to work at the German Cancer Research Center and University of Heidelberg in fruit fly laboratories specializing in micro injections with fly embryos. I enjoyed working in the science field but thought there had to be more in life than that 9 to 5 job, the same town and the same ole faces every single day.

I had been thinking about moving to the US since I was 16ish. I finally immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2005 and love it.

What type of camera do you typically shoot with?
I still shoot with the first canon I bought back in 06 which is a Canon Rebel XT. I’m not very high tech and I am a complete dummy when it comes to the technical part of photography. I am all self taught and unfortunately don’t have the patience to even read any tutorials. I like to do whatever seems right at the time of the shoot.

Why the squirrel?
When I first moved to the US I was bored to death without having a full time job. I decided to invest in my first SLR, sat in the backyard taking pictures of squirrels.

Soon after, I saw an ad in a local tattoo magazine looking for interns. I thought to my self that I had nothing to lose and applied with my portfolio of squirrels. I ended up getting hired right away having to cover a live band at a venue in Atlanta the  very next night. Back then I had never photographed a concert, did not know my way around and barely knew more than how to turn my camera on.

Long story short, it all worked out great. Within the next two years I had shot numerous well known bands, tattoo conventions and models scattered through out the south. It was a fun learning by doing process.

Oh yeah and obviously my logo is in honor of those cute little fuzzy squirrels that inspired me to snap away.

What types of shoots are you available for?

  • Weddings, Bridals, Engagement
  • Families, Maternity, Newborns
  • Bridal or Baby Showers
  • Birthday Bash
  • Portraits
  • Boudoir
  • Bands
  • Pets
  • Prom
  • Seniors
  • Model Portfolio
  • Accomplishments?

    10 magazine covers with Prick Magazine
    1 magazine cover with Ruckus Magazine
    Roller Derby features with Fracture Magazine
    Interview with Tattoosnob.com

    What projects are you involved in?
    I recently started painting (acrylics). I have finished about 6 canvases so far.
    I will be posting pictures on my blog very soon.

    Huge Thanks to Sylvia for sharing her time and her amazing photos with us.  Please check her website and Facebook page out for current photos and rates.

    So we can put a face to this beautiful photographer, here is Sylvia modeling ‘Roxy Thrasher.’