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

Photography done by Erin Gray

Photography done by Erin Gray

Photography done by Erin Gray

Styling Variations for ‘Amber Haze’ and ‘Sierra Raven’

At Knot Couture, we want to show brides endless possibilities with each dress.  Each time we shoot or re-shoot a dress we strive to give a different overall feel to show brides the diversity our dresses have. Below we are going to show you some style differences with two of our unreleased dresses ‘Amber Haze’ and ‘Sierra Raven.’  Make sure and check them out up for sale on Etsy soon!

Christine in 'Amber Haze'

Grace in 'Amber Haze'

When Christine, to the left, modeled ‘Amber Haze’ we gave her a glam-alternative look.  She was wearing black heels, black rhinestone plugs in her ears, and we had her hair in a more traditional side ponytail style.  She overall looked very glamorous, pulled together, with hints of edginess thrown in.  When Grace modeled, we played up the drama.  We went for very intense make up look with messy curled hair with fabric tulle extensions.

Whitney in 'Sierra Raven'

Rachel in 'Sierra Raven'

The next dress we experimented with is ‘Sierra Raven.’  When Whitney modeled the dress, we went for a very dark gothic look.  Whitney already had her unique alternative hair cut, so we ran with that look.  Her hair and make up were very dramatic, dark, and romantic.  Rachel, on the other hand had a very pin-up classic look.  Her pin-up styled hair was swept up on one side with a fabric flower above her ear.  Her make up was very simple, a black lined eye and red lips.

Knot Couture’s biggest piece of advice to give to brides is to experiment.  Just because we style a dress a certain way in a photograph does not mean that it’s the only “right” way.  Have fun with your style and be YOURSELF on your wedding day, not what others think you should be.

Styling Variations for ‘Crystal Dawn’ and ‘Chastity Rose’

Our goal at Knot Couture is to provide our brides with alternative options for wedding gowns that are both elegant and modern, but easily customized. Simply adding accessories or changing hem lengths and sash colors will provide our clients with a broader variety of choices. This way, a bride can visually determine whether or not a KC gown will be the perfect choice to ‘showcase’ her personality on that special day- and still have the option of wearing the dress for years to come if she chooses.

Three of Knot Couture’s previously released gowns were modeled at the Portfolio Photo Shootout event last Sunday, many with variations in styling from the original photos that are featured currently in our Bridal tab. These styling variations dramatically alter the look of the gowns as well as the feel of the photographs taken. Several of the dresses in the Spring 2011 collection can be customized to  suit the personality of any bride to be. You can see two styling options for ‘Crystal Dawn’ in the photos below, as well as two for ‘Chastity Rose’. (Click photos to enlarge) Feel free to comment, as we love to hear what our readers think.

*Knot Couture will be exploring more styling variations at the “Fashion-A-Bull” Benefit on December 16th.

'Crystal Dawn' option: Purple sash, cowboy boots. Makeup: Purple shadow with natural lip. Hair: Loose curls with side swept bangs and bridal lace headband. - Photo by Tress Ritter

'Crystal Dawn' option: Black sash, shoes and coat. Makeup: Dark green shadow, berry lips. Hair: Intricate braided bun with bangs. - Photo by Tress Ritter

'Chastity Rose' option: Diamond jewelry with red peep-toe pumps. Make up: Smoky eyes and glossy plum lips. Hair: Loose with front strands pulled back and fastened with vintage pink floral barrettes. -Photo by Tress Ritter

'Chastity Rose' option: Custom jewelery and nude patent leather pumps. Makeup: Electric blue shadow and neutral lip. Hair: Pin-up style updo with birdcage veil. - Photo by Tress Ritter