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For any company to grow and evolve, hurdles must be overcome. The two designers of Knot Couture have both had numerous life changing events happen in the last year and a half. It’s difficult at times, to find inspiration when … Continue reading

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!

 

Syltastic Photography Showcases KC’s Young Talent

Earlier this year, Nancy and Erin were hard at work in their studio conceptualizing and designing for their collection of full length wedding gowns.  Sylvia Hagar of Syltastic Photography happened to catch the designers on such a day, and captured some images of the duo in the beginning stages of development.  To see the complete feature and for additional photos please visit her blog.

Sylvia is not a new name with Knot Couture.  You may remember Sylvia from our blog feature on her photography back in February.   She also jumped on the other side of the camera and modeled one of our short dresses, Roxy Thrasher.

At the time Sylvia took the following photos of Erin and Nancy designing, there was some discussion about carrying over a couple of the short dresses from the first collection by creating long dress versions of them.  The designers were photographed draping long skirt ideas on Roxy Thrasher.   This concept may still be coming up, you will just have to keep your eyes peeled.

It is always lovely to be recognized by an equally talented peer for having raw talent.  It makes our designers very giddy.

Kitty Von Lixon’s Television Debut!

A few weeks ago, Nicolette Valdespino (manager of Paris on Ponce) approached us about an opportunity to sponsor a commercial they were shooting for Atlanta & Co., a local show featuring Atlanta Businesses.  Of course we jumped with excitement at the opportunity! Paris on Ponce is, after all, a wonderland of all kinds of amazing things and they are located right in the heart of Midtown. They have everything from 18th century antiques and home decor to new designer furniture. They also have an event space called Le Maison Rouge. Kitty Von Lixon, the first of 8 new dresses in our collection, will be shown in a wedding scene in Le Maison Rouge.

We called up our amazing photographer, Tress Ritter, and asked her to take some behind-the-scenes photos of the extra’s and camera crew in action. If these photos don’t make you want to go to Paris on Ponce, then just wait until the commercial airs on channel 11 on October 20, 2011 at 11:00AM! Videographer Jason Maris follows Baudelaire (the mascot pug) as he gives you a personal tour with Christine Pullara, (the shows host) throughout this magical place! Tress also took some photos of Kitty in PoP’s vendor space, where local artisans and collectors can display and sell their work:

To see more of Tress’s photos, visit her Facebook page!

KC’s Custom Sizing Option Caters to Plus Sized Brides

As you already know, all of the dresses in our collection (aside from one-of-a-kind couture pieces) are made to order. But, it doesn’t stop there! All of our dresses are made to each brides specific measurements!!! We know that every woman is not a stock size 6, and some woman have issues with fitting certain parts of their bodies. We make it a point to share this information as much as possible- so when the Rock ‘n Roll Bride was asked to provide a list of plus sized wedding gown vendors, we were thrilled that she thought of Knot Couture!

On top of that, we’re so happy that KC couple Kyle and David’s wedding photo has been featured in the article! Read Kat’s post here: Wedding Fashion for Plus Sized Brides. To see more photos of Kyle in Chastity Rose, visit the Story Photographers page.

The Happy Couple: Kyle and David

Behind the Scenes: Spring 2011 Photo Shoots

We are SO looking forward to our Fall 2011 collection along with the next series of KC photo shoots! If you follow us on Facebook, then you may have seen us in action during previous photo shoot days. We decided to compile our behind the scenes pics for those of you who are curious about what exactly it is that we do at our photo shoots. The gowns, the styling, makeup and hair choices, even the bouquets from the Spring 2011 collection were selected by mutual decision of the designers themselves. It wouldn’t be worth all the effort without all of the talented individuals we work with: the models, makeup and hair stylists and the oh-so-wonderful photographers make each photo shoot memorable. They have become very near and dear to us, and we are excited to work with everyone again very soon! The date will be announced very soon, so be sure to like us on Facebook so that you will catch first wind of the upcoming dates!


Artizen Magazine Features ‘Brides on Bikes’ Article

Artizen Magazine has featured our ‘Brides on Bikes’ article on last Friday’s edition of The Adornment Daily! Artizen is a free magazine that features in-depth interviews and beautiful photography about artisans in every genre from fine art to food. Click on the photo below to view the full issue!

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Brides on Bikes: Photos Featuring CG CycleWerks Choppers

We have had quite a productive year thus far, and we have worked with so many AMAZING photographers, models and make-up artists. Just last year, for our big bridal shootout, we were lucky enough to score ourselves some really awesome motorcycles from CG CycleWerks. The custom creations they brought us were incredible, and the models had such a great time shooting with them. We compiled all the photos we could find from that shoot, and we look forward to working with them again. A special thanks goes out to Garrett Tucker (one of our handsome male models) for hooking us up with these fantastic bikes!

What is CG Cyclewerks?
Cg Cyclewerks is the fruition of a lifelong dream and passion for motorcycles.
I remember as a child I would hang around the local motocross track and pester the racers who were feverishly working on their bikes for the next race…I would watch as they transformed broken machinery and parts into monsters of speed and power…I handed them tools and parts and when they had enough of my constant questioning ..they would point me in the direction of the nearest pit bike. I never forgot those days .

As the years went on I rode and wrenched on every bike I could afford. Along my journey I ran into many bikers and mechanics that taught me to see that problems are just opportunities. Although we work on all bikes… our specialty is vintage Triumphs , BSA, Norton and all metrics. We wrench, fabricate, weld, paint,chop,repair, track down those hard to find vintage parts. We offer local pick up and delivery as well as emergency repairs.
We can turn your stock bike into a custom café , bobber, or chopper. We can build the bike you have always dreamed of. Our main goal is to keep you riding.

Tell us about the bikes from the shoot:

The silver bike is a 1972 Honda CB 360 that came to us in non running stock condition. [You should see the before pics.] The customer wanted a vintage cafe racer and made the choices as far as paint scheme goes. We fabricated the rear seat cowl from an old discarded fender and hid the battery inside there. The seat is covered with ostrich leather. Garrett Tucker, JT, and myself did the fabrication, upholstery, paint,and repaired mechanical issues. We try to keep all work in house.

As a side note we did this transformation in trade for our website which we are very excited about and should be up and running very soon.

The black bike is a 1970 Triumph Bonnieville 650. It was built by us as a graduation present for Garrett. It started as a pile of parts and we hardtailed the frame, rebuilt the motor, used a 1979 Triumph front end and rear tire. We fabricated a battery box, tailight/license bracket, seat, chain tensioner, fender and hidden document holder. A build like this typically costs around 7 to 10 thousand depending on donor bike, custom options, etc.

Tell us more about your current projects:

Although we specialize in vintage british bikes, we repair, paint, modify, hardtail, bob , chop and cafe all bikes. We manufacture custom parts such as seatpans, battery boxes, chain tensioners, motor brackets, tailight/license brackets. Our list of custom parts is always growing. Our current build, Black Betty, is a numbers matching 1970 Triumph 650 bobber owned by Brian Pieple (another team member). We are hoping to be featured in some popular magazines when it’s finished. The paint scheme will be gloss black with gold leaf and brass accents.

Thanks

Photography Credits: Tressness Photography, Wink Photo, Kevin Voth Photography, Kresse Creations, Remy Saigan, Justin Phillips