Bride Chic: A Celebration of Bridal Fashion and Photography

Posted by Azure on April 17th, 2009
We are so excited to have a first look at Amy-Jo Tatum's photo shoot, with wedding photographer Stephanie Williams, featuring five gorgeous bridal gowns from her Dioresque collection!

About Bride Chic

If there is such a thing as visual poetry it is in these images. All are from a recent photo shoot I had with Orange County wedding photographer Stephanie Williams. We shot five of my gowns in various locations around San Juan Capistrano, California--including the mission. While I'm seeing more 'real wedding albums' with this sort of editorial feel, for me Stephanie's work is the quintessential.

Before Stephanie's images even unload from digital cam to go live on her blog, both brides and wedding publications are eagerly awaiting them. Admit it, every one of these pics is loaded. Part of this is putting her real and model brides in some of the most interesting locales. Look at the top left picture in photo 2--the bride's shadow forms what appears a diverse silhouette evocative of 19th century chic. Was this effect intentional? Even watching her work, I can't answer that. I only know she goes with a highly evolved artist's instinct she knows and trusts. And shadows aren't the only effects--more of her work plays with the elements of light, juxtapose, and some kind of inner dialog going on between the couples she photographs (check out her blog for these images).

All the gowns here are from 'Dioresque' my capsule collection reflecting the era of Christian Dior's 'New Look'. The look originated in 1947 Paris once wartime restrictions were lifted from fabric. Paris and Europe celebrated. The hourglass silhouette took awhile to catch on in the US. When it did it women went wild with miles of skirt and layers of organdy and crinoline.

I have to put in more than a few kudos for the team that participated in this shoot. Without the lovely models, flowers, headpieces, the talents of a gifted make-up artist and hairdresser, this would still be a lovely picture yet one without a frame to finish it off. If you're a bride-to-be and living in SoCal , consider yourself lucky. All these artists (except me, the designer) are near to you. Photo 1 (from left to right):

- Pictures 1 and 2: Images of the 'Marisol' dress. Yards of cotton muslin under a cinched waist with a belt.

- Picture 3: 'April' gown in allover silk embroidered organza Photo 2:

- Top left: The 'Mira' gown. Chantilly lace halter bodice with full bouffant skirt

- Bottom left: Horsehair hat wrapped in ivory tulle Photos 3 and 4:

- More gorgeous images of the Marisol dress Photo 5:

- Far left: Birdcage Veil by Batcakes

- Far right: The 'Marilyn' gown. Allover Chantilly lace with hand beaded Venise lace inset. Photographs: Stephanie Williams Bouquet: JL Floral Designs Dress: Amy Jo Tatum Bridal Hair pieces + veils: Batcakes Couture Make-up: Teena Hoffstetter Hair: Kyle Rich

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