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Ivy and Aster Bridesmaids

Looking back October really was the month of bridal extravaganza with Ivy and Aster.  Starting with New York Bridal Week, the bridal lookbook shoot and presentation, (and editing, retouching, and deliveries) and finally the bridesmaids collection.  So it only made sense that we get the team  - Ananda Khan of Big Leo and Bloom Brides and Ren Kelly of APM Models - back together for this last project.  

Working with one team (with hardly any crew changes) on multiple back to back projects is always an interesting  experience.  Most of the time the I will work with the same group of hair and makeup artists and stylists, but the models change almost every shoot, so you are forging a (potentially very intimate) working relationship with a total stranger in minutes that can last only hours.  Having the time to develop familiarity over multiple days of shooting is a rare treat and always makes the shoots much more comfortable and feel less like work. 

I hope you enjoy this peek behind the scenes and scroll down to see some of my favorite images from this shoot.

Ivy and Aster Bridal Presentation

I know that I've been writing quite about about Ivy and Aster and mainly about the proceedings of New York Bridal Market weekend.  Well it was an eventful weekend.  Friday we shot the bridal lookbook, Saturday I edited, and Sunday was the presentation.  Since Jessica and the team decided to rent out Darling (a women's clothing and accessories shop in the West Village) for the weekend, the lookbook, all the showroom and editor appointments, and the garden party presentation were all held on location.  

Ananda Khan,co-owner/creator/principle artist of Bloom Brides and agency represented artist, was the presentation's key hair and makeup artist.  She was responsible for designing the hair and makeup looks (featuring Julep products and hairpieces by Hearts of Gold Designs) and coordinating her team of talented artists to craft the looks on the diverse cast of models.  I've worked with Ananda for for years on editorial and commercial projects and one of the many reasons that she continues to be one of my first calls is because whatever beauty idea I come up with she always takes further, finesses, and comes up with something amazing and more than I would have known how to request (and generally requiring minimal retouching, which I always appreciate).  She is also excellent at adapting to time pressures and adjusting on the fly.  So naturally she killed it on presentation day.

Please continue to scroll through for a taste of the behind the scenes action and the stunning finished product of the hard work of so many talented people.

Ivy and Aster Bridal Lookbook

On Monday I shared a glimpse behind the scenes of my lookbook shoot for the Ivy and Aster Spring 2016 collection.  As promised here are some of my favorite images from this project.  Our model is the very sweet, and extremely talented Ren Kelly of APM.  Ananda Khan, agency represented hair and makeup artist with Big Leo and co-founder of Bloom Brides, rounded out our creative team.

But the work doesn't just end with the shoot once the images are retouched and the edits are delivered to the whole team, the work begins for the lovely ladies at Skirt PR, Ivy and Aster's Chicago based public relations firm..  Between the minds at Skirt and the in house team, and the years of brilliant design, branding, and promotion the buzz around this season's collection and the editor's responses were fantastic and included features on The Knot, Inside Weddings (twice), Weddings Unveiled, Style Me Pretty, Bridal Guide, and (my personal favorite) the Cut.

I hope you enjoy... till next time.

Behind the Scenes of Ivy and Aster Bridal Lookbook

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I'e spent most of the last month devoting a significant amount of my time to working with one of my favorite clients, Ivy and Aster.  Ivy and Aster, for those of you not already familiar with their work, is a bridal line for brides looking to add a touch of wanderlust and whimsy to their wedding day.  This and the next few posts will give you an idea of what we've been up to together.

This year for the New York Bridal Market Jessica Brown, the line's designer and creative director, decided that rather than showing at Pier 94 with so many other lines, she would opt for a more personal experience by renting out Darling.  In this tiny women's apparel and accessories shop in the West Village, she and her team created an intimate space that completely represented the brand to the parade of buyers and editors lining up to chat with the talented team and explore the new collection.  

Friday morning of the first weekend in October, a day before the official opening of market, we loaded into the space to shoot the lookbook.  While the Ivy and Aster team unloaded boxes and my assistant and I helped with the delivery of gold mannequin body parts, Ananda Khan got to work on the hair and makeup for Ren Kelly (APM), the star of the lookbook and one of the showroom and presentation models.  Ananda, a talented hair and makeup artist represented by Big Leo, worked on last year's bridal campaign and bridesmaids lookbook, and so when I heard about the plan to move downtown, it only made sense to reconnect these two for this expanded project.  Ananda and Jessica had been discussing their plans for the hair and makeup and by shooting early in the weekend it gave them both one more opportunity to refine and adapt their approach of what would work for the showroom appointments and the full presentation (but more on that later).

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While the ladies continued to work downstairs, my assistant and longtime friend, Bob Kidd and I got to work pulling the set and lights together, while anxiously watching the skies for rain.  Luckily, there was only one instance of frantically pulling all the lighting gear inside because of sprinkles that never materialized, and the afternoon's downpour was polite enough to wait until well after we had wrapped the shoot.  The shoot itself went smoothly and we spent the majority of the day joking and oohing and ahhing over the highlights of the new collection (the cashmere column dresses and the tulle skirt are currently my favorites).  And if you're thinking that you've seen those headpieces before you'd be correct.  Heart of Gold Designs partnered with Ivy and Aster for this collection, and supplied all the hairpieces. 

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Another notable partnership that was an integral part of this whole project was Julep.  Julep came on board as the makeup sponsor and sent Ananda several boxes of product from their entire range including nail polishes and lipsticks.  Enough to craft and create the looks, supply the models and artists for the lookbook, showroom appointments and the presentation, as well as share with the guests.  I would like to mention that a couple of the lipsticks did make it into my makeup bag at the end of the weekend, and for those of you out there who appreciate matte red lip, I am now hooked on the Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Cardinal Red Creme and the Light on Your Lips Lipstick in Lady in Red.  But I digress.

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Continue to scroll through for more behind the scenes goodness and check back soon for highlights from the bridal lookbook.

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#InstaTakeOver with Ivy and Aster

As you know by now I've done quite a bit of work with the wonderfully talented ladies of Ivy and Aster, so when they reached out a few weeks ago about taking over their instagram for a day, I was thrilled to be asked and jumped at the chance.  They wanted to give their followers a peek into my daily life, and when I explained what my daily life looked like (either lots of desk work - editing and emails, or busy shoots and hectic adventures) (more of the adventures soon) we decided to expand to show some of my inspirations when working with bridal clients. The TakeOver went down on Friday and I thought I'd share the stories behind the shots with you here as well.

While I'm a devoted at home coffee drinker, early morning calls require some outside help, and I generally start those mornings at Astoria Coffee because in addition to supporting my caffeine addiction they also support my desire to have plants in my apartment, and don’t judge my inability to keep them alive. 


In May Chanel opened a pop up exhibit here in the Meatpacking to educate people about the creation of their iconic fragrance Chanel No5 (which has been a favorite of mine for years).  So of course Jules and I had to stop by.  The idea behind the innovative multimedia installation was to shift the way people interact with the fragrance. It was a beautiful exhibit and a brilliant piece of marketing from the stunning ushers (all male models) to the light show (which was clearly my favorite part)


If you live in New York or are planning to visit New York and haven't been to the Frick yet that is an oversight that you need to remedy ASAP.  The collection was compiled by the turn of the century industrialist Clay Frick, and is housed in is former home on 5th Avenue, a few short blocks from the Met.  I recommend the audio tour as you will get so much more from the collection, and its display, and the architecture (that in some cases was designed around specific pieces) can be a little overwhelming/incongruous without the back story.  They are also hosting Flaming June (one of my favorite paintings) until September 6th, so get going, before they send it back to Puerto Rico's Museo de Arte de Ponce.


When Mom’s in town, we explore the city and treat ourselves to a little something fancy. This trip was the high tea at The Palm Court in The Plaza.  Further proof that New York is sometimes a small town, one of our hostesses was a lovely model who I'd worked with a few years ago.  She was amazed that I remembered her (and vice versa), and after chatting for a bit, and of course introducing her to mom, she went back to work and later surprised us with a tray of pastries, which was incredibly sweet.  For the record, the lemon tarts are incredible, so is the chocolate, and so is the champagne…