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Launch Day!

April 7th, 2016

Hi there! First, thank you for following along with my journey. This blog has been with me from the beginning and it’s a bit bittersweet to say goodbye, but so incredibly exciting to welcome in what’s next… I’m over the moon excited to tell you that the new website is live, with a new blog […]


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Hi there!

First, thank you for following along with my journey. This blog has been with me from the beginning and it’s a bit bittersweet to say goodbye, but so incredibly exciting to welcome in what’s next… I’m over the moon excited to tell you that the new website is live, with a new blog home, and… an online shop launching next week! So, this will be the last post we send up on this site, everything else will be over at the new site which you can find here! We’d love for you to go take a peek, and let us know what you think of the new look!

xoxo

Katherine

p.s. If you sign up for our newsletter via the bottom of the page of the new blog, you’ll be sent an email with a 10% code for the new shop, launching next week!

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A Styled Shoot with a Custom Dress in Richmond Virginia | The Katelyn James Workshop Experience

April 21st, 2015

Remember when I posted these sketches a while back?  I finally get to show you the completed dress and the whole shoot!! It was such a fun dress to make, because I had been told from the very beginning that something very special was going to happen during the shoot… scroll through the photos to […]

 

Remember when I posted these sketches a while back?  I finally get to show you the completed dress and the whole shoot!! It was such a fun dress to make, because I had been told from the very beginning that something very special was going to happen during the shoot… scroll through the photos to see!

You’re in for a treat with this styled shoot, Katelyn James sets up incredible styled shoots for the attendees at her Workshop Experience, and this one was no exception.  And I bet you can’t tell that the whole shoot was set up on a driveway in front of a garage door!  And, to top it all off, I got to bring Eaden along.  Styled shoots can be hard because they’re not usually kid friendly, which can make it harder to participate in them as a mom, but this was the exception!  Amanda and I both brought our baby boys along and it was so much fun; we don’t have grass around our house, so watching him crawl around in Katelyn’s yard discovering grass was pretty adorable!

 

Images | Katelyn James

Styling and Florals (did you see the gorgeous pergola?!) | Amanda Veronee

Paper Flowers for the dessert tablescape (I love these!) | Sweet Pear Paper

Hair & Makeup | Emily Hudspeth

Vintage furniture rentals | Paisley and Jade

Custom Dress | Katherine Elizabeth Bridal

The shoot was featured on the Inspired by This blog a few months back, here’s the link!

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Yes he proposed!!!

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xoxo, Katherine

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Styled Shoot Sneak Peek

April 9th, 2015

Last September, I flew down to Georgia to spend three days at a conference that I had no idea would be as life changing as it was.  I kissed my kids goodbye and got on the plane with a lacy white dress safely zipped into a garment bag for a styled shoot at the conference […]

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Last September, I flew down to Georgia to spend three days at a conference that I had no idea would be as life changing as it was.  I kissed my kids goodbye and got on the plane with a lacy white dress safely zipped into a garment bag for a styled shoot at the conference that I had reached out to the planners of on a whim, asking if I could participate.  The friendships that I made there are life long relationships that continue to inspire me and encourage me, and I cannot wait to head back down south this coming fall.  I met Katie there, she’s a Navy wife who had flown out from San Diego for the conference and she had just launched the Vows and Valor military wedding blog.  I was so happy to be able to meet up with her again when we spent a few days in San Diego last fall for a conference Guillaume was speaking at, and then I got a text from her a few weeks back asking if I might have a dress available… Vows and Valor was about to do their first styled shoot for the blog and they were looking for a blush wedding dress to complement the groom’s dress whites.  And thus began a hectic but oh-so-much-fun collaboration to get a dress out to San Diego almost immediately.  I love this girl, and I love everything about the blog and vision she’s running, so it was such a pleasure to participate.  Here’s a few sneak peeks of what I worked on, the full post is coming in May! (yay!!!)

A Blush Silk Wedding Dress with Ivory Lace by Katherine Bignon for a Vows and Valor Styled Shoot

For those of you who are new to this creative industry, just starting out and trying to find a way to get your name out there, don’t be afraid of participating in styled shoots!  Put a list together of your favorite established brands, the people in our industry who inspire you and who you would dream of working with, and then reach out to them, don’t be afraid!  Ask if they have any upcoming shoots that you can participate in.  If you’re a stationary designer, reach out to a wedding photographer you love and ask if they’re doing any styled shoots that you could create an invitation suite for.  If you’re a florist, a calligrapher, a cake designer, (anything really!), reach out to that planner, photographer, etc. that you love and who inspires you and ask if you can participate!  Maybe it won’t work out the first time around, but you’ll never know if you don’t reach out and take the first step to ask.  We work in an industry full of amazing woman with amazing hearts who would love to collaborate and dream with you, so don’t hesitate on whether you should send that email or not, just do!

xoxo, Katherine

A Blush Silk Wedding Dress with Ivory Lace by Katherine Bignon for a Vows and Valor Styled Shoot

A Blush Silk Wedding Dress with Ivory Lace by Katherine Bignon for a Vows and Valor Styled Shoot

 

 

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Custom Lingerie and The Heart Behind It

November 12th, 2014

I have this old book, one of my favorites from years ago, way before I even considered venturing into lingerie design.  Imagine the late 1800s, the girl in the story is married, but didn’t have a mother who had made her any lingerie for her to save in her “Hope Chest” to take with her […]


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I have this old book, one of my favorites from years ago, way before I even considered venturing into lingerie design.  Imagine the late 1800s, the girl in the story is married, but didn’t have a mother who had made her any lingerie for her to save in her “Hope Chest” to take with her into her marriage.  When her closest friend realized this, she spent hours and hours hand making something special for her dear friend, to bless her and give her something that she could cherish for the rest of her marriage.  The idea of “custom lingerie” isn’t a new one, but that also doesn’t mean it’s something outdated and ancient.  It is a long history of the people who know you best, and hold you dearest, pouring hours and hours of their time and love into a beautiful work of art, something for you to carry with you into your marriage and to truly cherish.  It was their way of praying you into marriage, and blessing you when you got there.  I LOVE this idea!  I love that it makes lingerie into something more than just beautiful lace and silk, and more than just flipping through hangers at Victoria’s Secret to find the piece you like most, and buying it with the simple swipe of a credit card.  Working with a client to create custom lingerie for them is the building of a dear relationship.  It’s the chance to sit down and share coffee and dream and chat and get to know each other, to see their heart and hear their story and find their style, and create something just for them.

I know the word custom can be overwhelming, and while one of my favorite things to do is to sit down and create an entire honeymoon collection for one of my brides, custom can also be much simpler than that.  A silk robe in a beautiful hand chosen print, or even a beautiful print exclusively created for you.  A silk and lace slip designed to go under your dress for the next wedding you’re invited to.  A bra created to fit underneath that dress you just can’t find anything for.  A gorgeous set for your next little vacation away.  There are so many fun options!  At it’s heart, custom is simply saying yes to trusting someone with hearing a little of your heart, and knowing some of your story, and letting them take the time to bless you with something beautiful, completely and only for you, that you can cherish forever.

I LOVE being able to offer something handmade and custom designed, that is relational at its heart, and not simply transactional,  and I love being part of an amazing community of artists who have chosen to do the same!  I’ll be starting a new blog series soon featuring some of the incredible artists who are out there, creating the same atmosphere in their own fields, and I’m SO excited!!  But for now, thank you so much for letting me share a little of my heart behind why I do this with you!  The idea of “praying someone into marriage, and blessing them when they get there” speaks straight to my heart, and all of the reasons why I do what I do!

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Let’s share a cup of coffee and dream together, I’d love to hear your heart!

xoxo

K

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Bohemian Romance, A Styled Shoot in Rome, Georgia

November 11th, 2014

Earlier this Fall I had the pleasure of attending the annual Pursuit 31 conference down in Rome, Georgia.  It was full of photographers and really, all kinds of amazing artists, and while it was amazingly faith centered and a break away from the busyness and stress of work, they offered incredible breakout sessions that were […]

 

Earlier this Fall I had the pleasure of attending the annual Pursuit 31 conference down in Rome, Georgia.  It was full of photographers and really, all kinds of amazing artists, and while it was amazingly faith centered and a break away from the busyness and stress of work, they offered incredible breakout sessions that were professionally based, and centered on the various industry concentrations the attendees specialize in.  So, when I found out a few months prior to the conference that they were planning a styled shoot for photographer training, I got in touch with some of the ladies planning it and offered to design a dress for the shoot!  The theme was bohemian and romantic, and they were envisioning bright colors, a teepee, and a floral headband!  What could be more fun?!  So I sent off a few sketches, we decided on our favorite and the journey towards creating their dress began!!  We worked with a model that I didn’t actually meet until I handed her the dress the day of the shoot, (usually I have a couple fittings with my brides, this was the first time I delivered something with no fittings) and the dress fit PERFECTLY!!  It was so much fun working with the girls doing the shoots, and listening to Katelyn and Mary teach the attendees all their little secrets!  The model was gorgeous and it was incredibly beautiful watching the smile on her husband’s face every time he looked at her and seeing how much he loves her!

So here’s a few pictures from some of the amazing photographers involved in the shoot, I’m so excited about all the wonderful ladies I met and the incredible friendships that came out of this shoot, and from the whole conference.  There’s just something so sweet about the beautiful collaborations that happen with the wonderful people in this industry!  It was an amazing time away, I hope you enjoy the beautiful images and are inspired as much as I was!

xoxo

K

p.s. I’ll be selling the dress as a sample a little later on, let me know if you know anyone who’s interested!

2014-11-10_0052 I LOVE working with brides on custom gowns, and the process always starts with a sketch suite, so here’s a peek at some of the sketches I sent down to the ladies planning the shoot, as we worked towards finding the perfect gown for the shoot!

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These gorgeous images are thanks to Justin & Mary Marantz, incredibly talented New England & destination wedding photographers, and one of the photographers leading the teaching during the styled shoot.

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These beautiful images below are thanks to Rachel May Photography, an amazing Virginia and destination wedding photographer, and a sweet new friend!

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And one of my favorites by the talented Ashley, of V.A. Photography!

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(That gorgeous shot of the floral crown up top is also from her!)

Didn’t the photographers do an incredible job!  It was so much fun watching them teach, and learn, and be part of this amazing community, and I’m thrilled I got to be involved!!

 

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Lingerie: What to Wear Under Your Wedding Dress

October 15th, 2014

The day I went wedding dress shopping, I walked into the boutique, picked out the first dress I wanted to try on and the first thing they handed me was a slightly bulky, white stretchy bustier with very structured cups and about 10 rows of hooks and eyes on the back to choose which size […]

 

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The day I went wedding dress shopping, I walked into the boutique, picked out the first dress I wanted to try on and the first thing they handed me was a slightly bulky, white stretchy bustier with very structured cups and about 10 rows of hooks and eyes on the back to choose which size fit you best.  What was supposed to be slimming, and help your dress fit over you like a glove, was uncomfortable, awkward, and not all that attractive.  Why?!  If you’re in the most beautiful dress you can imagine, for the day you’ve dreamed about forever, shouldn’t what you wear underneath make you feel just as gorgeous as the actual dress?

I spent the afternoon yesterday dreaming up a couple options that I would love to see worn under a wedding dress, instead of what they tried to hand me that day…  Why not a gorgeous little lace bustier that’s fit to you, or a vintage style high waisted panty and strapless bra set, or a shapewear slip with a beautiful ivory lace and silk panels?

There’s four different options here, to go under any style of dress, all designed to be slimming, and look and make you feel beautiful!

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A bustier with a lace thong.  This bustier laces up in the back to pull you in tight, with a gorgeous lace panel and lines that make you look super slim!  Paired with a lace thong that won’t leave a mark on your hips and show through the dress, it’s perfect for underneath a dress where you need just that little extra bit of support!

Strapless bra with a vintage high waisted panty.  These are my favorite!  I adore high waisted panties! They’re slimming, they hide that awful panty line that shows up at your hips, and they make your dress flow right over.

Shapewear slip.  These are so much fun!  If it’s been fitted to you, it doesn’t have to have the 10 million rows of hook and eyes that the commercial versions have which tend to make the back very uncomfortable.  A good shaping slip will stretch in the right places, slim and tone where it’s needed, and your dress will sit right over top just beautifully!

Another strapless bra set.  This one is my personal favorite of the two!  Gold lace over blush silk?!  I would die to make this for one of my brides!

A silk short bustier paired with a tulle skirt.  Does your dress need a little volume underneath?  Wear a custom tulle skirt underneath instead of the normal crinolines, along with a bustier that’s fit to you and designed to match.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!

 

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Have a great day lovelies!

xoxo

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Tulle Ballgown Custom Wedding Dress Inspiration

October 13th, 2014

We’re bundled up in sweaters and thick tights up here in New York City, the cold has finally arrived and it’s lovely!  We spent the day apple picking upstate yesterday and the leaves were gorgeous!  The drive through the Hudson River Valley is one of my absolute favorites!  I tried to cozy up with some […]

 

We’re bundled up in sweaters and thick tights up here in New York City, the cold has finally arrived and it’s lovely!  We spent the day apple picking upstate yesterday and the leaves were gorgeous!  The drive through the Hudson River Valley is one of my absolute favorites!  I tried to cozy up with some tea this morning, only to discover we were out of milk…  (I love black tea with milk, and honestly can’t drink it any other way!)

So, on this lovely fall morning, I thought I’d share a little bit of wedding inspiration that I just put together for a friend.  Think winter, white, tulle, fluffy flowers…  One of these dresses is for an upcoming styled shoot, but I can’t tell you which yet!

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I hope you’re enjoying thick sweaters and hot mugs filled with your favorite fall drink as much as I am!

xoxo

p.s. some of our apple orchard favorites!

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Window Shopping

August 12th, 2014

The moment I opened up the email and read the description of the styled shoot, I knew it was going to be perfect!  The theme, the details planned… I mean, I could sketch for hours on this one and still not run out of ideas!  A bohemian romance, outside, a teepee, a floral headband… Oh […]

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The moment I opened up the email and read the description of the styled shoot, I knew it was going to be perfect!  The theme, the details planned… I mean, I could sketch for hours on this one and still not run out of ideas!  A bohemian romance, outside, a teepee, a floral headband… Oh my goodness I’m already in love!! I can just see the bride’s long wavy hair and the dress floating wispily down to the ground.  I can literally SEE the dress already in my head, I LOVE it when everything just falls together like this! I can’t actually show you the dress just yet, but I’m bursting at the seams, so I promise it’s coming soon!  But I will share a few others from the suite of sketches I did for the project…  
I’ve been working on some of these sketch suites for brides and styled shoots lately, and I have a new one I’m hoping to finish up and get shipped soon this week.  I thought I’d take a minute to share a little about the process, while my head is all wrapped up in it!  I have 3 questions I look for answers to as I start to get to know a new bride and work on sketches for her:

     What are the top 3 words you would use to describe yourself.
     What are the top 3 words you would use to describe your dream wedding.
     And when you dream of your wedding day, when you imagine yourself walking down the aisle, how would you describe that       feeling that you anticipate?
From there, I take those words, and thoughts, and emotions and pick up my pencil and paint and start sketching until I feel they have become visual representations on my paper.  Until I feel like those emotions are a tangible object waiting to come to life and float off the page.  Then and only then do I stop, but that’s truly only the beginning.  
Each bride receives her package with 5-10 sketches in it, along with a little gift to sit down with and make the selection process something to truly savor and remember. It’s one of the most magical feelings ever to see your wedding dress for the first time, and wait in anticipation for when you get to step into it and it’s finally yours.  For all you married ladies out there, remember?!  And brides, and beautiful girls dreaming of your day one day to come, you have so much to look forward to!!
For now, I’m off to chase two adorable kiddos around the house, and take them to the beach for the day!  Aunt Courtney (my awesome sister!) is in town for a few days, so we’re showing her some of our favorite spots!  Last night was ice cream down on the boardwalk with the most incredible view of NYC you can find (New Jersey has it’s benefits!) and today is Fire Island, one of Guillaume and my sweetest memories, and where we snapped our save the date pic FIVE years ago! Holy moly time flies!!  I have a lighthouse obsession, and the black and white one on the island never gets old!  
If you’re interested in a dress consultation, or having a Sketch Suite done for you as you start to plan your beautiful wedding day, I’d love to chat!
Last week’s giveaway winners will be announced tomorrow morning, I promised Piper she gets to do the “drawing”, and we haven’t had a minute to yet :)
Have a lovely day, off to find the sun and sand and climb a lighthouse!
xoxo

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A Vision For Something More

August 5th, 2014

A vision statement is an incredibly hard thing to write and get the wording just perfect, but when you’re doing what you love and what you know you should be doing, it’s also one of the easiest things to write, because it shouldn’t be anything new, it’s simply putting words to how you aim live […]


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A vision statement is an incredibly hard thing to write and get the wording just perfect, but when you’re doing what you love and what you know you should be doing, it’s also one of the easiest things to write, because it shouldn’t be anything new, it’s simply putting words to how you aim live your life and conduct your business.  I recently attended Katelyn JamesSmall Business Social and she talked about how when she and Michael became a husband/wife team in wedding photography, they sat down and wrote out their vision statement for what their business was and how they were conducting it, and she strongly recommended that we all do the same.

Why did I create this business?  What do I hope to do with it?  And where do I want to make a difference?  I have so many goals and dreams for where this will go one day, but I also know at the heart of it what I always want to be doing- dresses and relationships.  So here’s my simple statement, it’s still a little rough around the edges, but this is the heart of what Katherine Elizabeth Bridal is:

We are a bridal design company, with a vision to inspire brides and wives with both the most beautiful weddings AND marriages imaginable; to show them that their wedding day is only the first of the most beautiful days of their life.  We want to create lasting and real relationships with our brides, and help inspire them as they in turn create marriages that will last a lifetime.  We want to show you, our bride, just how stunning you are.

Are you a small business owner?  What’s your vision statement for your brand?  But even more important than that, what’s your vision statement for your life?  I’m a wife, a mom, and a designer, and I do these things to glorify my Savior, and share his beauty and truth with the people around me.

I would really love to hear yours!  And rough and unpolished phrases are most welcome!!

And… remember the two giveaways I mentioned yesterday?!  Well here’s the first!

Share with us your vision statement, (for your brand, your life, both, either…) and we’ll put your name in a drawing for one of our “Be Thou My Vision” watercolor prints!  To enter: either repost the watercolor image and tag us, or simply leave a comment on one of our social media posts with your vision, tagging two friends inviting them to do the same!  (For two entries, do both!!)  See you on instagram @katherineelizabethbridal, Facebook at Katherine Elizabeth Bridal, or twitter @KEBridal! Contest ends 5 pm EST Wednesday!

xoxo

Be Thou My Vision Print

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The Dress That Inspired It All!

August 4th, 2014

I excitedly ripped the picture out of the magazine and ran to show her.  It was PERFECT!  The most beautiful dress I had ever seen, and I HAD to wear it to prom!  (Well, our school’s version of prom at least).  Nevermind the fact that it was a designer dress from the 40s that probably […]


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I excitedly ripped the picture out of the magazine and ran to show her.  It was PERFECT!  The most beautiful dress I had ever seen, and I HAD to wear it to prom!  (Well, our school’s version of prom at least).  Nevermind the fact that it was a designer dress from the 40s that probably weighed 100 lbs, had a hem that was probably 20 yes of fabric, and was only available by auction for most likely well into the tens of thousands, because I was going to MAKE it!!  That was my very excited, very determined plan, that fortunately didn’t last very long!  Thank God for a mom who set me straight- no, it probably wasn’t the best dress for prom…  and I’ll never forget her response- you can wear a dress like that when you’re first lady one day…  (Welp, guess that ones not going to happen considering my husband is French!  But don’t worry babe, I wouldn’t trade you for a million of those dresses!)  Needless to say, I didn’t end up making the dress back then, but I did save the picture, and it was the start to dreaming of where I am today.  So no, I’ll never be first lady, and may never have the opportunity to WEAR a dress like that, but I get to spend my days DESIGNING those dresses and creating them for the beautiful women around me.  And who knows, even if I’m not the first lady, maybe I’ll get to make something FOR her one day!! (bucket list!)

That’s me, I still clip magazine pages, I still love gorgeous dresses, and I still love to dream (and that’s still my favorite dress ever!).  For those of you who may not know me, I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself again, and say hi as I get back into the swing of writing again after a lovely maternity leave and Alaska vacation!  I’m Katherine, a bridal and lingerie designer, a wife, and a mom of TWO! (still seems crazy to me!!)  Piper, our 1 1/2 year old daughter who takes life by the hand and runs full force with it, and our almost 4 month old son Eaden, who is as calm, chill, and relaxed as can be, full of smiles and giggles.  And for the past four years, I’ve been married to the most amazing Frenchman ever, who loves his family like crazy and inspired my faith daily.  I still can’t believe how lucky and blessed I am!  (My kids speak French, I mean come on, it doesn’t get cuter than that?!!)

I’m obsessed with teacups and vintage kitchen pieces, any and all high waisted clothes (especially the ones found on clearance racks and resale stores!), mint chocolate chip ice cream, black tea with milk, and buying a piece of local art from wherever I travel to.

I am a hopeless romantic, a lover of weddings, and a believer in marriages, and I’m so glad you stopped by today!

xoxo

Katherine

p.s. for peeks into some of our recent designs and our summer adventures, come say hi on instagram! @katherineelizabethbridal  And check back soon for not just one, but TWO awesome giveaways this week!

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