Tuesday, July 28, 2009

grace and charm

I was very flattered when my sister asked me to make her jewelry and hair piece for her wedding. I wanted to make her something that exuded grace and charm; two characteristics she embodies beautifully. I knew I wanted to carry out the same beaded detailing from her dress, and I did so in the flower as well as the jewelry. The magnolia flower is lightly framed in an cluster of goose feathers, and made of a combination of dupioni silk, french netting, and organza to give added texture, while the center is composed of various sized Swarovski crystals, and pearls. For the earrings I used Swarovski crystal tear drops as the base and a medley of different sized pearls and crystals that trickled along the chain.

Photo credit: Jerry Yoon

Thursday, July 16, 2009

on a side note...

You can put away your magnifying glasses! I finally fixed all the images on my blog. You can actually click on all the images now and enlarge (some) of them. Yay! I'm getting blog savvy by the day. jk of course. I don't even know how I did it. : )

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

many thanks!

Many thanks to Jerry Yoon, and Aubrey Aquino, who independently posted little blurbs about me on their blogs this week.

Jerry was the amazing photographer that shot my sister's May wedding. Both he and his partner Ingrid are such kind, down to earth people, with a whole lot of talent. They were so fun to work with, and so comfortable to be around. They did such a phenomenal job, and really captured the emotions of the day.
See for yourself on their blog: Sharine + Zack Santa Cruz Backyard Wedding
as well as slideshow: http://www.jerryyoon.com/slideshow/Sharine_Zack/sharine_zack/
I am also very grateful that they took many beautiful images of my work for me to post in future blog entries to come! So be on the lookout!

Aubrey is my friend/model Alison's older sister. She is a TV reporter and host in Miami, and recently created her own show called On the Flipside, where she explores the lives of professional athletes when they're not working. You can learn more about her on her website: Aubreyaquino.com.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

the birdcage... unveiled

I have been tossing and turning over birdcage veils for quite some time now, and after way too much time spent theorizing and planning, I decided to just do it! Made with fine Russian netting, it is attached by a handmade magnolia flower clip, that can be detached and worn separately. The magnolia flower clip is handsewn and made with a combination of dupioni silk, organza, french netting, Swarovski crystals, pearls, and soft pheasant feathers. This birdcage veil is feminine and delicate, all while exuding vintage glamour.

Many thanks to my gorgeous model, and dear friend Alison. She is such a beautiful person in so many ways, and I am extremely grateful to have her in my life. Though we were in the hot, gruelling sun, with my terrible photog skills(or lack thereof), she was so easy to work with! With so many great images, I'll have enough material to post for quite a while! She'll be a very familiar face on my blog. : )

in full bloom

One of the most satisfying things about doing what I do, is knowing that I helped create something special for the biggest day in two people's lives. Another very exciting part is getting to see all the pictures from the big day, including images of my hard work!

For Chris and Eileen's big day, I created a pillow delicate and beautiful enough to honor the sacred values that the rings symbolize. With a lily centered on the pillow, it represents a marriage that grows with time, patience, and nurture, and eventually blooms into something unique and special.

Since their wedding colors were sage and ivory, I decided on a soft, ivory, faux suede fabric for the lily petals, and a rich, sage, silk dupioni for the base.

Photo credit: Garvin Tso