Photography: Jim Vetter Photography
Last three photos taken behind the scenes by Amy-Jo Tatum
Gowns: Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
Hair: Style by Lana
Models: Joy Mann, Rocio Flores, Curtis Ashton, Keith Hamrick
Venue: Robson-Harrington Park, San Anselmo, Ca
As an indie designer I believe creating a collection for brides can be a bit like writing a romance. Every piece begging to be created has a certain character to be developed. In this ongoing saga of layered skirts and yards of crinoline, I've tried to keep the hourglass silhouettes looking fresh and forward by introducing new fabrics and textures to a decidedly vintage line. Mixing lace and tulle is an ideal combo for these romantic pieces. For that little extra something this season I added some lace blouses. I opted for a cutout Swiss cotton over blouse with vintage laces added to the waist and neckline. An ivory high-necked blouse out of stretch lace lends a real Edwardian look and the Val lace over blouse with a scalloped Sabrina neckline gives off the classic and beloved 'Audreyesque' image.
No study is complete without the adept eye of a photographer who understands the work. First off, I have to say, Jim Vetter is tops. His vision about how a shoot goes together both artistically and professionally is unparalleled. He will work straight through a session and keep your vision as well as his own fresh. Late spring of this year Jim called me in an emergency because he needed designs for a stylized shoot where the gowns didn't show up. Unfortunately he called at one of the busiest times here in the Land of Bridal so we both took a rain check,scheduling something for summer. All I can say is, some things are well worth waiting for . . .
About the project as a whole, Jim says, "I had a vision to create a set of images that portray an intimate mood fitting for the classic designs of Amy's gowns. The impetus for this shoot was my desire to truly highlight my work and the work of my collaborators - and to do this in a controlled way that isn't really possible at an actual wedding. This project allowed us to capture the best of every one's work."