It’s time again to pick the Top 10 fabulous photos at Marti & Company. From photoshoots to millinery classes to inspiration adventures, 2022 brought it all.
A few highlights to share: a new design for the Boutique, a new Collection – The Eclectic Bride ‘Finishing Touches”, a collaborative Photoshoot at the Hotel Winneshiek, and an expanded line of hair accessories for little girls. Onto the top 10 fabulous photos.
1. Refashioned Heirloom Veil
My first custom order of 2022 – a request to refashion a vintage bridal headpiece into a modern chic design. This Bride wanted to use materials from her mother’s veil to fashion her a unique bridal hairpiece. Refashioned heirlooms bring a nostalgic touch to your wedding. As you can see in the photo this Bride loved her look in her refashioned headpiece.
2. Most Scenic Wedding
This custom double birdcage veil with a flower and feather headpiece was made from unique materials for this Brides scenic elopement on Mackinac Island. The Bride brought light lavender felt-like flowers, greenery, and white stephanotis silk-like flowers for me to design her bridal hair accessories. I loved working with this Bride helping her reach her vision for her wedding day look for her and her daughter. Photos used with permission from the Bride.
3. Best “Finishing Touches.”
2022 for Marti & Company was all about “finishing touches” for Brides and mothers of the couple. Sourcing luxury materials, creating bespoke hair accessories, and accessorizing Mothers of the couple, are a loved part of my job. TarynChristine photography captured what a statement accessory can add to your wedding day look, unique like the Bride’s white resin flower hair comb or bold like the Mother of the Bride’s brilliant Cubic Zirconia dangle earrings.
4. Favorite Photo from the 2023 Collection – The Eclectic Bride
Photo DianaCoral Photography | Wedding Gown TheDressbyMorganLynn
Bouquet Country Garden Flowers & Gifts | Model Vanessa@vanessalynn_12
5. Designing a Collection
Creating collections for my business is complex, yet, one of the favorite parts of my work. It usually involves working with other boutique owners, independent artisans, and vintage accessory vendors. Searching for suitable materials can take hours or just a quick trip to my studio’s eclectic stash of beads, lace, and silk fabric. Another part of this process is selecting the collections name and the individual names of each design. I searched eclectic girls’ names for inspiration for naming the headpieces, cape wings, and cage veils.
6. Creating a Family Heirloom
My granddaughter Nora’s baptismal celebration was this last May in Damour, Lebanon, her Dad’s home country. I used an array of materials for her baptismal gown and silk ribbon braided headband – ivory lace from a trip to Paris with Kelli, lace edging leftover from a headband project of Kelli’s, silk from my wedding gown, and cotton batiste from Ginny’s Fine Fabrics, Rochester, MN. So honored to make an heirloom for our family.
A photo from a recent trip to the island of Crete, Greece with Kelli & her family. I lean towards an eclectic color palate and this photo shows so many of the colors in my brand. I hope you like it too.
8. Millinery Class
I love learning and my favorite class is a millinery class. In the photo I made a birdcage veil from pink dotted vintage veiling then added the fuchsia pinkish silk flowers for an over the top embellishment. Millinery class is also a time to stock up on supplies from my millinery instructor, Karen Morris
9. Favorite Quote
This quote received the most likes and comments on Instagram. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
10. Favorite 5 Star Review
Reviews are my favorite, especially this one which came as a reel on Instagram. Double the exposure for a small business owner.
Each year the amazement of my job as a maker grows with the help of my customers, colleagues from the wedding industry, and most of all, my family and friends, that let me and encourage me to include them in my work, editing my adventurous ideas. These planning adventures provide for sourcing materials and inspiration (in Greece & Lebanon this last year). I’m immeasurably grateful to these people for the enhancement and purpose they bring to my life. Thank you 💖