Name: Alexandra Kowalski and Emily Martin
Location: 43 East 78th Street, 4th floor
Company: Bride’s Head Revisited
What is your aesthetic? Modern classic
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is located within our boutique. It is a light filled boutique on the 4th floor of an old brownstone on the Upper East Side. The classic lines and beautiful molding in the building give the boutique great character, and we’ve added black accents to the room that give it a nice modern clean edge which is softened by a great light blue and ivory rug.
Favorite part of your studio? The fact that we have combined our retail space with our work space and that it allows us to have the best of both worlds.
Where do you go for inspiration? Emily and I met while working at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Emily has a fashion history degree and I studied costume design, so we tend to go back to that when we’re looking for inspiration. We’re designing for modern women, so we try not to get too “vintagey”, we like to keep our designs modern with a classic look.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My tweezers. They’re invaluable for picking up the tiny Swarovski crystals that are incorporated into our combs and veils.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? The ground floor. We are on a fourth floor walk-up, there are lots of pretty things to look at on the way up through The Wedding Library, but it can take the wind out of some people, and it can be hard on the mothers and grandmothers.
Anything else we should know? We work closely with our brides to create the perfect look for their wedding day and we specialize in custom designs. All of our designs are made-to-order and depending on the bride and her style, she may want something that is very customized. Emily and I love working with brides to create original designs, and having our studio as part of our boutique makes it much easier.
[images from Bride's Head Revisited]
Not as if you couldn’t use ANY of ban.do‘s gorgeous headpieces for your wedding, they now have a special bridal collection. They’re beautifully frothy…especially that pink puff
[images from ban.do]
While at the BFF Bridal [RIP] event a few weeks ago, I showed you some shot of Jennifer Behr‘s new headpieces…these pictures I received are WAY better. Thaht first jewel encrusted headband is definitely my favorite…I’d much rather see THAT on a bride than a tiara.
[image from Jennifer Behr]
Jessica Johnson sure knows how to shoot a wedding! Ro talks a bit about the day below….
When we started planning our wedding, we originally thought we would have it in Brooklyn, which is where Kenan grew up and where we currently live. We looked at a few New York venues and then decided that it made sense to look into spaces in my hometown of Detroit as well. When we got there, I realized how strongly I felt about getting married in Detroit, where I grew up. It just felt like the natural decision for both of us, and as soon as we saw Orchestra Hall we knew we had found our spot. It had the perfect combination of the elements we were looking for. The theater, where we had the ceremony, is steeped in history, and spoke to our sense of tradition. What was really appealing to us was that in addition to the magnificent ceremony space, they had a more modern, completely adaptable attached space for the reception.
We used a combination of New York and Detroit vendors, and did a lot of work ourselves, with the help our our families. The personal touches that we added were so important us, because they were a reflection of our shared vision for the day, and how we wanted to experience and remember it. We brought all the candles for the ceremony from a Brooklyn Botanica and our families set them up on the stage. I made all the table lanterns myself, and we got the flowers we used for the centerpieces from Fischer and Paige in the Chelsea flower market, and had them fedex’d to Detroit the day before the wedding. We used a local florist in Detroit, Flowers by Gabrielle, for the Bridal Bouquet and flowers for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. We used framed photographs that Kenan had taken of various numbers around New York as our table numbers. Kenan and I met 6 years ago while working the door at Brooklyn music venue, so we brought the beat up old wooden podium that we used to use to take tickets at the club and used it as the lecturn for our readers at the ceremony. We had friends of ours play the music at the ceremony, and a family friend officiate the service. We hired a Mariachi band from Mexican Village in Detroit to play at the cocktail hour, and our DJ, the world renowned Cosmo Baker, is a Brooklynite and a dear friend. Kenan made a collage of all of our parent’s, grandparent’s, and sibling’s wedding portaits and we projected it onto a huge wall above the reception.
We are so thankful to the staff at Orchestra Hall for helping us with all the planning and details. The stagehands, sound and lighting technicians, and Holly Clement, who runs the Front of House there were all absolutely incredible. The food was excellent, and was provided by Epoch Catering, the in house caterer for Orchestra Hall. Maria Scarvalles from Epoch was a pleasure to work with from day one, and was sensitive to all of our needs and requests along the way.
We are thrilled with our photographer, Jessica Johnston, for capturing the feel of the day so beautifully. I am a photographer myself, so the pictures were the one thing that were completely crucial to me. The minute I saw her photos on her website I knew there was no one else who could have captured the spirit of the day. She did a truly magnificent job. With all of the little touches, there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong, but absolutely nothing did. We really could not have had a more magical start to our life together.
[images by Jessica Johnston Photography]
I think I’ve ultimately decided that I dont want a traditional veil. Since I’m wearing a bolero with my dress during the ceremony, it probably will just be too much fabric trailing all over the church. Thats why these “french veils” are perfect! Just a hint of face coverage, without the near disaster of me tripping (it could happen). I’ve tried some of the shorter versions and they tickle my nose, so I think I’d have to go with the slightly longer one. Leah C.’s stuff is great – pricey – but great. (Prices range from $125 – $250)
[images from Leah C.]
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