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Vue Design // Styled Shoot with Local Dress Designer Shannon Gales

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A few weeks ago I had the incredible opportunity to work and collaborate with local dress designer Shannon Gales of Vue Design, to photograph some of her stunning collection of ready-made gowns that are available at September’s Bride this season!

I asked Shannon if she would share with me a little bit about Vue Design and about the inspiration behind her collection.   Shannon has been designing wedding gowns for brides for over 20 years.  She is passionate about creating gowns that speak to each bride’s unique personality and style through custom design.   Shannon has often heard how she has captured each individual bride’s unique qualities visually in their gown.  What a compliment to hear as a designer!

Recently Shannon has turned some  attention to the process of choosing a  gown with a  system only available  here at Vue Design in GR, called Design a Dream TM. It is a Paper Doll approach to custom design – where a bride can mix and match different parts of the gown to create her own dress – the one that is the very best for her body too. Shannon is excited at the possibilities this process can provide for brides – helping them to visualize in a whole new way, with a whole new experience.

Shannon’s inspiration behind the dresses shown here // “The inspiration was a more refined, classic and modest approach to the designs.  I love blending era’s and look to victorian, art deco, and the 50’s/60’s – weaving elements together to create something that is fresh at the same time.  I also focus on lines that bring out the assets that every bride has.  Color is also an essential componant to how I design – not something that brides typically think about when selecting their gowns, but softer tones are what I gravitate to, as they bring out the best undertones in women’s skin.”

Shooting this was such a great experience and I was going completely crazy over these dresses!  I loved working with the team that helped bring this all together and the beautiful models.  And if you are a bride still in the process of selecting your gown, hands down September’s Bride is one of the best bridal boutiques in the area. Head over and try one of these pretties on!

Event design and styling // Natasha Ohlman

Models // Bailey Voss and Niki Sullivan

Hair Styling // Jennifer Grace Unger
Makeup // Julie Baxter

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