2014 was another great year for Victoria Sdoukos Couture Bridal. I have so many people to thank for making it a productive & positive year. The year gone by started off with some amazing editorial features from Debi Lilly @ A Perfect Event, Crain's Business & Splash. Following a fun debut with Vince Gerasole from CBS2 covering highlights of a live fitting at the boutique, a great morning segment on WGN at City View Loft featuring some of my designs, A Perfect Event & Pure Kitchen Catering, & an educational sit-down on the Steve Harvey Show talking business with Tabetha Coffey. Also early in the year I participated for the 2nd time in wonderful Bridal Fete event, hosted by Leah Hamilton & met with some amazing bakeries in the city that made beautiful creations to coordinate with my gowns. It was wonderful to once again work with Carasco, the amazingly talented couple that captured the gorgeous imagery that was at Bridal Fete. Spring was full of shoots at The Hellenic museum, City View Loft & Kaiser Tiger. I met some amazing hair & makeup maestros from Ramsay Marston who can make your hair look like a pinup model! Thanks also to Amy Banas flawless makeup - what a talent! Extremely thankful for fabulous features in Splash, CS Brides & Chicago Bride. Wrapping up the year I did a couple more shoots with Tamara Gruner Photography, Megan Saul & Andre LaCour. I was also very fortunate to make new contacts and work with people that brought a different perspective to my work, which is always so inspiring to me as an artist! In between hosting my beautiful brides in my Madison shop & sewing new gowns 2014 was a year that often found me as one busy woman! I worked hard to make it all happen but couldn't do any of it without my wonderful family and friends. A special shout out to my fiancé, sister & family for their continued support. I would also like to thank Oliver Dogwood Floral Co. for providing many beautiful bouquets at many of my shoots, Lati from Bridal Beauty Salon, Latoya De'Shaun, Caroline Shaw The Wedding Dresser, Cathy Demetropoulos, Constantine James Haritos, Tasia Apostopolous & of course all my Lovely Brides!!!
Andre LaCour, one of Chicago's premier photographers partnered up with me this past Fall to snap a stellar styled shoot in my boutique. When I saw that our work was published in Strictly Weddings, we were beyond thrilled with the news! These five fabulous photos show brides-to-be a fun, yet chic way to dress for their Wedding Day. Special thanks to Lati from The Bridal Beauty Salon for the beautiful hair style! Also extremely grateful to Elise for the marvelous makeup at leesi b. Complete Styling & Designs from the Victoria Sdoukos Couture Collection. Floral design by Oliver Dogwood Floral Co.
When preparing for your Wedding Day, every detail matters including the bouquet. Today I'm sharing some beautiful examples of how the perfect bouquet enhances your overall dream bridal look.
So excited to be featured in the latest edition of Chicago Bride Magazine. Above are a few images from the magazine & the cover shot. The fashion shoot took place in Chicago & my favorite place the beach. Still trending strong in the wedding industry are the trumpet cut gowns, lace & flower embellishments, as I expect them to stay around for many years to come... Hope you enjoy these photos & don't forget to pick up a copy :)
Stylist of shoot: Cathy Demetropoulos
Hair: Constantine James Haritos from Elite Style
Makeup: Tasia Apostopoulos from Makeup by Tasia
Gowns, Veils & Jewelry: Victoria Sdoukos Couture
1. Chic: This is my beautiful bride Maggie wearing the Despina from the VSC Collection. Her gown is a trumpet cut style & is made with double faced duchess silk satin. Along with her look, I handmade the jewelry using Swarovski Elements, her beautiful silk bolero & veil. Perfect look for the City Chic Bride!
2. Timeless: Here we have Kelly wearing the Samantha wedding gown from the VSC collection. Her gown is a trumpet cut style, accented with Alencon lace bodice & beautiful vintage brooch on her sash. Her look is timeless & will be adorned for many years to come..
3. Classic: Say hello to Maggie our Classic Beauty!!! She is wearing the Christine gown from the VSC collection. What I love about her look is the simplicity that allows us to really see her true beauty. She is wearing a white double faced duchess silk satin A-line gown with a ivory ribbon, to add just a slight contrast to her Wedding Day look.
4. Romantic: Here we have Erin with her romantic wedding gown from the VSC collection. She is wearing the Agape gown, which means LOVE.. Can't be more romantic then that :) The gown is made from our beautiful imported alecon lace, which only comes from one place in the world... France! I just love the floral pattern on this lace, it's gorgeous & a must for the Romantic Bride.
5. Traditional: Nieve is my featured bride for this traditional bridal look. Together with Nieve I created this one of a kind look for her. She had a December wedding & was dreaming about a gown with lace sleeves. She is wearing a A-line skirt wedding gown made with double faced duchess silk satin & her bodice is hand stitched alencon lace.
6. Beach: My favorite place to be :) What I love about beach brides are the amazing photos they have walking along the beach in a couture wedding gown. Kristina is wearing the Dionna one shoulder wedding gown, accented with handmade silk flowers. This look is perfect for her dream wedding in Hawaii!
Unique: Being a designer is all about being unique! Emily chose the Viki gown from my collection which is handmade in 3 colors to complete the look. Her bodice is light ivory, the sash is taupe & her skirt is dark ivory. When you combine these colors together you get a beautiful rustic color pallet, which I think is unique for a bridal gown.
Did you know that you can enjoy your Bridal Jewelry beyond your Wedding Day?? I've been accessorizing Chicago Brides for over 7 years now & one of their favorite things about the Victoria Sdoukos Couture Jewelry is the versatility the collection offers them. My jewelry was created with the intention to be worn more than once & pieces of art that tell a story. Many girls love wearing a piece of their wedding day for other occasions & enjoy telling others on how they have their wedding jewelry on once again. All my jewelry is handmade in Chicago & is made with Swarovski rhinestones, crystals & crystal pearls. What makes my collection unique & special is the ability to customize every little detail with your jewelry & using Swarovski elements to create each piece. Is your favorite color pink? No problem, I can a create a unique pink creation just for you! Do you have 10 bridesmaid & 10 unique personalities with different jewelry needs. No problem, I can create jewelry for everyone & each girl can have their own unique jewelry piece. Let me know what your thinking & upon your consultation I will let you know what I can create for you! Our Chicago location offers brides a very large selection of hair jewelry, earrings, bracelets, necklaces & our signature Glam Lariat that can be worn multiple ways. The jewelry collection is enjoyed by brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the wedding & anyone looking for a special gift or for themselves. So whatever the occasion, creating your own jewelry is easy & fun! The collection begins at $55 for earrings, $125 for bracelets & $250 for necklaces.
Photo features the Victoria Glam Lariat
Bridal sashes have been on high demand these past couple of years, but finding that perfect sash can sometimes be a challenge. Not to worry Chicago brides bc you can have your very own custom made sash from the Victoria Sdoukos Couture Collection. Many brides love our sashes bc of the quality & allowing the bride to add their very own personal touches to their Wedding Day look. The steps on ordering a custom sash are easy.. 1st starting with the color, which we offer over 50 beautiful shades, 2nd the details... Do you want silk flowers, Swarovski Rhinestones, Pearls, Lace or a little bit of everything? Let us know & we can create your dream sash! Many times brides will tell me they love lace & glamour. One way to have both looks is simply changing your sash. So in the morning, you can wear an ivory or white sash with delicate lace details & then at night, a glamorous one full of Swarovski rhinestone bling! Sometimes brides will have the 2nd sash in a black, eggplant, navy, charcoal, red or even blush to make a statement. So whatever your dream sash may be, let us know & we will create your vision. Most custom sashes begin at $350 & usually 2 months to complete order.
Lace has been very popular for the past couple of years & many of us can see why... There is nothing more romantic then wearing a Lace Wedding Gown on your Big Day! In this post I have one of my beautiful Chicago Brides wearing her custom made wedding gown from the Victoria Sdoukos Couture Collection.. This particular gown is the Angelina Gown & is featured in white Alencon lace. One of my favorite elements on this gown are the hand stitched silk flowers that I added to the bottom of the gown & sash, which are highlighted with my favorite... Swarovski Rhinestones!!! What makes this trumpet cut lace gown so special, is the unique combination of romance, glamour & classic all wrapped up in one!
Congratulations to my Hollywood Glam Bride Leslie!!! She tied the knot this January in Chicago with her amazing reception held at the Knickerbocker Hotel, might I add one of my favorite places. I adore her city skyline photo, it captures the mood of what it means to be a Chicago Bride & of course I had to add the cake cutting photo bc it's one of my favorite Wedding Day moments.. Leslie wore a custom made gown from the Victoria Sdoukos Couture Collection & added her own personal touches in the sash color, jewelry & layout of her Swarovski rhinestone studded flower on her shoulder. The cut of the gown is a one shoulder trumpet cut, also referred to as fit to flare. It's featured in ivory double faced duchess silk satin & is highlighted with a glamorous floral shoulder. The shoulder has hand cut silk flowers, that are layered with two textures of silk chiffon & double faced duchess silk satin. Leslie added her unique touches to the gown with the color tones that she picked out to highlight her look. I loved her idea of mixing gold & silver tones together, as she loves those two metals just like me. Her shoulder detail has beautiful muted gold & silver Swarovski rhinestones mixed in the flowers which makes the shoulder very interesting to look at & is like a piece of art. I also cannot forget to mention the back of the gown, it has about 100 muted gold Swarovski rhinestone buttons along the back which is outstanding!!! One of my favorite add ons to Leslie's gown, was a personal hand stitched heart made from a piece of fabric from her Fathers clothing, as a memory of him. It was so beautiful & seeing Leslie's reaction to the added piece in her gown was very touching, it made me so happy :) More pictures of Leslie's Glamorous Wedding Day are available on my FB page! Once again congratulations Leslie, you were so wonderful to work with & you looked like a Doll :)
Trending this year again is my favorite... Blush Bridal Gowns!!! This is my latest bridal gown for my collection & I'm loving this piece. The gown is made with blush double faced duchess silk satin & is accented with Swarovski crystal buttons & floral trim across the front & back of the gown. This is the perfect trumpet cut gown for a bride looking for something Glamorous & Chic!
So excited to be featured in Debi Lilly's latest magazine... As I work on gowns in my Chicago Boutique, I always snap pics of the work in progress as a fun way to showcase the dress/jewelry making process. I had no idea that Debi Lilly had pulled a couple of them to create this beautiful spread. I was so excited when I saw this bc it really showcases who I am as a designer. I love creating bridal gowns, veils and jewelry but the fun part is the process of creating these pieces. So while I'm working away, I'm snapping away... Hope you enjoy these fun behind the seams bridal inspirations!
So excited to be a part of Bridal Fete Chicago this February!!! Come join the fun and meet 10 amazing bakeries from Chicago, that will be showcasing coordinating cakes alongside my bridal creations. Each bakery will be creating a matching cake to each one of my bridal gowns. Such a fun event, that is full of bridal inspirations! Debi Lilly, from A Perfect Event will be dressing the event, with her unforgettable touches that we all adore along with yummy bites from Pure Kitchen Catering. Our friends at Carasco will be capturing this fab event!! So many talented vendors that you won't want to miss, looking forward to seeing you there!
I'm excited to get started on writing my first blog. I have so many great ideas and inspirations for brides-to-be. On my blog posts, I'm going to start sharing my Behind the Scenes. What does that mean? Well, it could be anything from what new bridal jewelry designs I'm working on, to the process of sewing a bridal gown, to a snapshot of my excited brides as they come in for a fitting. I love what I do and enjoy sharing this special moment with so many wonderful Chicago brides. Stay tuned!