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!!!
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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!
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!