Studio tour: Gabriella Bridal Salon

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I had the pleasure of visiting Gabriella at her salon a few months ago, and knew her space would be perfect for a studio tour…its hard not to be inspired when you’re surrounded by beautiful dresses like she is!

Name: Gabriella Risatti

Location: 400 W. 14th st. Ste. 2A New York, NY 10014

Company: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

What is your aesthetic? We are a loft in the Meatpacking District in an old building and our studio has the original hardwood floors.  We have chosen fixtures and furniture that join the industrial feel of the space with the elegance of the gowns.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? One of my main objectives for the salon is to provide red carpet service without the attitude or uptight feeling that some salons have.  My studio is set up like someone’s home to create that welcoming and friendly environment.  For example, I chose the most comfortable chairs and couches for guests to sit on and displayed the jewelry in an armoire like you would have in your own bedroom.

Favorite part of your studio? I love the windows! We are on a corner and the walls are lined with big windows that let in tons of light and give a great city view.

Where do you go for inspiration? Recently, I have been spending a lot of time on the Highline.  It’s such an amazing escape from the city and allows me to slow down and relax.  The gelato truck in Chelsea Market also inspires me on a very regular basis!

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Our on-line appointment scheduling system!  It allows brides to book their appointments on-line, which saves them a phone call.  Very often, girls end up doing their wedding planning late at night when the stores aren’t open, so this solves that problem!

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would give anything for a second elevator in our building, but somehow my landlord doesn’t seem to agree!!!

Anything else we should know?  All of our dresses are exclusive to us in New York and we love to showcase emerging designers!  We offer a selection of gowns that most people have never seen before and we always hear women saying they like our dresses because they are so different.  We are also a flagship for Sara Gabriel headpieces and veils, which are really beautiful and fashion forward.

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Real wedding: Jordan + Mikael

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Normally on my birthday I like to do the ole annual survey, but since we did that already, I figured a fabulous real wedding is even better, so enjoy!  Ahh, the joys of seeing a modern Montreal wedding…my cousin Sheila got married at this same venue, so I can attest to how cool it is.  Jordan gives the details below…[come back at 1pm for the MSW ticket winners!]

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Studiobooth

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OK, how beyond cool are these photos from Studiobooth?  I met them the other day at the Hatch party, and found out we went to college together!  Go Skidmore!  Anyway, its like a photobooth, but totally customizable, and the guests get to take the pictures themselves wirelessly…they’ll even set it up so once the pictures are taken, everyone can see them projected onto a screen or wall or instant gratification.  Gotta love that!

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[images from Studiobooth]

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Engagement shoot: Dyan + Byrne

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bonnie tsang engagement shoot

bonnie tsang engagement shoot

bonnie tsang engagement shoot

bonnie tsang engagement shoot

I love this engagement shoot by Bonnie Tsang…I even love the way she arranges her photos and add captions so artfully.  And by the way, I’ve been obsessed with that wallpaper ever since I saw it a year ago!

[images from Bonnie Tsang Photography]

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Studio tour: Sweet & Saucy Shop

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Name: Melody Brandon
Location: 6400 Stearns Street Long Beach, CA 90815

Company: Sweet & Saucy Shop

Aesthetic: Simplistic, modern, vintage, shabby chic

My studio style conveys my professional aesthetic pretty closely since I like to keep my designs clean and modern looking, but add pops of color and precise details.  I don’t like to overwhelm my work space with too much clutter and business and that is definitely the same with my dessert designs and flavor combos.

My favorite part might have to be my office!  I worked out of a rented kitchen for about 2 years or so before I got my own studio, so I really appreciate having a space of my own where I can bring my clients that shows them who I am as a designer and where we are casually chat while they taste my desserts.

I probably find most of my inspiration from wedding magazines, blogs, fashion, and nature.  I love using elements of fashion or design and creating an edible piece of art that really has meaning to the person who orders it.  We also do a lot of handmade sugar flowers, so nature definitely inspires us all the time.

I could not live with my laptop or iphone!  I use them to get design ideas, chat with clients, and look at gorgeous photos!

Well besides desserts, photography is a huge passion of mine, so just last week for my birthday I bought a professional camera and fabulous new lenses!  I am madly in love with them and can’t wait to get more and more lenses!

Photos by Diandra Ann - August 2009 (44)

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