Thursday is for throwbacks…And being thankful, too!

As the playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder said: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” And we couldn’t agree more! Scientists have even proven that showing gratitude actually leads to better quality of life. And who doesn’t l-o-v-e that?!

So, in the spirit of thankfulness, here are some throwback Thursday images and memories for you all to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who was involved in any of these photo shoots…You all help build the dream, the beauty–and we couldn’t be more grateful. 

 

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Model: Taylor
Photography: Nick Fancher, Shutter Think Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Beth Gibboney Seitz
Jewelry: Peace Love Bride

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Model: Kristin Smetanko
Photography: Claire, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Jenna Burchett
Photo Direction: Katie Grace Kissel

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Model: Erin Thacker
Photography: Claire Roeth, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Brittany Hilbert-Stout, Spa at River Ridge
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Models: Jenn Rossi, Erin Thacker
Photography: Claire Roeth, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann Ehmann, Make You LLC
Hair: Brittany Hilbert-Stout, Spa at River Ridge
Photo Direction: Katie Grace Kissel

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Models: Jenny Powell, Amy Crandall
Photography: Stephanie Tucker Barnes
Hair and Makeup: Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories: White Truffle Studio
Flowers: Eco Flora Designs
Locations: Virtue Vegan Salon, White Truffle Studio, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Models: Rachael, Erin
Photography: Jessica Price, Bella Valentina Photogrpahy
Hair and Makeup: Sarah, Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories: White Truffle Studio

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Models: Eileah Ohning, Bekah Winske
Photography: Jennifer Schaaf Osbeck, Jojo Photography and Film
Hair and Makeup: Jenna Burchett, Salon Lofts

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Models: Jenny Powell, Erin Thacker, Morgan Kauser
Photography: Benjamin Derkin, Derk’s Works Photography
Hair and Makeup: Kelli, Beautimarked by Kelli / Brideface
Accessories: Juliet Carey, Maya’s Curls

 

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Blues…

When local talent Jordanne Renner approached Jen Kessler, head designer of Ghinda, about collaborating on an upcoming project, the rest of the Ghinda team held our breath in anticipation. The object was to work together to produce a gown for Jordanne to wear to the 2013 Wexner Gala here in Columbus, Ohio. The Wexner Gala celebrates the arts, as well as the supporters of them–both local and worldwide. Jordanne has been attending this celebration, which she calls the event of the year, since 2007. She says, “Since two years ago, where I made a cocktail dress out of newspaper, it has become thematic for me to create my dress…A basic cocktail dress simply isn’t enough.” 

Inspired by the current Wexner Center exhibition Blues For Smoke, Jen and Jordanne have worked together for the past few weeks creating what would be a true, living work of art. The two creatives built the bodice intensely–Jordanne said it “fit like a glove”–and proceeded to actually sculpt the skirt of the dress three times before settling on a final manifestation. 

Jordanne brought 9 yards of hand-painted muslin to the Ghinda studio to build with:

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After the completion of the bodice came the sculpting of the skirt with muslin and tulle. Version 1:Image:

Version 2:

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Version 3, final design:

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From Jordanne Renner: “We drank bubbles, fell into the blues music…Oddly enough, without much conversation, Jen and I had similar vibes with our vision.  Jen’s ability to turn the rough and tumble and madness of the shapes I desired into a solid, elegant piece is sensational. She is one-of-a-kind, just as the dress is. The dress evoked the essence of two visions, two creatives coming together as one, the blues and all its varieties and somehow amidst all of this, it still rang true as a dress for me.”

From Jennifer Kessler: “It was such a refreshing and inspiring journey to collaborate with an artist whose vision was so unique and personal. Each part of the gown was created particularly to capture the rhythm and flow of the Blues and Smoke expedition. We wanted to sculpt a gown that complemented not only the entire event, but the art, and the artist herself!”

Many thanks and photo credit to the amazingly talented Jordanne Renner. To learn more about her experiences and work, please click here!