Today is the Women's March on Washington, along with hundreds of other sister marches throughout the world. I thought this day of empowerment for women would be a good day to share the story of a fellow female artist and entrepreneur, Rebekah Murray, and her new venture Virginia Dare Dress Company. We had the honor of collaborating on their official launch party last October, along with many other women who lent their diverse talents to celebrating VDDCo on a sunny and crisp fall day in Virginia.
What I love about Rebekah's dress company is that it was born from her frustration of being unable to find what she was looking for - so she decided to make it herself. Wild Green Yonder was born in the same way, and I have a huge amount of respect for anyone that takes it upon themselves to personally solve the problem - even if that means committing to years of researching, learning, and practicing.
Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something styled a beautiful food display (including the most delicious bread I've ever tasted from Knead and Know) - she also styled wonderful little vignette moments throughout the party which were so fun to walk around and discover. The lovely and talented Paula Bartosiewicz took all these wonderful photos (I even snuck one in below of Team Tran - we actually got to be guests for a change!)
I teamed up with my favorite creative collaborator Colleen West (#wildwest) to create the greenery and floral backdrop for the stars of the party - the 3 dress prototypes. We built a wooden framework covered with chicken wire and then stuffed it full of greens and roses to create a soft framing around the dresses. We also added flowers to several of the vignettes throughout the party - including the dessert gazebo (everyone needs a gazebo devoted to dessert - seriously.)
I'm so excited to see VDDCo's very first collection heading into production now and can't wait to see what's next. You can view all the collection details (and even preorder your favorites!) via the Indie Go Go campaign here.