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Behind the Scenes | Vancouver Bridal Designer in Paris

January 29, 2020

Behind the Scenes | Vancouver Bridal Designer in Paris

Bridal | Vancouver Designer in Paris

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chandelier in Paris for Elika in Love photo shoot
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Arriving in style at our Paris apartment in the 11th arrondissement. 
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Hrissa Soumpassis in Paris apartment with chandelier and book.
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metro station in Paris for Elika In Love photo shoot
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After trying for weeks to secure a model for our Saturday morning sunrise shoot in Paris, our designer, Hrissa, finally started to reach out to her French friends. Little did she know that it was Fashion Week during our scheduled shoot, and that was why the modelling agencies in Paris weren't responding!  
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So, what do you do when life throws you a lemon? First, you make lemonade, then you quickly get on Instagram and start a networking frenzie to quickly find the perfect team for your shoot! 
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Instagram messages between Hrissa, designer of Elika In Love, and contacts in Paris.
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Instagram messages between Hrissa, designer of Elika In Love, and contacts in Paris.
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After chatting with nearly fifteen fashion industry insiders in Paris, our designer finally had the perfect team and the shoot was on!
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Paris weather the morning of our photo shoot for Elika In Love
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Early morning wakeups and rides in tiny elevators...
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Hrissa, designer of Elika In Love, holding wedding dresses in a small elevator in Paris.
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As Paris is well known for protests, especially on weekends, our model was late due to the metro station being closed! Running behind to a sunrise shoot at the Eiffel Tower meant that our team had to share magic hour with many, many other people.
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C'est la vie!
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Model and team arriving to the Eiffel Tower to shoot the new collection. People and tourists standing waiting for sunrise.
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Our model wearing a wedding dress and leather jacket at the eiffel tower.
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Our photographer shooting the model standing in a wedding dress at Tracadaro in Paris.
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Next location for our team was meant to have been the Pont Alexandre bridge, however, the protest had also closed the bridge! So instead of shooting along the most beautiful bridge in Paris and then continuing to the Grand Palais across the Seine, we came up with a new plan!
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Hrissa the designer, and Violeta the photographer smiling together during the photo shoot in Paris.
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Photographer taking a photo of model posing in wedding dress on a bridge in paris.
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model posing on a bridge in Paris in a wedding dress.
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female model posing on a bridge in Paris wearing a wedding dress and red lipstick.
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Model in red lipstick posing in a wedding dress on Pont Alexander bridge in Paris.
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Paris is no match for the ban on Love locks;)
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model wearing a wedding dress and leather jacket with photographer walking across a bridge to next location.
model standing next to the River Seine wearing a wedding dress while twirling on a sunny day..


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Then we had our last surprise...which was a swan swimming in the Seine! Very rare to see, and such a beautiful visit from nature to capture alongside our final dress shot in Paris. 
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We couldn't have done it without so much help, mostly from strangers all in the fashion industry in Paris. Sometimes you have to really remember just how lucky we all are.
Instagram messages between Hrissa, designer of Elika In Love, and contacts in Paris.
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Instagram messages between Hrissa, designer of Elika In Love, and contacts in Paris.
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make up artist doing models makeup in wedding dress while standing.
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Elika In Love wants to specifically thank Vichik Ayorn, our HMUA, for going above and beyond to ensure the shoot was a success. From having everything anyone could ever need on a shoot (including a change room with floor mat) he is also a dream to work with and is very talented.
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Having immigrated from Cambodia to Paris to follow his dream of doing hair and makeup in fashion (which is no easy feat), Vichik became well known and came highly recommended. He was an integral part of the success of this beautiful shoot. Thank you for being so wonderful, "Mary Poppins!". 
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Elika In Love | Full Moon Collection 2020

Photographer: Violeta Yavidan  @yavidan_v www.yavidanvioletaphotography.com 
Model: Candice Duthe @candiceduthe www.candic-d.book.fr/
HMUA: Vichik Ayorn @Vichikayorn www.vichikayorn.com
 




Wedding Gown Shopping | Size Guide

WEDDING DRESS SIZE GUIDE 

Tips on shopping for your wedding dress! Please choose the size closest to your own measurements from the options below. If in between sizes, select one size bigger so that alterations can be done by a professional tailor.  Be sure to have a knowledgeable person take your measurements so that you may select the most accurate size.  Also allow yourself enough time to have alterations done by a professional tailor once you've received your dress.  The standard amount of time for alterations to be completed is usually one month before your wedding day.
 
Size 2 - 32" bust 24" waist 34" hip
Size 4 - 33" bust 26" waist 36" hip
Size 6 - 34" bust 27" waist 37" hip
Size 8 - 36" bust 29" waist 39" hip
Size 10 - 38" bust 31" waist 41" hip
Size 12 - 41" bust 34" waist 44" hip