bridal

erin rhyne brand shoot

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ERIN RHYNE

handcrafted headpieces for weddings and special occasions

Let me tell you about my friend Erin Rhyne who just so happens to be the human version of a ray of sunshine. Along with being one of the most true, genuine, funniest, and most caring people on the planet, she also creates these beautiful handcrafted headpieces for weddings and special occasions. Each one is unique and can be used as a bridal accessory or flower crown, as a headpiece for any special occasion or event, or even to jazz up your everyday look.

If you follow my blog posts, you might remember that I shared some images a few posts back of Erin's work. In that post, we showcased how you can style her pieces, along with a few 'portraits' of her accessories. While we're both very proud of those images, Erin had been talking about how much she loved seeing other artists' process photos, especially if they created handcrafted goods. She decided she wanted some process photos of her own to showcase.

When we got together to shoot, it was amazing to watch and photograph Erin in her element. Each individual flower starts out as a small ball of clay. She rolls it, portions out each petal, making sure each petal gets realistic veins, and shapes the flower. The clay flowers then need about a day to cure and harden so Erin can continue onto the next phase of crafting the flowers. Once they're dry and hard, she adds the fine detail like gold flecks or paint, depending on the look that she's trying to achieve for each headpiece. Once the flowers are done, that's when the construction of the headpiece begins. 

This whole process was incredible to photograph. It made me realize the immense amount of love and work that goes into each piece. Not only are these works of art amazing and unique to have for your wedding day, but it's now a precious family heirloom ready to be passed down from you to the next generation. No two accessories are exactly alike and each has it's own story, and that's exactly what I'm all about supporting. Creative small businesses who put their all into the quality products & services they offer. It's a special kind of small business that you can invest in that you won't be able to find at any chain of businesses. 

Photographer: Christine Gosch | Floral headpieces: Erin Rhyne | Film lab: The FIND Lab