The University Club of Santa Barbara is more than just a social club with great food and world class facilities; it’s a Santa Barbara tradition stretching back more than 90 years. The Club’s bridal room, flooded with natural light, high ceiling and elegantly appointed furniture offered the perfect location for our vintage inspired photo shoot. Model Kimberly Currin, our fresh faced ingénue with her classic looks and warm spirit brought life to a wonderful collection of jewelry and hair accessories by Mercedes Trump’s boutique, Beautiful. My ten years as a Wedding Planner and Event Designer in Santa Barbara has earned me a reputation for not being afraid of color and creating dramatic visuals. Melissa Musgrove captured perfectly the drama this talented team of Santa Barbara’s finest event professionals created that day, in that beautiful room!
With so many choices for hosting a green wedding these days, there are still very few wedding dress designers considering their environmental impact and catering to the socially conscious bride-to-be. This is why we were thrilled to learn about our very own Santa Barbara based, Eco Couture Designer, Jessica Iverson.
Jessica Iverson Eco Couture is a “green,” fair trade bridal collection. She designs for the modern bride (and bridesmaid) with fashion ethics who seeks sumptuous couture bridal while staying green. Working with the most luxurious eco friendly silk fabrics, Jessica combines timeless elegance with modern, fashion forward style. Her designs have been featured in Brides, GetMarried TV, CBS the Morning Show, Fox, NYTimes and more.
Jessica Iverson’s long time passion for being “Green,” and for humanitarianism inspired the creation of Jessica Iverson Eco Couture. Jessica’s Eco Couture brings together a love of haute couture with care and responsibilty for the planet, and human rights. Aware that the fashion industry is hugely draining on mother earth, Jessica strives to use organic, sustainable and socially responsible materials whenever possible. ”My goal is to make the whole process as harmonious as possible, from start to finish. The fabrics are produced ethically and responsibly, the manufacturing is fair, and a percentage goes back to charity, and offsets our carbon footprint. My goal is for the bride to love her gown, but also for everyone involved in bringing that gown to her to benefit from it as well, it’s a way of manufacturing that is more holistic and less ‘bottom line” shares Jessica.
Jessica was truly breaking new ground with her approach to wedding dress design and manufacturing. As the competition begins to follow Jessica’s lead, she welcomes them with open arms and is encouraged by the progress. Jessica recalls, ”When I launched my Eco Couture collection there really weren’t any desirable options for brides seeking something Green and Cruelty Free either, (other than sourcing the fabrics themselves and finding someone to design it locally). Immediately after the collections launched we were featured in bridal publications and the major news sources across the country- other designers and manufacturers have since stepped up and started to offer both eco-friendly couture and maternity options.”
Jessica began dreaming up gown designs when she was 13 years old in the Vermont farmhouse where she spent her childhood. At the age of 21, after pursuing her education in NYC and Los Angeles, Jessica launched her first bridal collection Maternity Bride, making her the first to design bridal exclusively for expectant women. She now resides in Santa Barbara, California, designing bridal and formal attire and raising her five-year-old daughter Anna Lee.
Jessica, along with her couture gown designs will be featured at the upcoming Santa Barbara Wedding Couture bridal showcase, March 27th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a special presentation of her gowns. If you are interested in meeting Jessica and attending her upcoming showcase at Santa Barbara Wedding Couture, visit www.SantaBarbaraWeddingCouture.com to purchase advance tickets at a discounted price.