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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: THEA BLOCH-NEAL OF HUSHED COMMOTION

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: THEA BLOCH-NEAL OF HUSHED COMMOTION

about thea...

I studied fashion design at Pratt Institute and when I graduated I went into women's wear design with a wonderful company based out of New York. Eventually, they transitioned into bridal design and I continued on with them, which is where I learned about the wedding industry. I grew to love it and eventually started my own company. Bridal belts are one of my favorite things to make in the collection. I've always had a huge love of belts on a day to day basis. I have too many in my closet. The hand beading process really inspires me and I find it really rewarding. I find anything vintage, art deco or art nouveau inspiring. Even though I do work with crystals, my aesthetic as a whole tends to be less sparkly than other bridal designers.

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about hushed commotion...

We offer a range of beaded belts, headpieces, veils, and earrings. We also do a few fun dog collars for dogs that are participating in the wedding, and we do a lot of custom work, primarily through our studio but also digitally with bridals who are not local.

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what they offer...

Veil styles that we do consist of the Juliet cap, drop veil, birdcage, fingertip length, ballerina length, cathedral length. We have pieces with silk flowers adorning them, ones with beading, and ones with feathers.

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on veil materials...

My most popular veil is a silk tulle veil (the Mora Veil). My brides love the Mora because that fabric is especially luxurious and drapes very beautifully. A lot of brides these days don't want "puffy" veils, they prefer veils that are more streamline and have a nice drape. Quality is really important here at Hushed Commotion; we source from a lot of local vendors and make sure that the veil always feels as luxurious as they look.

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how to choose a veil...

The veil really depends on the style of the dress, so I think that is an important starting point. A bride should have their dress before choosing a veil. Some brides want it to match their dress with beading or embroidery. Other brides choose it for the religious aspect, so we always make sure we match those guidelines when doing a veil for them. Some brides want it for the vintage aesthetic and those brides usually go for a birdcage-style of veil.

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on film vs. digital photography...

I grew up in a family with a photographer as my father who shot film, so, I have learned to see the nuances. Film does tend to be more costly and it takes more time, but I find that the details and colors are much more enhanced when using film, so it's worth it. Not all the photographers I work with shoot film, but when I shoot my collection once a year I always work with a photographer that shoots on film. That being said, digital has come a long way, especially in the last five years and I do love my photographers that I work with that shoot in digital - some of my favorite wedding photos have also come from those photographers. I think it comes down to education, my digital photographers who have shot in film and have that background tend to be better at shooting in digital. 

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on bridal accessory trends...

Part of what I love about the wedding industry is that it is not so trend-driven! Haha. It is something I have found most rewarding over the last eight years in the wedding industry. People these days are way more accepting and supportive of people having their own style. In the last few years, pieces that are vintage, bohemian and less sparkly have made a comeback, which I really love.

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her personal favorite...

My favorite veil in the collection is our Artemis veil from last year. I love it because it is the perfect balance of vintage and having unique detail, but not being too loud. Also, the English netting tulle used in this veil is one of my new favorite fabrications and I have since used it in a number of other pieces.

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advice for the bride on a limited budget...

I am a big fan of unique earrings. If someone was trying to adorn themselves with a veil and minimal accessories, unique statement earrings are budget friendly and beautiful. Our Brooke, Renee and Mandy styles would be great options paired with our Mora veil for a bride on a budget.

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For more information about Thea and Hushed Commotion, visit her website or Instagram (@hushedcommotion).

Photographs by Jen Huang and Lindsey Madden

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