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Article: Behind The Scenes | 2019 Wrap Up

fashion patterns on rack at Brisbane wedding studio

Behind The Scenes | 2019 Wrap Up

The year is coming to an end. It's been a memorable one for all of us at Euphorie Studios. At the beginning of 2019, we decided to undergo a rebranding process after over 20 years of being known as Keooula Bridal to our current name, Euphorie Studios. Our creative director, Keoula, decided that the team she had assembled was growing to a stage where our name should reflect that; and so Euphorie was born.

At the start of the year, there were five individuals behind the Keooula brand. However, now as we head into 2020, we're a team of 10 and growing! It's been an incredible year for us and not possible without the help and kindness of every person who has supported and worked alongside us. We're all so grateful to be able to continue to do what we love and share it with the world.

We wanted to take some time to reflect on what has been a monumental year for all of us. We also wanted to showcase some of the work by the talented people we were fortunate enough to work with and a look inside our fashion house over 2019.

wedding gown on woman standing in snow

(Model: Annalise Monson / Photog: Tameika Leslie / H&MUA: Tahnii Marquis)

In the early stages of our rebranding, we enjoyed being invited to collaborate with three incredible people from Tasmania; Annalise, Tameika, and Tahnii.
We were so excited by the ideas they had envisioned, so we had to jump on board without hesitation. It ended up becoming a genuinely gorgeous photoshoot showcasing the hard work and dedication to their industries that all three have become well known for a while, also wearing our wedding dresses at some incredible and beautiful spots in Tasmania.

seamstresses work on wedding dress by hand

(Pictured: Euphorie Studios seamstresses Sunn & R)

In the lead-up to our debut collection launch, our Brisbane-based fashion house was in full swing, with everyone putting their talents, skills, and passion to use so that we could bring our 'Keepsake' collection to life. Countless hours were poured into every gown by our talented team of seamstresses and designers to bring the vision of our first collection as Euphorie Studios to life. 

bridal designer and bride in wedding dress in garden

(Pictured: Euphorie Studios Creative Director Keoula with model Miné Coester)

We were also fortunate enough to work with Wedding & Bride magazine on a photoshoot—our first time debuting some of our 'Keepsake' collection pieces in print before our launch. The beautiful Miné Coetser wore all gowns on location at The White House of Waterford in our home state of Queensland. 

wedding and bride magazine cover

We were eventually chosen for the honor of being on the cover of the Wedding & Bride magazine's Queensland edition for the third time, and we couldn't have been happier.

seamstress hand makes custom made gown

(Pictured: our head seamstress Jan at Euphorie Studios) 

Throughout all of this, our seamstresses were still hard at work bringing our custom-made wedding dresses and formal gowns to life at our Brisbane studio, continuing to uphold the tradition of craftsmanship that we all believe in at Euphorie.

 bride and bridal designer in custom wedding dress

(Pictured: Model Kristen Raffel with Euphorie Studios Creative Director Keoula)

bride in wedding dress with photographer at Brisbane studio

(Pictured: Euphorie Studios in-house photographer Nick Wheeler with model Kristen Raffel)

Our first round of photoshoots for Keepsake kicked off with Kristen Raffel, an absolute professional, and a joy to work with. Kristen worked tirelessly to ensure she helped us bring our collection to life visually. 

Brisbane model in white wedding dress

(Pictured: Serena Brookes)

Next up, we shot with the hard-working Serena. What was initially planned as a half-day shoot turned into two days of laughs and great times! Serena left such a remarkable impression on the entire crew that day that I'm sure none of us will ever forget.

model in red formal dress with make up artist in Brisbane studio

(Pictured: model Teagan Rothwell with make-up artist Jim J)

As always, we have our friend and go-to MUA Jim on hand at our shoots, including the one pictured above with our friend Teagan. Being able to work alongside models who are not only exceptional at what they do but are so open to collaboration and are willing to do whatever it takes has created so many beautiful connections and friendships for all of the staff at Euphorie.

bride wearing lace veil with wedding gown

(Pictured: model Annaliese McGuire)

After we had shot individual days with Kristen and Serena, we decided to do a double shoot with Teagan and Annaliese. It can quickly become chaotic when you've got a studio where seamstresses work in one room while a crew of seven people is shooting with two models in other rooms at the studio. Still, when you've got talents like Annaliese and Teagan, it becomes so fun that it almost doesn't feel like 'work.'  

bride in church on wedding day in her wedding gown

(Pictured: #euphorierealbride Mia)

Throughout designing and crafting the gowns for our 'Keepsake' collection, we continued creating timeless, one-off, custom-made wedding gowns for our beautiful Real Brides throughout the year. 

wedding dress on model with photographer at Mt Cootha botanical gardens in Brisbane

(Pictured: model Jade Luangsay with Euphorie Studios designer, product developer and camerawoman Leanne Hendrix) 

model holding bouquet wearing wedding dress with crown on at beauty pageant

(Pictured: Model & friend of Euphorie, Christy Taylor)

Our good friend Christy had decided to take part in the Pageant of the World, and as we'd sponsored her in years prior, we wanted to join forces with this wonderful woman again for 2019. We ended up dressing Christy in two of our gowns, and she went on to not only win 'Best Evening Gown' but the pageant overall! We couldn't be more proud of such a genuinely talented, unique, and kind-hearted person. Thank you, Queen Christy.

bridal designer hand finishing a lace wedding dress

(Pictured: Euphorie Studios seamstress Sunn doing some hand appliqué on one of our gowns)  

This has been a small snapshot into what ended up becoming an incredible year for all of us at Euphorie Studios. The love and support we've received from everyone thus far have been heartwarming and more rewarding than we could've ever imagined.
Thank you for coming along with us on this ride. We appreciate every gesture of love and respect that comes our way.

From all our us at Team Euphorie, we wish you all nothing but the best, the happiest of holidays, and a wonderful new year! Bring on 2020!.


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