We strongly support the arts and when it came time to plan this wedding, it was important to us that we sourced as much as we could from independent artists and local small business owners. To make sure and highlight their amazing work, we wanted to feature them on this page. We encourage you to go and explore their shops and websites and to think of them (and the thousands of other artists out there sharing their passion and creativity with the world) when looking for a unique gift, an original piece of art or decor for your home, or a special touch for an important event. We hope that you will choose to support independent artists whenever and wherever you can!
Juliana Finch “sounds the way a good bourbon tastes.” A Georgia-based singer/songwriter with strong Americana roots, Juliana earns her spot in a long tradition of storytelling songwriters with a sultry, soothing voice and carefully crafted lyrics.
Above all, her music is about connection and sharing stories. She believes everyone has a story to tell and conveys that through her lyrics.
She loves playing music festivals and house concerts because of the strong sense of community and joy fostered there. Juliana has been featured at the Nashville Pride Festival, the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville, North Carolina, Ladyfest South, The Atlantis Music Conference, and was selected for the prestigious Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase in 2008.
She has played songwriter showcases at such iconic venues as Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and been featured several years in a row at 99x’s Unplugged In The Park Concert Series.
She’s a social media addict, as evidenced by her growing number of Twitter & Facebook followers and her bi-weekly online shows. Her current project is called “Songs for Fans”, where she writes & records a brand new song for every 100 Facebook fans.
She’s never met a pie she didn’t like.
Award-winning illustrator and sculptor Mark Helwig has a style all his own—quirky, creative, occasionally odd, and often humorous. His focus on craftsmanship, storytelling, and images that cause the viewer to “double take” are traits that set him apart in today’s industry. He is equally at home with a wide range of styles ranging from cartoons to photorealism and he works in everything from ink to oils to resin clay. His illustrations can be found gracing the products of many clients including gaming companies, book and comic book publishers, conventions, and advertising for local businesses. He is a frequent artist guest and panelist at shows and conventions across the Southeast, and his work is highly sought by discerning private collectors.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University, and he is a member of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
To commission Mark for illustrations, portraits, concept art, or other work, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. References are available upon request.
Hilary started making a living from her artwork in 1989. Along the way, she adopted the name Bunny with a Toolbelt, which encapsulated the way she loves to learn and work in many different art mediums. She also liked the name because she was quite fond of appearing in public in a bunny suit right around that time. She doesn’t do that too often these days, but it’s still a great business name.
In addition to Etsy, Hilary also sells her work at The Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Crafty Wonderland’s biannual bazaar in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. The work on her Etsy site has been featured in the Style section of the Sunday New York Times, Brides Magazine, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, Wedding Bee, Broke Ass Bride, and ReadyMade Magazine, among others.
For the curious, Hilary keeps a blog of her business which shows images from her workbench, things that inspire her, and what’s new. You can read it at www.bunnywithatoolbelt.blogspot.com.
When she is not working on her business, Hilary spends most of her free time making other artwork. She has created large scale installations for the Fuller Craft Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft (see link above), the Indianapolis Art Center and others. Her work is represented by Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco. You can see plenty of images of this work on her other website hilarypfeifer.com.
The spare time that’s left is spent volunteering for various arts organizations in her hometown, or hanging out with her sweetheart and their most awesome dog Weegee.
A woman with a dream. To create a life that is full of joy, laughter and love, and along the way to maybe bring a bit of that into others lives as well through creating unique and one of a kind items that warm the hearts and create smiles to those who purchase an item either for themselves or for another.