Meet your designer Noelle Kostraba
The classic, alluring style of low back bridal and formal gowns inspired me to create backdrop necklaces to fill the space with glistening droplets of crystals and pearls for your big event.
I first started creating bridal jewelry, for real, for my own wedding. I couldn’t find back jewelry or any backdrop necklaces that were unique but classy. I decided to give it a try and make my own bridal jewelry. An artist and nail tech for over 30 years, I knew I had the same skill set to hand craft jewelry for a living. I met Lana May, a world renowned jewelry instructor and took classes for a couple of years. I was working on my own jewelry pieces between nail clients in my salon and clients took notice. They started commissioning me to design pieces for their weddings. When the photographer first saw me at my own wedding, she first commented on my necklace, not my gown, which made me think that I might be onto something here. I thought most people would comment on the gown first.
In 2009 I submitted pieces to Fire Mountain Gems for their worldwide beading contest. Four of my pieces made it to the finals out of thousands of submissions. That was huge to me and gave me the confidence to put everything I had into my passion.
I have had a love for design and jewelry since I was very young. I am one of 5 Granddaughters and we each had a week with our Grandparents during the summer. During a visit, when I was about 6 years old, I told them I wanted to make jewelry. My Grandmother, a wonderful seamstress, always collected random things that her Granddaughters might like to play with. She found all her empty spools of thread and a bunch of old shoelaces that I’m sure she was keeping just for such an occasion. She taught me to thread the spools onto the laces and tie a knot in the back. I made “a necklace” for myself and one for my grandmother. We both proudly wore my new creations every day that I was there. She probably threw it in the back of a drawer when I left but the fact that she wore it at all, made me feel special.
My Grandmother had a friend that owned a bead shop, where she took me the next day. I had no idea such places even existed! I was so mesmerized by all the sparkly beads that I told my grandmother I wanted to work at the bead shop when I was old enough. I was so excited when my Grandmother told me I could pick out a child size handful of crystals to make a bracelet. I remember searching through the shop for the most sparkly beads I could find. Later, my Grandmother patiently showed me how to thread a needle and string the beads. I thought I had the most beautiful bracelet in the world!
Remembering how I felt having all those strands of sparkly crystals wrapped around my wrist made me want to create the same wondrous feeling for brides on their special day and for women who love to sparkle for those other Champagne Occasions!
Photo Credit: Bridal Photo: Anna Marisol Photography www.annamarisol.com
Gown: Molina Bridal http://molinabridal.wixsite.com/molina-bridal
Tuxedo: Mr. Formal www.mrformalaz.com
Hair on Bride: Jaime Volez www.scissorsbeatpaper.com
Champagne Photo: Model Dena Mezzulo Denamarie8@hotmail.com