The six designs submitted by Mary Kelly show off her creative thinking and graphic arts skills. In her spare time she is a freelance artist who happens to illustrate wedding gowns for brides!:
Hello Greg Evans!
My name is Mary Kelly, from Doylestown, PA, and I entered dress designs #293-298. When I found out about the contest, I wanted to enter because I really admired Brad and Toni’s story of becoming firefighters, especially after 911. So with dress #293, I wanted to create something special for Toni with a nod to their brave profession.
I thought the dress should flatter her beautiful figure and express her bold personality. I illustrated a one-shouldered mermaid style bodice and a feminine flounce on the bottom. Red, orange, and yellow ombre colors, like a flame, start at the flounce and fade up to white. The edges of the dress towards the top and the edges of the veil subtly reflect the shape of flames as well. It is simple, yet edgy and fun and youthful.
For dress #295, I wanted to create more of a Cinderella feel. So her long white dress is enveloped in fluffy blue tulle that wraps around her with hints of sparkle. The longer white opera gloves and full-length veil adds the class and sophistication that Toni deserves on her wedding day.
I am a graphic designer for a large company and I freelance in illustrating wedding gowns. Painting beautiful dresses has become my livelihood. I have a website at www.marykellydesigns.squarespace.com if anyone wants to see more of my style. I love the idea of creating an original piece art for the most special dress in a girl’s life that will last forever.
Thank you for holding such a fun contest; it was an honor to be a part of it!