Veronica Sheaffer Fall 2014 Wedding Dresses

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 deansie wedding dress look book

We are all for customizable wedding dresses, so when Veronica Sheaffer presented her range of pleasantly priced custom bridal gowns and accessories for the Fall/Winter 2014 season, we were really excited to share them with you. Each of the gowns within the designer’s collection and the Little Blue Bow collection (all handmade in Chicago, mind you) retails for under $2,500. But oh, the best part of the collection is of course the design! Romantic, with a playful vintage touch, these wedding dresses are a beautiful showcase of Sheaffer’s timeless aesthetic, which marries classic femininity with modern individuality.

Our favorite looks include Deansie, above, a gold‐striped chiffon gown with taffeta bow at the waist and Chamomile, below, a knee-length lace dress (shown with Daisy long sleeve lace top).

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 chamomile with daisy blouse look book

Orchid  cap sleeve gown.

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 orchid gown photo shoot

Orchid features a detachable point d’esprit train.

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 orchid gown back photo shoot

Buttercup capelet.

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 bridal accessories buttercup capelet

Wisteria gown with Daffodil top.

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 wisteria wedding dress daffodil top lookbook

Perfect Bow veil, shown with Deansie gown.

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 perfect bow veil with deansie gown lookbook

Peony pink taffeta bodice with lace skirt.

veronica sheaffer fall 2014 peony strapless wedding dress lookbook

Little Blue Bow by Veronica Sheaffer, named after the blue bows inside each Sheaffer gown, allows brides to choose their silhouette, fabric and embellishments to build their individual look. This collection features pieces that can be easily incorporated into the bride’s every day wardrobe after the wedding. Each season, new fabrics and embellishments will be introduced, pulling from the designer’s collections. Also available are an assortment of accessories designed to complement each season’s selections and further personalize the look.

Below, Daisy long sleeve lace blouse with lace border trim. Love how this top totally changes the look of Peony!

veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 daisy long sleeve lace blouse

Chamomile strapless knee-length lace dress.

veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 chamomile strapless knee length lace wedding dress

Buttercup point d’esprit capelet with lace trim and bow at the back.

veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 buttercup point d esprit capelet

Daffodil crinkle chiffon blouse with cap sleeves.

veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 daffodil cap sleeve crinkled chiffon blouse


veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 deansie strapless wedding dress


veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 orchid wedding dress cap sleeves


veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 peony strapless wedding dress pink taffeta bodice

Wisteria gown with boned silk taffeta bodice and lace accent at the waist.

veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 wisteria wedding dress cap sleeveless straps

Perfect Bow veil.

veronica sheaffer bridal fall 2014 perfect bow veil

Veronica Sheaffer designs and produces her line in Chicago, IL and blogs at My Hands Made It.


Wild Roses And Lavender DIY Floral Crown Tutorial

I think this is my favourite of all of our  Roses & Ribbons DIY projects so far.

(As you may have noticed, I have a penchant for floral crowns ~ here’s 30 (yes that’s three zero) of my all time favourites.)

Below is a simple step by step tutorial from uber talented florist Karen of Huckleberry Karen Designs that demonstrates just how to make a statement floral crown of roses. And surprisingly it’s not as tricky as you might think.

I love that Karen suggested using small spray roses as opposed to the large roses often used in floral crowns. A few sprigs of fragrant lavender and velvety dusty miller completed the garland.

This dreamy combination of flowers resulted in a slightly more wild look while still retaining a chic air to it. Perfect for boho brides and English country garden fetes, it would make a lovely accessory for bridesmaids too!

Floral Crown DIY 


Floral wire
Floral tape
Wire Cutter
Clippers to cut the flowers
2 bunches of spray roses (we used a light pink and dark pink)
1 bunch dusty miller
1 bunch of sprigs of lavender

Step By Step Tutorial

1. First take the floral wire and make a circle with it – roughly the size the size of the head you would like to make the wreath for.

2. Wrap floral tape around the wire shaped like a circle

3. Cut sprigs of flowers you want to use and have them ready to attach to the wreath.

4. Start with a spray rose and some green foliage (we used dusty miller) and secure to the wreath.

5. Continue to add to the wreath with different flowers all around the wire.

6. Secure to your head with bobby pins.

Also, how off the charts gorgeous are these tutorial photos by Simply Jessie Photography?!

Our lovely model for the day, and my San Francisco dog walking pal, Mayu, is rocking that flower crown like a pro.

And here’s a simple cut out and keep / pinnable version of the tutorial I made especially for you. Hope you find it helpful.

Wild roses and lavender floral crown, floral garland, floral wreath DIY tutorial

Top Tips For Floral Crowns

Throughout his project I discovered that although floral crowns may look incredible in photo shoots, in real life they can actually feel quite heavy. A trial run at making your crown and seeing how many roses / how much foliage you can comfortably perch atop your head is definitely recommended.

And bear in mind that your flower crown may start to get a little droopy after 8 hours or so so you might need some reception hair accessories / a hairstyle back up plan for later in the evening.

Are any of you planning on wearing a floral crown on your big day?

Best of luck with your floral crown escapades lovelies, I want to see pics!

Also feel free to leave a comment or a question below for myself and Karen. We’re happy to help if you have any questions.

Pssst…Once everybody had gone home after the shoot, I couldn’t resist trying out the flower crown for myself and having my very own pouty, Lana Del ray moment! Wanna have a giggle? Check it out on Instagram.

Photographer: Simply Jessie Photography / Floral Designer: Huckleberry Karen Designs / Rental Furniture: One True Love Vintage Rentals

50 Romantic Wedding Hairstyles Using Flowers

There’s something so romantic about a bride with flowers in her hair don’t you think?

And contrary to popular belief, they’re not just for trips to San Francisco. Or boho brides.

There is a floral accessory and hairstyle combo to suit all kinds of brides and wedding styles. From rustic to glam, vintage to modern and everything in between.

Prepare to be inspired lovely ones…your dream wedding hair could be just a scroll away!

Up Dos

Clusters of flowers make a beautiful addition to a wide variety of ‘hair up’ styles. Especially messy ‘dos.

1. Boho updo via Style Me pretty | 2. Messy up do via Rock My Wedding | 3. Romantic hairstyle via Style Me Pretty | 4. Roses Hairstyle photo by Alixann Loosle Photography | 5. wild flower up do via Style Me Pretty 

One Single Bloom

Make a statement with one single, big, bold bloom.

Fluffy peonies or ‘dinner plate dahlias’ are perfect for this!

6. Waterfall braid bun via Style Me Pretty | 7. Romantic hairstyle via Style me Pretty | 8. Wild peony hairstyle via Bridal Musings | 9. Peony Hairband DIY Tutorial via Bridal Musings | 10. Peony hairstyle via Ruffled

Half Up Half Down / A Little Pinned Away From The Face

All the romance of hair down and loose, just with a little more interest.

The half you put up doesn’t have to be the crown section, you could do, as the gorgeous bride did below (no.15) and braid the hair from one side of your head and sweep the rest of your hair over one shoulder.

11. Colourful flowers hairband via Bridal Musings | 12. White flowers in hair via The Sweetest Occasion| 13. Pastel roses hairstyle via Style me Pretty | 14. Half up half down hairstyle via Wedding Chicks | Braided hairstyle with flowers via Bridal Musings | via Green Wedding Shoes

A Beautiful Braid / Side Braid

Delicate flowers woven into an everyday braid or fishtail braid make them so much more fancy. Use baby’s breath, daisies or even tiny roses or rosebuds.

Or try a twisted rope style braid like no. 17 below to up the glam factor even more.

17. Rope braid with flowers hairstyle via Wedding Chicks | 18. Braid with roses via Bridal Musings | 19. Fishtail braid via edding Chicks

Braided Halo Crowns With Flowers Interwoven Into The Braid

Embrace your inner goddess and go for an intricate braided up ‘do adorned with white roses and baby’s breath like these two beauties below.

20. Braided hairstyle by Hair and Make Up By Steph | 21. Forehead braid hairstyle via Ruffled

Floral Crowns

The ultimate floral accessory for boho brides.

 DIY rose and lavender crown tutorial via Bridal Musings

Ok so I cheated a little bit here, 30 of the stylish ways are actually featured in this previous post >> 30 Floral Crowns For Boho Brides.

Floral crowns have been gaining in popularity over the past couple of years and as much as I love them, I decided to keep things fresh in this post and show you a wide variety of other options for wearing flowers in your hair.

Click the photo below to see the full post that’s just bursting with inspiration & DIY tutorials.

(Check out the full post for all the credits.)

So there you have it 50+ gorgeous ways to wear flowers in your hair!

My Top Tips On Choosing The Perfect Flowers For Your Big Day Hair

Here are a few things to consider:

What Type of Flowers?

Consider what flowers you’ll be having in your bouquet and centerpieces. Not that they have to be matchy matchy but complimentary blooms and colours will give your overall bridal look coherence. Also think about the amount and weight of the flowers you want to use as it’s important that you’re comfortable on the day too.

During our Roses & Ribbons DIY Series, I discovered just how deceptively heavy a crown of roses really is!

Work with your florist to discuss the different options and combinations of flowers. Or if you’re going the DIY route, be sure to do a test run before the big day to make sure your floral fancies will stay in place!

What Style of Wedding Dress?

When deciding on any wedding hairstyle (with or without flowers) it’s important to consider the style of wedding dress you’ll be wearing. Are there any details you want to show off like an intricate back or delicate cap sleeves? If so, you might prefer to wear your hair up or swept to the side. Consider the type of material your dress is made from and the cut will.

To Veil or Not Veil? 

None of the brides above wore a veil alongside their flowers but that’s not to say you should rule a veil out completely. (For my bridal look I wore a few blush and cream fabric roses by my ear and a long, tiered cathedral length veil.) Or perhaps you could opt for a veil for your ceremony and a floral crown for your reception.

Fresh or Fabric? 

Wearing fresh, fragrant flowers in your hair feels extra special but bear in mind if you’re wearing them all day, they may start to look a little wilted towards the end of the night. (Not that you or your guests will notice as you’ll be too busy shaking what your mama gave ya on the dance floor!) Fabric flowers can often look very realistic and you’ll be left with a beautiful keepsake of your day that will never ever wilt.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. What’s your favourite number?

Why not share in the comments how you’re wearing your hair on your wedding day ~ everybody loves a bit of hair talk!

And if you’d like even more hair-spiration and hair tutorials check out these pretty posts or head on over to my Heavenly Hair board on Pinterest.

DIY Gold and Glitter Dipped Feathers

Many moons ago* I shared lots of pretty and unique ways to incorporate feathers into weddings ~ from bouquets to boutonnieres, fascinators to favors.

I also shared my Top 10 Feather DIY Tutorials so you lovely lot could get your craft on.

Well, here I am again, sharing two more floaty, fluffy, feathery DIY tutorials because, dear friends, I think you’ll agree with this equation…

Feathers + Glitter = Gorgeous Wedding Decor

photo by Julia Golden Photography

Feathers Dipped In Gold Paint DIY

For example, behold James of Bluebird Vintages rock n roll / Southwest style wedding decor ~ black feathers dipped in gold paint strung from the ceiling of the barn over the dance floor.

What a magnificent, magical site!

photos by Brooke Schwab via Bluebird Vintage

Feathers Dipped In Gold AND Glitter DIY

Why not add a little sparkle to the mix?

Michelle of Michelle, Ryan and Ellie Mae ,who also happens to be a gorgeous Bridal Musings bride (Whoop!), shares a step by step tutorial on how to create gold and glitter dipped feather garlands.

photo by The Daylight

photo and tutorial via Ryan, Michelle and Ellie Mae

Beautiful aren’t they?

Check out the full DIY tutorial here.

(You can also see Ryan and Michelle’s rustic and romantic nuptials here.)

Glitter Feathers DIY

Over on the awesome Australian arts and craft magazine Frankie, Anabela of Fielguided shares her simple tutorial on how to make these oh so dreamy glitter feathers.

All you need is a glue stick and some glitter!

She also shares some unique ideas on how to use them.

I especially love the idea of tying the feathers to a balloon ~ they’d make a fab addition to these Geronimo style big round balloons.

 photos and tutorial by Anabela of Fielguided via Frankie

Once you’ve made your sparkly feathers they can be used to create delicate garlands, hair clips, earrings or even to jazz up a bouquet or centerpieces. They’d also make pretty place settings attached to a length of rustic twine and wrapped around each guest’s napkin.

Will you be incorporating glittery feathers into your wedding decor?

Or perhaps you’ll use them as unique gift packaging?

Brown paper packages tied up with string plus a couple of sparkly, gold dipped white feathers perched on top would be delightful.

DIY Wedding Keepsake Christmas Ornament

Hello lovelies,

I hope all you had wonderful weekends. Feeling well and truly festive yet?

My family and our close friends just had a faux Christmas weekend filled with present giving, turkey, crackers, boozy games of Yahtzee, carol singing and all the trimmings. It was so much fun! (Instagram peek here.)

We did it because we can’t all be together for a traditional Christmas day as some of us are flying out to Dubai for Christmas, including Zee & I. (It’ll be my first ever hot Christmas!)

Onto the DIY ~ this crafty, festive project has captured my imagination because it combines two of my favourite things ~ weddings + Christmas!

via Something Turquoise

Make A Christmas Bauble Out Of Your Wedding Mementos

Why not incorporate something sentimental from your wedding day into your Christmas decor for years to come?

Imagine telling your future children about that extra special bauble on the tree?!

It’s almost too cute for words!

DIY Suppiles:

– A mememto from your wedding eg. invitation / order of service / petals from your bouquet / photos

– A clear glass/plastic bauble ornament (with a lid you can take off) available from Michaels (US) Panduro Hobby (UK), Amazon or local craft stores.

– Scissors

– String

– Any additional decorative touches such as glitter or ribbons

DIY Wedding Invitation Christmas Ornaments

You might not think it but your wedding invitations could make a super pretty ornament with a bit of creative cutting and curling.

see the full DIY tutorial on Bear Rabbit Bear

see the full DIY tutorial on After Yes

see the full DIY tutorial on Something Turquoise

Though, to be honest I’d be reluctant to cut up my actual invite – perhaps make a copy or use a spare that didn’t get sent out!

DIY Wedding Photo Christmas ornament

Ironically, I haven’t actually got a pretty photo to show you, but basically you carefully bend a small photo into the glass bauble and open it up so that the image faces outwards.

Take a look at this DIY tutorial on

I love the idea of making one each year for/with your children and watching as they grow ~ your Christmas tree will inevitably have to grow too to make space for them all!

DIY Wedding Bouquet Christmas Ornament

Are you preserving your wedding flowers? Or perhaps you had (or are having) a petal toss instead of a confetti toss?

Then use those fabulous florals as a reminder of your wedding every Christmas with this super easy DIY.

Carefully ‘smoosh’ your flowers or petals inside a glass ornament, gently open themup with a BBQ skewer or pencil. Et voila!

see the full DIY tutorial on Holly Kao

My personal favourite project is this one by Come on Ilene – she used petals and a ribbon from her wedding for extra sentimental value.

see the full DIY tutorial on Come on Ilene

So there you have it, a simple DIY project to think about if you’re a soppy, sentimental type like me.

What do you think?

Is this a project you’d consider doing after your big day?

ps. Also, on the subject of personalized Christmas ornaments, they make great gifts or winter wedding favours too!

Wedding Hair Inspiration & Tutorials: The Classic Chignon

Sleek, sophisticated and oh so chic.

The chignon is the quintessential bridal hair style.

But what exactly is a ‘chignon’?

Cue Wikipedia definition:

The word “chignon” comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck. 

Chignons are generally achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck or at the back of the head, but there are many different variations of the style. 

photo by Dev Photography

Today I’m focusing on chic, sleek and classic chignons.

(Mainly because I’ve featured a whole bunch of messy, boho, braided hairstyles recently from fishtail braids to 50 of the most romantic hairstyles using flowers.)

It’s time to get formal, folks.

Chignon Top Tips

Think of it like a forward roll in gymnastics ~ simply tuck and roll.

Okay so it’s not quite as simple as that but the basic principles are all about twisting and rolling the hair in on itself, then tucking the ends in. The styles are low to the head, near the nape of the neck, and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started ~ ready, set Pin!

Chignon Inspiration For DIY Brides (Or Your Hairstylist)

Bouffant Chignon ~ add a retro twist to your chignon by pumping up the volume at the crown and or base. Use a sock, hair donut or extensions to give your chignon a bit of oomph. You can also tease your hair using a comb/teasing brush to create fullness and shape.

Whichever technique or accessory you use, just be sure to smooth the top section of your hair to cover it.

Sarah Gawler via Ruffled

Side Part Chignon ~ go deep and go low with your parting for a dramatic effect. Roll up hair horizontally and / or to one side for a modern take on this classic ‘do.

by Hair and Make Up By Steph

Sleek Chignon ~ this style is smooth and sophisticated, a mix between a French twist and a chignon this style is all about sectioning and overlapping hair. Use shine serum to tame flyaways.

Dev Photography via One Wed

Creative Chignons ~ add a few faux curls by positioning small sections of hair into a round, pin curl, securing with bobby pins from underneath so that you can’t see them. Or wrap sections across each other to add a bit of extra interest to a simple style.

Smallpigart Photography via Style Me Pretty

Patricia Lyons Photography via Style Me Pretty

Renee Brock via Junebug Weddings

Heather Cook Elliott Photography via Style Me Pretty |  Alissa Ferullo Photography via Style Me Pretty

Top 5 Chic & Classic Chignon Tutorials

Just as there are a huge variety of chignon styles, there are tonnes of tutorials out there. After lots of research and attempting many a chignon, here are my Top 5 Classic Chignon Tutorials.

I’ve chosen them because they are relatively simple and explained in easy to follow steps.

No bride wants to be stressing out following lots of steps to DIY their hair on their wedding day!

#1 The girls at The Beauty Department show us how to create a simple chignon with lots of body. Finish with a blinging hair clip for extra drama.

Full Tutorial via The Beauty Department

#2 This tutorial is very similar to the look above but instead of bringing the remaining hair up and over to cover the sections that are rolled in on themselves, Kayley of Sidewalk Ready tucks it underneath, creating an up do that looks far more complicated and intricate than it actually is. Genius.

#3 So this tutorial is in French but don’t let that put you off ~ you can learn a lot simply by watching. I’m a little bit obsessed with this blog, Secrets Des Coquettes. It’s my new hair and beauty crush with beautifully styled, well paced tutorials.

I just wish I’d listened more in French class!

#4 This tutorial is the perfect example of using your own hair to create volume with a whole lot of teasing of the mid lengths and ends.

#5 Another gem from The Beauty Department archives ~ a prim and proper ‘do perfect for the modern bride.

Full Tutorial via The Beauty Department

These up dos would be perfect for city chic soirees or ballroom weddings ~ on brides, their maids or stylish wedding guests.

Which is your favourite style of chignon?

How will you be wearing your hair on your big day?

If you’d like even more hair-spiration and hair tutorials check out these pretty posts or head on over to my Hairstyles board on Pinterest.

ps. I’d recommend having a trial with a professional hairstylist before going it alone as they can help you discover what works best for your face shape and hair type/length as well as choosing styles to compliment your dress, hair accessories, make up and overall bridal look.

If you decide to go the DIY route just make sure you (or one of your bridesmaids/friends) have lots of practice runs doing the style before the big day.

(And be sure to share photos!)

DIY Shoe Clips: Chiffon Pom Poms

DIY Shoe Clips: Chiffon Pom Poms

Pretty shoes and pom poms are a match made in heaven, if you ask me.

So here’s a darling DIY project for you to get your crafty hands on and your pedicured feet into.

Pom pom shoe clips are perfect for weddings, parties or those days when you want to add a little extra fanciness (and fun) to your step!

With a bit of chiffon in your favourite hue(s) and a steady hand you can make your very own pom pom shoe clips.


Ninette Van Kamp of Wake Up and Make Love (it’s an awesome name isn’t it?) creates the cutest wedding favours, stationery and accessories you ever did see. She also designs gorgeous lingerie and garters and holds regular craft workshops at Homemade London to teach brides to be, hen parties and crafty folk how to make them.

In fact, Homemade London kindly let us use their colourful and creative space for our DIY projects (yes, plural – stay tuned as we have another project to share that’ll be coming to your computer screens in a couple of weeks!)

Talented London wedding photographer, and all round lovely lady, Kat Hill, was on hand to take pretty photos for us too.

Read on for the full (and very detailed) tutorial…


You will need…

– Polyester Chiffon (1/2 Metre)

– Scissors

– A Pencil

– Small Piece Of Thick Card

– Shoe Clip Blanks (you can get them at fabric stores, we got ours from Etsy)

– Needle

– Thread

– Glue Gun


Step 1. Fold your length of chiffon into a square or rectangle shape (as if you were folding a towel / bed sheet) fold in half, then half again and so on until you end up with lots of layers of chiffon one on top of the other.

Step 2. Draw a circle in pencil on the top layer of chiffon according to how large you want your pom pom to be.

We drew around a reel of ribbon, you could draw around a coffee mug or a side plate.

Step 3. Use a few pins to gather the chiffon together in the centre so that it is secure (making it much easier to cut the fabric).

Then carefully cut around the circle – you will end up with lots of chiffon circles.

Step 4. Fold each chiffon circle in half and half again and again to create layered triangles and pinch them at the bottom to hold the shape.

Step 5. Do a few stitches near the bottom of the triangles with a needle and thread (using the same or a similar colour to your chiffon fabric) then tie a knot to keep them tightly bound together.

Don’t worry, these stitches don’t have to be neat as you won’t see them once the pom is opened up.

Then repeat and stitch four or five triangles together at the bottom.

Keep repeating these steps and adding new layers to your pom.

Step 6. Use more or less layers depending how fluffy and full you’d like your poms to be.

Once you’re happy with the fullness, fluff out the layers so that the pom looks domed on top.

Then cut off any excess fabric.

Step 7. Cut out a small circle out of thick card (big enough to cover the bottom surface of your pom) then use a glue gun to attach it to the fabric at the bottom of your pom.

FYI – This cardboard circle provides a flat, sturdy surface to attach the shoe clip blank to. (That’s the metal part that has the clip mechanism.)

Step 8.Use the glue gun to secure the card circle to the shoe clip blank, ensuring that the clip part is facing outwards.

Step 9. Once the glue is dry and the clip is securely attached to the pom, do a little more ‘fluffing to ensure you’re happy with the way the layers look.

Clip to the front of your shoe…et voila!

You’ve got yourself one pretty pom pom shoe clip.

Step 10. Repeat steps 1-9 to make a matching pom for your other shoe!


You all know by now that I love my ‘cut out and keep’ / pinnable images, so here’s an overview of the tutorial.


– When I was making my shoe clip, I found it quite tricky to hold all the pieces of fabric together without them springing out of my hands. So I created lots of mini sections then stitched them together (as demonstrated in the tutorial above).

– Keep your stitches low down on each section so that they won’t be visible when your pom is finished.

– Bear in mind that chiffon is prone to fraying, so the edges of your pom will look a little ‘undone’ – but I actually think  it looks really pretty!

– Don’t like sewing? Use the glue gun to glue the sections together or try using a stapler. But remember chiffon is a very delicate fabric so gather as many layers as possible together before stapling then you’ll only need a couple of staples. (As opposed to creating lots of mini sections).

– Once you’re feeling confident you’ve got the technique down, why not try using different fabrics?  Velvet or lace would make beautiful poms (although  they won’t look quite as springy or fluffy as chiffon and you may need to use more fabric to get the desired pom-tastic effect).

– If you’ll be making a lot of pom poms – for example for your bridesmaids, create a circle template out of card that you can use over and over again.

– These cute pom pom clips can even be used as pretty hair accessories or lapel pins!


If you’re more of a buy kind of bride than a crafty DIY one, you can find similar pom pom shoe clips from various Etsy sellers and Dessy have some floral shoe clips in a wide range of colours. Bando used to do some really cute versions but you could always use their pom pom hair clips instead.

So dear sweet readers, I do hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Please let me know how you get on or if you have any tips or tricks of your own to share.

As always I’d love to hear from you in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest…or your social media app of choice!

BIG thanks to Nin and Kat for lending their skills, talent and expertise to this project.