• Welcome to Firefly Path!

    I have this silly habit. With every person I meet I imagine what they might look like in the faerie realm. As I begin to know them better their fay features become more evident to me. This is the way I design fantasy costumes, enhancing or contorting their attributes. Lifting the veil to reveal their own otherworldly beauty and enchantment they possess. There is a place somewhere between waking and sleeping where faeries play. In this twilight hour we can pass through to their world and in that short time we might be able to enjoy their glamor and learn the secrets of their society.
    I hope you enjoy the journey through these costumes I create, the lore I weave, and the images the photographers have captured. Every stitch that has been sewn, every bead that shimmers helps tell the faerie's story. During the growth of Firefly Path my life has been a faerie tale. I've traveled the world with my wonderful friends to capture these mystical creatures on film. Seeking them out in castle ruins, perched in desert canyons, finding them in lush rain forests, hidden inside an ancient bathhouse, gracing palace courtyards and through it all I've learnt that dreams really do come true and I am so very happy to be sharing mine with you.
    - JoEllen Elam (Lillyxandra)

The Nereid

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~The Nereid~
This Nymph of the sea aids sailors fighting perilous storms. She dwells with her father and sisters in the depths of a silvery cave. For Eve Beauregard’s mermaid costume I created a this opalescent top and hip-fin to look like splashes of water. I tarnished her jewelry to look like sunken treasure she’d adorned herself with.

Saffels Photography and Eve Beauregard were so awesome for bringing this project together so quickly! We only had two days to get it done!
A special thanks to “flower soup” creators and people who helped make this shoot happen!
Reilena Cosplay
Jessica Dru
Sushi Monster
Chris Mandeville
Jack Conway
Stan Press
Ben Wallace
Raiya Corsiglia – Director

 

deviantART Feature “A Modern Day Fairy Godmother”

I’m proud to announce that deviantART.com featured my work “A Modern Day Fairy Godmother
Raiya Corsiglia – Director  filmed a series of videos going in depth about my Costume Design Career and interviewed me about my world of Cosplay ~
There is quite a bit of my knowledge and talks about how I turned my hobby into my full time job. If you are interested in doing the kind of work I do this is a great feature to view!

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GLASSbook Magazine The Unicorn Queen

I’m proud to collaborate with so many talented artists for this enchanting photo set! I pulled the Lavender Masquerade Fairy gown and created a dark purple lace shoulderpiece for Photographer & Stylist Leonid Gurevich‘s shoot with Doe Deere for a “Unicorn Queen” photoset for  GLASSbook Magazine. You can purchase the print issue of the magazine HERE

“Through deserts and forest, savannas and mountains, she travels – Eternally young, invisible, and unbothered. Once in a thousand years, the Kalavan fishs’ deep voices echo from the depths of the lake, and the glistening dew drops on surpoule’s wings reflect in the eyes of a unicorn, forming a mirrored passage into the 25th hour. Only then, for just a few breathtaking moments, she will appear in all her glory” – The Unicorn Queen 

Photographer and Stylist: Leonid Gurevich

Model & Mua: Doe Deere 

Hair: Daved Scissorhands 

Flower head pieces: Miss G Designs & Fiori Couture

Jewelry:  Gasoline Glamor

Purple Gown & Lace Shoulder Piece : Firefly Path

Wedding Journal JoEllen Elam and Jack Conway

The Beginning _______________

This journal entry will be updated through out our wedding journey! Older entries are at the bottom of this post. I’m so very excited to be sharing my wedding plans with you! At first I was considering buying a wedding dress from a store in downtown LA…and then I came to my senses. Like “WTF am I thinking?? I make fantasy dresses for other people for a living! Why would I buy a generic gown?” I guess seeing too many wedding Pintrest boards brainwashed me into thinking I wanted what everyone else pinned.

Any-who I snapped out of my pintresthaze and started designing my own dream wedding gown and from it all the details have been taking shape. Like with most projects it all starts with with a inspiration piece. Mine is a lace. A lace that I’ve been admiring for a few years now from a shop in the fabric district that is renowned for it’s high end /designer fabrics.

Buying from this store is well… taxing in many ways.  Not only are their fabrics very expensive but the owner (a rotund chest-hair baring Armenian) profusely hits on any attractive woman who comes into his store. While explaining that I was buying fabrics for my WEDDING GOWN  I had to keep reminding him that I don’t think my fiancé would approve of us going on a date and NO my sister is already married.

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This is the lace – It’s a beautiful off white 3D flower lace, embellished with pearls, clear sequins, & fabric leaves.

We are just getting started please keep checking for updates! We are getting hitched on Dec 22, 2014. So soon!!!

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Some of the first images from our photographer Prae Photography

Thank You!!___________________________

I‘m a married woman whaaa whaaaattt!!
Jack Conway and I are back from our honeymoon! It’s been a whirlwind these past few months in preparation for the wedding then immediately flying to Japan for our Honeymoon. I could not have wished for anything better. It’s been so much fun prepping with my mom for the ceremony and reception. Thank you Emily Tolbert of Two be Wed for making sure everything ran smoothly. At first Mary Lynn Elam and I thought we did not need a wedding planner since our wedding was so small but there are so many details that we overlooked where your expertise was mandatory. You rock! Prae Photography Thank you for capturing our wedding!! I can’t wait to see more photos!

Milynn Sedai Thank you for being a magical pony Maid of Honor and putting together the bachelorette trampoline party and making sure I look magical on my wedding day. Let’s be unicorns together forever 

Thank you Alexandra Prigge and Jes Reaves for bringing my wedding dress to life and giving our little cap his shield!

We had an amazing time in Tokyo!!! We would not have been able to experience the fun things we did without your donations to our Honeyfund The airline lost our luggage so we were only operating on basic essentials we had in our carry-on luggage. Anytime we had to pay for something we both were like “Honeyfuuunnnd!!!” To the generous people who donated:
David Conway Ginny Conway Lynn Larsen Boyd Jana Elam Rader Kizzy Stepanich Rhianne Paztastic Eve Beauregard Rachel Romero Madeleine Roux Matthew Mercer Donovan Shane Keith Trevor Scott Chloe Doan Aaron Pruner Kelly Pruner Laura Mees Gena Pearson Vanessa Walton LaShonda Hass Christina Evola Nowakowski Brittany Walloch Becky Horton Joey Rassool Tim Flanagan Ashley Perryman Quach Madeline Bell Cassie Wanda Marshall Mich Scott Analuz Kyle Garibaldi Stephanie Nemophilist EdwardsUnder The Table Nathan Rader Penny Hale Larry Hale Evan Ross HaleLacy Hale Juanna Hale Mose Hale Wayne Walloch Alisha CathirellCookieCup Cakes Meg Turney Katie Rose Garrett Scott Sarah Quillian Scott Theogene Nero Cindy & Ray, Emily Rogers

I have a whole new branch of family now and I’m so excited to be a Conway!

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When designing my wedding gown I knew right away that I didn’t want a traditional all white dress and something faerie-like with a formal feel. I wanted to wear something that had a mermaid silhouette with sweetheart neckline. I have big hips and wanted a dress that accentuated them. The dress is made with a soft pink dupioni silk with an overlay of beaded french lace. The pearl, crystal, and 3D lace embellishes the neckline and seam below my knees where the skirt flairs out. I wanted the skirt to look as though white flowers where growing along the knee line with, petals falling and cascading down from the seam. I made a lace harness that gives decoration to my décolletage. My husband loved my dress! I’m so thankful to Alex for working so hard to make my sketch come to life. I now understand why the folklore exists “every stitch sewn is a tear shed”. It’s to help the bride not worry about making her dress because there are so many other things to stress about during a wedding.

I wanted to share some of the progress photos of my gown being made but did not want to spoil the surprise until after the wedding.

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We cut up the lace and Alex hand-sewed each petal and lace bit to the tulle.

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I love my veil! It’s store bought but I felt the scalloped edges and beaded flowers matched the theme of my gown so nicely!

12/19/14___________________________

I know it’s not crafty but I had to share a photo of my wedding nails! They look like I ran my fingers through a Unicorn’s mane! I got them done at Pampered Hands on Melrose.

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12/16/14___________________________
Our little flower girl baskets! We sprayed the wicker baskets sliver and added moss and jewels to the lip.

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11/29/14________________________

I love our wedding invitations So airy, they look like clusters of butterflies We ordered this laser cut style from www.bweddinginvitations.com

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Our ring bearer and one of our flower girls are bother & sister. When Elliot found out that his big sister was going to be a fairy flower girl for our wedding he said “I want to be Captain America or a ninja!”. Jack and I though OMG! A little Cap ring bearer would be the most adorable thing ever! Jack is a big Captain America fan too. So Jack ordered a Captain America shirt and mask he can wear with his little suit. I though it would be adorable to make a pillow shield in place of the usual ring bearer pillow. Jes Reaves is a plush master! She patterned and created the pillow equipped with straps so he can actually wear it as a shield!

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11/23/14________________________

Doing some wedding crafting with my mom today! We are going to give these alter pillars a little woodland magic~ We added a touch of silver to the pillars and glued moss to look as though it grew in the crevasses. The white pillars were too stark white and distracted from the ferns.

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11/21/14________________________

My two fairy flower girl dresses are finished! They are very similar in design with a few variations in their color and accessories. I made the wings with with with organza, fantasy film and resin <3 I can’t wait to dress them up!!

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11/15/14________________________

My little flower girl dresses! I designed the skirts to look like petals. I lining each petal with horsehair braid and a balloon hem to give each petal shape. They are both made from the same ombré pink/fuchsia silk but we flipped the colors to add a little variety. The neckline and belt detail have the same 3D lace.

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11/13/14________________________

Creating several organza flowers for my flower girl accessories!

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These next few weeks we are sewing & crafting for my wedding! I’ve been debating whether to not to make my own wedding dress. There’s a folklore saying that a bride should never make her own gown because “every stitch sewn is a tear shed”… now usually I’m not the superstitious type, but because sewing is a huge part of my career I felt the need to abide. Sooo to get around this dilemma my amazing team of seamstress will we sewing my design! I’ll be posting more on my wedding gown later  We are currently making flower fairy dresses for my two flower girls! They will be very similar in design with a few variations in their color and accessories. This is the first one we created – We used pale pink ombre silk for the petals of the skirt. The top has a gathered layer of off-white tulle with 3D lace embellishing the shoulders and belt.

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Celebration___________
We are honored to share our special day with you! You all are so unbelievably kind! I’ve gotten messages asking if you can send Wedding Cards & Gifts. If you’d like to do so you send them to my studio:

Firefly Path LLC
631 Atkins Dr
Glendale, CA
91206, USA

We have a honeymoon “Honeyfund” account. If you are wanting to buy us a drink in celebration we will toast to you!

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