I have a special connection with each bride I work with, but Maya, oh Maya, well she liked Game of Thrones so we REALLY had a connection. She was a legit fan too, with theories, had read all the books, knew the family trees inside and out (like me) so we bonded instantly. The second thing I was instantly in love with, was that she wanted an ALL floral gown, it was official I was in designer heaven.

My first worry about the email I got from Maya was that she was in love with a particular floral fabric rather than the actually design of the dress. So often brides send me pictures of what they want and without knowing it, they have fallen in love with the fabric and not the actual style of the dress, and sourcing custom fabric is rarely an option. But after chatting with Maya she was 100% sure she wanted a floral wedding gown and was open to fabric options, but that it really was the design of the gown that she loved. 

Mayas’ gown was the most unique design I have done, because even though we had a basic plan, she was very open to changing the style to what looked best on her. So we tested out many design options; adding and subtracting until we came to this final beauty. I want to thank Maya for being an incredible bride, her dress got taken apart and put back together many, many times to add in new details and in the end all of our hard work paid off, because she was a perfectly unique and stunning bride. 

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Maya's Final Thoughts:

"I had always wanted something very unique and special for my wedding gown. I went to all the bridal salons and dress shops, tried on over 50 dresses and was just super bummed that I couldn't find something to suit my personality. After a recommendation from another bride in the same situation I decided that I needed to have someone make me a dress. I reached out to Carissa and right from the first moment we met I was so impressed by her knowledge, appreciation for unique, custom pieces and her genuinely overall talent. Together we came up with our design, with lots of tweaking and open mindedness we worked through every inch of my dream dress. And dream dress it WAS! The final product became a piece of art, this gorgeous floral, very bridal masterpiece that I wish I could wear every single day of my life. I can't even count how many people were just blown away by the design. I heard over and over "that dress is made for you!" without them even knowing - YES actually it WAS made for me!!!! I am so grateful that I found Carissa and had her experience and expertise through this process.

If you have questions about what the Custom Design Process looks like, you can learn more here.
Written by Carissa McCaig

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