Naomi, oh Naomi, she will always be the bride that had me on board the second she said her inspiration was Art Deco, the 1920’s and Downtown Abbey; pause for designer freak out moment, ie me jumping up and down, then calmly messaged her back YES, YES, YES!!!!!! Needless to say, Naomi and I hit it off right away and jumped into the design and fabric shopping process.
Being a bride, you have SO many decisions to make and they all need to be made while keeping within your theme, budget and always important reality. If you have chosen to wear a gown that isn’t white, the decisions can be even harder, your options are endless and Naomi had more than a handful of options that would have been beautiful, but in the end she went with this Art Deco velvet patterned fabric that perfectly fit her theme. For the design she knew she wanted a dress that showed off her body and we also decided to break up the fabric pattern with some geometric seams at her waist to really define that area, by doing this, these perfectly laid seams accented her hourglass figure beautifully. Naomi’s vision was inspired and so focused that her final gown looked like something that Rose from Downtown Abbey would wear!
Her gown was made even more special when I got to see the stunning photos, Scarlet O'Neill
did such a beautiful job shooting this vintage inspired gown in downtown Toronto. The graffiti mixed a new art form with 1920’s fashion and it is a gorgeous contrast. Working with Naomi was an incredible experience, I adored meeting her and her mom, who joined us for her fittings. Each bride is so special and I love that I have seen them after this at the One of a Kind Show, I love being reunited with my #copiousbrides.
"Working with Carissa was the answer to my wedding dress shopping challenges. After walking into bridal stores asking for something "not white and not poofy" and not getting very far, it was clear I needed to go a different direction. Carissa listened to all my finicky preferences, and was always full of ideas and interested in exploring options, including shopping for fabric together! In the end, we found exactly what I never knew I wanted, and I could not have been happier with the dress.
Having fittings all the way through the design and construction process was incredibly reassuring, and resulted in a gown that I simply adored. I am so happy that I found Carissa. My wedding day wouldn't have been the same without her!"
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