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    News — bridal story

    Bridal Story- Katrina

    Katrina was my golden bride, she wanted to be ethereal with a pop of colour and this vibe matched her personality perfectly. She is a very go with the flow, free spirit kind of woman but when she spoke you were 100% focused on her because she is so eloquent! I adored how each of my brides knew themselves so well they chose fabric and designs that suited not only their styles but personalities as well, this is something I stress to my brides. So many people come to me for a custom dress and they want something so different then themselves, but I always say; 1, you want to be comfortable and 2, you still want to be you!

    The Kaja Dress was the perfect option for Katrina, it has structure in the bodice and flowed beautifully in the skirt and we could do a pop of colour in the back. Everything she wanted, plus with the Kaja Dress you have the added bonus of everyone seeing the pop of colour while you walk down the aisle and it being an extra surprise.
    Her lovely friend and step daughter were also wearing Copious originals. 
    Katrina's Final Thoughts
    "At first, the idea of having a custom dress for my wedding was daunting. But I knew from the Copious website how well Carissa did structure and colour and knew I would be in good hands.  On my wedding day,  wearing the dress was like wearing a summer day – full of light and colour!"

    Bridal Story- Maya

    Bridal Story- Maya

     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. 

    In black and white or colour, this brides' personality showed through in her dress and that is what I want for all my Copious Brides!
    Amanda Louise Lytle Photography 
    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.

    Bridal Story- Sylvie

    This Bridal Story is one that truly spoke to me, not only because Sylvie wore Copious on her wedding day, but because it was an elopement and I have always loved elopement stories! Sylvie and Chris had only been dating a short time when he asked her to join him on a trip to NYC and although her friends thought she was crazy for jetting off with a guy she hadn’t known that long, Sylvie knew it was meant to be. They both had travelled to New York before, but after this trip together, it became a special place for them as a couple.

     When they started to talk about marriage and what their wedding day would look like, they considered their friends and family, “however, after reflecting on it, the main goal was to be married to each other, so we chose “us.”” I was so happy when I read this! They just wanted it to be their day and obviously NYC was the perfect location.


    Knowing they were truly going to elope, Sylvie knew she wanted a special dress for their wedding day, but didn’t want to go the traditional route for a wedding gown. After hearing about Rent Frock Repeat from a couple friends, her husband suggested stopping in to check it out. She didn’t have a specific style in mind, but wanted a dress that went with her short hair, and it was actually her husband you choose the Copious dress. Knowing it was a departure from her more minimalist look, Sylvie was pleasantly surprised when she tried it on and realized it was the one, “I absolutely loved how beautiful and fun the dress was, it was perfect for an elopement in NYC!”

     A wedding day isn’t complete without stunning photos to remind the couple of that special day and when you are eloping in a different city that can be tricky. But IHNY was the perfect option as they specialize in couples coming to NYC that are getting engaged or married. Sylvie and her husband had their gorgeous photos taken in SoHo & the Flatiron District, areas that they visit when they are in NYC. This area is well known for their incredible restaurants and being foodies, it was perfect that they ended there so they could head to Eleven Madison to treat themselves to a dinner fit for newlyweds!

    Brides’ Final Thoughts on Her Wedding Day:

    “I am so grateful for my husband who picked that dress, for you who designed it, for my stylist Camille who helped me accessorize it perfectly, for the makeup artist and my photographers who captured the day so perfectly. Because of my short hair, I was feeling like it wasn't the “social norm” for a bride, so I was worried that I was not going to find a look that I would feel confident in. But WOW, was I ever happy. My dress made me feel so stylish and put together. It was fun, comfortable and so fitting for an elopement in NYC! We truly loved our elopement, it was a perfect day!”


    xoxo Carissa

    Photography by: IHNY

    Dress can be rented at: Rent Frock Repeat