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    News — Custom Bridal Story

    Bridal Story- Naomi

    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. 
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    Photography: Scarlet O'Neill

    "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!"

     

    Bridal Story- Kay

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    I met Kay a couple years ago, we were connected by my photographer, Kaja, when she met a local blogger who was looking for Canadian Designers to work with, she instantly mentioned me. Kay and I didn’t meet in person right away, with me still being in Toronto it was a virtual relationship, but I was instantly taken with what an incredible presence she had in her photos, she completely embodied the Copious Woman.

    In the summer of 2017 Kay and I reconnected because we both wanted to work together again, I was excited to have her model Copious and be one of the faces of my new collection, but her reason for working together definitely trumped mine!

    As with any bride, I was completely honoured to be asked to make Kay’s wedding gown, but the designer in me jumped for joy when she said she wanted a black outfit. I had been waiting and waiting for someone to want black and it was so perfect that someone with Kay’s incredible fashion sense and style be the one who asked. She kicked it up one more notch by asking for a black jumpsuit with a floral lace skirt, I literally jumped to the moon with excitement.

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    Working with Kay on her wedding gown and with her modelling for Copious this last year has been amazing, we have gotten to know each other more and I count myself lucky to have someone who believes in Copious and loves my designs like she does! 

     Photography: Anita Peeples

    "Ever since I could remember, I wanted a functional but statement-making wedding outfit. A few years back I was browsing Pinterest and pinning inspo pictures to my "secret" wedding board (come on, we all have one) and found this amazing wedding where the bride was in a black jumper with a skirt. Needless to say, I fell in love with this concept. When I got engaged and started planning my wedding, I wanted to use wedding vendors who I knew and who were also local. So naturally Carissa was at the top  of my list. I've known Carissa for a couple of years through collaborating with my old blog and knew she would do my vision of my wedding outfit justice - I mean, look at her beautiful Copious designs.
    From the get-go Carissa was beyond excited and supportive of creating exactly what I envisioned and encouraged me to speak up and make changes - which helped this people-pleaser of a Libra, immensely. Carissa was open to all my feedback and the hoards of family and friends I brought along to all my fittings (again, I'm a Libra, super indecisive).
    Conceputalizing and creating my wedding outfit was one of my favourite memories of my wedding. Carissa is not only a warm and talented designer, but she puts you and your vision first, which for me, meant and still means the world to me."

    Bridal Story- Vanya

    I get all kinds of brides that come to me; brides that have no idea what design they want and ones that know exactly what they want, but can't find it. Vanya was the latter and the first email I got from my Silver Bride she had attached pictures of her inspiration and the one that caught my eye was an illustration from a Butterick paper pattern of an open skirt that showed off pants, it was unique and different. Plus she didn’t want her outfit to be all white, she wanted to find a silver fabric that worked well with white, needless to say I was hooked right away!

    custom bridal gown handmade in TorontoEach bride has her own vision of how she wants to look on her wedding day and it's when I get to meet them in person where that vision comes alive for me too. Once I met Vanya and got to hear her vision, I was excited and thrilled at the challenge her gown presented. She wanted to wear a skirt down the aisle, then wanted the skirt to open up in the front to show off her pants and finally she wanted to remove the skirt all together to be able to dance the night away.

     

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    silver wedding outfit, alternative wedding options, custom made in TorontoMost designs are possible, but such a unique design for a wedding gown, it couldn't just be a couture design that was meant for the runway, it needed to be wearable in the REAL world. Functionality is a key feature in my wedding gown designs, my brides need to be stunning but also comfortable in their gown. I would need to think outside the box to make this look beautiful for a wedding outfit for Vanya, but she was so ready to go on the journey with me, so it was easy to say yes!

    custom made pantsuit, alternative wedding gown, handmade in TorontoBecause Vanya's wedding outfit had pants we had many fittings because getting a perfect fit on pants takes time, but once we nailed that it was on to figuring out how to create a skirt that did all she wanted. We ended up with a gathered skirt that had a hidden zipper that went from the hem up to the waistband which she could unzip when she was ready to reveal her second outfit! I put hidden hook and eye attachments so that she could pull back the skirt and keep it out of her way to show off her pants, much like the images she first sent me. Lastly the skirt could be totally removed for whenever she was ready to dance the night away.

    custom made silver wedding outfit, handmade in TorontoI loved working on this piece with Vanya, each bride provides me with a new creative challenge and I cherish each women for our journey that we get to go on together.

    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.
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    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- Danielle

    My first interaction with Danielle was through Instagram over a year ago, her MOH tagged her in a post of my Kaja Wedding Gown and her reaction was like most, I need this! After a couple of days, she got in touch because she had fallen in love with the floral back detail of the Kaja Gown, but she had also tried on some wedding gowns locally and had fallen in love with the strapless style as well, so she asked if I could turn my Kaja Wedding Gown into a strapless gown. The tricky part was Danielle lived in Florida and we would never meet, instantly I was nervous about moving forward because I had never made a corset/strapless gown without fitting it personally.

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    What made me stop and further think on working with her was how nice Danielle was and how genuinely in love she was with my design. Through her messages’ I could feel that she had found her dress, she had said YES to Copious and I just couldn’t disappoint her.  I instantly did what I do with all clients when embarking on something new; I am honest with them. I laid out the step by step process, so she was aware of what we would be going through, because it really is a relationship that you are committing too.

     

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    Anytime I get to work with a bride on a custom gown it is a special relationship I get to have with them, I am working with them to create that dream moment when they walk down the aisle and it is an incredible feeling being able to help them create their perfect look for the start of their marriage.

    xoxo Carissa

    Photography by:

    In Your Eyes Photography
    John McConnell