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.
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."