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Ottawa Shopping

Say Yes to the Dress at The Handmade Bride


(Photo: Gaby Bayona)

Truvelle Bridal dresses overlook the street at The Handmade Bride’s new showroom location. (Photo: Gaby Bayona)

(Photo: Kelsey Kromodimoeljo)

A rack of dresses in The Handmade Bride’s sophisticated new space. (Photo: Kelsey Kromodimoeljo)

Finding the right dress is a personalized experience at The Handmade Bride, where the bride’s vision is kept in mind from design to creation. Popular for its vintage-inspired aesthetics and one-of-a-kind dresses, the bridal fashion boutique has moved from its cozy New Edinburgh home to its new flagship location in the Byward Market. Formerly home to La Petite Mort Gallery, the shop still holds the showroom ambience of its predecessor, and the relaxed and sophisticated space is filled with beautiful wedding dresses and accessories.

The Handmade Bride carefully curates an in-store collection of independent designers who create their dresses as original works of art. During our visit to the store, we met Gaby Bayona, owner and creative director of Truvelle Bridal. Though the Vancouver-based line is now available worldwide, The Handmade Bride was the first retailer to carry it, after discovering Bayona’s creations on Etsy back in 2013. Like many of the dresses at The Handmade Bride, Truvelle’s designs are modern, refined and effortless to wear.

(Photo: Kelsey Kromodimoeljo)

Find handmade accessories to complement your wedding day look. (Photo: Kelsey Kromodimoeljo)

All dresses at The Handmade Bride can be customized and made-to-measure with the help of the boutique’s bridal stylists. Brides-to-be can also bring in a dress from elsewhere for alterations and other personal touches. Besides gowns, the shop also carries plenty of exquisite accessories, such as jewel-encrusted sashes, lace boleros, floral crowns, and bridal clutches, to complete your wedding day look.

•The Handmade Bride, 306 Cumberland St., 613-695-8247, handmadebride.ca


Holiday Gift Guide


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As seen on the cover of our 2015 November/December issue. See end of story for product info. (Photo: Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studios)


The festive season has begun in earnest, which means retail fever is at an all time high. Whether you’re browsing for yourself or someone else, we’ve come up with this handy guide to Ottawa shopping during the holidays.

From Coast to Coast
Once upon a time, graphic designer Valerie Thai was the art director for Vancouver-based activist magazine Adbusters. She has since turned her talents to something more personal — in 2006, she founded her own design company, and eventually began creating and selling wooden accessories for men and women. These Cabin + Cub cufflinks have simple, timeless designs with Canadian motifs — hockey sticks, deer, canoes, teepees, and mountains. The cufflinks are laser-cut from bamboo and feature silver-tone backs. $33. JV Studios & Boutique, 1282A Wellington St. W., 613-421-9696, shopjvstudios.com.