BY 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.
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