This weeks interview features Countessa from Empress Bride. Countessa is located in Orlando, Florida.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my artistry; however I feel extremely fulfilled to be able to share my vision and am humbled to have others enjoy my work. I enjoy taking time to stop every so often to notice small details that make everyday different and love to laugh.
What special things do you create for weddings?
I have created everything from custom wedding gowns to bespoke designs for wide array of bridal accessories. My shop focuses on custom design bridal shrugs and boleros, wedding dress sashes, veils, hair pieces and fascinators.
Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I began working in the wedding industry quite by accident actually. It happened that many of my past clients came to me as they were engaged to inquire if I would custom design their wedding attire. I was quite flattered to say the least! The deal was sealed when a dear friend of mine asked that I create her wedding gown and the rest, as the say, was history.
What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I feel my design aesthetic and vision are obviously what sets my work apart. I am also a professional custom clothier with twelve years experience and create all of my designs from sketch to finish. I am a fashion designer first and foremost however I choose to create each custom piece myself, so as to have complete control over my artistry from start to finish and maintain true couture standards in my work.
What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Vintage glamour, ceremonies or receptions held at unique venues and Eco-friendly planning are all great wedding trends at the moment. The only lasting trend for weddings no matter the year is to make them your own. Finding an individualized wedding theme and style that you love is what is most important when planning your special day. This is after all, a unique celebration to you and your husband-to-be, so do what you both feel most comfortable and happy with. Perhaps your originality will inspire next year’s bridal trends!
What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Simply to enjoy the process and look forward to spending a happy day with loved ones, this is such an amazing time in one’s life you should truly savor every moment.
What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
I don’t have a particular item, however I would love if each bride could have something completely custom made for her, a really unique item that is special and cherished. I wish every woman, not only brides could have that special something that makes the wearer feel truly beautiful. This is certainly the type of work I strive to create for each one of my clients.
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