Call me weird but… I love bridesmaid dresses even more than wedding gowns. They’re colourful, floaty, super pretty and elegant, and if they’re handmade they’re even better. And there’s nothing prettier than a little colour behind a stunning bouquet, don’t you think? I’d happily get married in a bridesmaid’s dress… and I’d definitely get it from a wonderful, independent designer like lovely Kim from AbideMaids in Devon.
I was thrilled when Kim replied to my Facebook shout out for independent designers to feature on the English Wedding Blog. Her boutique sounds fabulous: Kim has followed her passion for dressmaking, which she fell in love with when she was only 13. She now has a pretty little boutique in Devon offering girls the perfect shopping experience, and makes all the dresses in-house and by hand.
“The most exciting part of the process is when the girls first come and see me in my shop. We look at colours, fabrics and styles, all over a cup of tea of course! We design the dress there and then, mixing and matching elements and styles to create the perfect dress!”
I don’t think there’s a better example I’ve seen of an indie business making beautiful things for the wedding industry…
“I just wanted to say a very big thank you for making me such amazing bridesmaids dresses!! I came in to see you with such high expectations and you fulfilled my dream dresses. You made my dream wedding come true. I don’t know what I would have done without you!”
Kim’s boutique is on the outskirts of the peaceful country town of Cullompton, Devon. Find AbideMaids online at: