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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.

Bridesmaid dresses by AbideMaids on the English Wedding Blog (2)

Photo credit: Yeti Photography

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!