Ever since I started Knotsvilla, I can count how many times I have had my friends published on this blog – not many. That is why I get way too excited when these rare occasions happen. Today I would be highlighting my friend Adaobi, the Bride who designed her bridesmaids dresses!
Adaobi and I went to high school back in Nigeria and when I knew she was getting married, being a fashion designer I was almost certain she was going to design something for her wedding – I just did not expect it to be 8 bridesmaids dress and a reception dress! So when Adaobi expressed she wanted to share her wedding with Knotsvilla I quickly accepted because let’s face it; this is not something we see or hear very often.
Adaobi is the founder of 87 Couture, a brand that was birthed in 2010 from her love for fashion. 87 Couture focuses on fashion for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The first collection ‘made in the 80’s’ was a vintage collection which featured designs inspired by the 80’s, a colorful range of maxi dresses were the highlight of the collection.
When it comes to weddings, Adaobi is fully aware of how special a wedding is, as most girls begin dreaming of their wedding since they were little girls. With this awareness, 87 Couture has had the the pleasure of working with different brides, making both amazing reception dresses and beautiful bridesmaids dresses.
“As a fashion lover and the creative director of a fashion brand, making my reception dress and my bridesmaids dresses has always been a dream of mine and it was an exciting and enjoyable experience that I couldn’t wait to share with my special sisters (my bridesmaids).” – Adaobi said.
Choosing the style of dresses, Adaobi explains that it was not as easy as one would expect because of how many factors she had to put into consideration to ensure her bridesmaids all look and feel beautiful. Finally Adaobi settled for lilac off shoulder dresses with top section made with lace and the bottom with chiffon. The color choice was perfect for all the skin tones and appropriate for her spring time wedding.
Adaobi confesses that the process of making the dresses was a bit stressful because she’s what some may call a perfectionist when it comes to work. But this was just not work, it was a wedding and most importantly her own wedding. Adaobi definitely had to wear the hat of both a Bride & Fashion designer at the same time with excellence on her mind. The dresses came out beautiful and most importantly the bridesmaids loved it.
Adaobi got married in March, just 2 months ago at the Selsdon Park Resort in Croydon, London. It was an Elegant Black Tie event with Adebayo Deru as the photographer (you may remember him from this gorgeous UK wedding).