chaviano couture spring 2013

There is just so much to love about Chaviano Couture, starting with the name. Annette – the designer behind the line explains: “Chaviano is my maiden name. Ignacio and Ana Rosa, my amazing parents, came from Cuba 30 years ago and their story of God’s blessings and love never ceases to amaze me. When I started my business I decided to name it Chaviano Couture in honor of my parents and their heritage. It’s such a special part of who I am and I’m so proud for it be my business name.”

Isn’t that the sweetest? Chaviano gowns are known for their effortless combination of romance and femininity. She uses the finest laces and dreamiest fabrics in her couture designs and every gown evolves into a timeless classic. Annette was kind enough to answer some questions for us about things I often wonder about (like, what does your dream wedding look like?) so be sure to catch the answers peppered throughout this feature AND afterwards we’ll take a look at the best part of Chaviano Couture dresses – giving back!

Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts PhotographyQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from? A: “I draw inspiration from all things romantic, flowing, and full of light. I love textures, flowers, and gorgeous imagery.

Q: What is your favorite material to work with? A: “I love to work with silks. Mostly organza, tulle, chiffon, and French laces. I love the airy texture and flow they have to them. I also love a little sparkle!”

Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts PhotographyQ: How would you describe your dream wedding? A: “A dream wedding to me involves having those I love there. The most important element of a wedding is to be surrounded by all the love and support that friends and family bring.”

Q: What makes a bride a ‘Chaviano Bride’ and sets her apart? A: “Chaviano Couture brides are different from the rest because their gowns are customized to them. Each gown is made to the bride’s specific measurements and style. We can customize the gown colors, shape, style, and fabrics to be exactly what the bride dreamed of. I love to include a piece from the mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown in the bride’s gown. That way it is even more unique and special. I believe a wedding gown should not just be worn, it should be experienced.”

Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts PhotographyQ: What has been your proudest moment as a designer? A: “My proudest moment as a designer is always when I see the smile upon my sweet brides’ faces and I know that I have made their wedding day so very special!”

Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts Photography Chaviano Couture wedding dress / photographed by Odalys Mendez Fine Arts PhotographyAren’t these dresses gorgeous and isn’t Annette just the sweetest? Well… it get’s better. As if the story about her parents being the inspiration for the name ‘Chaviano’ wasn’t eye watering enough, each of the gowns in Chaviano Couture’s Spring 2013 Collection is named after an orphan girl in Haiti and 20% of all the proceeds go towards making their dreams come true!

Haiti Orphans

From left to right: 1. Alanka is four years old. Her favorite food is a traditional Haitian dish called Mayimoulen (corn & beans) and she wants to become a nurse when she grows up  2. Daphka is six, loves the colors yellow and pink, and hopes to become a nurse one day. She also loves to eat spaghetti. 3. Dhaiti is eight years old and wishes to learn English and become a doctor.  4. Nephtalie is only one  and while she’s too young to know what she wants to do in the future, she does know that she loves to eat corn flakes! 5. Fawencia is ten years old and also wishes to study to become a nurse. 6. Lalune is eleven, she hopes to become a nurse, and her favorite colors are pink and blue.

Part of the Bride’s Bringing Hope Series

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Photography: Odalys Mendez Fine Art Photography // Gowns: Chaviano Couture // Venue: Private Estate in Georgia // Rentals & Styling: Mao Theo of Four Inch Fold Vintage Rentals

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About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.

Comments

  1. Each more beautiful then the next. I almost wish I was getting married again so I could wear one.

  2. These gowns are just gorgeous. Going to start pinning away right now. And, I love your Brides Bringing Hope series – so touching to see the good others are doing with their businesses. Warms the heart.

  3. These gowns are so gorgeous…SO gorgeous! I want to get married again and wear all of them 😉

  4. In love with this collection and these images. The fact that each is named after a sweet orphan child and that proceeds go towards giving them a better life? Well that just makes them all the more beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Sara xx

  5. I fell in love the minute o first saw these images, each one of the dresses is absolutely perfect… my favorite thing about this brand? The 20% they give to charity!

  6. These gowns are so beautiful! I’m loving your new Brides Bringing Hope series!

  7. What a gorgeous shoot with some stunning gowns!! And the fact that they’ve given back to these adorable orphans is just the most incredible thing.

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