A flowing lace gown, embellished with embroidery; complemented with elbow length gloves, a stone-studded tiara; a sheer veil for walking down the aisle on the most important day of her life……. what more could a bride ask for!!
Evelyn Almeida is the lady behind Inspirations, a one stop store for Christian brides, and the lady behind many a beautiful bride! Class sets this store apart with its fantastic collection of everything that a bride looks for on her wedding day – floral wreaths, flower ball, flower pouches, wristlets, ankets, ring boxes, candles, corsages, armlets and pure white gowns! “I offer the complete package or even just the floral effects that are required for a wedding day,” she begins.
Mumbai-based Evelyn Almeida makes a bride more beautiful with her sophisticated ensemble and overall effect of headgear, gloves and more
Fitted to a T
Evelyn is known for her meticulous measurements for the bride’s gown; so that the finished gown fits to a T. “The current trend is full lace gowns, some brides prefer lace on lace; and net too.
I also have brides who want a theme wedding and have done beach themes, floral themes (only roses; or only orchids; or only lilies or all three); recently I had a Phoenix theme which had to have feathers!!,” adds Evelyn. Innovation is the key to creating and Evelyn is blessed with ideas. Evelyn enhances the beauty of flowers creatively in designer bridal head-gears, bouquets and bridal accessories worn by Christian brides and bridesmaids on the wedding day.
“For me it is very important to make a bride more beautiful on the most important day of her life. It is challenging indeed,” beams Evelyn. She has a wide range of artificial flowers that can be mixed and matched to accompany any outfit. “My strength lies in creating a beautiful arrangement,” she says. Exposure to the fine arts all over the world led Evelyn to experiment with flowers.
Her headgears are exclusive – made with exquisite handcrafted roses, tulips and orchids fabricated on acrylic. She has brides coming from all over through word of mouth publicity. She adds modestly, “I believe in catering to class, rather than mass.” She also uses materials like semi-precious stones, pearls, beads and sequins for the headgears. For the bouquets, Evelyn uses flowers, which are tinted, aura-dusted and fabricated to specialised design, with imported ribbons.
Now, besides headgears and bouquets for the wedding, Evelyn adds “I look after all the floral effects for a Catholic bride. I am probably the only one to use an acrylic base for the head gear. The delicately made flowers are attached onto a wire or hair band otherwise. With acrylic, I have scope to use much more designs and the piece is unique,” adds Evelyn. Most of the brides come to her by recommendation. They come to her well in advance with all the details.
“Some brides come with an idea what they want, while others are fine with my ideas. I suggest the colours, patterns and floral effects. I have to also take into consideration the personality of the bride. Most of the times, the brides trust my judgement and experience. They come over for a trial and I make my corrections, if any, at this stage.”
With her penchant for perfection, Evelyn has definitely made the occasion indeed a graceful one for many a bride and her home.