ANDREA – bride 2014

When I first saw Chaviano Couture’s Carlee gown, I immediately fell in love with the delicate lace, unique peach color, and flowy tulle skirt that created a romantic and vintage look – right out of a Jane Austin novel. Upon first reaching out to Annette, I was drawn to her warmth, kindness, and energy. She was so accommodating – sending various lace samples until we found the perfect one, which she even hand dyed with tea bags to match the peachy tulle. Throughout the whole process of collaborating from different states, she was so patient and inspiring, ensuring that I loved every part of the dress – the result was better than I could have ever hoped for. Working with Annette was such a joy, and one of my favorite aspects of wedding planning. I couldn’t have asked for a better dress designer to work with! Thank you, Annette, for creating such a beautiful custom piece of art for me. You truly are a dress designer artist!

COURTNEY BECKER – bride 2014 

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about Annette and Chaviano Couture. I found Chaviano Couture on Pinterst and immediately emailed Annette about trying on a dress that I’d fallen in love with from pictures.  Annette made everything incredibly easy for me, which is easier said than done considering that I live several states away! She mailed me the sample dress to try on and her sweet note enclosed with the gown solidified that I wanted to work with her to design my wedding gown, regardless of whether this particular one worked out or not. Over the next several months, Annette and I conducted all of my fittings via Skype.

When my completed gown arrived, I could hardly believe how perfectly it fit me considering that she’d never even met me in person! I received so many compliments on my dress and people can hardly believe it when I tell them that we designed and fitted the entire gown long distance. Annette was a joy to work with and her beautiful spirit is exemplified through her beautiful work.”

KELLI GREY- bride 2014 

“Planning a wedding is taxing, and that is an understatement.  Looking back, I can say with confidence that working withAnnette and Chaviano Couture was the easiest, most delightful, and best decision I made in the wedding planning process (other than picking out the groom!).  From the moment I walked into her office on my first day wedding dress shopping, I knew I would find my dream dress.  I was thrilled to get to work with Annette personally, especially after having fallen in love with the Ginny gown I’d drooled over online. 

From the first meeting stampeding her office with my mom and four friends to the very last fitting just before the big day where she drove to my house and sewed in the final details, Annette was absolutely wonderful to work with.  She creates a warm, inviting and comfortable environment and her love for beautiful gowns is contagious.  After coping with the realization that the Ginny dress wasn’t for me, Annette helped me create a dress that was all my own.  Having paired the Ginny top with a lovely chiffon bottom, I was instantly in love with the one-of-a-kind creation that Annette dreamed up.  After that, it was simply a joy to come for fittings and work with Annette to iron out all the beautiful little details.  At the end, I was blessed with a once in a lifetime dress to wear on my wedding day.  Truly, the entire process of working with Annette was a dream come true with the perfect dress I could have ever imagined to show for it! Thank you Chaviano Couture! “


“When I began planning my wedding I was so excited to find a dress. I knew that I wanted something romantic with a vintage inspired look, something different. I also knew I was going to have a bit of a hard time finding what I wanted. I searched at my local wedding boutiques, looked at all the usual wedding designers. I tried on more dresses than I cared to. I was exhausted and disappointed. And then I came upon Chaviano Couture’s website. I screamed from excitement and showed my Maid of Honor the dress I had focused on. She agreed that that it was perfect. I wasted no time and reached out to Annette. It was the best decision I made.

Although I was in Florida and Chaviano Couture is located in Georgia the process was very easy. Annette was such a wonderful person to work with. She made me feel at ease and listened to what I wanted. My dress was a dream and more than I could have ever asked for, and everyone agreed. It was so different, so ethereal, and so romantic! I couldn’t have been happier with my gorgeous dress. I know God put Annette in my path because she was truly an angel! “ 


“ After spotting a Chaviano dress on Pinterest, I spent an afternoon searching the web for the designer and a glimpse into the dress, when I finally stumbled onto Chaviano Couture’s website- it was truly a dream coming true, and I felt like a bride in that moment.  I never once tried on a conventional, off-the-rack wedding dress- there was never any need, especially after contacting Annette and talking through my hopes, expectations and style for the wedding.  From beginning to end, I felt wholly understood and present when trying to make this “my own”, and my expectations were truly exceeded.  I fell in love with the beautiful lace and romantic designs, and Annette listened intently to create a truly special dress that fit my personality perfectly. 

Our communication was almost entirely on Skype, though we had one very special opportunity to meet Annette in person, and both my mom and I loved her immediately- so sweet, and so calming despite the very intense feelings that are part of the wedding dress experience.   Annette was easy to talk to, available whenever we needed her, and made sure the dress was ready to go for our big day, despite the many miles between us!  I would hope for every bride to feel as beautiful, comfortable and authentic as I did wearing my beautiful Chaviano dress, and cannot thank Annette and her team enough for the experience they were able to give me.” 

NIKKI YANKEE- bride 2013

 ”I have known Annette for many years, and it has been an exciting and rewarding experience to watch her pursue her dream of helping women find their ultimate wedding dress. Last year, she took my mom’s wedding dress and thoughtfully took the lace detailing and transferred it to a gorgeous gown that I wore on my wedding day. I was beyond thrilled with the outcome and would recommend Annette to anyone wanting a dress that captures the individual beauty inside each woman.” 


“When I got engaged, my life got very busy! Suddenly, my schedule was filled with hours devoted to planning, venues, flowers,cakes, and rehearsals. But, the one item that topped the list for me was the dress! It’s the one thing I’m sure most engaged women think about more than anything else. Like most women, I had an idea of what I wanted but had no idea where to start. I liked the fabric of one dress, the neckline of another, but the bustle of still another one! This happy hunting was becoming more and more stressful with each dress I tried on. Thanks to Annette Thurmon, who is the brilliance behind Chaviano Couture, a long time friend, and college roommate; I didn’t have to sacrifice one tiny detail in al I wanted. She combined all the details of each dress that I loved into one personalized gown!! If that wasn’t enough, she was even able to use lace from my mothers wedding gown. This added the perfect sentimental touch in making my gown a keepsake! Chaviano Couture’s personalized help turned my stressful wedding dress worries into a memorable wedding gown experience!”

DENISE CROSIER- brides mom 2013

Dear Annette & Chaviano Couture,  I just wanted to say thank-you, thank-you, thank-you from the bottom of my heart for making our ‘Chaviano Couture’ experience a most memorable one. Annette, from start to finish you and your team were wonderful to work with. As a Mother-of-the-Bride with limited time and finances you were always so accommodating and professional. You went above and beyond anything that we could have thought possible!! You put us at ease by Skyping back and forth.  It seemed like a strange way to have a fitting, but living hundreds of miles apart it worked wonderfully!! :)  I would most definitely recommend Chaviano Couture to anyone and everyone who wants a gorgeous, custom made gown that they will always cherish and pass down to their daughters as an heirloom!!  I hope to meet you ‘in person’ one day soon!! Wishing you God’s richest blessings,  In His love, Denise Crosier   -Mother of Ella-  

Annette, Thank you so much for designing and making me a custom cocktail gown. It is so  beautiful, fabulous, and perfect. The whole experience has been every girls dream come true. Everyone loved it! I really appreciate you doing this for me. I will cherish this dress forever! You are such a sweet, smart, good-hearted woman, and I feel blessed to have met you. Thank you again so much! I wish you much success and happiness always.
Love, Ashley