The Casual Reply

38 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Casual Reply

I work in bespoke hand painted "wearable works of art" that show off your unique personal style or wedding theme. These custom creations are one-of-a-kind pieces painted entirely by hand for your day and beyond. My speciality is working with couples who are looking a little off the beaten path and want clothing that can fit the story and aesthetic that is uniquely "them."

Something for Everyone

Bridal dresses often take the spotlight in wedding fashion, but painted clothing and accessories can give anyone a special look for the day. I put equal focus on outfits for grooms, non-traditional couples, and other members of your family or wedding party. One of my favorite clients has been a couple who wanted a dress painted for the bride's grandmother, who was their flower girl!

Eco-Friendly Fashion

I paint on high-quality secondhand pieces or items given to me by the client to promote slower, more conscious fashion. If you don't yet have an item to paint--for instance, if you are here to find a wedding dress--I will work with you in finding the perfect piece(s) to personalize.

The personal nature and non-traditional lean of most of these pieces often means they don't have to be one-use, but rather can be worn over and over again after the event.

My Process and Materials

Couples may commission a single item to be painted, or expand to complementing or matching sets in your party. Scarves or ties make excellent gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, or family members! I offer discounts for larger/multi-item commissions.

Items or outfits can be fully painted, partially painted, or feature small motifs, colors, or patterns. I can paint any theme in any style or aesthetic, and work closely with you in designing the exact look that you want. This includes a preliminary consultation, a detailed dive into your piece(s) with sketches and/or samples, and updates as I work so you can be involved in every step of the process.

I use specialized fabric paints and have not yet met a fabric they don't work on, but will consult with you if either of us has concerns. Washability of fabrics/clothing is unchanged by these paints; in other words, if your dress is machine washable, it stays that way after I paint it.

Depending upon my workload, it may take a month or more for me to complete larger or more complex pieces. Be sure to reach out in plenty of time to suit the nature of your project!

I look forward to hearing from you!

I am committed to helping you have a day that is 100% your own. Reach out with any questions, or for a conversation about getting started!

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The Casual Reply
Water Lilies bridal dress
Water Lilies bridal dress
Bridal wrap
Bridal wrap
Impressionist bridal dress
Impressionist bridal dress
Water Lilies dress front
Water Lilies dress front
Impressionist dress back
Impressionist dress back
Water Lilies dress back
Water Lilies dress back
Pink Ombre bridal dress
Pink Ombre bridal dress
Pink lace bridal dress
Pink lace bridal dress
Pink Ombre bridal dress lace
Pink Ombre bridal dress lace
Pink Ombre bridal dress detail
Pink Ombre bridal dress detail
Pink Ombre dress front
Pink Ombre dress front
Short pink bridal dress
Short pink bridal dress
Short pink lace dress
Short pink lace dress
Grandmother flower girl dress
Grandmother flower girl dress
Flower girl throwing flowers
Flower girl throwing flowers
Scuba diver tie
Scuba diver tie
Scuba diver in progress
Scuba diver in progress
Scarf for Mother of the Bride
Scarf for Mother of the Bride
Dogwood blossom scarf
Dogwood blossom scarf
Dresses and jumpsuit
Dresses and jumpsuit
Stormy seas tie
Stormy seas tie
Bridesmaid Starry Night jacket
Bridesmaid Starry Night jacket
Feather dress detail
Feather dress detail
Feather dress
Feather dress
Feather dress in progress
Feather dress in progress
Lighthouse tie
Lighthouse tie
Bridesmaid scarf
Bridesmaid scarf
Mountain biking tie
Mountain biking tie
Mountain biking tie
Mountain biking tie
Surfer tie
Surfer tie
Surfer tie detail
Surfer tie detail
Details of jumpsuit
Details of jumpsuit
Sailboat tie
Sailboat tie
Sailboat tie in progress
Sailboat tie in progress
Monarch dress
Monarch dress
Monarch dress in progress
Monarch dress in progress
Skier tie
Skier tie
Skier tie detail
Skier tie detail
Ombre dress
Ombre dress
Detail of ombre dress
Detail of ombre dress
Spelunker tie
Spelunker tie
Spelunker tie detail
Spelunker tie detail
Four seasons dress
Four seasons dress
Seasons dress detail
Seasons dress detail
Starry Night dress front
Starry Night dress front
Starry night dress back
Starry night dress back
Kraken dress
Kraken dress
Adventure recreation tie set
Adventure recreation tie set
Tea towel wedding gift
Tea towel wedding gift
Tea towel wedding gift
Tea towel wedding gift
Tea towel wedding gift
Tea towel wedding gift
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Water Lilies bridal dress
Water Lilies bridal dress

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Liz · Getting married on 09/04/2021

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    Incredible Custom Hand-Painted Tie

    Kendra Houston of The Casual Reply was great to work with, and her custom painting work is incredible. I commissioned a custom, hand-painted tie for my father as a wedding gift of a picture of him and I. She painted it beautifully and it made a wonderful, memorable gift. Kendra was responsive and easy to work. Highly recommend!

    Sent on 09/26/2020
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    Andrew · Getting married on 07/09/2021

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    The perfect wedding gift

    My best friend was getting married and has a tragically boring registry. Instead of getting her a generic gift from the list, I commissioned a pair of custom gifts from Kendra. At the start of the process, I didn't really know what I wanted but Kendra proposed a bunch of ideas and sketched patterns and colors to help me figure out the perfect gift. The set was a hand-painted scarf for her and tie for him with complementary patterns and colors. Kendra even packaged them up along with a beautiful note about the significance of the design. The gift was incredibly well received!

    Sent on 10/02/2020

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The Casual Reply FAQ

  • What are your price ranges for full-priced wedding gowns?
    $500 - $999
    $1,000 - $2,499
    $2,500 - $3,999
  • What are your price ranges for full-priced suits and tuxedos?
    $500 - $999
    $1,000 - $1,999
    $2,000+
  • Who do you provide services for?
    Bride
    Bridesmaids
    Father of the Bride
    Father of the Groom
    Flower Girls
    Groom
    Groomsmen
    Mother of the Bride
    Mother of the Groom
    Ring Bearers
  • Which of the following services do you provide?
    Full Customization
    Rentals
  • Which of the following items do you offer?
    Bridal Gowns
    Customary Attire
    Formal Gowns
    Plus Size Gowns
    Shoes
    Tuxedos
    Veils
  • What is the average turnaround time for a bridal gown?
    Less than 6 months
    6-8 months
  • What is your return policy?
    Final Sales

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