One of my biggest inspirations is Wendy Rivera. I love her positive energy and her passion for every single bride. I also find daily inspiration from my coworkers - I love how we support each other.
When I connect with a bride so much that I get teary-eyed along with her as she is visualizing her wedding day. I also like getting brides who have had bad experiences at other places because I like to show them what this experience SHOULD be like. When I was pregnant and found out the gender, the nurse ruined my experience by acting like the experience was no big deal. I never want my brides to feel like they haven’t had the moment they deserve.
I think the most iconic bride, or bride that many talk about is Kate Middleton or Princess Diana. However, my personal favorite wedding dress is Angelina Jolie. I love that she didn't go with some over the top design, but a simple gown with drawings from her children. Too cute!
My favorite thing about working in bridal is the dresses. I love having the chance to see a designer’s dream come alive. It's a piece of
artwork that someone can wear on such a meaningful and magical day. I think there's something special about that.
This is by far, the best job I've ever had and I tell that to everyone that asks me what I do. I love every aspect of working here, from the
supportive management team, passion of my co-workers, and empowered brides that I get to work with. I just genuinely love what I do.
Paris! Everything about Paris screams romance and love. For me, it's the perfect place to make that commitment.
Shoes! Brides are getting so creative with their shoes to walk down the aisle in. I have seen so many fun colors, designers, and styles that really reflect the personality of each bride.
Have Fun! Have Fun! Have Fun!!!!! I can not say that enough. Planning a wedding can get overwhelming fast and I want all brides to remember that this is a celebration and she should be having fun every step of the way!
I love Vera Wang's story. When she got engaged she went gown shopping and found the market to be stuck in a box and a bit bland. She designed her own gown which was a stunning sheath with scalloped beading and lace. She has changed the industry and set the tone for trends.
Definitely in Capris, on the water with a cliff in the background!
Being a bride is such a special and exciting time! Enjoy every moment. Don't sweat the small stuff - remember it's all about you and your fiancé.
Queen Victoria - she was the first bride to be credited with wearing a white gown to her wedding! She changed the face of bridal.
I had a bride that came to Anya as her second stop of dress shopping. She ended up having a terrible experience at the previous store she went to, and was looking for a turn around. She was so sweet, funny, and a pleasure to work with. At the end of the appointment we ended up finding a dress in her budget that she loved. She was so appreciative, that she broke down crying.
I LOVE Sophia Vergara's dress in her 2015 wedding to Joe Manganiello. Her dress was a gorgeous blend of sexy meets princess, which is what I ideally want for my dress.
My advice for new brides would be, it is possible to find your dresson your first try! There is no rule that you have to go to 5 different shops, even though you may have found your dress at the first shop you've been to.
One of the trends I have welcomed is "COLOR". It gives brides an opportunity to display more of their personality. This coming season is no exception. I have seen a variety of new colors being introduced.
The advice I would give future brides looking for their gown is to follow their intuition. We welcome opinions of our bridesmaids and friends, but at the end of the day it's all about them and fulfilling the dream wedding they desire.
My iconic bride would be Grace Kelly. Her gown was simply breathtaking. She was exquisitely elegant and indeed a trend setter for future brides. In my opinion, even Princess Kate was influenced by her style.