The next installment of ‘inside the boutique‘ has arrived! Chelsea of Connecticut’s Everthine Bridal Boutique was kind enough to share not only the advice she gives brides who come into her darling shop, but also thoughts on the interior styling and design elements she chose and how she got into the wedding industry.
The boutique shoot from Michelle Gardella Wedding Photography is divine and captures the ethereal quality that this salon has perfectly! I just know you’re going to enjoy this one…
How did you come to find yourself in the wedding industry?
“Bridal has a surprising way of sneaking up on a girl! I graduated from Parsons School of Design and pursued a career in fashion public relations in NYC. When my husband proposed, I immediately started my hunt for the dress and became extremely discouraged. All the designers I loved were scattered in different stores, some not even on this coast! I truly felt as if I was going to have to sacrifice my style for my wedding gown and that was something I was not willing to do.
I fell head over heels in love with specific designers (large and small!) and jumped on the idea of opening an intimate and charming bridal boutique carrying unique and hard to find designers all under one roof. Alas, I said goodbye to fashion PR and hello to the wonderful world of bridal!”
What is the inspiration behind the interior styling and design of Everthine?
“Everthine is filled with everything I love. Unexpected style is my favorite way to decorate. I don’t buy something because it will ‘match.’ I buy it because I feel connected to it and in some way draws me in. From vintage to brand spankin new, I’m always on the hunt for my next treasure. Everthine was meant to feel whimsical. Almost like your dream room that you never got the chance to design.”
How would you describe an Everthine bride?
“The Everthine bride is looking for a gown that speaks to her inner personality and style. She’s unique, creative, and doesn’t want to feel like every other bride. Her dress is somewhat of a statement, but still allows for her true natural beauty to shine. She is independent, free-spirited, and a hopeless romantic.”
What is one surprising thing about running a bridal boutique that most people wouldn’t know?
“That you wear multiple hats! Purchasing a bridal gown can be an extremely emotional experience for many brides. Often times, we have to fill the roles of family members who couldn’t make it to the appointment. We are friends, sisters, mothers, and most importantly a trust-worthy stylist. All of these roles allow this career to be more fulfilling as every day passes.”
What are your top tips and pieces of advice for brides who are looking for their dream dress right now?
“Do your research. It’s very helpful to browse real weddings on popular wedding blogs to see which dresses catch your eye on REAL brides (not the models!). See which styles and designers you find yourself drawn to. Narrowing this down and communicating this to your stylist during your appointment will lead you on the right track to finding the one!
Leave the entourage at home. Your dress should be a reflection of you, not your entourage. Bringing multiple people with you to your appointment can easily make finding the one more difficult. We recommend bringing 1 – 2 guests along with you. The people who know your personal style best and whose opinions you value most are the ones to bring. You can easily lose sight of your vision when too many opinions are thrown into the mix.
Trust your stylist and have an open mind. Our stylists know each and every gown as if they were her best friends. Each dress has a name, personality, and perfect setting. Her job is to listen to your wants and needs, to understand your vision, and to pair you with the perfect gown. She knows which dresses look best on what body types and will easily be able to choose gowns based on your wish list! It is very common to choose a dress you never thought you’d like. Keep your options open, have an open mind, and you might just surprise yourself!”
I’d like to give a big mahalo to Chelsea of Everthine Bridal Boutique for taking the time to let me interview her (and what fabulous answers they are!) and to Michelle Gardella for the wonderful photos. Be sure to check out more from the ‘inside the boutique series’ here!