For this newest installment in the inside the boutique series, I sent Gabi my interview questions and she turned around and interviewed her mother & business partner, Krista. Isn’t that the sweetest? And it’s all paired with a fantastic shoot of The Sentimentalist from Rustic White Photography. Enjoy!
Gabi (daughter) – How did you come to find yourself in the wedding industry?
Krista (mother) – My daughter worked for a wedding dress designer in Portland and introduced me to the wonderful world of wedding shops. We always wanted to do some type of business together and this seemed to be the perfect fit.
What new trends and styles do you think are going to be big this year?
I think anything vintage inspired will continue to appeal to our brides, it’s classic. Sleeves seem to be recently popular as well as flowing skirts.
Where do you source your vintage gowns?
There are several different places that we find our gowns, from estate sales, antique shoes, and even Ebay. My favorite place to source gowns has been from some sweet clients of our old-fashioned hair salon next door. One lady brought her gown and headpiece to us from when she got married in 1950 in New York. I feel proud that she entrusted us with her memories (and gave us photos!).
How did you choose to style and design your boutique?
It was truly a collaborative effort between my daughter, husband, and myself with plenty of help from close friends and family. We used many of my daughter’s antiques that were passed down to her from my mother. My husband worked on the renovations and I brought snacks to everyone. My daughter had a clear vision of what she wanted the shop to look like and we have a good time shopping for our treasures.
How would you describe a ‘Sentimentalist Bride?’
A Sentimentalist Bride is a bride who wants a beautiful, comfortable dress to get married in, but not something that everyone else has. She is looking for a dress that is timeless and that expresses her personality.
What is your #1 tip for brides who are looking for their wedding dress right now?
Do not bring an entourage with you. Bring your mother if you are fortunate enough to have one, and maybe your maid of honor or sister. The fewer opinions, besides your own, that you have to filter through – the better.
I feel like you must be a fan of Downton Abbey – who is your favorite character?
Mr. Bates, hands down. He has a mysterious history, is honorable and kind, but knows how to handle those who have crossed him.
I’d like to give a big mahalo to Gabi and Krista for answering these interview questions for me (I feel like I’ve stumbled upon two treasures with these ladies!) and to Rustic White Photography (a Burnett’s Boards Vendor) for the gorgeous images of The Sentimentalist.
Catch more installments of the inside the boutique series here.