Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight Bree Gianassi Little, owner of Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about Bree and Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo, now’s your chance! Find out why she’s been named the “Female David Tutera” by a bride. Take it away, Bree…
Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo
Tell us a little about your company? Nestled in Yuba City, Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo (now the largest bridal shop north of Sacramento) is home to a fabulous collection of bridal gowns, tuxedos, formals, and beautiful accessories from a select group of affordable designers. From gown selection to your final fitting, our staff offers individual and personal attention with the goal of helping you realize the gown of your dreams.
When did you establish your business? I purchased it over 8 years ago but it was established in 1998.
What sets you apart from your competition? We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and establishing relationships with our brides. We understand that our clients are our future and we want them to feel important and treasured. We have an honest approach and want our clients to know once they purchase a dress they are now apart of our Always Elegant Bridal family.
Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration for my love of life. I simply adore my husband and walking through life with him is nothing but inspirational. Watching my two step children and my 3 year son grow into who they are meant to be allows me to be inspired. I never want to lose the opportunity to be inspired because it allows me to be a better person, wife, mother and business owner.
What trend do you see coming for weddings this year? We are seeing a lot of soft colors this season.! Ivory with touches of tea rose and sea mist,allow both wedding and fashion minds marry.
Do you regularly blog? Yes, we blog here!
Can you share a funny/embarrassing/touching story about one of your clients? I often say I could write a book with what I see and hear but I have more touching moments with my brides. Yes I am a bridal stylist but I find that some days I am a friend, confidant, counselor, stand in sister or mother and even a mediator. I have had brides pass out in my arms from feeling over whelmed, I have had them laying on my sofa in my office crying from stress, and even staying after hours to laugh together from something that happened on the wedding day. Every bride has given me something to smile about and I will cherish them for a life time.
What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? One of my clients wrote in a review: “Trust Bree, she knows how to make you look your best! She is the female David Tutera!! I will ALWAYS recommend her first to EVERYONE I know!”
What’s your favorite local restaurant? The City Café
What’s your favorite local charity? American Cancer Society
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? Show me a woman that doesn’t! I love a nice pair of shoes and big glass of red wine.
Do you have any hidden talents? Not sure if this could be considered a talent or more than an obsession but I absolutely love throwing parties. Although my schedule with wedding and prom season can make it a bite challenging but somehow I find the time.
If you weren’t in the business that you are in now, what other business/profession would you have liked to have done? Good question. I would have loved to have been a magazine fashion editor. Is there still time?
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element(s) would be most important to you? Funny you ask! I just celebrated 10 years this past September with my wonderful husband and he proposed again! It was a pretty amazing moment. The only thing I would change would be my dress (Hint: I did not own the shop 10 years ago). Two weeks before the wedding I actually wanted to buy another dress because I wasn’t happy with it. Nor was I happy about my bridal gown experience and this is why today I own Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo and make it my goal to touch the hearts of my clients and want to give them the experience they deserve.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? I encourage my clients to make their day about them. Allow the details to shine and be a true representation of their love.
For more information about Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo, log on to alwayselegantbridal.net. Also, make sure to follow Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo on Facebook here, Twitter here and Pinterest here.
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.
Photos courtesy of Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo.
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