Owner Vinnie McClure Shares Reflections
This was an exciting year for Ashley and Alexandria’s bridal boutique! One of the best years yet, we continue to grow and add exciting lines to our bridal collection. Last year, we welcomed Pronovias Atelier, Astrid and Mercedes, and Austin Scarlett. Each of these lines add to the classic, chic, modern aesthetic of the Ashley and Alexandria’s Bridal collection.
This is also aligned with the trend that we saw this year from our brides. Many of our clients requested and purchased gowns with sleeves and higher necklines. At Ashley and Alexandria’s there was almost an equal split of fitted gowns and ball gowns purchased. Our brides also loved having lace as a large element of their gown. A few of the other biggest changes this year for bridal were requests for high end fabric for wedding dresses that looked and felt comfortable and effortless. While many brides liked and purchased dresses with intricate detail others preferred the chic minimalistic look.
We are honored every year to work with such amazing women and their families. Our brides come from all different backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities. It takes approximately six months to a year for the wedding dress process to come to fruition and in that time, I have learned so much about these amazing young women who will become the leaders of our world and mothers of the next generation. If our brides are a reflection of what the future of the world will be like, I am excited for our future. They are outstanding in character and in their chosen professions.
Serving the Community and Winning a National Award
Some of our memorable moments of year include being chosen by Eisenhower elementary school as a celebrity reader. We enjoy finding new books to read to the most adorable kindergartners I’ve had the pleasure of meeting! We hope we are asked back every year. It is a great feeling to give back to the community.
Another highlight this year is we won The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame Award. This was such a great honor to be recognized by both The Knot and our peers. On a personal note, I had a blast with my new golf league, and have met some new friends. I continue to knit, I just love buying the yarn. Lastly, this year we have plans to travel to Spain.
We enter 2017 anticipating success and continuing to serve the fabulous young women who choose Ashley and Alexandria’s Bridal as their boutique of choice.
Happy New Year and all the best to our Brides!