DISCLAIMER: I am having a major fan girl moment because I used to read this blog religiously! I only hope that I can do it justice and that I can help our brides who are reading it for information, inspiration or just as a distraction from wedding planning. Not only am I the "new blogger" but I am also the new Owner of Camarillo Bridal Boutique. As a reader I loved getting to know the staff and I feel like this is the best time to introduce myself. So allow me to tell you the tale of how I became Accidentally in Love with the bridal industry.
5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME
1) I was a Camarillo Bridal Bride first!
Five years ago I was hunting for a specific dress that I fortunately never found. Instead I found the the most amazing Casablanca Bridal dress that made me feel STUNNING and a group of women who made me feel even better about my size 24 body. After my wedding I was itching to stay around the bridal world and began working at another local bridal store because I didn't think I was worthy of Camarillo Bridal. Within weeks they found out, told me I wasn't allowed to work for anyone else and hired me! I had no idea that I was about to be on the craziest journey of my life.
2) I am "accident prone" at life!
Most of my life-changing moments have been a complete accident and definitely not anything I could have dreamed up. My hubby and I were friends...nothing more than that. He was so not my type at all. It was simply a series of coincidences that helped me see him differently.The same goes for my career. If you ask anyone I went to high school with (or even elementary school) they would tell you I was the least likely to end up working in the fashion industry. I wasn't even on the radar for "most stylish"! I spent junior high and high school in basketball shorts and sports bras,...fancy, right?! But I accidentally fell in love with the bridal industry and I am happy to report that you won't see me at work in basketball shorts.
3) I found out I was pregnant the same week I found that Camarillo Bridal could be mine.
Talk about another accidental timing issue! But when else would I get the chance to live the dream? Probably never. Before we knew it we were having a liquidation sale and my first trimester flew by! Naturally it was extremely stressful and my the baby came much earlier than expected, but I had a great team and the most understanding brides and grooms. And our little guy is happy and healthy!
4) I love DISNEY!
Some of my brides have even requested me because they share my love of the mouse. Some people have retail therapy or drink wine to relax....I go to Disneyland. We have been annual passholders for 6 years and do everything with disney at heart. If I could walk around work with my Minnie Mouse ears I would do it.
5) I'm a dog lover with two cats!
No that isn't a typo, just another happy accident. One day we went to adopt a dog, instead we were smitten by a kitten. Tiana (named after Princess Tiana) is our baby girl and she is a tuxedo cat who thinks she is human. Gus (named after the fat mouse in CINDERELLA) got his name because he helped himself to entire chili dog within minutes of meeting me. His love for food has made him a lifetime member of the Betty Crocker clinic.