Dresses for a Cause

Wednesday, April 06, 2016
by Ashley Kiser


April is Autism Awareness Month and here at Camarillo Bridal Boutique we have partnered with the Autism Society of Ventura County in order to help bring awareness to the Spectrum and provide resources for local families. So for every wedding gown we sell we are making a donation to Autism Society of Ventura County to help them fund their various projects and resources. Autism is more than a cause to support, IT HITS VERY CLOSE TO HOME!


   I grew up as an only child until I was 14. Then came along the little sister of my dreams, Chloe. When she was about 2 years old our Mother fought and beat Breast Cancer but was told she would never be able to have children again…or so we thought. While I was away at my first year of college I got a call from my Parents and both of them were on the line(which is never good). They told me that they were having a baby and I was in complete shock...like, pacing up and down the stairs shocked! After I was done freaking out I realized that he is a true miracle. There was no reason he should have been conceived but there was a very important reason he was given to us. 


As he grew we noticed he was exhibiting the first warning signs of Autistism and my Mother immediately sought out early intervention resources for him.We were very lucky because she's a Teacher and trained to notice these developmental signs early on. But some families aren't so lucky and don't even know what signs to look for. That's why groups like Autism Society Ventura County are so important! They help educate our local community on what the warning signs are and provide families with the resources to help their children. For decades there were children being misdiagnosed because there was so much about the Autism Spectrum that wasn't know. Now 1 in every 68 births shows an incidence of Autism, and it is 4 times more likely to occur in boys than girls. Chances are that you know at least one person on the Spectrum!


 Everyone on the Spectrum is unique. There is no one set of characteristics that defines Autism as a whole. For example, tantrums are a often associated with Autism but not everyone on the Spectrum exhibits them. In Kenny's case he had more tantrums when he was non-verbal. He just got frustrated! Wouldn't you be too if all you wanted were french fries but these crazy people were trying to give you green beans. Now he has no problem telling us where he wants to go and what city he wants to go to. This kid is a talking machine thanks to his early intervention resources and having caregivers/family who encourage him to use speech. Seriously, this kid just doesn't stop!


Here is Kenny on Pirate Night on our Disney Cruise. My husband wore a fake mustache and Kenny loved the texture of it. Every time he looked at my husband he NEEDED to rub the mustache. 

It's so important for people to understand that there is no "cure" for Autism (at least not yet!) but that it is 100% TREATABLE! People on the spectrum are having a much better quality of life because there are resources for themselves and their loved ones. They are going on to attend college, have careers and even start families of their own. That's our biggest hope for our Kenny Boy. We just want him to be independent and have the life that he dreams of having. We never want him to feel like his Autism prevented him from achieving his goals. And with all the resources that are available we know that this could be his reality. We love this little man so much and we still believe that he was brought to us for a reason. He makes us all better people and he make us such a close-knit family. There is nothing I would change about him. He has such a pure heart and he cares about EVERYONE. We need a whole more of that in our world today!

Meet Lisa!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
by Ashley Kiser


Disclaimer: This blog is long overdue! Lisa was with us at the previous store and somehow managed to dodge the introductory blogs that we usually write for new stylists. Sorry Lisa, but the jig is up!

How did Lisa end up at Camarillo Bridal Boutique?

   Lisa used to work for our seamstress Angel (Dressed by Angel) and was eventually brought on to be a bridesmaid stylist at the previous store. Once we saw how much her Brides and their Bridesmaids loved Lisa we figured we should make her a bridal stylist too. The rest is history.

Why do we love Lisa?

   She has crazy awesome communication abilities! Lisa speaks English (obviously), Spanish & she is proficient in ASL. Mad skills!

Why do Lisa’s Brides love her?

   She is incredibly resourceful! She can always find a way to help you create your dream dress by customizing it with the designer or by helping you figure out what a seamstress can do to help you. Brides also love her because she is an expert bridesmaid wrangler and can help your party come to agreement on what dress they will be wearing on your special day.



Ashley: If you could style any celebrity for their wedding day who would it be?

Lisa: I would style Anne Hathaway. She’s quirky, fun…I would love that.

Ashley: (whispers) She’s already married.

Lisa: For her vow renewal then.

Ashley: What’s the last place you would ever want to move to?

Lisa: I don’t want to say it. Oh my gosh! I would never move to Louisiana because I’m terrified of alligators. I don’t do alligators….or frogs!

Ashley: Do you think you’re more like your mom or dad?

Lisa: My Dad. I definitely got his personality.

Ashley: What’s your favorite dress in the whole store?

Lisa: (sarcastically) Hmmm…I wonder? No, I’m going to throw you for a loop and say “Marie Antoinette”.

*** The above statement is a bunch of phony bologna! We all know that “Bellissima” is her favorite. ***

Ashley: Happy Potter? Hunger Games? Or Twilight?

Lisa: Hunger Games. Wait, does that make me seem violent?

Ashley: Who is your favorite Disney character?

Lisa: Eeyore! He just brings light into my life with that voice.  



So if you have an appointment coming up with her you already know a little bit about her and can rest assured that she can help you find the dress of your dreams.