Mad About Maggie Sottero

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
by Ashley Kiser

Mad About Maggie Sottero


   I'm sure that you have seen at least one episode of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC! And let's face it, you secretly love watching the struggles that unfold when the Bride and someone in her entourage just can't see eye-to-eye. But for us as Gown Stylists we don't like to see our Brides struggle or be put in that position. We love to see our Brides in that magical moment where their vision comes together, so naturally Randy to the Rescue is right up our ally. What we love about this show the most is that it helps our Brides see why we love what we do!


   That's our goal with the MAD ABOUT MAGGIE SOTTERO event! We want to help you see your entire Bridal Look come together right before your eyes. You will start the appointment by meeting our Glam Squad. They will get you looking like a Bride while your entourage gets a bridesmaid consultation with your Gown Stylist. While you get pampered they will try on different styles for you and hopefully help you figure out the perfect look for you Bridal Party. Sounds like the easiest Bridesmaid shopping experience ever, right?! Once your look is on point you will go straight into you Bridal Appointment with your Gown Stylist. She will help you figure out what dress will be the one! The entire time you are here you will have sweet treats available to you.




   Sara Pacheco is the talented owner of Pacheco Beauty. We have gotten to work with her on some styled shoots recently and she is amazing at what she does. No matter what look you are going for (natural, glam, retro, etc.) she has got you covered! She and her assistant are going to help you put the entire vision together with your own hair/makeup trial for $25. That's right, you get a hair/makeup trial for $125 OFF and she is offering some additional perks to Brides who book her for their weddings. Because of this unique bridal experience we want to make sure that your appointment is booked well in advanced. Honestly, Brides are always surprised what a huge difference having their hair and makeup done makes when they find the perfect dress. And having a professional do it makes all the difference in the world!



 We cannot even begin to tell you how much we love Sierra from Sweet Art Bake Shop! She is so much fun to work with and she is such a creative/artistic person. She is currently working with one of our amazing Brides on custom cupcake creations for her Disney-themed wedding this coming December. She will be here to meet with our Brides and provide some samples of her delicious sweets. I would fully take advantage of your appointment to sample and speak with her about your vision for your wedding cake. Walk out of your appointment with a wedding gown, hair and makeup trial complete and your wedding cake vendor selected!




 Here are just a couple of Sierra's amazing cakes from the photo shoots we have had the pleasure of working on together.





 Why do we love MAGGIE SOTTERO?!

1. They have one of the best builds in the entire bridal industry. Many of our seamstresses have confirmed that similar designers claim to have comparable construction, but only Maggie Sottero can claim that title in its price point. Maggie for the win! 

2. They listen! Brides ask for it and Maggie Sottero delivers on what their Brides are asking for. How many other design teams go speak to their Gown Stylists in person to ask what they can improve on or what the line is missing? Not many. But I can tell you from experience that our team at Maggie Sottero takes our input very seriously and they are always following up about what our Brides are asking for.


3. They do not charge for plus sizes! Maggie Sottero was the first out of all of our designers to do this and it has make such a difference. We are able to carry several more plus-size dresses than ever before.

4. They really care about their Brides from beginning to beyond. You can literally go onto their website and they have an entire section where they feature real Maggie Brides. How amazing would it be to see an image of yourself on their website or blog?!




Accidentally in Love

Wednesday, February 03, 2016
by Ashley Kiser


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.


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.