When I was in high school I landed the coolest gig ever – modeling beautiful gowns for a lovely little shop named Allegras Bridal, located in Occoquan, Virginia. The store owner, Susan, literally taught me everything there was to know about bridal gowns. It was so important for her to educate us. She didn’t just want us to take pretty pictures, she wanted us to understand and appreciate the artistry of it all. Needless to say, all of that knowledge was too good to waste, so she molded a couple of really fabulous bridal consultants in the process! I was so hooked! It all felt so natural….the glamour, the excitement, the personal experiences…it was such an amazing time. I knew that, some how, some way, I wanted to have my own boutique one day, so the dream was born…at 15!