Mariée Bridal salon treats its high fashion bridal gowns as beautiful art, exhibiting each gown “like a silk sculpture in a pristine gallery”, said owner Carrie Yeo. The bridal salon recently re-opened its doors in a newly expanded location in Gainey Village, offering a variety of couture and designer gowns, hand selected by the salon’s owners each season.
As Carrie selects gowns from the major fashion collections in New York, London and Barcelona, she formulates a clear picture of the latest industry trends. This season, lace gowns continue to be important to designer collections, and gowns with straps and sleeves are coming back to the forefront of bridal fashion.
With a background education in fashion design and pattern cutting from a London institution, followed by a career as a women’s ready to wear buyer for a major department store, Carrie has the skill set to spot the highest quality of fabric, construction, and overall appeal of a wedding gown. Knowing how a gown will drape across the body, fall to the floor, and even how the fabric will hang before seeing it on a body - are the expert skills that allow her to select the best gowns possible for local brides. These are the details which can turn a wedding gown into “the dress”.
Her specific eye for design gave Carrie the opportunity to begin shifting her focus to a wedding related fashion job, and then for herself, with Mariée Bridal. When selecting dresses to highlight in the salon, Carrie finds it important to strike a balance between all styles of gown, as no two brides are the same. Whether it is traditional silhouette, a vintage design, or a more modern and fun frock, she believes that each gown is beautiful in its own way.
When a bride enters Mariée Bridal in search of the perfect gown, she is beginning a long journey that leads to the day she walks down the aisle. Carrie finds joy in pairing brides with their perfect dress, but more so, creating friendships and longstanding relationships with these women. Her advice to all brides is to believe in your selection, once you’ve found your wedding gown, “do not be swayed too much by the opinions of others, as only you know how you feel”.
The bridal salon has won countless awards in the Valley, recently celebrating the second year of “Best Bridal Salon” from luxury publication, Arizona Foothills Magazine. Visit www.marieegallery.com for location information. Photo Source: Mariée Bridal.