It takes a special person to purvey the genuine care and consideration a bride needs when shopping for her gown. Team BLISS arrives everyday with the excitement of helping our customers find the dress of their dreams. We host each bride with the intent of making their shopping experience with us a special moment they will always recall when thinking of their wedding day. Each customer is treated with the same respect and love we would expect for our own sister, daughter, mother or BFF.
MEET THE TEAM…
Katie Ward, Owner
After shopping for her own gown, owner Katie wondered why a shop couldn’t carry the elegance and service of a couture boutique but offer affordable, yet still beautiful, wedding dresses. The idea of Bliss was born and in February of 2011 the Fairhope location opened. After serving Alabama brides for 4 years, Katie set her sights on bringing the idea of a blissful shopping experience to her second home, New Orleans. Now her time is split between the two businesses and two cities she loves.
Katie majored in communications and minored in fashion merchandising at The University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her degree there in 2007. She lives between both cities with her husband Bill and son James Davis.
In 2015 and 2016, she served as an “Expert Panelist” at the VOW Bridal market at America’s Mart in Atlanta. As a panelist, Katie advised other bridal boutique owners about the benefits of social media, providing excellent service to brides and the importance of branding your business.
Anna-Lisa Huskey, Store Manager (Fairhope)
“Every brides deserves that magical moment when they find their gown. Being able to help them have their own perfect day like I had brings me so much joy. I feel like I’ve gained a new best friend after every appointment.”
Anna-Lisa has worked in the bridal industry since graduating from the University of Alabama and feels a great responsibility to care for a bride as they say yes to the dress.
Her knowledge of current bridal trends and chic style make for the best in a bridal stylist. She is able to complete a head to toe look thats exactly what her brides wanted!
Connie Mccloskey, Bridal Stylist (New Orleans)
Shakeya Green, Bridal Stylist (New Orleans)
“I love the one-on-one attention I’m able to provide our brides at Bliss. It’s more than selling a dress, what we do is provide support, styling and a smiling face every time you come to see us.”
Spending over 10 years in the bridal business, Shakeya brings a world of expertise to her Bliss Brides. Sweet and sassy, brides gravitate to her bubbly personality and have a fun time working with her as they search for the dress.
With an infectious smile, and the knowledge needed to fit every girl in the perfect dress, this New Orleans born and raised stylist knows just what to pull for any style and budget.
Tahira Ebaady, Part-time Bridal Stylist (New Orleans)
“I wake up every day feeling incredibly happy and full of energy to be doing something I absolutely love. I have a passion for fashion design and empowering women in every way possible and there is nothing more exciting than being able to walk in our boutique where I can find both.”
Shelly Ballard, Part-time Bridal Stylist (Fairhope)
“My favorite part about working at Bliss is that I get to do something that I love. It makes coming to work fun and special. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like work at all. I was always told to find something you love and you’ll never work another day in your life. I feel so blessed to feel that way about my job.”
Understanding just what it’s like to be a bride searching for the one, she wants each customer she meets to feel like their hopes were fulfilled!
Walton Nichols, part-time Bridal Stylist
“My favorite part about working in the bridal industry is making the client feel beautiful in the skin they’re in. I love the personal connection and comfort during a bridal appointment. Seeing their face light up and their eyes twinkle when they have found the perfect dress for them is priceless.”
Walton Nichols has worked with events and jewelry for most of her retail profession, she loves tying the whole wedding look together. Currently in graduate school at The University of Alabama she is excited to be a part of Team Bliss! The bridal industry is an incredible atmosphere, her vibrant personality is the perfect match to give bride’s a fun time when Saying Yes.