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 VOW Bridal Show 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.
Christina Henderson, Bridal Stylist
“I feel like brides deserve the highest quality of service. Working at Bliss allows me to extend that care to ladies at the most important time of their lives.”
Christina has a passion for excellent customer service and knew the bridal industry was the perfect place to show it. She fell in love with the industry in 1998 and has worked as a caterer, event planner, and wedding coordinator for over ten years. She desires to listen to the heart of the bride and then bring the vision together to find the perfect wedding gown for her.
Connie Mccloskey, Bridal Stylist
Shelly Ballard, Bridal Stylist
“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!
Shakeya Green, Bridal Stylist
“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.
Maggie Scarbrough, Bridal Stylist
“Thinking back on my wedding, finding my dress was one of my favorite moments during the whole planning process. Working at Bliss allows me to have those sweet moments all over again with other brides. I love everything about working at Bliss, from meeting all the fun brides to slipping them into their dream dress.”
Maggie offers our brides a sweet and elegant atmosphere while dress shopping. Soft spoken, but with a saucy side, she works as a brides “bestie” to help them find the perfect gown. And with past experience in the fashion jewelry industry, Maggie has a great eye for finishing the bride’s look with accessories.
“The details of a gown, how intricate they can be and how beautifully they are constructed, is why I fell in love with the bridal industry. It’s an industry that demands and ensures perfection and that resonates with me personally and professionally. Taking a brides ideas and bringing them to life in a more-than-perfect way is why I work at Bliss.”
Pamela brings the eye of a designer to Bliss Bridal. As a graphic designer, she established a custom apparel business creating printed tote bags and tees. Her degree in Art & Design and background in retail has led her through a thriving career where she was a “Top 10 Seller” in 2010 with her Etsy shop Pamela Fugate Designs. Now as an independent retailer, she continues to work with brides customizing items for their big day.
“Brides are my passion and knowing that I’ve helped them choose the most important dress of their life, one that they’ve probably dreamed about since they were a little girl, is so moving to me. ”
Elizabeth Miller, Bridal Stylist
“Watching our girls have the time of their lives shopping in our store, and participating in that magical moment when they find their dress, fills my heart. I love seeing their pictures after the wedding and knowing that we helped make their dream day possible.”
As a specialty store buyer in the 70s and 80s, Elizabeth knows how to dress a bride for their personality and body type. She works to match each girl to her perfect dress, using wedding details and the bride’s desires as her guide. Offering girls her “motherly advice” she creates a warm and caring atmosphere for brides to say yes.