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. In the fall of 2017, she and the Bliss family opened their third location in Katie’s college hometown Hattiesburg, MS. Now her time is split between the three businesses and three 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 bride 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!
As store manager, Anna-Lisa ensures that every team member provides our Bliss Brides with the experience they deserve.
Connie Mccloskey, Store Manager (New Orleans)
Jessica Jackson, Bridal Stylist (New Orleans)
“I strongly believe that every woman should feel beautiful from the inside out.”
Jessica has worked as a personal and fashion stylist for editorial features, runway shows including Mobile Fashion Week and The Premiere, both in Mobile, AL. With years of fashion and wardrobe styling experience, Jessica is very passionate about adding the personal touch to each bride selecting their wedding gown. With her southern charm and keen sense of style a bride will be in great hands with this stylist!
Shelly Ballard, 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, Bridal Stylist (Fairhope)
“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.
Kelsey Coste, Bridal Stylist (New Orleans)
Our New Orleans brides work with the talented Amy Amos for fittings.
Amy studied Fashion Design and Construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt University in New York City and has worked in a variety of professional settings, including ballet, film and television, and the ultimate in formal wear, Mardi Gras krewe courts. But Amy’s first sewing memory was grabbing the mysterious electric scissors as a three-year-old, when her mother had briefly stepped out of the room, and cutting a hole in her nightgown. Amy grew up learning professional dressmaking techniques under the tutelage of her mother, apprenticed under master seamstresses, and is a proud member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 478 as an artisan tradesperson.
In Fairhope, our seamstress Alexandria has dedicated her time and passion to alterations since she was a child. As a child, she watched her mother sew and knew that it would be her profession as well. As a teen she honed her craft and learned the art of alterations and design- now as an adult she lives a dream realized working with brides every day. (Picture coming soon!)