1.14.15: Our 1 Year Anniversary!

Maya Couture on Main has come so far in the last year, and that’s only GBP/JPY - British Pound to Japanese Yen forex thanks to the amazing vendors, clients, and community that we’ve had the pleasure of working with.  When I say that this store was a labor of love, it truly was.  To be at the heart of downtown Suffolk with those that believe in building the community and clients who want to help small businesses grow – it’s truly meant the world.

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Not only did we help brides find gorgeous bridal gowns, we introduced a new bridal line, Allure Bridals, to amp up our inventory and make sure that brides had all types of shapes, silhouettes, and designs at their fingertips.  We expanded our bridesmaids selection to include Allure Bridesmaids, The Dessy Group, and Alfred Sung.

From the grand opening a year ago, the outpour of love and support has only increased from everyone around us – with brides coming all the way from Arlington and central North Carolina, to vendors from Richmond using our gowns for their photoshoots – it proves that people will travel to work with the very best <3 We are so proud to call ourselves that – because YOU call us that.

Here’s just a small sampling of all the amazing things that happened this year… and we can’t wait to share British Pound/Canadian Dollar with you the beautiful things that are coming!

We opened our store with exactly 31 days to do it… and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing friends and families coming to help paint the store, hang shelves, refinish bathrooms, hang our gorgeous chandeliers, keep us company in the cold when the heat wasn’t turned on yet…

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The most awesome helpers that a girl could ask for... Tara Liebeck Photography, Karen Walker, Morlina Events, Lezandra Photography, The Girl Tyler, and Michael & Carina Photography.

The most awesome helpers that a girl could ask for… Tara Liebeck Photography, Karen Walker, Morlina Events, Lezandra Photography, The Girl Tyler, and Michael & Carina Photography.

..but we still couldn't finish it all, so Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry, Maya, Bobby, and Vivian all showed up to help the next night - all the way until midnight before the carpet was put down!

..but we still couldn’t finish it all, so Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry, Maya, Bobby, and Vivian all showed up to help the next night – all the way until midnight before the carpet was put down!

These chandelier were the toughest part so far... but they were worth all the time because they look AMAZING now.

These chandelier were the toughest part so far… but they were worth all the time because they look AMAZING now.

We even put Piper to work putting together furniture...

We even put Piper to work putting together furniture…

But with all that said, we still opened on a beautifully freezing day, January 14, 2014 – and what a day it was… and night.  The party (with images by Dustin Lewis Images) poured onto Main Street with amazing vendors and neighbors like Harper’s Table and Simply Susan’s bringing treats to keep the fun going all night.

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The finished product was simply amazing.  We couldn’t have dreamed the the store would turn out as beautifully as it did… a shabby chic boutique <3

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We even sold our first bride that day, Sarah, who looked AMAZING in her limited edition Pronovias gown on her big day.  Photos by Like a Dream Photography.  Venue was the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth.

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When we picked up Allure Bridals, we had no idea that we would get such great response!  The gowns were used in photoshoots, brides jumped all over being able to order them – and we would call daily to find out when more inventory was coming in!

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On top of that, we kept getting more and more photos of our gorgeous brides in limited edition dresses – we just chart British Pound - Canadian Dollar knew that we were onto something in our little shop in downtown Suffolk!

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We had the pleasure of being part of beautiful photo shoots – with gorgeous gowns to use on gorgeous brides <3

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We took it a step further – we gave back to the community, just as it had given to us, and hosted a Brides Across America event in July – we gave away 27 gowns to deserving women who had served, or who’s fiancee’s had served, in a war zone <3 It was easily the best day of the year – tears were shed, and there is absolutely nothing more rewarding.  Photos by Tara Liebeck Photography.

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“My mom and I went to another bridal store the week before and had a pretty bad experience. We had an appointment and due to the influx of people, we were pushed back and really not feeling very special. All the dresses I tried on, I felt ugly in. My mom and I came to your store and it couldn’t have been more difference of an experience. We had the whole place to ourselves. Ashley was so lovely!! Every single dress I tried on made me feel beautiful as did Ashley. It was truly an amazing experience. My mom and I left there with my beautiful wedding dress in hand so very happy. And every day I think about the dress and get more and more excited with how beautiful it is. Thank you so much!”

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We had our first spread in Coastal Virginia Magazine from one of our beautiful styled shoots featuring photos from Bit of Ivory Photography, hair and makeup from Behind the Veil, florals from Palette of Petals, bridal gown by Allure Bridals, bridesmaids dress by Alfred Sung, tux by Jim’s Formal Wear, desserts from Simply Susans, and gorgeous styling by Simply Perfect Events:

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We also had the distinct honor of being voted as Couples’ Choice Winner for 2015 for Wedding Wire – which means that you guys all wrote us such amazing reviews that we ended up in the top 5% for wedding professionals <3

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Here are just a few of the stellar reviews that we received:

“After a rave review and recommendation from my sister-in-law who bought her dress, tuxes, & bridesmaids dresses from Misty at Maya Couture a couple years ago, I decided to book an appointment at their Norfolk store to try on wedding dresses for myself. About a week before my appointment at Maya in Norfolk, I heard about Maya Couture on Main and decided to pop in without an appointment the first weekend they opened, just to see what they had–I wasn’t even expecting to try anything on. Misty was there to greet us and happened to be free, so she pulled some amazing dresses for me (none that I would ever have looked twice at on the rack). This was my first time ever in a bridal salon so I really didn’t know what to expect–and was actually a little nervous. Misty was so fun to work with and very knowledgable. I ended up choosing a gorgeous dress in a style that was was nothing like I had been envisioning for myself. Because of this, it took me a while to decide if this was the one, and Misty was supportive, honest, and not pushy in the least bit. In the end, I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did!
I had such a great experience that I brought my fiance in for a tux today. I would highly recommend Maya Couture on Main to any future bride!”

“My journey planning a wedding has been an interesting one and Maya Couture’s service and knowledge definitely raised the bar. The staff was warm and accommodating for my large party of family and friend and their hospitality was impeccable. After purchasing my dress, I’ve ran into the sales associates several times and they are always friendly. I love both of their shops, the non “cookie cutter” style dress selections and everyone who works there. My sales associate Ashley & Misty rocked! A+ in my book!”

We unveiled our new logo and marketing material at the Uniquely Yours Bridal Show last weekend, and we adore the new cohesive look… check it out!

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To say this year has been a roller coaster would be an understatement – but when I look back on it with tears in my eyes, I can only express the extraordinary gratitude that I have towards those that made the store successful.  It’s my baby – and I am just so grateful to be going into another year of business with Maya Couture, and now with Maya Couture on Main.

Join us at Show Bride’s Bridal Show on November 23!

We were so excited to be part of Show Bride’s Bridal Show on November 23rd – we get to work with some of our favorite people!   Then they asked us to do a photo shoot to help promote it, and you know that we were all over that.  The amazing Kirstyn Marie Photography got some gorgeous shots of our Allure gowns and Alfred Sung bridesmaids dresses, as well as our lone male model in a see of women in Jim’s Formal Wear.

Check out the photos below – and be sure to check out the Show Bride Show at the Founders Inn on November 23!

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Venue: Founders Inn

Photography: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil

Beth + Nathan : Married

Beth was my first bride at Maya Couture on Main, and she chose the most stunning limited edition gown.  I was fortunate enough to sell her sister-in-law her bridal gown at Maya Couture a few years back, and they did everything with us (tuxes, bridesmaids, and gown), and Beth did the exact same thing.  I’m so honored that she chose to do everything with me, and she and Nathan looked absolutely AMAZING on their big day.

From Beth, in her review on Wedding Wire (have you reviewed us on Wedding Wire yet?!): “After a rave review and recommendation from my sister-in-law who bought her dress, tuxes, & bridesmaids dresses from Misty at Maya Couture a couple years ago, I decided to book an appointment at their Norfolk store to try on wedding dresses for myself. About a week before my appointment at Maya in Norfolk, I heard about Maya Couture on Main and decided to pop in without an appointment the first weekend they opened, just to see what they had–I wasn’t even expecting to try anything on. Misty was there to greet us and happened to be free, so she pulled some amazing dresses for me (none that I would ever have looked twice at on the rack). This was my first time ever in a bridal salon so I really didn’t know what to expect–and was actually a little nervous. Misty was so fun to work with and very knowledgable. I ended up choosing a gorgeous dress in a style that was was nothing like I had been envisioning for myself. Because of this, it took me a while to decide if this was the one, and Misty was supportive, honest, and not pushy in the least bit. In the end, I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did! 

I had such a great experience that I brought my fiance in for a tux today. I would highly recommend Maya Couture on Main to any future bride!”

Nathan and his groomsmen wore tuxes from Jim’s Formal Wear, available at Maya Couture on Main, and Beth’s bridesmaids wore B2 gowns from Maya Couture on Main.  Check out their stunning wedding, with photos from Dustin Lewis Images, below!

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Beth & Nathan’s Vendors:

Venue: Woman’s Club of Portsmouth

Photography: Dustin Lewis Images

Dress: Limited edition from Maya Couture on Main

Tuxes: Jim’s Formal Wear from Maya Couture on Main

Bridesmaids: B2 from Maya Couture on Main

Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil

DJ: Astro Entertainment

Caterer: Creative Catering of Virginia

Florist: Kelly Gish Floral Designs

Holly Ridge Manor Styled Shoot Featuring Allure

When Jamie of Jamie Leigh Events contacted us to be part of the styled shoot at Holly Ridge Manor, we knew the EXACT gown that we wanted to showcase.  This Allure Bridals gown is absolutely beautiful, and we knew it would command the gorgeous space that Holly Ridge Manor has to offer.  The photos by Jessica Ryan Photography came out absolutely amazing, and Jamie Leigh did a great job coordinating it!  Check out the full vendor list below… and these stunning photos!

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Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography

Coordinator: Jamie Leigh Events

Venue: Holly Ridge Manor

Makeup: Dahlia Edwards

Hair: Aubrey from Behind the Veil

Florist: Palette of Petals

Jen + Eric: A Maya Couture on Main Wedding

As if we didn’t adore Jen enough, her love story brought tears to our eyes.  Our second Maya Couture on Main bride, she was absolutely amazing to work with.  She knew what she wanted, and one of our limited edition gowns fit the bill perfectly.

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From Jen:

“I came to you in search for a wedding dress on your 2nd day of being opened- and I left with a perfect dress that was just your 2nd one sold for the store!  Thank you so much!  I was somewhere else before and felt frumpy and depressed.  You all made me feel special and every dress was breathtaking.

I was a widow getting married again and this made dress shopping a little emotional.  You all put my mom and I at ease and we knew God had led us to your store and the perfect dress!

I felt beautiful, weightless, and free on our wedding day!  Thank you so much!

Love, Jen + Eric”

Congratulations, you two!   You’re why we do what we do <3 Here’s some stunning photos from Bit of Ivory Photography from their beautiful wedding.

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Vendors:

Venue: The Water Table

Photography: Bit of Ivory Photography

Dress: Limited Edition Gown – Maya Couture on Main

Fairview Farm: An Allure Couture Styled Shoot

When Heart’s Content Events & Design came to us and asked us to use a dress for a styled shoot, we had NO idea how beautiful the images that came from it would be!  These photos by DesJar Photography are absolutely stunning, and show our Allure Couture gown PERFECTLY.  Have you checked out Fairview Farm, DesJar Photography, or Heart’s Content Events & Design yet?  Check them out, and a full list of vendors below!

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Photography: DesJar Photography

Gown: Allure Couture from Maya Couture on Main

Styling: Heart’s Content Events and Design

Venue: Fairview Farm

Makeup: Jennifer Saunders MUA

Cake: Candy Valley Cake Company

Other: The Green Flamingo

Staci & Jack: A Styled Shoot

When we came up for the concept for this styled shoot, the idea was “how every little boy dreamed of his wedding”… and our answer was with airplanes, photo booths, Spiderman, and more!  Check out these amazing photos below!

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Venue: Signature at West Neck, Virginia Beach

Photographer: Dustin Lewis Images

Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals from Maya Couture on Main

Flower Girl: Custom from Maya Couture

Flowers: Char’s Floral Designs

Place Card Airplanes: The Girl Tyler

Video: The Girl Tyler

Linens and Chargers: Waterford Event Rentals

Cake: Cake Delights

Photo Booth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company

Vintage Screens: Shelley’s Shabby Shack

Hair & Makeup: Liz with Behind the Veil

Vintage Airplane: The Velveteen Rabbit