Casa di Bella is a beautiful wedding boutique in downtown Celebration, Florida. It was recently purchased by Dina and Krista Engler, who are doing an amazing job and bringing new brides to the area.
Reunion: Krista, tell us how you and your Mother, Dina ended up owners of Casa di Bella.
Krista: My sister bought her wedding dress from the previous owner. When we went to pick up her dress the owner said she was going to have to sell the shop and my Mom immediately had the idea to buy it from her. We went to a few different places to shop for my sister, Ashley’s, dress but Casa di Bella was by far our favorite. The level of service was unparalleled and we had the boutique all to ourselves which no other boutique in Orlando has. So, when we thought about buying the shop we knew we wanted the level of service and the makeup of the shop to stay exactly the same. I had just graduated with my degree in Fashion Merchandising from Florida State University and my mom, Dina, has a background in hospitality and event planning so we both loved the idea of buying the shop together. It’s the perfect combination with the perfect timing and we knew we just had to take a chance and buy the shop or we would always regret it, so we did!
What is your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?
Our favorite thing about working in this industry is to be a part of someone’s journey to becoming a bride! We love to get to know our Casa di Bella brides and hear their love stories as we try to find them the perfect dress for their wedding day. It’s a special time in someone’s life and we’re just happy to be able to be a part of that.
What do you think the biggest dress trends are for 2016?
I think overskirts, plunging necklines, sheer skirts, and tiered skirts are all going to be really big in 2016. Brides are leaning away from traditional and more towards modern, sleek, and fashion forward.
What advice would you give a bride who is newly engaged and starting her dress search?
To have an open mind! It’s definitely great to look at magazines and Pinterest to get an idea of what you’re looking for but keep in mind the things that you’re flipping through and pinning may be way over your budget or may not be as comfortable as a different type of dress. Girls get so thrown off by the fact that they end up loving (and buying) something that they have never pictured themselves in and I’m here to tell you that’s 100% okay!
Your wedding dress is all about the feeling you have when you put it on and that feeling is what makes you feel like a bride. It’s not a formulaic as a certain silhouette with a certain neckline and a certain fabric. Pick the dress that makes you smile the most and the one you are confident and beautiful in. And don’t let anyone convince you to get something that you don’t like because at the end of the day you’re the one wearing the dress, not them!
What creative ways have you seen brides use their dresses for after the wedding?
Most of the brides preserve their gowns but I’ve seen some that frame it, use the fabric to make a christening gown, trash their dress at the end of the night, or sell it so they have some extra cash for the honeymoon.
What do you think makes the millennial bride different from what we’ve seen in the past?
I think millennial brides are more tech savvy then brides in the past. They are very active on social media, they use wedding websites to communicate with their guests, they rely on reviews to make decisions on vendors, and they use mediums like Pinterest and The Knot to keep up on what’s trending in the wedding industry. They have so many resources to learn what to do when planning their wedding and they take full advantage of what is given to them, which is great!
Photos courtesy of Casa di Bella Bridal Boutique