Genève McNallyGenève is an ideas person, an educator, and a visionary! As the founding planner of DreamGroup Weddings + Events she has always loved connecting people and making new opportunities happen through those connections. It is from this passion for educating brides and connecting her beloved industry that the idea for a Bridal Style specific resource for local brides was conceptualized. "I've long dreamt of bringing to life a forum for brides that would not only inspire a love for bridal style options but also put in front of them products and beautiful fashion elements that are easily accessible. So often brides look online for inspiration only to find out that the veil. accessories, dress or shoes they sourced and love are no longer available or not found in Canada. The goal with BridalStyle Vancouver was to create a resource for brides focusing on local products and designs available in our own backyard as well as easily accessible international options. It's so important to be able to touch, feel, and try on the accessories and pieces that you will wear on one of the most defining moments of a woman's life. This is simply not the time for online roulette! The quality and accessibility needs to be there."
The next step in assembling this latest DreamGroup affiliated project was to find a collaborator and partner with whom to breathe life into the next stages of the vision. That's when DreamGroup Associate Planner Chrissie Vides stepped up and expressed resounding interest in developing this project. "Chrissie got it right away! She saw the potential in this idea and knew what needed to be done! That's when things started to take shape, a newfound business venture and the magic of BridalStyle Vancouver was born. It's very exciting to be working with someone who doesn't need to be pushed off the ledge or convinced that an idea is worth doing! It's about knowing something is that good and taking the chance on it. I find myself often running to catch up with Chrissie and that's very exciting to me! I didn't think someone could get more excited about the potential and concept behind BridalStyle Vancouver than I, but I'm happy to say Chrissie is that person. She has vision, a can do attitude, and knows how to earn trust and make things happen! We are on our way with this new exciting gift for Vancouver brides and are so enthusiastic to see it continue to expand. It will be unlike anything Vancouver has ever seen!
Chrissie VidesA bit of a rebel to some, while simply an "outside the box" thinker to others, Chrissie has always walked to the beat of her own drum. A true creative, fashion lover and entreprenur, Chrissie's versatility is her strength and her career is a unique as it comes! "I have been so blessed to have always worked in a creative industry and am very lucky to have worn many hats along the way. Not only have these "hats" been so much fun to wear, but they have allowed me to create a set of skills and experiences that is very diverse."
With a film industry career that spans almost 2 decades, both in Los Angeles and Vancouver, 10 years of event planning experience which includes joining the incredible team at DreamGroup in 2018, and an immense "passion for fashion", Chrissie was destined to collaborate with Geneve on BridalStyle Vancouver.
"When Geneve and I first spoke about becoming BSV business partners, I was so stoked because this would combine all of my passions and experiences- including Fashion Styling, Film Production and Event Producing-into one! I knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and was so excited to dive in. Geneve's experiences as a wedding industry trailblazer and her passionate business style combined with my production expertise, along with a multitude of fashion industry & creative connections made this collaboration a no-brainer!"
Now in her role as Creative Director for BSV Chrissie's goal is to help expose Vancouver brides to what this city has to offer- not only the amazing bridal boutiques, but the uber talented designers and artisans as well! "Too often I hear of brides going to the bigger fashion meccas and searching online for their bridal wears and accessories when there are so many incredibly inspiring and cutting edge options available here in Vancouver. My focus will be in creating platforms for designers and bridal boutiques to showcase their collections while connecting them with local brides searching for that unforgettable look. Vancouver may not be the fashion capital of the world, but if we have our way, it will certainly become evident that brides don't need to look beyond our city's border when establishing her perfect bridal look!"
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