Styled Spotlight: Ivy Kaplin, Owner, Lovely Bride
It is time once again for our monthly series, Styled Spotlight, where we are asking one creative wedding professional a series of questions so you can learn how they got started, why they love what they do, what they love most about Philadelphia, and more. Today we talk with Ivy Kaplin, Owner of Lovely Bride, a bridal boutique in Old City, Philadelphia.
Here are the few questions I would love for you to answer:
1. Let’s get to know you! Tell us a little bit about your background.
Since I was 8 years old, I’ve dreamed over having my own clothing store. My dad was a retailer and every Tuesday he would go to the garment district in New York to buy for his stores. I used to beg him to skip school and go with him.
After studying business in college, I worked for Macy’s and managed a sales floor at Herald Square. It was a great crash course in dealing with all sorts of customer situations, but I knew I wanted a more personal experience with my customers. Upon the suggestion of a friend in the bridal industry, I started looking into bridal boutiques and knew it was the direction I wanted to go in.
2. How did you know that the wedding industry was the right fit for you?
I love to work one on one with people, which is really what bridal is all about. Getting to know my clients is one of my favorite parts of my job, which is not something that really happens in faster paced retail environments. There is something so special about helping a woman find the dress she is going to wear on the day she marries her partner in life. I could not imagine a happier way to spend my days.
3. What do you love most about weddings in Philadelphia?
The diversity of Philadelphia makes this such a great place to get married! Between the Horticulture Center, The Union League, and the many Cescaphe venues, there really is a place in the city for every type of wedding.
4. How would you describe Lovely Bride’s aesthetic?
Lovely Bride is a place for the modern bride looking for something a little softer and more unique than what might be thought of as a very traditional bridal gown.
5. What is one piece of advice you hope to impart on brides?
Enjoy the dress shopping experience! Don’t stress over what everyone else likes. Focus on yourself and what makes you happy. On the day of the wedding, when you are all done up and walking down the aisle, everyone will think you look amazing if you are happy and confident.
1. Element that always catches your eye?
Aisle décor…pretty flowers lining the aisle for the ceremony have a way to take my breath away.
2. Favorite trend or application you are seeing with dresses?
Illusion…there is something about the sex appeal of showing a little skin, but with the coverage of the illusion netting to keep it wedding appropriate that I just love.
3. Wedding accessory brides can’t live without?
Hair sparkle…whether it’s a small hair comb or chunky headband, every bride’s hair needs a little pop of glitz.
4. Moment at a wedding?
The bride and groom’s entrance at the reception…the couple comes in with these great big smiles on their faces and you know it’s time to dance the night away and celebrate!
5. Hidden gem in Philadelphia?
John F. Collins Park…what could be better than a hidden garden oasis in the middle of center city?!
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