Meet Emily + Kate with J Bridal Boutique
In August I met with Emily and Kate, owners of J Bridal Boutique. They are two of the sweetest people you will ever met! We were laughing and joking so much!! Seriously some of the most fun 30 minutes I’ve had in awhile. They are such personal people and you can’t help but love them. They specialize in being an “ultra chic” bridal boutique that offers a luxury experience. Here is a snippet from their website:
“We pride ourselves in pampering the bride and her party for every visit. J Bridal Boutique is the best of Tucson’s bridal shops! Let us take care of you as we offer a relaxing “Ultra Chic” design consultation studio where you and your bridal party guests can relax. The boutique has spacious dressing rooms and beautiful hanging wedding dresses; if you don’t see it on our bridal shop floor we have numerous dress options for you to browse until you do find something for your particular bridal needs.
This is your once in a lifetime experience. We invite brides to enjoy our undivided attention while your bridal party enjoys a refreshment toast during the initial fittings.*” (J Bridal website)
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For my Vendor Spotlights, I ask a couple questions about wedding days and the planning process to help brides get to know their vendor both professionally and personally. Here is what Emily and Kate have to say!
What was your dream job growing up?
Emily: Probably like a veterinarian. Not that I really wanted to do it, It was just that typical go-to answer as a kid. Or a teacher! We loved to play to teacher.
Katie: Mine was teacher and a boss of some sort. I wanted to be in charge, haha! I always knew I wanted to do my own thing and not be told what to do.
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
Emily: In 2009 I was searching for my wedding gown, we were looking in Tucson and there were only a couple places at the time. There weren’t a lot of options. So we went up to Phoenix for the day, just the two of us and one of our best friends. We went to maybe 5 places and it was terrible. There was one place left on our agenda and they convinced me to go. I ended up falling in love with a dress there. Their experience was pretty good but I still think ours is better 😉 On the way home we were on a total wedding high and we were saying things like: “omg, we should totally open up a bridal shop in Tucson!”. The dream kind of dwindled as real life happened. Katie went job to job.
Katie: I became a pastry chef! We were bored and knew that this wasn’t it. So we came back to the idea.
Emily: In 2012 our best friend was taken from us and we thought it would really be great to do something to honor her. Thinking of what we could do. We presented the idea of the bridal shop to our parents and they thought it was a great idea! The J is named after her and that’s what kind of brought us to do it.
Where are you based and where do you meet with clients?
We have our store front location at 2840 E. Skyline Dr, Suite 150 and that’s where we meet all of our clients.
What is your favorite part of a wedding day/event day?
Katie: I like to hear the story. How they met, how they got engaged, how long have they been dating. Sometimes it’s the traditionally cookie cutter how they met and then there’s the outlandish ‘”met him last week”.
Emily: We like to get to know our brides and a lot of them become friends. Like when their wedding is over we are kinda like “oh man! We don’t get to see you”. We just love learning about our brides.
Describe your favorite type of client.
Emily: We definitely like the ones who come in excited, ones that are like: “I wanna be a JBride! I can’t wait to say yes!”. Because then we know we are going to find her a great dress. The ones that are hardest are the quiet brides who come in and are very reserved. Because a lot of times we will play off of our bride’s energy and personality to make it fun.
Katie: The ones where your instant friends and you can joke about everything! Where you can joke about their boobs and their butt and everything is funny and their not uncomfortable about it. Where you’re with your friends.
What makes you different at what you do?
Our bridal shopping experience that we give to our clients. You don’t realize how often you look back at your wedding until after it’s over. It’s not often you get everyone you love in one room and we wanted to make our bridal experience one to look back on as well. That you remember.
Your favorite celebrities and why?
Emily: Oh no.. That’s really hard! I’m a big celebrity, reality junkie, tv watcher. That’s a hard one.. If I had to pick one. I’d probably pick Taylor Swift because my daughter loves her so much.
Katie: Aw! That’s my favorite! I take her daughter to all the Taylor Swift concerts. I pick Taylor Swift too!
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Katie: Italy! Greece! All over Europe!
Emily: I would want to do a European backpack trip.
Katie: I don’t think I could backpack. I would want to be pampered, haha.
Emily: Well… maybe pampered in between backpack.
We were seriously laughing the ENTIRE time. We had so much fun. A big thank you to Emily and Kate for participating in our vendor spotlight! You two are the best <3