Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet & Greet: Christy Carver, owner of Raleigh

Christy Carver

Christy Carver is one of the fabulous new additions to our Bella Bridesmaid family.  Reopening the Raleigh location this past September, Christy has had a whirlwind of excitement… attending the NYC Bridal market in October, getting to meet designers and other Bella owners, and of course starting her own journey as a new Bella gal. We were excited to ask Christy more about her history, and how things are going so far this busy year!

BB:  What was your career before becoming a Bella Bridesmaid owner, and what attracted you to the franchise?

C: I worked in Corporate America for companies such as Grainger Industrial Supply and John Deere after graduating college.  I had various administrative and marketing positions.  Then I decided my skills and abilities could be better utilized, I could attain more specialized business experience, and get to know the fully functioning aspects of a business if I worked for a small business.  Therefore, I worked for a smaller commercial appraisal company in Charlotte, NC and most recently assisted an Orthopedic Surgeon in opening and running his practice in Cary, NC.  In college I always dreamed of owning my own business.  After working in the small business environment it truly made me realize it was definitely where I was most happy and where I could best utilize my skills and abilities. 

My close friend Heather Batt, owner of Hayden Olivia Bridal, came to me with the idea of owning a Bella Bridesmaid. Heather and her husband both thought it would be something I would enjoy and could truly excel in.  After several conversations with them,  and other Bella Bridesmaid owners I truly felt like it was the right career path for me. I loved the idea of creating an experience for the brides and their bridal parties.  I thought that by concentrating on the niche of the bridesmaid dresses I would really be able to zero in on the brides vision; to deliver a dress to the bridesmaids that is something that is classy, chic, modern and can wear again.

BB: What is the most memorable moment so far in owning your boutique?

Christy at Bridal Market with fellow Bella owners
C: I have only been open a little over 7 months, but there are already so many.  There was a specific bride that came in with her bridesmaid.  They loved the AMSALE dresses.  She really wanted the bridesmaids to all wear different jewel tone colors, but possibly wear the same dress.  They had tried on a few but none really jumped out.  I recommended a dress that was initially looked over on the rack.  One of the bridesmaids came out in it…and it was stunning-that was dress! They went next door to eat lunch and afterward the bride came over and gave me a hug and told me what a great experience she had.  As she walked out, I felt completely overwhelmed with happiness.  Moments like that make it all worth it and shows me that giving the brides an experience they deserve pays off on so many levels.

BB: What is your idea of a perfect night out on the town? Which one of our dresses would you wear, and how would you style it?

Christy with her son,  Jasper

C: Wow a night on the town…I am a single mom of a 2.5 year old so I am not really sure what that would look like! If I could dream…it would be a night out with my close girlfriends at one of my favorite local restaurants.  I LOVE finding little neighborhood bars and restaurants, they always have such charm and normally fantastic food.  The night would probably start and end with wine!  I already have several of the Bella Bridesmaid dresses in my closet; however the one that I have recently had the most fun with and gotten the most compliments is LulaKate’s Christy with a straight skirt in Sand.  Maybe it has something to do with the name! I have worn it with big chunky pearls, pearl stud earrings, and coral heels.  It makes me feel fun and flirty with a touch of class.

Katie Holmes by Getty Images via Brides
BB: Fave celebrity wedding dresses?

C: I can’t decide there are two:  Katie Holmes- Giorgio Armani.  It was elegant, classy, and I loved that it was off the shoulder.   I also keep going to back to the dress Carolyn Bessette wore when she married JFK Jr.  It was so simple, but breathtaking.  Maybe it had more to do with having JFK Jr. on her arm!

BB: How would you describe your own personal style?

C: I have been told I have the “girl next door” look.  I prefer simple, classy, comfortable…and elegant for special occasions.  I normally wear stud earrings and a bracelet, but my jewelry is usually understated as well.  I have been known to go all out and wear a chunky necklace!  I usually add color with my shoes. I am known to wear all black then wear coral, red, or green heels.

BB: Favorite place traveled?

C: Absolutely hands down Innsbruck, Austria. I studied at the University of Innsbruck when I was in college.  My room was just below the mountains; so every morning when I would open my windows I would have this incredible breathtaking view.  The town was had so much history, culture, and character.  My favorite was sitting in the park on Sundays, drinking coffee, and watching the older gentleman play life size chess. It just warmed my heart that life can be that simple.

Innsbruck, Austria via Destination 360

BB: Favorite movie that you can watch over and over?

C: I am notorious for doing this…it drives my dad crazy!  I right now I am obsessed with watching "The Proposal".  I think I know it line for line.

BB: Everyday wear item?

C: My two Tiffany Charm bracelets, JCrew Navy Cardigan (I take it everywhere), and my stud pearl earrings. 

BB: Celebrity crush?

C: Ryan Reynolds...and of course George Clooney!

BB: Favorite quote or expression?

C: There are so many…but I'd say...
“Enjoy the little things for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

Now for This & That...

American Idol or The Voice?  
Diego or Handy Mandy?? Haha neither!

Sun or Snow?  Definitely SUN

Prince William or Prince Harry?  Prince William

Vogue or Cosmo?  Vogue

Mac or PC?  PC- but I am slowly converting

Thanks Christy!


  1. Love Christy! My wedding would not have been the same without her! She styled all my bridesmaids, my mom, my going away dress, and my rehearsal dinner dress!! She's seriously the best!

  2. Christy is absolutely amazing! She's so elegant, warm, and genuine. I have known Christy for many many years and feel so blessed for that. This article about Christy made me laugh, tear up, and feel so proud to have a friend who is so amazing, loving, driven, and passionate.

    Conquer your dreams girl!

    Much Love,

  3. I met Christy only a couple months ago when I also discovered Bella Bridesmaid. I had seen two of her dresses in a fashion show and called the shop to inquire about purchasing one of them for a charity gala I had coming up. Timing was an issue, though, as I had had no luck finding a suitable dress in other stores and there was no time to order one. Christy not only helped me into a dress for the gala, but I ended up coming back to purchase another one for my husband's surprise 40th birthday party.

    Christy is professional and personal at the same time and exudes a confidence about what she does. Her input is invaluable as she guided me toward the best color to compliment my skin tone.

    I wish her much success in her new venture!

    ~Nannette Collier