JESSICA STANIS | General Manager
Jessica's passion for weddings began at the early age of 12 when she would read wedding magazines and sketch gown ideas. She developed her expertise on weddings at the College of Charleston, SC while working with the esteemed Calder Clark luxury event planning team. After moving home to northern Virginia, a fateful fete (and a great pair of DVF shoes) brought Carine and Jessica together. Jessica believes bridal stylists work much like matchmakers, finding the right gown, for the right bride, at the right time.
WILLIAM MARTINEZ | Sales Manager
William Martinez II was born in Detroit, Michigan and found a passion for fashion in his youth. William had an early start in his couture career as a costume designer for film and commercial projects. His success in the industry soon brought him to Chicago where he took his talents from fashion to beauty as a global makeup artist with Burberry. William inevitably found his way back to fashion - but found that bridal combined his talents best and has now been in the industry for almost 10 years. William started at Roma Sposa, then became the buyer/manager at Ultimate Bride in Chicago and has now found his home here in DC at Carine's Bridal. William brings an artful eye to our atelier with exquisite taste and a genuine, humble spirit.
BRIANA ABEDI | Senior Stylist
Briana was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland. Her family owns several luxury retail boutiques throughout the D.C. area and her eye for fashion developed at an early age. Briana graduated from the University of Maryland. During her studies, she worked in sales at a high-end children’s boutique, quickly becoming a buyer and soon after, a manager. She took her client skills on to work at Neiman Marcus, but missed the intimate feel of a smaller boutique. After venturing into the bridal realm, she found her niche at Carine's Bridal Atelier. Briana has an innate instinct for, not only pairing brides with the perfect gown, but putting them at ease with her calm and empathetic nature.
LIZ IWANSKI | Bridal Stylist
Liz is a recent University of Alabama graduate who focused her studies in Fashion Merchandising. While finishing up her degree she had found her passion for bridal while working up in NYC at Kleinfeld. Her knowledge from the fast paced and large volume store of Kleinfeld enables her to think quick on her feet and be detail oriented when it comes to finding brides their perfect gown. She found herself wanting a more intimate setting in a thriving business in the bridal industry and is why she is with us today.
MADDIE KAUFMANN | Marketing & PR Director
Maddie Kaufmann brings a fresh, friendly and fashion-forward approach as Carine's Marketing and PR Director. Maddie was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland and attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where she graduated with a degree in Business Leadership and Sociology. While living in Charleston, Maddie worked for Charleston Fashion Week as their Runway Coordinator, liaising between designers, models and production. After college, Maddie began working in luxury real estate as a Marketing Manager with the prestigious firm, Washington Fine Properties, but eventually honed in on her love for bridal when she married her high school sweetheart in Washington, DC. Maddie has helped Carine's Bridal + Carine's Aisle grow - and has helped launch Maison de Carine, our sister tabletop company. Maddie has been with Carine's for over 5 years and enjoys the fast-paced, ever-changing world of weddings and events.