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 | Bridal Director
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.
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.
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.
ASHLEY KUCUK | Stylist
Ashley was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Growing up with her dad as a professional hairstylist and mom as a makeup artist, glamor was always a part of her life. In relation to her parents' careers, she found her love of fashion at an early age. Ashley graduated summa cun laude at Virginia Commonwealth University - School of the Arts with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, she made her move to Philadelphia to work as a merchandiser for URBN - Anthropologie. This is where she had her first encounter with bridal at BHLDN and never looked back. Ashley made the bittersweet decision to move back home, missing a more intimate work setting and to focus her skills on bridal. She started at Ellie’s Bridal Boutique in Alexandria as an assistant manager and eventually made her way to the D.C. area where she found her place at Carine’s Bridal. Ashley has a very warm personality that makes you feel like you're shopping with a friend. She is very attentive, and aims to make the bride's vision of the dress a reality.
BIANCA COMSTOCK | Stylist
Bianca’s love for bridal couture began as a child when she would sit at the kitchen table with her grandmother and design wedding gowns for hours at a time. A few moves within South America and two years in Paris later, she knew her heart belonged with fashion, and she began her career working as a Personal Stylist. Although she adored working in Ready-To-Wear, she knew there was something special about bridal and pursued to graduate Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising degree. She then interned at Carine’s Bridal, and her passion for design, details, and making clients feel beautiful grew even more. Today, she continues to adore working in this chic, intimate environment and looks forward to making the world a more fashionable place one bride at a time.
KENZIE SCANLON | Alterations Coordinator
Kenzie grew up in the suburbia of Leesburg, VA and has had her eye on bridal since her youngest years. After interning with New York designer Randi Rahm in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, she fell in love with bringing brides vision to fruition, but knew she thrived in a more intimate setting. Kenzie graduated with degrees in Communications and Fashion Design at Virginia Tech, and aims to use her skills to provide a relaxing, fun-loving atmosphere while with her. After kickstarting her career in bridal as an assistant manager at Vivid Bridal Boutique, she has now settled at Carine’s Bridal with hopes to continue making brides feel the best version of themselves. Our brides at Carine's love working with her warm, caring and dependable spirit.