Carine began her career in fashion over 10 years ago when she moved to New York City to join the design team at AEFFE (the parent company of Moschino, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alberta Ferretti). When family concerns brought her back to Washington DC, she began working with Vera Wang, and was eventually hired away to Priscilla of Boston. After local success and recognition, and as her reputation grew, she was courted to Saks Fifth Avenue in Tyson's Corner to head the bridal salon.
Why DC Needs One More Salon
Carine's position at DC salons afforded her the opportunity to interface with the design community in NYC. Twice yearly the industry gathers for bridal fashion week where there are fashion shows, runways, models and designer parties. Carine attended every one, where it was her job to hand-select wedding dresses off of the runway to carry in store. Over the years she developed close relationships with some of her favorite designers, and made many friends at salons in New York City and across the country. Carine noticed that there was a big difference between the typical bridal salon in New York and the typical bridal salon in DC. New York bridal salons tended to be more sophisticated, the staff more knowledgeable (often with a background in design), and the collection of dresses larger. Carine felt that with her experience, contacts, and vision, she could bring the look and feel of a New York City salon to the Mid-Atlantic.
The Store Philosophy
Carine's Bridal Atelier highlights the artistry of design in bridal fashion, and showcases the personality of individual designers as it comes out in their gowns. Carine's offers an unparalleled wedding gown expertise and tailors bridal fashion to a body type, personality and destination.
When Carine began sharing her idea to designers such as Angel Sanchez, Kenneth Pool, Mellissa Sweet and Reem Acra they encouraged her and pledged their support. Currently, over 100 of the best dresses from Carine's favorite designers are onsite at the Georgetown boutique.
The store is built to be an oasis, away from high speed life. Every bride entering will be afforded privacy by the spaciousness, a sense of calm, and personalized attention by fashion experts. The store is designed to offer a soothing experience that creates an enjoyable event to share with those most loved.
Carine's Bridal Atelier's mission is to provide brides with unparallel service and a customized experience. The product sold is not the gown, but the groom's smile when the bride first appears on the wedding day, the whir of camera flashes on the walk down the aisle and the "you never looked more beautiful" twenty years after upon looking down at a yellowed photograph.
Carine's Bridal Atelier is fashion savvy and focused on you. Your aisle is our runway.
Located in Georgetown on Wisconsin just past the library coming from M street, above the Art Gallery
By appointment only
1726 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20007
Bliss Monique Lhuillier
The Amsale bridal collection has become synonymous with sophistication and clean lines. Amsale began her bridal career almost three decades ago after searching for her own wedding gown. She began making custom designs in her New York loft that featured her modern aesthetic and has become a bridal force ever since.
Wedding Photography by Rodney Bailey