Since I can remember I have had a fascination with brides and all things wedding. Every last detail that went into the day that would mark the start of a new family, the day two separate worlds become one. The only event that can turn the everyday couple into royalty for a night!
I was 14 years old when I realized I wanted to have a career in the wedding industry, though; I had yet to figure out in what capacity. For a long time I thought I wanted to plan the event and design the décor alongside the bride. In fact, it wasn’t until my sister became engaged and began to plan her wedding that I realized my love for the wedding wardrobe and the ensembles surrounding the entire event.
I spent three years managing a premier luxury bridal boutique in Miami, a relationship that began when my sister bought her gown at the same boutique. Working with both the front and back ends of the business, I had the opportunity to work closely with some of bridal’s most esteemed design houses, allowing me to gain a broad understanding and vast knowledge of everything it takes to not only complete the look of a bride but to create a beautiful story across the entire bridal party.
After 3 beautiful years in bridal retail, I left the boutique with the intention of leaving the bridal industry; that idea didn’t last very long. In my “year off from bridal” I attended 3 weddings of dear friends, all of which I ended up styling in some capacity (even if it meant hiding under a gown, on my hands and knees to pin up a bustle while in formal attire). It was in those moments I realized my true passion and where I belonged; my calling was to bring bridal visions to life.
While the guests of honor (Bride+Groom) must be the best-looking people in the room, it is important that the hosts of the event (Parents of the Bride+Groom) and the couples’ witnesses (bridesmaids+groomsmen) look and feel their best as well. Knowing how time consuming and, at times, stressful it can be for a bride to manage all the different elements I knew I had to come to the rescue.
And so came the creation of Sophia Elortegui Styling. A true labor of love, this is a firm dedicated to the bride and assisting her in achieving the perfect bridal portrait. Everything from the bridal gown to the groom’s shoes, I am here to bring the vision of your bridal dreams to life.