Every bride-to-be dreams of the thrilling moment when she'll find her wedding dress. That’s why, when Razil Owen's own dress hunting experience left her less than satisfied, she decided to open a bridal boutique that redefines the shopping experience – and fulfills wedding dress fantasies.
“I worked as a wedding planner for six years and always drove my brides to Austin to go dress shopping,” says Razil. “One day, when we were driving back, I realized I could create the magical experience they were looking for myself.”
Named for Razil’s eldest daughter, Olivia Grace Bridal opened its doors in January and boasts San Antonio’s finest collection of bridal gowns, accessories and trendy-savvy stylists, ready to unite you with your dream dress. The store in Olmos Park is a burst of fresh, fashionable air; pale blue walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and racks of dazzling designer dresses, organized by style, make guests feel like they’ve stepped out of San Antonio and into a quaint Parisian boutique. Each dressing room, decorated with hip art and cushy furniture, occupies its own spacious nook, providing you and your bridal party with plenty of seating and privacy.
Already, the full-service boutique is a favorite with San Antonio brides – and is fulfilling Razil’s vision of making wedding dress dreams come true.
Come for the Gowns
A former professional of the New York fashion industry, Razil handpicks each dress stocked by Olivia Grace Bridal, and her criteria for sourcing is strict. Razil uses her expert knowledge of trends, paired with detailed research and her own timeless taste, to ensure that her carefully curated selection has something of every style, budget and personality.
“I wanted to bring new designers and fresh options to town,” says Razil. “I only stock designers who reliably deliver on time and are willing to make customizations for my clients, and I make sure that there’s something here for every kind of girl.”
Selections include designs from Augusta Jones, Justin Alexander and Enzoani – and Olivia Grace Bridal’s plus-sized collection has just as much variety of silhouette and style as its regular selection.
For brides looking for a dress that’s all their own, Olivia Grace has its own bridal line; a collection of chic, modern gowns that combine a vogue, New York feel with the traditional elegance of Texas fashion.
“At Olivia Grace, we make the experience of dress shopping feel as special as the dress itself,” says Razil. “We want every girl to have a high-end, red carpet shopping experience and feel the magic of finding their dream dress.”
Stay for the Service
While the wide selection of gowns brings brides to Olivia Grace Bridal, it’s the personalized service of Razil and her stylists that set the experience apart. Every bride gets the individual attention of an Olivia Grace stylist, who takes the mission to find the perfect dress personally.
Prior to appointments, Olivia Grace stylists review customer’s wedding questionnaires and Pinterest boards to hone in on bride’s preferences. While appointments are scheduled for two hours, there’s no cap on time, and no limit to the amount of dresses you can try.
“We start by getting to know all about our brides and their weddings, from location to colors to Pinterest boards,” says Razil. “We always hope they’ll try on a variety of dresses and styles and let us help guide them from there.”
Helping a bride find their dream dress is the best part of the job, according to Razil, next to getting to know them. Even brides who find gowns elsewhere often return to Olivia Grace to visit their stylist and get advice on accessories.
“Even if you go to seven stores, I want the experience you have here to be great,” says Razil. “And we better get a hug at the end!”
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