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Choosing your wedding dress is more than checking off an item on your planning to-d0 list. It's an experience.
Most brides gather up their nearest and dearest in order to twirl and sparkle their way into the perfect dress, led in the process by a capable bridal shop consultant.
The ladies at Southern Protocol Bridal work hard to bring this magical experience to each and every one of the brides who walks through their door on Market Street in downtown Charleston.
Led by the mother-daughter team of Ann E. Rice Ervin and Lisa Rice, as well as manager Michelle Miller, Southern Protocol Bridal is open exclusively by appointment so they can shower each of their clients with attention.
Today, we're chatting with Michelle Miller, the boutique's manager and buyer, to learn a bit more about working in the high-paced, elegant bridal fashion industry.
Tell us a little bit about your path to success. What led you to this profession? Did you always want to be in the wedding industry?
I did not have a great bridal shopping experience myself, and always wanted to create something better!
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the SC wedding industry?
Find your niche and stick with it!
What's one thing you wish all of your clients knew before walking into your store?
That they are going to have fun. Don't be nervous!
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
That I traveled around the world by myself for 2 years.
What is the best part about working/living in South Carolina? Are you a native? If so, what's made you stay? If you're a transplant, what attracted you to this state?
I am a transplant who was enchanted by the magic of Charleston. I love the history, the culture, the weather, the people and the food!
What has been your best moment working in the SC wedding industry so far?
Every single moment that one of our brides finds her dress, and sees herself as the bride for the first time is so special for me!