DINA POULOS, DIRECTOR
"Style is knowing who you are and what you want to say, with no approval needed."
Being born and raised in Montreal, Canada, a well-known fashion capitol of the world, makes it no surprise that this Sacramento bridal shop owner has a natural passion for fashion. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in the arts, Dina took a position with a large airline as a corporate event planner becoming a world traveler for many years until her first son was born and time with family was more important than her travels.
Through her journeys around the globe, she gained even more enthusiasm for different cultures and their people. Utilizing the experience and knowledge she gained in business and in her adventures, Dina became a leader in training staff on above and beyond customer service skills.
Dina had an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for fashion, and decided it was time for her to embrace her true calling. In 2012 Bride to Be Couture was born! Dina’s keen eye for design combined with a true love and passion for what she does is the very essence behind Bride To Be Couture and it is shown throughout the entire team. They are truly honored to be the chosen bridal shop for every person who walks through the door.
“There is no better feeling than seeing the reaction of happiness and tears of joy from the bride and their family as they find “THE DRESS”. It is such a fulfillment,
and sincerely rewarding, to know that most of our customers arrive as strangers and leave as friends.”
“It has been an amazing journey! In the first 5 years of operation we have experienced a tremendous growth curve and are ecstatic about being chosen and named the number #1 bridal store in Sacramento on KCRA’s A-List, year after year. I am truly thankful to our clients and my entire team for the success we have achieved. We promise to continue to work diligently to bring you
something fresh and unique in fashion for your wedding, and to offer the best shopping experience for your special day”
MONICA CAMILLERI, MANAGER
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ― Coco Chanel
Monica Camilleri is a Sacramento Native with a devotion and deep appreciation for fashion and art. After studying Sports Journalism for years, including a three year internship with the Sacramento Bee's Sport's Department, she rediscovered a childhood passion for the craft of making things by hand, particularly clothing. This lead to a fascination with the world of Haute Couture, the purchase of a sewing machine, and a dramatic change in college focus.
She transferred to a local design school, majoring in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising, where she excelled and was honored with Best in Show in the school’s annual Fashion Show in 2011.
After a long career in retail, Monica was ecstatic to pursue her love for fashion, and love of people by joining the Bride To Be Couture staff in 2015. She loves the genuine connection that is built between between her and her brides, as it is truly her passion to help every girl find the dress of her dreams. For her, there’s nothing better than that perfect moment when a bride realizes she’s found "the one".
ANITA BOROVNICA, BRIDAL STYLIST
“Fashion is an expression of each individual to help you express yourself and therefore it should always be based on what you find interesting and no one else.”
Anita Borovnica is a Senior Bridal Consultant and has devoted her skills and expertise to the future brides of Bride to Be Couture for many years now. After being introduced through modeling dresses for the boutique, Anita joined the team to provide the highest quality of service in assisting brides with all their bridal needs.
Anita’s enthusiasm and professionalism along with her experience in the bridal industry, eye for style and love for fashion are essential in creating a positive experience for each individual bride while searching for that perfect gown. Anita also speaks fluent English, German and Serbo-Croatian. If she is not busy searching for the ‘best’ when saying ‘I do’ you might find her spiking a volleyball, swimming or running in her very active life.
ERIN BRITT, BRIDAL STYLIST
"On her wedding day a bride should be certain that she has found a dress that makes her feel confident, and above all else Beautiful."- Carolina Herrera
Erin is a Sacramento native, born and raised just miles away from our flagship boutique. Growing up she was always captivated by all things bridal (wedding magazines are her favorite things) and always knew in her heart that working with brides was what she was meant to do. She worked as an office manager for a construction company for nearly 10 years, but when Erin saw a an opening at Bride to Be Couture, she jumped at the chance to be a part of Sacramento's number one ranked bridal salon. She has felt at home here ever since and is so happy to fulfill her dreams and lifelong passion of helping brides find their perfect dress.
ALEX PARINA, BRIDAL STYLIST
"Remember there are no rules in fashion. The moment there's a rule, it's not fashion." - Michael Kors
Alex's discerning eye and love for fashion developed at a young age. Growing up surrounded by strong-willed, hardworking and purpose driven women, she was never short of creative inspiration. After receiving her degree in Fashion Merchandising she set her sights on working in the industry. Learning everything that she could to gain her knowledge and find her niche, she made her way and worked for a luxury fashion brand for many years. Now she has the pleasure of being a part of the Bride to Be Couture team. For her, there is something special about working in bridal. Seeing the love and support brides have from their loved ones and helping them make the experience of finding their dress a memorable one.
MINA BOSHKAR, BRIDAL STYLIST
"Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness." - Christian Dior
Born and raised in Iran, Mina attended college for broadcasting before graduating and establishing a ten year career in television news. A mother of three, she has been sewing her entire life. After running a successful tailoring business in Iran, she started as a bridal seamstress when she relocated to California more than 25 years ago. This eventually transitioned into bridal styling, which she has been doing for more than 17 years. Mina's favorite part of working in the industry is the general joy of the bridal world, and sharing in the happiness of the brides and their families on their special days.
HILLARY SALAZAR, ASSISTANT
"Everyday is a fashion show and the world your runway." - Coco Chanel
Hillary is currently a Fashion student at The Art Institute of California - Sacramento . She discovered her love for fashion when she was thirteen years old . She began sketching dresses during her free time and was encouraged by friends and teachers to follow her love for fashion . On her senior year of high school she was challenged by her English teacher and herself to create her own senior prom dress . After having the amazing experience of creating her formal gown she knew she would love to work in a industry that consisted of formal or bridal wear . While attending college Hillary flourished a strong desire to obtain a career in the bridal industry . Thanks to Bride to Be Couture she has gained strong knowledge and experience of the bridal industry and loves helping brides and her party .
PING BARIANA, ASSISTANT
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” - Yves Saint Laurent
Ping is a hopeless romantic working her dream job at Bride to Be Couture. She loves weddings and every aspect of them. Seeing gorgeous brides in stunning dresses and hearing them say "Yes" is something we look forward to everyday. Working at a bridal shop, you see the behind the scene work of turning an average woman into a true bride.