Location: Houston, Texas
Owner(s): Jill Nelson & Starla Flake
How did Mia get it's start, and why the name "Mia?"
While working with Starla at Brickhouse Bridal, we tried to get couture designers to let us carry their gowns, but they wanted a Houston address, not The Woodlands. That, in combination with the closing of a couple couture bridal salons in Houston, we decided in 2006, it was time to open a couture shop.
After many brainstorming sessions, we decided upon Mia Bridal Couture. Mia in Spanish means “mine” and during the naming process someone said, “I like Mia, because it’s all about MEEEE-a!” That’s right, it’s all about the bride!
We really wanted to keep the flavor of the West Gray space and mix in some glamourous and modern touches. By using the chandeliers, vases, antique Asian panels and the specialty bubble mirror, we kept a similar feel. We incorporated silver gray sofas, large mercury glass framed mirrors and new shiny vases to blend with the original pieces.
I love that the space has wonderful, comfortable couture, inviting feel about it. Brides walk in and feel welcomed, never intimidated.
We feel that when a bride is searching for her wedding gown that it should be a fun, enjoyable process. We have created a space that lends itself to a wonderful experience, and our team takes it from there. The Mia team is committed to assisting brides with their knowledge, expertise and eyes for fashion.
You were a design major in college; did you always know you wanted to work in bridal?
I started working part time at a bridal salon in 1998, and have never looked back. I began in the salon’s alterations department conducting fittings and worked with brides on Saturdays. Bridal is something that is in you or it’s not. If it’s part of you, it’s hard to think of doing anything else – it’s in me for sure!
Relax, enjoy the experience and pay attention to how you feel. Choosing a dress, in the end, is about a feeling. When a bride feels amazing in her gown, she will look her very best – that shows on the wedding day!
The answer to that changes every time we go to market. I chose the gown I wore for my wedding at a market and Starla and I always asks each other, “What was your favorite gown at market?” at the close of each buying trip. Right now, I am LOVING Sareh Nouri’s stunning Sophie Hallette lace and sleeves as in the Asi gown – absolutely breathtaking!
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