Viktoria Jones opened The Bride in Ybor City to offer speciality services for the special day.
"I have a background in the wedding industry, working alongside Hungarian designer Anita Benes," Jones said. "That's where I fell in love with wedding dresses and learned so much about production, fabrics and the customer care side of things."
Jones showcases Anita Benes' line, Daalarna Couture, in the store along with other designers including Rebecca Schoneveld and Sarah Seven.
"I want to bring designers from all over the world who brides don't have access to," Jones said, "quality and high-fashion-type gowns. I'm looking into and super excited about bringing an Israeli designer, an Australian and Canadian."
The Bride isn't a type of shop where customers come in and sort through the racks; an appointment must be made.
"We sit down so I can understand the bride's personality, sense of style and what she has in mind for the wedding," Jones said. "It's a little chitchat, a little chocolate and a drink here and there."
When an appointment is going on the store is closed, so Jones can pay total attention.
Originally from Hungary, Jones has been in Tampa for two years now.
"I noticed Tampa was in need of a bridal store that offered nontraditional styles," Jones said.
The Bride has been in soft opening stages since February at 1903 N 19th St. but celebrated an official grand opening on May 18.
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