New Year, New Website

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for visiting our page. We are so excited about our newly designed website (special thanks to Ron Louie and the team at Opto Design!) and hope that you love it as much as we do! After four years in the bridal business, we decided a fresh website was a great way to ring in 2019 and bring more brides in our door. And, in addition to the new website, we’re going to be writing monthly journal entries to keep you up-to-date on all the Harbor Bridal happenings, so make sure you come here regularly to read our latest posts! 

For this post, to celebrate our new website, we wanted to go back to the beginning and tell you about ourselves, about Harbor Bridal, and about the experience you should expect to have when you come in here. You can find basic information about the shop on our page, as well as some testimonials from brides who have enjoyed the Harbor Bridal experience, but for this post we want to go a little more in-depth and answer some common questions we receive from people who visit our shop.

We (Leigh Mardovich & Tori Catanese, sisters and co-owners of Harbor Bridal) opened the doors in November of 2014. Before that, we were both pursuing very different career paths and wanted to make a change.  Our mom, Laura, always mentioned that she thought there should be a bridal boutique in our town, Cold Spring Harbor, and one day, after driving through town and noticing a For Rent sign on the window, we decided to quit our jobs and start selling wedding dresses. Crazy, we know. Neither of us had ever worked in the fashion or bridal industry, but both of us have business backgrounds, which we assumed would help us with some aspects of running a store. We took the few months before opening to learn all there is to know about the bridal industry – silhouettes, styles, trends, fabrics, laces, necklines, designers. We met with designers, took some courses, designed the interior of the shop, and started readying to meet new brides and help them find their dream bridal gown. We thought about what we would want from a bridal shopping experience and aimed to create this ideal experience for our brides. The most important goal for us was (and still is) to create an intimate, personal experience for brides. We understood from past shopping experiences how frustrating any type of shopping can be, and we wanted our brides to feel comfortable and at ease when making a huge decision like purchasing their wedding dress. We decided to take only one appointment a time, so our brides don’t have to compare themselves or compete with another bride for the mirror. We decided to give each bride a full hour and a half so she doesn’t feel rushed. We promised to never pressure our brides into purchasing, and to this day, we’ve never had a bride regret their purchase or call to cancel an order. As we like to say, our goal is to make every bride feel like our only bride.

Fast forward a few years, and we’re still learning. We’ve learned what designers work for our store and what styles work for our brides. Since we opened, we’ve taken out designers and we’ve added designers, but this past year we decided to exclusively sell Modern Trousseau wedding gowns. You can see on our home page that we are a Modern Trousseau flagship boutique. In the last four years we have found that this designer works best for us. David and Callie Tein, the owners of Modern Trousseau, have provided us with their guidance and support since day one, and luckily enough for us, our brides love their gowns. Modern Trousseau dresses are classic but unique and are made with only the highest quality materials. All of their gowns are made in their headquarters in Connecticut, and all dresses can be customized to meet any bride’s specific needs. We are honored to be the only shop on Long Island who carries Modern Trousseau. In addition to Modern Trousseau bridal gowns, we do still carry veils, bridesmaids gowns, and accessories from other designers, which you can find on the Designer section of our website, with links to each page.

To end this post, we’d like to thank all of the people who have supported us along the way. We have been so lucky to have SO many amazing brides walk into our door, and we feel that the people who walk in as customers walk out as family. We know that buying from a small business can be a risk, and we are so honored that so many of you have chosen to work with us and allow us to be a small part of your special day. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. For those of you reading this who haven’t come into Harbor Bridal yet, we hope you will know more about us after reading this post, and we hope that you will come in to see the experience for yourself. Feel free to request an appointment on the Contact Us page of our website, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to meeting so many new people this year.

Happy New Year to you all, and here’s to an amazing 2019!