My designs are inspired by….
I believe a bride should never regret her gown or her children be embarrassed for her. (Hello, Kim Kardashian’s fashion choices.) When I dress a bride, I want her to be “beyond reproach,” i.e. not trying too hard, not shocking the guests, not trying to out-do a cousin/friend but rather just be the most gorgeous version of herself. I think most of my designs reflect that aesthetic.
The percentage of gowns leaving Nolte’s Bridal are your designs…
Years ago I heard a bride whisper to her mother as she was standing in a sample gown, “We have to say something nice. Mr. Nolte’s label is in this dress.” I nearly cringed. I immediately ordered my labels removed from all our stock gowns. I want the client to always feel comfortable in saying, “I think you have an ugly baby.”But to directly answer the question: 82% are either my custom designs or customized by me. “Perfect” is seldom available on the first option.
The song I can’t get out of my head…
A: Without a doubt, Elvis’s “I can’t help falling in love with you.” It applies to my wife, my daughters, my Granddaughter, and many of my brides. It’s an emotion I often feel at the conclusion of a speaking engagement. It’s a song I hum when I “collect the clutter” after we have hosted an especially nice dinner party. I’m generally always, always grateful for the life I’ve been given.
If I could invite anyone to dinner it would be….
A: As cliche as it may sound, “Oprah.” Why? Because she strikes me as one of the most authentic and genuine people on the planet with an international platform that motivates people to “listen.” When I heard her tell me, “Embrace your present reality,” I suddenly stopped trying to “act like it didn’t happen.” If my relationships with my buddies aren’t mutual and as couples our friendships are not a win/win…I allow myself now to stop wishing it were different and move on.
To get out of bad mood, I….
Perform a gesture of kindness for someone else. I may not “want” to, but I force myself to do it anyway. The end result is always a stress buster and a mental distraction. I recall a week when the wrath of many seemed to descend upon the store (right after “Bridezilla’s came out BTW). I took a walk to my neighbor House Beautiful and bought Easter Bunnies for all of my staff. They loved it and it totally did a 180 to the bad mood.
My biggest pet peeve….
SO easy! It’s when people canNOT put down their devices when supposedly we are having a authentically meaningful conversation. Each time they answer a text, I want take a hammer to their phone and tape their fingers together. So rude!