CARINE KRAWIECOwner
Carine began her career in fashion over 10 years ago when she moved to New York City to join the design team at AEFFE (the parent company of Moschino, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alberta Ferretti). When family concerns brought her back to Washington DC, she began working with Vera Wang, and was eventually hired away to Priscilla of Boston. After local success and recognition, and as her reputation grew, she was courted to Saks Fifth Avenue in Tyson's Corner to head the bridal salon.
Carine's position at DC salons afforded her the opportunity to interface with the design community in NYC. Twice yearly the industry gathers for bridal fashion week where there are fashion shows, runways, models and designer parties. Carine attended every one, where it was her job to hand-select wedding dresses off of the runway to carry in store. Over the years she developed close relationships with some of her favorite designers, and made many friends at salons in New York City and across the country. Carine noticed that there was a big difference between the typical bridal salon in New York and the typical bridal salon in DC. New York bridal salons tended to be more sophisticated, the staff more knowledgeable (often with a background in design), and the collection of dresses larger. Carine felt that with her experience, contacts, and vision, she could bring the look and feel of a New York City salon to the Mid-Atlantic.
JESSICA STANISStore Manager
Jessica's passion for weddings began at the early age of 12 when she would read wedding magazines and sketch gown ideas. She developed her expertise on weddings at the College of Charleston, SC while working with the esteemed Calder Clark luxury event planning team. After moving home to northern Virginia, a fateful fete (and a great pair of DVF shoes) brought Carine and Jessica together. Jessica believes bridal stylists work much like matchmakers, finding the right gown, for the right bride, at the right time.
KHARA MASONSales Manager
Khara has been working in the bridal industry for almost ten years. In the last decade she has become an expert in all things bridal. After living in Boston and New York City, she and her husband moved to Washington D.C. With her bubbly personality she works closely with her clients and helps them find their bridal identity. She says helping brides and watching their special moment come true is the best part of her day.
BRIANA ABEDISenior Stylist
Briana was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland. Her family owns several luxury retail boutiques throughout the D.C. area and her eye for fashion developed at an early age. Briana graduated from the University of Maryland. During her studies, she worked in sales at a high-end children’s boutique, quickly becoming a buyer and soon after, a manager. She took her client skills on to work at Neiman Marcus, but missed the intimate feel of a smaller boutique. After venturing into the bridal realm, she found her niche at Carine's Bridal Atelier. Briana has an innate instinct for, not only pairing brides with the perfect gown, but putting them at ease with her calm and empathetic nature
ADELE CHAPMAN Bridal Stylist
Adele grew up in Arlington, Virginia and studied fashion design at Marymount University. She began her career with Carine's Bridal Atelier as an intern and honed her skills in both clothing construction and customer service. Upon graduation she began working at Urban Chic in Georgetown and eventually became the manager. However Adele found herself missing the more intimate prestige of the bridal business. So, she decided to join the Carine's team once more, bringing along her fabulous fashion sense, as well as her attention to detail. Adele always pairs her design knowledge with excellent customer service to provide each of her clients with informed and friendly advice.
Jantra Silbert Bridal Stylist
Bio coming soon!
Lauren RubensteinBridal Stylist
Lauren started her path in the wedding industry several years ago selling custom wedding invitations. After finishing college, she started working in events and has seen all aspects of the the wedding world! Lauren learned the most about the wedding industry working in catering, from creating menus and setting up venues, to helping brides with tablescapes and overall decor for their big day. A little over a year ago, Lauren became a bride herself.

After a substantial search, she ended up buying her own dress here at Carine's and fell in love with our store. The overall atmosphere and the consultants’ knowledge and positivity, made her immediately feel welcome. We're now thrilled to have her on the other side as part of our store, and helping brides choose their dream gown from the best store in the industry!!