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
Growing up outside of Annapolis, MD, Jantra spent most of her spare time sketching dresses dreaming of someday working in the exciting Fashion world. With the help of her mother, she would re-create and embellish her Figure Skating and prom dresses and went off to study Fashion Design at Radford University. Upon graduation and a year of Retail experience in Charleston, SC, she decided NYC was the next place to pursue her dreams. After 8 years of living in the Big Apple, freelancing for designers such as Etro and Hugo Boss and eventually working for a major costume jewelry company, Jantra decided to move back closer to her family. Bridal always being one of Jantra’s biggest passions, it was only fitting to join the Carine’s team. With her passion for exquisite designs, a love for beautiful gowns and her bold personality, she makes your bridal gown search a fun and pleasant experience!
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!!
ERICA SCOTTBridal Stylist
Erica’s interest in couture began with trips to the Smithsonian when she was a child, fascinated by the detailed and luxurious fabrics depicted in Rococo paintings. In high school and college, Erica interned at several art museums, including the Philips Collection and the Textile Museum. While studying in Paris, she assisted backstage for designers Alexandre Vauthier and Walter Van Beirendonck with presenting their collections for Paris Fashion Week. Erica finished at the University of Delaware with degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion History & Culture. At Carine’s, Erica’s expertise comes from her ability to draw from a bride’s unique personality to help her envision her complete head-to-toe look—from her gown to her veil and accessories within her venue.
JAI CHANDRASEKARANBridal Stylist
Jai brings her genuine enthusiasm for bridal by managing our Sample Sale at Carine’s Aisle. She studied Fashion at the Parsons School of Design and Business Administration at the M.O.P. Vaishnav College in Chennai, India. As a macramé master, a vibrant fashion photographer, and a growing interior designer, Jai found Carine’s Bridal to be the perfect home for her to translate her creative energy into making others happy. She comforts brides with her honest opinions and her quirky, yet detailed, eye for styling separates within our vast collection of samples.