Meet The Dresser Girls!
Owner & Life Of The Party
Ever since I was a little girl I remember having these crazy ideas. I always knew what I wanted to do and then I just did it.
Born and raised in a Greek family…need I say more?! HA! My words and heart can’t tell you how lucky I am for the family I have. Married for 43 years, my loving parents raised me to believe anything is possible! There is not a moment in my life I recall them not telling me to follow my heart! “The skies the limit honey” and with that I truly believe it!
My first and greatest accomplishment is being a Mommy to two larger than life kids! My son and daughter have taught me there is no greater love than the love for your child! I only wish love, happiness, passion and health for them eternally!!
I've always had a passion for beauty fashion and interior design. I went to beauty school and signed the lease for my very own salon a week before graduating! Shampoo Cocktails Beauty lounge in Aliso Viejo was born in 2004.
Six years later I was bridal dress shopping in the OC. In the dressing room I said, “Mom, why do I not have a bridal store?!” I was shocked at the lack of experience in one of the most exciting days of my life! Six months later, I opened Blush. I remember cold calling designers to try to get them in my store...haha! It wasn’t long before Blush became an overnight success. It was my mission to give brides the experience of a lifetime!
I was incredibly lucky to have my sweet brother, Tasos, who was loved and connected in the wedding industry. He guided me to some of the best wedding professionals in Orange County. Sadly, soon after we lost my brother to leukemia. I then took a step back after 5 successful years in the bridal industry to breathe, help raise his 3 children, and support my family however I could.
Three years later, through a mutual friend, I met Marianne, who was the original founder and creator of The Dresser! We became close friends that shared many passions and loss. Today I’m so honored and proud to own The Dresser! I’m devoted to carrying on a legacy that Marianne worked on for 30 years! I hope to inspire people to follow their dreams and always remember the hardest things in life are meant to teach us a valuable lesson.
Live every moment. Laugh every day. Love beyond words.
Bridal Stylist & Adventure Lover
Bridal Sylist & Country Cutie
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Bridal Stylist & Party Planner
Bridal Stylist & Karaoke Queen
Bridal Stylist & Fashionista
Our Family Tree: Marianne's Story
Alterations specialist & Mountain Mama
The original owner of the Dresser Bridal for 30 years, affectionately known as every bride's "fitting" Fairy Godmother, Marianne Sullivan, is a fitting and alterations expert. Today she runs the essential Alterations Department at The Dresser Bridal.
She began her life time career at the precocious age of 8, as her Barbie's personal fashion designer, when her Mom bought her a mini singer sewing machine, some fabric, patterns and trims. Creating one of kind formal wear and wedding gowns was a passion from day one.
A native SF Bay girl, Marianne acquired an AA degree in Apparel Design from Diablo Valley College, and a BA in Fashion Design from Stephens College, Columbia Missouri, lending Marianne the skills to open her design salon in May of 1987 in a 2nd floor loft in Historic Downtown Fullerton.
She soon realized she needed a store front to show case her custom designs, and moved to larger quarters at the corner of Harbor and Wishire in 1989. From there, Marianne gradually transitioned from a retail business that focused on custom gowns, to traditionally mass produced gowns.
Although she had transitioned away from custom design, Marianne was able to continue to utilize her unique eye for great design at great prices, as well as offering her brides the skill set to uniquely customize gowns to their specific design needs.
"Can we....? Yes!", "How about....? Of Course!", "What if we....? Hmmm, no, however lets try....!" are phrases tossed about on a daily basis in our working Alterations Department. The creative process of finding the perfect design and fit for Brides today, is as fresh and as fun as, well, dressing Barbie was all those years ago.