Gina Lawson, former stay at home mom, and repeat customer of Angelique Bridal, could envision how she would bring modern design with sophisticated traditional elegance to brides. One day she made her heart’s desire a reality and purchased the story book setting of her boutique. Angelique Bridal Boutique is the largest full service bridal boutique in central Florida. It is Gina’s goal to have every women express their inner beauty as though she is walking down the aisle daily not just on her wedding day. She is actively involved in the community as a member of the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven, FAB- Females Advancing in Business and Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. Gina Lawson of Angelique Bridal Boutique, where contemporary elegance meets southern charm, a fitting beginning to your happily ever after!
Best Piece of Advice for a Bride Shopping for a Gown- Do not overwhelm yourself as a bride by trying on too many gowns, I strongly suggest you try on one of each fit to then narrow down the look you desire. Often times brides “Say Yes to The Dress” on one which they originally would not have even considered to try on!
• Everyday Style- Trendy
• Favorite Bridal Gown Style- Fit-n-Flare, with Bling.
• Favorite Flower- Hydrangea
• Favorite Vacation Spot- White Sandy beach
• Favorite Designer- Justin Alexander
• Guilty Pleasure- Retail Therapy
• Favorite Movie- Bridesmaids
Marketing Manager/Bridal Stylist
Robin Lusk is a long time resident of Winter Haven and a graduate of Florida Southern College and Winter Haven High School. In a past career life, she worked in theatre, including Cirque du Soleil, Legoland, Theatre Winter Haven, and Disney. She’s always had a passion for weddings and has spent years writing a wedding blog and making handmade bouquets and boutonnieres for brides and grooms. Now, instead of making sure that Disney princesses look their best, she’s thrilled to be at Angelique Bridal helping our brides look THEIR best!
Best Piece of Advice for a Bride Shopping for a Gown- Don’t get to fixated on tiny details or a picture
that you saw on Pinterest. Have a general idea of what you want, then keep an open mind to see what
looks good on you.
• Everyday Style- classic, colorful, and hopefully unique!
• Favorite Bridal Gown Style- Boho
• Favorite Flower- peony
• Favorite Vacation Spot- England
• Favorite Designer- Lillian West
• Guilty Pleasure- spending hours on Instagram
• Favorite Movie- Sound of Music and Big Hero 6
Maria Freitas (“Miss Maria”), originally from Portugal, is the daughter of a shoemaker who got married and moved to the US when she was only 16 years old. She arrived in America on a Friday and by Monday was working in a clothing factory in Boston! She quickly moved up the ranks in the factory and when the owner decided to close, she and her husband bought their own factory! Their daughter soon joined them and as a family, they operated their own clothing factory of 30 people for 27 years. Making mostly suits and sportswear, they manufactured clothing for many big labels, including Jones New York and Talbot’s. After living in Boston for 38 years, Miss Maria and her husband closed their factory and decided to move to Florida. Despite “retiring” at 60, Miss Maria can’t stop working and started at Angelique’s almost immediately after arriving in Florida. She’s been with Angelique’s for 12 years now and is loved by brides for her sweet personality and ability to make them look their best. She is proud to have worked since was 16 and likes to say, “If you’ve got dreams, go for it!” Miss Maria has 5 kids and 8 grandkids that always make her proud!
Best Piece of Advice – Marriage is about communication and you must work on it everyday!
• Everyday Style- Sophisticated
• Bridal look- I like anything fitted and white!
• Guilty Pleasure- Watching The Voice
• Flower- Red Roses
• Favorite Designer- Allure
• Movie- Pretty Woman
• Book- Fifty Shades of Grey