- Kerry Yu,
Anna’s Bridaland: Holiday Fashion
With the holiday season rolling around, more and more people are searching for the perfect dress to wear for any and all upcoming occasions. I paid a visit to Lake Oswego’s local bridal boutique Anna’s Bridal, which was established 28 years ago.
Anna Totonchy opened her first storefront in 1993 where she sold special occasion dresses and custom gowns, as well as unique bridal fabrics. Shortly after opening, Anna decided to expand her store by also carrying gowns designed by exclusive wedding gown designers. In 2014 the shop moved from Lake Grove to its current beautiful location on the corner of State and A Avenue in downtown Lake Oswego. This bigger and brighter location allows their experienced staff to better service their clients.
Anna’s background in custom bridal gowns coupled with the talented on-site alterations team allows them to transform dresses as needed, tailoring each one for a perfect fit. The shop carries dresses to suit any price range, body type and color preference. Anna’s Bridal has continually won awards for being “Portland’s Best Bridal Shop,” as well as having the best bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride, and flower girl dresses. They also have the perfect accessories for every event, according to Oregon Bride Magazine. Additionally, it is one of the only bridal shops that offers in-house wedding coordination; Anna’s Bridal provides one stop shopping coordinated with the wedding planners from Bridal Bliss. This talented team of wedding planners have been named the best of the best year after year.
Anna loves to repurpose wedding gowns. Over the years, she has transformed many gowns that belonged to mothers, grandmothers, and even greatgrandmothers into custom gowns for their brides.
The alterations team has even altered one mother’s dress three different times for three daughters in the family, each time making it slightly different for that particular bride. Another alteration Anna does is transforming old wedding dresses into a christening gown or nursery accessory for an infant.
The shop also works to promote sustainability by offering garment bags made of recycled materials and running their payments through Rock Paper Coin, a locally founded company that allows for a fully digital experience which reduces paper waste. One of their designers, Pronovias, has even started creating eco-friendly gowns that have been added to their inventory to further reduce their carbon footprint.
With the world in disarray, Anna’s Bridal is able to meet with brides who have a fast-approaching wedding date and are on a tight timeline. This can be challenging because most bridal gowns will take 6-8 months to come in once it is ordered. However, Anna’s Bridal has a wonderful selection of off-the rack gowns to ensure that every bride is taken care of.
Their goal is to continue providing their customers with excellent service, helping them find the perfect gown that they always dreamed of for their special day. Anna’s Bridal is looking forward to adding new collections and styles to their boutique so every bride can find their ideal dress. On top of that, Anna’s Bridal is also LGBTQ+ friendly and strives to make everyone’s experience a positive one.
Come visit Anna’s Bridal at 402 N State St. in Lake Oswego, find them online at annasbridal.com, or call 503-636-1474 for more information.