Since opening up her Shreveport, Louisiana boutique in September of 2009, Leigh Flood has not only helped brides find some fabulous dresses for their wedding day, but has mastered the art of re-wearing a bridesmaid dress. Leigh knows that there is always an occasion to wear a Bella dress! More notably when she recently wore a Coren Moore dress to a charity function that involved her holding a python snake! We wanted to hear more about Leigh’s fun experiences since owning her own Bella Bridesmaid…
BB: What was your career before becoming a Bella Bridesmaid owner, and what attracted you to the franchise?
|Leigh with her gorg bridesmaids!
L: Before Bella, I worked at Enterprise Rent-a-Car as a manger for 4 years and then at Paychex as a sales rep for 2 years. I always knew I wanted to run my own business, but never really knew what direction to take or how to get started. My mother-in-law saw how unhappy I was at my current job and told me about Bella Bridesmaid and I fell in love with the entire concept. Having been in several weddings before, I knew what it felt like to wear a bridesmaid dress that you just didn’t feel pretty wearing. So I worked with the Birmingham store for my own wedding, and they helped me find fabulous bridesmaid dresses. Soon after the wedding, I found out the Shreveport location was available. I knew immediately it was the path for me. It took about a year and a half before I took the plunge, but it was worth the wait!
BB: What is the most memorable moment so far in owning your boutique?
L: It’s so hard to pick just one! I guess my first Saturday I will never forget, we were so busy all day and I felt a little like a deer in headlights. My very first bride that day was so patient with me as I had to look up all the questions she had for me! I still keep in touch with that bride today.
|Wearing the Coren Moore "Skylar" dress
with the infamous python!
BB: What is your idea of a perfect night out on the town? Which one of our dresses would you wear, and how would you style it?
L: I love going to black tie events and most recently wore a fabulous Jim Hjelm Occassions gown to a Mardi Gras Ball. This past weekend I wore my LulaKate 'Zoe' dress in hot pink seersucker to a Kentucky Derby party, complete with a big white hat of course! I also recently “accessorized” the Coren Moore Skylar dress with a 15-foot python at a charity fundraiser!
BB: Fave celebrity wedding dresses?
L: Ivanka Trump – L O V E her dress!
BB: How would you describe your own personal style?
L: Casual, Comfy, and Chic!
BB: Favorite place traveled?
L: The Greek Isles! I got to travel there when I spent a semester abroad and I’m dying to go back. Santorini is the most beautiful place I have ever seen!
BB: Favorite movie that you can watch over and over?
L: Gone with the Wind – classic!
BB: Everyday wear item? ie: pair of earrings, fave cardigan, scarf
L: I love playing with fun jewelry. You can totally change an outfit by the way you accessorize. I love getting a new statement necklace, and then finding clothes in my closet that I haven’t worn in a long time to put with it! It’s a great way to spice up your wardrobe each season, without having to buy a whole new closet.
|Alexander Skarsgard, Image by Carter Smith via GQ
BB: Celebrity crush?
L: Ohhhh, if you have seen True Blood then you understand this one…Alexander Skarsgard. He was in Shreveport last year filming a movie and yes, I was a complete stalker!
BB: Favorite quote or expression?
|Leigh (L) in LulaKate "Zoe"
L: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Thin Mints or Samoas? Neither, I’m a Do-Si-Do’s kind of girl.
Sun or Snow? Sun…I HATE to be cold…which is why I live in Louisiana!
Dine out or Home cooked meal? Right now, home cooked meal – I love to grill out this time of year.
Rock n Roll or Country? A little bit of both!
Thank you Leigh!