Meet Our Team
Hi I’m Caryn, CEO of Caryn’s Bridals, Formals & Tuxedos. After graduating from Longwood University with 2 degrees in education, I tried teaching and realized it wasn’t for me. I had learned to sew at a young age and I loved to play store as a child. My dream had always been to have my own store. That dream became a reality when I opened Caryn’s Creations, a fabric and craft store. My first employee made her wedding gown and after her wedding displayed it in our storefront window. People kept coming in asking if we sold wedding dresses; I saw an opportunity and seized it! It still amazes me that I was able to take something that gave me joy as a child and turn it into a successful career. I’ve been “playing store” for 36 years now! For me, family is everything – Success is a life filled with people you love. I have two sons and three grandchildren, Cooper, Camden, and Graham. I enjoy every minute I get to spend with them!
Hi, I’m Olivia! I am a VCU graduate with a BS degree in Marketing & Personal Selling and I’m a proud member of Phi Mu! I’ve been a consultant at Caryn’s since I was 17. I always wanted to work here when I was younger; this was my first job and I’m still in love! One of my hobbies that really got me started in this industry was pageants. I was Miss Virginia United States in 2017 and many of my pageant gowns from years before came from Caryn’s! Social media is my niche at the shop because it makes my day seeing all of our brides smiling faces. My absolute favorite thing when I’m working with a bride is the look on her face when she knows a dress is “the one”! I love building friendships with my brides and we stay in touch even after the wedding day.
I’m Joan Simpson and I’m the Office Manager here at Caryn’s. I’ve worked here for eight years, but Caryn and I have been friends for thirty-five years. I very much enjoy meeting people–I help out most every weekend in our alterations department and I love chatting with our brides about their plans for the big day!