The history of Marie Antoinette Bridal is steeped in a strong work ethic that has been passed down for generations. Our head seamstress, Josephine “Pina” Coppola, and her late husband, Teddy, both Italian immigrants, purchased Marie Antoinette Bridal Salon in 1978 from its previous owners and co-founders, sisters-in-law Marie and Antoinette (get it?). Pina grew up in a small town in Sicily, where she first fell in love with the art of sewing over sixty years ago. Needless to say, she is an expert in her profession, and has enjoyed decades of turning brides’ dreams into realities. Did we mention Pina is trilingual? In addition to her native Italian, Pina speaks fluent English and Spanish, and is happy to conduct consultations and fittings in any of these languages. Brillante!
Pina ( shown on far right) with sales associates, in our store’s current location in 1978.
In 1993, Pina and Teddy’s eldest daughter, Theresa, took over as the owner of Marie Antoinette Bridal. Having grown up helping out at the salon and observing her parents’ kindness, professionalism, and attention to detail, Theresa became the salon’s latest (and current) owner with a lifetime’s worth of know-how and experience already under her belt. In addition to experiential knowledge, she also has a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management. Theresa stays up-to-date on industry trends and fashion, from traditional looks to the cutting edge, and prides herself on her uncanny ability to stay ahead of the curve (Theresa was the first business owner in Connecticut to carry now-renowned bridal designer Maggie Sottero. She also visited her factory in Australia).
“For us, one of the most rewarding and flattering elements of working in the bridal industry for over thirty-seven years is being a part of other generations’ bridal traditions,” Theresa says. “We’ve seen former brides’ daughters and now granddaughters walk through our doors in search of bridal and special occasion gowns. There is no greater compliment than allowing our family to be a part of your family’s traditions.”