Mariana Ruiz, owner of Bridal Solutions & Custom tailoringMariana Ruiz has been a custom tailor and bridal gown seamstress for 30 years. Her  skills are renowned and she’s been relied upon as a tailor for a wedding gown specialty store  in Altamonte Springs, Florida, for two years.

Prior to opening Bridal Solutions and Custom Tailoring in Maitland, Florida, Mariana was a seamstress in New York with bridal gown salons for 28 years.

Sewing, fitting, designing and tailoring is Mariana’s personal passion because she learned from her role model and from one the best tailors: Her mother.

“My Mom is a seamstress. She taught me everything I know,” said Mariana. “I went to school for this, but I learned patterns and cutting from her.”

Mariana enjoys bridal gown fittings because of the satisfaction she receives after a bride receives the dress of her dreams.

“I’ve created brand new dresses from what a bride brings me,” Mariana said. “It starts out as a plain, basic gown. I add sleeves, lace, and basically customize it to what she wants.

“It’s really hard to find the perfect wedding gown. But if she can describe it to me I can add on and reconstruct her gown. I can custom make gowns too. A lot of times brides have their mother’s dress. I can alter it to update it, fit it to her perfectly and make it the dress she’s always dreamed of.”