THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ME IS I LOVE HELPING BRIDES LIKE YOU FIND THE PERFECT GOWN FOR THE MOST CELEBRATED DAY OF YOUR LIFE.
Maya has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years, with her career in the bridal industry beginning with Vera Wang, at her flagship store in New York City.
In 2003, Maya moved to Hampton Roads and purchased Tiffany’s Bridal in Norfolk in October 2004. After a few years making it her own she changed the name to Maya Couture in 2007.
In January 2014, her 10th year of business, she expanded the company with the opening of a second location in Suffolk, Virginia, called Maya Couture on Main. She expanded Maya Couture on Main in 2015 to offer prom and social occasion wear. In February 2015, Maya acquired Virginia Beach bridal salons Pure English Couture Bridal and Silk Social Occasion Studio. She also bought a licensed location of The Bridal Dish®, a wedding planning company for couples. The Bridal Dish™ by House of Maya provides complimentary, wedding day management, partial, and full service event planning services as well as an in-house and on-line wedding directory and resource. She acquired a fifth bridal salon, Privee Bride of Ghent in July 2015.
With a commitment to her employees, her clients, and her community, coupled with her passion for the wedding industry, Maya has changed the way bridal salons operate in Hampton Roads, by providing the very best in service and products.
Known for her spirit of community, Maya supports organizations such as Brides Across America, Fairy Godmothers of Virginia, the YWCA South Hampton Roads, Susan G. Komen, and her newly launched “Maya Loves” fundraising campaign. She sits on the board of directors for Retail Alliance and YWCA South Hampton Roads.
In 2015 Maya won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from ACHI Magazine and was recognized as one of Inside Business’s Top 15 Women in Business. Maya and her company were profiled as the Retail Standout in the industry publication, VOWS Magazine, 2015 market issue. She was the “Entrepreneur of the week” on two episodes of the TV show “Hampton Roads Business Weekly”, and was coined “Queen of the Brides” feature in the Summer 2016 issue of Distinction Magazine. She launched her first wedding and lifestyle event, MayaPalooza in March 2016. In July 2016 she acquired Virginia’s largest bridal show, Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase, which takes place every January in Norfolk, VA.
Maya is a motivational and public speaker, business consultant, Editor of a magazine, “House of Maya Presents the Wedding Planner of Hampton Roads, and wedding expert. She lives in Norfolk with her husband Bobby and their three beautiful children, Rylee, RJ, and Sophia.
Jennifer officially joined the team of House of Maya as the Chief Operating Officer in March 2016. Jennifer’s passion for all things wedding runs deep. She is the founder and CEO of The Bridal Dish® a wedding planning studio with licensed locations throughout Coastal Virginia, several of which are located inside of each House of Maya location. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work, Jennifer hasn’t always been in the wedding planning industry. After 10 years of planning corporate events in the Health Care and Pharmaceutical Sales Industries, Jennifer’s background is in event planning and design. Jennifer is an award winning event designer, a published author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. Jennifer is also the President of Jennifer LaLonde Consulting, a business consulting firm specializing in business development and brand growth, as well as social media strategies for companies specific to the event planning industry.
Over the years, Jennifer has been active the Hampton Roads chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA, formerly known as ISES) for more than five years as a member as well as serving as a Director at Large and VP of Communications. In addition, Jennifer attends and is a scheduled speaker at their annual educational forums. Jennifer is dedicated to the causes of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. This organization is the philanthropy of choice for her businesses and she served as the acting event manager for their largest fundraising event, The Taste of Hampton Roads for two consecutive years.
Jennifer owns and operates her businesses out of Virginia Beach, Virginia while balancing her busy work schedule with her most cherished roles of being a Mother, and Wife. Jennifer and her family split their time between Coastal Virginia and Washington, D.C. with one very loud and opinionated parakeet and one crazy and overly excited dog, and in tow.