Maya Holihan
Maya HolihanOwner and CEO, House of Maya Bridal Salons

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 Lalonde Schumacher
Jennifer Lalonde SchumacherChief Operating Officer, House of Maya

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.

Team Work Makes the Dream Work at House of Maya!

Meet our Directors

Anzen Garcia
Anzen GarciaGeneral Manager
Anzen has been at Maya Couture since 2008, and since then, has completely revitalized our alterations department. Anzen grew up watching her mother and grandmother sew, and as she got older, it was an interesting hobby that she decided to turn into a career.  After college, she moved to New York City to further her career and expertise, prior to moving back to Hampton Roads and starting her career with Maya.  She started out as a consultant and the in-house designer, and quickly moved into management with the alterations department. She has created custom lines both personally and professionally, collaborating with Maya to create collections for our store. She studied fashion design at Virginia Commonwealth University, because of her love for evening wear and bridal. She was married in May of 2013 (and of course, wore a custom gown that she designed), and they just had their first baby girl, Madison.
Anzen has loved evening wear and bridal gowns since she was little. She loves the beauty of these gowns and the elegance it projects when its worn.  She also loves creating gowns for these brides. She loves taking their ideas and making them come to life. It makes her happy seeing the smile on their faces and the joy in their eyes as they see themselves for the first time in the gown of their dreams.  Her favorite bridal look is classic, elegant, and timeless.  She believes a bride should look back on her wedding photos and feel it’s something they can pass on.
Anzen’s advice to brides: “Take it all in, don’t get too hung up on the small details. Remember what the wedding is for and who its for. At the end of the day, all that matters is the declaration of love between you and your partner. Staci Jelly, Director of The Bridal Dish® by House of Maya and Creative Initiatives.
Staci Jelley
Staci JelleyDirector of Creative Initiatives
Staci began her professional career as a corporate Flight Attendant where she spent twelve years specializing in providing clients with first class customer service and five star catering.  While flying she began planning extravagant events for her clients, from intimate weddings in exotic locations to huge corporate events featuring national recording artists.  In 2008, Staci was brought to the Signature at West Neck to build the events business and was soon promoted to Director of Catering..  In 2015, Staci started with House of Maya Bridal Salons and The Bridal Dish® by House of Maya, helping marry brides with their perfect wedding vendors to have a seamless wedding day!  In her role as Director of Creative Initiatives with House of Maya Staci has helped oversee production of The Wedding Planner magazine, bridal shows, events and numerous photo shoots.  In addition to balancing a hectic work and family schedule, Staci’s passion for the events industry has led her to serve on the board of the Hampton Roads chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA, formerly known as ISES) for more than five years.  In that time she has held positions as Director at Large, VP of Education, President-Elect and President.  
Diana Del Corso
Diana Del CorsoOperations Director, Maya Couture
Diana has been involved in the event industry since the age of 12, having worked with her mother, one of the top wedding planners in Hampton Roads, as well as Inspired Events by Kelly out of Williamsburg, Virginia. Diana tarted working with Maya Couture almost five years ago, after being a bride herself. Wearing an Impression Bridal and Maggie Sottero gowns at her wedding, Diana’s bridesmaids were Maya Couture originals! Diana began her career with House of Maya as a Stylist, loving her job and assisting brides achieving their ideal look. For Diana, styling her clients is like being a little girl playing dress up all over again! Diana’s passion for the bridal industry has grown beyond selling the gown. Falling in love with the entire experience, she was promoted to Management, overseeing the flagship location of Maya Couture in Norfolk as well as the Receiving and Alterations Departments there. Now at Pure English Couture Bridal, in Virginia Beach, Diana continues to enjoy her position of Store Manager and creating an experience full great memories for her clients to go along with it!
Kirsten Nelson
Kirsten NelsonDirector of Sales
Kirsten’s love for the wedding industry began when she was a little girl and spent countless hours playing in a wedding dress store owned by a family friend. Though the majority of her career was spent in advertising sales, she found ways to indulge her passion for weddings by helping friends plan their big days, participating as a bridesmaid numerous times, and doing makeup for bridal parties.

Kirsten was first introduced to the House of Maya when it was her turn to be a bride in 2016; she not only found the perfect Hayley Paige gown, she also found the career of her dreams. First as the Store Manager for Pure English, and now as the Director of Sales, Kirsten has combined her obsession for weddings with her love of fashion & style to help brides find the perfect dress.

A Hampton Roads local, Kirsten was raised in Virginia Beach along with her 2 brothers. They each made her an aunt to her gorgeous nieces, which she believes is re-payment for the torture they bestowed upon her while growing up. She graduated from James Madison University and now resides at the Oceanfront with her husband, Glen. Aside from weddings, Kirsten’s favorite things include spending time with friends & family, glitter, make-up, ranch salad dressing & Doritos, bad reality TV, accessories, testing Glen’s patience, and all things summer.

Merissa Pence
Merissa PenceDirector of Social Media
Merissa began her fashion career in Los Angeles where she worked for major fashion companies, including Michael Kors and GUESS. After graduating from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a Merchandise Marketing degree, Merissa knew Marketing and Social Media Management was her passion. After working with numerous companies in Los Angeles and New York, she has finally planted her roots in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA. As the wedding industry is a passion of hers, she is very thrilled to be a part of the House of Maya Team!

Meet our Management Team

Brindley Lowe
Brindley LoweAlterations Manager
Brindley comes to us after having spent the last 10 years teaching art in an elementary school in South Carolina.  She graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Art Education.  After graduating she wanted to be closer to the ocean and the coast, so she moved to Summerville, South Carolina right outside of Charleston.  Her ten years in teaching prepared her for the bridal world.  She learned to listen to the details, to be patient and to be extremely organized.
Her start with House of Maya is one for the books!  Last summer Brindley decided to move to Virginia to be closer to family.  While on vacation in June, she took her cousin wedding dress shopping at Pure English and picked “THE ONE!”  “I just paid attention to my cousin’s body language and reactions to each dress.  I listened to what she wanted and found a dress that was everything she was asking for.”  After that, Brindley was hooked and has been with us ever since! 
Amy Gordon
Amy GordonManager, House of Maya Outlet
Amy is our “Miss Congeniality” and started as consultant at Pure English Couture Bridal when she came on board to cover for a maternity leave in April of 2013. We loved her so much that we wouldn’t let her leave — luckily the position of Manager opened up at Silk (now Privee Bride of Ghent) in early 2014 and Amy was the perfect match!
With an early history in bridal managing a boutique, a stint working with the airlines and healthy dose of stay at home mom to her two daughters, (Evie, 19 & Madelyn, 16) Amy has a developed exceptional customer service, a keen eye for fashion and fit and an unparalleled ability to listen!
“With two fashion forward daughters I am always kept up to speed on the latest and greatest trends and all things pretty and stylish. I love that I get to work in an environment that surrounds me with beauty and I cherish the opportunity to find my clients the perfect dress at a perfect price!”
Favorite bridal Look: Chic and romantic with a hint of sexy!
Her advice to brides: Start early, know your budget and let us work the magic!
Anne Goessling
Anne GoesslingManager & Event Planner, The Bridal Dish® by House of Maya
Anne started in this industry in 2011 in the jewelry world with Helzberg Diamonds, where she helped couples start their wedding journey with choosing the perfect rings for them, a job that turned into passion. Even though she loved jewelry she was looking for a change after she got married herself in 2013. In 2014 she went back to the place that she had her reception the year be prior and ended up becoming the Events Manager there. Thats were she fell head over heels for the wedding and events industry and connected with the best of the best in the Hampton roads wedding industry. That is also how she met Maya, owner of the House of Maya Empire. They had a great working relationship and Anne new at some point she wanted to work for Maya in some capacity. About two years later she would get that opportunity and become the Store Manger of Maya’s vintage inspired bridal salon, Pure English Couture Bridal where she is thriving and loves being so close with the brides on one of the most important decisions of the wedding, the dress! Anne recently bought a house in Virginia Beach with her husband of three years and is expecting there first child, a baby girl named Savannah this fall.
Charlene Wallace
Charlene WallaceSales & Service Manager
Charlene Wallace has been in the industry for over thirty five years, working as a consultant at Maya Couture prior to launching her own company, Char’s Floral Designs. After nearly a decade as a small business owner, Char announced her retirement from floral design in late 2014 and official joined the team of House of Maya Bridal Salons. Learning more about sales and the alterations department, she was promoted to Director of Personnel in the Spring of 2016, the staff lovingly nicknamed her “HR Char”! She now oversees the Managers of our 6 locations and the Tuxedo department, as well as participating in our creative teams for our bridal shows and wedding planning provided by The Bridal Dish® by House of Maya.

Originally from Vermont and the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, she moved to the Washington, DC area after she attending Alfred State.  Char relocated to Hampton Roads over Twelve years ago to be better able to enjoy the beach and all things sunshine! We love seeing Char on a daily basis and are so pleased to have added her talents and experience to our growing team!

Jennifer Baden
Jennifer BadenManager, House of Maya Prom & Pageant