When you walk into our little boutique, we want you to instantly feel relaxed and encouraged to be yourself. That's why we've assembled a team of the warmest souls and friendliest faces to serve every bride who walks in our front door with love and excellence.
At Bateau Bridal Boutique we feel getting engaged is first, about the special person you’ve decided to commit to and second, about finding the dress you’ve always dreamt of wearing on your big day. The first part we’ll leave to you, but the second is our specialty. We see every bride as an individual that deserves a unique experience when trying to find the right gown.
Read on and get to know each powerhouse woman that comprises our wonderful team!
TARA GONDEK : OWNER
A life-long Alaskan, Tara knew that someday she was going to open and operate a small business in the place she called home. She met her husband, Jacob, while attending college at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. They had a fabulous wedding in 2012 and from that experience, along with years of working weddings, she can now pass on her knowledge to future brides.
"I never imagined I would find my passion working in the bridal industry, but I can tell you I am so happy I did! I opened the doors of Bateau Bridal Boutique in 2013 after discovering that Alaska brides should be able to find their perfect gown without having to leave the state. I want every bride to have the experience I wanted to have – a memorable shopping experience, access to quality, and responsibly made gowns at reasonable prices."
KENDALL : STYLIST
An adventurer from the South, Kendall is a tried and true Steel Magnolia. With an educational background in formalwear fashion and culinary-hospitality, she uses her skills to fabricate decor and accessories as a wedding planner and stylist. Now in the great state of Alaska, Kendall has found her home with her Chiweenie, Pipkin, and partner in crime, Sean.
"My ultimate goal as a stylist is to provide you with much more than a bridal gown. I love taking total care of my brides and making their wedding dreams a reality. It's about the experience. It's about showing every girl they can feel like the bride they're destined to be."
AMI : STYLIST
While studying abroad, Ami met and married the guy she sat next to on the first day of college orientation. She loves living back in Alaska again with her British husband, delicious 8-month-old son, and crazy pitbull lab rescue pup, Clover.
“I believe that family is everything, that beauty and kindness can and should be found everywhere, and that every woman should feel the power in being fully herself. As a stylist, I get the chance to work with brides and create an opportunity where they can feel valued and celebrated. I love that BBB is more than gorgeous, quality gowns, but it’s about the experience and care.”
Flora is a life-long Alaskan with a never-ending desire to learn, travel, and pursue new adventures. She holds a degree in Finance from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and enjoys hiking, fishing, wine, and spending time with her two children.
"I discovered Bateau Bridal Boutique in 2017. I immediately wanted to become part of a team that is empowered, knowledgeable, and dedicated to every bride that comes through the door. My goal is to be helpful, attentive, and to work to find you something special within your budget and time frame. My favorite part of working at BBB is contributing to a bride’s vision for her very special, one-of-a-kind day."
ANNA : STYLIST
Arizona native, Anna, moved to Alaska to follow a then boyfriend, now husband, in 2015 and has never looked back! Adapting to the Alaskan lifestyle, she’s now an avid skier, hiker, fisher, and runner from moose.
"As a Bateau Bride myself, I can really talk the talk when helping brides find their perfect dress and understand the stresses and trials brides go through. That’s why I want to make every appointment as fun, exciting, and seamless as possible because being a bride isn’t just about picking linens and deciding on menu items - it’s putting on a beautiful white dress and seeing yourself in the mirror for the first time as the beautiful bride you deserve to be."