meet The Team

Tara Gondek | Owner


A life-long Alaskan I knew that someday I was going to open and operate a small business in the place that I called home. I met my husband, Jacob, while attending college at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. We had a fabulous wedding in 2012 and from that experience, along with years of working weddings, I can now pass my 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! Bateau Bridal Boutique was opened 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 | Manager


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.   

Lauren | Stylist

Well hello there, I’m Lauren. A lover of good stories, great food, and big-hearted people. When I am not helping brides at the boutique, I work full-time as a wedding photographer and filmmaker in Anchorage and abroad under the name Lauren Roberts. What I love most about BBB is the personalized experience we provide for brides in a cozy environment surrounded by the people they love most.