Meet our lovely Owner

Lena Christner

Lena was born and raised in Iowa City. She graduated from Cosmetology School in early 2008 and worked in the hair and spa industry for 10 years and continues to stay current with the latest trends. She opened her own Salon & Spa in 2013 and traveled around the US building a clientele base while learning more about the industry.

Accompanying her love for cosmetology-She has always had a passion for the bridal industry. That passion married her creativity and spunk into the perfect Bridal Stylist.

Her talent and eye for color, style and fashion has made her invaluable to The Bridal Shop and the clients that come through our doors.

In her own words:
"Selecting a wedding gown is more then just a fitting-it's a memory in the making...Every bride dreams about this special day and I can't wait to help you realize your dreams while making this time special and unique.....remember every detail matters because memories last forever"

Since 2009, The Bridal Shop has offered an unparalleled experience in special occasion attire, accessories and stationery. Our boutique staff provides the personalized service you deserve as well as the latest styles and colors. Please call for an appointment, and experience The Bridal Shop difference!

Meet our Sensational Store Manager

Eleya Shetler

Eleya has worked alongside Lena in her store since 2017. Eleya became the store manager in 2019 when the Bridal Shop rebranded and moved to Coralville. From the beginning her and Lena have had a strong relationship that has only grown over time. They both have a love for bridal and a vision to make an impact in the huge process of women preparing for their special day. Since the move, her and Lena attend Bridal Markets and really work together to make their dream come true. The National bridal market is held twice yearly in the spring and fall, and together they hand select wedding dresses off the runway to bring back to their lovely boutique.