Meet our lovely store manager & Co-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. Located inside Bella Sala Event Center near Iowa City, Iowa, we offer one-stop shopping for all things bridal, from the gown to the tux to the invitations. Please call for an appointment, and experience The Bridal Shop difference!

Melissa Fontanini, Co-Owner & Lyndsie Schnoor, Co-Owner

Lyndsie and Melissa are co-owners of The Bridal Shop and part owners of Bella Sala Event Center in Coralville, IA. Their shared interest in fashion led them to open their bridal boutique in 2009. They began with bridal gowns and jewelry and gradually added to The Bridal Shop's special occasion lines, which now include couture gowns, bridesmaids, tuxedos, invitations and attendant gifts. Apart from their busy lives as mothers (both moms of two!), the business partners and close friends are actively involved in their local church- LifeChurch- and an assortment of outreach and non-profit organizations. Their faiths are integral in both their home and business lives. Each year, they attend the Chicago and Atlanta markets for the latest in trends and style and have produced runway shows in the area for the last decade.