Meet Gabriella Risatti
Prior to opening her bridal boutique in 2008, Gabriella Risatti spent a decade working in the buying offices of the world renowned fashion labels including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Her experience and knowledge of the fashion industry coupled with her desire to create a unique and personalized shopping experience for brides led to the opening of Gabriella New York. Since then, Gabriella has quickly been recognized as an expert in the bridal industry, appearing in magazines and websites including Martha Stewart Weddings, New York Magazine, Brides, Grace Ormonde and television shows including CBS’s “The Early Show”, David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding”, MTV’s “Downtown Girls” and “Entertainment Tonight”. Gabriella is also honored to have served as Vice President of the New York City chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding, the nation’s first nonprofit wish granting organization, providing weddings to couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances.
The belief at Gabriella New York is that shopping for a wedding gown should be memorable, personal and genuinely enjoyable. The friendly and knowledgeable bridal stylists will work with each bride in the intimate and relaxed boutique to help select the perfect gown for each individual. The assortment of beautiful gowns, veils and headpieces is unique to Gabriella New York and cannot be found anywhere else in Manhattan.
The Gabriella New York family looks forward to meeting you. Book an appointment today!
Meet the GNY Family
Anna has been a stylist at GNY for 4 years and in that time has had two beautiful babies. Originally from Connecticut, Anna’s favorite non-bridal designer is Lily Pulitzer. Being the super-mom that she is, Anna is also a group fitness instructor! Why does she love bridal so much? “I love empowering my brides to listen to their own voice as they choose the look that best represents who they are.”
Ashley is originally from North Carolina, but loves New York City, especially Soho. Her fashion brand obsession is Chanel, but she likes to bring that right back down to Earth with her love of baked Macaroni & Cheese and Oreo cookies. Ashley is an ideal bridal stylist because she has great taste, a calm demeanor and knack for making brides happy, happy, happy! She has a dancing background, studying tap, ballet and modern dance for 8 years, so if you need to practice your first dance, she's your woman! Her style icon is Rihanna (same) and she would like to come back as Beyonce (again, same). Ashley sums it up with "What I love most about working at Gabriella New York is creating a memorable experience for my brides and seeing them leave with a smile". Well, Ash, you make all of us smile everyday, too!
Carleen grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been a stylist with Gabriella New York for over 4 years. Her style icon is Dorothy Dandridge and Carleen is every bit as stylish and beautiful as Dorothy! Carleen is especially good at creating unique looks for brides from head to toe, including amazing accessories. When she’s not styling our fabulous brides, Carleen is also a Yoga instructor and singer. Carleen’s weakness is french fries and really, who can blame her?!
While Christopher currently lives with his boyfriend in Tribeca, his favorite NYC neighborhood is actually Chelsea. He may single-handedly keep Seamless in business and his most ordered items include cheeseburgers and buffalo wings (yes, please!). He is addicted to sample sales, which must be why he always looks so dapper. He is anyone’s dream bridal consultant because, as he says, “I love making people feel happy and beautiful! And I love moms.” Little known fact about Christopher – he has met Lady Gaga over 50 times!!!! We want details!! We are so lucky to have the sweet and talented Christopher in our GNY family!
Courtney is our Alterations Manager, originally from Hampton, NH and a new bride herself. While Courtney is skilled enough to sew these gowns herself, what she really specializes in is making brides’ gowns fit perfectly! Beware, if you shed a tear of joy at the sight of your perfectly fitted gown, she will most likely share in the water works. When she’s not making brides happy, she can be found drinking Rose and watching Bravo (sounds like heaven!). Why does she love working at Gabriella New York so much? “We have a beautifully curated selection of styles, and the team is exceptional both professionally and personally.”
Derek studied fashion design in college and is passionate about the arts. His style icon is Audrey Hepburn and he’s a sucker for 1950’s Dior. Originally from Ohio, the people Derek most admires are his parents (can you see why we love him so much?). He loves bridal due to the romance and creative fashion. Derek’s sweet nature and amazing fashion sense make all of our brides fall in love with him. Oh, and Derek’s biggest weakness? CHEESECAKE!
Victoria began as an intern and has slowly evolved into “Person in Charge of Everything.” She’s from Mobile, Alabama, which you already know if you’ve heard her talk, y’all. Her favorite food is boiled crawfish and she can’t live without Tobasco. Victoria is especially good at doing about 15 things at once and is also our in house IT specialist. She truly is a woman of many talents and always has a smile on her face, even when she’s on the phone with the cable company! What does she love about bridal? RHINESTONES, RHINESTONES AND... MORE RHINESTONES!
Nicole is our superstar Store Director! A Brooklyn native, Nicole is now married with two ADORABLE boys. Between running the store and being a mom, we’re not exactly sure when she sleeps, but she always has a smile on her face, so it’s working for her. Maybe it’s her minor addiction to chocolate? Nicole has been in the bridal industry for 16 years and really, truly, knows everything there is to know, so you are in GREAT hands. She would like to come back as Stevie Nicks, but we personally think she’s just as fabulous as Stevie!
Samantha grew up in Boca Raton, Florida (where we all want to be in February). She is an amazing bridal stylist and also manages our Pinterest account – if you haven’t seen it, you are seriously missing out. She is addicted to Snapchat and carbs, but then again, who isn’t? What she loves about GNY? “What don’t I love?! Our staff are some of the greatest people on Earth, and our gowns are so gorgeous and unique.” Sam loves dogs, cheesy garlic bread and Lady Gaga.
Meet Stacey, our super awesome Assistant Store Manager. Stacey loves the romance of the bridal world and has even been invited to one of her bridal client's weddings! She is addicted to both coffee and wine, so it's no surprise that the talent she would most like to have is being a sommelier. She loves Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Taylor and traveling, especially to Costa Rica. To stay fit, she practices yoga, bellydancing (!!!!) and boxing. She loves working at Gabriella New York because of the team comradery and we love working at GNY because of Stacey, so it's officially a LOVE FEST over here!!!