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I love the Steiner Ranch community, and I love to support local. When I heard about our very own Elicia Gower  having an “All Steiner” wedding, I thought it was a wonderful celebration of our Steiner small businesses. If you know Elicia, you probably weren’t surprised.  A resident and Realtor of Steiner since 2006, Elicia has been a huge supporter of our community’s small businesses in her daily life, both personally and professionally.

Like many other Steiner residents, Elicia immediately fell in love with Steiner Ranch when she relocated from California.  The community not only offered the acclaimed LISD schools, a family friendly environment in which to raise her children, but Steiner was also a great community to grow her real estate business.

As a small business owner, Elicia understood and appreciated Steiner Ranch’scollection of small business owners; many of who are Steiner residents themselves.  Recognizing the importance of local businesses supporting one another in their growth, she started the Steiner Ranch BNI group in 2007. This unique referral group is comprised of local Steiner businesses, and local business owners who are Steiner residents. While Elicia’s desire was to support and connect small businesses and residents together, she never thought she would later marry someone she had met years earlier in BNI.

So when it came time for Elicia to plan her wedding, it only made sense to include part of her Steiner family by using as many Steiner businesses as possible for an all-Steiner wedding.  Elicia wanted to showcase what her fellow Steiner businesses had to offer. Seriously, that’s some community love!

As Steiner residents, we have an impressive amount of great services and talented individuals available at our fingertips. Social media has helped connect us with this talent. The Steiner Ranch Small Business Facebook group has been a great resource for Elicia, especially when it came time for her to fulfill her wedding day needs. The Facebook group (969 members and growing) is not just a place for businesses to advertise themselves, but also a forum for Steiner residents to refer and provide testimonials for neighbors in search of items or services. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the group on Facebook!

When I first looked at Elicia’s collection of Steiner vendors for her wedding, I knew I wanted to hear more about how they played a role in her special day.  So I asked Elicia if she could share more about her experience with each of these Steiner Ranch businesses, and how they contributed to her wedding day.

Brides-to-be need take note!

 Koko Fit Club- Wedding Day Prep

Koko Fit Club is the new gym by Randall’s. Their concept for working out and obtaining fitness goals is perfect for people like me who have little time, and are not very confident with weight lifting. Their “Beautiful Bride” series was just what I needed to look my best.”

 5145 Ranch Road 620   Contact (512) 494- 5991

 Pour GiGi- Alterations 

“Charissa Ludlow, owner of Pour Gigi, did an incredible job altering my wedding dress.  I probably went to her house 10 times for fittings and she was patient with me throughout the whole process and I couldn’t beat the convenience of having her right in the neighborhood!”

Contact- (512) 422- 1502

The dress fit like a glove!

The dress fit like a glove!

Quinlan Park DentalTeeth Whitening

“I just LOVE Dr. Sumita, owner of Quinlan Park Dental!! She helped us both get our teeth looking perfect for the big day!”

5145 N. FM 620 Suite #G-150 Contact- (512) 524-6016

 Brian Charles SalonHair 

“People were raving about Faith at Brian Charles salon on all of the Steiner Facebook boards, so I went to her for my pre-wedding highlights.  Ric, one of the owners also did my up-do on my wedding day.” 

Quinlan Crossing- 5145 FM 620 Contact- (512) 300-0680

 Cake d’Arte– Wedding Cake

 “A past client referred Annie Varghese, owner of Cake d’Arte to me.  She has been making amazing birthday cakes for a while and wanted to get into doing wedding cakes.  I sent her a picture of my dress, told her what my color and flowers were, and with a few inspirational pictures I pinned from Pinterest, she designed a beautiful cake that exceeded my expectations!”

 Contact- (512) 266-6661

Annie Varghese with Elicia's gorgeous and delicious cake.

Annie Varghese with Elicia’s gorgeous and delicious cake.

 Bliss Blooms– Flowers

“Cindy, with Bliss Blooms did the most incredible job designing my bouquets and boutonnieres.  I told her that I loved peonies and ranunculus and she took it from there.  The flowers were so fresh – they looked amazing in a vase after the wedding for two weeks!”

 Contact- (512) 266-4841

Flowers by Bliss Blooms.

Flowers by Bliss Blooms.

Shelby Dyer – Eyelashes

“Shelbi does amazing eyelash extensions – and I love that she will do them at her home for Steiner Residents!”

Contact – (206) 257-8544

Amazing Eyelashes!

Amazing Eyelashes!

Skin Spa – Skin and Waxing

“Steiner resident, Lucy has always taken great care of my skin and she had me glowing for my wedding day!”

Contact – (512) 694-0918

Kim’s Nails – Nails

“Getting married the day after Christmas posed a few challenges with scheduling, but Kim Nails graciously hosted my whole family the morning of Christmas Eve so our nails would all be perfect!” 

22900 N. Quinlan Park Rd. Bldg B #280  Contact- (512) 266-3920

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse– Reception

“We knew right away that our reception had to be at the Steiner Steakhouse.  We did a private dinner for just family immediately after the ceremony, then hosted about 60 friends after for cocktails and cake.  The food and hospitality were, as always, outstanding and the 3rd floor private dining room, Bucks Loft, was the perfect size for our intimate gathering.”

5424 Steiner Ranch Blvd Contact- (512) 381-0800

With just their families attending the ceremony, and 60 of their closet friends attending their reception (most of whom are Steiner residents), Elicia and Dan’s wedding day was a beautiful, intimate affair. Thanks to her Steiner family, her big day included a slice of home and the community she loves. Wasn’t she a stunning bride?!?

Congratulations to Elicia and Dan! We wish you both many happy Steiner memories in your future.

Hey, Ranchers! Show your community love. Shop, support and refer local.

 

Written by Heather Chapman