Meet Our Consultants
Owner and Consultant
Sarah and her husband, Mike, opened Elegance in December 2006 and have been going strong since. Their daughter, Savannah, was born in the summer of 2014 and loves to come to work with her mom when she gets the chance. In March of 2017 their second daughter, Sierra was born. Sarah loves every part of the bridal and prom business! She really enjoys the excitement of getting in the new styles and trends year after year. One area of specialization is the tuxedo department. She loves helping the brides and grooms or the prom guys decide on their tuxedos for their big day. Since December of 2006, Sarah has expanded the business next to the Arrowwood Resort and has increased the boutique clothing department to include something casual to something more elegant. Sarah loves this job because she has gotten to know and help so many great people in the community and has made some awesome friends in the business! In her spare time, you can find Sarah spending her time with her family and gaining knowledge on the latest trends in the business.
Courtney, the store manager and a bridal consultant of Elegance, specializes in helping clients finding the perfect attire for a special occasion, whether it’s proms, weddings, red carpet events, or just everyday attire. Courtney grew up in Okoboji and enjoys cooking, golfing, and going on long walks with her dog. Spending time with her family is very important to her. One thing she loves about her job is accessorizing people and being creative to get customers outside of their comfort zone to try something on they didn’t think they would like. She has several favorite memories during her time at Elegance, but one she will never forget was around the time she first started. She was helping a young lady, who said she never wore dresses, find a dress for prom; once the young lady found her dress she broke out into tears saying she had never felt beautiful until she tried that dress on. Courtney then realized this job isn’t just about helping people try on beautiful clothing, but it’s about helping someone feel better about themselves when they walk out the door than when they walked in.
Trista has always loved the splarkley things in life, so when the opportunity to work at Elegance came up, she couldn’t pass it up! She loves helping women feel great in what they are wearing whether it’s prom, bridal, or any event. Trista spends the majority of her time with her 4 children, and husband, Cody. In their free time they enjoy going on vacations, and traveling as a family!
Shannon joined the Elegance team shortly after her sisters wedding! We’ve gotten to know Shannon & her family well over the years as she has gotten all of her prom dresses, as well as her sister’s wedding party attire from Elegance! Shannon favorite thing about working at Elegance is working with prom girls! She loves helping each girl find a dress to make them feel beautiful! Shannon also is our pro steamer! When Shannon isn’t at Elegance you may find her spending time with her family, or golfing.
Mary has been a seamstress since she was 10 years old. She is Elegance’s in-house seamstress! Mary works on anything, and everything in the store from tuxedo and suit alterations to repairs on bridal and prom gowns! Mary’s favorite part about working at Elegance is the atmosphere, and the people she works with. When Mary isn’t at Elegance you can find her quilting, boating, and traveling! You won’t catch Mary around in the winter as she and her husband, Dennis, travel South to continue to enjoy the beautiful weather all year long! If she isn’t out enjoying the beautiful weather, you will find her cooking or researching genealogy.
Lauri has been a great addition to the Elegance staff the past few years. Lauri comes to Elegance every weekend with her contagious smile! She specializes in working with mother of the bride/groom, and prom girls! Her favorite part of working at Elegance is when someone says “yes” to their dress! She also loves working with people to help them find what is going to work best for them, and their needs! When Lauri isn’t at Elegance you will find her working as the Executive Director of LHA of Spirit Lake – Section 8 Voucher Program for Dickinson County. In her free time she spends as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.
Lora has been apart of Elegance from the very start. As Sarah’s mom, she has had the opportunity to go to the different markets with Sarah, work with a large variety of customers for different occasions, and model in Elegance style shows. Lora and her husband, Steve are the proud parents of 2 children, and 2 grandchildren. When she isn’t chasing her granddaughters around, you can find her working on window treatments.
After working 20+ years as an educator, Barb decided to travel a bit of a different road. She continues to work in education as a sub for the Estherville Lincoln Central school district. With a schedule that is a bit more open, she decided to “chase a dream” of working in a bridal boutique. Elegance has allowed her that opportunity! She frequently tells people that she should be paying to work at Elegance! Barb loves to help people find that perfect outfit, top to bottom, for that perfect occasion.
When not subbing or working at Elegance, you will find Barb enjoying time with her family and friends.
Kristin is the latest addition to the Elegance team! Kristin loves working with mother of the brides/grooms to find their special attire! When Kristin isn’t at Elegance you will find her boating or kayaking! Kristin is a full time student at ISU majoring in Apparel Merchandising.