Our Staff

David Bruening, Owner/Managing Partner


David is the eldest son of Candlelite Bridal's co-founder Virginia Bruening, and serves as owner/managing partner of our shop. David's involvement with the shop has always been in a support role having designed, constructed, and painted of our shop's original decor. 

Holding a BA in History and a M.Ed. in School Administration, he will tell you cannot believe where he presently works and neither can his friends. He retired from teaching history at Avon High School in the spring of 2015 and when Virginia suddenly fell ill April of 2017, David stepped in to keep the family's interests on solid ground. 

His favorite post-graduate study has been in the area of art history. He has had a great amount of experience in digital media including the use of technology in the workplace and truly enjoys meeting people and learning their stories. These areas of interest have become the solid foundation for his vision of how Candlelite Bridal will evolve into a modern bridal boutique. He along with his brother and sister are dedicated to maintaining the small shop atmosphere. 

David is in the process of redesigning and rebuilding the shop for the first time in 20 years. When not at the shop, you will find him working on the family's acreage in Avon, engaged in some outdoor activity. 

David wishes to thank all the families who have trusted Candlelite Bridal in making their events special and hopes that they continue to visit us as the second and third generation steps up to serve our dedicated customers. 

Tori Tillison- Bridal Consultant

Tori is the granddaughter of Candlelite Bridal co-founder Donnie Tillison. She grew up in the shop participating in bridal shows for years before finally settling into her position as a bridal consultant. Tori also works as an event coordinator where she gets to make her clients' dreams come true. When she's not working she enjoys acting, dancing, singing karaoke, laying out on the beach, and spending time with her boyfriend and her pomeranian "Duchess." She is so excited to help find that one of a kind dress for your big day. 

Cameron St. Clair- Marketing Assistant

Cameron is a graduate of Kent State University where she studied Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She aspires to go back to school to get her MBA. Cameron's favorite part of her job is making the website look perfect and hosting private bridal parties. In her free time, Cameron likes to go out to brunch, shop, and watch Harry Potter movies endlessly. She is so excited to help all of the brides find their dream dress. 

Sierra Bellisario- Bridal Consultant

Sierra is the granddaughter of Candlelite Bridal's seamstress. She has participated in bridal shows and modeled for the boutique for many years. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the moments brides find their perfect dress. She is currently a junior at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst. She aspires to major in business management and work in the fashion industry. During her free time she is track champion, shoots competive archery, and is in her school's drama club! She cannot wait for you to come in and help you find your perfect, one of a kind dress for your big day!