Maya is the founder and CEO of EWedded, a luxury resale marketplace for the wedding community, currently under development. She's the author of Happily Altered After (publishing Spring 2020) and host of the Happily Altered After podcast. She was previously in the fashion industry for 22 years; 16 of those as a wedding professional. Her career in bridal began with Vera Wang at her flagship store in New York City in 2001.
Maya owned one of the largest retail wedding businesses in the country. She purchased a fledgling business in 2004 and grew it to a multi-million-dollar company. Her portfolio of wedding businesses included six retail stores, a wedding planning company, bridal shows, and a magazine. BRIDE'S Magazine once named her business one of the top 50 wedding retailers in the country.
In January 2014, her 10th year of business, she expanded the company with the opening of a second location, called Maya Couture on Main. In 2015, Maya acquired three additional bridal shops, and rebranded as House of Maya Bridal Salons. Her expansion was swift, but short lived, due to financial constraints. After 13 years in business she closed her retail doors for good in August 2017.
In 2015 Maya won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from ACHI Magazine and was recognized as one of Inside Business’s “Top 15 Women in Business”. Maya and her company were profiled as the retail standout in the industry publication, VOWS Magazine, 2015 market issue. She was twice featured as the “Entrepreneur of the Week” on the TV show Hampton Roads Business Weekly and was profiled in an issue of Distinction Magazine as “Queen of the Brides”.
Maya is an authority on weddings, a public speaker, author, and inspirer. She is the former editor of her company branded magazine, House of Maya Presents the Wedding Planner of Hampton Roads. She has sat on the Board of Directors for Retail Alliance and YWCA South Hampton Roads. She continually gives back to her community by volunteering with many nonprofit organizations including Safe House Project, an anti-human sex-trafficking organization. She’s the President of the Board of Directors for Daniel’s Grace, a charitable foundation that helps families affected by cancer with their daily living needs.