Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Another New Arrival

This gown is breathtaking! It is from Justin Alexander and is available in natural or in natural/coffee (shown). Available to try on now at September's Bride!

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Introducing...My Wedding Shoe

At September's Bride, we are always looking for fabulous fashion ideas for our stylish brides.

A while ago, I found My Wedding Shoe and we were so impressed by the style and comfort of these beautiful shoes; I had to bring them into the store to share with our customers.


See all of the available styles at My Wedding Shoe's website.

September's Bride... a fresh approach to formal.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Jackie's Vintage Gown

A little over a year ago, I received an e-mail from a woman in Chicago, telling me that she wanted to wear her mother's gown for her Summer 2008 wedding. She said that it was quite discolored and not the style she wanted, but she loved the satin, the lace, and the sentiment.

Of course, I love vintage wedding gowns and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of breathing new life into an older gown. So, Jackie mailed me her mother's gown and I began the work of restoring and restyling it for her.

This is Jackie and her lovely mother

This is the gown after I cut the sleeves off of it. I wish I had taken a photo of the gown on a dress form before doing anything to it, but I neglected to do that.

After I cut the sleeves off, I began test-cleaning one of them to see how the fabric would hold up and what results I could expect. If you look closely, you can see that the bottom sleeve in this photo is much whiter than the top sleeve.

The gown, with the neckline trimmed and sans sleeve. Notice how full the skirt is in this photo.
Jackie came and visited 4 or 5 times over the past year for fittings and consultations. At first, we did alot of the work via e-mail, sending photos and ideas back and forth. Early in 2008, I had finished whitening the dress, changing the top into a strapless, and narrowing the skirt significantly. At this point, our fabulous September's Bride seamstress, Sherry, took over and fine-tuned the gown so that it fit Jackie perfectly. Back to me, then, for last-minute lace touches and styling.

On June 14, 2008, Jackie was able to wear her mother's gown, literally made-for-her, when she married Chris!

Congratulations, Chris and Jackie! Thank you for the opportunity and privelege to work on your gown. You and your Mom are very special to us at Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists, LLC!

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Finalized Date for Trunk Show

We are now taking appointments for one-on-one design meetings with Meg Lammers from MEG Jewelry

The trunk show will be Friday, September 26 from 11-5 and Saturday, September 27 from 10-4. Call us at the store for available appointment times: 616-355-1433

You will not want to miss this absolutely fantastic opportunity!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mark your Calendars!

First of all, if you are a 2009 bride, you will want to make your way into September's Bride this month (there are 16 days left!) and receive your 9% discount. That's right...any 2009 bride who orders a custom gown this July will receive 9% off her gown purchase. Don't delay!

Also, I am so excited to announce that Meg Lammers from MEG Jewelry will be in the store for a Trunk Show in September to help us celebrate our first anniversary. Stay tuned for dates and times. Interested in a one-on-one appointment with Meg? Call the store at 616-355-1433 to schedule an appointment. Of course, any girl who loves jewelry and is looking for something special is welcome; not limited to brides! I think I'll be filling out a "Wish List" for my husband to use at Christmas.

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Another fantastic gown is visiting our store from Lila Couture!

This is Brooke: a fairy-tale gown in silk and tulle.

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New Gown

Justin Alexander #8402

Isn't it beautiful?

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Monday, July 7, 2008

'09 Brides!

Attention, '09 Brides!

Order your dress during July 2008,
and we will give you a 9% discount!

Don't wait...