Thursday, October 29, 2009

SB Bride :: Jeni

Here are Derek & Jeni.

Jeni was so fun to work with; she brought her grandma on her first visit to September's Bride and was so sure of what gown she wanted. Jeni added some MEG Jewelry and a veil of her own design.

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

Monday, October 26, 2009

NEW! Vintage & Consignment Gowns

It's no secret that I love vintage clothing, especially vintage formals & wedding gowns. I have been collecting them personally for several years. I've also had the privilege of restoring several wedding gowns to be worn by today's brides.

Now, we are bringing a small collection of vintage gowns to September's Bride for sale! Ours is the only store that I know of in West Michigan where a bride can purchase a vintage gown and still receive the "bridal boutique" experience, including fittings, alterations, and accessories.

In addition to this "vintage boutique", we are also offering a small collection of upscale once-worn designer gowns for sale. Think Vera never know what treasure might be found on our special upstairs rack!

There is truly something for everyone at September's Bride!

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

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Veils Have Arrived!

Shortly after opening the store this morning, we received a delivery of fabulous new veils from the lovely Jennifer Leigh.

These were some of the pieces that we chose when we went to Bridal Market earlier this month.

If you're still looking for the veil of your dreams, please come into September's Bride!

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

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Everyone loves a sale!

In order to make room for the new 2010 gowns that will be arriving, we have moved some more of our current gowns to the "Sale Rack".

This means there are some new, great deals for you!

If you're shopping for a gown and you have not visited our store lately, be sure to stop in soon and check out these newly discontinued gowns.

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

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bridal Trends Part 2

Another trend that we saw at Bridal Market last week
is flouncy ruffles.


Yes, they were everywhere! From the main-stream designers like Maggie Sottero to the higher-end lines, including Paloma Blanca and Justin Alexander, ruffles were the fun feminine detail that no one left out.

Last year, we saw layers of lace. This year, the layers became flounces made of organza, chiffon, and more lace.

The gown pictured here is "Amy" by Lila Couture.

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

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bridal Trends Part 1

After returning from Bridal Market, I'm always asked, "What are the trends for next year?" I'm going to take a few days and a few posts to share the trends that I saw with you.

Lace gowns and the "fit-and-flare" silhouette remain strong for 2010. Both have been great bridal looks for the past 18-24 months, and I think they will continue to be from what we saw at market.

The "biggest" silhouette to watch for is the traditional ballgown. With a natural waistline, and then a full skirt in taffeta or satin, this return to "classic" is right around the corner. The waist is often highlighted with a wide silk band, bow, or ruching. No huge trains, just a sweep or chapel length, which I think is perfect with the full skirt. I love the "new" ballgowns in silk dupioni or taffeta with minimal beading. When wearing this much fabric, you need a beautiful and light-weight fabric.

Almost any figure can wear a ballgown. Because it already has the "hourglass" shape on it's own, it flatters so many body shapes. Try one on, you may be delighted!

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Trunk Show Pics

Here are some photos from our Anniversary Weekend that was held September 24-26.

The highlights from any Anniversary Celebration at September's Bride include a cake tasting from the excellent Second Floor Bakery and a visit from Meg Lammers of MEG Jewelry.

The top pic above is the beautiful display table that Rachel designed for Meg's 2010 line of bridal jewelry. Next is Hannah, wearing the Jen gown by Lila Couture and accessorized by Meg with the Holly hat/veil. The last pic is Meg accessorizing our lovely MOB model, Ronda.

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Sneak Peek from Bridal Market

We had a fabulous time at the Chicago Bridal Market.

On Sunday afternoon, my husband Jeff and I left for the Windy City. We arrived there and checked into a lovely boutique hotel right downtown called the Whitehall Inn. We took a walk down Michigan Avenue and then dressed up for a dinner cruise that we had been invited to by Jasmine Bridal. (That's me in my red dress and fabulous "Mae" necklace from MEG Jewelry)

On Monday morning, Rachel and Mauricio met us at the hotel, where we had breakfast and then shopped the Jasmine showroom. Then we traveled to the Merchandise Mart to look at Casablanca, Justin Alexander, Maggie Sottero, and Essense of Australia. It was a full day! We celebrated on Monday evening at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse in Downtown Chicago.

Tuesday morning, we made another trip to the Merchandise Mart to shop for veils and accessories. SO MUCH FUN! The other photo above is Rachel, modeling a new hairpiece from Jennifer Leigh. We loved some of the new things that Jennifer had designed; some great new concepts in veils!!

Our last stop was to see our friend and FABULOUS jewelry designer, Meg Lammers. Meg had even managed to design some new peices between our trunk show a week and a half ago and the Market! She's a wonder-woman.
So, there's our recap. I can't wait for you to come into the store and see the beautiful new items that will be arriving.

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

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Follow us for live updates from the Chicago Bridal Market

Rachel & I will be attending the Chicago Bridal Market on Monday and Tuesday. Want to follow along and get live updates on what is new and fun in bridal wear and accessories?

Follow 9bride on Twitter. I'll be sending out several Tweets a day while in Chicago. I'll let you know what trends we are seeing, who we are seeing, and what you can expect to see arriving at September's Bride in January. Who knows...I may tweet a few deals along the way!

Of course, watch for a blog post after we return with even more fun details and some pics.

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