Monday, February 28, 2011

Gorgeous Gown :: Angelina Couture

Here is a really fun gown from Angelina Couture. In silk dupioni, the front of the gown is a simple sheath with a wrapped bodice. The back and train is what makes this gown a true stand-out. Three very large fabric flowers grab attention and follow the bride around all day!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Newest Arrival :: Atha Sharod

Last December, a classy guy from Chicago showed up at September's Bride with a collection of wedding gowns that he designed. This does not happen every day, so we (including the brides in the store) took a break and admired his gowns.

Two of his gowns are arriving at September's Bride this week; one is pictured here. This silk organza gown has very pretty daisy appliques and crystals embellishing the waist. With just a small sweep train, this gown would look beautiful for a garden wedding or in a summer chapel. As beautiful as the photo is, you have to see this gown in person to fully appreciate it!

I would pair this gown with a shoulder-grazing full veil, and necklace and earrings made of swarovski crystals.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wedding Months

Each week, I send out an e-mail newsletter called "Weekly Wedding Inspiration" (see the box to the right to subscribe).

A few weeks ago, the topic was choosing your wedding month and I shared how the reasons for choosing wedding dates has changed over time and also ranked the months in popularity for weddings.

I also asked the readers to share the story of their wedding month and why it was chosen. Here are a few of these stories.

From Elisabeth...

Kris and I got engaged March 17, 2010 and during that time my Dad had lost his job, my Mom was not working, and Kris' Dad had a business that was not doing well, so we were hurting financially all the way around. Kris and I are young, and we both had good jobs, but he couldn't pay for a wedding alone quickly either. So, although we didn't want to have a long engagment, we just had to for financial reasons. So, we knew we had to be engaged at least a year... so a year would have put us in March 2011, but I think March is just nasty and then my brother graduates from High School May 2011, so my Mom asked that we didn't do it in the spring, and June was close after his graduation and already too much happens in our family in June... so July 9 it is! We thought about waiting til the fall, but then that seemed like too long of a wait.
Plus, I just love Summer! and camping...

From Anne...

We were married May 5th, 1990 – over 20 years ago.

I’m Canadian, and John is American. The immigration process took 6 months for me to be approved, and when that happened, we had a 90 day window to get married. We had no idea when that 90 days would be, so nothing was planned until I was approved. We put it all together in a month and a half. Finding a location still available at the last minute was the deciding factor in picking the date.

Luckily, I was able to find a beautiful dress off the rack that fit perfectly & didn’t require any alterations.

Our wedding was very simple, but lots of fun.

We’re still happy & in love.

From Melanie...

I'm always surprised at the number of summer weddings - who wants to get all dressed up when it's in the 80's? We got married in early Dec. - my grandmother's birthday, actually. Fall weddings make the most sense to me, however.

What is your story??

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Important News :: Essense of Australia

This is the last week to order Essense of Australia gowns from September's Bride.

We are disappointed, but due to some changes in the Essense of Australia corporation, the sales territories have been redistributed and, since we were the newest retailer in our area, we no longer are able to offer these gowns.

We are working with Essense of Australia to get our account renewed, but at this point we are only able to order through the end of February.

We guarantee that any gown orders placed this week will be fulfilled.

After this week, our Essense of Australia sample gowns will be moved to our sale rack and marked 25% off.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Newest Arrival :: Justin Alexander 8528

Look at this fabulous gown! It is a tulle gown with a dramatic bow on the one-shoulder strap, ruching on the bodice, a satin belt with a smart jeweled buckle and a wonderful ball skirt.

Justin Alexander is a wonderful bridal design house, and September's Bride is the only place in West Michigan to find these unique and classy gowns.

September's Bride :: Alive and Well!

Don't worry...your favorite bridal salon in Holland is NOT closing.

Yes, a Holland bridal salon has closed; Diane Keith Bridal was on Lakewood Blvd. September's Bride has been in the news lately as we are trying to help as many brides as possible who were affected by the closing of the OTHER bridal store in Holland.

If you are a bride who was left without a gown or bridesmaid gowns, please contact us as we have made arrangements with some of the vendors to have your orders released to us that were placed with Diane Keith.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Newest Arrival :: "July", a SB Exclusive

Last week, we were priveleged to have Jenna of Jenna McKenzie Photography visit the store for a mini-photo shoot.  Jenna is one of our 2011 brides and we are honored that she chose to profile us on her blog and as a Preferred Vendor on her website.

I'll be sharing images from Jenna over the next few weeks. Today, I want to share these photos that she took of one of our newest gowns.  This is a SB Exclusive, which means you can only find it at September's Bride.  We call it "July".

July is made of beaded layers of taffeta, organza, and lace, beautifully crafted into a fit-and-flare gown with a lovely sweep train.  The sweetheart bodice is so flattering!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A sweetheart of a look!

Last week, I shared what I think might be the most universally flattering gown silhouette, the subtle "fit-and-flare".  Here I am sharing a neckline that flatters almost any bride, called a "sweetheart neckline".

Sweetheart necklines can vary from a very pronounced "V" to a more subtle dip or curve.  The photo here shows a very classic sweetheart.