Monday, October 31, 2011

Luxurious Crinolines, Slips, & Hoops

A few weeks ago, Rachel and I attended the National Bridal Market in Chicago.  It is always so fun to see the new gowns and gorgeous things for brides.

A new manufacturer that we discovered this year is Richard Harris Designs, an accessories designer from the UK.  We fell in love with the fascinators, shrugs, and slips that they design and manufacture.

Look at these wonderful lace and tulle crinolines!  They can be customized in any color for you and are a step up in luxury from the standard-issue rental crinolines.

Stop in soon to see the collection in person.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

One Day Left!

There is just one day left in October...Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Stop in to September's Bride to see our Limited Edition PINK Jewelry or to donate to the cause. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Grand Haven Wedding Walk

A few months ago, we were honored by Cassie of White Dress Events in Grand Haven when she asked us to coordinate the Fashion Show for this weekend's Grand Haven Wedding Walk.

Rachel and I have been hard at work putting together the Four Seasons Fashion Show.  Yes, we'll have bridal looks for all four seasons!  Here in West Michigan, the changes in the weather and scenery inspire so many parts of our lifestyles.  Why not let nature's changes inspire your wedding, too?  From sweet looks for spring to the warm tones of fall, there is something for every bride.

Also, be sure to stop by the September's Bride booth and say "Hi" to me, Tami.  I'll be there all day from 11 am - 4 pm and would be honored to chat weddings with you.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Luxe Warmth

Whether for a wedding, holiday party, or social occasion, almost any woman would want to wear this darling faux fur statement jacket instead of a plain cardigan or puffy jacket.

Special orders are available, and the jacket comes in this gorgeous winter white color as well as a chocolate tone.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SB Bride :: Corrinne

Over two years ago, a lovely young woman came into our store to look at wedding gowns.  I liked her immediately; she was so easy to talk to and had an effortless style about her.  She chose and purchased her Casablanca gown, a gown which was also one of my favorites from that designer.

Corrinne's parents visited our boutique with her for her fittings and I also found them to be delightful people.  So, I'm almost a little disappointed to share Corrinne's wedding photos, because it means we won't be seeing them as much around the boutique now that the big day has come and gone.

John and Corrinne's wedding photographer was Kate Morrow Photography.  Check out Kate's blog for many more photos of this absolutely gorgeous wedding.

I love the next photo...we always suggest a crochet hook to help with the little elastic button loops on the back of wedding gowns.  So nice to see that it worked for Corrinne's mom!  (Who is wearing a beautiful gown from Jade by Jasmine)

The fabulous bridesmaid's frocks are black chiffon with a beautiful one-shoulder neckline and a full skirt.  I think this style looks great on all of them.  (B2 by Jasmine)

Best wishes, John & Corrinne, for a long, happy, and healthy life together.  We appreciated the opportunity to serve you.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wedding Gowns & Bacon?

Last Friday, I was working at another of our family's businesses, Lemon Fresh Cleaners.  I was called to the phone in the late morning.

A slightly distraught female voice was on the other end of the phone line.  She explained to me that her sister was getting married that evening, and had to be dressed in her wedding gown for photos in just three hours. 

The problem was that the wedding gown had been stored overnight in a house where some family members were staying.  That morning, they had decided to make bacon and burned the bacon and grease, causing the odor of scorched bacon fat to waft throughout the house, permeating everything, including the fabric of the wedding gown.

I doubt there are very many brides who want to get married in a gown smelling of burned bacon grease.

So, they did the smart thing and called a reputable dry cleaners that specializes in wedding gowns.  Little did they know that they also reached the owner of a bridal boutique. 

In case anything like this ever happens to you or someone you know, here is some of the advice that I gave to this bride and her sister.

If we had had a bit more time, I would have definitely suggested wet-cleaning the gown, since it was made of polyester satin and this would have removed any trace of odor.  Although we had time to clean the gown, there was not sufficient time to dry the gown.  You would really need at least 24 hours to do so.

Since actually cleaning the gown was out, my next best advice was to hang the gown outside in the fresh air for 30-40 minutes.  The day was breezy, which was good.  Again, the gown was polyester satin, so even a little dampness would not harm the fabric.  The same goes for any polyester fabric or a lace gown.  Never put a silk satin gown anywhere that it could get water-spotted!

Lastly, I recommended trying a fabric deodorizer, such as Febreze.  My cautions to this are that some people can be allergic or sensitive to the fragrance or chemicals in these products.  You would not want to discover any sensitivity on your part or your groom's part on the wedding day!

If you ever have a wedding day emergency with a gown or bridesmaid dress, I'm honored to help!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MEG Trunk Show :: What to Expect?

Around September's Bride, a visit by Meg Lammers for a MEG Trunk Show is legendary!  But, not everyone knows why it's such a must-do or what to expect.

MEG Jewelry is one of the premier bridal and special occasion jewelry companies in the States.  Each piece is designed and then hand crafted in the USA!  MEG Jewelry is consisted featured in bridal magazines and is a staple at the best bridal boutiques, including Kleinfeld's in NYC.

September's Bride is so honored to be one of MEG Jewelry's Flagship Stores!  This means that we have access to her entire line and Trunk Shows, where our brides can meet one-on-one with Meg herself to have their bridal accessories styled just for them.

Here are just a few images of Meg's 2012 line; sort of a "sneak peek" for our customers.

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Arrival :: Elsie by Maggie Sottero

I want to show you one of our newest arrivals.

It's not unusual to have a bride come into September's Bride and request a gown "that's not strapless".  Finally, the designers are listening and offering some beautiful gowns that have straps or sleeves.

Such is the case with this gown.  Made of textural lace, this A-line silhouette fits a bit more snugly through the hips and has a beautiful rounded neckline in both front and back.  A pretty silk band highlights the natural waist.

I've accessorized this gown with a simple two-layer veil named "Audrey Hepburn" from Jennifer Leigh Veils and a three-strand pearl necklace from Bliss Designs.  I think the combination is a modern twist on a very classic bridal look.

Want to try this gown on and see it in person?  We would be honored to have you visit September's Bride to see this or any of our gorgeous gowns.  Just call 616-355-1433 to make an appointment.



Friday, October 7, 2011

In the News :: Wedding Walk 2011

What's Brewing? Wedding Walk | WOOD TV8

Check out the fun segment from this morning's eightWest show. Tami is sharing with Joy all the fun things going on at Downtown Holland Wedding Walk.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thank You!

I'm so honored to read another great review from a happy Mom & bride.

September's Bride did a wonderful job for us. My daughter decided to wear my 1980 wedding gown. It had been carefully preserved but needed remaking. Sherry (alterations) did a fabulous job. The dress was mine initially but she made it look updated with a timeless classic look - it was now my daughters. They also did alterations on my daughter's reception gown and my MOB gown. We are so pleased. We took advantage of September's Bride's Couture service and we're so pleased! I would highly recommend to anyone having a wedding - don't shop anywhere else.  ...Jan

 I remember when Jan and her daughter Rachel came in for their first appointment with Sherry and myself.  We had so much fun imagining the possibilities of re-styling the beautiful gown from 1980.  (...a shameless plug here to be sure you have us preserve your wedding gown!)  Rachel had a definite vision for her wedding and I am so honored that September's Bride was part of her wedding day!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Reviews!

Today, two new reviews were posted on WeddingWire for our boutique!  I love to read that we have made brides very happy!

Septembers Bride rushed shipped my dress, giving me just enough time to get alterations and have a gorgeous dress for the wedding. Thank you!!

I traveled several hours to purchase my gown and veil from September's Bride, and it was definitely worth it. The service was excellent and their selection was unique and beautiful. I also loved that they supported several of my favorite charities. It's a wonderful place that will give you the bridal experience you are looking for, I would definitely recommend them! 

We would be honored if you would post your review of September's Bride, too.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A quick share of a pic from the September 30 wedding of Kristen & Aaron, courtesty of Amy Carroll Photography.

Kristen wore a one-of-a-kind gown from September's Bride...she is gorgeous!