Wednesday, November 12, 2008

September's Bride... A Fresh Approach to Formal

Introducing September's Bride- an absolutely adorable, upscale bridal shop in downtown Holland! September's Bride carries a gorgeous collection of gowns and accessories for brides across Southwest Michigan, and owner Tami Parks was kind enough to share some wonderful insight on Wed Michigan!

{Photo by Steven Fox Photography, Dress by Lila Couture}

What is your favorite part of living in Michigan?
I do enjoy the beautiful seasonal changes, but as each winter comes, I find myself wishing it away! I love the people in West Michigan; I do not think there are many other areas in the country with a concentration of people who have such strong faith, values, and work ethic.

How did September's Bride get started?
I grew up learning about clothing & textiles in my parents' drycleaners. (Lemon Fresh Cleaners in Holland) After my mother developed chronic health issues, I began taking over cleaning the speciality items that came into the cleaners. This included wedding gowns. Three years ago, I started a company called Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists; we preserve wedding gowns and restore vintage gowns. One of my clients closed her bridal salon in Downtown Holland and after a few months, we reopened it as September's Bride. Often, people ask about the name of the store. My husband named the store after me; we were married on September 18, 1992; and signed the papers to purchase the store on September 18, 2007!

What is a piece of advice you would give Michigan Brides when choosing
their wedding gown?

Wear what makes you feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable. It does not really matter what the name of the designer is, how much you paid for the gown, or what your bridesmaids think of your choice. Work with a gown consultant who takes the time to understand what your wedding will be like and can help you find several appropriate choices.

{Photo by Riversedge Photography, Dress by Casablanca}

Some of September's Bride services include on-site fittings, alterations, as well as gown delivery on your big day! Be sure to visit their sister company, Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists for your gown cleaning and preservation. Thank you, Tami!

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