Everyone seems to love when we post hair inspiration photos on Instagram, so we thought it would be a wonderful idea to make a blog post full of them!
Christmas is right around the corner and that means it’s time to buy gifts! We all know how difficult men are to shop for, so we’ve put a list together to make your life easier! Whether you’re shopping for your husband, boyfriend, dad, or brother, we’ve got something for you!
It’s that time again! (Time to give a boutique some love!!) November’s Store of the Month is The White Dress located in Brighton, Michigan. The owner, Kristy, took some time to answer our questions.
How and when did you start The White Dress?
I started The White Dress in 2011. It was always a dream of mine to go into business for myself, and I have ALWAYS been a wedding dress girl! While I was planning my own wedding, my father actually mentioned that he thought I should open a bridal boutique. At the time, I was overwhelmed with planning my own wedding, and sort of dismissed the idea, but it sat in the back of my mind through all the wedding planning chaos! After I was married for a few months, I thought – why not take the leap!? I did lots and lots of research and after a year of planning and a quick 4 month renovation schedule, we opened the doors at TWD!
Describe your store in four words.
Welcoming. Warm. Fun. Organized.
What is your favourite part about your job?
Helping brides! When I first opened, I was a one-woman operation where I did everything – all the background stuff (accounting, marketing, emailing, ordering, etc.) and helping all the customers. We have grown leaps and bounds since then, so now I have a team of fabulous ladies who take the majority of our appointments, but I still take an appointment from time to time. Plus I love to meet all of our customers and see if I can help them find what they are looking for – whether it is something they think they want or something that is totally different than what they originally thought!
What tips would you offer brides?
Be open minded and don’t walk away from a dress you love! There are always so many opinions with the wedding dress, but the only opinion that really matters is yours! Don’t worry about what mom or sister or friend or aunt has to say… just listen to your heart, and when you get that feeling like you never want to take off the dress you are wearing or when you feel the most beautiful you’ve ever felt – that is when you know it is the one!
What is your current favourite dress trend?
I love that brides are considering ballgowns again! We had a few years where it seemed everyone wanted a trumpet or sheath style gown. All of us here at TWD, are pretty girly and just adore ballgowns. So naturally when a bride comes in that wants all the pouf, we are all super excited to see which she’ll choose!
What is your favourite gown from the Lis Simon 2017 collection and why?
Ivette, hands down! We love a dress that gives a good twirl. Oh, and we are also a little biased because one of our fellow TWD-ettes (what we call ourselves) wore that gown for her wedding last October!
What does the rest of 2017 have in store for The White Dress?
Not much time is left in the year, but we have a LOT of fun events planned in this short time frame! Between our WHITE Friday and Saturday (our after Thanksgiving holiday sale), Ladies Night Out in our little downtown where we will be mannequin modeling (December 7), and celebrating our 6 year anniversary in December – it will be a whirlwind right into the new year!
Thank you for answering our questions, Kristy!
This is Lis Simon real bride Brandi and she wore our very first Jordan gown with nude tulle on the top! Brandi was previously an ICU nurse and is currently in grad school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Joe is a senior financial analyst at Polaris.
Joe and Brandi first met in high school and started dating freshman year in college. He was quite persistent and finally after asking her on a date for the third time, she said yes!
E N G A G E M E N T
In June of 2016, Brandi’s parents were hosting Joe’s parents for dinner at their lake house, which was where Joe had asked her to be his girlfriend many years before. Although she knew the proposal was coming, she was so surprised as he asked her to go out on the jet ski, but instead got on one knee and asked her to marry him!!
W E D D I N G
Fast forward a year and a bit to September 16, 2017, the date of their wedding. Brandi and Joe got married in Minneapolis, MN. Their ceremony was held at the Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church and the reception was at the Minneapolis Event Center. They had a full band and harp instrumental at the ceremony. Brandi gave Joe his grandpa’s watch and a note from him, and she had pieces of her grandma’s wedding dress around her bouquet. For decor, Brandi wanted neutral, with pops of burgundy for fall!
Words from the bride.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
Actually getting married and having everyone you love in the same place.
Do you have any wedding tips and tricks for future brides?
Enjoy it! I actually loved wedding planning… It’s really important to be aware of your own feelings and know what will cause stress. This really helped me from becoming a bridezilla and I always told myself everything would be perfect no matter what! Try not to stress and enjoy the day, it goes so fast!
Big thanks to Brandi for taking the time to answer all our questions and choosing us to be part of your big day! We send our love!!
Boutique // Effie’s Bridal Trunk
Photographer // Gina Zeidler
Planner // See Jane Plan
Florist // Munster Rose
Desserts // Farina Baking Company
Videographer // Greg Thuente
Bridesmaid Gowns // Show Me Your Mumu
Band // Riverside Entertainment
Flowers are an extremely important part of every wedding, and we want to make sure you get it right! We’ve included some of our favourite bouquets from our Flower board on Pinterest. Feel free to follow us on Pinterest for more!!