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    our new video

    We are so beyond super excited to announce our brand new video!  We hope it will give you a little insight into TWD, what we are all about, what our wonderful brides have to say about their experience with TWD, and lots more!  Enjoy!

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    We are super excited to be back with another beautiful wedding featured as our Bride of the Month!  Why are we so excited you may wonder?  Because this wedding is so full of life and love and fun…we wish we could have  been invited!  Helen married her love, Mark, last summer, and the photography here captures all of the excitement of their gorgeous wedding day.  Helen (and all of her wonderful bridesmaids) were so much fun to be around – all of us at TWD enjoyed working with Helen and her girls in the months leading up to the big day.  So without further ado, let’s start!

    Oh, and all photo credits go to Christine Dias Photography (formerly Harper Grace Photography).

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    We are super excited to be back showcasing another real TWD bride in this latest edition of TWD’s Bride of the Month.  Paige was wed last January and wore one of our favorite gowns for a winter wedding.  Every time Paige came into our shop, she was as calm as could be…and very, very excited to be getting married to her best friend.  She was a true joy to work with and we loved seeing her big day came to life in this BOTM!

    And one final note, all the photos in the post below are compliments and work of Lori Taylor of LA’s Photography.  So without further ado, let’s commence Paige’s story!

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  • Teri Cover

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    Welcome to another installment of TWD’s Bride of the Month!  We are excited to share with you real TWD bride, Teri’s, gorgeous wedding day!  Teri was a TWD “original” bride – meaning she purchased her dress with us in our very first year as a bridal boutique…oh the love that we have for those girls!  {Sorry to digress, but we have to share the love when it’s due!}  And one more final note – all the images below were taken by the wonderful Matt Mollan of Mollan Photography.  So now, without further ado, let’s get started!

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  • Erin Cover

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    It is with great pleasure that we share with you this next Bride of the Month!  Every time that Erin entered TWD, we could feel her energy and enthusiasm for her wedding, and just life in general!  We had a blast with her (and her mom!) from the initial visits in which she found “the one” all the way through alterations and our final hug goodbye.  We are super excited to showcase her lovely wedding in all its glory, as captured by the seriously amazing Ksenija Savic!  Ok, we can’t hold off any longer…let’s begin!

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    Welcome to another installment of TWD’s Bride of the Month. This time we are featuring the wonderful wedding of Katie and Tim! We remember when Katie came into our shop (well over a year ago now) to try on gowns – she was between two dresses that were extremely different in style, and ended up with a gorgeous lace ballgown! (As a side note, we think she made the best choice!) We also had the pleasure to work with Katie and her bridesmaids who wore a lovely pop of yellow to compliment the military blues worn by the groom. And we always give credit where credit is due – all the photos below are compliments of Christinas Photography. So now, without further ado…let’s commence this month’s BOTM!

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  • Ruthie Cover

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    Welcome to another installment of TWD’s Bride of the Month!  We are super excited to showcase this wedding because the bride, Ruthie, was the 2nd bride ever to purchase her dream dress at The White Dress!  {Oh, the memories!}  Ruthie was a complete blast to work with every time she visited our little shop.  Enthusiasm and positivity radiated from her as evidenced by her ever smiley face.  What else can we say – Ruthie was one glowing bride and we are so happy to show you her wedding story.  And one more thing before we get started – all the photos below were taken by L.A.’s Photography.

    So, without further ado…

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    We couldn’t be more excited to be back with another gorgeous TWD Bride of the Month!  And trust us, this wedding was worth the wait.  After all, you are about to be immersed in some of those dreamy wintry wedding photos that we here at TWD just can’t get enough of!  (So we are warning you now – be prepared to swoon a little.)

    And before we begin, we have to give credit where credit is due.  All the ah-mazing images you are about to see were shot by the talented John and Maura of Stoffer Photography.

     

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    katie

    We are back with another installment featuring one of TWD’s beautiful brides – Katie!  (Did we ever say how much we love our jobs?  Who wouldn’t want to swoon over gorgeous wedding photos?  And the best part is that we have had such a long term relationship with each and every bride that we feature, that seeing the wedding photos make us a little teary eyed.)  And I digress again…

    Now back to our Bride of the Month.  We met the very lovely Katie in one of our first months of being open!  She worked with one of TWD’s very talented bridal style experts, Aleksandra.  In her words…

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    cara

    We are beyond excited to finally announce The White Dress’s very first official Bride of the Month!  The oh-so-lovely Cara has graciously allowed us to feature her wedding!  Be prepared for some gorgeous photos ahead.

    A few general notes before we begin.  First of all, to make these posts a bit more “user-friendly” we have decided to follow a question and answer format…jammed packed with lots of beautiful wedding photos, of course!  And secondly, all of the below photos were taken by Bobbi Rattai Photography.

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    Simply Charming or Beautifully Bold

    Written by : Aleksandra

    Deciding on what jewelry to wear on your wedding day can be overwhelming.  A necklace and earring combo?  A bracelet?  What about the statement necklace?  (We understand it can be tough!)  Just remember that the  main goal with your accessories is to compliment your wedding dress, while still reflecting your personal style.  And as you may have suspected, there are no set rules for jewelry on your big day!  You should definitely feel free to bring your every day fashion choices to your special day.

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  • Sample Sale !

    It’s Sample Sale time at The White Dress!  And what does that mean for you?  Well, a Sample Sale is a great way to find an awesome deal on a designer wedding dress!  So if you are short on time or on budget, shopping the TWD Sample Sale racks may be a perfect fit for you to find your perfect wedding dress!

    To find out all the details of the sale and to see which dresses are on sale, click here!  Appointments are recommended – feel free to use our online booking system by clicking here – we can’t wait to see you!

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    Bridal Market Recap: Spring 2012

    Written by: Kristy

    So, we’ve been back from Bridal Market in Chicago for a few weeks now and I haven’t yet reported the latest and greatest in bridal world.  Never fear though, I am back with the recap!

    Pictures are better than words (sometimes) so I thought it would be best to let the photos do the talking.  But first, a high level summary.  There were lots and lots and lots of dresses – textured dresses were still all the rage, lace is huge, back interest was showing up everywhere…and the very exciting news?  There were a lot more options for those of you looking for dresses with straps, sleeves, or just something different than a strapless dress!

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    A Bride is Never Fully Dressed without her Bridesmaids (Part Two)

    Written by: Alek

    Are you ready for Round Two?  Good, cause I am too!  In the first part of this series, we chatted about some of the different ways to make your bridesmaids look fabulous on your big day.  Now, we are going to delve into a little bit more creativity – so let’s get to it!

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    The White Dress Grand Opening Event

    Written by: Kristy

    Even though it has been over a month since our Grand Opening Event, I am still floating around near Cloud 9 about it all – it was such a fab week!  And of course, I can’t keep that all in, so I must spill the beans to you…even if I am just sharing all the wonderful photos and vendors that helped make our event an event!

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    A Bride is Never Fully Dressed Without Her Bridesmaids (Part One)

    Written by: Alek

    So you have the ring and the dress – yay!   Now it is time to find something to accent not only you, but also your whole wedding….the bridesmaid dresses! And while a wedding is full of traditions, having all your bridesmaids in matching dresses is not one you have to adhere to if you don’t want to. Your bridesmaids can act as another accent piece to your wedding. (Who says your closest friends and family can’t be your wedding “accessories”?!)  At The White Dress, our goal is to make them look good, no matter the overall look you are going for.

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    And the winner is . . .

    So as many of you know, today is the day that I am announcing the winner of our raffle!  Each bride that found her perfect dress at The White Dress this week was entered into the raffle to receive half off her wedding dress!  And it has been one exciting week – we couldn’t be happier with all the events that took place, the people that visited, the vendors that helped out – all to make The White Dress’s Grand Opening Celebration one fabulous event!  So, if you visited the shop and/or helped out in any way, please know, from the bottom of my heart, how thankful I am!

    So… get to it already, right?!

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    Big Announcement for the TWD Grand Opening Celebration Week!

    Written by: Kristy

    After debating and thinking and holding this news in, I finally decided I should tell you!  (Well, our official Grand Opening Celebration week starts tomorrow after all…)  And since I have been hinting at possible discounts and promotions for a few weeks now… here they are!

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    TWD’s First Fashion Show!

    Written by: Kristy

    As I slowly wake up this morning (without an alarm clock, yay!) I think all the excitement from yesterday is starting to hit me!  Yesterday was a busy and exhausting, but oh so fun day!  For those of you that don’t know, The White Dress was part of the vendor team at the Here Come The Brides bridal show that took place at Brighton High School yesterday.  And better yet, we had our very first fashion show!  (I still can’t believe that happened; who would have ever thought I would be putting on a fashion show?  This was a dream in motion people!)

    So what was our day like yesterday?  Well, I am glad you asked!

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    Where is all the cute wedding hair?

    Written by: Kristy

    Where, you ask?  Well, I found it!  While casually checking out the latest from The Knot, I happened to spot the most gorgeous hair inspiration photos for your wedding.  (Or for those of us post-wedding, for any other special occasion!)  So, stop jibber-jabbering already, right?  Mmm, k.  Here goes.

    Oh, and all photo credits go to The Knot.

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    TWD Construction Update 7: Nearing Completion !

    Written by: Kristy

    Alright, I know you must be confused.  TWD has been open for a full two weeks and I haven’t yet finished writing about the transformation of our shop from construction central to bridal wonderland!  So, without further ado…

    The weeks leading up to our “soft” opening were crazy!  (Dare I say cray-cray on the blog?  I think yes, because it was beyond crazy and definitely reached cray-cray level.)

    Some of you may have noticed our countdown to opening signs – and as soon as we put those up, we were on hyperspeed.  It was both really exciting and really stressful since putting a timeline on our opening was such a finite amount of time.  But, it was a necessary deadline since we really wanted to be open for Downtown Brighton’s Ladies Night Out!  (We knew this would be a perfect way to start, and it didn’t disappoint!)  But each day I changed the number, I grew more nervous of the mountain of tasks that lay ahead.

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    More Press for TWD !

    Ok, I will admit it.  I have been silent on the blog for way too long.  And though I may have a good reason for it (ahem, I just opened up shop a week ago!) it still makes me wish I had an extra hour in every day (ok, who am I kidding?  I wish I had 10 extra hours in my day right now!) just so I could blog about all the fun wedding topics that are constantly swirling in my head!  I digress…

    Back to the real reason for the post – The White Dress made headlines once again!  I feel so honored to have been featured by two local news organizations – the Brighton Patch and Livingston Daily News.

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  • Opening the TWD Front Door

    We are open! We are open! We are open!

    Written by: Kristy

    Did you hear?  We are open!!

    It is hard to believe that December 1 has arrived, my friends, but after months of planning and preparing and researching and renovating and painting and buying and choosing and pressing and tagging and decorating and…(I could go on, but I will spare you), The White Dress has arrived!  And you know what?  It feels fantastic!

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    TWD Construction Phase 6: The ( Almost ) Finishing Touches

    Written by: Kristy

    Things are changing quickly around TWD these days.  I can’t believe it has only been a few weeks since my last post with the mega-changes around the shop!  I must say that the finishing stages of a renovation project are – by far – the best part.  It is really starting to come together!

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    TWD : Opening Soon!

    Written by: Kristy

    Big, big, BIG announcement today!  We have finally decided to count down the days to our grand opening!!  I feel like I need to make it even more official.  So here it is, officially official:

    The White Dress will be open for business beginning on December 1, 2011!

    (Ok, now can I get a big ol’ YIPEEEE?!  No?  Well, I am going to do it solo then!  YIPPPPEEEEE!!)

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    Our first Bride of the Month!

    If you have been browsing the site lately, I am sure you have stumbled upon our very first Bride of the Month!  However, in order to fully live out what being a White Dress Bride of the Month means, we are re-posting the feature here.  Enjoy!

    So full disclosure.  As I am sure you have figured out, how can we possibly have a Bride of the Month when we have barely been open yet?  (We can’t fool you, smarty pants.)  Well, it’s true.  Our very fist Bride of the Month didn’t get her dress at The White Dress.  But, that doesn’t make her any less fabulous (as you will soon see).  And Christine graciously decided to give us a hand by showing all of you just what being Bride of the Month means.  Thank you Christine!

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    TWD Construction Phase 5: An Update and Exterior Painting

    Written by: Kristy

    Oh.  Hello there.  Remember me?  Sorry, for the lack of construction/renovation updates lately – things have been happening so fast I can barely keep up.  But trust me.  This is a gooooood thing!

    So, a quick update before I go onto the fun exterior painting pics (which took place almost a month ago now!).  Here are some of the happenings at the shop!

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    TWD is Hiring!

    Written by: Kristy

    Do you have a passion for bridal fashion?  Do you swoon over every wedding dress you see?  Are you the type of person that gets excited just opening a wedding invitation in anticipation of the joy of being part of that special couple’s wedding day?  If these statements sound like you, then you may be a perfect fit for The White Dress!

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    TWD Construction Phase 4 : Painting!

    Written by: Kristy

    It is getting brighter and more colorful at The White Dress these days!  (Yay!)  And as I have already stated, I am such a visual person, so I am sure you can imagine just how exciting it was to paint the interior walls!  I was so excited, in fact, that I decided to post a fun little visual for you all.  You see, as we drained one paint can after another, we decided to keep a running tally of paint cans.  And as the shop bloomed, it was both rewarding and fun to see our little paint stack grow!   So, I wanted to share the fun with with you too.

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    TWD Construction Phase 3 : Building and Painting and Picking Things Out

    Written by: Kristy

    How’s that for a long blog post title?  But really, that is what Phase 3 felt like…a really long time jammed packed with lots of odds and ends.  (Maybe I should actually say “Phases 3 through 200”, but that would be a slight exaggeration, no?)

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    TWD Construction Phase 2: Done with Demo!

    Written by: Kristy

    The one thing about renovations that I love? That every day it gets closer to actually looking like my vision for The White Dress! As I worked my last days at my current job, I looked forward to the daily text messages containing photos of the work being done at the shop. It was so thrilling to see it all come together – and of course, to imagine the time that it will actually become a bustling shop filled with hopeful brides. Eeks, so exciting!

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    Bridal Market Recap: Fall 2011

    Written by: Kristy

    After attending Bridal Market last week, I think I can safely summarize it all in two words – ruffles and flowers!  And though there were still many lovely simple frocks, dresses with drama are all the rage this season!

    Ok, before I get too engrossed in discussing dress deets (is it possible to be too engrossed?  I didn’t think so.), I should probably go into a little bit of background as to what Bridal Market is.  I wouldn’t want to leave you in the dark!

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    TWD Construction Phase 1: Demolition

    Written by: Kristy

    Who knew renovations could be so much work?  (This is coming from someone who clearly has not done construction/renovations before…)  I definitely have a new-found respect for anyone who does manual labor!

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    Furniture and Fabric Fun

    Written by: Kristy

    Last weekend, The White Dress became more defined, aesthetically speaking.  How did this happen, you wonder?  Well, by taking two very important and much-anticipated planning trips with my mother – one to Ikea and another to Chicago’s own “fabric warehouse”.  Both places helped us scout out what exactly we think we wanted to use to decorate and furbish our lovely little boutique!

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  • TWD makes headlines !

    Written by: Kristy

    Was it front page newspaper news?  Well no…but in my mind, it was just as great!  Read on for the background story and news article.

    A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from Tom Tolen, a reporter for the online news site, the Brighton Patch {http://brighton.patch.com/}.  Tom wanted to interview me about The White Dress!  Of course, I was more than stoked to chatter away about the boutique, as Tom quickly found out.

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    Hello World !

    Written by: Kristy

    At long last, The White Dress is here!  Ok, maybe it hasn’t seemed so “at long last” to you.  And technically, we aren’t officially “here” since we are still under construction.  Well, technicality, schmech-nicality.  I am just delighted to be writing my first blog post as owner of The White Dress!

    First, allow me an introduction.  My name is Kristy and I am the very excited and proud creator of The White Dress.  I currently work as an accountant, but have always dreamed about opening up a bridal boutique to help brides look for their dream; well, their dream dress anyway!  I am a native of Michigan; but I currently reside in Chicago, Illinois which means that I am counting down the days for the move back to my home state.  And just so you can get to know me a little bit better, here are some tidbits about me: I love dogs, but don’t own any.  I almost always wear a skirt or dress.  I love to laugh.  I love fashion.  And most of all, I love weddings.

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