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Volunteer Spotlight: Krista Gravatt

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Say Hello to our Featured Volunteer, Krista Gravatt!

Volunteer Position: Bridal Consultant and Volunteer Event Planning Assistant

How long have you been volunteering with us? Since Feb 2015

What do you like most about volunteering at The Brides Project? The fact that we are taking a positive experience (getting married) and using it to help support people who may be in a difficult situation (cancer diagnosis, chemo, surgery, etc). People who come into our shop usually have a passion for our mission and want to help. Also, the fellow volunteers are awesome!

Favorite memory while volunteering: We had a wonderful, good-humored family come in-a mother and two daughters. They were bilingual and the bride said something to her
mother through the dressing room curtain, and I asked if she was telling her mother how much the dress cost. Her mom started laughing and said I must be bilingual too. We had a good laugh about it. She ended up buying that dress!

Current Celebrity Crush: It’s a tie between Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum.

Any interesting hobbies/hidden talents? I was a fencer in college, I play piano by ear, and I’m a licensed Zumba instructor.

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Would you like to volunteer with The Brides Project?  Contact us!

Say ‘I don’t’ to debt during wedding season – USA Today

Saying “I do” shouldn’t require you to toss aside a trail of dollar bills as you walk down the aisle.  But if you watch too much reality TV, you’re guaranteed to lose a whole lot of money trying to re-create a celebrity wedding.  Read More.

Original article from Detroit Free Press

Bride Spotlight: Julie and Derek

By Cristin Trosien

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 2.08.31 PMPhoto courtesy of Kat Foley Photography

The Brides Project loves to extend its family of fabulous brides to those who didn’t happen to purchase their gown from us, but do find us after their big day and decide to donate.  Bride, Julie McGill, was one such bride.

A Great Time Dancing All Night

Julie felt both beautiful and comfortable as she walked down the aisle in her pickup ball gown to the tune of a bagpiper, and married her now husband, Derek.  The perfect backyard September wedding wrapped up with a party, and Julie had a “great time dancing all night” in her dress.

 A Donation She’ll Never Regret

After its one-night-only appearance, Julie opted to donate her gown, although she admits that it was a tough decision.  Now, two years later, she doesn’t regret her choice at all.  “It has been over 2 years since I decided to donate my dress and I NEVER think about it. I did hesitate, thinking I would regret my decision. I NEVER have, not once.”

She goes on to offer this advice to brides, struggling with the same decision: “If you are hesitating about donating… Think about your wedding dress in a box in the back of your closet. You may think you want to save it for your daughter…but IF you even have a daughter, don’t you think she will want to shop for her very own wedding dress, just like you did? You are NEVER going to wear this dress again. Love your photos and memories and share it with someone else!!! It is truly the best thing to do. Just DO it.”

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Thank you, Julie!  We couldn’t have said it better.  Your donation is greatly appreciated, and inspiring.  Donation information is always available at http://www.thebridesproject.org/donate/

Bride Spotlight: Kelly and Brode

By Cristin Trosien

A Laguna Beach Wedding

Kelly Vantrease and beau, Brode, got married early in the morning of October 18th, 2014, on a cliff overlooking the ocean at Laguna Beach.  Kelly is a California-native and always knew that she would love to get married at this, her favorite beach.

Kelly found her West coast-bound gown at The Bride’s Project after visiting other bridal salons in both Ann Arbor and her hometown of Los Angeles.  Upon visiting TBP, she was “surprised with the number of dresses available, certainly more than [she] had seen in any store.”  She found her dream dress, albeit different than what she had pictured initially, thanks to the help of three volunteers in the shop.  “They were warm and funny and it was like having three personal shoppers.”

On their wedding day, the morning marine layer in the air made for beautiful pictures on the sandy beach, and the couple kicked off their shoes and had some fun.  However, the couple underestimated the surf and both got wet!  Kelly’s dress still has sand stains, but she plans to keep it forever – dirt and all.

TheBridesProjectKellyandBrodePhoto courtesy of Kelly Vantrease

Meet The Brides Project – Two Foot Creative Blog

We love the Bride’s Project! Hannah Lowe did a Q & A with her to find out more about them!  Read More.

Goodwill Ambassador – Ambassador Mag

The Brides Project featured in Ambassador Mag, as a Goodwill Ambassador.  Check us out on page 7.

Elegant Jamaican Destination Wedding – Style Me Pretty

The sparkling Caribbean ocean, this fabulous bouquet, and this absolutely lovely blushing Bride; I’m pretty sure this wedding right here is the definition of paradise. Natalie Franke and Krista Jones captured it all and the picture perfect weather added a silver lining to every moment between this sweet Bride and Groom. As I dream of a Jamaican vacation, this gallery is where my travel fantasies will begin. Read More.

Whimsical Occasions Bridal Show! – Beth Joy Photography

Happy Friday everyone!

In honor of “The Dress” that is making it’s way around the internets, today’s blog post is featuring many beautiful dresses! ;)

A few weeks back I had the privilege of capturing the The Brides Project first “on the road” bridal event! Our many hundreds of gowns carefully made their way from their home in Ann Arbor to the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan for the Whimsical Occasions Bridal Show!  Read More.

Bride Spotlight: Samantha

On her December wedding day, Samantha’s dad saw her in her dress and said she “looked like a princess…like the one from Frozen.”

Downtown Detroit  The DIA wedding photograph

The classic winter-wedding feel was exactly what she was going for. The traditional, elegant gown featured beading and detail-work that happened to resemble snowflakes from afar. Samantha accented the look with a fingertip veil and blusher purchased at The Brides Project, personalized with 100 Swarovski crystals by Samantha herself.

Samantha and her prince, Timothy, met when they were only five years old.  Samantha and her gown were not as quick to find each other. With her mom and sister, she visited The Brides Project and tried on a variety of different dresses with the help of four volunteers.

Samantha remembers, “The combination of it being for a great cause and the dresses being so reasonably priced hooked me right away! I knew I was going to buy my dress there. It was just a matter of narrowing down the options.” Ultimately, the “Frozen Princess dress” took the wedding cake, and our own Jan Lee worked her magic to make the too-big dress fit just right for the big day.  

On her wedding day she looked radiant, and had a fairytale day with her groom and 220 guests. “I loved my dress and received so many compliments on my wedding day of how beautiful it was.”  She adds, “I have told everyone about The Brides Project and recommended that they at least go shop there once while looking for their dress.”  

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Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel Grosse Pointe Farms MI wedding photograph

 

Special thanks to Special Moments Photography for all photos.