Categories

Recent Posts

Archives

60 in 60: A Dress A Day Summer Challenge

Fun times on Live in the D promoting our donation campaign to collect 60 wedding dresses from 2013-2015 in 60 days!

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/live-in-the-d/the-brides-project-60-dresses-in-60-days/34572228

11800058_10103911958879898_3696669471882191119_n

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Miller

Say hello to our featured volunteer, Melissa Miller!

Volunteer Position: Bridal Consultant
How long have you been volunteering with us? April 2015 (I purchased my wedding dress in March 2015)
What do you like most about volunteering at The Brides Project? I, unfortunately, have many family and friends that have been touched by cancer. I love being able to help raise funds for cancer patients and families through a joyous occasion such as a wedding.
Favorite memory while volunteering:  I had a plus size bride come in feeling extremely stressed and apprehensive. She had been to 5 other salons and she felt none of them catered to plus size brides. She was very fearful she would not find a dress and this was her last option. Not only did she find her dream dress, but she couldn’t decide between 2 of them. She couldn’t have been happier.
Current Celebrity Crush: Adam Levine
Any interesting hobbies/hidden talents? I am a runner and LOVE Zumba. My favorite race was the Disney Princess 10k in Orlando with my daughter. I also make bows for local cheer teams.

 

THANK YOU MELISSA AND ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS – We couldn’t do it without you!

The Brides Project on CNT

@ Ann Arbor’s CNT

Donating wedding gown preserves warm memories – UofM Health Blog

There’s a certain helplessness that comes with watching a loved one receive a cancer diagnosis and undergo treatment. No matter how much help we provide, often we wish we could do still more. For Kim Andrus, doing a bit more meant donating her wedding dress to The Brides Project in Ann Arbor, a nonprofit bridal salon operated by the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.  Read More.

Bride Spotlight: Kristen and Mike

By Cristin Trosien

“We Did Live Life, And Loved Each Other
Every Moment Of It.”

CHR_0378 4x6

An Engagement and A Surgery

After two years of dating, Mike took a relaxed moment at home to propose to Kristen on her 25th birthday.  Not wanting a long engagement, the couple planned to have their wedding only six months later.  The bustle of planning quickly took a backseat only two months before the big day; Mike began to feel sick and was subsequently diagnosed with testicular cancer.  During a time when most engaged couples are preparing seating charts and menus, Mike and Kristen found themselves preparing for a major surgery.  The surgery left the doctors optimistic but just two weeks before their wedding, they found out that Mike would also need to undergo chemotherapy after the nuptials.  Kristen remembers, “We were devastated, but determined to have an incredible wedding and to enter into this battle as husband and wife.”

An Absolutely Perfect Day

Kristen and Mike were married on July 17th, 2010, at Kristen’s grandparent’s church in Cheboygan, Michigan.  After the ceremony they took pictures in front of the Mackinac Bridge and danced the night away at their reception, surrounded by family and friends.  Kristen describes the day as “absolutely perfect in every way… Mike and I vowed that day to always love each other and to be together until death do us part.”

Mike Smiling Down

With Kristen by his side, Mike continued to fight his battle with cancer for the next four years, but lost to it in December of 2014.  As this month marks their five year anniversary, Kristen decided to donate her gown to The Brides Project, feeling that it would be the perfect way to celebrate the brief but loving relationship that she and Mike shared. “To be able to help cancer families in need by donating my dress means the world to me and I know Mike is smiling down on this!”

Kristen and Mike may not have gotten to grow old together as planned, but in her words, “we did live life and loved each other every moment of it!”  The Brides Project is so proud to represent the Cancer Support Community as it supports those families, just like Kristen and Mike’s, touched and scarred by Cancer.  And, we are beyond honored to be entrusted to pass on Kristen’s gown – and all of the love that it represents – to another Brides Project bride.

DSC_6510 4x6

60 in 60: A Dress a Day Summer Challenge

Volunteer Spotlight: Krista Gravatt

KristaGravatt

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.

*****

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.”

*****

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