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First-Ever Trunk Show

By Monica Miklosovic
Photos:  Melanie Reyes Photography & AddyB Photography

67 Volunteers; 21 Wedding Dresses Sold; and $8400 for Cancer Support

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A Showcase of Gorgeous Gowns

On what seemed like the snowiest day of January (and that’s saying a lot!) the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor (CSC) was transformed into a gorgeous, bright space for our first-ever Trunk Show.  The CSC is always safe, nurturing, and supportive place where families touched by cancer receive care.  On this day, it served a second purpose.  The Brides Project welcomed over 40 brides through our doors to shop for a dress that goes beyond its outward beauty, and offers a hand to those facing the daunting circumstances surrounding cancer.

Brides, Volunteers Support
Fundraising for Cancer

“We set a goal of raising $5000 at this event,” said Beth Foley, Development Coordinator for The Brides Project.  “Despite the difficult travel conditions that day, we sold 21 gowns and raised over $8400.  That is usually how many are sold in a month!”

Sixty-seven volunteers worked together to receive our new-found brides.  “I’d like to express my most sincere thank you to all the volunteers and interns who helped make this event possible.  Consultants, runners, photographers, makeup artists, marketing team, setup crew, gown transporters… it all came together beautifully and we couldn’t have done it without you! Beth conveyed.

“We were so honored to meet all the brides and families who braved the weather to come.  I hope a good time was had by all, and I hope you know how much your contribution is appreciated by everyone at the Cancer Support Community.”

The dress is just one part of a new beginning.  As 2014 unfolds, we hope to hear back from all the brides we met that day!

trunkshow_01252014_melaniereyes_29Dedicated volunteers collaborate with new brides to find the right dress, and all the finishing touches.

trunkshow_01252014_melaniereyes_27The CSC provided a spacious and inviting environment for trying and buying.

trunkshow_01252014_melaniereyes_94Beth Foley, Development Coordinator for The Brides Project,
and intern Danielle check and double check to ensure all guests’ needs are met throughout the event.

trunkshow_01252014_melaniereyes_67Promising dresses for a hopeful future.

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2013 Whimsical Wedding Event

On Sunday, September 30th, The Brides Project participated in Ann Arbor’s Whimsical Occasions Wedding Event Show. Held in Weber’s hotel, many of our volunteers came out to help with pictures, meeting brides-to-be, dress fittings, etc. The show also included vendor tables with offerings such as flowers, catering, and photography. It was a one-stop-shop event for a variety of wedding needs!

The event was hugely successful and a number brides left very happy to have found a perfect dress.  In addition to finding an amazing selection of gowns, one guest told us, “This is a cause that is very important to me.”  We wish all these brides-to-be a wonderful wedding day, and are grateful to have met you.

Below are some pictures of our volunteers hard at work.  Our consultants were available, as always, to walk brides the whole way through finding the dress to finalizing the purchase!

All photos courtesy of bamphoto.

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The Bride’s Project at the Elegant Winter Bridal Show

The Bride’s Project and the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor are participating at the Elegant Winter Bridal Show on Sunday, January 20, 2013 12 PM to 4 PM.  Experience the takeover of Briarwood Mall Center Court with more than 60 of the wedding industry’s top vendors. Three fashion shows, live entertainment, workshops, prizes and giveaways all day for thousands of brides, grooms and shoppers. Call 734-335-7103 or 313-207-6445.