Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mary: What was your favorite part of your wedding?

When thinking back to our June 28, 2008 wedding, there are definitely a couple moments that stand out in my mind. My absolute favorite part of the day was exchanging our vows. A nice girl named Gina gave me some great advice prior to our wedding. She reminded me to really take in that moment, so that's what I did. It was as if time stood still in those few minutes and I truly remember every second of it. I remember feeling like no one else was in the church except my husband, myself and God. Words can't explain how great this memory is to me.

Another part of the day that I loved was dinner. It was great for both of us to see all the people we care about so much, together in one room. Our guests came from Germany, several different states, and many parts of Michigan. Although there was not so much time to talk to everyone I felt a real closeness to all our guests while we drank, ate, and laughed together. The speeches were great, the flowers on the tables looked beautiful, the guitar player we had was wonderful, and you could see that everyone was having a genuinely good time. After all the hard work it takes to plan a wedding, it's nice to see everything come together and your guests enjoying themselves. BUT, of course, the best, most spectacular part of my day, was my dress! Thanks to everyone at Gina's, you all truly made me feel like a princess, I got so many compliments:-)))


Marcy: What was your favorite part of your wedding?

My Mom picked up the book "I Love You Because You're You," out of the church library and read it aloud...all the bridesmaids, my grandma, my day, mom, myself....and the photographer and videographer all cried and cried. She's since bought me the book and I have it out in my house to remind me of that moment everytime I see it.

Jennifer: What was your favorite part of your wedding?

One of my favorite things about our wedding was the steel drum band. We eloped on the beach in St. Lucia so I had the steel drum band playing while I was walking down the “aisle”. They asked if we wanted traditional or island music – we did nothing traditional so I chose island music. We even got to have a first dance at our reception for two. It was so much fun dancing barefoot with my new husband to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” , one of my favorite Bob Marley songs.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Kerry & Jay Are MARRIED!!!

Kerry and Jay were married this weekend and we had the privilege of being able to attend their wedding. The Reception was at The Monte Carlo in Shelby Township. It was a rainy day but the bride and groom were beaming!

The Happy couple

cake cutting (the cake was so good!) courtesy of Christine's Bakery

First DanceMy Parents - Tony & JudiTrevor & Myself

Congratulations Kerry and Jay. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your day. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Jamie is Married!

Jamie and Brad were married on October 11th 2008.
She was absolutely stunning in her Mon Cheri gown. I will definitely miss having her as one of our brides she was just a ray of sunshine every time she came in the store. Congratulations to the two of you! I wish you nothing but Love and Happiness.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sister Brides

Jeanne and Jaclyn are not only sisters they are both getting married. Jaclyn's wedding is in May and Jeanne's wedding is in August. They are my first sister brides! They are really close and are enjoying planning their weddings together. Planning two weddings is twice as much fun and it has to be nice to have someone who totally understands what you are going through.

Allison: What was your favorite part of your wedding?

Matt and I decided to see eachother first before any of our guests arrived for the ceremony. I was really nervous before seeing him but after I saw him for the first time, all my nerves were calmed. It was such a special time that we shared together- I cannot imagine sharing that with EVERYONE at our wedding. It was exciting, intimate, love-filled and a time for us to spend a few private moments together. After the ceremony, you are socializing with everyone and it turns into a busy, crazy time the rest of the evening. I highly recommend spending those sweet, private alone moments with your husband-to-be before the party really gets going!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Meet my new Bride Audrey!

Audrey came to us on recommendation from the Rochester area. She's getting married in August. She will be the first person to have a reception at The Fillmore Detroit (formerly known as The State Theatre). It is a beautiful and very unique location.

Audrey's dress is style 1858 by Casablanca Bridal in Ivory with a Champagne sash
We did some customizing on the dress so it will be one of a kind for her!
Audrey is a librarian and in lew of favors they have decided to donate books to schools in need. They will have the books at the reception for guests to sign and write a positive message in to the children (LOVE THIS!)
The Ring Shot!
The Fillmore Detroit

This is the upstairs area which I thought would be fabulous for a cocktail hour.
Thank you Audrey for your business and for sharing your great ideas with us. I am looking forward to seeing your wedding come to life over the next few months!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

First up....Bree

I wanted to give myself some time to think about an answer to your question and truly reflect on the entire process. Even after much thought, I simply keep going back to the same thing. The best part, honestly, was marrying my best friend!!! I know it's such a simple/basic answer, but let me give you a bit of history. Prior to meeting Brad, I was seriously the girl that was always so unlucky in love. I was pretty much the last of all my friends to get married - and was really on course to become living proof of the statement - "always a bridesmaid never a bride!" With Brad's love my days are happier and brighter!!! I never knew that love could be this easy - and I believe that it is because we truly are the perfect match. We have so much fun together, laugh everyday and get along so great. He truly is my best buddy - and being his wife is the best part of my entire life thus far!!!

Love Conquers All

I am sure if any of you have watched the news lately all you hear about is how our economy is going down the tubes, how the war is far from over, all the violence and misfortune people are having to endure. And I don't know about you but I can't stand it. I refuse to watch the news because there is nothing but negative things they report on. So I thought I need to find some positive things and celebrate them. That's when this idea came to me.
I get the privledge to work everyday with all of you! And there is nothing more positive and happy in life then being in love and planning your wedding. So I started asking some of my brides who are married now, "After all the craziness of planning your wedding what was your favorite part?" and the answers that started coming in just melted my heart and made me realize that no matter how stressed we are, and how terrible things seem at times, it's true Love does conquer all.
So I will be sharing the answers with you and if you want to send me your "favorite part" story I will post yours too, because I think we all could use a little heart warming story from time to time. If for nothing else I hope that this makes you think of the "little" blessings we all have in our everyday life.

Much Love,


Friday, October 17, 2008

Hartland Music Hall

Here are the photos of the Hartland Music Hall that Leslie sent me. See the post on Leslie to find out how you can get more information on renting it for a ceremony.

Ashley is Married!

I had the privledge of getting to know Ashley when she was a bridesmaid in her cousin Tabitha's wedding and I was really happy when it was time to plan her wedding she came back to see us. She is such a sweet a beautiful girl and her family is a good time too! Ashley was a really laid back bride not too much phased her. Like the day she was here for a fitting and the power went out for 2 hours. That was an interesting night! Ashley and Colin were married on August 30th 2008 in Wixom and had their reception at 59 West in Highland. It was so fun working with you Ashley and thank you for sending the beautiful photos. Congrats!

Ashley wore and ivory lace gown by San Patrick called Risia.

They got some great shots here in downtown Milford!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Meet my new Bride Jennifer!

This is Jennifer, she has been in our store a couple of times and came in today to order her dress for her August 15th 2009 wedding. She chose a Mon Cheri Gown style 27217 in Ivory. Jennifer is having her ceremony and reception in a really neat location Called the Blue Dress Barn

it is near St. Joseph.

Jennifer is going to do her bridesmaids dresses in a aqua color. She chose a B2 dress today with along with her sister Denelle.

Here is the beautiful Bride

Ring shot!
Her sister Denelle in the bridesmaids dress
Denelle brought her puppy Piquita with her today and her and Stella played, they really didn't mind eachother even though it looks like they hate eachother in this picture!
This is Piquita

Meet my new Bride Leslie!

Leslie came in today just to check out our store and we instantly hit off. I felt like we were old friends. Her friend Kylie was with her and is also getting married so she was a big help! Leslies wedding is May 9th 2009.

Her ceremony is at the Hartland Music Hall which if you are looking for a unique place to have a ceremony it is a really cool place. Leslie is going to email me some photos of the Music Hall so when I get them I'll post them. You can get more information by calling Hartland Community Education.

Her reception is going to be at Dunham Hills Golf Club. She will be doing a black and white themed wedding with Red as her accent color.

Leslie's Dress is a Sophia Tolli Gown named Lynette. It is shown in Diamond White.

Congratulations Leslie on getting your dress today! It was such a pleasure to meet you and I am so excited to work with you in the upcoming months!

Here is Leslie in her dress (notice Stella got in the shot!)

Of course I had to get a ring shot!

Love is Sweet

Candy tables are a huge trend at today's weddings. They can seve as a beautiful and fun focal point as well as be a favor to your guests. And let me tell you everyone who has one says that it was a huge hit! Here are a few photos of my candy buffet from my wedding. If you are interested in having one made for your wedding a family member of mine is a master at this. You can email her at TrinaJoGriglak@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Our Movie Debut

As Many of you know our store was the chosen store to film in for a scene from the movie "Demoted". So the cast and crew came into our store on Wednesday October 8th for a fun filled day of filming! There were tons of people in here, not to mention more men than this store has ever seen! The film is supposed to be out next summer so go and see it and look for yours truly in the background of a couple of the scenes!

This was the beginning of the day....the quiet before the storm.

Cinnamon hard at work...she was the crews "Helper Girl"
This is what the outside of the store looked like while they were filming. They had to put this black film on the windows to block out the light and glare from outside
They blocked out our mirror
One of the set ups
It was cold and rainy that day so all the crew members were dressed like fisherman!
Seriously, how many people can we fit into Gina's Bridal??
Sara Foster (the female lead) & Sean Astin
Michael Vartan (the lead male)

The Directors sitting out front
The artificial "sunlight" that they brought in. From inside it really looked like the sun was shining in through the windows.

The Directors chairs (they really do say "Director & Director's Assistant on them)

The crew is at Lunch....Now what do we do?
My Dad Pretending to be the Director

Our Parking Lot

I love the way our ceiling looks in this shot
This is when the filming began....Men in veils, too funny!