Want to know just who you will be shopping with when you visit The White Dress?  Read along to get to know more about the gals at The White Dress.  And because we just love nicknames, we call ourselves, the TWD-ettes.  Feel free to call us the bridal dream team if you wish.

Kristy, Owner and Bridal Style Expert

Bridal Shop BrightonKristy has been dreaming of wedding dresses since she was a little girl.  Never once did she think she would be lucky enough to be surrounded by their beauty on a daily basis.  But after lots of hard work, and a little bit of fate, her dream came true when she opened up The White Dress in 2011.  Though she loves all aspects of running her boutique, her favorite part is working with brides.  “Seeing the dresses come to life and be loved by another is so rewarding.  And making their dream dress a reality is the best!”  Kristy’s loves outside of weddings?  Puppies, chocolate, and all things pink!

 

Marissa, Shop Assistant Manager

Bridal shop Ann ArborMarissa is one of the friendly gals that will greet you when you walk into our lovely boutique.  She wears many hats here at TWD, so you can spot her walking around the boutique keeping our little shop in order… as well as behind our front desk checking out TWD clients.  And if you have ever called TWD, you have most likely spoken with Marissa as well!  She is meticulous not only when it comes to keeping the boutique looking its best, but also keeping things organized behind the scenes as well.  Her favorite part about working at TWD?  “I love seeing the brides in all the dresses, especially when they have the dress on – they just glow!”  Marissa is an avid ballerina (and a good one at that), has a thing for cute shoes, and loves dessert so much, sometimes she skips dinner just for a sweet treat.

 

Meg, Shop Assistant Manager + Bridal Style Expert

bridal shop BrightonMeg is another friendly face that will greet you at The White Dress.   Brides love her positive and calming energy during bridal appointments – which is perfect for those brides that may be a bit nervous when trying on dresses for the first time.  But calm you will be with Meg at the helm of your appointment.  Her main goal?  “I just want to make each and every bride have a dream wedding dress shopping experience!  Every girl deserves to feel like a princess during their quest to find the perfect dress and I love to be able treat them that way.”  Outside of TWD, Meg likes to hang out with her husband and two adorable daughters.  And when she can, she finds time to hunt down some fashion bargains!  (Talk about a master shopper!)

 

Annie, Shop Assistant Manager + Bridal Style Expert

bridal shop BrightonIf you are looking for someone who was born to be in the bridal industry (really!), then Annie is your gal!  Annie joined the TWD team in 2014, but has been part of the bridal world since she was a little girl when her mother owned a local bridal boutique.  She learned at a very young age all the ins and outs of wedding dresses, the various customizations that can be done, and most importantly, just how very special being a bride actually is!  Annie is the perfect gal to guide you on your wedding dress journey – she has a vast knowledge of dress silhouettes, fabric types, and is oftentimes using that knowledge to pull the perfect dress for her brides.  Her interests outside of TWD include dance, crafting, and hanging out with her husband and sweet baby boy.

Ashley, Bridal Style Expert

bridal shop Ann ArborAshley is another fabulous TWD-ette and Bridal Style Expert that you will meet when you come to our boutique.  Ashley has loved weddings since she was a little girl and has a stack of bridal magazines that will rival any wedding-enthusiast!  Her passion for bridal fashion shines through when helping our brides on their wedding dress journey – she has a knack for making everyone around her feels comfortable, especially the bride!  And we can bet that by the end of your appointment with Ashley, you will feel like you just had a fun time hanging out with a friend!  And that is what Ashley loves best about working at TWD – working with each bride to help find that dream dress by listening to each bride’s likes, dislikes, needs, and wants.  Fun fact about Ashley?  She adores all animals and is even a foster parent to rescue dogs and cats!

Katelyn, Bridal Style Expert

bridal shop BrightonMeet Katelyn, another member of the TWD Bridal Style Team!  Her high energy and love for bridal is apparent from the moment you meet her.  “Wedding dress shopping should be fun!” she says.  This positive mentality always makes her appointments big on the fun-factor and low on the stress-factor.  Her favorite part about working with brides is, of course, that moment when the bride finds the one!  “I just love to see the emotion on a bride’s face – whether it is tears of joy or just that lit up bright and excited smile – it makes me feel honored to have been part of such a major moment in her life!”  Outside of TWD, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her young daughter and son.

Mary, Bridal Style Expert

bridal shop michiganMeet Mary!  Mary joined the TWD Bridal Style Team in 2016 with a background in fashion design.  Her passion for bridal really shines when she is working one on one with her brides – she has that knowledge of fabrics, silhouettes, and styles.  Plus, she has a knack for pulling wedding dresses that are a little outside-of-the-box, but that brides instantly fall in love with!  Her patience and friendly nature will make your bridal appointment fun and stress-free!  So why does she love working with brides?  “Brides are the happiest people and I love making them even happier by creating a wonderful bridal shopping experience.  Bringing joy to them just makes me happy!”  Besides her love for bridal, Mary is an avid sewer (hello fashion design!), enjoys volunteering and a good relaxation session in front of the TV.

 

Nerissa, Bridal Style Expert

Nerissa started working at TWD in the Fall of 2018.  Because this gal has so much love and zest for the wedding industry, she decided to dedicate a few Saturdays a month at TWD, on top of her 40-hour a week “regular” job!  She absolutely loves working one-on-one with brides and is great at really listening to their bridal vision.  Her brides love her attentiveness and friendly nature, so much so that by the end of the appointment, they truly feel like they have been shopping with a new friend! “Being able to help women pick out their dream dress brings me as much joy as they have for their dress.  Knowing that I helped them find a dress that makes them look and feel their absolute best is an indescribable feeling!”  In her spare time – when she has it! – Nerissa loves going to concerts and taking barre classes at The Barre Code.

 

Jillian, Bridal Style Expert

Jillian is another TWD Bride turned TWD-ette!  She joined our team in early 2019 after visiting TWD several times shopping for wedding gowns for both herself and several of her friends.  She enjoyed her experience so much that she decided to apply for our bridal stylist position, and we couldn’t have found a more perfect and fun and friendly gal to help you find “the one”!  She has both a very calm demeanor and spunky energy that her brides love.  And you can bet that she will be almost as excited as you when you find your dream dress! “I absolutely love working with people, so being able to work with brides and help them find their perfect dress is such a special job to have.  There is nothing quite like witnessing that “yes” moment and all the joy that follows!”  Outside of her job at TWD, she works at a law firm.  But her true joy is hanging out with her friends, family, and husband, snuggling with her two adorable pups, going to musicals, and exercising.  She also loves pasta and a donut…or four…

 

Danielle, Bridal Style Expert

Danielle became a TWD-ette in March 2019 but has had bridal in her heart for a long time!  She absolutely loves working with brides one-on-one, and has been doing since 2015.  So it goes without saying that her extensive experience in the bridal industry is a wonderful asset to any of our brides who come to visit TWD!  “I enjoy working at TWD because bridal makes my heart happy.  I love being part of such a special moment with brides and their families.  When a bride finds her gown, her face just lights up and love is in the air!  Plus, the atmosphere at TWD is amazing and the team feels like family.”  Outside of work, Danielle loves to spend time with her hubby, practice yoga, read countless stories, and travel to new destinations.

Corrie, Bridal Style Expert

Corrie is one of TWD’s spunky bridal experts.  Her high energy always makes for an enjoyable and fun-filled appointment.  From the time her brides walk in the door and throughout the appointment, you are sure to feel at home, comfortable, and as if you are hanging out with one of your new close friends.  Corrie found her way to TWD as one of our very own brides (and was married in October of 2020!), so she knows exactly what it is like for all the gals she helps on a day to day basis, and is great at providing advice on the wedding dress search!  From her perspective, “I love hearing all the wedding details of the brides I work with – and of course, being able to help our brides not only find their dream dress, but also to give them an experience unlike any other is amazing!  I also very much enjoy my fellow TWD-ettes; they already feel like a second family to me!”  Outside of TWD, Corrie enjoys playing with her two cute pups – Bailey and Hammy – and can be found kayaking, hiking, hanging out with family and friends, and watching Michigan football!

 

 

Rachel, Bridal Style Expert

As someone who has always loved weddings and, most especially wedding dresses, Rachel has a natural passion for helping brides find “the one”.  Plus, her decisiveness and logical thinking skills really help brides hone in on what they are truly loving in gowns, ultimately leading to that “yes!” moment. “Working with the bride is the absolute best part of the job – I love getting to know about her and her fiancé and hearing all about her wedding style.  It’s all an important part of the experience.  Plus, there is something so magical about seeing the bride’s face light up when she sees THE dress.  I want to make sure that they feel that when they come to TWD.”  Rachel loves being outside!  She spends most of her time (especially in the summer) hiking, camping, and kayaking.  She is also an avid traveler.  And when she is not doing any of those things, hanging out with her husband, two dogs, and watching The Office is where you’ll most likely find her!

 

 

 

Meghan, Receptionist + Shop Admin

Meghan joined the TWD Team in June 2019.  And though she isn’t one of the gals working one-on-one with brides in the appointments, she’s the person you’ve probably chatted with on the phone, via text, or emailed with prior to your visit.  Our customers love her friendly professionalism and calm demeanor.  Her favorite part about working at The White Dress: “I love being a part of making a bride’s wedding day happen.  Seeing the joy on a bride’s face when she’s found “the one” with the help of the TWDettes can’t be beat!”  Meghan loves to cook, craft, play on the lake, and spend time with her husband and two dogs, Zooey and Artie.

 

 

Hannah, Steaming and Receiving Assistant

Meet Hannah!  She became an official TWD-ette in June 2018.  And – fun fact – she is yet another TWD team member who was an “official TWD bride” before becoming an “official TWD-ette”!  Her work behind-the-scenes is vitally important as she is one of our “TWD Steam Queens” and ensures all our client’s dresses look perfectly pressed.  Her favorite part about working at TWD?  “Helping be a part of the TWD Experience and making each bride’s dress perfect for them!  Even though I don’t meet a lot of our customers face-to-face, I love helping their dresses look amazing!”  Outside of work, Hannah enjoys hanging out with family and hiking the beautiful outdoors.

 

Grace, Steaming and Receiving Assistant + Shop Intern

Where would we be without our hard working behind-the-scenes gals?!  Grace joined the TWD team in June 2020 and she has really taken to all the various job duties of working in a bridal shop – from steaming wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and veils….to cleaning, organizing, and the occasional crafting , she does a lot to help TWD run smoothly and keep it looking picture perfect!  “I love the bridal world!  One of the most magical parts is making the bride’s gowns look perfect for their big day!  I love being a part of this once in a lifetime experience.”  Outside of TWD, Grace is an avid writer and reader of fantasy books, has been a pianist since the age of 6, and loves classical music.  And like many little girls, she always loved dressing up and playing princesses, so in the real world, TWD is as close to that as you can get!

 

Evelyn, Shop Intern

One of the gals who you’ll see making TWD look great is Evelyn, who is one of our interns!  She is a busy bee here at TWD and really makes a difference keep our boutique look its best!  One of the reasons she loves working at TWD?  “It is such a welcoming environment!  Plus, it is so special working behind the scenes to make someone’s wedding dress shopping day special.  I love hearing bride’s plans for their wedding and witnessing some of the most important pieces come together for the big day!”  Outside of TWD, Evelyn is a senior at CSPA, is an avid dancer, teaches piano, loves to draw and read, and in the summer, you’ll find her boating!

 

 

 

Cathy, Steaming and Receiving Manager

bridal shop BrightonThough Cathy is Kristy’s mother, she is well qualified for her position.  “I even had to interview for it!” she exclaims.  Though she has spent many hours working one-on-one with brides, these days she is more involved in all the background action that takes place behind the scenes.  Running the “TWD Back Room” is no small feat with all the dresses that come in and out of the shop…and steaming them to perfection is a big job!  While she does miss seeing that special moment when a bride (and her mother) light up when they just know that the dress is THE dress, she also appreciates the task of making sure that each bride’s dress is steamed and pressed to perfection for her big day! More about Cathy?  She lives for the sun (with sunscreen, of course!), loves to sew, and enjoys winding down in tub filled with bubbles!

 

 

 

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