New Bridal Gown BoutiqueWritten by Brittany Craig | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gown Shop, a chic and classy bridal gown boutique has opened in Ann Arbor. Former Perrysburg resident, Stacy Fork, is bringing her passion for the finding the perfect dress to northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan brides.
The salon is a chic, modern boutique highlighted by it’s pink and black décor. It’s the perfect color pallet for the subject of honor, a.k.a. the bride, to stand out in her bridal white.
In the midst of receiving all the new Spring 2011 lines, I was able to ask Ms. Fork a few questions about her fabulous new boutique.
Toledo Free Press: What inspired you to open a Bridal Gown Store?
Stacy Fork: My inspiration comes from years of loving fashion and growing up loving all things with frills & sparkles! As a young girl and teenager, I danced for a Toledo dance company. My passion has transitioned into helping women finding their dream gown in the last ‘dress rehearsal’ before one of the most special days of their life.
TPF: What advice do you give brides when choosing a dress?
SF: If a dress is telling you “Y.E.S!” I have three things I want all brides to remember during their appointments: (1) The dress has to be ‘You’. While this is a very special day of your life, this is no time to be in a costume. (2) ‘Expense’ – it is always important to know your budget before heading to your first appointment. (Also) know what you feel comfortable spending and if need be, where you can cut corners. (3) The last bit of advice is to pick the best ‘silhouette’ for your body, which sometimes takes trying on a few before you find “the one!”
TPF:What bridal lines are you carrying?
SF: The Gown Shop is starting with a collection of four different designers from across the country: Modern Trousseau, Amy Kuschel, Carol-Hannah and Fancy NY. The Gown Shop’s range begins at $1000 with the nontraditional gowns, short or tea length styles, and can reach up to $4500 with the more traditional silhouettes.
TFP: What should brides bring to an appointment?
SF: When it comes to wardrobe, it is best to wear nude undergarments on the day of your appointment. If one feels more comfortable wearing a body shaper, more power to you! Remember an associate will be in the fitting room with you to assist you into the gowns, so leave the flowered granny panties and neon pink bra at home for the day.
Only a few of your closest family & friends, those who respect your vision for your big day look!
TFP: What is your most favorite trend for 2011?
SF: A lot of the gowns carried in the shop are slightly more simple in the design aesthetics, therefore my favorite thing to really make a gown your own is to jazz it up with an awesome accessory piece. My personal favorites: bedazzled belts, antique broaches and over-the-top jewelry!
TFP: Other than dresses, what other items are you caring?’
SF: The Gown Shop carries accessories for your big day. The best place to find fabulous 100% silk shoes that can be dyed any color of the rainbow is at The Gown Shop by Benjamin Adams. The shop also has veiling & headpiece designs by Sara Gabriel and jewelry by Haute Bride.
TFP: What’s the favorite thing about helping brides find their gown?
SF: Honestly, the pure excitement and joy of styling a woman’s dream wedding look. When they have that “Y.E.S!” moment – it’s pure bliss for me too! I become attached to my clients and their happiness is really what matters most to me.
The Gown Shop is located at 122 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor. Call 724.834.GOWN or visit www.thegownshopannarbor.com for more info.
Brittany Craig is the principal event designer and coordinator for Crowning Celebrations. She specializes in weddings and social celebrations. Follow her Eventista blog at www.crowningcelebrations.blogspot.com.