Our Bridal Stylists cannot wait to show you our wedding dresses...
…and hear all about your wedding day!
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
About Michelle, Founder & Owner
I was born to be a business owner. In fact, my roots in entrepreneurship can be traced all the way back to middle school, when I sold my homemade chocolate suckers to my fellow students. In high school, I was actively involved in Jr. Achievement—an after-school program that required us to create and sell products. Being a native of Metro Detroit, it made perfect sense for my first product to be an ice scraper. And being a human, it was incredibly logical for my second product to be a cookie sheet. Because the world needs more cookies.
The funny thing is, as much as I embrace entrepreneurship, I’ve never embraced the traditional entrepreneurial path. Most business owners identify something they love, get some real world experience in an industry that centers on it and then launch into entrepreneurship once they have a solid chunk of experience in the field.
I’m not most people.
Prior to opening The Wedding Shoppe, I was a cash manager for a steel company headquartered in Downtown Detroit. I spent all day, every weekday moving around company money and generating dry and boring reports. But my weekends were all about weddings. Not because I worked in the industry, but because I was in that season of life when it seems as if every person you know is getting married. And then I got married. Bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns were the topic of many conversations back then.
It was 1999. With a small savings account, some credit cards and an idea, I did what no one ever does—quit my job and opened a bridal and wedding accessories store with absolutely no experience in the wedding industry, let alone any retail experience or customers. Armed with a dream of owning my own business and my sister, Danielle—who offered to jump ship with me—The Wedding Shoppe was open for business.
In the beginning, we only sold bridal and wedding accessories. We did quite well but things really started to take off when we began selling wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we had a very different approach to customer service than many of our competitors. We were kind! We were helpful! We listened to our brides! And we made shopping for wedding and bridesmaids dresses, fun! We wouldn’t have it any other way and quite frankly, we were pretty surprised to learn this wasn’t how everyone did business.
But the brides let us in on a little secret. The Wedding Shoppe was different. Very different. We made each and every bride feel comfortable, listened to and cared about while she shopped. Snobbery was never tolerated. We carried unique dresses that weren’t seen in all of the bridal magazines, on the internet and in other local bridal shops. And the brides absolutely fell in love with The Wedding Shoppe experience.
Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of helping more than 5,000 brides find their dream dress. And we’ve hand-curated a team that’s a lot more like family than anything else.
All united in the same vision to deliver an unforgettable shopping experience that makes every bride feel deeply valued, appreciated and cared for, we make shopping for your wedding dress one of your most treasured memories.
About Danielle, General Manager
Danielle Simone has been with The Wedding Shoppe since day one. As the general manager, she oversees all of the employees, manages ordering, and travels the world searching for unique and beautiful gowns. Every Friday, Danielle leads staff meetings to ensure the team has gone above and beyond to service each and every customer. A self-proclaimed “complete opposite” of her sister, Wedding Shoppe founder Michelle, Danielle says they work really well as a team.
Meet our Stylists!
What an incredible time in your life and we get to be a part of it! Our Wedding Shoppe Matchmakers want to hear all the romantic details – how the love of your life popped the question and all the details about your dream wedding dress!
As your Matchmakers, our goal is to help you find “the one”. The dress that makes you feel stunning and beautiful is what warms our hearts each and every time.
We know how important it is to find the perfect dress for your special day. Our Matchmakers listen to every detail you give and use their wedded intuition to help find your best match. Not only will you feel comfortable and full of excitement, your bridal entourage will also be there to support you every step of the way.
While you might fall for the first dress you try on, you may even choose a style you didn’t expect to love. Either way, your Wedding Shoppe experience is all about the whirlwind love affair between you and your wedding gown!
To Bridal Stylist Codi Hellmer, there’s nothing better than making a bride’s vision come to life. A member of The Wedding Shoppe team since 2011, she says The Wedding Shoppe is a happy place to be. The unique dress selection and commitment to always going above and beyond makes The Wedding Shoppe different to Codi. A very empathetic person, she listens really well and as a result, consistently delights her brides. As a Senior Bridal Stylist, Cheri Tucker loves getting to know her brides and learning about their vision for their wedding day. To Cheri, The Wedding Shoppe brides are like family, with each one being loved and cared about from beginning to end. Since 2011, she has been helping brides find their perfect dress, regardless of their budget, while helping them to create unique bridal looks that set them apart. With TWS since 2013, Senior Bridal Stylist Jessica Stowinsky helps brides from the minute they walk in the door to the minute they walk out with their dream dress in hand. With more than 10 years of bridal industry experience, Jessica loves hearing a bride cry happy tears because she’s found the perfect gown. Often mentoring less experienced stylists, Jessica is proud to work for a company that’s dedicated to customer satisfaction.
To Bridal Stylist Codi Hellmer, there’s nothing better than making a bride’s vision come to life. A member of The Wedding Shoppe team since 2011, she says The Wedding Shoppe is a happy place to be. The unique dress selection and commitment to always going above and beyond makes The Wedding Shoppe different to Codi. A very empathetic person, she listens really well and as a result, consistently delights her brides.
As a Senior Bridal Stylist, Cheri Tucker loves getting to know her brides and learning about their vision for their wedding day. To Cheri, The Wedding Shoppe brides are like family, with each one being loved and cared about from beginning to end. Since 2011, she has been helping brides find their perfect dress, regardless of their budget, while helping them to create unique bridal looks that set them apart.
With TWS since 2013, Senior Bridal Stylist Jessica Stowinsky helps brides from the minute they walk in the door to the minute they walk out with their dream dress in hand. With more than 10 years of bridal industry experience, Jessica loves hearing a bride cry happy tears because she’s found the perfect gown. Often mentoring less experienced stylists, Jessica is proud to work for a company that’s dedicated to customer satisfaction.
In 2013, Katie DeClercq came into The Wedding Shoppe with her best friend. They loved their experience so much, her best friend bought a dress and Katie got a job. Today, Katie loves being able to give every bride the time she needs to have an ideal experience. Skilled at reading body language, she has a knack for picking up on things that aren’t said during an appointment, which empowers her to truly help brides make their dreams come true.
In 2013, The Wedding Shoppe welcomed Erika Stewart to the team. On a day-to-day basis Erika processes wedding gowns as a Bridal Specialist. She loves helping brides build their wedding vision. When asked how The Wedding Shoppe is different from other bridal stores, she said “We actually care about and listen to the bride. We don’t just seek the sale, we are comforters, supporters, friends, and consultants that truly care about their well-being.”
Frequently found pinching herself to make sure she really has found her dream job, Senior Bridal Stylist Haley McFarland loves the fast pace of The Wedding Shoppe and the way we create magical experiences for every bride. Since 2014, Haley has been working one-on-one with brides to identify the intricate details of gowns that fully express who they are. Aside from the brides she meets, she says it’s the hard working, like-minded Wedding Shoppe team that makes her want to stay long-term.
Christina Tomlinson has been fitting and altering wedding gowns as an alterations specialist at The Wedding Shoppe since 2015. When asked why she chose to work at The Wedding Shoppe, she told us she was drawn to the kind and supportive atmosphere that allowed her to get to know each bride personally. Often praised for her calm demeanor, she works tirelessly to ensure every bride she serves has a happy and memorable experience.
Marina considers it a true pleasure and honor to help brides find their gown while creating memories that last a lifetime. In 2015, she joined our team as an experienced Bridal Stylist. To Marina, it’s business as usual at The Wedding Shoppe when the team is listening to the bride’s they service and focusing on their unique needs and wants instead of on making the sale. That’s simply the way good business is done!
Bridal Stylist Shawn Spears-Vilk joined The Wedding Shoppe team in 2016. A sales specialist, Shawn’s favorite part of her job is interacting with the brides. She says it was the reputation of The Wedding Shoppe that drew her to the job initially but it’s the people that prompt her to stay. Her uncanny ability to connect with brides plays a vital role in providing the excellent customer service she’s known for.
A fan of the popular TV show, Say Yes To The Dress, Bridal Stylist Rebecca McDowell never knew how much she would love working in the bridal industry, until she started doing it. She says The Wedding Shoppe is different because the team bends over backwards for every customer. A detail-oriented task management pro, she always makes the brides she serves her number one priority. Rebecca joined TWS team in 2017.
Melissa Maybee has been a bridal stylist at The Wedding Shoppe since 2017. Drawn to the job because of The Wedding Shoppe’s impeccable reputation, she loves being part of a bride’s story. Gifted at authentically connecting with the brides she serves, Melissa says The Wedding Shoppe is different because they anticipate and solve problems before they happen. You’re most likely to see Melissa helping brides find their dream wedding gown. Melissa has been a Bridal Stylist for over 20 years!
Dressmaker and seamstress Elisa Colone is the visionary behind some of our most stunning dresses. With a keen eye for detail, Elisa sought out her position at The Wedding Shoppe because of it’s reputation for being the most beautiful, fashion forward store. For more than 20 years she’s been a head seamstress in top bridal stores throughout east Michigan and we were fortunate to welcome her to The Wedding Shoppe in 2017.
Kelly Cialone says it never gets old watching a bride light up when she sees her reflection in the mirror. As a bridal consultant, she works with brides and their families to ensure their vision becomes their reality. On the team since 2018, Kelly says working here makes her feel like she’s part of a family. Fueled by the bride’s happiness, she says at The Wedding Shoppe, it’s not about the sale, it’s about the bride.
When Brittany Fisher joined TWS Team in 2018 as a Bridal Stylist, she was ready for a big change. She was excited to work in a supportive environment that allows her to grow. She loves our focus on the bride and providing her the most amazing experience possible. She likes to make her appointments laid back, relaxed and memorable for the bride and her guests. For Brittany, watching a bride have her “bridal moment” as she falls in love with her wedding dress is what she loves most about her job.
We hold our team members to the highest standards because our clients deserve the very best. YOU are The Wedding Shoppe. Learn more about open positions at our Shoppe and join the team!
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