Vendor Feature: Merrime Bride & Soiree
Location: Albany, Oregon
Owner: Adrienne Kume
Adrienne is the owner of Merrime Bride & Soiree in downtown Albany, Oregon. I love featuring vendors who have the same work ethic and beliefs in client satisfaction as I do.
What got you started in the wedding industry?
I've always loved weddings and events ever since planning my own wedding (I got married when I was 19!) During my corporate career of 16+ years I planned events & even opened an event coordinating business on the side where I was fortunate to plan & coordinate a good number of weddings for local clients and form relationships with local vendors. I had a cute studio downtown Albany &absolutely loved everything about weddings. A few years ago, as my corporate career continued to grow I knew it was time for me to become a full time entrepreneur and dive further into the wedding industry. I left my day job & followed my passion & vision to create a new, upscale, modern bridal boutique that offered a service like no other in this area!
What brings you the most joy in what you do?
I love helping brides feel beautiful as we assist in selecting what they will wear for one of the biggest days of their lives. Every bride is unique and I love the personal service we are able to give to each person that walks through our door.
What makes your dress shop unique from other dress shops?
Our boutique is not your typical small-town bridal shop. We want our clients to have an up-scale experience so the design of our space is very urban and trendy while still maintaining the historic character and charm of the building. We offer appointments during our normal business hours, we offer private appointments outside of normal business hours, and we also welcome walk-ins. It is very important to us that each bride receives personal attention, has the freedom to look at everything and try on whatever they want, and isn't pressured during their experience here.
What kind of experience can clients expect when they come in to look at dresses from you?
Clients can expect the best bridal shopping experience at Merrime! We make it comfortable, fun, and relaxing for the bride and for the special family members and friends she brings along to the appointment. All of our dress samples are on the showroom floor and we want brides and their parties to be able to look around and select what they want to try on. Our dress samples range from size 4 to 24, and we have a great selection of styles and silhouettes. We provide a robe for the bride to wear in between trying on dresses, and one of us helps the bride in and out of each dress. Throughout the appointment as we hear the bride's thoughts and feelings towards the dresses and various styles, we may suggest some additional styles to try on if she's open to it. When it comes to ordering the dress the typical timeframe is 8-14 weeks until it arrives, but some of our styles are available within 2-4 weeks!
What are some of the brands/lines that you carry in your dress shop?
We carry Sophia Tolli, Alfred Angelo, and Chic Nostalgia for our bridal gowns. Each of these designers is wonderful to work with and the craftsmanship of the dresses is amazing! The bridal lines we carry all fit very nicely together and offer a huge variety of styles.
Do you carry bridesmaid/mother of the bride/flower girl dresses? Any bridal accessories?
We carry bridesmaid, mother of the bride, flower girl, and special occasion dresses by Alfred Angelo. Alfred Angelo offers different fabrics and a huge variety of colors and the dresses are of high quality. Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dresses are very popular with wedding parties because there are so many color and style options. We have some stunning and unique bridal accessories as well. We carry veils from Veil Trends Couture, J-Picone hair accessories, Twigs & Honey hair adornments, Embellish jewelry by David Tutera, and a new designer accessory line from Jenna Michelle in New York.
7. Tell me about the woman behind the shop. What do you enjoy doing on your days off? Tell me about your family.
I am a wife and mother who loves challenges and a full schedule. My husband Eric is also a business owner so we love to put our creative minds together and work on projects and new ideas. We're high school sweethearts and can't believe we've been married almost 18 years! We have two amazing and wonderful children, Macy age 12 and Maddox age 9. Outside of work I am usually running kids around, helping with school events, attending sporting events, and getting together for family dinners or a night out with my girlfriends. As a family we love vacationing, camping, going to the beach, playing outside, biking, and watching movies together.
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