A wedding is the most celebrated chapter of a love story. However, a wedding is not the beginning of the story, and there are hopefully many pages to follow: a lifetime of evolutionary growth, opportunities and unexpected plot twists. And sometimes a wedding facilitates life-altering decisions. Here’s my story…

In November 2004, I was proposed to in the middle of an auction in front of 60 people and presented with a beautiful vintage ring from the 1930’s that my now husband, Jim, had just bid on. We were busy trying to procure a place to open a bed and breakfast together in Central Florida. I was there to buy furniture and I surprisingly learned he was there to find a unique engagement ring!

The following February we came to Mobile for my first Mardi Gras. We were introduced to a house downtown that had been a B & B in the past, a 100 year old Victorian. And just like that, I was a new Mobilian and an innkeeper. After months of renovations, we opened in July 2005. Let the planning begin for November nuptials!

Six weeks later, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. With no rooms available for out of town family the wedding was postponed until March 2006. Now I had more time to plan, ponder and peruse the racks of gown options. Having been married previously at the courthouse in a Sunday dress, I pined for a REAL wedding gown. My heart’s desire was a vintage lace dress since we were to marry under 300 year old oak trees and have the reception in our B & B. But where to find such a thing? The only places to look were the internet, estate sales and antique shops. The lingering problem is that one is unable to inspect or try on anything in any of these venues. Five attempts later I found it! A lacy confection from the 1930’s in remarkable condition – beyond perfect!

This frustrating search for the dress of my dreams was the catalyst for a new story. It dawned on me that I could not be the only bride looking for something different. Buying and restoring vintage gowns grew into a hobby, which evolved into a passion, and thus The Timeless Bride was born!

…A Creative Experience

This is not only our tagline, it is our guiding principle. We endeavor to be creative in several ways:

The Selection

We currently carry over 3,000 gowns that span from the 1940’s to the most current available, either on the rack or available to order. This makes us unique, as there a few places in existence that rival our selection. We cater to all sizes, all budgets, and a vast array of tastes.

The Timeless Bride is the only vendor of a new and cutting-edge bridal wear designer LuRaquel. (www.luraquel.com) It is through LuRaquel that we proudly offer the Bridal Design Label in which the bride designs her own gown with expert assistance. The sky is the limit here! Brides bring us a montage of photos: the neckline, back detail, skirt silhouette, bodice, train, sleeve, etc. and within 48 hours a drawn rendering is presented of this hybrid couture gown. The best part is up to this point; the process is free of charge! Once a rendering is approved, the true design work begins – precise size measurements (which reduces the need for alterations), color and fabrics are chosen, all to the specific desires of each bride. Most often, all of this can be accomplished for no more expense than the national average cost (*$1,517 according to Brides.com) of a gown in which 100s, if not 1000s of same dress are mass produced.

Custom Accessories
Although The Timeless Bride carries extensive choices of bridal accessories, we love hand-crafting them especially for our brides. Would you like a garter made from the lace off your mother’s gown – our pleasure! Need a petal basket and ring bearer’s pillow in chartreus and magenta – no worries! If you can dream it, we can make it!

Heirloom Transformations
Whether you have a generational garment or find a vintage gown from our collection or elsewhere, it can be transformed reflecting your vision. Gowns of another era often require cleaning and repair, resizing and updating. We have built a reputation on these precise skills to rejuvenate a family piece that will provide joy and create an heirloom for the next generation. The Bridal Experience
Not too long ago, I was that bride in the small boutique and the dressing room of the big box store feeling pressure and stress. I didn’t feel special. I often felt like a slab of meat as hungry dogs salivated anxiously, urging me to make a hasty decision. Bridal shopping should be an exciting time and a bonding experience with those you love, a memory to treasure. So take a deep breath and relax…you will be welcomed with open arms, creative minds, and nurturing hearts at the Timeless Bride.