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Brides’ Stories

Jessalin’s Wedding Story


My gown is designed by Enzoani and was purchased at Reddington Bridal in Chicago, IL.

The real reason why I came to Champion was to get my dress altered. I bought it in Chicago and needed a place in Birmingham to get it altered, but most people who are used to working with wedding gowns work at bridal shops that don’t allow you to use their seamstress unless you purchased the gown at their store. I wanted someone who knew how to work with a wedding dress, specifically, because I had A LOT that needed to be done to my dress. I wanted the back completely cut out. I found Champion Wedding Gown Specialists online and saw they did alterations. Rose worked tirelessly on my dress. She had to essentially re-make the back of the dress and make it lay flat against my back, which was hard. She also had to sew more stones onto the straps and around the back of the dress, had to make an attachment to hook my train to the back of my dress for dancing, and had to take it in in the hips because it was too big. She did a great job!

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Grace’s Wedding Story


Grace said yes to a Tara Keely gown from her Spring 2016 collection.

When did you know the dress was the one? I did not know what style I wanted, but when I walked into Bella Couture in Mt. Laurel, Al and saw this one on display in the window, I knew I wanted to try it on. It was the first of many dresses I saw. As I tried on other dresses my mind kept going back to it. I even went to other bridal shops. In the end, I went back and got the very first dress I saw, and I love it.

Natasha’s Wedding Story


Bride Natasha McCaleb says “YES” to her Catherine Ryals wedding dress the moment she tried it on for her May wedding.  Read more about her wedding and her gown in the Wedding Dress Q&A below.

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Bride Morgan’s Real Story


Although bride Morgan got married in Alabama, she had her very own “Say Yes to the Dress” experience when she journeyed all the way to New York City for her Lazaro wedding gown at the famous Kleinfeld Bridal.

Read more about her dress and wedding in our Q&A below!

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Bride Daphne


After Bride Daphne heard her mother-in-law’s horror story about her wedding dress being destroyed by an inexperienced cleaner, she made sure to research a trusted wedding gown expert in the Alabama area.

She found Champion Cleaners, who did an excellent job cleaning her wedding dress so that she could re-sell it to another bride.

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Amanda Friscia


Northern bride Amanda married her Southern groom in a beautiful spring ceremony last year in Alabama.  She found the perfect gown by Maggie Sottero that exuded southern charm.

Read more about her dress and wedding in our Q&A below!

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Matt & Mary Alice Blizzard


Mary and Matt had a truly intimate wedding day last fall–they got married at her family’s amazing peach orchard in Alabama.  Read more about her wedding and gorgeous Jenny Packham dress below!
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