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JAN-FEB 2016

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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17 When Marie Dunham and her husband, Shelby Gilley, opened Bridal Boutique on Government Street in March 1969, they had no idea that the brides they dressed so beautifully then would one day send their daughters to them. The enthusiasm of their patrons led the couple in 1978 to build a new location at Florida Boulevard and Airline Highway in addition to its original site. Marie explained the store's success. "With 47 years of bridal expertise, we have become a Southern tradition. With one of the largest selections of bridal attire in the South, I truly feel we have the perfect gown for every bride," she said. "My staff gives each bride-to-be the attention she deserves no matter what her budget may be; they will find the perfect gown at the price range she is comfortable in. We also maintain our discount outlet, Bridal Boutique Off the Rack, which is located at 10510 Airline Highway." In 1980, Marie and Shelby purchased St. Emma Plantation in Donaldsonville and opened a branch of Bridal Boutique there, and in 1989, launched All Occasions at Perkins and Essen in Beau Chene Shopping Center. Acclaimed in her field, Marie received the Retailer of Style and Excellence (R.O.S.E) award and was selected at one of the bridal principals in the country by the Bridal Manufacturers Association of America, which recognized Bridal Boutique as an outstanding bridal salon. She was also recognized nationally in Vows magazine and served two terms as vice president and then two terms as president of the Southwest Bridal Association. Bridal Boutique regularly hosts numerous trunk shows with top designers and manufacturers. Famous names such as Yumi Katsura, Lazaro, Fiore couture, Victor Harper, Allure, Casablanca and Maggie Sottero have been making Brides Beautiful for 47 years The Bridal Boutique By Rosalind Tuminello January Trunk Shows Yumi Katsura January 8 th - 10 th Fiore Couture January 15 th - 17 th Alvina Valenta January 22 nd - 23 rd Demetrious January 29 th - February 1 st Call to make your appointment today! 225-925-1135 ❧ ❧ ❧ ❧ ❧ ❧ Celebrating 47 Years of Bridal Excellence! showcased. Recognized as foremost in bridal designs, Randy Fenoli and Martin Thomberg have been welcomed as guests in the store. Exquisite choices of styles, sincere personal attention to their clients, Bridal Boutique's past success and its exciting plans for the future defines the enduring salon as excellent.

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