MICHIGAN'S BEST BRIDAL SALON

About The Dress Shop

At The Dress Shop, we believe in empowering people by raising each other up, promoting each other’s sense of self-worth, inspiring confidence, and encouraging well-being. We believe everyone is beautiful, and we strive to ensure each bride feels that beauty inside and out while working with us. We believe that everyone deserves to have an uplifting experience in our store, including our brides, guests, and staff. Everything we do is designed to ensure that whoever walks through our doors has a memorable and positive experience every single time.

Jessica Brooks

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OWNER

Jessica Brooks has been in the wedding and events industry for almost 20 years.  She first fell in love with weddings while working as an event planner for a wedding venue – planning over 200 weddings a year! In fact, Jessica has received statewide and national recognition for her event planning. When the unexpected opportunity arose to open a bridal salon, Jessica knew this was the perfect fit for her. “Weddings are my passion. I love that I get to come to work each day and truly celebrate,” Jessica explains. “I am so blessed to be surrounded by an amazing team of women, and to experience the joy of weddings every day of life!”

MEET OUR TEAM

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Sarah Suomala

STORE MANAGER

Sarah comes to The Dress Shop with over 15 years of experience in the retail and jewelry industry and now could never picture herself ever doing anything but bridal. Sarah always wanted to work in fashion and the bridal industry has always fascinated her. “The best part of working in a bridal shop is I get to be a part of so many happy moments and memories in a bride’s life and that’s so special. Brides oftentimes dream of the moment of finding their wedding dress since they were a little girl.” Sarah attended Eastern Michigan University for Apparel, Textile and Merchandising. Sarah is married to her husband, Chaz. She is a huge lover of animals and grew up showing horses. She has three dogs: Emma, Elliot and Lainey. Sarah loves yoga and being active outside.

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Leslie Thayer

RECEIVING MANAGER

Leslie makes magic happen for The Dress Shop, keeping the receiving department running smoothly and ensuring dresses come in on time and picture perfect.  Leslie has been with The Dress Shop for two years, with a background in management, and weddings appear to be “in her blood”.  She first learned of her love of bridal while working for a catering company where she helped decorate cakes, and has also created floral decorations, centerpieces and planned weddings. As an ordained minister, she has even performed over 25 ceremonies. “I love hearing all of the laughter and cheers when a bride say yes,” Leslie says. Leslie has been married to her husband, Eric, for 20 years and they have two daughters. In her spare time, Leslie loves to cook.  Leslie loves animals and would love to have a farm one day.

Leslie Thayer

RECEIVING MANAGER

Leslie makes magic happen for The Dress Shop, keeping the receiving department running smoothly and ensuring dresses come in on time and picture perfect.  Leslie has been with The Dress Shop for two years, with a background in management, and weddings appear to be “in her blood”.  She first learned of her love of bridal while working for a catering company where she helped decorate cakes, and has also created floral decorations, centerpieces and planned weddings. As an ordained minister, she has even performed over 25 ceremonies. “I love hearing all of the laughter and cheers when a bride say yes,” Leslie says. Leslie has been married to her husband, Eric, for 20 years and they have two daughters. In her spare time, Leslie loves to cook.  Leslie loves animals and would love to have a farm one day.

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Carol. Sheehan

MASTER STYLIST

Carol has been with The Dress Shop for over three years and previously was a banquet server for 25 years, specializing in weddings. She has always enjoyed working with brides on their wedding day. Carol’s favorite part about working in bridal is making dreams come true for her brides. “There is nothing more exciting than when my brides find the perfect dress and they can share this feeling with their entire group. I love creating a moment for them that will be a part of their whole bridal planning experience that hopefully they will remember for years to come.” Carol is married to her husband, Jim, who is a retired firefighter. She has two daughters and three stepdaughters (lots of girls!) Her favorite thing to do when she is not working is spending time with her adult children. “I love all those moments where we can laugh and hang out. It makes my heart happy.” 

Christy Goodwin

BRIDAL STYLIST

Christy has been with The Dress Shop for over a year. Christy loves connecting with her brides and getting to know their stories. “My favorite part is watching a bride light up and say yes to her dress.”  She adds, “I love seeing photos of the wedding after they get married – it’s fun to see the brides at their venue in their dream dress.” Christy is originally from San Diego and is married with a dog child (Lulu Belle).  Before coming to The Dress Shop, she worked at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness as well as for Wedding Wire. She loves Disney and everything vintage, gardening, baking, traveling and admits to having an affinity for The Gilmore Girls.

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Christy Goodwin

BRIDAL STYLIST

Christy has been with The Dress Shop for over a year. Christy loves connecting with her brides and getting to know their stories. “My favorite part is watching a bride light up and say yes to her dress.”  She adds, “I love seeing photos of the wedding after they get married – it’s fun to see the brides at their venue in their dream dress.” Christy is originally from San Diego and is married with a dog child (Lulu Belle).  Before coming to The Dress Shop, she worked at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness as well as for Wedding Wire. She loves Disney and everything vintage, gardening, baking, traveling and admits to having an affinity for The Gilmore Girls.

Isabel D’Autremont

Isabel D’Autremont

BRIDAL STYLIST

Isabel has been helping brides find their dream dress for over two years. Originally thinking she wanted to be a wedding planner, Isabel found her niche at The Dress Shop. She has always loved dresses so it’s no surprise that she ended up in bridal. Isabel jokes about wrapping her younger sister up in a lace curtain, as kids, and making her marry the dog. Isabel loves people. The best thing about bridal is that every bride is unique, and she loves watching her brides’ visions come to life. “My favorite bridal moment is when a bride puts her dress back on for the big reveal, spins around, looks in the mirror and has a few moments alone to just take it all in.” Isabel loves NASCAR, and the Red Wings. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, traveling, cooking and baking. She has two Corgis named Stanley and Amelia.

Olivia Howard

MASTER STYLIST

This is Olivia’s fifth year at The Dress Shop. Olivia comes with a background in design.  As a graduate from the University of Michigan, Olivia holds a degree in Architecture. During the week, she is a designer for Central Woodworking, which is a custom cabinetry shop. Her favorite part of working at The Dress Shop is bringing every bride’s vision for her special day to life. “I love being able to pull personality, style and aesthetics together to make the perfect look. Plus, getting to work with the most amazing team ever isn’t bad either.” In her free time, she enjoys crafting, gardening and hanging out with her dog, Maizie and her beta fish, Beau.

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Nadine Moceri

BRIDAL STYLIST

Before finding her dream job at the Dress Shop, Nadine was a French and Japanese teacher. She loves being in a happy atmosphere filled with love and excitement and talking about all things weddings. “It is an honor to get to know my brides and help them look and feel their absolute best.” Nadine adds that being able to help her brides find their dream dress is just as rewarding for her as it is for her brides. “I find so much joy in being able to be a part of my brides’ wedding dress shopping journey from start to finish.” Nadine is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and worked for Disney World while in college. She also spent time teaching English in Japan. Nadine is married to her high school sweetheart, Pete, and they have two children. She owns a fitness studio and in her spare time Nadine enjoys working out, traveling, and playing the piano.

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Olivia Howard

MASTER STYLIST

This is Olivia’s fifth year at The Dress Shop. Olivia comes with a background in design.  As a graduate from the University of Michigan, Olivia holds a degree in Architecture. During the week, she is a designer for Central Woodworking, which is a custom cabinetry shop. Her favorite part of working at The Dress Shop is bringing every bride’s vision for her special day to life. “I love being able to pull personality, style and aesthetics together to make the perfect look. Plus, getting to work with the most amazing team ever isn’t bad either.” In her free time, she enjoys crafting, gardening and hanging out with her dog, Maizie and her beta fish, Beau.

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