When Natalie Miller was growing up in Zionsville, she hoped to someday own a store in the Village. This October, her dream came true when Brick Street Bridal opened on North Main Street. As owner of the shop, Miller uses her background in fashion and design to create a memorable shopping experience for each bride who visits.
“I loved living in Zionsville,” she says. “Walking down the street with all its shops gave me almost a fairy-tale feeling. After I graduated from Zionsville High School, I went to Savannah College of Art and Design and earned a degree in fashion design. I was working in the clothing and tailoring industry when I went wedding dress shopping with my sister. Then I realized, ‘This is the kind of store I want to have.’”
Miller searched for a space to open her shop last fall, and felt lucky to land her Main Street location.
“I saw the building was available and I looked inside,” she explains. “It had so much charm, with chandeliers and crown moldings. Even the doorknobs had intricate designs. I’ve kept the old features, but gave it a modern feel.”
Brick Street Bridal is a private bridal boutique. Appointments can be booked online or by calling the shop. During an appointment, the store is closed to the public. Total attention is given to the bride, to ensure that the 60 to 90 minutes spent exploring options are joyful and stress free. Up to eight family members and friends can accompany the bride and share in her special time.
“Even before the shop opened, I had appointments on the books,” Miller says. “I worked to get the word out on Facebook and Instagram. I also put up posters in the building with our phone number, email and website. One mother of a bride surprised her daughter who was visiting from Chicago by inviting her friends to the appointment.”
Brick Street Bridal carries six different dress lines, including a line with curvy selections for full-sized figures. Accessories needed to complete the perfect look are available as well, and Miller is able to secure sought-after brands due to her degree and employment background.
“Trying on gowns is a very beautiful moment,” Miller says. “Sometimes people know exactly what they want. Other times the first gowns they try are to see if they like a certain style, or to rule it out. Traditional A-lines seem to be the most flattering of all shapes.”
The shop has two price-point levels. Gowns from the Bridal Collections group are $1,000 to $4,000. The Couture Collections group includes dresses that range between $5,500 and $9,000.
“Someday I hope to design my own gowns,” Miller says. “Right now, I hope to give all brides an experience they will enjoy and remember.”
Brick Street Bridal is located at 40 North Main Street in Zionsville. For more info and to book an appointment, visit BrickStreetBridal.com or call 317-344-0116.