Picking flowers from a garden is a lot like picking gowns at The Bridal Garden. Like flowers, each gown is unique and beautiful, and may speak to each bride in a very special way. The wonder of your search begins when you walk through The Bridal Garden’s sun-drenched loft with breathtaking views overlooking Manhattan’s skyline. In our garden, the perfect dress is waiting for you.
At The Bridal Garden, we have curated a fabulous collection of one-of-a-kind wedding gowns for sale at up to 75% off the original retail price. Our vast network of couture designers, exclusive retailers, and individuals generously donate their gowns to us. The Bridal Garden is not only a bridal boutique, but also a not-for-profit charitable organization whose proceeds benefit education for disadvantaged children.
Our dedicated staff helps to make sure that each bride looks and feels magnificent on her special day. We pride ourselves on helping brides find that one special gown that meets her vision, needs, and budget.
Since 1997, The Bridal Garden has been making brides’ dreams come true.
The Bridal Garden first opened its doors as a part of the fundraising efforts for Sheltering Arms Children’s Services (SACS). Since its inception, The Bridal Garden has created a network that has provided thousands of children and their families with both opportunities and support through education and child care; group and family day care programs; SACS Therapeutic nurseries and integrative classroom programs; early childhood learning centers and afterschool programs.
In the fall of 2006, after 183 years of making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families, SACS closed its doors and merged with Episcopal Social Services. Not withstanding, The Bridal Garden branched off individually to continue helping children and joined forces with the Brooklyn Charter School (BCS). BCS and The Bridal Garden both share the belief of working with families as partners in a united educational effort that tirelessly works to bridge the gap between the home and the school to create a sustainable community of students, educators, and parents working to improve child care and education for the present and future generations of their children.
The mission of the BCS is broad and ambitious in its focus: BCS strives to inspire academic excellence by encouraging life-long learning as well as building self respect and respect for others in hopes of shaping responsible future leaders and contributing citizens. Additionally, BCS’S curriculum is based on current educational research that is not only developmentally appropriate, but also addresses the individual needs of all students in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. Therefore, students are carefully prepared and encouraged to gain admittance to, advance, and succeed in highly rated preparatory schools of their choice.
A native of New York, Geraldine Brower has always had a love for and connection to children and after graduating college she began teaching elementary school in pursuit of her passion¬. She left the teaching profession to develop skills in business and real estate; however, she yearned for the gratification of teaching and began volunteering for various charities to raise money for disadvantaged children. A passion that always existed was then realized and in 1997, The Bridal Garden was born. Geraldine envisioned the boutique as a win-win-win model for donors, shoppers, and underprivileged children alike.
Perfectly captured in her own words, Geraldine refers to The Bridal Garden as “a very special place in which a bride embarks on a treasure hunt to find the perfect dress for the perfect girl.” It is refreshing to alight upon an opportunity for a designer’s beautiful creations to be renewed and enjoyed by a bride who could only dream of wearing a designer gown. In return, not only have the donors and brides benefited, they have given something priceless back: the opportunity to contribute to the education of underprivileged children. In its essence, The Bridal Garden is encircled by an aura of giving and receiving that can only spread good karma for future couples and struggling children.
Geraldine has singlehandedly ignited a marriage between philanthropy and business in which she has created a cycle of giving that comes full circle and can benefit all involved both professionally and socially. Nationally recognized, Geraldine makes numerous appearances both on television and in print, and in 2006 she was the recipient of the Trendsetter of the Year by Modern Bride, a prestigious award recognizing her success in business and philanthropy.