Meet our Team
It’s always nice to put a face to a name or a voice you’ve heard on the phone.
I’m Tami and I own Great Lakes WGS. I also am responsible for the gown cleaning and care. I grew up in the dry cleaning industry and then owned a bridal boutique for 7 years. Great Lakes WGS allows me to use the skills I have learned in those previous businesses by cleaning, pressing, preserving, and restoring gowns, veils, and other special items.
My husband Jeff and I live in West Michigan. We have two nearly-grown sons. I enjoy knitting and listening to history podcasts. I also love to read and play the piano.
I think business ownership brings a responsibility to be a blessing to one’s community and to always operate in an honest and ethical manner. We strive to be environmentally responsible, socially conscious, and generous.
This is Sherry, the full-time bridal seamstress for Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists. Sherry has over 40 years of experience in bridal alterations. She’s worked for several bridal boutiques, including high-end shops in Wisconsin and Michigan. Her experience and knowledge cannot be matched. She frequently attends bridal shows and markets to meet designers and stay current with bridal trends, fabrics, and construction techniques.
Sherry and her husband Vern live in West Michigan and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. Sherry also enjoys knitting and sewing non-bridal crafts for her family and friends.
Donna is our part-time seamstress during the busy season, and works mostly with our bridesmaid clients, although may certainly help with brides and other clients as needed.
Donna has been in the tailoring and alterations business for over 30 years and also does alterations for our sister business, Lemon Fresh Cleaners. Although originally from the South, she now lives in West Michigan and loves to garden and boat in the summer.
Kristi is the co-owner of Lemon Fresh Cleaners, so has a great background in fabric and textile care. She is a part-time seamstress for Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists, and helps during prom season and also enjoys working with mother-of-the-bride/groom gowns.
Here she is with her Yorkie, Annie. Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, knitting, and working in her flower garden.
Because our studio is located inside Lemon Fresh Cleaners, we consider the LF employees who work at the same location to be members of our team as well. You may meet Sally, Joan, Carol , or Opal when you bring your gown in or come for an alterations appointment. They will kindly greet you and help in any way they can. Thank you for allowing our team to serve you!