The Refined building process has been exciting and surreal. I first spoke this dream out loud in January, and on November 23rd, we’ll be opening our doors.

I’ve been asked more than once: “With all of the great wedding dress boutiques in Birmingham, why are you opening another one?”

Simply put, we’re not just “another one.” It starts with our mission, and is delivered through our experience, right in the heart of downtown Birmingham.


The Search for the Perfect Space

I started the search for the perfect space in March, and had two criteria. It had to be downtown, and it needed to be unlike any other bridal store in town. I had almost given up when I came across the Iron Age Building. It was gorgeous and felt like it was always destined to be a bridal boutique.

After meeting with the owner, I knew this is where Refined needed to be. It immediately felt like home. The history of the building and the passion of the owner to restore it had me hooked.

We’re in the final stages of construction, and it’s time to share a little glimpse into the past eight months of the building process.


The Refined Building Process

Love at first sight!


Completely obsessed with our street and our neighbors. And our cobblestone! This is the original cobblestone from the 1800s and the owner repurposed it to our sidewalk in the front.


On site for the installation of our 16 feet high windows. The natural light we’ll have is unreal and so dreamy!


Current progress (as of mid-October). Build out has started and we can’t wait to show you the finished result next month!

Refined News + Updates

October 22, 2019

The Refined Building Process

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Located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

A bridal boutique serving full-figured brides