The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe was founded on the principle of providing brides with a carefully curated collection of designer wedding gowns in an intimate, comfortable, and encouraging setting for New Orleans brides and guests across the region. MaeMe was established in 2010 by Melissa Harris Estess after shopping locally for her own wedding dress and feeling convicted there was an opportunity to serve brides with more passion and intentionality than she experienced. Melissa’s desire to create an experience founded on principles of love, mentorship and faith led her to step away from her healthcare career as a registered nurse to pursue her vision for the boutique where brides could experience luxury, excellent customer service, and designer wedding dresses at affordable prices. A few years after opening the boutique, MaeMe’s growth led to Melissa’s parents Alan and Jeannine Harris joining the team as owner/managers. Together, the family continues to provide the very best shopping experience for brides and their loved ones as they embark on the journey of marriage.
Our mission is providing beautiful wedding dresses while offering exceptional customer service and encouragement for our brides while investing in our brides
and the community.
Melissa lives in Covington with her husband Hunter and their three children: Harrison, Emory and Norah. Melissa and Hunter met at LSU and have been married for 10 years. They spend most days running back and forth from dance class, flag football games and the grocery! They are very involved in their church and enjoy casual family days swimming, boating on the lake, and cheering on the tigers!
Alan and Jeannine have been married for nearly 40 years and have two daughters: Rachel and Melissa. They raised their family in Destrehan after Alan completed his service in the Navy, and now they reside in Mandeville. Alan is a Tulane graduate and has devoted his career to engineering, currently owning his own consulting company. Jeannine is a retired educator and is known as Nonna to her 6 grandchildren.