The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe was founded in 2010 by Melissa Harris Estess and was inspired by her own wedding dress shopping journey. MaeMe provides the southern bride a beautifully curated collection of designer wedding dresses in an intimate, comfortable, and encouraging boutique setting. Melissa knew that pretty dresses were available, but what lacked from her own experience at several local shops was the passion and intentionality embedded in a bride’s journey that transforms just looking for a pretty dress into supporting and encouraging a bride while she selects the wedding gown she will wear for her once-in-a-lifetime moment when she joins the love of her life in marriage. Melissa’s desire to create a company founded on principles of love, encouragement and faith led her to step away from her healthcare career as a registered nurse and pursue her vision for the boutique. She dreamed that brides at MaeMe would experience luxury, unmatched customer service, compassion, and coveted 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 owners/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.