Denise Maeyaert

Well-equipped with a social work degree, Denise owns the most-successful independently owned bridal and formalwear store in North Carolina. She knows her business is both social & fun to work. After growing up in a small town in Minnesota, Denise found her way into a part time job in Raleigh 20 years ago selling and renting tuxedos and suits for a new, small business. Denise found out that she was the very best at what she did and greatly enjoyed it.

Fast forward, Denise purchased Savvi and expanded the store to offer designer wedding gownsbridesmaid gowns and prom gowns. Now in her third, larger location in Raleigh's Pleasant Valley Promenade at 6220 Glenwood Avenue, the award-winning business has had great success with the help of her great staff, who have a combined experience of 27 years. Seasonally, Savvi Prom – with locations in area malls – offers a curated selection of designer prom gowns straight from the New York runway.


Jennie Harke
Special Events Coordinator

Jennie worked with Savvi Formalwear & Bridal in High School and college. She and her husband, Michael, have been friends since ninth grade. They went to N.C. State together, graduating just prior to their wedding in 2001. Together they have a daughter and son in elementary school. She is talented in all crafts & loves decorating, so weddings are a perfect fit. She knows this is the best job ever and enjoys being a part of the moment when a woman finds her perfect gown!


Leslie Stephens
Style Consultant

Leslie studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys trivia and movies. She's worked on an archaeological dig in Lebanon for the past two summers as a conservator. Leslie enjoys her work at Savvi and looks forward to helping brides style their complete wedding. If you can stump Leslie on Lebanon trivia there is a special in store gift for you.


Associates & Staff

Eduardo Page
Senior Architect

Nina Bennett

Claribel Conroy

Caleb Romero
Senior Designer

Jamie Harris
Senior Designer

Traci Greene

Ana Nikolaidis

Michele Kovacs

Lucas Fletcher

Amir Thakur
Business Development

Santiago Roy
Business Development

Odell Tyner
Business Development

Tom Hogan
IT Manager

Angelica Erickson
Office Manager