{SBB Bride of the Week} Brittany

B R I T T A N Y + B R I A N

{September 15th, 2018}

 {Photo by: Wild Bliss Photography}

{Photo by: Wild Bliss Photography}

Ok supermodel!

Isn’t our bride Brittany so stunning in her Allure gown and Susan G. Allen Couture veil and jewelry?!

We are obsessed!

The illusion on the neckline, the low back. Everything about it was perfect for her September wedding!

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

Before heading down the aisle, Brittany shared a first look with her dad. She shared with us why it was such a special moment for them…

“It was really emotional because two weeks before the wedding, on my birthday, I had to take my dad into the hospital. We found out his cancer got worse and he was having a lot of pain. We were worried he wouldn’t get out in time for the wedding but he had amazing doctors. He got out the day before the wedding. It was a rough two weeks for us. But so thankful he was able to walk me down the aisle.” 

Cue all the tears. We are so happy they were able to share that moment together.

For her flowers, Brittany worked with Kris at Sugarfield Flowers {an SBB preferred vendor}.

She NEVER. DISAPPOINTS.

Just look for yourself…

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 {Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

CAN YOU EVEN?! So pretty!

Speaking of pretty, wait until you see Brittany’s venue!

She married her husband Brian at Four Corners Winery and it was absolutely stunning! The flowers, the barrels, the signs.

Perfection!

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

The newlyweds and their guests partied the night away in the winery’s barn.

Again, perfection. The decor was gorgeous from flowers down to the plates!

At the end of the night, Brittany and Brian said goodbye as everyone waved glow sticks!

Such a fun alternative to sparklers!

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

Is that not so beautiful?! So how did these two lovebirds meet?

It all started at work…

“Brian and I met at Fuel Fitness Gym (now World Gym) in Schererville, IN. He was a personal trainer there and I had just started working at the front desk.”

How did Brian pop the question?

“Brian’s parents were in the midst of moving to a new home and needed help packing up one cold (December 13, 2016) night. He called me up after work and said to me that we needed to go to his parents to help them move the outside fireplace. Of course I said okay sure. When he got home to pick me up he changed quickly and I drove us to his parents house. When we got there, we walked in and headed down the stairs towards the basement where they have a walkout. This is where the fireplace was. I lead the way and noticed there was lights on already. When I opened the door, there was a homemade sign and an adorable snowman all lit up. Brian walked right beside me and got down on one knee and proposed as I was crying."

Adorable! Did she know it was coming??

“It was a surprise, surprisingly! I’m usually very good an knowing everything Brian tries to hide from me. So the fact that he pulled this off as a complete surprise is awesome!”

Let’s talk wedding gowns!

 “My dress buying experience was so amazing. The girls at Something Blue made it way less stressful and so much fun! They have so many beautiful options to choose from. All the girls working there are wonderful and make you feel so comfortable. When I told them my vision of my dream dress they picked it out so fast and perfectly!  They are great at what they do!”  

Well, thanks! So nice!! How did Brittany know her dress was the one?

“When it was time to look for wedding dresses, I had a vision. The first place I went to look for a dress was Something Blue.  It happened to be one of their sample sales and I tried on a few dresses that Colleen helped me pick out that we’re apart of the sample sale. They were all so beautiful but not what I had envisioned. When I told Colleen my vision of what my dream dress would be, she pulled one dress that was not a part of the sample sale. This dress, little did I know, would be “the one”!  Since it was a sample sale I went by myself but knew that the dress that Colleen had picked out for me was perfect. Of course, I couldn’t settle on just trying one dress place. I thought it was too good to be true. There may be another dress out there that was more perfect. So, my bridesmaids and I picked a day to go to two other shops and Something Blue again. The other dresses at the other stores were beautiful, but my mind was still on the dress from Something Blue because it fit my vision perfectly and my bridesmaids knew it too.”

Moving onto wedding planning! What was Brittany’s favorite part?

“Either the dessert tasting or some of the projects my brother and I made together.  The dessert tasting was awesome because everything was delicious. That made it easy to decide what to get, one of everything we tried!

The projects were fun because my brother and I got to spend some time together. It made the wedding more unique with some homemade touches.”

Her least favorite part was a straight up dilemma!

“Having to find a new venue, TWICE! Luckily brides, this almost never happens, except for me. My now husband and I had planned for a long engagement, that way the wedding planning process wouldn’t be so stressful and we could make it exactly the way we wanted it to be. We found this perfect place up in Michigan about an hour away in January of 2017. It was rustic looking, barn like, and just simply unique unlike any other place. This is exactly what we had imagined.  We had pretty much all of our vendor set up for this venue and for our wedding date.  

Unfortunately, 4 months before our wedding date, the state closed the venue down. We didn’t get the money back we used for our down payment either (still fighting for that as well). That being said we had to find another place quick. 

Our bakery that we were using had a newer venue that was still being built down the street. It looked promising but after going there with only two months till the wedding date it just wasn’t going to work for us.  

My now husband, had a friend that told us about Four Corners Winery. We reached out to them and by a miracle, they had the day of our wedding available.

All I can say is, everything happens for a reason. It was stressful, but it all worked out in the end. I think it turned out even better that it would have at the original venue.”

You would never know from looking at her pictures that venue wasn’t her original choice!

When the drama was over and the wedding day had arrived, what was Brittany’s favorite moment?

“Seeing everything come together! You have this vision of your dream wedding in your head and it’s finally come together. All the planning and hard work is finished. The moment when you are able to just sit back and look around and see how beautiful everything turned out. Having all your family and friends surround you laughing and smiling. That was priceless.”

Isn’t she just the sweetest??

Any final advice for other SBB brides planning their own big day?

“No matter what happens, in the end, you are marrying your best friend in front of your loved ones. If something doesn’t get done, it doesn’t matter. No one will know except you. And honestly, it flies by so fast that you probably won’t even notice either.  So stop stressing over the little things. It will be perfect no matter what because you’re marrying the man of your dreams. 

Don’t procrastinate. Get stuff done and checked off right away. This way you don’t have a bunch of stuff to do at the end right before your wedding. Also, take off a minimum of 3 days before your wedding to get the rest of your stuff together so you are not rushing and stressing the day before your big day. 

If you can afford a wedding planner, I would definitely recommend it or a great family member or friend that’s good at planning. This way you don’t have to worry about as much!”

Thank you SO much, Brittany and Brian!! We wish you guys a healthy and happy future together! Check out more of their seriously amazing pics by Wild Bliss Photography in the gallery below!

Bridal Buzz

{Sleeves}

    Timeless, romantic, chic, classy, elegant… and the list goes on! We know them, we’ve seen them, we love them… sleeved wedding gowns. Yasss, please! There are some trends that weren’t very hard to say goodbye to, like puffy sleeves for example {sorry mom!}. We are so happy sleeved wedding gowns have come back around, and have proven they are here to stay {yay!}.

 {Photo by: Kelli Lynn Photography}

{Photo by: Kelli Lynn Photography}

Preface; we are obsessed with sleeves, but let's be real for a second, you have to be ded-i-ca-ted *insert clapping emojis* to wearing those sleeves, alllllllll day. You will look FLAWLESS in photos, walking down the aisle, standing still, but… you have to think about hugging your fiance, raisin’ the roof, and basically any other time you need to move. It doesn't bother some girls, but for others it is a deal breaker!

 {Photo by: Maggie Russo Photography}

{Photo by: Maggie Russo Photography}

Moving on- if you want a gorgeous yet timeless gown, sleeved is the way to go! Bonus points if your wedding is in the fall & winter months! Triple bonus points if you add a fur shawl to the mix. Ok, I’ll be done now.

   

Our advice to you is: if you have ever wondered what a sleeved gown would look like on you… try it! It won’t hurt to throw it on, and if you hate it… all you have to do is take it off. So you will at least have peace of mind in whatever decision you make. Hey, you may even fall in love with it!

 {Photo by: The Willows - Wedding Photography}

{Photo by: The Willows - Wedding Photography}

{SBB Bride of the Week} Braelyn

B R A E L Y N + J A C O B

{July 28th, 2018}

 {Photo by: Chelsea Nix Photography}

{Photo by: Chelsea Nix Photography}

Hey girl hey!

Meet our beautiful bride Braelyn!

Dressed in a romantic A-line Stella York gown, Braelyn looks absolutely perfect for her summer wedding!

Before walking down the aisle, the gorgeous bride got ready with her {10!} bridesmaids…

{Photos by: Chelsea Nix Photography}

That illusion top, though! SO good!

Braelyn took it to another level with her amazing flowers! She worked with Lake Effect Florals Design Studio to create her gorgeous bouquets.

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 {Photos by: Chelsea Nix Photography}

{Photos by: Chelsea Nix Photography}

Yasss we love the pop of color!

Braelyn and her husband Jacob were married at County Line Orchard.

They held their ceremony within the actual orchard and the setting could not have been more beautiful!

{Photos by: Chelsea Nix Photography}

The reception was just a short tractor ride away in the Big Barn.

Dreamy string lights hung from the ceiling and the smell of apple cinnamon donuts {mmm donuts} filled the air.

This is one reception we definitely would not mind attending!

{Photos by: Chelsea Nix Photography}

Now that I want a donut, let’s get to know the newlyweds!

How did they meet?

“We are high school sweethearts! Good ol' Portage High School. I was a senior and he was a junior.”

How did Jacob pop the question?

“We currently live in DC and we were home for the holidays. His family has a big party every New Years Eve and he proposed in front of everyone.”

Fun!! Was Braelyn surprised?

“Complete surprise..wasn't expecting it at all!”

Let’s talk dress shopping {our fave subject}!

“I thought I was going to get a totally different style dress. I originally was looking for tight mermaid then as I started trying them on I realized I loved A-line. My best friend recommended the tulle bottom. Best friends know best! I just knew it was the one..I never felt so beautiful.”

When it came to wedding planning, what was Braelyn’s favorite part?

“All the decorations and flowers! I love decorating so browsing on Etsy was so fun and working with my florist was one of the best experiences.”

What about her least favorite part?

“Budget..definitely brought on stress during but was WELL worth it afterwards!”

When the big day had arrived, Braelyn’s favorite moment happened at the ceremony…

“Seeing Jacob for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. We didn't do a first look so it was a very emotional moment for both of us.”

Finally, I asked Braelyn for her best advice for current brides planning their own special day!

“Don't stress too much! No matter what, you have people surrounding out that will make sure your day is absolutely perfect.

Have fun with the planning and embrace every minute it goes by WAY too fast. I would do anything to do it again!”

Congratulations, Braelyn and Jacob!! We are so excited for you guys! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us! Check out more of their beautiful pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Leah

L E A H + S T E V E N

{August 4th, 2018}

 {Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

We are so excited to introduce you to our gorgeous bride, Leah!

For her summer wedding, Leah chose a stunning Allure gown with a beautiful illusion top and back.

It was absolute perfection on her, which is something we’re sure she heard over and over as she got ready for her big day…

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

I mean for real, how beautiful!

When it came to her flowers, Leah didn’t skimp! She worked with Flowers by Design by Reyna to create the most beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets!

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 Photos by: K.Ryon Photography

Photos by: K.Ryon Photography

Even something as simple as baby’s breath looks so dressed up with the sprigs of eucalyptus! SO gorg!

Leah married her husband Steven in a beautiful ceremony at St. Damian Catholic Church. Once again, the flowers killed it as the decor…

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

After the ceremony guests headed to Crystal Tree Golf & Country Club in Orland Park, IL.

One of our fave details? A bagpiper from Chicagoland Irish Bagpipers played during cocktail hour!

How fun is that?!

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

Now that we’ve seen their wedding, let’s find out how Leah and Steven’s love story began…

“Steven and I met at a bowling alley at a get together of mutual friends.  I was a coworker of his brother's girlfriend.  I went bowling with her and her boyfriend.  He brought his little brother Steven along, and I'm so happy he did!  We continued to hang out with our group of friends, but eventually hung out alone and began talking, getting to know each other.  The rest is history!”

How did he pop the question?

“Steven took me out to dinner on a Saturday evening at a nice steakhouse in South Haven, Michigan, near his family's cottage. After dinner, we took a drive down to the South Haven Lighthouse Pier where we often like go when in town. We walked to the end and looked up at the stars. I remember there was a group of rowdy (and probably tipsy) girls hanging out, I'm sure ruining Steven's big plans. As we started to walk back from the end of the pier he stopped and started pouring his heart out to me. He eventually got down on one knee and gave me my great-grandmothers wedding ring, which I always expressed that I wanted, but I was crying like crazy so I don't remember too many of the details. It was such a special moment for the two of us!”

So sweet! Did Leah know what he was up to?

“I had a feeling that a proposal was coming. We had been together for three years, owned a home together, and knew that was the next step we both wanted to take. Steven also kept mentioning how he wanted to have a "special" weekend in Michigan with me. He's bad at trying to keep secrets! Although I did feel like a proposal was coming, unlike most women I love surprises! I refused to seek out any clues or ask family and friends if they knew!”

I asked Leah to tell us all about her dress buying experience.

“A few people I knew bought their wedding dresses from Something Blue, and I liked the idea of getting my gown from a small boutique. Something Blue was the first and only place I shopped at, and my experience was amazing! I didn't feel like "just another customer"; The staff went out of their way to answer all of my questions and make sure I was happy.”

Yay! That’s what we love to hear! How did she know her dress was "the one"?

“It was almost like the Goldilocks and the 3 bears nursery rhyme. I first tried on a dress that was too covered up. It had a high neck and a covered back. The next dress I tried on was too open. It had a low v-neck and low open back. The third dress I tried on, the dress I ultimately purchased, was just right! Although the neckline seemed low, and the back was pretty open, they were an illusion style, so I was still covered with see through fabric that could breathe and I didn't have to worry about spilling out of my dress!”

How cute is that analogy?? It’s so true!

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was Leah’s fave part?

“Seeing everything come together at the end. Don't get me wrong, I loved picking out everything and adding personal touches, but I worried about how it would all look together.  Would it all makes sense? Or would it look like a hodge podge of randomness? Steven and I got a chance to see our reception area before our guests and it was so nice to see how everything we planned came together and really created the romantic, antique, rustic, look we were going for.”

Any parts of planning that Leah wasn’t a fan of?

“My least favorite part of wedding planning by far was doing our registry. My husband, Steven, and I went to Bed Bath & Beyond, worked with a consultant, and still found it overwhelming.  There are so many things to register for, and so many different brands and variations of the same item. You start thinking, "Do I really need this?", "Will I ever use it?". I tried to keep price point in mind as well for our family and friends who want to gift us an item, but may not have too much to spend.  I ended up going back to finish with my mom who gave great insight on some things to definitely register for, as well as some things to not bother and register for.  The registry worked out in the end, but was a tough process!”

What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

“It is so difficult to pick one favorite moment of our wedding day, but if I had to pick one I would say walking down the aisle with my dad, approaching my husband.  I was so emotional and anxious I was crying.  But when you walk down the aisle it's this strange tunnel vision you get where everyone is looking at you, but all you can see is the love of your life at the other end.  Then when my dad and I got to the end and I was handed off to Steven, the nerves and tears went right away!”

Now that it’s all said and done, what is Leah’s best advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

“Remember that it is you and your fiance's day! Make the day how YOU want it! People will come at you with so many unsolicited opinions and advice on everything! "You have to have this person stand up in your bridal party. This is how much you should spend! This is who you should invite! You have to do this this way! This is what you shouldn't do!" Obviously, there will be some requests that come your way from important people, like a future in-law, that are low or no cost and are in line with your vision, that are easy to go along with. You'd hate to start off an in-law relationship on the wrong foot.  Don't have any regrets for something that you wish you did, or wish you hadn't done. When it's all said and done, it's probably your money that you're spending, and they will be your memories to look back on forever.” 

Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us, Leah and Steven! We wish you guys nothing but happiness in your future together! Check out more of their amazing wedding pictures by K.Ryon Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Rachel

R A C H E L + K E V I N

{June 30th, 2018}

 {Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Oh, hey girl!

Our bride Rachel looks amazing in her Blush by Hayley Paige gown! The sequined pattern is so unique and perfect for her big day at the ball park!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

For her bouquet, Rachel ordered Sola Flowers and put them together along with help from her mother-in-law and friend! How fun is that?!

 {Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Rachel married her hubby Kevin at Guaranteed Rate Field - home of the Chicago White Sox! They couldn’t pass up doing a first look at such a cool venue! Matt Bigelow Photography was there to capture their special moment.

The ceremony and reception were held at the park’s Stadium Club.

I mean come on, how cool is that??

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

The reception was decorated with flickering candlelight. Guests found their seats via their own special game tickets while tables were named after sections from the ball park.

While they dined and danced, guests were also treated to spectacular views of the city and field!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Rachel and Kevin met through their best man. They dated on and off until November 2008, where they got back together for good!

When it was time to ask Rachel to marry him, Kevin knew the perfect spot to pop the question…

         “When Kevin asked me to be his girlfriend in 2008 it was at a park in St. John, during the holidays when they decorate it for the festival of lights!  So he took me back to the park on a Saturday in May and proposed after I had gotten off of work.”

Was she surprised?

        “It was a surprise in how he did it (I thought we would go on vacation and it would happen then because we had talked about that, and we had talked about rings and were together for a long time so I knew it was only a matter of time). I was surprised at how simple everything was, but looking back I am kinda glad it happened that way. Our parents and siblings were back at my house for a surprise mini party.”

Let’s talk about the day Rachel said “yes” to the dress!

      “It was my 2nd time trying on dresses ever, the first time I went to Nordstrom's and tried on only Hayley Paige dresses. I was convinced that was my designer from the start. I found one I had really liked but it was a bit out of my price range by about $700 and they weren't even sure if I could get it in time, since I put off dress shopping for the longest time. I knew I wanted to go to Something Blue, all my friends had found their dresses there and I knew the consultants would be great. It was so much fun going around with my maid of honor "pinning" dresses we loved. I only brought my mom, my MOH, and my mother in law to be. I didn't want a lot of opinions to be honest! I tried on several dresses, all different styles. I told the consultant how much I loved Hayley Paige style dresses and I did try on several other designers but in the end it came down to a dress I had seen a picture of a year ago on the SBB facebook page and a dress everyone else loved.”

How did she finally decide on the one?

“I found a picture a year before I had gone in to try on dresses and when I came into SBB I asked if they still had that dress and they said yes. I was ecstatic to try it on!  I am short and petite and I just did not like anything big and poofy.  I also hate lace and wanted sparkle.  So I knew my dress was the one when they started pinning it, it had everything I wanted and the coolest part was when they showed me how it would look with the lights dimmed! It was perfect!”

What was Rachel’s favorite part of wedding planning?

“My favorite part of the planning process was touring our venue and picking out menu choices, and cake tasting. I'm a baker at heart and that was such a fun experience with my now husband. Our wedding was at Guarenteed Rate field and I wanted our food to be upscale and not just baseball food. I wanted people to know that this is a wedding they are attending, but at a really amazing venue!”

What about her least favorite part?

“My least favorite part had to be addressing all the save the dates, invites, and the tedious things. I just cared about the big picture and honestly a lot of the factors that were important to me were dealt with right away or handed off to family members, and my vendor Eric at the Music Boyz helped with a ton at my wedding!”

Fast forward to the big day! What was Rachel’s favorite moment?

“As much time as it took away, I loved being with my husband when we got to sneak away to get some cool photos. After your wedding that is all you have left, and it was nice to just get a moment to be with our photographers and hang out together.  I loved our photographer Matt Bigelow and his assistants they were super fun to work with and I wanted a creative photographer to not have so many "typical" wedding photos.”

Any advice for SBB Brides currently planning their wedding?

“My biggest advice for any bride is to pick the things that are most important to you, mine was the venue, my dress, photographer, and make up artist. I booked my 2 vendors asap! I got the ones I wanted and it truly made my day!  Keep to a budget because it is so easy to go over.  Flowers were least important to me, so that is what I spent the least on. Definitely prioritizing helped make the process go so much smoother.

Prioritize what is most important to you, and don't be afraid to ask for help. I wanted to do everything myself but when it came closer to the day I was not afraid to have my family members and close friends help out!”


Thank you so much, Rachel and Kevin, for sharing your big day with us!! Check out more of their beautiful wedding pics in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Alyssa

A L Y S S A + N I C K

{June 16th, 2018}

 {Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

That BACK! {Insert heart eyes emoji here}

We are so pleased to introduce you to our beautiful bride Alyssa!

She chose a gorg Stella York gown that hit her curves in all the right places.

While getting ready for her summer wedding, Alyssa wore a robe while her bridesmaids rocked the CUTEST matching pajamas!

After putting on the dress, Alyssa shared a first look with her dad and her bridesmaids - their reactions are priceless!

But first, it was all about champs!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

For her flowers, Alyssa worked with Blossom Shoppe {LOVE them!} to create soft, classic bouquets. We are loving the color scheme here!

 {Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Alyssa and her new hubby Nick said “I do” in a beautiful June wedding at St. Michael Church.

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

After the ceremony, everyone headed to Aberdeen Manor in Valpo.

Floral and candle centerpieces dotted the tables while guests were treated to scratch-off card favors and miniature bundt cakes by Nothing Bundt Cakes! So fun!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Alyssa was sweet enough to let me ask her all about her big day! But let’s go back to the beginning…how did the newlyweds meet?

“Nick and I met in February of 2015. Nick had just started his final pharmacy rotation at the McAuley health clinic and I was working across the street as a nurse at St. Margaret Hospital. Sarah, a nurse I worked with at the time, was in school for her masters degree and doing clinical at the same place Nick was.  She came into work one day and said, “Alyssa I met this guy and he would be perfect for you.” I immediately looked him up on Facebook, thought he was cute, but I was hesitant about going on a blind date. Sarah had set up for a group of us to go out for drinks that weekend for us to meet. I remember telling my mom one night that I didn’t know if I should go, I was still apprehensive about getting set up. My mom said to me, “No one says you have to marry this guy, just go and have a good time.”  Luckily, I listened to my mom and went out that night. Nick and I hit it off right away and we planned for an official first date the following week. Sarah truly did find the perfect match!”

How did he pop the question?

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“Nick proposed on May 8th, 2016 on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. We were waiting for dinner reservations when we were approached by the resort photographer with a voucher for a free photo shoot with one free print. I didn’t think anything of it because the day prior we saw another couple taking pictures on the beach and throughout the resort. I thought it would be nice to have a professional picture from the vacation so we put dinner on hold and went with the photographer. We were taking pictures around the resort when the photographer recommended going down to the beach to take some final photos. While on the beach Nick got down on one and knee and proposed while the photographer captured it all. Little did I know, Nick had planned the photographer to approach us before dinner and then had organized a beautiful beach cabana, candle light dinner to celebrate. It was the most perfect day and we love having the pictures to relive it all.”

Was it a surprise or did she know it was coming?

“I was definitely surprised! Nick and I had talked about getting married and had even looked at rings but I did not expect it so soon. He completely took me by surprise proposing on vacation, no wonder he was so stressed out while going through customs with the ring in his bags!”

Time to talk about our fave subject - the dress!

“My sister-in-law and best friends had all gone to Something Blue for their wedding dress and had amazing experiences. Something Blue was the first and only dress appointment I had made. I went in with the style of dress I wanted, but decided to try on a few other different styles to make sure the style I wanted was the one that made me look and feel my best. I had a few dresses narrowed down, but was confused about what color for the underlay. The girls at Something Blue were amazing and pulled other fabrics to show me what each color underlay would look like under my dress. Having the support of my mom and sister and the staff at Something Blue made dress buying such an amazing experience.”

 

Aw shucks! SO sweet!! How did Alyssa know her dress was "the one"?

“I was stuck between two dresses and kept trying them on. I was in one of the dresses and was walking around to see how I felt in it. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and imagined me walking down the aisle in this dress to Nick. I started crying which lead to my mom and sister crying and knew then that was THE dress!”

When the time came to plan her wedding, what was Alyssa’s favorite part of the planning process?

“I actually really enjoyed the entire wedding planning process; it got stressful at times, but was so much fun. I was extremely lucky and had a lot of help from our families and friends. We also had a two year engagement which helped us plan and save for the wedding we always wanted.” 

Her least favorite part is something we hear ALL. THE. TIME!

“The seating chart, which I don’t think anyone likes unless your numbers match up perfectly with the tables. You want all your guests to be happy and sit with family or friends but with the number s and tables it just doesn’t work out sometimes. I was lucky that my venue ended up having two extra tables that were larger so that we were able to fit for the tables that we had more people at, but it was still one of least favorite part of the wedding planning process.”

What about Alyssa’s favorite moment from her big day?

“Our vows were my favorite part of the wedding. It was such a special moment when we became husband and wife in front of all of our loved ones.”

Looking back, what’s their biggest takeaway from planning the wedding?

“Be organized! I feel that staying organized is the biggest thing that helped me stay less stressed during the whole wedding planning process. I kept a binder that had all of my contracts with my vendors, my vendor contact information, and my receipts for everything that I made a payment for. I also had a planner that I kept with my binder to keep track of all my meetings and appointments. It definitely kept me on track with wedding planning and helped alleviate some stress!”

Any final advice for future brides?

“Enjoy it!! I made sure I took time at the wedding before dinner to just sit there with my husband and look around the room to just enjoy the moment. The wedding planning, engagement, and wedding planning goes by so fast and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress of it all.”

Thank you, Alyssa and Nick, for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us! Check out more of their stunning pictures by Trysh Jaeger Photography in the gallery below!

Shopping Advice from a Bridal Consultant

First off, congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time in your life, and we can’t wait to be a tiny piece of your puzzle. I am going to give you a little piece of mind when it comes to dress buying. So sit back, grab a snack, and take a deep breath! I got you, girl.

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Let me start out by saying, you are exactly where you should be at this point in time. No matter how mad you are at yourself for not losing the 10 pounds after college, for cutting your hair because it won’t grow back now, or the fact that you are still in college despite your colleagues graduating and finding great jobs. Your significant other loves you and values you as you are…enough to get down on one knee and ask to spend the rest of their life with you! Keep that in mind! Very important.

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Ok, moving on. With that being said. The hard truth - it doesn’t matter what dress you actually buy. What does matter is the confidence and beauty you exude IN “the” gown. If you are uncomfortable, or unhappy, it will show! So search for that gown that makes you FEEL like 10 million dollars! Bonus: it doesn't have to actually cost 10 mill. {Shameless plug}

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Every appointment is lead by a consultant. These girls are trained bridal ninjas, ok? Haha, ok not really. But, we are very good at what we do! Talk to your consultant. Tell her every detail possible. While you are giving us info, or just chatting it up with us, we are building your perfect gown in our heads and running our minds through our inventory continuously during the entire appointment! Communicate.

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Be OPEN! I mean this in every sense. Be open to trying styles your consultant suggests, and be open to trying things on that you didn’t originally picture. That gown you swore to yourself you would never even try, could end up being THE gown! So, why not try?!  

And don't forget… take a deep breath. It will be over before you know it, so soak in every moment! Weddings don’t just unite you and your fiance, but it really does bring everyone together… cherish it.

Your consultant, Celine xoxo

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kerry

K E R R Y + B Y R O N

{July 14th, 2018}

 {Photos by: George Street Photo}

{Photos by: George Street Photo}

Our brides are so dang pretty we can’t handle it!!

We’re so excited to be sharing Kerry’s wedding with you!

For her big day, Kerry chose a stunning Allure Couture fitted gown and added some Sara Gabriel earrings to complete her look.

After getting ready with her girls, Kerry also had a chance to give her dad a sneak peek of her gorgeous dress!

{Photos by: George Street Photo}

There is nothing sweeter than a dad seeing his girl on her wedding day. Love!

For flowers, Kerry worked with {SBB preferred vendor} Sugarfield Flowers to create some of the most beautiful bouquets we have seen! Kris is so amazing at her job - her flowers never disappoint!

 {Photos by: George Street Photo}

{Photos by: George Street Photo}

Kerry married her husband Byron at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Merrillville.

The altar was decorated with beautiful floral arrangements that matched the bouquets.

{Photos by: George Street Photo}

After the “I Do’s”, guests headed to County Line Orchard for the most perfect barn reception ever!

String lights, candles, DONUTS…how can you go wrong??

{Photos by: George Street Photo}

So pretty! We love the flip flops so guests could get down on the dance floor without killing their feet!

Let’s rewind the clock a bit! How did Kerry and Byron meet?

“We met through mutual friends in Chicago. Things got kicked off at a concert and the rest was history.”

How did he pop the question?

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“On July 1, 2017, I was proposed to on the roof of Byron’s apartment building. He had just moved in that day and we were about to go out to dinner with his cousin and her husband, or so I thought. Byron suggested we go to the roof for a quick cocktail before dinner. It was uncomfortably windy, so I went downstairs to change clothes since I had a dress on. He was unusually concerned by this and and showed extra interest into what outfit I was changing into. I was confused as to why yoga pants were out of the question. We headed back upstairs and he asked a stranger on the roof to take a picture of us in front of the skyline. It was then that he pulled out the ring, got on one knee, and proposed. The strangers turned out to be his work friends from out of town, and they got the best pictures of our engagement! After that, he took me to our favorite restaurant where all of our friends and family were gathered for a surprise party.”

SO cute! Did she see it coming?

“Total surprise. I thought it would happen by the end of 2017 but had no idea that day.”

Let’s talk dresses! I asked Kerry to tell us all about her dress shopping experience!

“I went to SBB last August soon after the engagement for an Allure trunk show, just to get a look at the different styles of dresses.  I had no intention on trying any dresses on, let alone buying one that day. I tried on about 10-15 dresses and was getting a little tired/frustrated and was ready to make a second appointment. One dress in particular hanging on the trunk show rack kept catching my eye, and I was encouraged to try it on. When I put it on, I knew right away that it was different than the rest.”

What made it different?

“It had every characteristic of the previous dresses I had liked in one. I would like the top, not the bottom, the neckline not the train, the style not the material, etc. This one had it all.  I knew it was special when I tried it on, and the feeling was solidified when I walked out of the dressing room and saw the reaction of my mom and aunt.”  

When it came to planning their big day, what was the best part of the whole process?

“Byron and I took a Saturday and looked at multiple venues around the Region.  It was so much fun envisioning our reception filled with friends and family at all of the venues we visited. After a few hours we had a few venues on our short list, but the moment we walked into County Line Orchard, we knew that’s where we wanted our reception.”

So the finding the venue was fun, but what was their least favorite part of planning?

“Waiting on response cards. It is fun getting all of the responses, but the hard part is waiting for final numbers. There are a handful of tasks we could not do until we had our final count, and a lot of vendors require that number before they can complete their work.”

Fast forward to the big day. What was Kerry’s favorite part of her wedding?

“Walking down the aisle with my Dad, seeing all of our closest family and friends in one place to celebrate us, and looking down at the aisle at my soon to be husband. The moment was perfect.”

Looking back, what is Kerry’s biggest takeaway from the whole wedding planning process?

“Starting early is the best choice that I made when planning the wedding. I am very detail oriented and needed a good amount of time to make sure everything was planned and carried out how I envisioned.”

Any final advice for other SBB brides currently planning their wedding?

“I will be the first to say that I am a bit of a control freak and like things done in a certain way, but what I learned was, don’t be afraid to ask people for help, especially with small tasks. The small things really add up, and can result in extra time and stress spent during the final weeks before the big day. I found that so many family members and friends were not only willing, but happy to help, and it made all the difference.”

Congratulations to the newlyweds!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us! Check out more of their gorgeous pictures from George Street Photo in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Angela

A N G E L A + E R I C

{August 18th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Meet our gorgeous bride, Angela!

She is already so incredibly beautiful inside and out, but this white Stella York fitted gown is absolutely stunning on her!

With it’s sweetheart neckline and sparkling lace details, we can’t get enough of Angela’s dress!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

SO pretty!

You know what else is pretty? Angela’s flowers, which were perfect for her summer barn wedding!

Lake Effect Florals did such an amazing job creating her bridal bouquet, with a simple but beautiful boutonniere for the groom!

 {Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Angela married her husband Eric at the Red Barn Experience in La Porte.

This venue is ideal for anyone looking for a barn wedding with more of an outdoor, open air feel! The ceremony site is so beautiful, with a natural wood arch for the couple to get married under.

Angela and Eric are proud Jeep owners and wanted to include that in their special day. Their Wrangler was parked at the venue and they had their ring bearer deliver their wedding bands via a mini Jeep! So cute!

With her mom on one arm and her step father on the other, Angela was walked down the aisle and given away to the man of her dreams…

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed into the barn for a night of dinner {BBQ - yum!}, dancing and celebrating the newlyweds!

Bags of popcorn, Designer Desserts cupcakes and a s’mores station {complete with fire pit} were available to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Something about string lights throughout a barn gives us all the feels!

We’ve seen their wedding, let’s get to know the newlyweds!

How did they meet?

“Eric and I met through boating on Lake Michigan. He had went out on his boat and I was out on a friend’s boat.”

So fun! After falling in love, it was time for the next step! Eric decided to pop the question when the couple went out of town…

“I was proposed to in front of a Waterfall (Bald River Falls) in Tennessee. It was a total surprise! My family lives in Tennessee, so we visit often, but with this visit he had invited his two brothers, nephew, and sister in law. It was perfect!”

When they returned home from their trip, it was time to start planning! First step: the dress!

“My dress buying experience was pretty easy. I visited Something Blue along with 2 others, but I knew my dress was at SBB. Everyone there was amazing, friendly, and made me feel comfortable. I knew my dress was the one when I teared up.”

Yay! We love hearing that! After finding the dress, it was time for the rest of wedding planning. What was Angela’s favorite part of the planning process?

“My favorite part was the venue. We knew we wanted the country rustic feel. Picking out all the decor was exciting.”

What about her least favorite part?

“Picking out table linens. The companies I dealt with were such a chore that I had no interest in picking out linens. I knew what I wanted and felt it was impossible to get questions answered or find what I wanted, so I took matters into my own hands and bought all the linens and runners. In the end it was the best decision I could have made. I got what I wanted and saved money.”

Yes girl! We love when a bride takes control and gets things done! It’s amazing how much more cost effective DIY can really be!

When the wedding day arrived, Angela’s favorite moment happened during the ceremony…

“My favorite was walking through the wooden doors and seeing Eric for the first time. The look on his face and the slight tears in his eyes were priceless.”

Now that the wedding is over, what is Angela’s biggest takeaway from the whole planning process?

“Just go with it. It's not worth all the stress that happens when planning a wedding. Don't get me wrong I had some stressful moments, but I remained pretty calm and realized that you can’t control everything.  It's our day and its about what makes Eric and I happy.”

Any final advice for current brides-to-be?

“My best advice to give is to do your research and work with vendors you’re comfortable with. I am so thankful that all vendors I used were prompt at getting back to me and helped make my day perfect. I would also say to start planning early because your day will be here before you know. I procrastinated a bit after we got engaged and we ended up waiting 2 1/2 years to get married because we wanted The Red Barn Experience and they were booked at least a year out.”

Congratulations Angela and Eric!! Thank you so so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!

Check out more of their gorgeous pictures from Shane Cleminson in the gallery below!

The Bridal Buzz

{Crepe}

The 3 S’s… sleek, sexy, and sophisticated. We are not talkin’ food here ladies. We are talking wedding gowns! Crepe is a luxurious sleek material that mimics satin without the shine and weight. It hugs alllllllllllllll your curves in all the right places! We can’t get enough of it.

Wearing a crepe gown doesn't mean you have to sacrifice lace either! A lot of crepe gowns have lace accent on the top of the gown, like the one shown above, scattered throughout the gown, or even on the train. Sophisticated meets romantic…. #OhhhhLaLa

 {Photo by: Katherine Murray Photography} Featuring SBB bride, Jackie!

{Photo by: Katherine Murray Photography} Featuring SBB bride, Jackie!

Oh wait, you thought you’d have to give up bling too didn’t you? Think again, girlfran. There are countless crepe gowns adorned with iridescent beading that shimmer as you break it down on the dancefloor. Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, even better, you can add a belt! I know, I know…….. “Why would you put a belt on a wedding dress???”. Well, here me out. It draws out your waist and shows how small you are at that point, breaks up the gown a bit, and adds a bit of bling to your gown. Trust me on this one.

 {Try this gown on at Something Blue Bridal}

{Try this gown on at Something Blue Bridal}

Last but not least, a classic. Simple, and sophisticated. This one speaks for itself! You can really see the bride shine through in a gown like this.

 {Try these gowns on at Something Blue Bridal}

{Try these gowns on at Something Blue Bridal}

You can’t go wrong with crepe! There are countless ways to rock it on your big day that showcase you as the stunning bride to be!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jillian

J I L L I A N + K Y L E

{August 3rd, 2018}

 {Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

OBSESSED.

We are so pleased to introduce you to our beautiful bride Jillian!

She is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in this gorgeous Wilderly by Allure gown!

Jillian added a rose gold Sara Gabriel belt and a dainty flower crown as her accessories and could not have looked more perfect!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

I meeeean do you see that back?! So gorg!

For all of her flowers, Jillian worked with {SBB preferred vendor} Blossom Shoppe and they knocked it out of the park! The bouquets are dripping with greenery and we are here for it!

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 {Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

You know we love our greenery!

Jillian and her new hubby Kyle decided to share a moment alone before their ceremony.

Kayla Knies Photography was there to capture their first look…

The happy couple held their summer wedding at Sandy Pines and it was so perfect!

If you’re looking for an outdoor venue, you have to check this place out!

For decor, Jillian had greenery added to the aisle chairs and kept the rest simple - SO beautiful!!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

For the reception, guests were treated to dinner, drinks and dancing in Sandy Pine’s gorgeous pavilion!

For a personalized touch, the newlyweds incorporated their love for the Chicago Cubs by having jersey cookies as their cake topper. Butterfingers {Highland} always does such a great job!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Such a pretty reception!

Let’s get to know the newlyweds!

How did they meet?

“We met in middle school, seventh grade. We started dating in eighth grade so we had been dating for 9 years when we got married!”

WOW! We love that! How did Kyle pop the question?

“He took me to Navy Pier after a Cubs game to ask. He also surprised me with both our families arriving as he proposed!”

Was it a surprise?

“I knew it was going to be soon, but I was completely surprised that day!”

Let’s talk dresses! I asked Jillian to fill me in on her shopping experience…

“It was amazing, I saw a dress featured on Something Blue's Wedding Gown Wedding on Instagram and knew I wanted to try it on. I went in and showed the girl who helped me and she pulled it immediately. I picked others but we put the one I had chosen on first and none of the others compared. I walked out with the first dress I tried on, at the first store, on the first day I had ever wedding dress shopped! You guys know what you're doing!”

When the time came to plan the wedding, Jillian loved some parts of the process…

“I loved styling everything, I enjoy organizing and designing things.”

But she was not a fan of other tasks…

“The seating chart, I was so worried people would be upset if they were/weren't sitting with other specific people.”

The wedding day had finally arrived! What was Jillian’s fave part from her big day??

“We did a first look and I LOVED it. Best moment of the wedding by far.”

So many people who read this are currently planning their own big day. Any advice?

“Everyone says it but my advice is don't stress. Everything will fall into place, and if it doesn’t you move on and change it or let it go.

The day will go by so fast. Try to enjoy it and relax. You will likely never/not very often have your entire set of family and friends together celebrating. Enjoy it and take a few minutes to just sit and watch your favorite people have fun.”

Congrats, Jillian and Kyle!! Wishing you two nothing but happiness in your future together!

Check out more of their gorgeous photos from Kayla Knies Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Paige

P A I G E + G A R R E T T

{June 9th, 2018}

 {Photo by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

{Photo by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

Hey there, Beautiful!

Isn’t our bride Paige so gorgeous??

We can’t get enough of her Stella York gown and accessories by Bel Aire, Susan G Allen Couture and Sara Gabriel! Those details, like the beaded lace and scalloped edges, are to die for!

Just look for yourself!

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

We told ya! SO pretty!

For her flowers, Paige worked with Forth Floral to create her stunning bouquets, boutonnieres and arrangements!

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 {Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

We are a HUGE fan of the color scheme…perfect for a June wedding!

Paige married her husband Garrett at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

With the lake {and one gorgeous arbor} as their background, the two were married surrounded by their closest family and friends.

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

Isn’t that just so beautiful?! We love the decor!

After the ceremony, guests headed to the resort’s restaurant for the reception.

Yard games were set up outside of the venue so the kiddos {and even adults!} could have some fun! Such a cute idea!

Another idea we love is using photos of the bride and groom at certain ages for the table numbers!

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

Paige and Garrett’s love story began when they met on Match.com.

They decided to meet at Applebees for their first date and quickly realized they were meant for each other.

When it was time to move to the next step, Garrett had an idea for the perfect proposal…

“I was working at a greenhouse and Garrett contacted my boss. My boss told me I could go home early. When I went to my car I saw an envelope on my windshield. It of course was from Garrett and told me I should go home, shower, and get dressed in whatever I wanted. It also had a quality he loved about me. When I got home I had another letter waiting for me on my bed with another quality he loved about me. I followed the letters which led me to my friend’s house. She drove me to the botanic gardens where Garrett proposed. I had 12 letters throughout the whole day which told me where to go next, while having a quality that he loved about me too."  

We love this!! Was it a surprise??

“I knew he was going to propose but I didn’t know when. We designed my ring together so I knew it was coming soon. Once I got the first letter I knew what it was though!”

After the ring it’s time for the dress! I asked Paige to tell me all about her dress buying experience!

“I loved buying my dress. I had my mom, mother in law, grandma and three of my friends come. I loved that we were able to look through the dresses and pin which ones we liked. I ended up picking the dress my mom and maid of honor pinned."

How did she know her dress was "the one"?

“I thought it made me look the best and when I walked out all my friends and family loved it as well.”

What was Paige’s favorite part of planning her special day?

“My favorite part was to coordinate my dress with the bridesmaids, flower girl and groomsmen etc. And picking the jewelry and shoes out.”

What part of planning was she not a big fan of?

“Making and staying in the budget."

Tell us about it! When the wedding day finally arrived Paige’s favorite moment happened during the ceremony…

“My favorite part was when Garrett and I walked to the end of the Pier and tied our unity cord together.”

Now that the wedding is over, what is Paige’s biggest takeaway from the entire process?

“I would say just enjoy it, it goes by so fast. Make it a fun experience invite friends and family to come help plan and make decorations. It great bonding time and made great memories. Also helps that multiple people know what’s going on the day of the wedding too.”

Any final advice?

“Don’t focus on the day, focus on the life your creating together. Make the day special but do things that will bring you closer not further apart. Don’t fight about things, make dates out of planning and make sure you both have the important element you each want at your wedding."

Yaasss we love that! Thank you so much, Paige and Garrett, for letting us show off your beautiful wedding!

Check out more of their gorg pictures in the gallery below!