{SBB Bride of the Week} Jacky

We enjoyed working with this week's featured bride so much!

Her August wedding was just gorgeous and we are beyond thrilled to share it with you!

Meet Jacky...

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

Jacky stunned in a gorgeous crepe Pronovias gown, made complete with a cathedral length Edward Berger veil.

Her pictures were taken by Katherine Murray Photography, who does such a wonderful job every single time! We had the hardest time picking and choosing photos for this post because they were all so killer!

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

See what I mean? Gorg!

Her florist Lake Effect Florals also did an incredible job on the arrangements for the ceremony and reception, as well as the bouquets and boutonnieres. We love a succulent accent and they delivered the loveliest flowers for Jacky's big day!

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

Nate and Jacky were married at First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso in a beautiful ceremony. She definitely stunned as she walked down the aisle. The ring bearer and flower girl were also SO adorable!

{Photos by Katherine Murray Photography}

We just love how happy they look!

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

Such a gorgeous couple!

Once they were officially man and wife, the couple and their guests headed to the Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake to kick off their reception.

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

The attention to detail throughout the reception really paid off. All of Jacky and Nate's decor was beautiful and the color scheme was seriously perfect for summer. They had some unique ideas such as a photo book to sign instead of a traditional guestbook and a beautiful table set up just to remember loved ones are no longer with us. Katherine Murray Photography captured all of these details in more stunning photos.

The cake was provided by KupKates out of Valpo and was simply beautiful! A perfect centerpiece to the reception.

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

{Photo by Katherine Murray Photography}

You can tell how much fun they have as a couple just by looking at their reception pictures. As the saying goes, the couple that plays together, stays together!

{Photos by Katherine Murray Photography}

We just love them!

So how did the happy couple meet?

"We initially met at a party while attending high school. A handful of years later, we hunt out again with mutual friends. From there we would see each other every once in awhile because we had the same circle of friends but we never dated back then. Years later, he found me on facebook and asked me on a date!"

Facebook has brought so many couples together! The power of social media! After dating for some time, it was finally time to make the next step.

"We were driving to dinner one night and when he went to park the car he told me he'd rather park at Central Park in downtown Valpo and just walk to the restaurant. I remember thinking it was a bit off but didn't really read into it. We walked through the park while holding hands and he came to a stop. I turned around to see why he stopped and he was on one knee!

It was a complete surprise! We hadn't looked at rings and we only talked about marriage a few times. I had no clue! Even though he said he was so nervous he was sweating, I couldn't tell! I was so impressed that he did it all on his own. He didn't even tell his family he was going to propose so they were all surprised too! It was great!"

We wish we could've seen the look on everyone's face! After Jacky got her rock, it was time to plan her wedding. I asked her what her favorite and least favorite parts of the process were.

"As much as I loved the food and cake tastings, my favorite part was finalizing the details of the reception. From picking out table linens to the reception decor, it was so much fun!

My least favorite part would have to be the seating chart for the reception. You want to sit people where they'll be the most comfortable and have the most fun but it's inevitable that it won't work out that way for everyone. Though the good thing is, dinner is only an hour!"

Once the big day finally arrived and everything was in place, what was Jacky's favorite moment?

"I'd say my favorite moment was the ceremony. Hearing the words, saying your vows, the excitement you see in each other and knowing that you're surrounded by all of the love of your family and friends!"

It's so important to take in those moments, because those memories will last a lifetime! Every bride has a takeaway from the whole planning process and Jacky's was something we are always telling our girls!

"The biggest thing I learned is that everything will not go exactly how you want it to and that's ok! Overall, the only think that matters is that you're celebrating your new life together with the people who love you most!"

Her best piece of advice for brides-to-be?

"From the beginning, decide what's most important to you then go from there. And don't waste time paying too much attention to the details. No one will notice and it will all come together beautifully anyway!"

We so appreciate Jacky and Nate for allowing us to feature their beautiful wedding day and wish them the best as they start this new journey together! Check out more of their amazing pictures from Katherine Murray Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Natalie

We're always so happy for our brides when they get married, but {selfishly} feel a little sad for ourselves that we don't get to see them around the boutique anymore!

This gorgeous lady was so wonderful and gracious every time she stepped foot in the store.

Meet Natalie...

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

Natalie looked so gorgeous in her Sincerity Bridals gown, made all her own by adding a sparkling Bel Aire Bridals belt and bracelet, Edward Berger veil and Susan G. Allen Couture Bridal earrings!

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos}

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos}

That belt is such a stunner! One of our favs for sure.

Before walking down the aisle, Natalie wanted to share a first look with the main man in her life - dad. Y'all know how much we love these pics! Her photographer from Forever Faithful Photos was on hand to capture this special moment.

Natalie and her husband Joey were married in July in a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary Catholic Church in Crown Point!

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos}

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos}

 

The bride's bouquet and floral arrangements were all provided by The Bonnie View and were perfect summer colors!

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos}

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos}

Loving the pops of blue in there!

After the ceremony, Natalie, Joey and their guests headed over to Wicker Park in Highland for their pictures and reception.

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

Their reception was beautiful, from the lit up centerpieces to the super yummy looking cupcakes made by family friend Nancy Maier!

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{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

A super cute idea is having your own social media hashtag so guests can share pics that you can look back on whenever you search the tag!

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

Natalie and Joey first met in high school.

"He was a year older than me so after he graduated we lost touch. It was not until I went away to college that we started to talk again, on facebook of course. We remained just friends for a little while but after he made a few trips down to see me and I returned home to see him, I knew this guy was much more than just a friend."

After dating for 5 years, the happy couple took their first trip together.

"We went to Punta Cana and it was absolutely beautiful. On our last night there, we went for a walk and ended up at a little gazebo that overlooked the ocean. I was looking out at the ocean and as I turned around there he was down on one knee. I can't recall the exact words he said but it was so special because it was just he and I in that moment together. I will never forget it."

That is so special! Especially on such a beautiful vacation! Was Natalie expecting the moment?

"We had talked about taking the next step and looked at rings, but Joey was good at throwing me off his trail."

What was Natalie's favorite part and least favorite part of planning the wedding?

"I would have to say my favorite was looking for my dress. It was such a fun and emotional time. I loved that all the important ladies in my life were able to be with me as I tried on dresses. It was great to see their reactions and share that moment with them. I loved the feeling when I knew "THIS IS IT". All I could think about was walking down the aisle to the man of my dreams and seeing his reaction. Also Something Blue seriously made it so personal and were super helpful at making sure I got exactly what I wanted. Just perfect!

My least favorite part was making our seat chart for the reception. It was so stressful trying to make sure certain people sat with certain people and sitting the individual guests at tables where they knew someone. It all worked out but at that moment, UGH, not fun!"

Finally, it was the day of the wedding. I asked Natalie what her favorite moment was from her big day.

"The whole day was amazing! It was everything I could imagine and more! But my absolute favorite moment was our first dance. It was the first moment we were able to really talk and take in that we were finally husband and wife!"

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

{Photo by: Forever Faithful Photos} 

So now that Natalie is a married woman, does she have any advice for future brides?

"It will all work out and don't wear the small stuff. Meaning don't get hung up on the little details like centerpieces because they will turn out just fine. I learned quickly they are the last things people remember about the BIG day! Also it's never too early to book venues or your vendors. It will make the process much less stressful if you can get your big things done. I personally had those portions of my wedding complete a year or more in advance and it took so much off our plate and allowed us to focus on other details."

Thank you so much to Natalie and Joey for letting us feature their special day on the blog! We LOVED working with you and wish you guys nothing but luck and happiness as you begin this new chapter! Check out more pictures from their big day in the gallery below!

 

 

{SBB Bride of the Week} Dana

We are swooning over everything about this week's featured bride and wedding!

We are so happy to introduce you to our gorgeous bride Dana...

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

Ummm is this real life?! Every time Dana came in for a fitting on her stunning Stella York gown we would be beside ourselves because she just ROCKED that dress! Once she added her Edward Berger veil and Badgley Mischka shoes, the whole look was complete!

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

SO beautiful from head to heel!

Dana and her husband Sam were married at St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso. Before she walked down the aisle, the couple shared a first look captured by their talented photographer Monica Z. Photography.

The look on Sam's face when he sees his bride!! You can tell how much he truly loves her.

The ceremony went off without a hitch and before they knew it, Sam and Dana were man and wife.

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{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

After the ceremony, the couple and their guests headed to The Market Gatherings & Events {also located in Valpo} for a seriously stunning reception! Intertwine {Chesterton} created some of the most beautiful floral arrangements and tablescapes we have seen!

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{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

So romantic and just LOOK at Dana's bouquet!

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

Magazine worthy!!! Delish sweets and the gorgeous cake were all provided by Wildflour Bakery.

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{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

That cake is almost too beautiful to eat! Almost.

After dancing the night away, the newlyweds were off to start their new life together. A sparkler send off was the perfect way to say goodbye!

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photo by: Monica Z. Photography}

We asked Dana how she met her future husband..

"Sam and I met at a mutual friend's Christmas party in 2006 and became friends instantly! I think we would both say there was a chemistry, although we did not date until 2 years after meeting. We wouldn't have it any other way. Friendship built to trust, trust to life, like to love!"

That is the way to do it! So after spending 8 YEARS together, it was time to pop the question!

"On our 8th anniversary, Sam had something special planned but kept me out of the details. Only after I got off of work did Sam give me the address to meet him at. This so happened to be our favorite hotel in downtown Chicago. I checked in and took the elevator up to our suite. I opened the door to candlelight and rose petals guiding my way to Sam standing in his nicest suit. He bent down on his knee and asked me to be his wife. Afterwards, we enjoyed a celebratory dinner and champagne at one of our favorite restaurants in the city. It was everything I could have hoped for and more!"

SWOON. Did she know it was coming?

"I would say I had an inclination after we had spent the holidays looking at rings together. After many gel manicures and wondering when and where he would pop the question, our anniversary in January seemed like the perfect date since he was trying to keep our plans such a surprise."

Let's get down to planning the wedding. What were Dana's favorite and least favorite parts of the whole process?

"My favorite was trying on so many gorgeous gowns and finally finding THE ONE at Something Blue Bridal. It was exciting to have my mom and some of my bridesmaids there to experience it with me. Everyone at SBB made the process stress-free, fun and exciting! I really enjoyed everyone I worked with and the ability to have my alterations done in house. It truly allowed me to feel like a bride to be.

Planning a wedding and having a full time job is a challenge! There is a lot of detail and consideration you have to take into account for everything. There's a sense of urgency to get your invitations out by the three month mark. That was the least favorite part, sending out 300+ invitations, all hand written in calligraphy, stamped and ready to go. When my fiance brought them to the post office, we found out we needed additional postage. It was not the end of the world but a hassle for sure!"

Dana has some great advice for other brides-to-be who find themselves stressing out:

"The day of your wedding goes by FAST! I was prepared for that but my biggest takeaway would be that all of your planning efforts will come into place. Let your vendors do their jobs and relax and have fun! You and your husband should just focus upon being present in your wedding day and to take in the love and support you have from friends and family!

I am so glad I started planning early. Those bridal timelines are a big help! Securing a date with your church, venue and vendors is important because they can book up quickly! Even years in advance! Another thing, don't be afraid to ask for help if you're feeling overwhelmed. Delegate to family and friends if need be. Have your fiance offer his input on the details - if there is something he really wants, go with it. The day is about the BOTH of you!"

Thank you SO much to Dana and Sam for letting us feature their beautiful wedding day! We are so happy to have worked with you and wish you nothing but luck in your future together! To see more pictures from their special day, check out the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Alesha

We are so beyond excited to introduce you to our featured bride this week!

She is one of the sweetest people to walk through our door and was such a joy to work with!

Meet Alesha...

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Alesha and her husband Zach were married this June in a gorgeous wedding at St. Mary Church in Griffith. Alesha wore a stunning Allure Bridals gown and made it her own by adding Stella York straps to the top! She also wore a beautiful veil by Bel Aire Bridals!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Cowgirl boots finished off the look and how CUTE are these?!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Her beautiful, rose-filled bouquet and arrangements were made by Lemster's Floral out of Valpo. SO pretty! We are suckers for a classic bouquet {and that layered train}!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

After their I do's, Alesha and Zach headed to their reception at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds Artisan Barn. It was the perfect rustic setting!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Beautiful centerpieces made with burlap, wine bottles, flowers and wood accents added to the theme. So beautiful AND budget friendly! We love the table numbers!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

You can never go wrong with a little burlap and lace! The newlyweds made sure to honor their family's weddings with a touching tribute table. This is an idea that never goes out of style, and it's fun to see how dresses have changed over the years!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Designer Desserts and Suzie's Cafe and Catering {both out of Valpo} provided the food, cake and baked goods and guys...there was a cookie bar! We are loving the new trend of breaking away from traditional cakes and incorporating other yummy goodies for guests to enjoy!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

I mean I would eat all of it.

The dance floor was lit by string lights in a beautiful tent outside, the perfect spot for the couple to share this special moment..

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

A gorgeous sunset painted the sky and made a stunning backdrop for pictures, These two lovebirds are just so cute!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Let's learn a little more about the happy couple from the bride herself!

"Zach and I met at a summer party where we realized we had a lot of mutual friends. We started talking after this and spending time together with those friends later on that summer. He then asked if he could take me on a date, and our first date was on my parents’ 32nd wedding anniversary."

Sounds pretty meant to be. Soon they fell in love and Zach decided to ask Alesha a pretty big question...

"Zach took me to a cabin in Michigan where we went on a beautiful horse drawn carriage ride in the wintertime. After we went back to our cabin, he told me that he had a present to give me and wanted me to close my eyes and turn around. When he told me to turn back around, he was on one knee with the ring. He said a few really touching words and had us both in tears already. He then asked me to marry him, and of course, I said yes! I had a feeling it was coming, but I didn’t know where or when. Before we left for Michigan, several of my friends said that our weekend trip sounded like a perfect place to get engaged, but I just thought it sounded like another awesome trip together like Zach always planned. Another great surprise in addition to the proposal was that he had asked my mom for her blessing before he proposed. My dad had passed away a few months before the proposal, so it meant a lot to me that he still honored this tradition with my mom."

Clearly he is a total keeper! I asked Alesha what her favorite {and not so favorite} parts of the wedding planning were...

"My favorite part was choosing my wedding dress. It was about finding THE dress that I would marry my husband in, but it was more so about having my loved ones around me for such a big moment. Shannon at Something Blue Bridal was so sweet, and she made my mom, grandma, and mother-in-law all really enjoy our wedding dress shopping trips. When I put my dress on, I absolutely loved how it made me feel and look, and I knew I was done looking. My mom and grandma absolutely loved it, and it was so special to hear the things they had to say about me in my wedding dress. They have always been my best friends and biggest inspiration for all that I am, so it was the best feeling in the world having them there. This was especially true because we never know what the future holds. My grandma unexpectedly passed away six months before my wedding. It was very hard not having her there for the rest of the planning process and especially the wedding day. However, I am so grateful that I have the only picture of me in my wedding dress with my grandma by my side thanks to that day and taking that picture.

My least favorite part was definitely the stress of all that there is to do for a wedding. I am in graduate school to obtain my Doctorate of Nursing practice and working as a pediatric nurse, so it was difficult to balance work, school, life, and wedding. I felt very busy and overwhelmed, and most of my limited free time went to wedding planning. I didn’t realize there was THAT much to do to plan a wedding! Wow! I used The Knot wedding planner timeline and took things step by step, and that was a huge help. It felt great to check things off my list and feel like I was making progress. I also kept a binder will ALL the detail of my wedding, vendors, contact info, receipts, things we decided on, etc., which really helped me to stay organized and on top of tasks."

Fast forward to the big day! Alesha had a few stand out moments that brought a tear to our eye.

"I had photo charms around my bouquet of our loved ones who were watching from heaven and a charm on my boot with a photo of my dad and I and the phrase, “Walk with me today and always” so that my dad could still walk me down the aisle. Another favorite moment was having my mom and father-in-law-to-be walk me down the aisle. I chose my mom as my best friend, biggest supporter, and woman who shaped me into who I am today and who I most admire. I chose my father-in-law as someone who has helped fill a void in my life, who has loved me as his own daughter ever since I met my husband, and who is someone I know my dad is so happy that I have in my life despite being sad he can’t be here himself. Finally, my last favorite moment was seeing my husband-to-be see me for the first time as I walked down the aisle and see the tears start to well up in his eyes. I know that one is pretty cliché, but I couldn’t help it. It’s truly unforgettable."

So special to have such an amazing bond with your in laws! Finally, Alesha has some advice for future brides:

"Make your day personalized and unique to you. The best piece of advice that I can give brides-to-be who are currently planning their big day is to enjoy the engagement, planning process, and wedding day! We had a year and a half engagement, and it still went by quickly let alone the wedding day, which went even faster! I know it can be so stressful. However, it really is a fun time, and I loved all the time my husband and I spent with my family, his family, our bridal party, friends, and each other as we celebrated our future, worked on things together, picked out what we wanted for the wedding, and then watched it all unfold when the big day arrived. Somehow it all comes together even when you aren’t sure it will. Besides, no one but you will notice little things that don’t quite go as planned the day of. In fact, sometimes the changes that occur end up being better than the original plans. I originally planned to just light a candle for my dad while the father-daughter song played, but at the last minute, I changed my mind and had the DJ invite all the fathers and daughters out on the dance floor during the song instead. I liked this much better than my original plan. Regardless of what happens, your guests will still have a blast, you still get to marry your best friend, and as long as you have the right mindset, you can’t let anything spoil your day!"

Wise words!! Congratulations Alesha and Zach and thank you SO much for letting us feature your special day! We will miss having you and your fam in the store! Check out more pictures from their gorgeous wedding {by TNL Platinum Photography} in the gallery below!

 

 

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jessica

This week's featured bride is one of our very own consultants!

Meet the oh so beautiful Jessica!

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

We love this lovely lady so so much! She looked so amazing in her Allure Bridals gown that was perfect for the setting and tied the whole look together with a beautiful rose gold belt by Mariell and raw edge veil by Bel Aire Bridals!

We had the honor of attending this gorgeous wedding at Blissful Barn in Three Oaks, Michigan. Seriously, if you ever have the opportunity to check this venue out - DO IT!

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

I mean it's so beautiful!

Jess and her husband Evan paid extra attention to every detail of their gorgeous wedding. Even down to the groom's wedding band, which features a ring of wood to pay homage to his passion and career - carpentry!

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{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

So cool! Evan even built the arbor the happy couple was married under! Talk about adding your own personal touch!

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

Gorgeous!

When it came to stationary, Jess wanted something that was beautiful but also budget friendly. She bought a template off Etsy and did all the printing on her own and the results were seriously stunning!

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

Before the ceremony, Jessica shared a first look with her father. She also gave him the sweetest gift! Jaime Davis Photography was there to capture the special moment.

We live for pictures of these father-daughter moments!

Next up it was time for Evan to see his bride.

Look how excited she is when she sees him!! That's our Jess, always so happy and excited about life!

Finally it was time for the ceremony, which was held on the porch of the barn! A little rain and wind didn't get in the way while the couple said their "I do's".

{Photos by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photos by: Jaime Davis Photography}

That is one happy bride!!

The reception that followed was truly magical, with gorgeous lighting, decorations and flowers by Small Town Weddings {Three Oaks, Michigan} and one DELICIOUS cake by Suzie's Bakery {Valparaiso}. Can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

It was delish!! After dinner we danced the night away and had the best time! As guests left they were treated to "Breakfast on the Babcocks", boxed up cinnamon rolls for everyone to enjoy the morning after! Let me tell you, it was the cutest idea and so yummy!

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

{Photo by: Jaime Davis Photography}

So how did the happy couple meet?

" Evan is a union carpenter that was hired by a local hospital to renovate the floor I worked on. For a couple months, I had the pleasure of admiring him working in a hard-hat and tool belt! We would pass each other in the hallway, elevator and cafeteria. Needless to say, I was interested. Finally, he asked me for coffee. I actually remember that moment very well; he came walking down the hallway on an early summer morning, totally catching me off guard, explaining to me that he noticed me and wanted to get to know me. The rest of that summer was full of date nights, drive-ins and mini golf!"

Fast forward a year and Jessica got the shock of her life!

"On September 10, 2016, Evan and I were at his parents lake house enjoying a rainy morning. We were watching movies with no rush to do anything productive. Once we got through a couple movies, Evan suggested that we go out to a nice dinner on the lake. Once dinner was finished we headed back to the house and the moment we turned the corner I immediately noticed the whole backyard of the lake house was decorated with flowers, candles and a beautiful white arbor!!  My heart completely stopped! Evan lead me up a long staircase to the arbor where he told me a bunch of beautiful things, that I honestly cannot remember! All I know is that he got down on one knee and asked me to be his, forever!"

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So sweet!! Jess loved planning her wedding, but one moment really stood out...

"I truly enjoyed every part of the planning process! From chasing the venue to hand picking our vendors; there was something really special and exciting  about being able to have my hands in all the details! But nothing felt complete until I put on the gown I would be wearing on the big day! I tried on a few beautiful gowns that made me feel so special and pretty but then I tried on one particular dress that made me have those goose bumps and my hair stand up! It was the one! That’s when everything started to feel so real! BEST FEELING EVER!! The girls at SBB were so patient, kind, and really listened to me about what I was envisioning to wear on my big day. I will say the hardest part in the whole planning process is the wait!! We had a 9 month long engagement that seemed like it lasted years!! I couldn’t wait to be his wife, to say “I do” and to celebrate with all our family and friends. The planning and preparation at points seemed like it was flying by and then there were months that dragged on! A lot of my friends and family encouraged me to soak it all in and appreciate this planning season because it’s a once in a life time opportunity. I am so thankful for the advice because I could have easily wished that time away just to get to the wedding day but instead, I enjoyed making each decision!"

Jessica's favorite moment of her big day was something that wasn't originally planned...

"We were crunched on time in between the ceremony and reception for pictures so we decided to do a first look before the wedding. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but on the day of the wedding I was SO thankful for that moment with Evan. The morning was crazy and exciting but the moment that I turned around the corner and saw him, all the pressure and anxiety was gone. It was such a surreal moment that I am so thankful we decided to do! The rest of that morning leading up to the ceremony felt so natural. Just me and my man hanging out with a photographer taking pictures of us!! I know it sounds so cliche but that first look allowed us to be reminded that its not about all the details or planning; its about him and I making an everlasting covenant with each other."

Finally, we asked Jess to give our brides a piece of advice:

"In addition to enjoying your fun engagement, I would also encourage all brides to be ok with change. There were so many times that I had to chose a different vendor or a different color and that's ok! It seems like such a big issue at the moment because you have this image of what you want in your head but in the big picture it doesn’t matter. YOUR DAY IS GONNA BE PERFECT no matter who your DJ is or what color your bridesmaid dresses are. I promise :) Don’t worry about the little things you cannot control- focus on what you can and take everyday with a new perspective!"

Thank you so much to Jessica and Evan for not only allowing us to be part of their special day, but for letting us share it with all of you!! We wish you the best of luck in your future together!! Check out the gallery below for more pictures from their big day!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kayla

Our featured bride this week is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! Meet the lovely Kayla...

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

Kayla rocked her Stella York gown, which paired beautifully with her veil by Bel Aire Bridal!

Kayla and her new husband Alex were married in a beautiful June ceremony at Calvary Community Church. Before the ceremony, the couple decided to share a first look which was photographed by the amazing team at The Siegers Photo + Video!

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{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

Then it was Dad's turn...not going to lie, this one immediately brought tears to my eyes!

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

The emotion on his face is seriously the sweetest thing ever! I can't even take it.

At the church, Kayla had the altar decorated by filling it with gorgeous summer flowers.

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

Finally, it was time to walk down the aisle..

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

That is one happy groom!

After the couple said "I Do", they moved on to Banquets at St. George where they decorated with even more flowers and {our fav} succulents!

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{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

We have to give a shout out to Kayla's florist Cindy {Docter's Interior Plantscaping} who did such a fab job on everything! Check out her seriously gorgeous bouquet!

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

I mean COME ON! So pretty!

The newlyweds treated their guests to cake, pastries and cheesecakes {YUM} by Pat's Perfect Pastries. How delish do these look?!

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

I'll take one of each please! Kayla and Alex also treated their guests to some pretty sweet dance moves. We love a couple who knows how to have fun, and they GOT DOWN!

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{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

{Photo by: The Siegers Photo + Video}

How fun does that wedding look??

We just had to know...how did this couple meet? Instead of just writing her answer, Kayla shared the SWEETEST video by The Siegers Photo + Video all about their love story!

TEARS.

Lets talk wedding planning!

"My favorite parts of the planning process were dress shopping with my mom and sisters and planning the ceremony. I felt like a bride when I tried on the dresses, and my face lit up when I chose the correct one. Planning the ceremony was another favorite part of the process. To Alex and I, that was the most important part of the whole day. We wanted to incorporate meaningful things throughout the ceremony. We had our family pick out their favorite hymns that were sung during the prelude, my dad lifted my veil over my head, we had a memory candle for our family members that are no longer with us, and were able to greet our mom's and dad's after lighting the unity candle."

What about her least favorite part?

"Worrying about what the weather was going to be. It was suppose to storm all day, and I was worried that we weren't going to get the outside pictures I wanted. However, the weather was just the opposite. It was sunny and hot!"

What was the couples' favorite moment of their big day?

"Alex would say that his favorite moment of the wedding was saying 'I do." I would say the  whole ceremony was my favorite part. We were in front of the people who cared and loved us the most, committing ourselves to God and each other for the rest of our lives."

Finally, I asked Kayla to give some advice to brides-to-be who may be stressing the small stuff...

"It's important to remember that at the end of your big day, you get to marry your best friend - and that's the most important thing! Try to go with the flow. Things change a lot from the beginning of your planning process all the way to the day you say "I do". As much as you want it a specific way, try to keep an open mind!"

 

Thank you SO MUCH to Kayla and Alex for allowing us to share their special day with everyone, you guys make such a beautiful couple and we wish you nothing but happiness and love in your future together!! To see more pictures from their wedding, check out the gallery below!

 

{SBB Bride of the Week} Ashley

We are so excited to introduce you to our featured bride this week, Ashley!

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Ashley and her new hubby JC were married on a gorgeous June day at St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso. The beautiful ceremony was followed by a fun reception at Duneland Falls Banquet Center! Ashley and her bridesmaids had STUNNING flowers made for them by Angelique from Weddings by Angelique, who conveniently works at the banquet center! Seriously, check these out...

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

I mean so pretty, right?!

Ashley looked amazing in her Stella York gown and Bel Aire Bridal veil, compliments of Something Blue!

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

That train is everything! You can feel how crazy the newlyweds are about each other through this picture! The reception was a sparkling affair, with glittery table covers and shining decor.

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

The couple met on a blind date at Stacks in Valpo {they had lots of mutual friends} and quickly knew they were meant to be. I'll let Ashley tell you about the day JC proposed:

"It was 5 days before my 30th birthday and we were at my parents house after going out to dinner! They got me a cake and when they told me to blow out my candles he got down on one knee and proposed. I knew that it was coming soon but I didn't know he would do it in front of my whole family!"

Talk about a great birthday present! Ashley says her favorite part of the planning process was getting to look at dresses and checking out different venues.

"It was fun to get to see how many different ways a wedding could turn out and to get to use my vision to design exactly what I wanted! I had a lot of fun with my mom because she helped me throughout the entire process. My least favorite part of planning was trying to get so many different vendors for one day. It was frustrating to try to get everyone I wanted all on the same day. I also didn't like when people tried to take over the wedding and gave too much input because it caused a lot of stress close to the wedding! I never realized how many people try to offer their opinions!"

Finally the big day was here. Ashley says her favorite moment of the wedding was walking down the aisle.

"We didn't do a first look and I'm happy because it was so special to see JC the first time and realize that he was about to be my husband after all the months and stress of planning!"

Finally, Ashley has some great advice for future brides:

"You can't make everyone happy! It's your wedding and your husband's! Do what you want and not what a bunch of other family members want you to do. It should be about the bride and groom! My best advice is to have fun during the reception. You worked on this day for months! Make sure you get to enjoy it! I would also tell future brides to have someone you can really count on to help you when you need it and someone that you feel like has your best interests in mind.  For me it was my mom! Also don't be disappointed if your fiancé doesn't seem to help. They don't care about what color the dresses are and what kind of flowers you carry! JC loves music so I made him in charge of the playlists."

Awesome advice from a great bride!! Thank you SO much to Ashley and JC for letting us share their wedding day! Check out the gallery below for more pictures from their big day!

{photos by: TNL Platinum Photography}

 

{A Bride's Guide to the Perfect Pair x Badgley Mischka}

Youve found the man of your dreams, the dress of your dreams, and now its time to find the shoes of your wildest dreams. Theres your soulmate {important} and then there is your SOLEmate {equally important}.

Ahhh, we love a happy ending just as much as we love a good pair of shoes. Yah know, the ones you don’t have to take off after an hour of wearing them. The ones that make you go “yas, work, work, strut, and twirl” in your head as you catch a glance at your reflection. We know. We got you, girl.

Here is a closer look at our designer shoes by Badgley Mischka:

 

The Pump:

Oh, my. Hold on, I have to catch my breath on this one. The Kiara peep-toe pump is numero uno on our list. With the hand placed stones on the back, peep toe, platform and 3 and 3/4" heel, the vintage glam inspired feel will make you fall in love for a second time. This gorg pump comes in white, ivory, latte, blush, orchid, red, fuchsia, sapphire, tiffany blue and silver. A classic love affair that everyone will swoon over, head to toe.

The Ankle Strap:

The ankle strapped open toed Badgley is an exceptional way to add a touch of class and elegance to your bridal ensemble. On the left we have the Bankston with a 2 and 3/4 inch heels, hand beaded open toe accent, and an adjustable ankle strap. On the right we have the Roxy complete with a satin finish, peep toe, and glamorous Gatsby beading.

Something borrowed...something bling... something blue... wait, what?  Thats not how it goes? 

The Wedge:

Badgley Mischka Tabby wedges have won our hearts. Classy and fabulous... right, Mrs. Chanel? It’s the heel that really isn’t a heel. Perfect for all my girls out there that want {or if you’re like me, need} a little height on their big day but don’t want the hassle of a real heel. This gorg pair comes in nude, blush, and ivory.

 

{Still swooning......}

 

 

 

The Peep Toe:

My heart skips a few beats just thinking about the detail on these jaw-dropped peep toed heels. Just imagine the adorable photos your photographer will snag on the day of as you walk down the aisle with these lovelies peeking out from beneath your gown. The Candance, Dana, and Nilla are a few of our fav peep-toed babes.

The Flat:

Poised to perfection, I am a SUCKER for a Badgley Mischka flat. Just check out the embellishment detail! My favorite part about these beauties is that you can carry them in a back up bag when you're ready to kick off your heels and still be glam. Heck, you can even wear them the entire time! These are a must for every bride, whether you're having an outdoor wedding or just want to have an adorable pair of comfy {yet amazing} shoes.

 

 

 

 

No matter what pair you choose, you can't go wrong with Badgleys! Stop in SBB and check out our amazing selection. Don't forget, our lovely brides get 15% off!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Lauryn

{SOMETHING BLUE BRIDE OF THE WEEK}

We love showing off our gorgeous brides and their unique, beautiful weddings! In addition to their amazing pics, we will also be asking them all about their planning process and advice for future brides!

This week’s featured bride is the oh-so-lovely Lauryn!

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

 

Lauryn and her new hubby Sam were married last July at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, Illinois.

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Lauryn seriously rocked her Stella York gown that was covered in beautiful scalloped lace. She added a super pretty belt by Mon Cheri Bridals for some extra glam. Her gorg flowers were created by  Homewood Florist.

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

And all these stunning pictures? Lauryn has Trysh Jaeger Photography to thank for that! A super fun feature at the reception was a martini luge! I mean come on, how cool is that?!

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Lauryn and Sam also treated their guests to a dessert table. Yum! Pretty sure that’s where we would be hanging out the entire reception.

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

We love hearing how our brides met the love of their life! Here's Lauryn's story:

"Sam and I met through a mutual friend. I am not from Northwest Indiana and when I did eventually move here I became friends with a coworker. Her and Sam have been friends since middle school and we started running into each other a lot. Eventually our mutual friend realized we both liked each other and helped Sam get my number. Our first date was the auto show and dinner at D4 (an Irish Pub) downtown in February 2013."

Let's fast forward to the day he proposed:

"Sam orchestrated quite a proposal! He had recently started a new job and promised me a nice dinner and night out in Chicago. He took me to Mastro's Steakhouse and then we planned to meet people to watch the Hawks game. Our friend Mike called and said his company actually had a lot of clients in from out of town and they had a suite at Trump Tower to watch the game and we should meet him there. When we arrived I realized it was all a set up... there was an aisle of rose pedals that led to "Will You Marry Me" spelled out in roses on the floor. I was SHOCKED! After I said yes, Sam said we should go get a drink and celebrate. When we arrived Sam had both our families and all our closest friends, including my college friends from all over, there for a surprise engagement party!" 

STOP IT! So cute! So what were Lauryn's fav parts of the planning process?

"Dress shopping (thank you making that so fun! I felt like I was on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress!), looking for a venue, finding a photographer (we went with Trysh Jaeger and I would HIGHLY recommend her), and meeting with our venue to decide on everything as far as food, dessert, chair coverings, and all the small details that made the room come together so beautifully."

Wedding planning isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Lauryn kept it real with us and filled us in on her least favorite part of planning:

"I hated making a seating chart!! My venue had restrictions on how many tables and how many people at each so there was a few people that were hard to place. We had a large wedding, about 300, so it was tough to place everyone, but it worked out perfect in the end. I also hated stuffing all the invites and tracking down all the people that forget to send back the RSVP's."

Before she knew it, it was Lauryn's big day! Her favorite moment? The first look between her and her new hubby!

"Up until we started planning I was very against having one and didn't want him to see me until I walked down the aisle. Once my photographer explained to me the upsides of a first look we decided to go with it and I am SO SO happy that we did. It was a very private and emotional moment that we got to share together. We first saw each other at the spot we would say our vows and the only other people near us were our photographer and videographer. We were able to really live in the moment instead of being rushed by the ceremony or being nervous with everyone staring at us."

Any advice for brides-to-be?

"My biggest takeaway would be to stay organized!! I kept a binder with tabs with receipts and notes from all my vendors and kept all my appointments in my phone. Planning can be super overwhelming, especially if you're having a big wedding, or organization was key. The advice I always give brides is to just relax. I planned early and admittedly got a bit stressed out during the process, but the day of I had the mentality that "whatever happens, will happen" and it was great. I was so relaxed and rolled with the punches. I knew that I had everything I could to make the day as perfect as possible and if something didn't go right my bridal party would fix it, and if they couldn't then there was no point in ruining this once in a lifetime day over something I couldn't control. I woke up with that mentality and honestly, it was a perfect day! If anything did go wrong, I didn't notice it. The most important thing is to remember is that your wedding is a day, your marriage is a lifetime. As long as that is great, then you're in great shape!"

Thank you SO much Lauryn for sharing your special day with us!! Here are some more pictures from the happy couples wedding day! {Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

 

{Welcome! Meet the consultants of SBB}

Welcome to Something Blue Bridal’s blog!

This is the spot where you’ll find our real brides, tips and current trends,  get all of the deets from local vendors and much more! We’re so excited to be able to help you and other brides-to-be answer all those tedious questions and help make the planning process as easy as possible!

This is the perfect time to introduce you to our fabulous team!

{Our Fearless Leader}

Hello and thank you for visiting Something Blue Bridal!  My name is Sandy Jamison and I have owned Something Blue Bridal since October of 2012. I fell in love with the wedding process after my wedding in 2007 and always knew I wanted to be apart of this crazy world.  After much encouragement from my husband and family I left my teaching career to pursue my dream of opening a more personal bridal boutique in NWI.  In a matter of months my dream was born. I love everything bridal {and I mean everything}!  I’m the one that you will find in the shop tearing up when a bride says yes and asking about every detail of the big day. I’m a hopeless romantic and being around our brides I get to play a very small part in each and everyone’s love story. Not only will you see me running around the shop, but I have been blessed with amazing brides and staff who occasionally welcome my crazy kiddos into their world. I am incredibly grateful for my remarkable children and husband that unconditionally support this crazy dream of mine.  I genuinely can not wait to meet you and welcome you into our SBB family!

 

Hey there and congratulations!! My name is Shannon and I have been a consultant with Something Blue since March 2015. I hold a degree from Columbia College Chicago in Broadcasting but have been swept off my feet by the bridal world and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else! I have been married to the love of my life since September 2012 and welcomed a beautiful daughter in 2014. We are so excited to add a baby boy to our family in October 2017! There is nothing I love more about this job than the people I work with and the AMAZING brides who walk through our door every day. I absolutely love meeting our brides-to-be and their wonderful families and getting the chance to know them over the course of their wedding planning. I look forward to meeting you and learning your personal bridal style!

 

Hi guys! My name is Colleen and I’ve been a consultant here at Something Blue since August 2016. I recently graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and also spent my senior year of college studying in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After working in the fashion industry of NYC, I moved back to my roots in Northwest Indiana and stumbled into the bridal world when I started working at Something Blue. I’m so glad I did because I have absolutely loved working with all of our wonderful brides, along with my awesome coworkers here at SBB. I’ll never get tired of seeing a bride light up when she finds her dream dress! I can’t wait to meet you and help you find your “Something New”!

 

Well….hello, lovely Mrs.-to-be! My name is Celine, and I am a consultant here at Something Blue Bridal. On top of working here, I am also a full time student at Purdue University Northwest pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship with a minor in marketing. In addition, I also am the President and Founder of the Love Your Melon chapter at PNW. I have my hands full, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! My absolute passion {apart from being surrounded by gorg. dresses everyday} is making girls, women, and brides alike feel beautiful in their own skin. I adore nothing more than making a bride realize her true beauty as she takes the first steps towards the rest of her life; the dress {obvi, right?}. Aside from that, I am obsessed with ALL things bridal and I may or may not even dream in shades of ivory and white at this point. Enough about me, I can’t wait to meet you!

 

 

Hello! My name is Amber and I've been in the bridal industry since 2009. My favorite thing about working with brides is having the opportunity to be apart of a very precious memory. As bridal consultants our goal isn't to sell a bride on a dress; it's to fulfill that fantasy that as little girls we have to find that perfect dress to walk down the aisle toward our Prince Charming in! I love being apart of that memory! I have been with the something blue family since November 2015 and absolutely love the environment! When you become a something blue bride you become apart of our family! I have been married since 2012 and I have a beautiful son, Troy! My obsession is anything and everything Disney! I am a kid at heart and always try to be as positive as I can! I love our something blue brides and can't wait to make more brides members of the SBB family!

 

Hello newly engaged! My name is Brandi and I have been apart of the Something Blue family since January 2016. I am also a full time student at Purdue University Northwest. I have also worked for a seamstress for 4 years, so I have experience in the wedding industry. In addition to my busy schedule, three years ago started a blog to empower women. So, I know all about wanted to feel beautiful and confident on that special day. I cannot wait to help you find the perfect dress that will make you feel AMAZING on our wedding day.

 

Hello beautiful brides! My name is Jess and I have been working at Something Blue since 2015! I am also a full time student, secretary in the NICU at a local hospital and I recently got married in May! So, needless to say that I can relate to the excitement of wedding planning! I honestly admit that I LOVE my job. It is the ultimate escape to paradise for me to be able to help brides find their perfect wedding dress! Finding your dream dress should be the easiest and least stressful part to the whole process and that's exactly what we are here to do! :) I am so thrilled to be able to meet you and help you unfold your fairy tale wedding!