{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!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Ashley

A S H L E Y  +  Z A C H

{June 30th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Region Weddings}

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

This bride! This dress! SO GOOD!!

We are pleased to introduce you to Ashley!

For her June wedding, Ashley chose an incredible Allure Bridals gown that is an absolute showstopper! Her Bel Aire veil is the icing on the {wedding} cake!

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

SO beautiful!

Before walking down the aisle, Ashley wanted to give her dad and step dad a sneak peek of her dress.

First it was Dad's turn...

STOP. All the feels!

Next up was her first look with her Step Dad....

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

We just love those!

For her flowers, Ashley worked with the Bonnie View to create a vibrant bridal bouquet, with baby's breath for the bridesmaids.

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 {Photos by: Region Weddings}

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

Ashley and Zach were married at County Line Apple Orchard.

A tractor was waiting outside of the barn to whisk guests to the ceremony location within the orchard {so cool}.

A sign at the ceremony site reminded guests to sit back and enjoy the wedding and leave the picture-taking to the photographer!

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

After the ceremony, guests headed back to the Big Barn for a fun night of dinner, dancing, "Muskin Mules" {we love this} and some yummy pie baked at the orchard!

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

We love a barn wedding! That chandelier is so gorg!

Let's learn a little more about Ashley and Zach!

How did the newlyweds meet?

"We have known each other for about 10 years, but don't actually remember when or where we met, just that we met through a mutual friend Carli. We would run into each other on and off at bars and the like, but never spent much time together.

Fast forward to St. Patrick's Day 2014, we ran into each other at Diamond Jim's in Crown Point. My friends begged me to come out and when I went to the bar to get a drink, Zach and his friends were there. We ended up talking and instead of going back to my friend table, my friend and I ended up spending the rest of the night out with Zach and his friends.

Our first date was the following Friday at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake and we have been together ever since."

Zach decided to propose when Ashley was least expecting it..

"Zach proposed spur of the moment at my mom & stepdad's house in Michigan. We were up there celebrating my stepdad's 50th birthday. Little did I know, my sister, Haley and my mom, had been conspiring with him all day.

After we had been hanging out outside and in the pond, he asked me if I wanted to go sit in one of the floats. We walked down the stairs onto the beach and he turned us around and asked for everyone's attention and I realized what was happening.

He made a little speech to everyone and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and of course I said yes!! It was a big surprise!"

After Zach put a ring on it, it was time to start planning!

Ashley knew exactly where she wanted to start...

"I jumped right on looking for a dress, I went to try a few dresses on with my mom, grandma, sister and aunt/godmother in Michigan. The first store was not the most helpful but we had fun, I let my family pick out dresses for me to try on.

Something Blue was the second store I went to, I ended up with the second dress I tried on. I tried a lot more on but kept thinking about the one I ended up with. At the end I tried it back on and decided it was the perfect dress. We had so much fun at the store and felt like we were the only ones there even though it was a busy day!"

When it came to planning her big day, what was Ashley's favorite part of the process?

"Coming up with all the decor and putting our personality into it."

What about her least favorite part?

"Chasing down RSVPs!"

We hear that ALL THE TIME!

The big day had finally arrived. Which part sticks out in Ashley's mind the most?

"My favorite moment of the day was seeing Zach when I walked down the aisle."

Now that the wedding is over, what is Ashley's biggest takeaway from the whole

"Make sure that you start early, and make sure to do research on any vendors that you use."

Any other advice for brides currently planning their dream wedding?

"My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure to get a good, professional photographer and to remember the day is about you and your future spouse. Other people can make suggestions, but at the end of the day it's what you want."

Congratulations, Ashley and Zach!! Thank you so much for letting us share your beautiful wedding day!

Check out more pictures from their big day in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Ina

I N A  +  K Y L E

{July 7th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

Do we have the most gorgeous brides or what?!

Meet Ina!

Ina came to Something Blue searching for the perfect gown for her Summer wedding in Colorado and she nailed it with this Essense of Australia dress!

The color, the illusion back, the side cutouts...swoon!

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

Ina turned to local florist Pink Posey Design to create her gorgeous bouquet. It fit in perfectly with her mountain top wedding!

In memory of her dad, she had a charm wrapped around her bouquet so he could still walk her down the aisle.

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 {Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

Ina and her hubby Kyle were married at Sapphire Point Overlook in Breckenridge.

She was walked down the aisle by both of her brothers - so sweet!

Let's talk scenery - the ceremony backdrop was so incredible, you have to see it for yourself...

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed to Breckenridge Distillery for dinner and drinks!

We're drooling over that gorgeous cake and all those barrels!

The whole setting was dreamy.

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

We weren't lyin, right?? Such a perfect reception spot!

Let's get to know the newlyweds a little better!

How did they meet?

"We met in 2007 right after I graduated HS, he went to Merrillville, I to CP. I had a Fourth of July party at my house that year and my best friend was dating one of his best friends so they came to the party. My mom (if you know her you understand) pointed him out...something like "oh that boy in the blue shirt is cute" and made us take a picture together (yes we still have the picture). We joked after that night about the boy in the blue shirt being my boyfriend. A week after we went on our first date and started dating ever since then!"

STOP that is actually so cute! Mom always knows best!

When Kyle was ready to pop the question, he made sure to make it memorable!

"Kyle proposed to me at Sharkys beach in Venice FL. I was on top of the paddle board (yes in the ocean) he said "I think I see a sharks tooth" came back up and had my ring. I definitely had a feeling it was going to come soon, surely not in that manner but it was perfect!"

Let's talk about our favorite subject - wedding gowns.

"Well I had no expectations other than the countless hours of watching say yes to the dress everyday. But the experience at SBB was amazing. I met Celine, who I'm pretty sure is my long lost sister. She completely understood me, knew exactly the style I was looking for. The staff was extremely friendly and even let me book an accessory appointment with my nieces where I tried on my sample dress and got to play dress up with them."

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

"It was a hard choice because there was so many beautiful gowns and honestly they all looked soooo amazing. I never had that bride moment but the dress I chose was the 1st one I tried on, everyone had agreed that it was the top contender and I kept comparing all the other dresses to that one. It really wasn't until my dress fitting that I felt that surge of emotion that I was looking for and I'm so happy with my decision. The dress was perfect for our wedding!"

We agree!

I asked Ina to tell us all about her planning process..

"The planning process is stressful don't get me wrong but I had a wedding planning who kept me on track which made my process a lot easier. My favorite part of planning was picking my vendors. My least favorite part was planning everything from a different state because there were so many unknowns."

Finally, the wedding day had arrived!

What was Ina's favorite part of her big day?

"Hands down my favorite moment of our wedding was listening to my husbands vows. I'm pretty sure he had every single person crying."

Now that it's all said and done, is there anything she would change?

"I would say don't stress but that's inevitable. So enjoy the stress, just know at the end of the day everything will come together perfectly. The only thing that truly matters is the moment you share with your husband. I swear no body cares what color your linens are or what centerpieces you picked! They'll even forgive you if they don't like your food ;)"

Any final advice??

"My advice, keep it simple, small and simple! Having a small destination wedding with my closet friends and family was the best choice we could have made!"

Thank you so much, Ina and Kyle, for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us!! We are so happy for you both and wish you nothing but happiness in your future together!

Can't get enough? Check out more of their beautiful wedding pictures in the gallery below!

 

{SBB Bride of the Week} Leah

L E A H  +  A U S T I N

{June 16th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

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

Leah was married in June in a beautiful outdoor wedding.

She chose a halter top Willowby by WToo dress and couldn't have picked a more perfect gown for her big day!

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

For her flowers, Leah worked with Monarch Florist and Events to create her incredible bouquet!

For her bridesmaids, Leah chose ferns instead of a traditional bouquet.

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 {Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

Before saying "I Do", Leah wanted to have a first look with her hubby Austin.

Michelle Hamstra Photography was on hand to capture the moment Austin saw his bride...

Leah and Austin were married at Leah's parent's home.

Not only is it a beautiful piece of property, but the set up for the ceremony was absolutely stunning!

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

Those chairs! That arbor! We love all of it!!

After the ceremony, the reception was held in a tent filled with strings of lights, flowers and lanterns.

A table just for the kiddos in attendance was such a great touch!

As for food and drinks, Leah and Austin chose to have food trucks instead of traditional catering as well as kegs from local breweries. We are ON BOARD! So cool!

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

Such a cool wedding!

Let's get to know the newlyweds!

Leah and Austin met as freshmen in high school and after years of dating, he was ready to pop the question...

"The night of the proposal, we went out for dinner with friends. At the restaurant, we all made plans to go back to my parent’s house to hot tub. When Austin and I pulled into the driveway, I realized there were lanterns lining the driveway, and large photos of us set up around the yard. He led me down to a table adorned with more photos of us, candles, and lanterns. He handed me a homemade scrap book full of memories and pictures of us. When I finished reading the book, he was on one knee!"

Did Leah have any idea a proposal was coming?

"Although I knew that he was looking at rings and planning a proposal at some point, I had no idea it would be that weekend!"

When the time came to shop for a dress, Leah didn't have a hard time deciding on the one..

"I only had to go to two dress shops before finding “the one” at Something Blue. It was all surprisingly stress free and easy! Although I wanted a dress that would make me feel amazing and would impress my guests, I knew that ultimately, Austin would love me in anything, so overthinking wasn’t necessary. 

When I first tried on my dress, I knew I loved it, but it took me a while to officially pull the trigger…mainly because I am a cheap Dutch girl, and was always taught to sleep on any decision that involves spending money. Ha! It was especially special to me, because it was the dress that my Mother-in-Law picked out, and was the overwhelming winner to all of my family and bridesmaids."

Let's talk wedding planning. What was the best part?

"My favorite part of the planning process was sampling our food truck options haha!"

I mean that would be ours too.

What about her least favorite part?

"My least favorite part was the waiting… I just wanted to get married ASAP!"

Finally, the wedding day had arrived! What was the best part of the day?

"My favorite moment of the wedding was witnessing everyone we’ve ever known and cared about coming together in one spot. We’ve got friends and family all over the country, so to have everyone celebrate with us in one location was incredible! And then dancing the night away with them was even better.

Any advice for future brides??

"My advice is TO CHILL OUT! Why stress about details? The whole day is so that you get to marry the love of your life. If anything goes wrong, WHO CARES? Your fairy tale is coming true. People love you. This is an amazing new chapter in your life, and no mishap is going to change that."

YES! We love this advice!

Thank you so much to Leah and Austin for letting us share their beautiful day! To see more of their gorg pictures check out the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Bailey

B A I L E Y  +  T Y L E R

{MAY 27th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Oh hey there, Bailey! You're stunning!

We always say this but we really do have the best brides -Bailey was seriously such a joy to work with!

We LOVE her Essense of Australia gown, with its gorgeous beading and illusion back!

Bailey was married in May and her dress couldn't have been more perfect!

The mirror in her room was covered with love post it notes from Tyler..I mean can you even?!

After getting ready, she let dad have the first peek before walking her down the aisle...

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Bailey's bouquet was so beautiful and full of vibrant spring flowers! The Garden by Elizabeth knocked it out of the park on this one!

Wrapped around her bouquet were charms honoring both of her grandfathers who are no longer with us.

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 {Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Bailey and her husband Tyler wanted to share a first look before the ceremony.

We just love their genuine reactions of excitement when they see each other!!

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

The newlyweds were married at Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.

Y'all. THIS CHAPEL!! It's so beautiful!

After the ceremony, a vintage red truck was waiting for Bailey and Tyler to ride off into the sunset...or to the reception...together!

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Peep that no devices sign. This is SUCH a good idea to make sure you don't have guests' phones in all of your ceremony pictures!

After the ceremony, guests headed to County Line Orchard for a beautiful barn reception.

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

If you think the pictures are pretty, you have to check out Bailey and Tyler's wedding video by Foothill Films!

I think it's impossible for us to watch a wedding video and not get choked up! Foothill Films did such a great job on it!

Bailey and Tyler met in high school. After years of dating, Tyler decided to pop the question with a little help from his future mother-in-law!

"I was with my mom and my grandma at the Hunt and Gather Market at the Lake County Fairgrounds. After we were done at the market, we were going to meet Tyler for lunch. I let him know when we were leaving the fairgrounds, and that he could meet us at the restaurant. We pulled out of the parking lot and found ourselves in front of a beautiful covered bridge with flowers and landscaping all around it. I was tired, hot, hungry, and confused why we weren't leaving. My grandma asked if we could get a picture in front of the bridge together. I was confused, because we never usually took pictures together, but I didn't want to disappoint her. We got out of the car, and my grandma and I stood in front of the bridge. My mom started to take the picture, and as she did, I saw someone coming out of the corner of my eye. I instantly recognized it was Tyler, but I couldn't process what was happening! He walked up to me, as I probably had the most shell-shocked look on my face, and he got down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. I was so surprised! He and my mom had planned the whole thing the night before, and my mom was able to get the whole thing on video for us, so now we have memory of it forever."

So it was a big surprise?

"We knew we wanted to get engaged in the summer of 2017, so I knew it was happening anytime during those summer months. I just had NO idea exactly when it was happening, which is crazy for me, because I am very difficult to plan surprises for, because I usually find everything out!"

I asked Bailey to tell me all about her dress buying experience...

"I went into the process with an open-mind. I had a few "requirements" I knew I wanted/didn't want for my dress, but didn't have a specific style in mind, because I didn't want to be disappointed if I couldn't find the exact one I had in mind. Dresses also look different on everybody, so what you see on the hanger will most likely look completely different on you! I took my mom, maid-of-honor, my now mother-in-law, and my grandma. Colleen was incredibly helpful. She told me all the details of each dress as I tried them on, and even put some back on the rack before I tried them on, because she could tell I wouldn't like them, based off of other dresses I had already tried on. I had so much fun trying so many different kinds of dresses on, and I felt beautiful! I also kept the dress a surprise from everyone, bridesmaids and family included, until the wedding day. It was special to me that only the people who came dress shopping with me knew what it looked like. I also was so impressed with every person who worked there. Every time I walked into Something Blue, whether it was to pick up my dress, buy accessories, or have a fitting, Sandy greeted me by name every time I stepped through the doors. It says a lot about a company when they recognize and call all their brides by name, even when they see probably 100s of them on a weekly basis."

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

"I tried on maybe 5-6 dresses before I tried on "the one." The first few I tried on were beautiful, but I didn't really feel anything while wearing them. Everyone always told me that I would just know when it was the right one, and I really had no idea what they meant by that. I tried on a dress, picked by my maid-of-honor, and the instant I put it on, I just knew. It was perfect in every single way, and when I walked out of the dressing room, everyone else seemed to like it just as much as I did. I didn't want to take it off! I tried on the remaining dresses just to be sure, but I kept going back to the one I ended up picking. I tried it on three times that night, and every time I put it on, I just knew that it was the dress I would walk down the aisle in and dance the night away in. And I'm still so sad I never get to wear it again!"

When it was time to plan the big day, Bailey's favorite part of the process was getting to do it with her mom.

"I was the first child of my parents to get married, and the only daughter, so she had a blast helping plan everything with me. She often thought of ideas or things we needed to do that I probably would have forgotten about, so I don't know what I would have done without her! There were many nights where she stayed up long past midnight taking care of details so that I didn't have to. I also loved getting to meet with all of our vendors one last time and finalize all of our details for the day! It made things feel real, and they were all just as excited about our day as we were! Lastly, I loved seeing all of my planning efforts come to fruition. Planning for so many months, all the little details, all the meetings, and all the stress was so worth it. Seeing everything happen exactly as it was supposed to made all the stress worth it! We loved everything about our day, and Tyler and I talk often about how perfect it was."

But she wasn't a fan of all the little, but important, details...

"Making a day-of schedule, making a seating chart, following up with guests who hadn't RSVP'd, making sure vendors know the timeline of the day, and all the other last minute details that need to be done right before the wedding are stressful and were easy to want to brush off. However, finalizing all those little details are what made the day run so smoothly!"

Finally, the wedding day had arrived! What was Bailey's favorite part of her big day?

"There's so many, but there are a few things that really stand out to me. First, I am so glad Tyler and I did a first look. It gave us time to spend a few minutes together, just the two of us, before the craziness of the day began. It helped calm my nerves immensely, and it was so special letting him see me first, before anyone else at the ceremony did. It also allowed for some really fun candid pictures of us together when he saw me turn around. My second favorite moment was being overwhelmed with so much joy knowing that all of our closest friends and family were all in the same place to celebrate us. To see every single person I love under one roof was so special to me that it actually moved me to tears after we left the reception. I couldn't believe that all those people came just to celebrate and have fun with us as we began our married life together! I also LOVED our bridal party. They danced all night long with us, thanks to our amazing DJ. I loved hearing all the compliments from our guests about how much fun they had at our reception."

A good DJ is SO important!

Now that it's all said and done, what is Bailey's biggest takeaway from the planning process?

"If you can, hire a day-of coordinator! Ours was a complete life-saver. Our venue could not be decorated until the day of the wedding, because of a reception the night before, so we weren't able to decorate it ourselves. She took care of all the setting up and take down of our decor, as well as making sure that everything at our reception venue was taken care of. She took care of so much on our wedding day and it took so much stress off of us. We didn't have to worry about a thing! I also would advise to give yourself PLENTY of time before the wedding to get ready and take pictures. Give yourself however much time you think you need, and then add 30-60 minutes. We gave ourselves what we thought was enough time, but things got rushed and stressful as it came time to get closer to doing pictures. Me getting into my dress and having my mom help me with those last minute details was special for us, but it was also rushed and stressful, and it was hard to fully enjoy. Getting ready 30 minutes earlier would have given us a little more time so things wouldn't have been as rushed."

Any final advice for brides currently planning their big day?

"I think this probably cliche, but it's also true. Enjoy every single moment. Remember all the little things. Remember what your dad says to you as he walks you down the aisle. Remember how beautiful you feel as you slip on your dress for the first time. Look around at all the people at your ceremony/reception who are there just for you. Remember all the little feelings/moments that can't be documented on a camera. Soak up every moment, because the day goes by in the blink of an eye."

Congratulations, Bailey and Tyler!!! We are so excited for you guys! Check out more of their gorgeous wedding pictures in the gallery below!