{SBB Bride of the Week} Monica

M O N I C A + T Y L E R

{July 21st, 2018}

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

Meet Monica!

She is the sweetest person and such a beautiful bride!

For her big summer wedding, Monica chose a classic satin gown, which she accented with a Susan G Allen veil and Sara Gabriel belt!

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

The Smits own greenhouses, so they know their flowers.

That’s why they decided to go with Homewood Florist to create the bouquets and they did not disappoint!

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{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

Monica married her husband Tyler at First Reformed Church of South Holland.

After saying “I Do”, they were showered in leaves by the guests as they left the church…

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

As we previously mentioned, Monica’s family owns Smits Farms in Chicago Heights.

When the time came for the newlyweds to choose a venue, Monica’s dad had an idea - BUILD them a wedding greenhouse!

Not joking, they built this gorgeous greenhouse just for the reception!

The results were nothing short of stunning, with greenery as far as the eye can see!

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

OBSESSED.

We’ve seen their gorgeous wedding, now let’s get to know the newlyweds a little better…

“Tyler and I met at Illiana Christian High School, so we are high school sweethearts! He was a senior and I was a sophomore when we really got close. Because his last name is “Smit” and mine was “Smits” our lockers were close to each other and he used to stop by my locker and flirt with me before 7th period. We started dating, and then he went off to college. We did long distance dating for the next 5 years which as extremely hard but so worth it!”

How did Tyler pop the question?

“Well this is a story! Haha! On August 12, 2017 I was supposed to go a Chicago Farmers Market in the city, which meant I had to get up at 4:00am and load up the trucks. To my surprise, Tyler had my brother-in-law take my spot so when I got out to the truck Tyler was standing there! We drove to the city where we watched the sun rise over the lake at North Avenue Beach, and then he took me to breakfast. In the afternoon he took me to the Willis Tower Skydeck and then the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Throughout the whole day I was preparing myself for him to propose but at each place it didn’t come! He then took me to my favorite Chicago restaurant for an amazing dinner. Afterward he brought me to the condo building where we now live, took me to the rooftop balcony, and got down on one knee! It was the most special and exciting day (second only to our wedding day!). We ended the day at the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel which was where he had originally asked me to be his girlfriend 4 years earlier!”

Was it a surprise??

“I knew it was coming! We had talked about getting married so many times and throughout the whole day I could tell it was bound to happen, I just didn’t know when!"

Let’s talk wedding dress shopping!

“Being an extremely detail oriented person, finding a dress was very difficult for me. Saying yes to Tyler was so easy, but saying yes to a dress was far more difficult. I went to so many different stores and tried on so many dresses before coming to Something Blue! My mom truly does have the patience of a saint! When we finally made it to Something Blue we were greeted by amazing staff and a welcoming environment. I visited the store twice and had narrowed down my choices when a brand new satin dress appeared on a hanger and I fell in love. No other dress compared to that one in my mind!”

How did she know her dress was “the one”?

“When I closed my eyes and envisioned myself walking down the aisle to marry the man of dreams, that was the dress I was wearing.”  

When it came to wedding planning, what were Monica’s favorite and not-so-favorite parts?

“My favorite part of the planning process was the watching the reception hall come together. My dad came to Tyler and me right after we got engaged and brought up this idea of building a greenhouse where we could have our reception. Over the next 9 months, he worked so hard to bring this idea to life. Two weeks before the wedding it was finished, and we began to fill it with plants, tables, chairs, and lights! My whole family was involved in the building and decorating. It was very special and so beautiful. Some of my favorite planning memories were the nights that we set everything up!

I didn’t start planning right away, and I should have! A lot of the work crept up on me and overwhelmed me toward the last three months.”

When the wedding had finally arrived, what was her favorite moment?

“Tyler and I did not see each other before the wedding, so my favorite moment had to be when those church doors opened and I saw him down the aisle. I’ll never forget the look on his face and the immense amount of joy that I felt. I’ll never forget it!”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“Take every moment captive and ponder more in your heart. The engagement, the planning process, and the wedding all happen so fast. Dwell in the moment and in the joy of all of it. 

Make lots of list to make sure you don’t forget anything, say thank you to your mom more, spend lots of time with your fiancé, and have the most fun you can have in the planning!”

Congratulations, Monica and Tyler!! Thank you for sharing your BEAUTIFUL wedding with us!!

Want more {of course you do}?? Check out the gallery below for even more gorgeous pictures from Monica and Tyler’s big day!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Clare

C L A R E + K R I S

{August 25th, 2018}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

STOP! Isn’t Clare so beautiful?!

She wore a sparkling A-line gown from Stella York for her August wedding and was an absolute showstopper!

Clare paired a beautiful veil from Bel Aire Bridals {sold at SBB!} to complete her look!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

She’s just too cute! Love how excited she is to be all dolled up for her big day!

When it came to flowers, Clare wanted bouquets that screamed summer and Moody Blooms in Portage made it happen!

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{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Clare married the love of her life, Kris, at the Red Barn Experience in La Porte.

This venue has such a dreamy, rustic landscape that’s perfect for anyone looking for an elegant wedding that still has an “out-in-the-country” feel!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Once they were finally man and wife, Clare and Kris hosted a beautiful I Do BBQ inside the barn!

Guests stuffed themselves with yummy barbecue food as well as home baked desserts.

Kids had their own table with lots of activities to keep them occupied - we LOVE this idea!

At the end of the night, the bride and groom left in style with a sparkler send off!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Such a pretty wedding! Clare was sweet enough to let us ask her all about her relationship and wedding planning!

How did you they meet?

“In high school, but it wasn't until years later started dating!”

How did he pop the question?

“Kris proposed to me at the beach where he first told me he loved me!”

Well that’s adorable. Was it a surprise?

“I was getting suspicious but he was able to convince me I was wrong! So it was a surprise again!"

Time to talk wedding dress shopping!

“Dress shopping at Something Blue was probably the easiest (and best!) decision I made while wedding planning. All the girls at SBB worked as a team, and Amber (my consultant) totally got me and made me feel so comfortable!”

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

 “When we finally collected the million dresses I picked to try on, I looked at them all again and put one aside to save for last. It was the only one that marked off all my wants on my check list. I’m so glad I waited to try it on because it was the one! Amber asked me how I felt about that dress when I got to the pedestal and I started to ugly cry! LOL It was definitely my first " I’M GETTING MARRIED" moment after the proposal!”

That is such a fun feeling! Let’s move on to wedding planning! What was Clare’s favorite and least favorite part of planning her big day?

“My favorite part was putting all my decorations together. Making sample tables at home really got me excited to put together 18 more! 

{Photo by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photo by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

It was really overwhelming in the beginning putting together venue tours, writing out pros and cons, the pricing, seating. Then you have to go through catering, and DJ, and pray your favorite photographer wasn't booked.... so relieved when all the key components were booked!”

When the wedding day finally arrived, what was Clare’s favorite moment?

“Our first dance. My hubby let me plan everything I wanted, he was just happy to marry me. Since I surprised him with the venue decorations and details, he could surprise me with what song we danced to. It was really sweet, cause it kept the excitement going! (He picked Millionaire by Chris Stapleton by the way!)”

Any final advice for other brides?

“Being organized was key! If you don't write you stuff down, set deadlines, and get your act together- you'll create unnecessary stress. and do not feel bad for asking for help. take all the help you can get!!

Budget it is important- but also stay within your means. You are sharing your love to your future spouse, witnessed by friends and family who you love. Those people are there to support you, don't feel you have to go into debt to impress them. Its a celebration not a competition.”

Thank you SO much for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us, Clare and Kris! We wish you nothing but love and happiness in your future!

Want to see more? Check out the gallery below for more gorgeous pics from their big day!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kaylin

K A Y L I N + C H A D

{October 13th, 2018}

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

Isn’t she lovely??

Meet our gorg bride, Kaylin!

Her beaded, high neck Stella York gown was absolutely perfect for her beautiful October wedding!

With a full illusion back and sparkling lace details, Kaylin looked stunning on her big day!

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

Just so pretty!

For her flowers, Kaylin worked with Dawn Rehn-Arndt and Another Season in Demotte and they did SUCH an amazing job!!

We love every single thing about these!

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{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

Kaylin married her husband, Chad, at at Meadow Springs in Francesville, Indiana.

The ceremony spot is absolutely PERFECT! We love the arbor, the flowers, all of it!

After saying “I Do”, the newlyweds were showered with confetti as they made their way back down the aisle as husband and wife!

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

After the “I Do’s”, everyone moved inside for a beautiful reception!

All of the decor had a rustic touch and we love the simple, yet beautiful, centerpieces.

Guests were not only treated to yummy cake but also an ice cream bar featuring Fair Oaks ice cream - YUM!

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

How did these two meet?

“Chad and I first met at Purdue University. I became friends with his sister, Andrea, and she eventually introduced me to him my freshman year. My sophomore year Chad and I lived in the same apartment complex and we always played sand volleyball together and eventually we started hanging out more and more.”

 How did he propose??

“Chad and I had planned a couple’s trip to Tennessee during the summer before our final year at Purdue with his sister and her boyfriend. On the 2nd day of our trip, he led me to a beautiful waterfall (Abrams Falls) and proposed to me while we stood on a rock in front of the falls.”

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

“I had a feeling it was coming!”

Tell us all about your dress buying experience!

“Something Blue was so helpful when I was looking for my dream dress. I had brought all my bridesmaids, my mom, and my mother in law, all of the girls picked out a dress for me. I found my dress within one hour of being in the boutique. It was such a fun experience, something I will always remember and cherish. Everyone was very positive and supportive!”

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

“When I put my dress on, I instantly knew it was the one I was going to get married in. I got this feeling that is so hard to describe, almost like butterflies in your stomach but better. The reaction I received from my group when I came out of the dressing room confirmed my feeling that it was “the one”. “  

Lets y’all wedding planning!

“My favorite part of planning our wedding was visiting all the potential venue sites. It was a time for me and my husband to bond and collaborate together on a place that we could start our forever at.

My least favorite part of planning was selecting who was going to be on the guest list. I have so many friends and a lot of family that it was so hard for me to decide where I had to draw a line, so that we didn’t have over 500 guests at the wedding!”

What was her favorite moment of from her big day?

“My all-time favorite part of our wedding was reading our vows to one another. Chad and I decided to write our own vows and it was so fun to read our personalized and unique vows to each other in front of our friends and family.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their wedding?

“Enjoy the entire process. It can be stressful at times, but it is all totally worth it in the end.

  Have fun!! Your wedding day will be the best day of your life and it will go extremely fast. Don’t stress over the small things, ask for help when you need it, and live in the moment.”

Congratulations, Kaylin and Chad!! Thank you for letting us share your beautiful wedding day!

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

{SBB Bride of the Week} Spencer

S P E N C E R + S T E V E N

{October 6th, 2018}

{Photos by: Lexie Moneta Photography}

{Photos by: Lexie Moneta Photography}

Isn’t our bride Spencer SO beautiful?!

She looks amazing in her crepe Stella York gown that features a high neck and gorgeous laser cut train!

{Photos by: Lexie Moneta Photography}

She makes one beautiful bride!

For her October wedding, Spencer wanted pops of fall color in her flowers.

She worked with Reese at Mariano’s to create her gorgeous bouquets!

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{Photos by: Lexie Moneta Photography}

{Photos by: Lexie Moneta Photography}

Spencer married her hubby Steven at Southern Charm Venue in Frankfort.

Searching for a cool barn to host both ceremony and reception? Look no further because this place is SO pretty!!

{Photos by: Lexie Moneta Photography}

The newlyweds kept with the rustic theme for their decor with pretty flowers and vintage accents.

Bottle openers served as a practical favor and a table chock full of the cutest cupcakes satisfied guests’ sweet tooth!

{Photos by: Lexie Moneta Photography}

How did Spencer meet the love of her life?

“Steven and I met through a mutual friend. We were set up to go on a blind date which I was hesitant about at first. I wasn't a big believer on being "set up." One mini golf date was all it took. From then on, the rest is history!”

That must’ve been one heck of a mini golf game! How did Steven pop the question?

“Gosh, biggest surprise of my life! It was Fourth of July weekend, and Steven told me that he would be out of town for a guys golf weekend. He was sending me text message play by plays on how they were golfing and everything. He was so sneaky! I had plans to have a girls day with two of my best friends. We got manicures then went to The Lighthouse restaurant in Cedar Lake. My friend told me she wanted to take pictures. We walked to pier for what I thought was just to take pictures. Steven was waiting for me on the pier and proposed. The surprise didn't end there. We went inside and both of our families were there waiting to celebrate! They were able to see the whole proposal. Then, we get to our house which was decorated with all of our friends waiting to continue the celebration.”

That is the best!! Steven sounds like a definite keeper!

After she got the ring it was time to find the dress!

“My dress buying experience was short, but sweet! I only went to two locations to look, and that's all it took. I loved every second of dress shopping.”

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

“So, I at first did not fall in love with any dress when I saw them on the rack. I wasn't too sure I would even find my dress that day. When I put my dress on, I just knew. I didn't want to take it off! Every detail of my dress was perfect.”

Let’s move onto wedding planning! What was Spencer’s favorite part of planning?

“Seeing so many different ideas come together. Getting crafty and creative was a blast.”

What about her not-so-favorite part?

“The stress for sure! Waiting on RSVPs was not fun for me!”

When the wedding day arrived, was there a moment that really stood out to Spencer?

“My favorite moment of our wedding was the initial moment that I saw Steven right before I was about to walk down the aisle. We decided to not do a first look, and I wouldn't change it for anything.”

Any advice for current brides-to-be?

“Seriously, don't stress! Enjoy the whole process because it all goes by way too quickly, especially the day of.

Have fun! Make the day your dream day. Don't let others opinions change your mind on how you want your best day ever to be. Soak in every moment of wedding planning and the day of because it all really goes by way too fast.”

Thank you so much for sharing your big day, Spencer and Steven!! Check out more of their gorgeous wedding pictures by Lexie Moneta Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jessica

J E S S I C A + E R I C

{October 14th, 2018}

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

Hi, our brides are the most gorgeous ever!

Introducing Jessica!

Doesn’t she look absolutely STUNNING in her long- - like sleeved Allure ballgown, complete with a J. Picone belt, Badgley Mischa’s flats and Edward Berger veil??

Yes, the answer is yes.

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

Before the craziness of the wedding day set in, Jessica wanted to spend some time with the love of her life, Eric.

This is the moment Eric got to see his beautiful bride for the first time…

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

The lovebirds were married on a gorgeous October day at Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport.

This venue is a great option for couples looking to get married and hold their reception at the same place!

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

After the ceremony, guests walked to the reception room where they were greeted by a warm, rustic vibe and one seriously pretty cake!

Jessica made almost all of the decor herself (and with some help from family - like her mother in law, Holly, who arranged all of the flowers)!

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

Alright, y’all know the drill!

Let’s find out more about the newlyweds before their big day arrived!

Jessica and Eric first met when they were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend!

I’ll let Jessica fill you in on the proposal..

“Eric took me on a Caribbean cruise for my birthday. After a nice romantic dinner, Eric proposed on the balcony of our room while we were in the middle of the ocean.”

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

 “Eric took me to look at rings 2 months into dating! I did not know he purchased the ring the next day.”

How did Jessica find her dream dress?

 “Something Blue was amazing at finding my perfect dress. I had an idea what I wanted but tried on tons of dresses to make sure. When trying on dresses, I only brought my mom.  When I tried on my dress we looked at each other and started crying.  At that point I knew it was the one.”

Lets talk wedding planning! What were Jessica’s favorite {and not so favorite} part of the whole process?

 “I enjoyed putting all my ideas together to create the look that I wanted. From pinning things on Pinterest, doing crafts to make centerpieces and making all my visions become a reality. My least favorite part of planning was trying to accommodate for everyone."

Once the big day had arrived, Jessica’s favorite moment was walking down the aisle..

 “I was able to soak in the moment, see everyone's reaction, and feel all the love! It was truly a special moment! Our photographers captured our walk back down as husband and wife AMAZING!!”

Finally, any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

 “Get as much done while you can. Life happens, things come up, distractions are real!  I wish I would have been more proactive right when we got engaged, booked everything in the beginning, while we were still freshly excited. There was so much I could have done NOT so last minute.

Remember that it is YOUR day. You will not make everyone happy, and don't try to. We had so many opinions, bad vibes, and mean comments. You cannot explain why you make every decision, and you do not need to.  Everything from not having kids at the wedding, having a small wedding, not inviting but 10 people to my bachelorette party, not having plus ones, and having a small engagement party was ALL a problem. People who are not happy for you will show true colors during planning! Be happy, support each other, and have fun!!”

Congratulations, Jessica and Eric!! We are so so happy for you both!

Check out more of their beautiful wedding pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Morgan

M O R G A N + A A R O N

{August 25th, 2018}

{Photo by: JL Media}

{Photo by: JL Media}

Hello Beautiful!

Meet our stunning bride, Morgan!

She chose a gorgeous beaded Mon Cheri gown for her big barn wedding and we are in LOVE!

We’re also in love with her reaction to the letter she received from her soon-to-be hubby as she got ready….

{Photos by: JL Media}

Morgan worked with Marco Alexzondra Floral & Events to create stunning bouquets {and other arrangements} for her and her bridesmaids!

Y’all already know our love for succulents and greenery everything!

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{Photos by: JL Media}

{Photos by: JL Media}

Morgan and her new husband Aaron were married at Blissful Barn in Three Oaks, Michigan.

This venue, you guys! It’s so so pretty!

They were lucky to have a sunny, summer day so they could take advantage of the beautiful ceremony spot, which was decorated with more gorgeous flowers.

{Photos by: JL Media}

After the ceremony, guests moved inside the gorgeous barn that was decorated with more flowers, drapery and beautiful chandeliers.

The newlyweds even had their own bottles of ranch dressing waiting for them at the head table {ranch lovers for life}!

{Photos by: JL Media}

Let’s find out more about the newlyweds!

Morgan was sweet enough to answer all of my questions - including how they met…

“Aaron and I met in college. We had a class together at different times and I switched my final exam time to take it earlier in the day and it was during his class period. We chatted on social media for about 8 months before he finally asked me out.”

How did he pop the question?

“We had taken a weeks’ vacation to Tennessee and stayed in a cabin in Pigeon Forge. After cooking a steak dinner and eating on the porch of our secluded cabin, Aaron brought out my favorite pie and during dessert, he got on one knee and pulled out the ring.”

Diamonds and dessert…couldn’t have been more perfect! Was Morgan surprised?

“It was a total surprise! I unpacked all of Aaron’s bags because he just throws his clothes in there. I washed everything, folded, and repacked the entire bag. We still do not know how I didn’t find the ring!”

Clearly he had a great hiding spot!

Let’s move on to our fave subject - wedding dress shopping!

“Something Blue was the first place I went to. Immediately they made me feel like I was the most important person in the room and I loved having the clothespins to clip to dresses and to give to my family that came shopping with me. I tried on about 30 dresses and thought I had found THE DRESS. I had a couple more appointments at other stores, so I wanted to check those out first. When I walked into those stores, I was not treated quite as well. I will say no one has customer service like Something Blue. A few weeks later I came back to try my dress on one more time to make sure it was the dress. As we were walking out, another dress caught my moms’ eye and she begged me to try it on. I was reluctant because I thought I had found my dress. Once I tried it on, we all knew that this new one was THE DRESS.”

How did she know??

“When I was comparing the dresses I had picked out, it honestly came down to the glam. I love sparkles and bling and the dress I picked out had more on it than the other and the shoulders in specific were so unique I just had to have it."

Moving onto wedding planning, what was Morgan’s favorite part?

“I loved trying the food! Our caterers held an open tasting that we were able to come to and try all their food. It was bottomless! We got to eat to our desire and it was very helpful in picking foods I wanted.”

What about her least favorite part?

“The guest list and seating chart. It is so hard to decide who to invite especially when you are in a small venue and truly do not have room to invite all your loved ones.”

When her wedding day finally arrived, Morgan’s favorite moment was her walk down the aisle…

“It was a chilly day, but I was warm all over. As many people that were staring at us, it really just felt like it was just me and Aaron and there is no moment that has ever felt as perfect.”

Any advice for other brides-to-be?

“Don’t stress the little things! Worrying about keeping everyone else happy or making sure they’re having a good time is absolutely NOT worth it. It is YOUR day! You only get one! We got behind on pictures before the reception started and people were trying to rush and I said that it was my day and they could wait on us until we were done getting pictures. And my pictures are all amazing. I got to dance at my wedding and laugh with my friends. We didn’t get to greet everyone and that’s okay! As long as you have fun on your day, that is all that matters.

Don’t forget to relax and enjoy being engaged. Planning a wedding with your soul mate can be such a fun experience but it also goes by so fast. Enjoy every minute of every day. “

 We love that! Thank you SO much, Morgan and Aaron, for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!!

Be sure to check out more of their gorgeous pics in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Anna

A N N A + A N D R E W

{September 29th, 2018}

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

Introducing our gorgeous bride Anna!

She chose a classic, fitted Allure gown for her September wedding and looked AMAZING!

{Photos by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

For her flowers, Anna worked with Rubia Flower Market in West Lafayette to create these stunning bouquets! The colors are so perfect!

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

Anna married her husband Andrew at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Purdue’s campus.

Getting married on campus was important to the newlyweds, who fell in love while attending school there.

{Photos by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

The reception was held at Purdue’s Ross Ade Pavilion at Shively Hall.

They used books, candles and flowers for the centerpieces.

Guests were treated to some yummy cake, cupcakes and even a popcorn bar!

{Photos by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}


Considering their wedding was held at Purdue, I’m sure you can guess how Anna and Andrew’s love story began…

“We met through mutual friends the beginning of our sophomore year of college at Purdue. We had a class in the same building and would see each other every so often. Between hanging out in the same friend group on the weekends, and helping each other with homework during the weekdays, we started to become really good friends.

After sophomore year ended, Andrew took me out for ice cream, and a few movie dates later, Andrew asked me to be his girlfriend!”

After dating for awhile, Andrew decided to ask Anna to be something much more than his girlfriend.

“Andrew asked if I wanted to go for a morning hike to watch the sunrise. We went to Theodore Wirth Park, a local regional park in Minnesota. We moved to Minnesota together right after college. We both really like nature/hiking so almost every weekend we made a goal to hike/explore a park in Minnesota, so when Andrew suggested we go for a sunrise hike it didn't seem like anything out of the ordinary. The park has a little pond with a nice walking path wrapping around it, and as the sun began to rise, Andrew asked me if I wanted to walk out onto a pier to watch the sun rise over the trees.

As the sun began to rise, he asked if I wanted to take a snapchat together. He opened up Snapchat and took a picture of us both. He asked me to check out what kind of filters there were, and as I swiped across the screen, I saw one that said "Anna, will you marry me?".

I looked over at Andrew, and he knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him!”

SO cute! Was Anna expecting it?

“I knew we would eventually get engaged and sometime in the near future, but had no idea when. We didn't even go ring shopping together or anything along those lines. We just had a few conversations of about what time of year we'd like to get married in and other conversations like that, so I was very surprised when he proposed!”

I asked Anna to tell us all about her finding her dream gown…

“I went shopping for my dress with my twin sister, mom, grandma, and godmother/aunt. We went to another dress place and tried on about 4 dresses. I had an idea in my mind of style I thought I wanted. I walked in and said "I picture myself in something not strapless, little bit of lace, and not a mermaid or mermaid type of dress". I tried on a few pretty dresses, found the type of veil I wanted (cathedral mantilla veil) and continued to Something Blue for further dress shopping. I tried on a few of the dresses I thought I wanted and they were all pretty, but not something I loved. My twin, Angela, pulled a dress and asked if I wanted to try it on for something different. Basically it was everything I said I wasn't looking for (strapless, no lace, and trumpet style, but I'm always willing to try on anything!). I tried the dress on last, and when I walked out Angela gasped and everyone was teary eyed , and when I stepped up in front of the mirror I said "I feel like a Barbie... this is the one"! I tried a mantilla cathedral veil and the veil looked perfect with the simple , elegant, and classic look of the dress and the two perfectly complimenting each other was when we knew this was for sure the one!”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was the best part of planning for Anna?

“I loved planning the little details...picking our songs for the DJ, putting together our website, brainstorming centerpieces, refurbishing my late grandparents' cake topper from their wedding for our cake topper. Andrew was also a huge help with decisions, decorations, etc. and doing the planning together was fun for us both to take part in together and to really shape the wedding into something that reflected the both of us.”

Was there anything about planning she didn’t like?

“Figuring out the seating chart. Our wedding was a little over 200 people, so it was something that we thought wouldn't take a while but took longer than we thought.”

Its always the seating chart! What was Anna’s fave moment from her big day?

“When Andrew and I walked into the reception hall together as Mr. and Mrs., and seeing so many of our loved ones who had made it to the celebration of our marriage was such a special moment!”

Anna has some great advice for brides currently planning their own wedding!

“Making a lot of lists was beyond helpful, and sharing a google spreadsheet with your significant other to help with collaboration.

Spend your time and energy in things for the wedding that are important to you and your significant other. By focusing on those things that are important to you both, your wedding will feel much more of something that reflects the both of you and the journey you've made. Also, don't be afraid to break traditions and do things that you love to do. Traditions are wonderful and incorporating ones that are meaningful to you are great, but also making new traditions and going outside of the ordinary can make it that much more special when it comes to the day of.”

Congratulations, Anna and Andrew!!! Wishing you lots of love and happiness in your future together! Check out more of their beautiful wedding pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Danielle

D A N I E L L E + T Y L E R

{May 19th, 2018}

{Photo by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photo by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Introducing our BEAUTIFUL bride Danielle!

For her May wedding, Danielle chose a gorgeous Stella York gown with an illusion bodice and sparkling lace details…

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

For her flowers, Danielle took matters into her own hands and created all of the arrangements herself!

They turned out great and perfectly matched the whole aesthetic of her wedding!

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{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Before heading to the ceremony, Danielle wanted to share a first look with her two favorite guys - dad and her soon-to-be hubby, Tyler.

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Danielle and Tyler were married at Casa Marie Hall in Dyer.

Since their whole wedding was held in one space, the newlyweds added a decorated arch to help separate the ceremony from the reception.

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

The reception was decorated beautifully, with Danielle making almost everything herself!

We love the special touches like the typewriter and seating chart!

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Such a pretty wedding!

Let’s get to know Danielle and Tyler a little better…

“We met the summer before college through mutual friends. We actually didn't talk that much when we first met. Two years later, he ended up messaging me online and asked me on our first date.”

How did he propose?

“We were hiking at Great Falls Park in Virginia. We took a break and walked off the path to sit and watch the water. I kept asking if we could get up and keep walking but Tyler kept saying no...He waited for this woman sitting by us to leave and then he got down on one knee, gave his speech and I said yes!”

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

“I knew it was coming soon because we had picked out a ring.”

Ok, let’s talk wedding gowns!

“My dress buying experience was great! My grandma, best friend/MOH, and mother in law went around Something Blue and grabbed a bunch of dresses for me to try on. I don't know if I even picked any of them out on my own! I tried all of them on and found my perfect dress in my first and only dress-shopping appointment.”

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

“It just felt right. The style I thought I wanted didn't end up being right for me at all. Once I got it down to three dresses I knew it was the one. Seeing everyone's reactions when I had it on was a giveaway also. It was the first one that made me actually feel like a bride.”

When it came to wedding planning, Danielle was all about the decor!

“I loved planning the details and decorations. I made my centerpieces and flower arrangements on my own. My mother-in-law helped out with a lot of it also. Making a song list for the night was a lot of fun, too. I knew what songs I wanted and what would keep the dance floor going.”

But she still had a hiccup or two along the way..

“Planning from a distance was difficult. I live in Kokomo, so trying to talk with vendors and everything was a challenge. It worked out where I found a lot of people I could email and text with.”

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When the big day finally arrived, Danielle’s favorite moments came during the reception…

“My favorite part of the day was my first dance with my dad and my first dance with Tyler. Dancing with Tyler to our song was just an amazing and intimate moment.

I was also able to talk with my brother on skype during dinner. He lives in Vietnam and wasn't able to travel for the wedding so it was awesome to see him even for a minute.”

Any advice for brides who are currently planning their own wedding?

“Definitely start early. I tried to do as much as I could as soon as I could to cut down on stress close to the big day. Definitely don't stress too much because it will all work out. I tried to convince myself that all we really needed was good music and for everyone to show up.

Make sure you have the important stuff. Don't stress about the extra things. 

It is what everyone says, but really the big day goes by SO fast. Try to enjoy, remember, and take in as much as you possibly can. It flies. I took photos with my polaroid camera while we were getting ready and had my bridesmaids take some at the reception so I could have my own captured moments. Don't stress about anything little on your day. All that matters is you and your groom and celebrating your love.”

Wise words!! Congratulations, Danielle and Tyler!! Thank you so much for letting us share your beautiful wedding day! Check out more of their gorgeous pictures by Alicia Marie’s Photography in the gallery below!

{Bridal Buzz}

{The Experience}




    There has been a major shift within the wedding industry over the last 10 years, but even more so the last 5 years. Millenials as a whole have completely shaken up the bridal world with the way they register, to the way they shop for their gowns, down to every detail of their decor.



    Most brides in 2019 when shopping for their dream gown are looking for more than a gown; they want the experience. Let me tell yah, we are here for it. Every bride that walks through our little door gets the SBB treatment, it goes a little somethin’ like this….



    You walk through our door to be greeted with smiling faces. We have been anxiously awaiting your arrival, {almost} as excited as you are to be a little piece in your big day! We introduce ourselves, and greet everyone in your party from Grandma down to your adorable flower girl. From there we escort you to your bridal suite where we get down to the nitty gritty. This is when we find out what you’re looking for, and how we can best serve you as your consultant. Then we give you the grand tour! We have a large selection of beautiful gowns all separated by silhouette so as you are browsing we want you to have an idea of what you’re looking at as you browse. After the tour we will give you little clips so you can browse on your own and give us a better idea as to what kind of lace, silhouette, etc that you are gravitating towards. This is what we call our “base line”. As we begin to try these gowns on your consultant will get a much better idea as to what you are loving or not loving and will pull additional gowns as your appointment proceeds.




    This is where the fun begins! Your entire party gathers in your seating area and awaits your entrance. Each gown that you try on, your consultant is carefully taking note of everything you say so she can better understand what you’re looking for and will pull more gowns for you to try! Our goal is to never have any bride leave with a “what if” thought. So, when you love a gown we will pull everything that looks similar to it {if possible!} so you can see each and every option!



    As we go through every dress we will keep all of the gowns that you are loving, and after trying everything on we will circle back around to those favorite gowns we placed to the side. At this time we put your favorites back on and compare each one with a veil of your choice. This is when it gets real; the “oh crap, it's happening!” feeling. Deep down in your heart you’ll know which gown is yours- and when you’re 110% sure we may ask you… “Is this YOUR dress?” and then when you say yes- confetti drops from the ceiling, Beyonce comes out from the the back singing *he liked it so he put a ring on it* {remix!}, and we pop the bubbly!



Ok, ok, ok, we wish. It will feel like sparks are flying and it will 100% be such a special moment in your heart AND if you bring bubbly we will indeed pop it for you so you can toast to your beautiful gown and your future that lies ahead!




    Are you engaged?! Girl, what are you waiting for- come see us! Our SBB family cannot wait to be apart of your day.





   

{SBB Bride of the Week} Amanda

A M A N D A + B R A D Y

{August 11th, 2018}

{Photos by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

{Photos by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

OK girl, get it!

Meet our beautiful bride, Amanda!

Amanda is so sweet and we loved working with her!

For her summer wedding she chose a fitted Stella York gown with a ruffle bottom and she was an absolute knockout!

Before walking down the aisle, Amanda got ready with her favorite girls {including one adorable flower girl}!

{Photos by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

Before saying “I Do”, Amanda wanted to have some time with her future husband.

Here’s the moment Brady finally got to see his bride…

{Photos by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

They are so darn cute!
Amanda and Brady were married at the Jasper County Fairgrounds.

The backdrop was nothing but wide open spaces. In other words, perfection..

{Photos by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

After the ceremony guests stayed at the fairgrounds for the reception!

Beautiful flowers from Forget Me Not Floral, cake and other goodies decorated the space.

At the end of the night, Amanda and Brady left in style with their sparkler send off!

{Photos by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

Beautiful!

Amanda and Brady met in elementary school..

“We met in the 5th grade. We dated for a little bit, broke up until senior year and have been together ever since. 7 1/2 years going strong.”

Just wait until you hear how Brady popped the question!

“I was proposed to at my sister’s wedding during the bouquet toss. My whole family had it planned out and it was amazing! I was in total shock!

I had no idea he was going to propose, I knew we would get married at some point I just never knew when!”

Her sister, another SBB bride, came up with that plan! How sweet is that?!

OK, let’s talk dresses…

“My dress buying experience was amazing! I took my mom, sister, brother and a friend from work! I had them all pick out dresses they wanted me to try on. The dress I ended up getting was a last moment from my sister "wait look at this one really fast" I saw it, tried it on first, and that’s the one I bought!

I knew it was the one because it was different when I put it on I instantly said i loved it! I was smiling from ear to ear!”

What did Amanda love about the wedding planning process?

“I have been in 5 weddings and it was just nice to take advice from friends and family and make my wedding my own. Simple and elegant.”

{Photo by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

{Photo by: TGE Puzzle Pieces in Life Photography}

What was her favorite moment from the wedding?

“My favorite was our sparkler send off! It was just so great to be able to see everyone with the pretty lights celebrating mine and my new husbands lives together!”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“My mind set was "everything happens for a reason" I went in with such a stress free mind and everything went absolutely perfect! I honestly couldn't of asked for a better day!

The best advice is to NOT STRESS!!! Your day will end up just as amazing as you want it to be. The day is gone with a blink of an eye! A great friend told me, while you sit and eat your dinner you and your new life partner take a moment to look around the reception and just appreciate all the love and support you have around you! It's an amazing feeling!”

Congratulations, Amanda and Brady! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us! Check out more of their gorgeous pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Stephanie

S T E P H A N I E + D A N

{May 5th, 2018}

{Photo by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photo by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Introducing our oh so beautiful bride, Stephanie!

Stephanie chose a super gorgeous Essense of Australia gown for her May wedding!

With it’s illusion bodice and gorgeous bead work, she looked absolutely stunning on her big day!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

For her flowers, Stephanie worked with Lake Effect Florals Design Studio, who never disappoints!

Her bouquets and arrangements were perfect for her spring wedding!

{Photo by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photo by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Stephanie and her new hubby Dan had their big day at the Allure in La Porte.

They were married in the venue’s beautiful ceremony room, which was decorated with lots of flowers for the occasion.

During the ceremony, Stephanie and Dan planted a flower and watered it to symbolize their love.

We think this idea is so cute!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

The wonderful thing about the Allure is that everything is in one building!

The reception space is already gorgeous, but throw in the newlywed’s beautiful decor and it was a knock out!

Stephanie and Dan made sure their guests satisfied their sweet tooth with wedding cake, a donut wall plus cupcakes!