{SBB Bride of the Week} Kali

K A L I  +  R Y A N

{December 16th, 2017}

 {Photos by: NRS Photography}

{Photos by: NRS Photography}

Ok, how cute is she?! Our gorgeous bride Kali married her husband Ryan in a seriously pretty December wedding and we're loving these pics!

Kali wore a stunning Essense of Australia gown that looked so beautiful for her big day!

{Photos by: NRS Photography}

Kali wanted something woodsy and wintry for her bouquet.

Beautifloral brought her vision to life with an arrangement of red roses, cotton and pine cones!

 {Photos by: NRS Photography}

{Photos by: NRS Photography}

Kali and Ryan said "I Do" in a beautiful ceremony at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Lanterns and flowers adorned the aisles and guests were given ribbons to wave as the newlyweds exited the church as man and wife.

{Photos by: NRS Photography}

The reception was held at Quality Inn in Bradley, Illinois.

There are so many cute details in this reception!

We love the bride and groom's custom Blackhawks jerseys {notice he wears number 12 and she is wearing 16 - their wedding date was 12/16....how cute}!

{Photos by: NRS Photography}

You can tell so much thought went into all of the decor!

We asked Kali questions about her relationship and the whole planning process!

So how did Kali and Ryan meet, anyway?

"We met at work! He worked in the same strip mall as me! He was friends with a coworker who introduced us!"

How did he pop the question?

"We went out for dinner at Brickstone Brewery and he proposed there!"

Was it a surprise??

"I had absolutely no idea!"

What was your favorite part of planning?

"Everything! I just enjoyed every minute of it! I have been dreaming about this day since I was a little girl so it was so much fun making my dreams a reality!"

What about your least favorite part??

"I honestly don’t know. Everything was so nice! Maybe just getting our large wedding party all on the same page and timeline."

The day had arrived and it was time to get married. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

"Seeing Ryan at the front of the aisle! I couldn’t wait to see him!"

So cute! A lot of brides-to-be read the blog for inspiration and tips. What is your biggest takeaway from the whole process?

"Just enjoy it! Don’t stress it! I will all work out! Don’t get worked up about it! It’s all going to work out! Don’t wait last minute! I feel like that was my biggest advantage! I didn’t rush anything. I started early!"

Congratulations, Kali and Ryan!!! We wish you guys a wonderful future together and are so happy we got to share your special day!! Check out more of their wedding pics in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Lauren

L A U R E N + T A N N E R

{October 21, 2017}

 {Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

{Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

Isn't she lovely?? We loved helping Lauren find her dream dress - a Stella York ballgown that featured a gorgeous illusion top, lace details and a sparkling belt. She looked SO amazing!

For a special, personal touch, Lauren had her grandmother's handkerchief sewn inside her gown as her "Something Blue".

{Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

Just so so pretty!

For her flowers, Lauren turned to Pay-Less Supermarket's Floral Department to take care of arrangements. They did such a great job on these bouquets!

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 {Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

{Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

Lauren and her husband Tanner were married in a beautiful ceremony at Ross Camp in West Lafayette.

Ferns lined the aisle of this gorgeous October wedding.

{Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

The reception was filled with lots of floral elements, gold decor and one fabulous cake made by the Mother of the Bride! She did such a fabulous job!

{Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

How did the happy couple meet?

"We first met in Junior High band class. He played the trumpet, I played the saxophone. We graduated together in 2006, only 130 people in our class, but we didn't start dating until a few years later. In the spring of 2010, we 'reconnected' at a friends house party. After exchanging phone numbers, we started T-9 texting each other- and the rest is history."

When and how did Tanner pop the question?

"I always told Tanner that I wanted a roof before a ring. So after 7 years together and our first home purchased, he proposed to me in our home on Christmas morning."

SO cute! Was it a surprise?

"I had my suspicions, especially because he wanted to make sure his brother & sister would be there when we opened gifts from each other."

When it came down to planning, what was Lauren's favorite part of the process?

"I'm an event coordinator in my day job, and I've helped countless others with planning their wedding. So the planning process wasn't overwhelming, personally.  My favorite part was the freedom to do what I wanted. Like having our bridal party sit at round tables at dinner, so they could be with loved ones. I think my husband's favorite part was registering for items at Bed, Bath, & Beyond- he was like a kid with his laser gun."

What about her least favorite part?

"The guest list & dress code. We decided to do an 'adults only' wedding, simply because we would not have been able to invite 1/2 the people we wanted, if everyone brought their kids. We asked that guests be 13 years or older, which upset a few of our friends. We also had a 'suggested attire', and encouraged our guests to dress up, suit & ties for the guys, cocktail or floor length dresses for the gals. Some people claimed not to have nice clothes, or exactly what we suggested, so they felt they couldn't come. Looking back, I don't think I'd change either aspect of the wedding. We had a great time all night and everyone looked fantastic. I had to remind myself that it was our wedding wishes, and that it's not too much to ask our friends and family to respect them."

What was Lauren's favorite moment from her wedding day?

 {Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

{Photos by: hay.LO Photography}

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"Oh my goodness, that's tough. Beyond the obvious "You May Now Kiss the Bride," moment, it would have been my dress reveal with my dad. He was with the guys all day, and we didn't do a 'first look'; wanted to keep that part traditional. So right before the ceremony we had my dad come downstairs to meet me. His reaction in the pictures are priceless, all of the bridesmaids cried too. I gave him and my mom a couple of special handkerchiefs and then we had the ceremony."

Lauren's biggest takeaway of the whole planning process was to personalize as much as you can.

 "If you can, write your own vows.  The biggest thing that I enjoyed most about the process was slowly working on my vows. It was a very special part of our ceremony. I had been working on what I was going to say during the whole planning process. During random moments, I would be reminded as to why I love Tanner so much, and I would jot it down in my phone's notes. That was a huge help the night before, when I was obsessing about making sure the cheese & cracker portion of the appetizers would be right. Who cares!?  Those little details you are worried about, don't matter to anyone but you- so don't stress."

Any final words of advice?

"Delegate. After helping others with their weddings, and showers, it was nice to have a big list of helpers for my wedding to delegate small things to. You'll get this phrase a lot, "Let me know if I can help with anything," so seriously, take them up on it. The day would not have gone smoothly if I didn't have one person in charge of ice for drinks, one person for lighting the candles, one person helping guests find their assigned seats at dinner, etc. The less stuff you try to take on, the better.  Remember, eloping is always an option :) but in all seriousness, have fun with it. Surround yourself with loving people who want to be a part of the process."

Congratulations, Lauren and Tanner!! We are so excited for you guys and can't thank you enough for sharing your special day with us!

Check out more of their wedding pics in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Meghan

Who's ready for another beautiful Bride of the Week??

Introducing Meghan...

 {Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

Meghan looked so pretty in her Allure Bridals ballgown that she made all her own by adding straps!

She continued to make her gown one-of-a-kind but adding a sparkling Bel Aire belt.

The results were nothing short of gorgeous...

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

Isn't she so cute?!

Meghan carried a bouquet of red roses with hints of baby's breath.

Her flowers were done by Strack and Van Til Valparaiso and looked picture perfect!

 {Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

Meghan married her husband, Tommy, on a December afternoon at St. Paul Catholic Church.

She stunned her guests as she walked down the aisle.

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed to Trinity Hall where they were treated to a yummy cake, cookies and sparkling decor!

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

Black and gold is such a classic color combo!

Let's get to know Meghan and Tommy! How did they meet?

"I was actually friends with Tommy's little brother in high school and his little brother invited me over to their home. I met Tommy at his home, but it was a very brief introduction. I never thought in a million years that I would ever speak to Tommy again until we had the same lunch break in college. Even in my early years of college, I never thought I would be married to Tommy. "

Funny how life works! How did he pop the question?

"Tommy and I took a vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. From what Tommy told me, he carried the ring around every day waiting for the right moment. By the end of the weekend, he actually had a bruise on his thigh where the ring kept hitting him. Now, looking back on photos, I can see the ring bulging out of his pocket! We decided to take a hike through the mountain up to Rainbow Falls on September 4, 2016. The hike was a few miles up and down and we second guessed ourselves a few times if we were going to make it. Tommy was so determined to make it to the waterfall because he knew exactly how he wanted the proposal to go. Did I mention he made me wake up at the crack of dawn to go so that there would not be a ton of people....? We were both so tired and sweaty but we finally made it. As we were relaxing, Tommy kept fidgeting with his pockets while speaking to me in chopped sentences. All I heard was, "I love you" and "I want to spend the rest of my life with you." Then he popped the question and of course I said YES! That moment was worth the pain and sweat! Tommy had a whole speech prepared, but he forgot it all due to being so nervous. BUT I would NOT change a thing. He did great and I love him so much."

How sweet is that?! Was it a surprise?

"Yes!  At first, I had a feeling he was going to propose because before we left, his mom hugged him goodbye. When we arrived to the hotel, he asked me if I had anything valuable in my luggage while he barricaded the doors with chairs. As the weekend went on, I didn't even think about a proposal because we were having so much fun and he waited to the very last day we were there to pop the question. Honestly, I was totally surprised."

When it came down to planning the actual wedding, Meghan loved some tasks more than others...

"My favorite part of planning was working with my mom and mother-in-law to plan the perfect wedding. Not very many people can say that they love both of their moms so much! I am so lucky that I got to spend so much quality time with both of them. This was a chance to have them both to myself for a few months while we planned the wedding!

My least favorite part was having to make so many different appointments for different things. It was very difficult to include my husband on all these different appointments because our work schedules did not align at all. At these appointments I would have to make decisions and I did not want to make them without my husband."

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

"My favorite moment of the wedding was when I finally made it down the aisle and my dad handed me to Tommy. I was so nervous and all I could say to everyone is that I wanted to be able to see Tommy for comfort. Looking at my husband when I finally got to him gave me that comfort and my nerves went away."

Any parting advice for brides-to-be?

"When they say to not stress the small things, really, do not stress the small things. I got upset when I was told I could borrow something for my centerpieces and then the offer fell through the night before my wedding. No one even noticed and the wedding was perfect regardless. No one paid attention to anything but my husband and me.

My best piece of advice is not about planning but the wedding itself. Honestly, just be yourself and do not be afraid of what others are going to think of you or your wedding. I am sometimes a shy person and dancing is something I never did. I told myself that my fear was not going to keep me from dancing and enjoying my night. I got out on the dance floor and even dragged my husband out there. I did not want to regret missing out on dancing with my husband and friends. Once I got out there, I was fine! I had a blast! This is your night, so do not let fear hold you back from anything!"

Congratulations, Meghan and Tommy!! Thank you so much for letting us share your big day!

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

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jordan

We're in LOVE with everything about this wedding!

The dress, the flowers, the bride!

We are pleased to introduce you to Jordan...

 {photos by: North x North}

{photos by: North x North}

I mean how gorgeous, right??

Jordan was married in December and wore a stunning, high-neck Allure Bridals gown, Bel Aire belt and Susan G. Allen veil {all purchased from SBB - obvs}!

She added her own special "Something Blue" by having a piece of her prom dress sewn into her gown. Jordan and her hubby Steve went to prom together!

She looked so beautiful as she got ready for her big day with her favorite girls, who were also looking pretty darn great if we do say so ourselves! {Edit: we may be biased. A couple of Jordan's bridesmaids were also Something Blue Brides!}

{photos by: North x North}

Those furs, am I right?? SO cute!

Her dress was amazing, but Jordan's florist {Town and Country Gardens} also knocked it out of the park with her truly gorgeous bouquets!

The flowers are insane!

 {photos by: North x North}

{photos by: North x North}

Jordan and Steve wanted to share a private moment before their ceremony.

North x North Photography was there to capture their special first look, where the couple also read their vows to each other in private.

The ceremony and reception were both held at The Haight in Elgin.

This VENUE!! I die. It's amazing. Gorgeous. Stunning. Do I need to go on??

{photos by: North x North}

See what I mean?

The reception was decorated beautifully with greenery, lots of string lights and candles everywhere!

Caricatures are close to the couple's heart so their incorporated that into their wedding in the coolest way possible - by hiring a caricature artist for the reception!

{photos by: North x North}

Y'all. Isn't that so incredible?? Check out their wedding video to see it all in action!

 

I maybe {definitely} teared up watching that!

Let's get to know Jordan and Steve's love story...

How did they meet?

"We met in 5th grade. We had the same group of friends throughout junior high then started dating the summer before our junior year in high school."

Jordan was expecting a proposal sometime soon, but Steve still managed to surprise her!

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"Steve proposed on my birthday in August 2016 at Navy Pier. I thought he might ask when we decided to go on the Ferris wheel, being that we had a first date there. We got on and off the Ferris wheel without a proposal and I put the idea out of my head. We then "stumbled" on a caricature artist and decided to get one done as we aim to get one done whenever we see them. Unbeknownst to me, Steve had called the caricature artist and planned the surprise. While we sat waiting to see the reveal, our photographer friend was hiding in the shadows taking pictures. He was able to capture the moments the artist turned the finished drawing around and Steve getting down on one knee. I immediately said yes and we then wandered around Navy Pier taking engagement photos. The surprises didn't end there. We then went on the Odyssey Dinner Cruise at Navy Pier and his family and my family were there to celebrate."

When it came time to plan for the wedding, Jordan was ready to cross "dress" off her list!

"I wanted to start shopping for my wedding dress immediately, but we agreed to take the first month after getting engaged to just live in the moment and not plan anything (which was a great decision)! When the time came, I started to "pin" dresses I liked and plan where I would visit. When it was time to start looking, I saw that Something Blue was having a trunk show in about 6 weeks. I had a feeling that my dress would be at Something Blue so I went to about 4 other boutiques to more so look for dresses and styles I liked/didn't like so I knew what I wanted when my appointment at Something Blue came. For my SBB appointment, I brought my mom, grandmother-in-law, and a close friend with me. We all browsed the racks and pinned what we liked. After trying on about 3 dresses, I asked the ladies helping me for "that one I really like" which was farther down in the pile to try on. We pulled it to the top of the list to try on next and I knew as I was stepping into it that it was the one. I walked out and stepped onto the pedestal, turned a few times in the mirror, and said without hesitation "this is it!" We then chose a belt and veil that matched perfectly. It was such a fun and memorable experience that I had always envisioned having." 

How did Jordan know it was "the one"?

"I got really quiet when I put it on because I started to get emotional. When I walked out of the room, my mom's face confirmed what I already knew: this was it. Every inch of the dress was perfect. A facetime call to my sister (who wasn't able to make the appointment) followed along with some happy tears and saying "I love it" about 100 times."

We love it too! It was perfect! When it came to plan, what was Jordan's favorite part of the process?

"Oh man, I can't choose just one! My top three favorite things of the planning process were dress shopping, designing our invitations with our designer, and collecting/creating the decor for our venue once it was booked. Each one of these moments were great because it was where I really started to see different parts of our vision coming to life."

But planning wasn't all fun...

"My least favorite part was having to wait to do certain things. I wanted to get everything planned right away, but there are several things you can't complete until you get your final numbers. There's a slow couple months were you can't do much then a rush towards the end."

The big day had arrived. Jordan's favorite part of the whole wedding came before the ceremony began...

"My favorite moment of our wedding was our first look and when we shared our vows in private. It was a really intimate and personal moment we were able to have."

Currently planning your special day? Jordan has some great parting advice for you!

"Get creative to make your dream wedding come to life! Goodwill and spray paint does wonders. Shop around for the best bargains because there is always a way to make sure your vision fits within your budget. For example, instead of renting gold chargers for $4.50 each, I found them at the Dollar Store for $0.99! I had to put in the work and go to 5 different dollar stores to get them all, but it was worth it! Allow yourself enough time to relax the day of. There were so many moments where we were able to take a step back and take everything in which helped the day seem much longer."

Jordan and Steve, your wedding was absolutely gorgeous and we can't thank you enough for letting us share it! Wishing you two a wonderful future as Mr. and Mrs.! Check out more of their beautiful pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kayla

Listen, we already know we have the most beautiful brides ever, but sometimes we see wedding pictures and we're just blown away!

Take Kayla for example...

 {Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

{Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

Yasss queen!

We are so obsessed with her wedding day look!

Kayla chose an Essense of Australia gown featuring an illusion bodice and strappy back.

She looked perfect!!

{Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

To compliment her gown, Kayla carried a gorgeous bouquet of white orchids, courtesy of Merci Bouquet.

 {Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

{Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

Kayla and Marc were married at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, a contemporary art museum and hotel in the heart of the city.

This venue is SO cool and the ceremony couldn't have been more beautiful!

{Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a fun, candle-filled reception at the museum.

We are loving the colors and different candle holders - such a beautiful and simple way to decorate your tables!

{Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

Kayla and Marc, who are expecting their first baby this Spring, decided to do something super fun during their reception - a gender reveal!

It's a......

{Photos by: Erin Trimble Photography}

GIRL!!!

Yay! Girls are so fun - congrats to the parents-to-be!

So how did Kayla and Marc meet?

"We met by accidentally running into one another(literally) and then awkwardly stalking one another for a week until he worked up the courage to say hi. We’ve been best friends ever since."

Where did the proposal take place?

"At STK restaurant in Chicago. It was hilarious, because we had just eaten a few hours ago but he was insistent that we do dinner. I later learned that he planned for all my immediate family and friends to surprise me there just as he began to propose. I wasn’t hungry, and don’t recall eating – but that was by far the most amazing dinner of my life."

Did she know it was coming or was she surprised?

"I suspected something was up because my best friend MADE me get my nails done with her the day of“just like old times” – we had never gotten our nails done together. I just assumed she missed me."

That is so funny!

When it came time to start looking for her wedding gown, it took Kayla awhile to decide.

"I tried on over 75 dresses, which is rather embarrassing because I always preached that I would be the chill bride who didn’t go insane. I even looked at flights to Australia to check out local lines – yes, I became that girl."

How did she know her dress was the one?

"It was the first time I actually smiled in a dress."

Can you blame her? Her dress is perfection!

When it came time to plan her big day, Kayla had a love/hate relationship with the whole process.

"SO MUCH TO DO! However, getting to plan out every little detail with my mom was amazing. We shared tons of laughs and happy tears all the way up to our wedding day."

 Her least favorite part?

"Trying to convince my husband to care about the type of orchid, table linen, etc (LOL). These types of details just aren’t his thing and it drove me insane! In hindsight, I may have gone a bit overboard."

Men, am I right?

Finally, the wedding day had arrived. What was her favorite moment of the day?

"Exchanging vows, as sappy as that sounds."

Kayla has some words of wisdom for brides who are currently planning their wedding.

"Everything falls into place exactly as it should, and the little details really don’t matter. Go with the flow. If something seems like too much of a hassle- it is. Have as much fun as you possibly can and don’t stress the tiny details."

Thank you so much, Kayla and Marc! We are so happy for you and wish you so much joy and love in the future - especially with your little girl!

Check out more of their gorgeous wedding pictures from Erin Trimble Photography in the gallery below!

Fiancé Friday

Carly + Jack

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We figured what better way to spread a little love than a surprise Q&A from your Groom in our new featured blog post - Fiancé Friday!

Carly & Jack are currently featured on our Instagram through an “Instagram story takeover” where they show you an inside look into what goes in to planning their big day! We fell in LOVE with Carly when she came in to purchase her gorgeous gown and knew right away from her bubbly personality that she needed to be featured. Then we met Jack, and the rest was history.

What Carly doesn’t know is that we contacted Jack to ask him a few questions. Dun, dun dun……

Get your tissue box ready, because Jack is the sweetest human being ever and you can literally feel the love he has for Carly through his words.

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What is your favorite quality about your soon-to-be wife?

    “Her kind/caring heart, and her positive energy. It helps that she’s beautiful too.”      

What made you fall in love with her, and how did you know she was the one?

    “We fell in love when we were 17, but didn’t really understand it. I knew she was the one, because she was always there and always on my mind through the good times and bad.”

 What are you most excited for at the wedding?

    “Seeing her walk down the aisle, reading our own vows, and throwing the best party we’ve ever been to.”

If you had one thing you would want your future wife to know for the rest of her life, what would that be?

    That I will ALWAYS love her.”

Is there anything you are looking forward to when it comes to married life?

    Having little critters (children) of our own.”

What do you think her wedding gown looks like?

    Simple, but stunning.”

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How did you decide on your proposal?

    Literally a week before because I’m terrible at planning- that's Carly's job. I did want it to be in front of both of our families, and Thanksgiving was perfect.”

What is her quirkiest feature or habit?

    How she talks out of the side of her mouth sometimes. I think it’s adorable, but naturally she hates when I mention it.”

What reminds you of her?

    The song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and pretty much anything at home or in Bloomington, IN.”

 

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What is your favorite date to go on?

    Just being together at home with her watching a movie.”

What are your words of advice to your fiancé for the big day?

    Let go of the inner event planner and don't worry about a thing. No matter what happens, it will be perfect.”

Congratulations Carly and Jack! We're so excited to follow along with the rest of your planning journey and can't wait to see it all come together!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Tara

New Year's Eve.

A time to pop the bubbly and celebrate a new year - and in this case a wedding!

Meet our gorgeous bride, Tara...

 {photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

{photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

Y'ALL. She is so gorgeous inside and out!

Tara ROCKED her Allure Couture gown, Bel Aire veil and headpiece, and Embellish earrings {all purchased from Something Blue}!

Just look at her!!

{photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

To compliment her gorgeous gown, Tara turned to her mother in law, Cheri, to take care of the flowers! The white hydrangeas and roses were perfect! And guess what? All of the floral arrangements were made of faux flowers!

 {photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

{photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

Tara married her hubby Kyle on New Year's Eve at Aberdeen Manor.

Before saying "I Do", Kyle was able to get a sneak peek of his beautiful bride.

Alyssa Grace Photography was there to capture their snowy first look.

Ok so you know they have to be freezing but they're doing a really good job of not showing it!

How gorgeous is that snow-filled backdrop??

Finally, it was time for the ceremony. Tara and Kyle were married in the chapel at Aberdeen and it was picture perfect!

Our favorite part? The sparklers as they left the chapel!

{photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed across the parking lot to the reception hall where they were greeted with a perfect New Year's party!

Sequin tablecloths? Check! Sparklers on the cake? Check! Balloon drop at midnight? CHECK!

{photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

Seriously, how fun is that?!

We've seen their amazing wedding, let's get to know the couple!

"Kyle and I met 14 years ago while working our summer jobs at Johnson Strawberry Farm in Hobart, IN. I was a cashier and Kyle worked around the farm. We developed a friendship and stayed in touch for 9 years until we started dating 5 years ago (on valentine's Day 2013- we made it official)."

Kyle popped the question during a tropical getaway.

"He proposed to me during a romantic dinner on the beach on July 25th, 2015 in Punta Cana. We were staying at the Dreams Palm Beach resort. There was a storm coming and despite my pleas to move the dinner inside, we waited out the storm and ended our dinner with an engagement. It was a complete surprise!"

When they got home, it was time to start planning her wedding! Tara enjoyed it, but not everything about the planning process was fun...

"My favorite part of wedding planning was buying my wedding dress from Something Blue and Cake Tasting at Designer Desserts! These were fun moments that made me so excited for our wedding day! My least favorite part was collecting RSVP's!"

The big day had arrived! What was the most memorable part for the bride?

"My favorite moment of the wedding was when Kyle and I said our vows and exchanged rings. The feeling of putting his ring on, was a moment I will never forget. I even teared-up because it felt so special."

Currently planning your own wedding? Tara has some great parting advice!

"Use help from family and friends! Don't feel like you need to do everything by yourself.

Also do a "first look" for pictures. It was such a special moment to stand near each other but not be able to see each other until that magic moment. It also makes it less stressful for pictures afterwards."

Congratulations, Tara and Kyle!! We are so happy for you and can't thank you enough for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us!!

Before you go, you have to see the rest of their amazing pictures in the gallery below!!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Alison

She's got brains, beauty and a badge.

Meet our amazing bride, Alison!

 {Photos by: Finding Joy Photography}

{Photos by: Finding Joy Photography}

Alison traded her police uniform for a gorgeous, light gold Allure Bridals gown paired with a beautiful J. Picone belt. We loved this combo on her so much!

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Doesn't she look amazing?! Love the squad shirts she wore with her girls!

Before walking down the aisle, Alison's parents had a major surprise in store for her.

Since both Alison and her new husband Andrew are police officers, a vintage police car was waiting outside to take her to her wedding.

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 {Photos by: Finding Joy Photography}

{Photos by: Finding Joy Photography}

How cool is that?!

The ceremony took place at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Orland Hills.

Alison carried a gorgeous bouquet of roses and peonies for her walk down the aisle.

{Photos by: Finding Joy Photography}

The reception was held at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland.

There were lots of little details throughout the party honoring the couples' profession.

The best part? Their donut tower! 

{Photos by: Finding Joy Photography}

Want to see more? Check out their super cute wedding video by Ojo Creative!

Despite what you may be thinking, the newlyweds didn't meet at work.

"We met at a birthday party for my future sister in law. My friend asked me to come and he was there. We started talking that evening and were inseparable ever since."

When it was time to propose, Alison knew Andrew had something up his sleeve!

"We were visiting my Grandma in Naples, FL and we went out to a fancy dinner downtown where he proposed.

 It was supposed to be a surprise but I could tell something was up. Usually when we would go out to dinner, he was always pretty focused on what he was ordering and eating whatever they put on the table. He especially would always eat bread and butter.  When they brought out these amazing compound butters and he wouldn't touch them, I just knew it was coming."

The food gave it away! Speaking of food, Alison's favorite part of planning her day was choosing which sweet treat they would serve their guests!

"My favorite was deciding to have donuts instead of cake. The place we chose (Home Cut Donuts in Joliet, IL) gave us every donut they had to try for a taste test and we got to decide which ones we wanted. It was delicious and for sure our favorite part. We cannot wait to celebrate our anniversary every year with our favorite donut!"

How cute is that? Who doesn't love a good donut?!

What was Alison's least favorite part of the planning process?

"The seating chart for the reception is definitely a difficult task, we had about 320 people at the wedding. Trying to arrange everything, then running it past our families to make sure everything was okay was also pretty nerve racking. We kept having to reorganize it!"

The big day had arrived. What was Alison's favorite part of the whole day?

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"Our favorite part of the wedding was most certainly when we went back to our house and took photographs with our three dogs: Lilly, Lucy and Lexi. Each one had a little floral arrangement on their collars and were so cute."

 

It's never too early to start planning!

"We started planning 2 years in advance which definitely helped relieve a lot of stress. I really don't know how some couples plan a wedding in a few months. It helped that the date we had originally wanted was taken so we got to spread a lot of tasks out and it wasn't as overwhelming as we had thought."

Alison has some really great - and realistic -  advice for future bride's planning their day.

"The best piece of advice I could give anyone is remember that it's your wedding day, even though you are surrounded by so many other people, its important to remember the little things. Also, don't get too drunk because the next day I felt hungover and didn't even drink anything. Also eat, we never got to eat and were starving. We came back home and I had to cook a pizza for my new husband."

Congratulations, Alison, on your big day!! We loved getting to know you and are so happy we got to share your wedding!

Check out more of her special day in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Alysia

We've said it before and we'll say it again - we have the most beautiful brides ever!

This week's featured bride is no exception...just take a look!

Introducing Alysia..

 {Photos by: Kelsey Tillema Photography}

{Photos by: Kelsey Tillema Photography}

Isn't she stunning?

Alysia looked amazing in her Essense of Australia gown and Bel Aire accessories! That dress looks like it was made for her!

Alysia married her husband Dylan on a beautiful October afternoon.

Before the ceremony, she wanted to share a special moment with her man.

Kelsey Tillema Photography was there to capture their first look...

I mean, that dress, right??

Alysia's maple and ivory gown was complimented by her gorgeous bouquet of ivory and red flowers.

All of the tones blended so beautifully and were perfect for a Fall wedding!

Props to Blake Tuohy with Another Season Flowers for creating these beautiful bouquets!

 {Photos by: Kelsey Tillema Photography}

{Photos by: Kelsey Tillema Photography}

Alysia walked down the aisle at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Wheatfield.

After they said "I Do", guests blew bubbles to celebrate the newlyweds. A cute {and less painful} alternative to throwing rice!

{Photos by: Kelsey Tillema Photography}

After the ceremony,  guests headed to the Jasper County Fairgrounds Expo Center for the reception!

Gorgeous flower arrangements and soft lighting made for a beautiful backdrop.

{Photos by: Kelsey Tillema Photography}

So pretty and romantic!

How did these lovebirds meet, anyway?

"We have always known each other through high school but we didn't start to date until my second year of college. He randomly texted me one day to see if I would go on a date with him and we've been inseparable ever since!"


They were preparing to build their home when Dylan decided to pop the question.

"Dylan proposed to me on some land that we had bought for our future home. His plan was to take me out to the land to mark trees that we wanted to save and to get an idea of where we wanted the house to lay. After we were finished we sat on the tailgate and talked while the sun was setting and right before we were about to leave he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! (covered in dirt and no makeup on) I was in complete shock and had no idea it was coming!"
 

Alysia's favorite part of planning her wedding is probably our favorite part too.

"My all time favorite part of the wedding planning process would have to be taste testing for the catering and cake! Who could turn down free samples?"

Not us! Give us all the samples! Was there anything that she wasn't a fan of?

"My least favorite part of the planning was the seating chart only because we had such a big wedding! Seating 400 guests was extremely challenging for me because I was worried about making sure everyone was going to have a good time together. But it all worked out!"

When the big day had finally arrived Alysia was most excited to see how everything turned out!

"My favorite moment of my wedding was seeing all the hard work everyone put in come together! A lot of our family and friends took their own time to make our day perfect and its something Dylan and I will always be grateful for!"

Any final advice for brides-to-be currently planning their big day?

"Start booking vendors right away because they book up fast! (especially hair and makeup) and always have backups in mind just in case they decide to back out on you.

I know it's easier said than done, but try not to stress about the little stuff. Enjoy the whole process and remember this is about you and your future husband so do what makes you both happy. Your wedding day truly does fly by just like everyone says it does, so take the time to take in all the little moments. It will turn out better than you ever expected!!"

Thank you so much, Alysia and Dylan, for sharing your wedding day with us!! We are so happy for you both!!

Want more? Check out their beautiful pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Abbey

A gorgeous skyline is the perfect backdrop for this elegant October wedding.

The bride's not so bad either!

Meet Abbey!

 {Photos by: Bambino International}

{Photos by: Bambino International}

Isn't she lovely??

Abbey looked amazing in her off-the-shoulder Sincerity gown and Edward Berger veil!

Before saying "I do", Abbey and her favorite girls got ready for the big day. Bambino International was there to capture the moment she got into her dream dress.

Abbey married her husband Darek at the historical Cathedral Basilica in Covington, Kentucky.

It was modeled after Notre Dame in Paris and man, is it gorgeous!!

Just look at that architecture and stained glass!

{Photos by: Bambino International}

How amazing is that?!

After the ceremony, guests headed to Drees Pavilion in Covington.

We can see why they chose this venue. It has some pretty breathtaking views overlooking the Cincinnati skyline!

Abbey chose candelabras and fresh florals for her centerpieces. The results were nothing short of beautiful!

{Photos by: Bambino International}

Isn't that just gorgeous?? The decor was so beautiful!

We've seen their wedding, now let's get to know these two a little better.

How they meet?

"We met in Lexington, Kentucky. Darek was in his fourth year of medical school, and I was completing a year of post-graduate pharmacy residency after graduating from Purdue. We both ended up on the same internal medicine team for a rotation.  I can still remember every detail about the day we met; there was instant chemistry when we first shook hands!  I had written my cell number on the board in our team room, in case anyone needed me when I wasn't in my office.  Darek took my number off the board and texted me after a couple days of working together. We went on our first date the following week (pizza and beer over a Bears game), and the rest is history!"

It didn't take long for them to figure out they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together...

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"We went to Siesta Key on our first vacation together, a place near and dear to Darek and his family. Our one-year anniversary was during the trip, so we celebrated with dinner at a beautiful restaurant named Cafe L’Europe. Fast-forward to two-and-a-half years later when we were back in S.K. on vacation. Two of my best friends were coming down to meet us for half of the week, and Darek suggested we go back to our special place, Cafe L’Europe, to have a nice dinner before they arrived.  After an amazing meal, the waiter brought out dessert.  On the plate was a raspberry sauce that spelled out, "W.Y.M.M.?"  I stared at it puzzled for a few seconds, and as it was all beginning to sink in, Darek was getting down on one knee and asking, Will You Marry Me?!"

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STOP! That is so cute! Was Abbey surprised?

"I was in complete shock!!!  It was one of the best days of my life!  I sobbed like a baby and couldn't stop smiling.  We were seated outdoors on a terrace, so people were clapping and cheering.  Darek was really sweet and hired a photographer to be in the area and capture the moment, and his dad came and videotaped the proposal from afar as well.  I had NO clue this was going on!!  After a glass of champagne and some celebrating, we went over to the park across the street and took engagement photos.  What made it even more perfect was getting to celebrate the rest of the week with my best friends that flew in the next day."

When it came to wedding planning, what was Abbey's fav part??

"Everything!! Just kidding. But I could honestly say almost everything. I just really enjoyed the process! Narrowing it down, I had three favorite parts: 1. Finding my dress. It was the first event that made everything so real, and it was a really special moment for me and my mom. 2. Finding our venue. My mom and dad were with me and we just knew it was the right place the second we walked in. It was such a cool feeling to think, “This is it!” 3. Tasting food with our caterer. This was something Darek was most excited about, and he put a lot of thought into it. It was a fun experience for us and our parents, and getting to know our caterer was nice- he’s a really neat guy!"

What was the downside?

"Registering. That might sound crazy to some people, but we were about to be 30 and had each had lived on our own for a while. It was hard to come up with things we needed at first. We had to think outside the box more than we had anticipated!"

The big day had finally arrived. What was Abbey's favorite part of her wedding?

"Dancing with everyone! There is nothing that can describe the feeling of being out on the center of the dance floor with your new husband, encircled by family and friends, with everyone singing at the top of their lungs. It was pure, absolute joy! If I could bottle up that feeling, I would!"

Abbey wants to leave future brides with some great advice for planning their own special day...

"It's important to remember that a lot of loved ones in your life are putting effort, time, and money into making your day perfect and making you feel special.  The day is about you and your new husband, but a little bit goes a long way when it comes to expressing gratitude.  Take the time to hug and greet everyone.  Hand-write your thank-you notes and say meaningful things in them!  People notice and appreciate these things.

When making decisions, try to think back on weddings you have attended and what things you actually remember about them. I didn't feel the need to have the most expensive programs or invitations or flowers, because these were things I didn't remember from a single wedding I had been to. I did remember the food, the dancing, and the fun, so we made these priorities!"

We are SO happy for you, Abbey! We wish you and Darek a beautiful future together!!

Check out more of the Sanford's gorgeous wedding day in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Natalie

We loved working with this bride SO much and are so excited to share her gorgeous wedding with you!!

We are pleased to introduce you to Natalie!

 {Photos by: Erika Aileen Photography}

{Photos by: Erika Aileen Photography}

We just love her!

Doesn't she look SO amazing in her Essense of Australia gown, Bel Aire headband and Justine M. Couture veil??

Natalie was such a pleasure to work with and we would gush over her dress every single time she came into the store!

The satin, the sparkle, the buttons! Everything about it is just so beautiful!

{Photos by: Erika Aileen Photography}

I mean, right?! Natalie, you are one gorg bride!

To compliment their dresses, Natalie and her bridesmaids carried beautiful bouquets created by Marco Alexzondra Floral.

They are so stunning!

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 {Photos by: Erika Aileen Photography}

{Photos by: Erika Aileen Photography}

Before becoming husband and wife, Natalie and her hubby Jake shared a first look together.

Jake's reaction to seeing his bride is so incredibly sweet!

Erika Aileen Photography did such a fabulous job capturing the special moment.

Natalie and Jake were married in a seriously gorgeous ceremony at Hidden Vineyard in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

This venue, you guys! It's perfection!! Just take a look for yourself.

{Photos by: Erika Aileen Photography}

SO pretty!!

Their reception was held on the same property and was just as gorgeous as the ceremony!

We are in love with every detail!

{Photos by: Erika Aileen Photography}

Craving more? Just check out their beautiful wedding video by My Touch Weddings!

We maybe cried watching this. Maybe more than one time...

How did these lovebirds meet, anyway??

"Our story began in August 2013 in one of our Mechanical Engineering classes at Purdue University, West Lafayette. A few days into the class, I accidentally dropped my pencil and Jake picked it up for me. After the pencil drop, we started talking before and after class. Knowing that I like to workout, Jake asked me to go to the gym with him.  After the gym, we went and saw a scary movie. By the end of the movie we found ourselves holding hands. Jake asked me the next day if I was holding his hand because I was scared or because I liked him. I answered, "both". Shortly after, Jake invited me to dinner at Scotty's Brewhouse. After that, we started hanging out just about everyday. When we got back from Fall Break in October 2013, Jake ordered a dozen cookies and milk from my favorite cookie shop on campus and surprised me by officially asking me to be his girlfriend. I of course said yes and the rest is history! "

Is this real life? That is so sweet! After dating for a few years, Jake was ready to ask Natalie to be his wife. It started with pancakes...

"On Saturday, June 25, 2016 Jake and I began our day with a trip to IHOP. After breakfast, we went to Village Canoe Rental in Milford, Michigan and took a relaxing kayak trip through Proud Lake Recreation Area. For the evening, Jake packed a secret picnic and took me to Belle Isle which is an island located in the Detroit River between the United States mainland and Canada. After dinner, Jake got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. He then informed me that our friend, Max, was hiding and captured the entire proposal on camera. Afterwards, we celebrated by eating chocolate fudge cupcakes and by watching a fireworks show. On Sunday, June 26, the day after the proposal, we took more engagement photos, ate lunch at Red Robin, and called our families and friends to tell them the good news."

Was it a surprise?

"Approximately 8 months prior to the proposal, Jake had asked me if I would want to go and look at engagement rings to try to get an idea of what type of style I would like. After that, I was thinking in my head that the proposal would probably be sometime fairly soon, but I just didn’t know exactly when. So then each time after that, whenever there was a holiday, a special event, or date, I would make sure to have my nails done, just in case he were to “pop the question”."

We love a girl who is always prepared! When it came time to plan their big day, Natalie's favorite part was who she got to plan it with.

"Family and love is what made the wedding planning and wedding day so special. I loved being able to share precious moments throughout the wedding planning process with my family and friends and it was so rewarding to see how everything came together beautifully on the day of the wedding.

My vision for the wedding was romantic elegance. I wanted the day to be a representation of our love for God, each other and our families. On the wedding day, I wore the ballet slippers that my Aunt and Cousin both wore at their weddings. I wanted to try to recreate the special “First Dance” moment for both of our parents so we had my parent’s dance to the song from their wedding 31 years ago and my husband’s parents from 29 years ago. It was also important for me to remember our loved ones that had passed away, so on my bouquet I had two pictures of my grandfathers. Before the first look, I asked someone to deliver a note I wrote to Jake as well as two small pictures of his grandfathers for him to place in his pocket to have them with him throughout the day.

My wedding day was absolutely magical. As I ascended the stairs from the bridal suite, I was amazed by the beauty of the flowers, decorations, and twinkling lights.  It was so special to see how all of the details that we worked on so much throughout the past 15 months of wedding planning were breathtakingly woven together to make my vision come to life. I had chosen the venue because I immediately made a connection with the catalpa tree on the property. It was my grandpa’s favorite tree on his farm growing up. Although my grandpa is no longer living, I could feel his presence as my fiancé and I stood under the beautiful ceremony tree surrounded by our family and friends. The presence of loved ones could be felt throughout the entire day and evening through smiles, hugs, laughter, and dancing. It was a perfect representation of us."

Can you even?? Even her least favorite part is sweet!

"My least favorite part was taking off my beautiful wedding gown at the end of the evening.

From the moment I had put on my dress, I knew it was the perfect one for me. I wanted my wedding day look to be elegant and timeless. Last October my family and I went to Something Blue Bridal Boutique to go wedding dress shopping. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. I went bridal dress shopping with my Mom, Dad, Grandma, and two of my aunts. When we saw this gorgeous Essense of Australia Dress my eyes lit up and I could not wait to try it on. From the moment I stepped into it I felt as though it was made just for me. It was everything I could have ever dreamed of. I loved the clean lines, the attention to detail, and how the dress made me feel. I could not stop smiling when I looked in the mirror. The back of my dress had a gorgeous key hole back with alternating fabric and Diamante buttons all the way down the train. The hand-sewn Diamantes were also on the shoulder straps, keyhole back and waist. As I looked around the room at my family and could see that they knew it was the one too. I could envision myself at the venue on my wedding day, walking down the aisle to marry Jake and I knew without a doubt that this was the wedding dress for me. After I “Said Yes to the Dress”, my family and I went out to lunch to celebrate and then they surprised me later that evening with a “Say Yes to the Dress” Party with a beautiful cake and flowers.

In January, my family and I went back to Something Blue Bridal Boutique for an accessory appointment. I wanted to get a headpiece and veil that would complement the fine details of the dress. I selected a gorgeous cathedral length veil with Diamante trim that matched the Diamante detailing of the wedding dress. The headpiece I chose was a headband with Diamante detailing to complement the dress and veil. 

I also accessorized my bridal day look with the classic “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” elements. For my “Something Old” I wore a cross necklace and bracelet given to me by my Mom and Dad several years ago. My “Something New” was a gift that my Mom and Dad gave me moments before the ceremony started. They gave me a beautiful engraved necklace. The front of the necklace was engraved with the saying “If Kisses were the Stars, We’d Give You the Sky.” The back of the necklace said “Love, Mom and Dad” along with the wedding date “9.17.17”. My “Something Borrowed” were the shoes I wore on my wedding day. I wore the ballet slippers that my Aunt and Cousin both wore on their wedding days. My “Something Blue” was a light blue garter.

I remember walking up the steps into the reception space and was in such awe of how my vision had come to life. Jake spun me in my dress for the first time as we entered and my dress billowed around me. I felt like a bride and it felt like the most magical dream."

What was the couple's favorite moment of the wedding?

"The most special moment was mine and Jake’s first look. Prior to the first look, I asked someone to deliver a note I wrote to Jake as well as two small pictures of his grandfathers for him to place in his pocket to have them with him throughout the day. Jake was positioned looking out towards the field, and as I approached him I was so excited to see him and to see his expression when he saw me in my wedding dress for the first time. I tapped Jake on his right shoulder, and when he turned around it was such a wonderful and precious moment. We enjoyed those few moments of just embracing each other and having that time to reflect on our relationship and our love for each other. Jake then gave me a letter to read as well as a Pandora charm for my bracelet that said, “Just Married”. The expression on his face and the purity of the moment is something I will never forget."

Now that the day has come and gone, what is Natalie's best advice for couples planning their wedding?

"Organization is key! I found that making “To Do Lists” was extremely helpful in the wedding planning process as well as creating a wedding binder and notebook. This enabled me to keep track of items that were complete and those that needed to be completed.

My advice to engaged couples is to enjoy each and every moment leading up to the wedding. There are so many special memories with family and friends that are created throughout the whole wedding process so take time to live in the moment. Focus on your relationships with your fiancé, bridal party, and all the important people in your life. Invite family and friends to come be part of your big day from dress shopping to cake tasting. A wedding should be a celebration of love – the love you and your fiancé share, the love you and your families share, and a love you and your friends share."

Thank you SO much, Natalie and Jake!!! We are honored we got to share your beautiful wedding and wish you so much happiness and love in your future together!!

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

{SBB Bride of the Week} Haley

If you think this week's featured wedding is gorgeous, you should see the bride!

We're pleased to introduce you to Haley!

 {photos by: LuvED Photography}

{photos by: LuvED Photography}

Isn't she so beautiful?? Haley wore a seriously pretty Essense of Australia gown, paired with a J. Picone belt and Bel Aire Bridals accessories {all from Something Blue, of course}! She had a blue heart made from one of her dad's work shirts sewn into her gown as her "something blue". What a special way to honor him!

{photos by: LuvED Photography}

Doesn't she look amazing??

Haley had the cutest idea of making a scrapbook leading up to her big day. In it, she devoted a section to the day she said yes to the dress! She even saved our thank you tag from her SBB Bride t-shirt! We love this!

 {photos by: LuvED Photography}

{photos by: LuvED Photography}

For her flowers, Haley turned to Town & Country Gardens. They did such a spectacular job creating the bouquets!

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 {photos by: LuvED Photography}

{photos by: LuvED Photography}

Before walking down the aisle, Haley wanted to show off her gown to her main man - Dad.

His reaction is priceless!

Haley married her husband Alex at The Westin Chicago Northwest on a gorgeous November afternoon. Their grandmother's served as flower girls and it may be one of the cutest things we have ever seen! They also insisted on wearing matching dresses. How adorable is that?!

{photos by: LuvED Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed to the reception which also took place at the hotel! They were greeted by a swoon-worthy affair. The decorations were fabulous!

{photos by: LuvED Photography}

Such a beautiful reception!

Let's get to know Hayley and Alex a little better.

"We met through our best friends (who were both part of our bridal party and got engaged at our wedding!) at his dad's 4th of July block party; thanks Kelly and Dan! It was the summer going into my freshman year and his sophomore year of high school so we definitely fall under the "high school sweetheart" category. We talked the entire night just like two old friends catching up and the rest is history!"

Alex was ready to make Haley his wife and knew the perfect place to pop the question!

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"Alex and I are huge Chicago Blackhawks fans so he had bought tickets as a gift for my birthday. We always arrive at the United Center a little early and sneak down to take a picture by the ice. Following suit, we took our standard picture and I went to grab the camera from the concierge. However, Alex told me to 'hold on' and as I turned around, noticed he was digging in his pocket! He knelt down on one knee, said a lot of cute things that I didn't  hear because I was too shocked to believe this was actually happening, and asked me to marry him."

How cool is that?! Did Haley see it coming?

"We had been together for 10 years at that point so I knew we would be getting engaged, it was just the questions of when and how he could plan something special without me knowing. I think he knew that he couldn't get away with planning anything elaborate without me being somewhat suspicious so he woke up on December 1st and made the decision to do it at the game that night. It was definitely a surprise because he told me before that he would never propose at Hawks game!"

Clearly he was trying to throw her off!!

Once the wedding planning was underway, Hayley found herself enjoying herself instead of stressing.

"I consider planning more of a hobby rather than a chore so I truly enjoyed the entire planning process! We gave ourselves almost two years to plan so we could take our time and enjoy being engaged as well. If we had to pick, our favorite part would be the food tasting at The Westin and cake tasting at Lovin Oven; it was all phenomenal!"

What about her least favorite part?

"I suffer from what some people like to call FOBO (fear of better options). Although it was great having almost two years to pick out those perfect flowers, reception decor, etc., I found myself constantly second guessing myself or finding pictures and ideas on Pinterest that I liked even better. It was hard to stick to one vision and I ended up only making a few changes along the way!"

Finally, the day had arrived. What was Haley's most memorable moment from her wedding day?

"Am I able to say the entire day?! It was so surreal from start to finish. Taking a moment to look out from the head table and realizing that all of your friends, all of your family are together in one place celebrating YOU was a moment we won't soon forget."

Now that her wedding has come and gone, what is Haley's biggest takeaway from wedding planning?

"You can control most things but you can't control everything. All you can do the day of the wedding is roll with the punches. Trust me, no one is going to notice if that one centerpiece doesn't look identical to your Pinterest pin!"

Any other advice for future brides?

"The most stress I felt during the entire process was figuring out the reception tables. I found an idea on Pinterest (of course) that was super helpful and made the seating arrangements a piece of cake. As you patiently wait for those RSVP cards to come back, take some time to write each guest's name on a Post-It note and preliminary put together your tables for the reception. If you get any NO responses, simply remove that Post-It note from the table. I swear it made my life so much easier, especially because you only have a weeks to provide all final details to your venue!"

Such a good idea!!

Haley and Alex, your wedding was so beautiful and we are honored we got to be a part of it! Thank you for letting us share your special day!

To see more of their gorgeous wedding pictures, check out the gallery below!