{SBB Bride of the Week} Kelly

K E L L Y + J P

{August 2nd, 2018}

{Photo by: Blu Tree Studios Photography}

{Photo by: Blu Tree Studios Photography}

We are so pleased to introduce you to our beautiful bride, Kelly!

Kelly was married on a gorgeous summer day in Wheaton, Illinois.

She chose a stunning WToo A-line gown for her big day. She even had extra lace added to make it all her own!

After getting ready with her girls {and getting her makeup done by the amazing Krissy V}, Kelly shared a first look with the first love of her life - Dad.

{Photos by: Blu Tree Studios Photography}

Kelly had her flowers done by Jasmine Galleria and the end results were absolutely beautiful!

{Photos by: Blu Tree Studios Photography}

{Photos by: Blu Tree Studios Photography}

Before walking down the aisle, Kelly wanted to share a special first look with her soon-to-be hubby, JP.

The happy couple also took the opportunity to read their vows to each other.

Blu Tree Studios Photography was there to capture the moment JP saw his gorgeous bride…

Kelly and JP were married at Danada House. They were blessed with the best weather for their big day!

As Kelly walked down the aisle it was hard to choose whose reaction to look at first, JP’s or the mother of the bride, who wiped away tears as she watched her daughter.

{Photos by: Blu Tree Studios Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed to the main house to celebrate the newlyweds!

We love their personal touches, like golf balls instead of traditional place cards.

{Photos by: Blu Tree Studios Photography}

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

They met 5 years ago through JP’s cousin…

“I worked with her and she said, “I want you to meet my cousin.” And I thought, “Yeah, sure, ok!” because I did not think it was going to happen. Well, we met and went on a double date with her and JP’s best friend. It was not the best first date! We both look back and laugh at it, but something clicked with the both of us and we have been together ever since.”  

How did he pop the question??

“I had just started a new job about a week prior and he wanted to take me out to celebrate. We had plans to go on a Saturday, but then he had said he wasn’t feeling up to going and that we would go on Tuesday (turned out that Cooper’s Hawk was too busy to accommodate JP’s plans that night). Tuesday came along, and I wasn’t feeling well and tired from work. During the day I contemplated texting him saying I did not want to go, but something kept me from sending that text. I got home, he greeted me and rushed me to get ready. I couldn’t understand why. We went to Cooper’s Hawk (one of our favorite places and somewhere we spent some time when we first started dating) for wine tasting and it was busy, but the manager helped get us a spot at the wine bar (which I thought was weird). We went about our night, talking and laughing. Looking back, there were so many clues! Just as I was getting ready to finish my last glass, a plate with two candles, cheesecake pops, and a ring box came to us and before I could realize what was happening, JP swiped the ring box, brought me over to an open space and was down on one knee. I was so surprised and happy! After I said, “Oh my god” too many times, I said yes! Then suddenly, I saw my parents and his parents who were there the whole time taking pictures and videos! It was such a wonderful surprise. Definitely the best day ever.”

You had us at Cooper’s Hawk {yum}! Was Kelly surprised??

“It was a total surprise! We had talked about getting married, we looked at rings a few months before, but every time we would talk about it, his response would be different! One time it would be like, “Yeah, it’ll happen soon,” and the next time he would say, “Well, I don’t know when!” So, it was hard to anticipate. He did such an amazing job surprising me. It was perfect.”

Good job, JP!

Let’s move on to dress shopping!

“It was such a fun day! My sister came home from Germany, two of my best friends joined us, my mom, my dad, my mother-in-law, and my aunt were all there. They helped me pick out dresses and gave very nice but constructive opinions (ha!). Some people say not to bring a big entourage but these people are so important to me that I wanted to share this day with them. SBB did a great job accommodating my large party and my consultant, Amber, was so patient and kind! It was the experience I was hoping for.”

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

“I tried on about 6-7 dresses. I knew I did not want to go anywhere else and that I did not want to try on a lot of dresses. In the end, it was between two completely different dresses: a fit and flare lace dress that was gorgeous and an A-line with a tulle skirt and lace. Everyone told me my face lit up each time I put on the A-line with the tulle skirt. I tried on each dress probably four times before deciding, then I finally picked the right one! And I am so glad I picked that dress because I was able to customize it and add waterfall lace to the skirt and it was perfection (thank you, Naomi!).”

Seriously so pretty. We love the added lace to it!

When it was time to plan her big day, what was Kelly’s favorite part?

“I made sure to share my experiences with the people closest to me. My husband works weekends, so it was hard to do some of the planning together. We did as much as we could, especially toward the end. Because of this, I included my mom, mother-in-law, my aunt and my bridesmaids in much of the process. The whole experience was beautiful and memorable. But, if I had to pick a favorite, I have to pick two! My mom, mother-in-law, and aunt took a weekend to look at seven wedding venues. It was a blast! We had so much fun looking around at these beautiful places, we went to lunch and dinner, and my aunt and uncle even had a little engagement party for me with us and my cousin and her family. It was so sweet. My other favorite part was getting our marriage license together. It was so exciting and something JP and could do, just the two of us.”

It’s not all fun though! What was Kelly’s least favorite part?

“The last few weeks was the most stressful part because you trying to get in touch with your vendors, finalize the same details, and prepare for the big day. The little details probably stressed me out the most. I tend to be a bit of a control freak and I just wanted my vision to come to life. Everything turned out exactly how I had envisioned, so I stressed for nothing.”

The day of the wedding was finally here! What was Kelly’s favorite moment?

“It’s hard to pick just one because the whole day/night was our best day ever! JP and I decided to write letters to each other and do a first look. We wanted to spend a few moments of our special day together just the two of us. I was so excited to see him and for him to see my dress. We when saw each other, we just smiled so big and couldn’t stop smiling the whole night.”

Any advice for other brides planning their own big day?

“Spend your day together! We made it a point to spend as much time together as possible. It was our day and we wanted to experience it together, so once the ceremony and cocktail hour was over, we barely left each other’s side. We did spend some time apart on the dance floor, but we made sure to check in with each other. When I think back on our wedding day, JP is in most, if not all of my memories. Sometimes you get pulled in different directions, get caught up conversing with old friends, and half the night is over before you reunite, so it was important to stick together. If we got separated, we always made our way back to each other.

When people tell you the day goes by so fast, it truly does! The morning getting ready dragged and once I was in my dress, it was like “poof!” and the DJ was packing up his stuff, the tables were taken down, and everybody was gone. Stay in the moment and savor every minute. Take a minute at some point to look around and soak it all in. All those people are there to celebrate you and the love of your life. It is such a special time! Make sure to spend as much time as you can with your spouse because you can be pulled in all sorts of directions and this is your day. Don’t be too hard on yourselves if you don’t say hi to all your guests-they understand! And get a videographer! We haven’t received our video yet, but we cannot wait to relive our day again!”

Great advice!! Congratulations, Kelly and JP!! We are so happy for you guys and can’t thank you enough for letting us share your beautiful wedding! Check out more of their gorgeous wedding pictures in the gallery below!