{SBB Bride of the Week} Heather

H E A T H E R + N I K E

{August 18th, 2018}

{Photo by: Emily Christine Photography}

{Photo by: Emily Christine Photography}

I mean come on! How pretty is she?!

Meet our beautiful bride, Heather!

Heather chose a super gorgeous, unique lace gown from Allure’s Wilderly line. There are so many details we love about this dress - the lace, the color, the BACK! Ugh, so good.

A mom of 3 kiddos, Heather made sure her daughter Brynn and sons Cameron and Kai were also looking their best on the family’s big day!

{Photos by: Emily Christine Photography}

How sweet are those kids?? You know we squealed when we saw those little bow ties!

For her flowers, Heather worked with Brumm’s Bloomin’ Barn to create her super gorgeous bouquets.

Lots of green with pops of ivory looked absolutely perfect with Heather’s ivory-nude gown!

{Photo by: Emily Christine Photography}

{Photo by: Emily Christine Photography}

Heather married the love of her life at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake.

Their adorable children served as flower girl and ring bearer {x2!} and they couldn’t have been cuter if they tried!

{Photos by: Emily Christine Photography}

The reception was held upstairs at the Lighthouse.

This space is just so beautiful!

Heather and Nike had special touches throughout including a popcorn bar courtesy of Ladies Gourmet!

{Photos by: Emily Christine Photography}

So pretty! We love how light and bright the reception space is!

Heather and Nike’s love story began when they met through a mutual friend in high school.

But the best part is how Nike decided to pop the question…

“He proposed to me on a private plane ride over the City of Chicago during an evening when they had fireworks at Navy Pier!

It was definitely a surprise; I almost refused to go on the ride with him -- It was supposed to be a gift to his Dad for "fathers day" but his dad is a Hammond Police Detective and had gotten a 'call-out' and couldn't go. Nike convinced me by saying it was non refundable and they couldn't reschedule for a different day.”

Smooth! After saying yes to Nike it was time to say yes to the dress..

”My dress buying experience was honestly probably the easiest part of the entire planning process. I had walked into the store on a whim with one friend, without an appointment during a jewelry trunk show and everyone did their best to try to accommodate me trying on a few dresses wherever they could squeeze me in at. I tried on 2 dresses and instantly fell in love with the one I chose.

I had pictured myself in a 'simple' dress, definitely a little more form fitting yet still elegant. I saw a few dresses on Something Blue’s facebook page and had them in mind. I tried one on, liked it but it didn't have that "feeling". The minute I tried on the other, my best friend Sara's eyes lit up when she saw it and I immediately fell in love when I turned around in the mirror.”

How could you not? It’s so gorgeous! What was Heather’s favorite and least favorite part of planning her big day?

“My favorite part was by far deciding on decor and coordinating everything together.

My least favorite part was having to work on the seating chart -- I was overwhelmed with trying to please everyone and finding them a seat they'd be happy with!”

When the wedding finally arrived, what was the bride’s favorite moment from her special day?

“It was after our first dance. We did a dance and included our 3 children into it. It was the first dance as an official "family" and I truly enjoyed that!”

Now that she’s hitched, does Heather have any advice for current brides-to-be?

“Don’t stress the little things as much. Yes, some of the tiny details have the largest impacts, however some non-important elements take the most time and they end up really not mattering in the end.

Also make sure to soak up the day in its entirety. It goes by way too fast and the memories need to last a lifetime!”

Congratulations, Heather and Nike!! We so enjoyed getting an inside look at your beautiful wedding and sweet family! Check out more pictures from their big day in the gallery below!