{SBB Bride of the Week} Stephanie

S T E P H A N I E + J A K E

{September 22nd, 2018}

{Photo by: Kaula Marie Photography}

{Photo by: Kaula Marie Photography}

This bride, you guys! She is so beautiful inside and out!

We’re so excited to introduce you to Stephanie.

Stephanie chose the prettiest Essense of Australia gown and it looked SO amazing on her!

She spent the morning of her wedding getting ready with her closest family and friends, including some seriously cute flower girls…

{Photos by: Kaula Marie Photography}

Stephanie wanted to give gifts to a few very important people in her life: her nephew Connor, her mom and her dad.

All of their reactions are so sweet but we’d say Dad takes the cake!

{Photos by: Kaula Marie Photography}

For her gorgeous flowers {more of which you’ll see later at the reception}, Stephanie worked with Blossom Shoppe {an SBB preferred vendor!} to create some insanely beautiful bouquets and arrangements!

{Photo by: Kaula Marie Photography}

{Photo by: Kaula Marie Photography}

I meeeean, so pretty right?!

Stephanie grew up in Crown Point and married the love of her life, Jake, at First United Methodist Church right off the square.

As you can imagine, the ceremony was absolutely beautiful!

{Photos by: Kaula Marie Photography}

For the reception, guests headed to Aberdeen Manor in Valpo.

You already know this venue does it up between the suspended cake and snow fall during the first dance.

But it was Stephanie and Jake’s decor and personal touches that really made the venue shine.

The evening ended with a sparkler send off, because after a wedding this beautiful is there really any other way to go out??

{Photos by: Kaula Marie Photography}

SO pretty!! We can’t get over the color scheme! Perfection.

We’ve seen how beautiful their wedding is but let’s learn a little more about the newlyweds!

“Jake and I have known each other since we were in the 7th grade but never talked much. We saw each other out one night 3 years ago with some mutual friends and started catching up & hit it off from there!”

When he was ready to propose, Jake made sure to include the people who mean most to them..

“Jake proposed to me with both of our families present the day before my birthday. We went out for a nice dinner & I came home  to “our song” playing, candles lit everywhere and rose petals leading to my niece and nephew holding signs asking if i would marry Jake. My family & Jakes family were all there. I turned around and he was down on one knee.”

Was it a surprise??

“I had known Jake bought a ring... he’s not very good at hiding surprises lol! He was acting pretty weird at dinner and he was stalling a lot. I had thought maybe something was going on but was still overwhelmed when it actually happened.”

I asked Stephanie to tell us all about her dress shopping experience!

“I had only gone to Something Blue and one other salon before finding my dress. I think I tried on about 20ish dresses altogether. There was one in particular my mom & I really liked that was posted on Wedding Gown Wednesday that we kept looking at over and over. Colleen was awesome & was super patient with me bouncing in between 3 dresses that I really liked. But, I ended up with the one I saw online! 

I knew my dress was the one because it was everything I had wanted in one dress. I felt the most “bridal” and elegant in it.”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was Stephanie’s most favorite and least favorite part of the whole process?

“My favorite part of the planning was definitely wedding dress shopping and bridesmaid dress shopping. Aberdeen also does a really fun day where you try alllll of their food...needless to say that was a pretty great day too. 

My least favorite part was probably planning the ceremony. There are so many tiny details that you have to make decisions on that you don’t even think about. At one point, I was ready to have everyone else just make the decisions for me!”

Now that the day has come and gone, Stephanie has some sound advice for brides currently planning their own wedding…

“Make sure that the bride doesn’t go last for hair and makeup! I made that mistake and we were rushed. Also, to make sure that you are actually dancing, enjoying the food or eating the cake at the reception. The bride (and groom) need to enjoy the party more than anyone & it’s important to make sure that you’re not running around or focused on mingling the whole time. 

I think the best advice is to make sure to remember to enjoy the moments even when they’re stressful. There are so many times during the day or during the planning where it’s easy to be just stressed about how everything is running and you can end up not really soaking anything in. You wait your whole life to plan your wedding and get married and it’s over in the blink of an eye. So make sure to stay present in every moment!”

Congratulations, Stephanie and Jake!! Thank you so much for letting us share your beautiful day, we wish you nothing but love and happiness! Be sure to check out more of their amazing pics from Kaula Marie Photography in the gallery below!