{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!