{SBB Bride of the Week} Clare

C L A R E + K R I S

{August 25th, 2018}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

STOP! Isn’t Clare so beautiful?!

She wore a sparkling A-line gown from Stella York for her August wedding and was an absolute showstopper!

Clare paired a beautiful veil from Bel Aire Bridals {sold at SBB!} to complete her look!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

She’s just too cute! Love how excited she is to be all dolled up for her big day!

When it came to flowers, Clare wanted bouquets that screamed summer and Moody Blooms in Portage made it happen!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Clare married the love of her life, Kris, at the Red Barn Experience in La Porte.

This venue has such a dreamy, rustic landscape that’s perfect for anyone looking for an elegant wedding that still has an “out-in-the-country” feel!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Once they were finally man and wife, Clare and Kris hosted a beautiful I Do BBQ inside the barn!

Guests stuffed themselves with yummy barbecue food as well as home baked desserts.

Kids had their own table with lots of activities to keep them occupied - we LOVE this idea!

At the end of the night, the bride and groom left in style with a sparkler send off!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Such a pretty wedding! Clare was sweet enough to let us ask her all about her relationship and wedding planning!

How did you they meet?

“In high school, but it wasn't until years later started dating!”

How did he pop the question?

“Kris proposed to me at the beach where he first told me he loved me!”

Well that’s adorable. Was it a surprise?

“I was getting suspicious but he was able to convince me I was wrong! So it was a surprise again!"

Time to talk wedding dress shopping!

“Dress shopping at Something Blue was probably the easiest (and best!) decision I made while wedding planning. All the girls at SBB worked as a team, and Amber (my consultant) totally got me and made me feel so comfortable!”

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

 “When we finally collected the million dresses I picked to try on, I looked at them all again and put one aside to save for last. It was the only one that marked off all my wants on my check list. I’m so glad I waited to try it on because it was the one! Amber asked me how I felt about that dress when I got to the pedestal and I started to ugly cry! LOL It was definitely my first " I’M GETTING MARRIED" moment after the proposal!”

That is such a fun feeling! Let’s move on to wedding planning! What was Clare’s favorite and least favorite part of planning her big day?

“My favorite part was putting all my decorations together. Making sample tables at home really got me excited to put together 18 more! 

{Photo by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photo by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

It was really overwhelming in the beginning putting together venue tours, writing out pros and cons, the pricing, seating. Then you have to go through catering, and DJ, and pray your favorite photographer wasn't booked.... so relieved when all the key components were booked!”

When the wedding day finally arrived, what was Clare’s favorite moment?

“Our first dance. My hubby let me plan everything I wanted, he was just happy to marry me. Since I surprised him with the venue decorations and details, he could surprise me with what song we danced to. It was really sweet, cause it kept the excitement going! (He picked Millionaire by Chris Stapleton by the way!)”

Any final advice for other brides?

“Being organized was key! If you don't write you stuff down, set deadlines, and get your act together- you'll create unnecessary stress. and do not feel bad for asking for help. take all the help you can get!!

Budget it is important- but also stay within your means. You are sharing your love to your future spouse, witnessed by friends and family who you love. Those people are there to support you, don't feel you have to go into debt to impress them. Its a celebration not a competition.”

Thank you SO much for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us, Clare and Kris! We wish you nothing but love and happiness in your future!

Want to see more? Check out the gallery below for more gorgeous pics from their big day!