{SBB Bride of the Week} Monica

M O N I C A + T Y L E R

{July 21st, 2018}

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

Meet Monica!

She is the sweetest person and such a beautiful bride!

For her big summer wedding, Monica chose a classic satin gown, which she accented with a Susan G Allen veil and Sara Gabriel belt!

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

The Smits own greenhouses, so they know their flowers.

That’s why they decided to go with Homewood Florist to create the bouquets and they did not disappoint!

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

Monica married her husband Tyler at First Reformed Church of South Holland.

After saying “I Do”, they were showered in leaves by the guests as they left the church…

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}

As we previously mentioned, Monica’s family owns Smits Farms in Chicago Heights.

When the time came for the newlyweds to choose a venue, Monica’s dad had an idea - BUILD them a wedding greenhouse!

Not joking, they built this gorgeous greenhouse just for the reception!

The results were nothing short of stunning, with greenery as far as the eye can see!

{Photos by: Rachel Gabrielse Photography}


We’ve seen their gorgeous wedding, now let’s get to know the newlyweds a little better…

“Tyler and I met at Illiana Christian High School, so we are high school sweethearts! He was a senior and I was a sophomore when we really got close. Because his last name is “Smit” and mine was “Smits” our lockers were close to each other and he used to stop by my locker and flirt with me before 7th period. We started dating, and then he went off to college. We did long distance dating for the next 5 years which as extremely hard but so worth it!”

How did Tyler pop the question?

“Well this is a story! Haha! On August 12, 2017 I was supposed to go a Chicago Farmers Market in the city, which meant I had to get up at 4:00am and load up the trucks. To my surprise, Tyler had my brother-in-law take my spot so when I got out to the truck Tyler was standing there! We drove to the city where we watched the sun rise over the lake at North Avenue Beach, and then he took me to breakfast. In the afternoon he took me to the Willis Tower Skydeck and then the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Throughout the whole day I was preparing myself for him to propose but at each place it didn’t come! He then took me to my favorite Chicago restaurant for an amazing dinner. Afterward he brought me to the condo building where we now live, took me to the rooftop balcony, and got down on one knee! It was the most special and exciting day (second only to our wedding day!). We ended the day at the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel which was where he had originally asked me to be his girlfriend 4 years earlier!”

Was it a surprise??

“I knew it was coming! We had talked about getting married so many times and throughout the whole day I could tell it was bound to happen, I just didn’t know when!"

Let’s talk wedding dress shopping!

“Being an extremely detail oriented person, finding a dress was very difficult for me. Saying yes to Tyler was so easy, but saying yes to a dress was far more difficult. I went to so many different stores and tried on so many dresses before coming to Something Blue! My mom truly does have the patience of a saint! When we finally made it to Something Blue we were greeted by amazing staff and a welcoming environment. I visited the store twice and had narrowed down my choices when a brand new satin dress appeared on a hanger and I fell in love. No other dress compared to that one in my mind!”

How did she know her dress was “the one”?

“When I closed my eyes and envisioned myself walking down the aisle to marry the man of dreams, that was the dress I was wearing.”  

When it came to wedding planning, what were Monica’s favorite and not-so-favorite parts?

“My favorite part of the planning process was the watching the reception hall come together. My dad came to Tyler and me right after we got engaged and brought up this idea of building a greenhouse where we could have our reception. Over the next 9 months, he worked so hard to bring this idea to life. Two weeks before the wedding it was finished, and we began to fill it with plants, tables, chairs, and lights! My whole family was involved in the building and decorating. It was very special and so beautiful. Some of my favorite planning memories were the nights that we set everything up!

I didn’t start planning right away, and I should have! A lot of the work crept up on me and overwhelmed me toward the last three months.”

When the wedding had finally arrived, what was her favorite moment?

“Tyler and I did not see each other before the wedding, so my favorite moment had to be when those church doors opened and I saw him down the aisle. I’ll never forget the look on his face and the immense amount of joy that I felt. I’ll never forget it!”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“Take every moment captive and ponder more in your heart. The engagement, the planning process, and the wedding all happen so fast. Dwell in the moment and in the joy of all of it. 

Make lots of list to make sure you don’t forget anything, say thank you to your mom more, spend lots of time with your fiancé, and have the most fun you can have in the planning!”

Congratulations, Monica and Tyler!! Thank you for sharing your BEAUTIFUL wedding with us!!

Want more {of course you do}?? Check out the gallery below for even more gorgeous pictures from Monica and Tyler’s big day!