{SBB Bride of the Week} Sarah

S A R A H + B E N

{September 22nd, 2018}

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

We are pleased to introduce you to our gorgeous bride, Sarah!

She married the love of her life, Ben, in September and looked darn good doing it {if we say so ourselves}!

Sarah chose a beautiful Essense of Australia gown for her big day and between the lace details and illusion back we are smitten!

For her “Something Blue” and to honor her grandmother who passed away, Sarah had a heart from one of her grandma’s favorite scarfs sewn into her gown.

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

When it came to flowers, Sarah put her trust in Charlyn’s Floral and the results were swoon worthy!!

Ben had a special charm attached to his boutonniere in honor of his father who had passed away.

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

Sarah and Ben wanted to share a first look before the ceremony.

Here is the moment Ben got to see his bride for the first time!

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

Sarah and Ben were married at Sand Creek Country Club.

This is another great venue for brides looking for a place to hold both the ceremony and reception!

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

After the “I Dos”, guests headed to the reception which was decorated so beautifully with flowers, drapery and candles!

The couple also made a fun donut table, complete with a donut wall, for guests to satisfy their sweet tooth!

{Photos by: CHC-Photography, Inc.}

Just so pretty!

Let’s learn more about the newlyweds! How did they meet?

“We met through mutual friends in high school! One of my best friends (Ben's best man) introduced us when I was a freshman and he was a junior. We still to this day hang out with that entire group of people and they were all in our wedding! We didn't start dating officially until I was a senior in high school and he was away at IU. So we did long distance for about two years until I transferred to IU myself!" 

How did Ben pop the question?

“We went on a family trip to Disney World that we had all been anticipating for two years. Apparently Ben knew he would propose during this trip as soon as we planned it! So during his family's favorite fireworks at Epcot he proposed!”

Was it a surprise or did Sarah know it was coming?

“I really had no idea! We always had a hard time surprising each other because we just can't wait to give gifts to each other and what not. So we had gone in to my family friend who is a jeweler to get one of my necklaces fixed and Ben clearly saw me staring at the rings he had. I always wanted my engagement ring to be from that jeweler because he had been so close to my grandmother and family. So knowing he actually went back and got the ring I was pining over was amazing and a surprise!”

How was Sarah’s dress buying experience?

“I honestly came in so many times trying on dresses because the choices were amazing! I was stuck between two for weeks and Celine found the perfect in-between dress for me.”

How did she know her dress was "the one"?
”I totally started crying a bit! I could picture myself at my wedding at that moment and of course thought about how much my grandma would have loved it. It was just the perfect mix of everything I could have ever wanted. The whole team was just amazing at making me feel so special every time I came in!”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What were Sarah’s favorite and least favorite parts of planning her big day?

“I really enjoyed everything about the process. We were engaged for almost three years so I had so much time to finish my degree at IU and plan the wedding relatively stress free. I would say one of my favorite moments was picking flowers just because they tied everything together so well and my florist, Charlyn, totally got my vision and did amazing!

I really can't think of anything I disliked about my process since I gave myself so much time to plan it all! I would say that the most difficult part was seating just because it took the longest.”

Always the seating chart!!

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

“Definitely the ceremony because one of our best friends married us and he did an amazing job. It was honestly the most perfect officiant speech! We also exchanged vows which got me super emotional but it's something I will forever cherish.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“I would say starting early is key! Whether you have a long or short engagement just doing little things here and there at the beginning make all the difference. Also not stressing is super important just because your day will be perfect no matter what! Any little issue you may encounter will end up not even mattering in the end. I for sure don't remember really any mishaps and only the fun moments!
Enjoy every single second because no matter how long/short your engagement is, it will fly by! Just always remember the reason for your wedding is to celebrate your love with your significant other and the ones you love. When your day comes be sure to take fun pictures, laugh, and be sure to stop for a moment and take it all in!”

Congratulations Sarah and Ben!!! We wish you both nothing but a lifetime of joy and happiness together! To see more of their beautiful wedding pictures, check out the gallery below!