{SBB Bride of the Week} Savanah

S A V A N A H + W Y A T T

{June 24th, 2018}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Meet our gorgeous bride, Savanah!

She is one of the sweetest brides we have ever worked with and was also the winner of our wedding gown giveaway!

For her June wedding, Savanah chose a beautiful Stella York dress that featured a full illusion top and flowing tulle skirt.

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

For her flowers, Savanah worked with Schultz Floral in Valparaiso to create sunny bouquets for the bridal party!

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Savanah and her new hubby Wyatt were married at Taltree Arboretum {now Gabis Arboretum} in Valpo.

They were so lucky to have such gorgeous weather on their wedding day!

The couple’s dog was also included and stood up in the ceremony - SO cute!

One more highlight - they had a sign asking guests to please keep their cameras and phones away. We call this an unplugged ceremony and HIGHLY recommend it!

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

For the reception, guests headed to William E. Urschel Pavilion in the heart of downtown Valpo.

I mean, how cool is this venue for a summer wedding?!

Cronies Bar and Grill provided catering and Savanah’s good friend and chef provided the cake!

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Such a gorgeous setting!

How did Savanah and Wyatt first meet?

“We met in Florida, my cousin asked me to hang out with his friends while they played Dungeon and Dragons. Since I just moved to Florida I decided “why not” and that’s where Wyatt was.”

How did he pop the question?

“He proposed to me on our five year anniversary. He took me to Meditrina Market Cafe in Valpo. While we were walking to our car I looked into a shop window and turned around and he was on one knee. I had no idea it was coming. I’m not a very romantic person and I just looked at him and said get the “f” up right now. I know I’m a horrible person {haha}!”

Unfortunately, soon after the proposal Savanah’s life was turned upside down…

“My dress buying experience was bittersweet. My whole life I pictured picking out my wedding dress with my mom. She passed away from brain cancer a month after I got engaged. Everyone at Something Blue was so very sweet. I’m a very insecure woman and they made me feel beautiful in every dress I picked out. I didn’t feel rushed or stupid for having to try on a ton of dresses. When I got stressed and started crying because of the mom thing everyone was very understanding and I didn’t feel like a burden. It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me and I can’t express how thankful I am for everything.”

And we’re crying.

We are so glad we were able to help support Savanah in any way after such a tragedy.

Plus we had so much fun working with her!!

How did she know her dress was the one?

“I knew my dress was the one because it fit my personality. I didn’t want a princess dress. It was flowy with a little bit of sparkle. I liked the boho look but I’m also a an extra person so the long train, lace, and glitter were perfect. I’m obsessed with Snow White and felt like that would have been a dress she would have worn. Woodsy yet elegant.”

When it came to planning her big day, Savanah’s favorite part was getting all of her bridesmaids together…

“I have friends from every different walk of life. My bridesmaids vary drastically and I loved being to introduce everyone together and see the people I love interact and get along. My wedding essentially was about Wyatt and I but I loved seeing them happy and having fun too.”

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Her favorite part of her wedding? Animals!

“I’m a huge animal activist and I’ve worked with animals my whole life. Having my dog in my wedding and having goats there made my day. I know I am so lame but I loved it so much. If the animals were not a part of it I guess it would go back to my friends. I play roller derby, do hair, and work in the animal field. Wyatt and I also lived in Florida and Indiana so we had friends from so many places in the world that seeing them all in one central location was awesome. I was very shocked that so many of our Florida friends flew into town just for us.”

Any advice for brides who are currently planning their own wedding?

“The best advice I can give is spend the money on the dress and the photographer. Everything else is temporary. You can have the dress and pictures forever. Don’t stress the small stuff. It goes by so quickly, so soak it all up as much as you can. People are there for you and not the fancy stuff you feel like you need to spend the money on.”

Congratulations, Savanah and Wyatt!! We are so happy for you both and can’t thank you enough for letting us feature your beautiful wedding! Check out more pictures from their big day in the gallery below!