{SBB Bride of the Week} Kayla

K A Y L A + Z A C H

{October 20th, 2018}

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

Isn’t she gorgeous?!

Meet our lovely bride, Kayla!

She wore one of our favorite Stella York gowns that features a full illusion top, flowing skirt and sparkling lace!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

We will never be able to get over the back on that dress - SO pretty!!

For her flowers, Kayla turned to Kaber Floral Company in La Porte to create her stunning bouquets!

You already know how much we love a big, full bouquet like this! It makes such an impact and as you can see, looks AMAZING in pics!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

Kayla and her hubby, Zach, decided to do a first look before their ceremony.

Here’s the moment Zach got to see his beautiful bride for the first time…

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The wedding was held at Millcreek Wilde Barn in Watervliet, Michigan.

This venue, you guys! It’s so rustic-y {is that a word?} and perfect!

The decor was also so pretty, with hanging lanterns all over the ceiling!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

The reception was held in the same space as the ceremony and the decor does not disappoint!

We love the old bottles and simple centerpieces!

For dessert, Kayla and Zach decided to skip traditional cake and treat their guests to a table full of super yummy cupcakes instead!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

Such a pretty wedding! We love every detail!
We’ve seen their wedding but let’s get to know the newlyweds. How did Kayla and Zach meet?

“I moved to Valpo for grad school. I was working at a restaurant with a waitress whose boyfriend worked with Zach. She barely knew either of us but thought we might get along and introduced us on Facebook. A few days later we wound up out at the same bar. The first couple of months we laughed about how we have nothing in common (we really are opposites), but quickly realized that things were actually going really great. And here we are!”

As the saying goes, opposites attract!

How did Zach pop the question?

“We went on one of those dinner cruises in Chicago, just for fun. It was about 50 degrees and I was in a short dress, but he was DETERMINED to get a picture on the roof. We had to awkwardly wait for someone else to come up on the roof (again, 50 degrees) to get it captured on camera. He proposed and we ate dinner on the boat. Then, he took me to get another drink in the city and my family was there to surprise me!”

Was the proposal a surprise or did she know it was coming?

“I didn't know it was coming. I had sneaking suspicions and that whole day I tried to find clues that he was going to do it. I also tried to stop worrying because I didn't want to be disappointed. But it was a surprise for the most part, especially my family meeting us afterward!”

Let’s talk dress shopping! Was it stressful or easy?

“It was pretty simple. I went to SBB first, and my dress was actually the first one I tried on. I tried on a few more at SBB and then went to another place. The whole process was pretty smooth, considering I found my dress immediately. SBB was fantastic. The staff was so friendly and helpful. I love the process of using clothespins to pick dresses. Considering I really didn't have a very specific idea of what I wanted, it was pretty stress-free.”

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

“I guess I didn't really. Like I said, it was the first one I tried on. I didn't know what to expect and I when I tried it on, I thought "ok, this is nice." The more dresses I tried on, the more I wanted to try my first dress on again. It was pretty and in my budget. Once I decided, it was hard for me to even consider anything else, so I guess that's how I knew.”

What was Kayla’s favorite part of the wedding planning process?

“This may sound weird, but I liked how it brought everyone together. I talked to my mom on the phone an average of 3 times per week, just to go through planning details, etc. I also got to see friends from across the country at the shower, bachelorette party, etc. It was nice to have a reason to stay so connected and in touch with people.”

What about her least favorite part?

“There was a lot I didn't like about the planning. I'm not super detail-oriented. I think my LEAST favorite part, though, was the last month or two, having to sort out all the tiny details. I'm not a super picky person, so everyone looking at me to have an opinion on everything was probably the most overwhelming. I hate to say, that I did get a little wrapped up in the stress and started to care about things that really didn't matter...but somebody had to do it!”

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

“For sure seeing Zach at our first look. Ask anyone who saw me that morning, I was so stressed out. I tried to stay calm and positive but I really struggled with it. Once I saw Zach and we took pictures and just got to hang out with each other, I relaxed quite a bit (still not perfect, but oh well). Just getting to see him helped my anxiety significantly, I was much more cheerful and excited about the day after that.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

“My greatest worry on the morning of the wedding was that some vendor was going to back out or not show. It kind of ruined the beginning of the day for me. I know this is hard to say, because there are occasions when bad things do happen, but I wish I would have just trusted my vendors and not stressed so much. Nine times out of 10 everyone will be there and on time, and everything will be perfect. I wish I could go back in time and assure myself its all going to work out!

There are two pieces of advice that multiple people gave me, and I didn't follow either of them. The first is to EAT. I was so distracted and full of emotion that I barely ate the entire day. I didn't eat lunch and I had about 5 bites of dinner (that I stressed over). Trying to make it through that evening, without food, plus drinking, was not a good decision. The second piece of advice is to try to enjoy it. With everything going on (the emotions, stress, lack of food) I don't remember a lot of the wedding, and that makes me sad. I have snapshot memories from throughout the day, but that's about it. I highly recommend trying to take a second during the reception to stop and look around. Remember how you're feeling and how much fun people are having! Then go back to having a good time!”

Congrats, Kayla and Zach! Thank you so much for letting us feature your beautiful wedding!!

Check out more of their gorgeous pics in the gallery below!