{SBB Bride of the Week} Becca

B E C C A + B E N

{September 29th, 2018}

{Photos by: Penny Frazier Photography}

{Photos by: Penny Frazier Photography}

Isn’t she lovely??

Introducing our beautiful bride, Becca!

Becca came to SBB looking for the perfect gown for her September wedding.

She chose one of our all time faves - a high neck, fitted Essense of Australia gown that has some of the prettiest beading we have ever seen!

{Photos by: Penny Frazier Photography}

For her flowers, Becca chose to work with Cindy Batka to create all of her arrangements and bouquets.

As you can see throughout these pictures, she did an amazing job!

{Photos by: Penny Frazier Photography}

{Photos by: Penny Frazier Photography}

Becca and her now-hubby Ben were married at Faith Church in Highland.

They decorated beautifully but honestly our favorite part is how emotional they are as she walked down the aisle!

{Photos by: Penny Frazier Photography}

After the ceremony, everyone headed to Avalon Manor to celebrate the newlyweds!

Beautiful centerpieces decorated the tables and their tree cake is SO cute!

{Photos by: Penny Frazier Photography}

Now that we got to check out their wedding, let’s learn their backstory!

How did they meet? 

“We actually have known of each other since we were little. Ben grew up in my sister’s class from kindergarten through high school. He also became neighbors with my brother-in-law in elementary school and they became best friends. However, neither of us had our eyes on each other until much later on. It was at my sister’s wedding where I was maid of honor and Ben was a groomsmen that we decided to dance and exchange numbers sparking our relationship. After the wedding, we never went a day without talking and our relationship quickly grew.”

How did Ben propose??

“I had been asking Ben to go downtown for a date in the city for a Christmas celebration. I wanted to dress up and go to a nice restaurant. Thankfully for Ben, the stage was set for the perfect opportunity to surprise me. We planned to go to Maggiano’s Little Italy and then go to Ghirardelli’s for some chocolate, my favorite! However, this is where Ben began to make his own plans. Ben had gone to the city a week prior with some friends to find the perfect spot to propose. After driving through the whole city, he had decided that the perfect spot was right outside Ghirardelli’s in front of the old Chicago Water Tower. He also planned to have one of his photographer friend’s there hiding to capture the whole moment. He told me he wanted to get dessert before dinner and I could not understand why he wanted to do that, as it would make us late for our dinner reservations. However, when he pulled the ring out after I got my chocolates and we took a picture by the Christmas tree it all made sense. It was the perfect night with all of my favorite things.”

SO sweet {literally}! Was it a surprise or did Becca know it was coming?

“We knew that we wanted to get married, however Ben kept saying he wanted to wait until after the New Year to get engaged. He had actually gotten the ring around Thanksgiving and had plans to propose in January. However, once he had the ring he couldn’t wait. So it was a surprise to me in the sense that I didn’t think it was happening at that time.”

After she got the ring it was time to for Becca to find her dress! How was her shopping experience?

“I was actually very nervous to buy a dress. I have always been a picky shopper and can never make decisions right away. I thought it would take me forever to make a commitment with a dress. However I was completely wrong. I only went to one store (Something Blue Bridal) and as soon as I put on the dress I knew it was the one. The staff was very helpful as they really listened to me when helping me choose the style of dress I was looking for.  They made me feel comfortable and the whole experience was non-stressful and a lot of fun!”

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

“I had looked at dresses online to get an idea of what I wanted. Once I put the dress on I didn’t want to take it off! It was just what I had imagined I would want. I tried some other dresses on after, but I couldn’t take my eyes off that one dress. It was PERFECT!”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was Becca’s favorite part of planning her big day?

“Meeting with the florist and coming up with our bouquets, décor and centerpieces, dreaming of what the day would look like! She was so helpful in making my dreams come true! Another part was picking out the music for the night, once it was picked, I couldn’t stop listening to the songs that would be played throughout the entire day: from walking down the aisle, to our first dance, it helped me imagine the whole day and also put me in the best mood!”

Was there anything about planning she didn’t enjoy?

“My least favorite part would have to be all the tiny details like making seating charts and all the small details that I knew I would not even notice on the day of. I just wanted to make sure I had all the vendors picked, centerpieces and cake the way I had envisioned and the rest I really didn’t care too much about.”

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

“The whole day was my favorite! It is hard to choose just one moment. I would have to say that one of my favorite moments was walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing the love of my life waiting for me! I also loved our reception where we got to celebrate with all of our loved ones and dance the night away!”

Now that the wedding is over and she can look back with a fresh mindset, what is Becca’s takeaway from planning her big day?

“My biggest takeaway was start your planning early so you don’t feel overwhelmed closer to the wedding! Stress less and enjoy every bit, the day goes by so quick! Also make sure to take time with your new spouse to pause and take in all the special moments. Otherwise you will blink and it will be over!”

Any final advice for SBB brides currently planning their wedding?

“Make sure that your venues/vendors our picked out right away! I started calling the day after the proposal and venues/vendors were already booking up! Within the first month, all of my big decisions were made and I could relax and enjoy our engagement period!”

Congratulations, Becca and Ben!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!!

Check out more pics from their special day in the gallery below!