{SBB Bride of the Week} Carly

C A R L Y + J A C K

{October 5th, 2018}

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

We’re SO excited to show off this gorgeous bride and wedding this week! Why, you ask?

If you follow us on Instagram you may recognize Carly!

Carly and her now hubby Jack took over our Instastories and gave us behind the scenes updates of their whole wedding planning process! It was so fun and we just LOVED featuring them!

Carly chose a beautiful Stella York A-line gown for her October wedding and added a rose gold Susan G. Allen Couture belt to make it all her own!

The results? Perfection!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

Carly chose Dixon’s Florist to handle her flowers for the big day and they did not disappoint!

Her bouquet was just gorgeous with pops of deep color, perfect for her fall wedding!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

After getting ready, Carly had one person in mind when it came to who got to see her first.

“I chose to do a first look with my dad because when it came to dress shopping he had surprised me and offered to pay for my dress! My dad had “jokingly” asked if he could come shopping with me too (I don’t think he was joking), but I really wanted to keep it a surprise for both him and Jack. All of the bridesmaids actually got ready at my dad’s house in Aberdeen, so I thought it was the perfect place to have a first look with him and see the beautiful gown he had purchased for me all those months earlier!”

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

After her dad, it was time for Carly and Jack to do their first look.

Jack’s expression says it all!

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Carly and Jack were married at Sand Creek Country Club.

They wrote their own vows and kept them a complete surprise for the ceremony!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

For the reception, guests headed to The Market in Valpo and you guys, this venue is so SO pretty!

Carly and Jack provided their guests with lots of fun including a live band {Rendition}, treats and one of the yummiest menus we have ever seen!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

Y’all know how much we love a donut! SO so cute!

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

“Jack and I met during the summer of 2007 when he was about to be a senior and I was going to be a junior at Lake Central High School. We met through a mutual friend and both had an immediate attraction to each other. Neither of us had the guts to admit it, and it took until 2016 until he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. I’ll forever be grateful for the 9 years we spent building our friendship and getting to know each other, I think it’s what has made our relationship and love for each other so strong. Jack always gives me a hard time because when we decided to make it official I said “let’s give it a shot”. I knew a month into dating that it was going to be forever!”

I bet she sure is glad she gave it a shot!

After dating for a couple years, Jack decided to take the next step…

“Jack and I moved into our first home together and decided to host Thanksgiving for our entire family. I was so caught up in the planning and organizing of the holiday that it wasn’t until after the proposal I realized how strange he had been acting that week. We all sat down to dinner with 20 members of our family and at the end of the meal Jack suggested we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. He made sure I went first so that he would be the last one to take his turn. When it came to Jack, much to my dismay, he made me stand up next to him. Jack proceeded to express his thankfulness for our relationship and our life together and then got down on one knee telling me he wanted to “keep doing this forever”.”

That is so incredibly sweet!! Was Carly surprised??

“I definitely had a feeling it was coming soon, but I had fully convinced myself it wouldn’t be until after all the holidays. So when he proposed on Thanksgiving I was completely taken off guard. Later I found out that the weekend before Thanksgiving, while I was out of town visiting my alma mater, Jack took my best friend from high school (who he had also been close to since HS) to help pick out the ring.”

Next up was dress shopping. That’s when we were lucky enough to first meet Carly!

“I was SO excited to go dress shopping! I’m pretty sure I bought my dress before we even finalized a date. I’ve heard from a lot of brides how stressful it can be to have a lot of opinions there, so I started the process by shopping with just one of my friends and my mom. We went to another dress shop before Something Blue, and nothing felt just “right” and I felt a little uncomfortable at the shop (they didn’t ask my budget, made me feel rushed). When I came to Something Blue I felt so well taken care of, and my bridal consultant was SO nice and SO fun. I’d also been told to have an open mind because often what you think you want and what you end up with can be two very different things which is exactly what happened to me. I didn’t buy anything that first day, but I came back a few weeks later with some of my bridesmaids, grandma, and future mother in law so they could get in on the fun. That’s when I made the big final decision!”

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

 “As I tried on different dresses I definitely knew which I liked more than others, but it was still hard to really narrow it down to just one. I think I was overthinking it though, because every time I put on “the one” I felt the most comfortable and most confident. I was pretty set on that dress when I came with my mom and friend, but it was my second trip to Something Blue that sealed the deal. I tried on a LOT of dresses when I came the second time without telling everyone which was my favorite from the first trip. Everyone loved the dress and it was once again my favorite of all I tried on. I felt very confident at that point that it was the dress I was ready to walk down the aisle in!”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was Carly’s favorite part?

“My favorite part of the planning process was how it brought our families closer together. We really milked the process: engagement party, wedding shower, bridal luncheon, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner… it really gave our families the chance to work together on the planning and spend more time together which meant a lot to me. In addition to that, my best friend, her dad, and I built our donut wall by hand! We couldn’t find one to rent in the area and they were super expensive to have one made, so we did it ourselves! We were so proud of the outcome, and we’re thinking about starting a little side business now! 😉”

Yesss we are in! What was her least favorite part?

“Finalizing the guest list. Jack has a HUGE family and we both have a ton of friends that are like family. It was so hard to leave people out, but if you’re trying to keep to your budget sometimes you just have to. Even with not inviting some people I would have loved to have there, we still invited over 250 guests. I know if I ever don’t make the cut for somebody’s wedding in the future, I will definitely understand!!”

After all the planning, the wedding day had finally arrived. What was Carly’s favorite part of the day?

“It’s so hard to pick just one! Getting ready with all my best girl friends the morning of the wedding was so exciting. I have close friends from many different parts of my life who don’t all live in the same state, so it’s rare to have everyone together in one place just hanging out. The most meaningful part of the day though was definitely when Jack and I exchanged our own vows at the ceremony. We didn’t discuss anything about them besides how long we wanted them to be, and it turned out they mirrored each other so similarly it was crazy. I was glad I got to go first!”

Why are they so cute?!

Now that it is all said and done, what are Carly’s takeaways from planning?

“I know everyone says it, but the day really is supposed to be about you and your fiancé. Sure, you want to keep your family happy too and it’s a big day for them as well! But don’t put your own happiness at risk for anybody else (besides your fiancé). When everything is said and done, everyone is going to be so happy with how it turned out and you’re doing to be married to the love of your life. I went into things thinking I wouldn’t be “as stressed as normal brides” because I used to do this professionally, but everyone has something that is going to stress them out throughout the process weather it’s picking place cards or keeping family in check. With that in mind, if you’re able to take your honeymoon right after the wedding, do it!! We considered putting it off because of all the chaos but we NEEDED that trip right after the wedding. Reflecting on the day and just spending uninterrupted time together for a week afterwards was the best thing I could have asked for.”

Any final advice??

“Book your vendors ASAP. Once you have all the vendors booked, a lot of the stress is alleviated. It’s usually the most time sensitive part, so once that is done you can take your time on the smaller details. Don’t procrastinate too much though! The less you leave for the month leading up to the wedding, the better. There are a lot of little things you truly can’t do until just a few weeks out that will creep up on you, so get things done as timely as you can to alleviate stress later on. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either! Chances are your family and friends want to be a part of the process anyway, and let’s be real, we all need some help!”

Preach, sister!

Congratulations, Carly and Jack!!! We loved getting to watch you every step of the way and are so happy for you two!

Stick around and check out the gallery below for even more gorgeous pictures from their big day!