{SBB Bride of the Week} Crystal

C R Y S T A L + C H R I S T I A N

{November 17th, 2018}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

We LOVE this bride so much!! Meet the gorgeous Crystal!

Crystal rocked her fitted Stella York gown, which she made her own by adding a sparkling belt by J. Picone! She finished her look with a tiara and veil from Bel Aire Bridals!

To honor her granddad who passed away, Crystal had a heart made from one of his blue shirts sewn into her gown. SO special!

Krissy V did Crystal’s makeup and you can just see how much they got along in the pics - we LOVE Krissy!!

Finally, after getting ready and without doing a first look, Crystal and Christian met up before the ceremony to exchange letters.

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

For her flowers, Crystal decided to work with Strack and Van Til {Crown Point location} and y’all they did SUCH A GREAT JOB!!!

This isn’t the first time we have heard great things about them either! Take a look for yourself…

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

Crystal and her husband Christian were married at Aberdeen Manor in Valpo!

They held the ceremony in Aberdeen’s chapel and it was so dreamy between the drapery and lights!

Our favorite part is how emotional Christian gets as he watches his bride walk down the aisle…

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed across the parking lot to the ballroom!

Beautiful DIY centerpieces were at every table and their delish cake was suspended for everyone to see!

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

So many cute ideas!

We’ve seen an inside look at their big day, but let’s learn a little more about their past!

How did they meet??

“Christian and I met in college. We were both attending Purdue North Central to become teachers.”

How did Christian pop the question?

“It was the night we both started Christmas Break. Christian had made reservations to Stacks Bar & Grill on December 22. We both have never been there before so we were really excited. Of course we got the cookie skillet! After dinner, we walked to the big Christmas Tree at the Valparaiso Plaza. Christian's favorite holiday is Christmas, so we stood by the tree for a while. He said, "I love Christmas so much...but you know what I love more. You!" That is when he got on one knee and proposed!”

SO CUTE!!! Also Stacks…yuummm!

Back to the proposal - was it a surprise or did she know it was coming?

“Ha! So believe it or not...BOTH. I had been hinting at getting married for so long, that I mentioned it every chance I got. Christian is a very nervous person, so I could tell something was up that night. I even joked about it on the way to the restaurant. He went to the bathroom TWICE during dinner... MIND YOU... leaving the ring in his coat pocket at the table (that is how nervous he was). At this point, I thought he was just sick, when really, he was calling to make sure the photographer was there and ready. When we were walking outside, he insisted on holding my hand. It was so cold I wanted to keep my hands in my pockets...but he insisted. Again, I thought something was coming. But in the past, every time I thought it was time...I was wrong. As much as it sounds like I knew it was coming...I really was surprised.”

I just love them!

Once Christian put a ring on it, Crystal headed to SBB to put a….dress on it?

“Oh my gosh! I had the BEST dress buying experience. I had gone to a bridal expo where I entered into a drawing for Something Blue. I won a free T-shirt that said "Feyonce" and NEEDED it since my bachelorette party was themed around Beyonce. I started at a different bridal boutique and thought I had found my dress. I still wanted to go to Something Blue to get my free shirt and just try on dresses. When I got there, Sandy greeted me and my party. She made it such a personal experience. I told her what I was looking for; which at the time was a ball gown - and definitely NOT what I ended up with. I told her what I was looking for, she pulled some dresses, I pulled some dresses, my mom, and friends also pulled some dresses to begin trying on. The first dress I tried on was one that Sandy picked. I was IN LOVE, but of course, couldn't just pick the first one. Sandy was SO PATIENT with me and I probably tried on almost 20 dresses. Well...guess which one I bought. The FIRST one that Sandy picked out. She knew exactly what I was looking for! She completed my look with a veil, belt, headpiece, and even turned the lights off so I could see how it would sparkle at the reception...(that was my favorite part).”

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

“I knew my dress was "the one" when I just didn't want to take it off. Sandy completed my look and I just didn't want to step off the stage and change. I felt so beautiful and confident in it and wanted to keep it on forever!”

Yup, that’s how you know!

Moving on to wedding planning, what was Crystals fave part?

“Creating all the centerpieces for my wedding reception. I had such a specific look that I wanted, and my bridesmaids, mom, and stepdad made sure it was PERFECT. We spent hours spray painting wine bottles. One night we looked like we were all surgeons the way we had covered our clothes and wore masks. It was definitely a time I will never forget.”

What about her least favorite part?

“My least favorite part of the planning process was choosing the food for the wedding! We went to the taste testing and we loved absolutely everything Aberdeen offered. It was difficult to narrow it down to two dinner entrees.”

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

Finally, the wedding day had arrived! What was her favorite moment from her big day?

“This one is tough. I have so many...it has to be a tie between having my brothers walk me down the aisle or the surprise Christian had planned at the reception. My brothers and I have grown up so close together and I was so thrilled to have them walk me down the aisle. They were so honored and are so close with Christian, so it made it super special. Christian and I are huge Disney fans. My favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast. Christian planned a surprise for me, and the servers came out and did a little choreographed skit to the song "Be Our Guest." I had NO IDEA and I just couldn't stop smiling throughout dinner!”

How fun is that?!

Looking back, does Crystal have any takeaways from planning her wedding?

“It is NEVER too early to plan or book a vendor. There are so many sought out after vendors who are booked QUICK. I was worried that I was planning things too quickly or just being too excited. Time will go by QUICK!!! Everyone will tell you that it will come up quick and you won't believe them...but IT DOES! I promise! So never think you are planning too early.”

Any final advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“DO NOT STRESS!! It is not worth it. Something will go wrong! It is inevitable. And when something does go wrong, you will be the only one that notices.

What matters most is you are marrying your best friend and have all of your family and friends there to witness it.”

Congratulations, Crystal and Christian!!! We are SO happy for you guys!

Be sure to check out more of their gorgeous wedding pics by DKH Photography in the gallery below!