{SBB Bride of the Week} Ellisia

E L L I S I A + B R A D L E Y

{January 5th, 2019}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

CAN YOU EVEN?!

Our bride Ellisia, as you can see, is absolutely STUNNING!

Ellisia chose a gorgeous fitted Essense of Australia gown for her January wedding!

She added a belt by Susan G. Allen Couture to give the look some extra sparkle!

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

SO pretty!

Speaking of pretty - Ellisia’s flowers by Artisti are beyond beautiful!

We love a succulent accent!

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{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

Ellisia married her husband Bradley at the Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn, Illinois.

When it comes to this sweet ceremony, the pictures speak for themselves…

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Did you happen to catch the flower girls? Yep, Ellisia had 4 of her best friends be her “flower ladies” for the day! SO cute!

After the ceremony, guests stayed at the Inn for a beautiful reception!

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I mean isn’t that venue SO pretty??

Let’s learn more about Ellisia and Bradley’s love story…

“Bradley and I met and became friends in high school. We started dating years later after high school when we coincidentally ran into each other at a mutual friends party. We discovered we shared a love for music and quickly found ourselves in a long distance relationship while he was completing his degree at the University of Iowa. He moved back home after graduation, and we have been together happily for over 5 years now.”

How did he pop the question?

“Bradley proposed to me under the lights of the City of Chicago Christmas tree at Millennium Park, accompanied by some of our closest friends and surrounded hundreds of people. I'm obsessed with Christmas.”

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

“I knew Bradley and I were going to get married, but I was surprised by the proposal. It was perfect.”

Let’s talk wedding dresses!

“My dress buying experience was so much fun and quick, but memorable. I brought 9 loved ones with me because I can be an indecisive person. I knew I would need help making this giant decision. I made the appointment in the morning and in another state, so I told myself that I would visit only one dress shop. This would force my decisiveness and ensure a successful trip. I knew I wanted to say "yes to the dress" that day. Something Blue Bridal Boutique made that possible by the abundance of dress choices and the efficient and seamless dress selection process for the bride and her posse. The SBB team were professional and made you feel comfortable in this once in a lifetime shopping trip!”

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

“Honestly, every single dress I tried on were beautiful. It was a challenge for me to choose just one LOL. I narrowed it down to two completely different dresses. By the third try, I said "yes to the dress" to my gorgeous Essence of Australia wedding gown. The energy of my 9 person crowd changed when I walked out from the fitting room in the dress - I knew it was the one. The two main things I was looking for were lace and a mermaid gown (although I tried on other dress styles because you just never know), and this dress had both. The dress was uniquely beautiful with so much lace detail, bold with sheer side cutouts and had beautiful rhinestones all over to give it just a little (a lot) bling. It made me feel both sexy and elegant for our big wedding day.”

When it was time to plan her big day, what was Ellisia’s favorite part of the process?

“I'm not sure I can say I had just one favorite part of the planning process, but to choose one, probably venue hunting. We checked out some cool venues, which allowed us to discover some towns and areas we have never been to before or didn't know too much about.”

What about her least favorite?

“Physically addressing the save-the-dates, wedding invitations and thank-you cards. Such a hassle LOL. I recommend to any couple to get them printed out.”

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

What was her favorite moment from her wedding day?

“Our first look! I spent all day getting ready with my bridal party and felt so anxious. The moment I saw Bradley for the first time that day, I relaxed (slightly). It was a special moment that we shared together, and I'm so happy we decided to have a first look.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“Stay organized. Bradley and I organized everything (lists, seating charts, budgets, etc) in Google Sheets and used The Knot to create our wedding website, share information, track RSVPs, all for free. The more you have details under control the less stressful things will seem to be, allowing you to focus on other things.

Almost everybody you talk to will unload their opinions on all aspects of the wedding throughout the entire process. Remember that this is a wedding for you and your husband and you must stick to what is true to you both. Do not stress over trying to make everyone else happy and focus on what you and your husband have envisioned for your big day.”

Congrats, Ellisia and Bradley!! Thank you SO much for letting us feature your big day!!

Check out more of their gorgeous pics by Evangeline Renee Photography {https://evangelinereneeblog.com/} in the gallery below!