{SBB Bride of the Week} Maddie

M A D D I E + R E U B E N

{September 22nd, 2018}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Our brides are supermodels, ok?!

Introducing our gorgeous bride, Maddie!

For her September wedding, Maddie chose a beautiful Essense of Australia gown that features a low cut illusion back and a cold shoulder strap!

One of our favorite parts? That train!!

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Maddie decided to work with Monarch for her flowers - SUCH a great decision!

We are obsessed with her bouquet AND her creative take on the bridesmaids bouquets!

I mean come on, how cool are those hoops?!

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{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Maddie and her hubby Reuben decided to do a first look before the ceremony.

They decided to do it on the beach and got some gorgeous pics out of it!

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Maddie and Reuben were married at Wedgewood North Shore in Wadsworth, Illinois.

This venue is stunning!!

We love all of the little details, including the happy couple watering a fiddle fig for their home during the ceremony.

Something else we love? Their wedding hashtag!

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#OhSmitWe’reTheHuizengas

After the ceremony came the reception and y’all - its so pretty!!

Also there was a donut wall and you already know how much we love those!

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SO pretty!! We love all of the greenery!

It’s that time - let’s learn more about this newlyweds!

How’d they meet?

“In High School and started dating when I was a sophomore and he was a junior!”

How did Reuben pop the question?

“He proposed on a family vacation in Florida. We were on a 3rd story balcony overlooking the water.”

Was it a surprise or did Maddie know something was up?

“Total surprise. A proposal didn’t even cross my mind for that trip and I was in shock for a little bit afterwards.”

Surprise proposals are the best!!

Let’s move on to dresses - how was Maddie’s shopping experience?

“The first place I went for a dress was a disappointment. I didn’t like any of the dresses I tried on and felt like that was going to be most of my dress shopping experience. I went to Something Blue directly afterwards and had a much better experience there. I loved the first three dresses I tried on and there were plenty others that were beautiful. The team at Something Blue was very helpful and made the experience easy.”

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

“I liked how the design of the dress was different from many other dresses. I loved the color and how comfortable it was. My main goal for a dress was to be able to go to the bathroom without help.” 

Ha! Listen people, its a real thing!

How was the planning process for Maddie?

“I really don’t like planning so it was most enjoyable at the end when I saw it all coming together.

Choosing vendors was the hardest part because there are so many factors.”

Finally the wedding day had arrived!

Maddie’s favorite part was watching everyone bust a move!

“It all came together so well and everyone enjoyed themselves. I haven’t seen that much dancing at a wedding ever.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

“Choose a vendor that makes it simple for you, it will take a lot off your plate. I didn’t micro manage and let others plan because in the end little details aren’t a big deal. Also, pick a great photographer, not just the best deal. I was not happy with how many of my photos turned out, the photos were very crooked and were not edited well.”

Congratulations, Maddie and Reuben!! We are so beyond happy for you two and wish you lots of love and happiness!!