{SBB Bride of the Week} Laura

L A U R A + M I K E

{August 10th, 2018}

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

We are so happy to introduce you to our gorgeous bride, Laura!!

For her summer wedding, Laura went with a stunning Stella York strapless gown and it looks SO good on her!

The crosshatch stitching, the beading, the illusion bodice…we just love this dress!

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Laura worked with Forget Me Not Floral out of Demotte for her flowers and my goodness, they are so pretty!

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Laura and her hubby Mike decided on a first look before the ceremony.

Laura says this was her favorite moment from the whole wedding day:

“I had been looking forward to it for awhile. It was just my immediate family and my bridesmaids watching so I had no reason to be nervous, but I had crazy butterflies waiting to see him! I couldn't wait to see him, after all this whole day was based on my love for him and us spending our lives together. After seeing him I was able to relax a little more. He is my comfort zone.”

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Laura and Mike were married at one of our favorite venues ever - The Pavilion at Sandy Pines!

Just look at that backdrop! SO gorgeous!

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

One of the best parts of Sandy Pines is guests don’t have to travel very far to get to the reception!

Plus the s’mores bar .

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Such pretty decor! We love it!

Let’s get to know these lovebirds a little better!

How’d they meet?

“In high school Nov. 2008, he's a year older than me. We went to both proms together.”

High school sweethearts!! How did Mike pop the question?

“I was born in Washington state and we went on a vacation to Seattle. My first time back since 7 years old. At the bottom of the space needle I asked him to crouch down to take a picture of me showing the space needle hovering over me. As soon as he took the photo he stayed kneeling and pulled out a loose ring from his pocket. I thought it was a fake ring! He was shaking he was so nervous and I started crying. We had been dating for 9 years and this was an absolute surprise! He spoke to both of my parents in person before proposing and asked my sister for design ideas for the ring. They were all shockingly good at keeping it secret!”

STOP! So cute!!

Once she had the ring it was time for Laura to find the dress!

“I went to at least 5 different bridal shops including places in Chesterton, Merrillville, Valparaiso, and Chicago. Tried on tons of dresses trying to figure out what I was looking for. By the time I got to Something Blue I knew exactly the style I wanted and I found THE dress! Tried it on once and did not even touch another dress. It brought my sister to tears, it was the one. I placed my order that day.”

When ya know, ya know!!

What was Laura’s fave part of planning her wedding?

“The dress shopping is definitely top of the list, it's something the bride and family always looks forward to and you feel gorgeous trying on amazing gowns. The cake tasting was fun too for obvious reasons!”

What about her least favorite part?

“Receiving RSVPs on time to organize the seating chart was by far the most stressful part of organizing the wedding! There isn't much you can do to help speed that up and make people RSVP that you know are going.”

What is the best piece of advice Laura has for brides-to-be who are currently planning their own wedding?

“Get as much done as you can as early as you can. There will be plenty to stress about as the day gets closer. You will be very grateful to yourself for checking off the big things early. Once the day begins things are out of your hands so just try to relax and enjoy the ride. Whatever it may bring!”

Congratulations, Laura and Mike! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!

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