{SBB Bride of the Week} Monica

M O N I C A + C U R T I S

{April 6th, 2019}

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Our featured bride this week is such a fun, sweet person to be around and we think you’ll see that as you look through her pics! We always had a great time when she was in the store!

Introducing our lovely bride, Monica!

For her April wedding, Monica chose a gorgeous, strapless Stella York ballgown. The moscato color looked so stunning on her and her glam makeup is everything!

Monica worked with Kristina Lynn Floral to create all of her beautiful bouquets and arrangements.

Pops of purple is the theme here and we are loving every second of it!

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Monica married her man Curtis at Chateau Banquets in Merrillville!

The couple layered sand during their ceremony and after they kissed {and high fived}, they “jumped the broom” to mark the end of their single years and the beginning of their married life together!

The reception that followed was also at the Chateau, with more beautiful flower arrangements, a Polaroid photobooth and delish cake from Almira’s!

Let’s learn the history behind the couple!

How’d Monica meet Curtis?

“My best friend, Kashonna, is also the groom's maternal cousin. We met maybe 20 years ago when he traveled to NY where I & his mother's side of the family lived. He was born, raised, and continued to live in Chicago. Fast forward 15 years (2015) with little to no contact, and we reconnected again when I sent him a message on FB asking about how life in Chicago was because was looking to make a move. He told me he had always had a crush on me and we've been together ever since!”

Yesss we love that!

Just wait until you hear the proposal story…

“He proposed in the jewelry store after he bought the ring. The jewelry store clerk asked if he should put the ring in a bag and I said, "NO! I am not walking out of here without that ring on"! My fiance, the clerk, and I all laughed. My fiance initially tried to hand the ring to me, asking "do I really have to ask you?" LOL The jewelry store clerk and I both said, "YES!" So he said, "Monica Cisneros will you do me the honor of marrying me and becoming Monica Townsend?" I said yes and started jumping up and down. The clerk yelled, "Kiss!" and we did and the clerk clapped and cheered.”

Did Monica have a feeling a proposal was coming?

“I knew it was coming. My fiance told me after our 1st date that he was going to marry me. But when it was really time to propose and make it official, he told me to look around at rings to see what I liked. So I found a jewelry store that had 3 options that I liked and then when it came time to buy the ring, my fiance made the final decision. So technically he picked the ring!”

Now is the part where we make our entrance: dress shopping!

“Before coming to Something Blue it was very overwhelming. I had gone to 4 wedding shops. There were too many options and I was shopping alone. I also felt rushed and unheard. But once I came to Something Blue it became fun, relaxing, less pressure and I did not feel rushed or like I was a burden in anyway. My salesperson was amazing! I almost invited her!”

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

“I literally gasped when I saw myself in my dress and I felt teary.”

What was Monica‘s favorite part of the wedding planning process?

“Venue shopping was fun because that was the part that my fiance was most involved in as we visited each place together. After the venue was chosen I was all on my own with the planning.”

What about her least favorite part?

“Dealing with the day-of-coordinator was frustrating because she was hard to get in touch with and had terrible communication skills. Although she came to me by personal referral, I am sad to say that I did not pick a winner.”

What was Monica’s favorite moment from her special day?

“The actual wedding ceremony. Initial prayer and reciting of the vows.”

Any advice for brides-to-be who are currently planning their own wedding?

“Don't sweat the small stuff. The primary focus should be you and your groom and not everyone else! It goes by so quickly!”

Congratulations, Monica and Curtis!! We are SO happy for you guys!!

Check out more of their beautiful wedding in the gallery below!!