{SBB Bride of the Week} Cherise

C H E R I S E + T O M

{May 4th, 2019}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

We are so excited about today’s featured wedding!

Not only because we just love our bride, Cherise, but also because we happen to know her hubby….

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Tom!! He was our FedEx guy {we miss you} and sent his gorgeous fiance to us when she was looking for her gown!

We were so excited to get to meet Cherise and help her find her stunning Stella York ballgown!

With it’s sparkling lace details and illusion back, this dress is definitely a showstopper!

We’re sure Cherise’s dad would agree with us, after he got to have a sneak peek of his beautiful daughter.

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Cherise worked with Moody Blooms to make the sunniest sunflower bouquets for the bridal party!

The morning of her wedding, Cherise was gifted with 3 very special items for her bouquet: A charm from her mother featuring a photo of them, with “I love you more” engraved on the back, her grandmother’s wedding ring from her late grandfather and a charm featuring a picture of her late uncle.

Talk about a special bouquet.

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{Photography by: Region Weddings}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Cherise and Tom were married at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton!

We are loving how light and bright the ceremony space is!

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

The reception also took place at Sand Creek.

Tables were dotted with more beautiful flower arrangements and guests were gifted a shot glass from the couple.

Now lets talk about that gorgeous cake for a second. Cherise and Tom used Vals’ Custom Cakes and said they had rave reviews all night long! They chose a tier of turtle cake, a tier of white with strawberry filling and finally, a tier of banana caramel. Y-U-M!

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Let’s find out how this love story began!

How did Cherise and Tom meet?

“We met when we were 15 years old. I was friends with his older sister. We both dated other people after that and then we both became single right around the same time and found our way back to each other 9 years later.”

Meant to be!! How did Tom pop the question?

“He proposed to me in December at the huge Christmas Tree in Millenium Park in downtown Chicago!!”

Was Cherise surprised or did she have a feeling it was coming?

“It was definitely a surprise! He’s a planner and that day was not planned at all, it was super last minute so it definitely threw me off his trail (lol) I had no idea!”

That was around the time Tom told us he wanted to have his fiance come in to try on - and boy are we happy he did! We just loved working with her!

How was her experience finding her dream dress?

“My dress buying experience was awesome. I was so nervous going into it because I had no idea the style dress I wanted, and I felt like I had no direction. Everyone was so helpful though and immediately made me feel better.”

How did Cherise know her dress was “the one”?

“I tried on I think in total 12 dresses. The dress I ended up picking was actually the 3rd dress i tried on, and the 2nd dress I set aside on my “favorites”. After that, every dress I tried on I looked at next to that one and knew they didn’t compare so I would immediately knock them out of the running! I got SO many compliments on my dress, it was amazing. Even from people I didn’t know who saw pictures others posted, that was always what they said. ‘Her dress is gorgeous!!’”

We aren’t surprised, she ROCKS that dress!

Lets move on to wedding planning! What was Cherise’s favorite part?

“Honestly probably dress shopping. Once I got into it, it was easily the least stressful thing I did. Even for the bridesmaids dresses. It was just so fun!”

Was there any part of planning she didn’t enjoy?

“My least favorite part was probably making the seating chart for the reception. It was like a puzzle I couldn’t solve!”

The big day had finally arrived - what moment stands out the most for Cherise?

“My favorite moment of our wedding was saying our vows. We were both so nervous leading up (him the whole day, poor guy! Myself just as I started walking up to the ceremony I was full of nerves) and as soon as we were up there holding hands it all went away. It was like we were totally alone in that moment!”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“Best advice I can give is take ALL of the help you can!!! We had so much offered to us, and it was amazing. It took such a burden off of us, we were so lucky to have as much help as we did!”

Congratulations, Cherise and Tom!! We are so happy to have gotten to know both of you and wish you guys the happiest future together!!

Before you go, you have to check out more of Cherise and Tom’s beautiful wedding shot by Region Weddings in the gallery below!