{SBB Bride of the Week} Jillian

J I L L I A N + K Y L E

{August 3rd, 2018}

 {Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

OBSESSED.

We are so pleased to introduce you to our beautiful bride Jillian!

She is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in this gorgeous Wilderly by Allure gown!

Jillian added a rose gold Sara Gabriel belt and a dainty flower crown as her accessories and could not have looked more perfect!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

I meeeean do you see that back?! So gorg!

For all of her flowers, Jillian worked with {SBB preferred vendor} Blossom Shoppe and they knocked it out of the park! The bouquets are dripping with greenery and we are here for it!

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 {Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

You know we love our greenery!

Jillian and her new hubby Kyle decided to share a moment alone before their ceremony.

Kayla Knies Photography was there to capture their first look…

The happy couple held their summer wedding at Sandy Pines and it was so perfect!

If you’re looking for an outdoor venue, you have to check this place out!

For decor, Jillian had greenery added to the aisle chairs and kept the rest simple - SO beautiful!!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

For the reception, guests were treated to dinner, drinks and dancing in Sandy Pine’s gorgeous pavilion!

For a personalized touch, the newlyweds incorporated their love for the Chicago Cubs by having jersey cookies as their cake topper. Butterfingers {Highland} always does such a great job!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Such a pretty reception!

Let’s get to know the newlyweds!

How did they meet?

“We met in middle school, seventh grade. We started dating in eighth grade so we had been dating for 9 years when we got married!”

WOW! We love that! How did Kyle pop the question?

“He took me to Navy Pier after a Cubs game to ask. He also surprised me with both our families arriving as he proposed!”

Was it a surprise?

“I knew it was going to be soon, but I was completely surprised that day!”

Let’s talk dresses! I asked Jillian to fill me in on her shopping experience…

“It was amazing, I saw a dress featured on Something Blue's Wedding Gown Wedding on Instagram and knew I wanted to try it on. I went in and showed the girl who helped me and she pulled it immediately. I picked others but we put the one I had chosen on first and none of the others compared. I walked out with the first dress I tried on, at the first store, on the first day I had ever wedding dress shopped! You guys know what you're doing!”

When the time came to plan the wedding, Jillian loved some parts of the process…

“I loved styling everything, I enjoy organizing and designing things.”

But she was not a fan of other tasks…

“The seating chart, I was so worried people would be upset if they were/weren't sitting with other specific people.”

The wedding day had finally arrived! What was Jillian’s fave part from her big day??

“We did a first look and I LOVED it. Best moment of the wedding by far.”

So many people who read this are currently planning their own big day. Any advice?

“Everyone says it but my advice is don't stress. Everything will fall into place, and if it doesn’t you move on and change it or let it go.

The day will go by so fast. Try to enjoy it and relax. You will likely never/not very often have your entire set of family and friends together celebrating. Enjoy it and take a few minutes to just sit and watch your favorite people have fun.”

Congrats, Jillian and Kyle!! Wishing you two nothing but happiness in your future together!

Check out more of their gorgeous photos from Kayla Knies Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Paige

P A I G E + G A R R E T T

{June 9th, 2018}

 {Photo by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

{Photo by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

Hey there, Beautiful!

Isn’t our bride Paige so gorgeous??

We can’t get enough of her Stella York gown and accessories by Bel Aire, Susan G Allen Couture and Sara Gabriel! Those details, like the beaded lace and scalloped edges, are to die for!

Just look for yourself!

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

We told ya! SO pretty!

For her flowers, Paige worked with Forth Floral to create her stunning bouquets, boutonnieres and arrangements!

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 {Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

We are a HUGE fan of the color scheme…perfect for a June wedding!

Paige married her husband Garrett at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

With the lake {and one gorgeous arbor} as their background, the two were married surrounded by their closest family and friends.

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

Isn’t that just so beautiful?! We love the decor!

After the ceremony, guests headed to the resort’s restaurant for the reception.

Yard games were set up outside of the venue so the kiddos {and even adults!} could have some fun! Such a cute idea!

Another idea we love is using photos of the bride and groom at certain ages for the table numbers!

{Photos by: Brooke Tobin Photography}

Paige and Garrett’s love story began when they met on Match.com.

They decided to meet at Applebees for their first date and quickly realized they were meant for each other.

When it was time to move to the next step, Garrett had an idea for the perfect proposal…

“I was working at a greenhouse and Garrett contacted my boss. My boss told me I could go home early. When I went to my car I saw an envelope on my windshield. It of course was from Garrett and told me I should go home, shower, and get dressed in whatever I wanted. It also had a quality he loved about me. When I got home I had another letter waiting for me on my bed with another quality he loved about me. I followed the letters which led me to my friend’s house. She drove me to the botanic gardens where Garrett proposed. I had 12 letters throughout the whole day which told me where to go next, while having a quality that he loved about me too."  

We love this!! Was it a surprise??

“I knew he was going to propose but I didn’t know when. We designed my ring together so I knew it was coming soon. Once I got the first letter I knew what it was though!”

After the ring it’s time for the dress! I asked Paige to tell me all about her dress buying experience!

“I loved buying my dress. I had my mom, mother in law, grandma and three of my friends come. I loved that we were able to look through the dresses and pin which ones we liked. I ended up picking the dress my mom and maid of honor pinned."

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

“I thought it made me look the best and when I walked out all my friends and family loved it as well.”

What was Paige’s favorite part of planning her special day?

“My favorite part was to coordinate my dress with the bridesmaids, flower girl and groomsmen etc. And picking the jewelry and shoes out.”

What part of planning was she not a big fan of?

“Making and staying in the budget."

Tell us about it! When the wedding day finally arrived Paige’s favorite moment happened during the ceremony…

“My favorite part was when Garrett and I walked to the end of the Pier and tied our unity cord together.”

Now that the wedding is over, what is Paige’s biggest takeaway from the entire process?

“I would say just enjoy it, it goes by so fast. Make it a fun experience invite friends and family to come help plan and make decorations. It great bonding time and made great memories. Also helps that multiple people know what’s going on the day of the wedding too.”

Any final advice?

“Don’t focus on the day, focus on the life your creating together. Make the day special but do things that will bring you closer not further apart. Don’t fight about things, make dates out of planning and make sure you both have the important element you each want at your wedding."

Yaasss we love that! Thank you so much, Paige and Garrett, for letting us show off your beautiful wedding!

Check out more of their gorg pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Ashley

A S H L E Y  +  Z A C H

{June 30th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Region Weddings}

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

This bride! This dress! SO GOOD!!

We are pleased to introduce you to Ashley!

For her June wedding, Ashley chose an incredible Allure Bridals gown that is an absolute showstopper! Her Bel Aire veil is the icing on the {wedding} cake!

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

SO beautiful!

Before walking down the aisle, Ashley wanted to give her dad and step dad a sneak peek of her dress.

First it was Dad's turn...

STOP. All the feels!

Next up was her first look with her Step Dad....

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

We just love those!

For her flowers, Ashley worked with the Bonnie View to create a vibrant bridal bouquet, with baby's breath for the bridesmaids.

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 {Photos by: Region Weddings}

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

Ashley and Zach were married at County Line Apple Orchard.

A tractor was waiting outside of the barn to whisk guests to the ceremony location within the orchard {so cool}.

A sign at the ceremony site reminded guests to sit back and enjoy the wedding and leave the picture-taking to the photographer!

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

After the ceremony, guests headed back to the Big Barn for a fun night of dinner, dancing, "Muskin Mules" {we love this} and some yummy pie baked at the orchard!

{Photos by: Region Weddings}

We love a barn wedding! That chandelier is so gorg!

Let's learn a little more about Ashley and Zach!

How did the newlyweds meet?

"We have known each other for about 10 years, but don't actually remember when or where we met, just that we met through a mutual friend Carli. We would run into each other on and off at bars and the like, but never spent much time together.

Fast forward to St. Patrick's Day 2014, we ran into each other at Diamond Jim's in Crown Point. My friends begged me to come out and when I went to the bar to get a drink, Zach and his friends were there. We ended up talking and instead of going back to my friend table, my friend and I ended up spending the rest of the night out with Zach and his friends.

Our first date was the following Friday at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake and we have been together ever since."

Zach decided to propose when Ashley was least expecting it..

"Zach proposed spur of the moment at my mom & stepdad's house in Michigan. We were up there celebrating my stepdad's 50th birthday. Little did I know, my sister, Haley and my mom, had been conspiring with him all day.

After we had been hanging out outside and in the pond, he asked me if I wanted to go sit in one of the floats. We walked down the stairs onto the beach and he turned us around and asked for everyone's attention and I realized what was happening.

He made a little speech to everyone and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and of course I said yes!! It was a big surprise!"

After Zach put a ring on it, it was time to start planning!

Ashley knew exactly where she wanted to start...

"I jumped right on looking for a dress, I went to try a few dresses on with my mom, grandma, sister and aunt/godmother in Michigan. The first store was not the most helpful but we had fun, I let my family pick out dresses for me to try on.

Something Blue was the second store I went to, I ended up with the second dress I tried on. I tried a lot more on but kept thinking about the one I ended up with. At the end I tried it back on and decided it was the perfect dress. We had so much fun at the store and felt like we were the only ones there even though it was a busy day!"

When it came to planning her big day, what was Ashley's favorite part of the process?

"Coming up with all the decor and putting our personality into it."

What about her least favorite part?

"Chasing down RSVPs!"

We hear that ALL THE TIME!

The big day had finally arrived. Which part sticks out in Ashley's mind the most?

"My favorite moment of the day was seeing Zach when I walked down the aisle."

Now that the wedding is over, what is Ashley's biggest takeaway from the whole

"Make sure that you start early, and make sure to do research on any vendors that you use."

Any other advice for brides currently planning their dream wedding?

"My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure to get a good, professional photographer and to remember the day is about you and your future spouse. Other people can make suggestions, but at the end of the day it's what you want."

Congratulations, Ashley and Zach!! Thank you so much for letting us share your beautiful wedding day!

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

{SBB Bride of the Week} Ina

I N A  +  K Y L E

{July 7th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

Do we have the most gorgeous brides or what?!

Meet Ina!

Ina came to Something Blue searching for the perfect gown for her Summer wedding in Colorado and she nailed it with this Essense of Australia dress!

The color, the illusion back, the side cutouts...swoon!

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

Ina turned to local florist Pink Posey Design to create her gorgeous bouquet. It fit in perfectly with her mountain top wedding!

In memory of her dad, she had a charm wrapped around her bouquet so he could still walk her down the aisle.

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 {Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

Ina and her hubby Kyle were married at Sapphire Point Overlook in Breckenridge.

She was walked down the aisle by both of her brothers - so sweet!

Let's talk scenery - the ceremony backdrop was so incredible, you have to see it for yourself...

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed to Breckenridge Distillery for dinner and drinks!

We're drooling over that gorgeous cake and all those barrels!

The whole setting was dreamy.

{Photos by: Andrea Flanagan Photography}

We weren't lyin, right?? Such a perfect reception spot!

Let's get to know the newlyweds a little better!

How did they meet?

"We met in 2007 right after I graduated HS, he went to Merrillville, I to CP. I had a Fourth of July party at my house that year and my best friend was dating one of his best friends so they came to the party. My mom (if you know her you understand) pointed him out...something like "oh that boy in the blue shirt is cute" and made us take a picture together (yes we still have the picture). We joked after that night about the boy in the blue shirt being my boyfriend. A week after we went on our first date and started dating ever since then!"

STOP that is actually so cute! Mom always knows best!

When Kyle was ready to pop the question, he made sure to make it memorable!

"Kyle proposed to me at Sharkys beach in Venice FL. I was on top of the paddle board (yes in the ocean) he said "I think I see a sharks tooth" came back up and had my ring. I definitely had a feeling it was going to come soon, surely not in that manner but it was perfect!"

Let's talk about our favorite subject - wedding gowns.

"Well I had no expectations other than the countless hours of watching say yes to the dress everyday. But the experience at SBB was amazing. I met Celine, who I'm pretty sure is my long lost sister. She completely understood me, knew exactly the style I was looking for. The staff was extremely friendly and even let me book an accessory appointment with my nieces where I tried on my sample dress and got to play dress up with them."

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

"It was a hard choice because there was so many beautiful gowns and honestly they all looked soooo amazing. I never had that bride moment but the dress I chose was the 1st one I tried on, everyone had agreed that it was the top contender and I kept comparing all the other dresses to that one. It really wasn't until my dress fitting that I felt that surge of emotion that I was looking for and I'm so happy with my decision. The dress was perfect for our wedding!"

We agree!

I asked Ina to tell us all about her planning process..

"The planning process is stressful don't get me wrong but I had a wedding planning who kept me on track which made my process a lot easier. My favorite part of planning was picking my vendors. My least favorite part was planning everything from a different state because there were so many unknowns."

Finally, the wedding day had arrived!

What was Ina's favorite part of her big day?

"Hands down my favorite moment of our wedding was listening to my husbands vows. I'm pretty sure he had every single person crying."

Now that it's all said and done, is there anything she would change?

"I would say don't stress but that's inevitable. So enjoy the stress, just know at the end of the day everything will come together perfectly. The only thing that truly matters is the moment you share with your husband. I swear no body cares what color your linens are or what centerpieces you picked! They'll even forgive you if they don't like your food ;)"

Any final advice??

"My advice, keep it simple, small and simple! Having a small destination wedding with my closet friends and family was the best choice we could have made!"

Thank you so much, Ina and Kyle, for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us!! We are so happy for you both and wish you nothing but happiness in your future together!

Can't get enough? Check out more of their beautiful wedding pictures in the gallery below!

 

{SBB Bride of the Week} Leah

L E A H  +  A U S T I N

{June 16th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

We are so excited to introduce you to our gorgeous bride Leah!

Leah was married in June in a beautiful outdoor wedding.

She chose a halter top Willowby by WToo dress and couldn't have picked a more perfect gown for her big day!

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

For her flowers, Leah worked with Monarch Florist and Events to create her incredible bouquet!

For her bridesmaids, Leah chose ferns instead of a traditional bouquet.

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 {Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

Before saying "I Do", Leah wanted to have a first look with her hubby Austin.

Michelle Hamstra Photography was on hand to capture the moment Austin saw his bride...

Leah and Austin were married at Leah's parent's home.

Not only is it a beautiful piece of property, but the set up for the ceremony was absolutely stunning!

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

Those chairs! That arbor! We love all of it!!

After the ceremony, the reception was held in a tent filled with strings of lights, flowers and lanterns.

A table just for the kiddos in attendance was such a great touch!

As for food and drinks, Leah and Austin chose to have food trucks instead of traditional catering as well as kegs from local breweries. We are ON BOARD! So cool!

{Photos by: Michelle Hamstra Photography}

Such a cool wedding!

Let's get to know the newlyweds!

Leah and Austin met as freshmen in high school and after years of dating, he was ready to pop the question...

"The night of the proposal, we went out for dinner with friends. At the restaurant, we all made plans to go back to my parent’s house to hot tub. When Austin and I pulled into the driveway, I realized there were lanterns lining the driveway, and large photos of us set up around the yard. He led me down to a table adorned with more photos of us, candles, and lanterns. He handed me a homemade scrap book full of memories and pictures of us. When I finished reading the book, he was on one knee!"

Did Leah have any idea a proposal was coming?

"Although I knew that he was looking at rings and planning a proposal at some point, I had no idea it would be that weekend!"

When the time came to shop for a dress, Leah didn't have a hard time deciding on the one..

"I only had to go to two dress shops before finding “the one” at Something Blue. It was all surprisingly stress free and easy! Although I wanted a dress that would make me feel amazing and would impress my guests, I knew that ultimately, Austin would love me in anything, so overthinking wasn’t necessary. 

When I first tried on my dress, I knew I loved it, but it took me a while to officially pull the trigger…mainly because I am a cheap Dutch girl, and was always taught to sleep on any decision that involves spending money. Ha! It was especially special to me, because it was the dress that my Mother-in-Law picked out, and was the overwhelming winner to all of my family and bridesmaids."

Let's talk wedding planning. What was the best part?

"My favorite part of the planning process was sampling our food truck options haha!"

I mean that would be ours too.

What about her least favorite part?

"My least favorite part was the waiting… I just wanted to get married ASAP!"

Finally, the wedding day had arrived! What was the best part of the day?

"My favorite moment of the wedding was witnessing everyone we’ve ever known and cared about coming together in one spot. We’ve got friends and family all over the country, so to have everyone celebrate with us in one location was incredible! And then dancing the night away with them was even better.

Any advice for future brides??

"My advice is TO CHILL OUT! Why stress about details? The whole day is so that you get to marry the love of your life. If anything goes wrong, WHO CARES? Your fairy tale is coming true. People love you. This is an amazing new chapter in your life, and no mishap is going to change that."

YES! We love this advice!

Thank you so much to Leah and Austin for letting us share their beautiful day! To see more of their gorg pictures check out the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Bailey

B A I L E Y  +  T Y L E R

{MAY 27th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Oh hey there, Bailey! You're stunning!

We always say this but we really do have the best brides -Bailey was seriously such a joy to work with!

We LOVE her Essense of Australia gown, with its gorgeous beading and illusion back!

Bailey was married in May and her dress couldn't have been more perfect!

The mirror in her room was covered with love post it notes from Tyler..I mean can you even?!

After getting ready, she let dad have the first peek before walking her down the aisle...

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Bailey's bouquet was so beautiful and full of vibrant spring flowers! The Garden by Elizabeth knocked it out of the park on this one!

Wrapped around her bouquet were charms honoring both of her grandfathers who are no longer with us.

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 {Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Bailey and her husband Tyler wanted to share a first look before the ceremony.

We just love their genuine reactions of excitement when they see each other!!

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

The newlyweds were married at Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.

Y'all. THIS CHAPEL!! It's so beautiful!

After the ceremony, a vintage red truck was waiting for Bailey and Tyler to ride off into the sunset...or to the reception...together!

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Peep that no devices sign. This is SUCH a good idea to make sure you don't have guests' phones in all of your ceremony pictures!

After the ceremony, guests headed to County Line Orchard for a beautiful barn reception.

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

If you think the pictures are pretty, you have to check out Bailey and Tyler's wedding video by Foothill Films!

I think it's impossible for us to watch a wedding video and not get choked up! Foothill Films did such a great job on it!

Bailey and Tyler met in high school. After years of dating, Tyler decided to pop the question with a little help from his future mother-in-law!

"I was with my mom and my grandma at the Hunt and Gather Market at the Lake County Fairgrounds. After we were done at the market, we were going to meet Tyler for lunch. I let him know when we were leaving the fairgrounds, and that he could meet us at the restaurant. We pulled out of the parking lot and found ourselves in front of a beautiful covered bridge with flowers and landscaping all around it. I was tired, hot, hungry, and confused why we weren't leaving. My grandma asked if we could get a picture in front of the bridge together. I was confused, because we never usually took pictures together, but I didn't want to disappoint her. We got out of the car, and my grandma and I stood in front of the bridge. My mom started to take the picture, and as she did, I saw someone coming out of the corner of my eye. I instantly recognized it was Tyler, but I couldn't process what was happening! He walked up to me, as I probably had the most shell-shocked look on my face, and he got down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. I was so surprised! He and my mom had planned the whole thing the night before, and my mom was able to get the whole thing on video for us, so now we have memory of it forever."

So it was a big surprise?

"We knew we wanted to get engaged in the summer of 2017, so I knew it was happening anytime during those summer months. I just had NO idea exactly when it was happening, which is crazy for me, because I am very difficult to plan surprises for, because I usually find everything out!"

I asked Bailey to tell me all about her dress buying experience...

"I went into the process with an open-mind. I had a few "requirements" I knew I wanted/didn't want for my dress, but didn't have a specific style in mind, because I didn't want to be disappointed if I couldn't find the exact one I had in mind. Dresses also look different on everybody, so what you see on the hanger will most likely look completely different on you! I took my mom, maid-of-honor, my now mother-in-law, and my grandma. Colleen was incredibly helpful. She told me all the details of each dress as I tried them on, and even put some back on the rack before I tried them on, because she could tell I wouldn't like them, based off of other dresses I had already tried on. I had so much fun trying so many different kinds of dresses on, and I felt beautiful! I also kept the dress a surprise from everyone, bridesmaids and family included, until the wedding day. It was special to me that only the people who came dress shopping with me knew what it looked like. I also was so impressed with every person who worked there. Every time I walked into Something Blue, whether it was to pick up my dress, buy accessories, or have a fitting, Sandy greeted me by name every time I stepped through the doors. It says a lot about a company when they recognize and call all their brides by name, even when they see probably 100s of them on a weekly basis."

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

"I tried on maybe 5-6 dresses before I tried on "the one." The first few I tried on were beautiful, but I didn't really feel anything while wearing them. Everyone always told me that I would just know when it was the right one, and I really had no idea what they meant by that. I tried on a dress, picked by my maid-of-honor, and the instant I put it on, I just knew. It was perfect in every single way, and when I walked out of the dressing room, everyone else seemed to like it just as much as I did. I didn't want to take it off! I tried on the remaining dresses just to be sure, but I kept going back to the one I ended up picking. I tried it on three times that night, and every time I put it on, I just knew that it was the dress I would walk down the aisle in and dance the night away in. And I'm still so sad I never get to wear it again!"

When it was time to plan the big day, Bailey's favorite part of the process was getting to do it with her mom.

"I was the first child of my parents to get married, and the only daughter, so she had a blast helping plan everything with me. She often thought of ideas or things we needed to do that I probably would have forgotten about, so I don't know what I would have done without her! There were many nights where she stayed up long past midnight taking care of details so that I didn't have to. I also loved getting to meet with all of our vendors one last time and finalize all of our details for the day! It made things feel real, and they were all just as excited about our day as we were! Lastly, I loved seeing all of my planning efforts come to fruition. Planning for so many months, all the little details, all the meetings, and all the stress was so worth it. Seeing everything happen exactly as it was supposed to made all the stress worth it! We loved everything about our day, and Tyler and I talk often about how perfect it was."

But she wasn't a fan of all the little, but important, details...

"Making a day-of schedule, making a seating chart, following up with guests who hadn't RSVP'd, making sure vendors know the timeline of the day, and all the other last minute details that need to be done right before the wedding are stressful and were easy to want to brush off. However, finalizing all those little details are what made the day run so smoothly!"

Finally, the wedding day had arrived! What was Bailey's favorite part of her big day?

"There's so many, but there are a few things that really stand out to me. First, I am so glad Tyler and I did a first look. It gave us time to spend a few minutes together, just the two of us, before the craziness of the day began. It helped calm my nerves immensely, and it was so special letting him see me first, before anyone else at the ceremony did. It also allowed for some really fun candid pictures of us together when he saw me turn around. My second favorite moment was being overwhelmed with so much joy knowing that all of our closest friends and family were all in the same place to celebrate us. To see every single person I love under one roof was so special to me that it actually moved me to tears after we left the reception. I couldn't believe that all those people came just to celebrate and have fun with us as we began our married life together! I also LOVED our bridal party. They danced all night long with us, thanks to our amazing DJ. I loved hearing all the compliments from our guests about how much fun they had at our reception."

A good DJ is SO important!

Now that it's all said and done, what is Bailey's biggest takeaway from the planning process?

"If you can, hire a day-of coordinator! Ours was a complete life-saver. Our venue could not be decorated until the day of the wedding, because of a reception the night before, so we weren't able to decorate it ourselves. She took care of all the setting up and take down of our decor, as well as making sure that everything at our reception venue was taken care of. She took care of so much on our wedding day and it took so much stress off of us. We didn't have to worry about a thing! I also would advise to give yourself PLENTY of time before the wedding to get ready and take pictures. Give yourself however much time you think you need, and then add 30-60 minutes. We gave ourselves what we thought was enough time, but things got rushed and stressful as it came time to get closer to doing pictures. Me getting into my dress and having my mom help me with those last minute details was special for us, but it was also rushed and stressful, and it was hard to fully enjoy. Getting ready 30 minutes earlier would have given us a little more time so things wouldn't have been as rushed."

Any final advice for brides currently planning their big day?

"I think this probably cliche, but it's also true. Enjoy every single moment. Remember all the little things. Remember what your dad says to you as he walks you down the aisle. Remember how beautiful you feel as you slip on your dress for the first time. Look around at all the people at your ceremony/reception who are there just for you. Remember all the little feelings/moments that can't be documented on a camera. Soak up every moment, because the day goes by in the blink of an eye."

Congratulations, Bailey and Tyler!!! We are so excited for you guys! Check out more of their gorgeous wedding pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Rachel

R A C H E L  +  J O S H

{June 2nd, 2018}

 {Photos by: With Love Productions}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

Meet our beautiful bride, Rachel!

She chose a gorgeous fitted Stella York gown for her June wedding.

With it's beaded lace and scalloped edges, this dress was absolutely perfect on Rachel!

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

For her flowers, Rachel worked with Flowers by Steen to create a gorgeous bouquet filled with peaches, pinks and pops of rose gold and greenery.

The results were absolutely stunning!

In addition to her bouquet, Rachel also carried a picture charm in memory of her mother. Her aunt gifted her the charm the day before the wedding.

 {Photos by: With Love Productions}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

 {Photos by: With Love Productions}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

Before the ceremony, Rachel and her husband Josh wanted to share a first look together.

Rachel's bridesmaids snuck a sneak peek through the windows as With Love Productions captured the special moment.

Rachel and Josh were married at DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen.

Accents of pink and flowers decorated the space.

This burgundy and pink color scheme is so gorgeous!

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

After the ceremony, guests headed to the ballroom for a night full of dinner, drinks and dancing!

The cake kept with the pink theme with a sparkle layer added for some glamour.

We love their wedding favors - packets of flower seeds! So cute!

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

We've seen their beautiful wedding day, let's get to know the newlyweds a little better!

How did they meet? 

"We met through my Maid of Honor. She worked at a grocery store called Berkots with Josh and set us up. We went on a double date and we hit it off right away, never spending a day apart since then which was 5 years ago."

Tell us about the proposal..

"Josh proposed to me where we had our first date which was at a bowling alley in Kankakee called Brookmont Bowling. He proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2016."

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

"I would say the proposal location and day was a surprise to me but we had talked about getting married one day. I knew he was thinking about proposing soon as he dropped subtle hints but I had no idea when it would exactly be."

When it was time to start looking for her dress, Rachel had hard time finding the right gown her...

"My dress buying experience was definitely a long one. I would say I tried on at least 50 dresses before I found the perfect one. I went to about five locations before I found my perfect dress at Something Blue! Many friends had suggested Something Blue Bridal to me and I thought I would give it a try! So glad I made the choice to drive over an hour to find my dress."

When did she finally feel like she found her dream dress?

"I tried on about 12 dresses before I found my dress. It was the 2nd to last dress I tried on and was definitely not the style I was looking for as I originally had the ball gown style dress in mind all along. When I tried on this style I knew it was the perfect dress for me."

We couldn't agree more! After finding the dress it was time to buckle down and plan the wedding. What was Rachel's fave part of the planning process?

"Always having something to plan in my spare time. I really enjoyed surfing the internet and always looking for the next wedding item on my list. Wedding planning was very exciting for me as I love decorating and seeing the final project come together."

Some parts of planning were harder than others...

"My least favorite part would be finding the perfect wedding favor. It took me so long to find a cute wedding favor that was not outrageous in price. I had 2.5 years to plan my wedding and it took me almost 2 years to find the perfect wedding favor."

But we LOVE the favor she chose!

When the wedding day arrived, Rachel's favorite moment was her special time with her hubby....

"My favorite moment from my wedding was doing our first look and reading our vows to each other. I am so glad we got it all captured on video! I also enjoyed spending the most amazing day of my life with all my closest family members and friends."

With the big day over, what is Rachel's biggest takeaway from wedding planning?

"Do things slowly and give yourself enough time. I was engaged for 2.5 years and still feel like I could have had more time to plan. Work on one step at a time and then move onto the next task to get done or the next thing to buy on your list."

Any final advice for brides-to-be who are currently planning their big day? 

"The best piece of advice I could give to future brides would be to enjoy the moments for what they are, even if something goes wrong. In the end everything will be alright and your wedding will be the best day of your life."

Thank you so much, Rachel and Josh, for letting us share you gorgeous wedding day!! Check out more of their beautiful pics in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Amanda

A M A N D A  +  S T E V E

{June 1st, 2018}

 {Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

Oh, hey there supermodel!

Guys, can you even handle how gorgeous Amanda is?? Because she is pretty dang stunning!

Amanda chose one of our favorite Stella York gowns ever for her June wedding. The illusion top, the romantic, moscato colored tulle skirt...sigh. We love!

Know what else we love? Amanda's adorable daughter, Olivia, who stole the show as a flower girl and could not be more precious if she tried!

Even her dad, the groom Steve, had to get a sneak peek of his little girl once she was done with hair and makeup...

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

I mean for real how attractive is this family??

For her flowers, Amanda decided to go with Forget Me Not out of Demotte.

They created such a gorgeous bridal bouquet {y'all already know how much we love our  greenery}.

 {Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

Amanda and her husband Steve were married at Sandy Pines.

If you're looking for the perfect place to hold an outdoor ceremony and reception, look no further!

This venue is gorgeous!

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

After the ceremony, guests were treated to dinner and dancing, delicious cake and even a s'mores bar.

How fun is that?!

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

We just love this couple! How did they meet?

"Through mutual friends at a party, We flirted with each other for a long time before we actually started dating. We were together for 6 years before we were married! He's my best friend."

Tell us about the big proposal!

 A proposal to remember

A proposal to remember

"Steve has always played music, so he told me one day that he wanted to have an acoustic house show in our sun room with all of our family and friends.

When the day came we had around 30 of our close family and friends there. Our Friends from a band called Families played the last set. We were all standing around listening and I noticed they started to play a song that Steve wrote for me. All of our friends and family started lighting candles they were holding (this part was from one of our favorite shows "the office"). Steve got down on one knee with my song playing quietly in the background, and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! I was completely oblivious the whole night. I still feel so lucky to this day that someone planned something so beautiful for me."

That might be the sweetest thing EVER!

Once the ring was on her finger, Amanda was ready to start looking for her gown. I asked her to fill us in on her experience...

"My dress buying experience was amazing! I was very nervous coming in because I tend to be a pretty awkward person. The bridal stylist I had was so kind and personable. Anything I needed she was there to help with."

How did she choose "the one"??

"I actually saw my dress online first on Something Blue's Wedding Gown Wednesday. I was scrolling through my phone and I saw it on Facebook. I remember my stomach dropping and thinking oh my gosh I LOVE THAT. It was everything I wanted. It had lace and tulle and was sexy but not too revealing. I looked like I could "float" down the aisle.

I tried on a couple other dresses in store that I thought looked very pretty but this one made myself and my bridesmaid/family members cry. It was perfect."

When it came time to plan, what was Amanda's favorite part?

"My favorite part of the planning process was definitely picking out all of the details for the wedding and having my whole vision for my day come together."

What about her least favorite part?

"All the endless things to do, as soon as I checked something off my list there was always something to do next. I am a full time working mom so this got overwhelming especially towards the end when the wedding was so close."

What was her favorite moment of the wedding?

"Seeing my husband after our ceremony, we hadn't seen each other since the night before. We just took such a huge leap forward in our lives and I couldn't wait to spend the rest of the night with him."

Now that the cake has been cut and the marriage license signed, what is Amanda's biggest takeaway from the planning process?

"Invest in your vendors.

My make up, hair and photographer were SO important to me and everything I imagined came together perfectly because of them. Choose wisely!"

Any final advice for brides currently planning their big day?

"Remember to enjoy your partner through every small thing possible. The time and planning goes so quickly and so many people get caught up in all the small stuff. Try to remember why you are here in the first place!"

Great advice!! Thank you so much to Amanda and Steve {and Olivia!} for letting us share your special day! Check out more of their gorgeous pictures by Loryn Eaton Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kelsey

K E L S E Y  +  E R I K

{June 17th, 2018}

 {Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

{Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

Meet the beautiful Kelsey!

When Kelsey came to us searching for the perfect dress, we took to her right away. She is SO sweet!

After trying on different styles, Kelsey chose a stunning, rose gold WToo by Watters gown for her Sunday afternoon wedding.

Y'all, this dress!

It has some of the most interesting lace we have ever seen in a wedding gown. It's truly unique and we absolutely LOVE it!

Kelsey made it all her own by adding a gorgeous rose gold belt and champagne and rose gold veil, both by Bel Aire Bridal Accessories!

{Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

For her beautiful flowers, Kelsey turned to Ocie Florals out of Naperville to create the perfect bouquet!

 {Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

{Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

Before her walk down the aisle, Kelsey wanted to share a moment with her main man: dad.

His reaction to seeing his daughter in her wedding dress is everything!

{Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

Kelsey married her husband in a charming garden at Morton Arboretum.

With 16 guests in attendance, the whole thing was truly a family affair.

Both parents walked Kelsey down the aisle while her brother sang and played the guitar.

Her brother also officiated the wedding!

{Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

After the ceremony, guests took a tram ride around the Arboretum before heading to a brunch reception.

{Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

See? Even if your guest list is smaller it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice having a beautiful reception!

Let's get to know the newlyweds! How did they meet?

"Our story is unique. Erik was actually my cross country coach in college, and over the years we realized we were bonding over more than just running. We decided to think seriously about the relationship after I graduated and our love grew from there. It's an odd way to meet your husband, but it's our story and I wouldn't change a thing!"

How did Erik pop the question?

"I'm a planner. So, when Erik first mentioned "our wedding," I got so excited that he was even considering marriage that I started thinking about how I might want our day to look. I had only been to the Morton Arboretum once before to run a 10K and I wasn't really paying attention to the scenery. So when I found out they had a small garden "perfect for small wedding ceremonies," my interest was sparked. I casually mentioned that we should go look at the garden sometime since neither of us had really toured the Arboretum before. We went to the Arboretum on a Sunday afternoon to wander around. After quite a bit of walking, we finally found the garden. But there was a wedding taking place inside so we couldn't go in. His Plan A was foiled. We decided to turn down the "Plants of Europe" trail. We came up on a bench and Erik said he was going to sit down for a minute. Anybody that knows Erik knows that the man does not sit down. He's constantly moving. So I became a little skeptical at this point. When I sat down next time him, he put his arm around me and said "I figured since we were here looking at a spot to get married, you should probably have this." And he pulled a ring box out of his pocket. I immediately started to laugh/cry. It wasn't the most romantic proposal in the world, but it was perfect for us! We sat on the bench and called and Facetimed our families for quite a while! The weird thing is that nobody else ever came down the trail! It was like our own private celebration, which was awesome!"

Was she surprised?

"I knew a proposal was coming soon, but I didn't think it would happen that day. I was with my mom, aunts and cousins the day before at a wine tasting though and they all were saying he was going to do it then!"

After the proposal comes our fave part of planning - dress shopping!

"Dress shopping was so fun! I went to a sample store first, just to get an idea of what silhouette I wanted. My best friend and cousin had both bought their dresses at Something Blue within the last year, so I knew that had to be my second stop. I brought my mom and Aunt Sue and we had such a fun time clipping dresses to try. I had in my mind that I wanted an A-Line dress or something flowy. I did not want something tight fitting. However, Celine (our consultant) knew best. She pulled a gorgeous lace fit and flare with a rose gold under layer. It was the first dress I tried on and I was ready to stop shopping! It fit me beautifully, the color was perfect, and once it was accented with a rose gold belt and beaded veil, I was sold! I still tried on the A-Line dresses just for the heck of it, but I knew they didn't stand a chance."

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

"I wanted something really unique and I loved the idea of wearing some kind of color. The unique lace and the rose gold under layer is what completely sold me! Also, I was extremely self-conscious about my hips and butt going into dress shopping. I think that's why I wanted an A-Line dress, so I could hide it. But as soon as I realized that the fit and flare style actually made me look good, there was no turning back! I never, in a million years, would have chosen that dress on the hanger! So, I am eternally grateful to Celine for realizing what would actually suit me."

When it was time to start planning her big day, Kelsey was up to the task.

"I loved the entire process! I've told numerous people that I think I entered the wrong profession. I should have been an event planner! I was excited about every little detail. I made my own centerpieces and decorations and my vendors were so fun to work with. I also think it helped that my wedding only had 20 invited guests...I feel like if I had a larger guest list things may not have gone so smoothly."

Come on, there has to be SOMETHING she didn't enjoy about it...

"There was one part that stressed me out and that was the itinerary for the wedding day. As I mentioned before, I'm a planner. We had a brunch wedding so everything was starting very early in the day. Making sure we stuck to a strict time schedule made me a little anxious. But I totally shouldn't have been nervous at all! Everything went so smoothly!"

What was Kelsey's favorite moment from her wedding?

 Tram ride through the Arboretum {Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

Tram ride through the Arboretum {Photos by: Melanie Principe Photography}

"I had a few! I loved the first look with my Dad. I just felt like that was so special for both of us. I also loved seeing Erik tear up as I walked down the aisle. I caught a few glimpses of him from the window of the bridal room before the ceremony, but seeing him under the arbor with my brother was emotional and amazing! My third favorite moment was definitely our tram tour! Instead of a normal cocktail hour, we piled everyone onto a tram (with cocktails, of course) and took a tour of the Arboretum. It was so interesting and beautiful! I highly recommend completely embracing everything your venue has to offer. The driver even stopped for a photo op!"

 

Now that it's all said and done, what is Kelsey's biggest takeaway from the whole wedding process?

"Start planning early, especially if anything about your wedding is DIY. Also, organization is key! I had spreadsheets, budgets, and binders. If you aren't the organized type, find someone who is to help you. All the various bits of information can get jumbled if they aren't kept track of."

I asked Kelsey what her best piece of advice would be for future brides...

"I would encourage couples to plan the wedding they want! Erik and I knew we wanted a very personal, intimate wedding. We had very little, if any, push back from our family when it came to planning the guest list, itinerary, etc... I feel that not all couples are as lucky. But, what people need to remember is that a wedding is a day to celebrate the bride and the groom. And if the bride and the groom want to eat waffles in a garden with their immediate family and two best friends, then so be it!"

We loved working with you Kelsey and wish you and Erik nothing but happiness in your future together! Check out more of their beautiful wedding pictures by Melanie Principe Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Maggie

M A G G I E  +  D A V E

{June 2nd, 2018}

 {Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Hello, Gorgeous!

Meet our beautiful bride, Maggie!

She chose an amazing sable colored Essense of Australia gown for her day and we couldn't think of a better dress for her!

With it's side cutouts and illusion back, it is absolutely perfect!

After she put the dress on, Maggie's dad got a sneak peek of his girl.

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

For her flowers, Maggie chose to go eco-friendly and ordered through EcoFlower!

This way her bouquet {made from recycled wood and paper} will last a lifetime.

 {Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Maggie and her new husband Dave couldn't get married without having their fur babies involved!

Meet Chewbacca and Tonta!

Tonta is new to the family, they rescued him last spring!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

How stinking cute are those collars?!

Before the ceremony, Maggie and Dave wanted to share a first look together.

Shane Cleminson Photography was there to make sure they can always look back on the special moment!