{SBB Bride of the Week} Leah

L E A H + S T E V E N

{August 4th, 2018}

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

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

For her summer wedding, Leah chose a stunning Allure gown with a beautiful illusion top and back.

It was absolute perfection on her, which is something we’re sure she heard over and over as she got ready for her big day…

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

I mean for real, how beautiful!

When it came to her flowers, Leah didn’t skimp! She worked with Flowers by Design by Reyna to create the most beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets!

Photos by: K.Ryon Photography

Photos by: K.Ryon Photography

Even something as simple as baby’s breath looks so dressed up with the sprigs of eucalyptus! SO gorg!

Leah married her husband Steven in a beautiful ceremony at St. Damian Catholic Church. Once again, the flowers killed it as the decor…

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

After the ceremony guests headed to Crystal Tree Golf & Country Club in Orland Park, IL.

One of our fave details? A bagpiper from Chicagoland Irish Bagpipers played during cocktail hour!

How fun is that?!

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

Now that we’ve seen their wedding, let’s find out how Leah and Steven’s love story began…

“Steven and I met at a bowling alley at a get together of mutual friends.  I was a coworker of his brother's girlfriend.  I went bowling with her and her boyfriend.  He brought his little brother Steven along, and I'm so happy he did!  We continued to hang out with our group of friends, but eventually hung out alone and began talking, getting to know each other.  The rest is history!”

How did he pop the question?

“Steven took me out to dinner on a Saturday evening at a nice steakhouse in South Haven, Michigan, near his family's cottage. After dinner, we took a drive down to the South Haven Lighthouse Pier where we often like go when in town. We walked to the end and looked up at the stars. I remember there was a group of rowdy (and probably tipsy) girls hanging out, I'm sure ruining Steven's big plans. As we started to walk back from the end of the pier he stopped and started pouring his heart out to me. He eventually got down on one knee and gave me my great-grandmothers wedding ring, which I always expressed that I wanted, but I was crying like crazy so I don't remember too many of the details. It was such a special moment for the two of us!”

So sweet! Did Leah know what he was up to?

“I had a feeling that a proposal was coming. We had been together for three years, owned a home together, and knew that was the next step we both wanted to take. Steven also kept mentioning how he wanted to have a "special" weekend in Michigan with me. He's bad at trying to keep secrets! Although I did feel like a proposal was coming, unlike most women I love surprises! I refused to seek out any clues or ask family and friends if they knew!”

I asked Leah to tell us all about her dress buying experience.

“A few people I knew bought their wedding dresses from Something Blue, and I liked the idea of getting my gown from a small boutique. Something Blue was the first and only place I shopped at, and my experience was amazing! I didn't feel like "just another customer"; The staff went out of their way to answer all of my questions and make sure I was happy.”

Yay! That’s what we love to hear! How did she know her dress was "the one"?

“It was almost like the Goldilocks and the 3 bears nursery rhyme. I first tried on a dress that was too covered up. It had a high neck and a covered back. The next dress I tried on was too open. It had a low v-neck and low open back. The third dress I tried on, the dress I ultimately purchased, was just right! Although the neckline seemed low, and the back was pretty open, they were an illusion style, so I was still covered with see through fabric that could breathe and I didn't have to worry about spilling out of my dress!”

How cute is that analogy?? It’s so true!

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was Leah’s fave part?

“Seeing everything come together at the end. Don't get me wrong, I loved picking out everything and adding personal touches, but I worried about how it would all look together.  Would it all makes sense? Or would it look like a hodge podge of randomness? Steven and I got a chance to see our reception area before our guests and it was so nice to see how everything we planned came together and really created the romantic, antique, rustic, look we were going for.”

Any parts of planning that Leah wasn’t a fan of?

“My least favorite part of wedding planning by far was doing our registry. My husband, Steven, and I went to Bed Bath & Beyond, worked with a consultant, and still found it overwhelming.  There are so many things to register for, and so many different brands and variations of the same item. You start thinking, "Do I really need this?", "Will I ever use it?". I tried to keep price point in mind as well for our family and friends who want to gift us an item, but may not have too much to spend.  I ended up going back to finish with my mom who gave great insight on some things to definitely register for, as well as some things to not bother and register for.  The registry worked out in the end, but was a tough process!”

What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

“It is so difficult to pick one favorite moment of our wedding day, but if I had to pick one I would say walking down the aisle with my dad, approaching my husband.  I was so emotional and anxious I was crying.  But when you walk down the aisle it's this strange tunnel vision you get where everyone is looking at you, but all you can see is the love of your life at the other end.  Then when my dad and I got to the end and I was handed off to Steven, the nerves and tears went right away!”

Now that it’s all said and done, what is Leah’s best advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

“Remember that it is you and your fiance's day! Make the day how YOU want it! People will come at you with so many unsolicited opinions and advice on everything! "You have to have this person stand up in your bridal party. This is how much you should spend! This is who you should invite! You have to do this this way! This is what you shouldn't do!" Obviously, there will be some requests that come your way from important people, like a future in-law, that are low or no cost and are in line with your vision, that are easy to go along with. You'd hate to start off an in-law relationship on the wrong foot.  Don't have any regrets for something that you wish you did, or wish you hadn't done. When it's all said and done, it's probably your money that you're spending, and they will be your memories to look back on forever.” 

Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us, Leah and Steven! We wish you guys nothing but happiness in your future together! Check out more of their amazing wedding pictures by K.Ryon Photography in the gallery below!