{SBB Bride of the Week} Alesha

We are so beyond excited to introduce you to our featured bride this week!

She is one of the sweetest people to walk through our door and was such a joy to work with!

Meet Alesha...

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Alesha and her husband Zach were married this June in a gorgeous wedding at St. Mary Church in Griffith. Alesha wore a stunning Allure Bridals gown and made it her own by adding Stella York straps to the top! She also wore a beautiful veil by Bel Aire Bridals!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Cowgirl boots finished off the look and how CUTE are these?!

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{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Her beautiful, rose-filled bouquet and arrangements were made by Lemster's Floral out of Valpo. SO pretty! We are suckers for a classic bouquet {and that layered train}!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

After their I do's, Alesha and Zach headed to their reception at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds Artisan Barn. It was the perfect rustic setting!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Beautiful centerpieces made with burlap, wine bottles, flowers and wood accents added to the theme. So beautiful AND budget friendly! We love the table numbers!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

You can never go wrong with a little burlap and lace! The newlyweds made sure to honor their family's weddings with a touching tribute table. This is an idea that never goes out of style, and it's fun to see how dresses have changed over the years!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Designer Desserts and Suzie's Cafe and Catering {both out of Valpo} provided the food, cake and baked goods and guys...there was a cookie bar! We are loving the new trend of breaking away from traditional cakes and incorporating other yummy goodies for guests to enjoy!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

I mean I would eat all of it.

The dance floor was lit by string lights in a beautiful tent outside, the perfect spot for the couple to share this special moment..

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

A gorgeous sunset painted the sky and made a stunning backdrop for pictures, These two lovebirds are just so cute!

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

{Photo by: TNL Platinum Photography}

Let's learn a little more about the happy couple from the bride herself!

"Zach and I met at a summer party where we realized we had a lot of mutual friends. We started talking after this and spending time together with those friends later on that summer. He then asked if he could take me on a date, and our first date was on my parents’ 32nd wedding anniversary."

Sounds pretty meant to be. Soon they fell in love and Zach decided to ask Alesha a pretty big question...

"Zach took me to a cabin in Michigan where we went on a beautiful horse drawn carriage ride in the wintertime. After we went back to our cabin, he told me that he had a present to give me and wanted me to close my eyes and turn around. When he told me to turn back around, he was on one knee with the ring. He said a few really touching words and had us both in tears already. He then asked me to marry him, and of course, I said yes! I had a feeling it was coming, but I didn’t know where or when. Before we left for Michigan, several of my friends said that our weekend trip sounded like a perfect place to get engaged, but I just thought it sounded like another awesome trip together like Zach always planned. Another great surprise in addition to the proposal was that he had asked my mom for her blessing before he proposed. My dad had passed away a few months before the proposal, so it meant a lot to me that he still honored this tradition with my mom."

Clearly he is a total keeper! I asked Alesha what her favorite {and not so favorite} parts of the wedding planning were...

"My favorite part was choosing my wedding dress. It was about finding THE dress that I would marry my husband in, but it was more so about having my loved ones around me for such a big moment. Shannon at Something Blue Bridal was so sweet, and she made my mom, grandma, and mother-in-law all really enjoy our wedding dress shopping trips. When I put my dress on, I absolutely loved how it made me feel and look, and I knew I was done looking. My mom and grandma absolutely loved it, and it was so special to hear the things they had to say about me in my wedding dress. They have always been my best friends and biggest inspiration for all that I am, so it was the best feeling in the world having them there. This was especially true because we never know what the future holds. My grandma unexpectedly passed away six months before my wedding. It was very hard not having her there for the rest of the planning process and especially the wedding day. However, I am so grateful that I have the only picture of me in my wedding dress with my grandma by my side thanks to that day and taking that picture.

My least favorite part was definitely the stress of all that there is to do for a wedding. I am in graduate school to obtain my Doctorate of Nursing practice and working as a pediatric nurse, so it was difficult to balance work, school, life, and wedding. I felt very busy and overwhelmed, and most of my limited free time went to wedding planning. I didn’t realize there was THAT much to do to plan a wedding! Wow! I used The Knot wedding planner timeline and took things step by step, and that was a huge help. It felt great to check things off my list and feel like I was making progress. I also kept a binder will ALL the detail of my wedding, vendors, contact info, receipts, things we decided on, etc., which really helped me to stay organized and on top of tasks."

Fast forward to the big day! Alesha had a few stand out moments that brought a tear to our eye.

"I had photo charms around my bouquet of our loved ones who were watching from heaven and a charm on my boot with a photo of my dad and I and the phrase, “Walk with me today and always” so that my dad could still walk me down the aisle. Another favorite moment was having my mom and father-in-law-to-be walk me down the aisle. I chose my mom as my best friend, biggest supporter, and woman who shaped me into who I am today and who I most admire. I chose my father-in-law as someone who has helped fill a void in my life, who has loved me as his own daughter ever since I met my husband, and who is someone I know my dad is so happy that I have in my life despite being sad he can’t be here himself. Finally, my last favorite moment was seeing my husband-to-be see me for the first time as I walked down the aisle and see the tears start to well up in his eyes. I know that one is pretty cliché, but I couldn’t help it. It’s truly unforgettable."

So special to have such an amazing bond with your in laws! Finally, Alesha has some advice for future brides:

"Make your day personalized and unique to you. The best piece of advice that I can give brides-to-be who are currently planning their big day is to enjoy the engagement, planning process, and wedding day! We had a year and a half engagement, and it still went by quickly let alone the wedding day, which went even faster! I know it can be so stressful. However, it really is a fun time, and I loved all the time my husband and I spent with my family, his family, our bridal party, friends, and each other as we celebrated our future, worked on things together, picked out what we wanted for the wedding, and then watched it all unfold when the big day arrived. Somehow it all comes together even when you aren’t sure it will. Besides, no one but you will notice little things that don’t quite go as planned the day of. In fact, sometimes the changes that occur end up being better than the original plans. I originally planned to just light a candle for my dad while the father-daughter song played, but at the last minute, I changed my mind and had the DJ invite all the fathers and daughters out on the dance floor during the song instead. I liked this much better than my original plan. Regardless of what happens, your guests will still have a blast, you still get to marry your best friend, and as long as you have the right mindset, you can’t let anything spoil your day!"

Wise words!! Congratulations Alesha and Zach and thank you SO much for letting us feature your special day! We will miss having you and your fam in the store! Check out more pictures from their gorgeous wedding {by TNL Platinum Photography} in the gallery below!