{SBB Bride of the Week} Lauryn

{SOMETHING BLUE BRIDE OF THE WEEK}

We love showing off our gorgeous brides and their unique, beautiful weddings! In addition to their amazing pics, we will also be asking them all about their planning process and advice for future brides!

This week’s featured bride is the oh-so-lovely Lauryn!

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

 

Lauryn and her new hubby Sam were married last July at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, Illinois.

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Lauryn seriously rocked her Stella York gown that was covered in beautiful scalloped lace. She added a super pretty belt by Mon Cheri Bridals for some extra glam. Her gorg flowers were created by  Homewood Florist.

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

And all these stunning pictures? Lauryn has Trysh Jaeger Photography to thank for that! A super fun feature at the reception was a martini luge! I mean come on, how cool is that?!

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Lauryn and Sam also treated their guests to a dessert table. Yum! Pretty sure that’s where we would be hanging out the entire reception.

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

We love hearing how our brides met the love of their life! Here's Lauryn's story:

"Sam and I met through a mutual friend. I am not from Northwest Indiana and when I did eventually move here I became friends with a coworker. Her and Sam have been friends since middle school and we started running into each other a lot. Eventually our mutual friend realized we both liked each other and helped Sam get my number. Our first date was the auto show and dinner at D4 (an Irish Pub) downtown in February 2013."

Let's fast forward to the day he proposed:

"Sam orchestrated quite a proposal! He had recently started a new job and promised me a nice dinner and night out in Chicago. He took me to Mastro's Steakhouse and then we planned to meet people to watch the Hawks game. Our friend Mike called and said his company actually had a lot of clients in from out of town and they had a suite at Trump Tower to watch the game and we should meet him there. When we arrived I realized it was all a set up... there was an aisle of rose pedals that led to "Will You Marry Me" spelled out in roses on the floor. I was SHOCKED! After I said yes, Sam said we should go get a drink and celebrate. When we arrived Sam had both our families and all our closest friends, including my college friends from all over, there for a surprise engagement party!" 

STOP IT! So cute! So what were Lauryn's fav parts of the planning process?

"Dress shopping (thank you making that so fun! I felt like I was on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress!), looking for a venue, finding a photographer (we went with Trysh Jaeger and I would HIGHLY recommend her), and meeting with our venue to decide on everything as far as food, dessert, chair coverings, and all the small details that made the room come together so beautifully."

Wedding planning isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Lauryn kept it real with us and filled us in on her least favorite part of planning:

"I hated making a seating chart!! My venue had restrictions on how many tables and how many people at each so there was a few people that were hard to place. We had a large wedding, about 300, so it was tough to place everyone, but it worked out perfect in the end. I also hated stuffing all the invites and tracking down all the people that forget to send back the RSVP's."

Before she knew it, it was Lauryn's big day! Her favorite moment? The first look between her and her new hubby!

"Up until we started planning I was very against having one and didn't want him to see me until I walked down the aisle. Once my photographer explained to me the upsides of a first look we decided to go with it and I am SO SO happy that we did. It was a very private and emotional moment that we got to share together. We first saw each other at the spot we would say our vows and the only other people near us were our photographer and videographer. We were able to really live in the moment instead of being rushed by the ceremony or being nervous with everyone staring at us."

Any advice for brides-to-be?

"My biggest takeaway would be to stay organized!! I kept a binder with tabs with receipts and notes from all my vendors and kept all my appointments in my phone. Planning can be super overwhelming, especially if you're having a big wedding, or organization was key. The advice I always give brides is to just relax. I planned early and admittedly got a bit stressed out during the process, but the day of I had the mentality that "whatever happens, will happen" and it was great. I was so relaxed and rolled with the punches. I knew that I had everything I could to make the day as perfect as possible and if something didn't go right my bridal party would fix it, and if they couldn't then there was no point in ruining this once in a lifetime day over something I couldn't control. I woke up with that mentality and honestly, it was a perfect day! If anything did go wrong, I didn't notice it. The most important thing is to remember is that your wedding is a day, your marriage is a lifetime. As long as that is great, then you're in great shape!"

Thank you SO much Lauryn for sharing your special day with us!! Here are some more pictures from the happy couples wedding day! {Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}