{SBB Bride of the Week} Alyssa

A L Y S S A + N I C K

{June 16th, 2018}

 {Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

That BACK! {Insert heart eyes emoji here}

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

She chose a gorg Stella York gown that hit her curves in all the right places.

While getting ready for her summer wedding, Alyssa wore a robe while her bridesmaids rocked the CUTEST matching pajamas!

After putting on the dress, Alyssa shared a first look with her dad and her bridesmaids - their reactions are priceless!

But first, it was all about champs!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

For her flowers, Alyssa worked with Blossom Shoppe {LOVE them!} to create soft, classic bouquets. We are loving the color scheme here!

 {Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photo by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Alyssa and her new hubby Nick said “I do” in a beautiful June wedding at St. Michael Church.

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

After the ceremony, everyone headed to Aberdeen Manor in Valpo.

Floral and candle centerpieces dotted the tables while guests were treated to scratch-off card favors and miniature bundt cakes by Nothing Bundt Cakes! So fun!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Alyssa was sweet enough to let me ask her all about her big day! But let’s go back to the beginning…how did the newlyweds meet?

“Nick and I met in February of 2015. Nick had just started his final pharmacy rotation at the McAuley health clinic and I was working across the street as a nurse at St. Margaret Hospital. Sarah, a nurse I worked with at the time, was in school for her masters degree and doing clinical at the same place Nick was.  She came into work one day and said, “Alyssa I met this guy and he would be perfect for you.” I immediately looked him up on Facebook, thought he was cute, but I was hesitant about going on a blind date. Sarah had set up for a group of us to go out for drinks that weekend for us to meet. I remember telling my mom one night that I didn’t know if I should go, I was still apprehensive about getting set up. My mom said to me, “No one says you have to marry this guy, just go and have a good time.”  Luckily, I listened to my mom and went out that night. Nick and I hit it off right away and we planned for an official first date the following week. Sarah truly did find the perfect match!”

How did he pop the question?

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“Nick proposed on May 8th, 2016 on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. We were waiting for dinner reservations when we were approached by the resort photographer with a voucher for a free photo shoot with one free print. I didn’t think anything of it because the day prior we saw another couple taking pictures on the beach and throughout the resort. I thought it would be nice to have a professional picture from the vacation so we put dinner on hold and went with the photographer. We were taking pictures around the resort when the photographer recommended going down to the beach to take some final photos. While on the beach Nick got down on one and knee and proposed while the photographer captured it all. Little did I know, Nick had planned the photographer to approach us before dinner and then had organized a beautiful beach cabana, candle light dinner to celebrate. It was the most perfect day and we love having the pictures to relive it all.”

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

“I was definitely surprised! Nick and I had talked about getting married and had even looked at rings but I did not expect it so soon. He completely took me by surprise proposing on vacation, no wonder he was so stressed out while going through customs with the ring in his bags!”

Time to talk about our fave subject - the dress!

“My sister-in-law and best friends had all gone to Something Blue for their wedding dress and had amazing experiences. Something Blue was the first and only dress appointment I had made. I went in with the style of dress I wanted, but decided to try on a few other different styles to make sure the style I wanted was the one that made me look and feel my best. I had a few dresses narrowed down, but was confused about what color for the underlay. The girls at Something Blue were amazing and pulled other fabrics to show me what each color underlay would look like under my dress. Having the support of my mom and sister and the staff at Something Blue made dress buying such an amazing experience.”

 

Aw shucks! SO sweet!! How did Alyssa know her dress was "the one"?

“I was stuck between two dresses and kept trying them on. I was in one of the dresses and was walking around to see how I felt in it. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and imagined me walking down the aisle in this dress to Nick. I started crying which lead to my mom and sister crying and knew then that was THE dress!”

When the time came to plan her wedding, what was Alyssa’s favorite part of the planning process?

“I actually really enjoyed the entire wedding planning process; it got stressful at times, but was so much fun. I was extremely lucky and had a lot of help from our families and friends. We also had a two year engagement which helped us plan and save for the wedding we always wanted.” 

Her least favorite part is something we hear ALL. THE. TIME!

“The seating chart, which I don’t think anyone likes unless your numbers match up perfectly with the tables. You want all your guests to be happy and sit with family or friends but with the number s and tables it just doesn’t work out sometimes. I was lucky that my venue ended up having two extra tables that were larger so that we were able to fit for the tables that we had more people at, but it was still one of least favorite part of the wedding planning process.”

What about Alyssa’s favorite moment from her big day?

“Our vows were my favorite part of the wedding. It was such a special moment when we became husband and wife in front of all of our loved ones.”

Looking back, what’s their biggest takeaway from planning the wedding?

“Be organized! I feel that staying organized is the biggest thing that helped me stay less stressed during the whole wedding planning process. I kept a binder that had all of my contracts with my vendors, my vendor contact information, and my receipts for everything that I made a payment for. I also had a planner that I kept with my binder to keep track of all my meetings and appointments. It definitely kept me on track with wedding planning and helped alleviate some stress!”

Any final advice for future brides?

“Enjoy it!! I made sure I took time at the wedding before dinner to just sit there with my husband and look around the room to just enjoy the moment. The wedding planning, engagement, and wedding planning goes by so fast and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress of it all.”

Thank you, Alyssa and Nick, for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us! Check out more of their stunning pictures by Trysh Jaeger Photography in the gallery below!