{SBB Bride of the Week} Ashley

A S H L E Y + M I C H A E L

{September 22nd, 2018}

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

We are suckers for a long sleeve gown!!

Could our bride Ashley look any more gorgeous in her crepe Essense of Australia dress?! {The answer is no}

Even she couldn’t hold back her tears as she looked at herself in the mirror on her big day.

Another tearjerker? When Ashley saw her dad for the first time…

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

For her flowers, Ashley worked with Main Street Florals in North Judson to create beautiful bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids!

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

Ashley married her husband Michael at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Michigan City.

This church is beyond beautiful!

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

For the reception, guests headed to the Uptown Center.

How cool is this venue? It never disappoints!

Ashley made all of her own centerpieces and decorations…can we get a round of applause??

{Photos by: Monica Z. Photography}

How did the newlyweds meet?

“We met through friends. Found out that we had many of the same friends but never had met each other!”

How did Michael pop the question?

“Michael proposed to me May 8th of 2016 which happened to be our one year anniversary and Mothers Day. He got our families together at the tulip festival in Holland, Michigan. We celebrated the first part of the day having a cookout for our mothers. We then started taking pictures in the beautiful field of tulips. During this time it was just him and I and I was laughing because I didn't know which camera to look at as everyone had their phones out. I turned towards him and there he was, on one knee, asking to marry him. It was such a great day, and of course, I said yes!”

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

“It was Mothers Day, of course I was surprised! I thought nothing of it. I was having a great enjoying our families together for Mothers Day, little did I know, they were all there for me.”

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

“The moment I walked into Something Blue I knew that I was going to walk out with the most gorgeous dress. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. I believe I tried on 10 dresses and I never felt pressured into buying or rushed to get out. I do not live in the area and the staff worked well with me on appointment times and all fittings! I am completely happy with Something Blue and I strongly recommend this bridal boutique!

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

“I came in knowing exactly what I wanted. I wanted a long sleeved dress with a beautiful train, along with some sparkle and lace. I picked out about 10 long sleeved dresses that I wanted to try, and my favorite I saved for last. When it finally came time to try on my last dress, I knew it was the one from the moment I put my arms in the sleeves. It had the perfect amount of lace, sparkle, and it had a long beautiful train with more lace and sparkle. It was gorgeous, everything I expected!”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was Ashley’s favorite part?

“The decorations! I made all of our decorations! Centerpieces and table garland. Michael and I also created our own seating chart, itinerary, and menus through Photoshop. Weddings can be quite expensive so we made everything by hand to save. My centerpieces and table garland were actually made out of all Dollar Tree flowers! This was all a very fun process.”

What about her least fave part?

“Saving up sucked! From the time we actually started planning, we had nine months to save and pay off everything. It took hard work and we had to cut back on our social lives for the time being. However, since we are a team, we did it!! It was worth it in the end.”

The big day had finally arrived! What was Ashley’s favorite moment?

“My absolute favorite moment was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing the man I am going to be spending the rest of my life with. This moment was everything!”

Any advice for SBB brides planning their own wedding?

“My best advice to give would be to sit down and talk with your fiance. Make a budget and stick to a plan. Weddings are expensive but with a plan you can make anything happen. Make a list of things you look for when choosing a venue. When looking for venues, make sure they meet your expectations, and it is in your price range. Create a spreadsheet of every venue you visit and compare prices. Consider what each venue has to offer within those prices. Don't spend too much on extravagant decorations, all eyes will be on YOU! Book in advance. Check out dollar stores, amazon, etsy, or even make things your own. Use Michael Arts & Crafts 40% off coupons. Lastly, breathe. If you need help, ask for it. Know that there will be enough people the day of to help and take care of things. This is your day, so enjoy!”

Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us, Ashley and Michael!! Check out more of their wedding pictures in the gallery below!