{SBB Bride of the Week} Bailey

B A I L E Y  +  T Y L E R

{MAY 27th, 2018}

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Oh hey there, Bailey! You're stunning!

We always say this but we really do have the best brides -Bailey was seriously such a joy to work with!

We LOVE her Essense of Australia gown, with its gorgeous beading and illusion back!

Bailey was married in May and her dress couldn't have been more perfect!

The mirror in her room was covered with love post it notes from Tyler..I mean can you even?!

After getting ready, she let dad have the first peek before walking her down the aisle...

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Bailey's bouquet was so beautiful and full of vibrant spring flowers! The Garden by Elizabeth knocked it out of the park on this one!

Wrapped around her bouquet were charms honoring both of her grandfathers who are no longer with us.

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Bailey and her husband Tyler wanted to share a first look before the ceremony.

We just love their genuine reactions of excitement when they see each other!!

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

The newlyweds were married at Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.

Y'all. THIS CHAPEL!! It's so beautiful!

After the ceremony, a vintage red truck was waiting for Bailey and Tyler to ride off into the sunset...or to the reception...together!

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

Peep that no devices sign. This is SUCH a good idea to make sure you don't have guests' phones in all of your ceremony pictures!

After the ceremony, guests headed to County Line Orchard for a beautiful barn reception.

{Photos by: Treasure Rearden Photography}

If you think the pictures are pretty, you have to check out Bailey and Tyler's wedding video by Foothill Films!

I think it's impossible for us to watch a wedding video and not get choked up! Foothill Films did such a great job on it!

Bailey and Tyler met in high school. After years of dating, Tyler decided to pop the question with a little help from his future mother-in-law!

"I was with my mom and my grandma at the Hunt and Gather Market at the Lake County Fairgrounds. After we were done at the market, we were going to meet Tyler for lunch. I let him know when we were leaving the fairgrounds, and that he could meet us at the restaurant. We pulled out of the parking lot and found ourselves in front of a beautiful covered bridge with flowers and landscaping all around it. I was tired, hot, hungry, and confused why we weren't leaving. My grandma asked if we could get a picture in front of the bridge together. I was confused, because we never usually took pictures together, but I didn't want to disappoint her. We got out of the car, and my grandma and I stood in front of the bridge. My mom started to take the picture, and as she did, I saw someone coming out of the corner of my eye. I instantly recognized it was Tyler, but I couldn't process what was happening! He walked up to me, as I probably had the most shell-shocked look on my face, and he got down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. I was so surprised! He and my mom had planned the whole thing the night before, and my mom was able to get the whole thing on video for us, so now we have memory of it forever."

So it was a big surprise?

"We knew we wanted to get engaged in the summer of 2017, so I knew it was happening anytime during those summer months. I just had NO idea exactly when it was happening, which is crazy for me, because I am very difficult to plan surprises for, because I usually find everything out!"

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

"I went into the process with an open-mind. I had a few "requirements" I knew I wanted/didn't want for my dress, but didn't have a specific style in mind, because I didn't want to be disappointed if I couldn't find the exact one I had in mind. Dresses also look different on everybody, so what you see on the hanger will most likely look completely different on you! I took my mom, maid-of-honor, my now mother-in-law, and my grandma. Colleen was incredibly helpful. She told me all the details of each dress as I tried them on, and even put some back on the rack before I tried them on, because she could tell I wouldn't like them, based off of other dresses I had already tried on. I had so much fun trying so many different kinds of dresses on, and I felt beautiful! I also kept the dress a surprise from everyone, bridesmaids and family included, until the wedding day. It was special to me that only the people who came dress shopping with me knew what it looked like. I also was so impressed with every person who worked there. Every time I walked into Something Blue, whether it was to pick up my dress, buy accessories, or have a fitting, Sandy greeted me by name every time I stepped through the doors. It says a lot about a company when they recognize and call all their brides by name, even when they see probably 100s of them on a weekly basis."

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

"I tried on maybe 5-6 dresses before I tried on "the one." The first few I tried on were beautiful, but I didn't really feel anything while wearing them. Everyone always told me that I would just know when it was the right one, and I really had no idea what they meant by that. I tried on a dress, picked by my maid-of-honor, and the instant I put it on, I just knew. It was perfect in every single way, and when I walked out of the dressing room, everyone else seemed to like it just as much as I did. I didn't want to take it off! I tried on the remaining dresses just to be sure, but I kept going back to the one I ended up picking. I tried it on three times that night, and every time I put it on, I just knew that it was the dress I would walk down the aisle in and dance the night away in. And I'm still so sad I never get to wear it again!"

When it was time to plan the big day, Bailey's favorite part of the process was getting to do it with her mom.

"I was the first child of my parents to get married, and the only daughter, so she had a blast helping plan everything with me. She often thought of ideas or things we needed to do that I probably would have forgotten about, so I don't know what I would have done without her! There were many nights where she stayed up long past midnight taking care of details so that I didn't have to. I also loved getting to meet with all of our vendors one last time and finalize all of our details for the day! It made things feel real, and they were all just as excited about our day as we were! Lastly, I loved seeing all of my planning efforts come to fruition. Planning for so many months, all the little details, all the meetings, and all the stress was so worth it. Seeing everything happen exactly as it was supposed to made all the stress worth it! We loved everything about our day, and Tyler and I talk often about how perfect it was."

But she wasn't a fan of all the little, but important, details...

"Making a day-of schedule, making a seating chart, following up with guests who hadn't RSVP'd, making sure vendors know the timeline of the day, and all the other last minute details that need to be done right before the wedding are stressful and were easy to want to brush off. However, finalizing all those little details are what made the day run so smoothly!"

Finally, the wedding day had arrived! What was Bailey's favorite part of her big day?

"There's so many, but there are a few things that really stand out to me. First, I am so glad Tyler and I did a first look. It gave us time to spend a few minutes together, just the two of us, before the craziness of the day began. It helped calm my nerves immensely, and it was so special letting him see me first, before anyone else at the ceremony did. It also allowed for some really fun candid pictures of us together when he saw me turn around. My second favorite moment was being overwhelmed with so much joy knowing that all of our closest friends and family were all in the same place to celebrate us. To see every single person I love under one roof was so special to me that it actually moved me to tears after we left the reception. I couldn't believe that all those people came just to celebrate and have fun with us as we began our married life together! I also LOVED our bridal party. They danced all night long with us, thanks to our amazing DJ. I loved hearing all the compliments from our guests about how much fun they had at our reception."

A good DJ is SO important!

Now that it's all said and done, what is Bailey's biggest takeaway from the planning process?

"If you can, hire a day-of coordinator! Ours was a complete life-saver. Our venue could not be decorated until the day of the wedding, because of a reception the night before, so we weren't able to decorate it ourselves. She took care of all the setting up and take down of our decor, as well as making sure that everything at our reception venue was taken care of. She took care of so much on our wedding day and it took so much stress off of us. We didn't have to worry about a thing! I also would advise to give yourself PLENTY of time before the wedding to get ready and take pictures. Give yourself however much time you think you need, and then add 30-60 minutes. We gave ourselves what we thought was enough time, but things got rushed and stressful as it came time to get closer to doing pictures. Me getting into my dress and having my mom help me with those last minute details was special for us, but it was also rushed and stressful, and it was hard to fully enjoy. Getting ready 30 minutes earlier would have given us a little more time so things wouldn't have been as rushed."

Any final advice for brides currently planning their big day?

"I think this probably cliche, but it's also true. Enjoy every single moment. Remember all the little things. Remember what your dad says to you as he walks you down the aisle. Remember how beautiful you feel as you slip on your dress for the first time. Look around at all the people at your ceremony/reception who are there just for you. Remember all the little feelings/moments that can't be documented on a camera. Soak up every moment, because the day goes by in the blink of an eye."

Congratulations, Bailey and Tyler!!! We are so excited for you guys! Check out more of their gorgeous wedding pictures in the gallery below!