{SBB Bride of the Week} Maggie

M A G G I E  +  D A V E

{June 2nd, 2018}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Hello, Gorgeous!

Meet our beautiful bride, Maggie!

She chose an amazing sable colored Essense of Australia gown for her day and we couldn't think of a better dress for her!

With it's side cutouts and illusion back, it is absolutely perfect!

After she put the dress on, Maggie's dad got a sneak peek of his girl.

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

For her flowers, Maggie chose to go eco-friendly and ordered through EcoFlower!

This way her bouquet {made from recycled wood and paper} will last a lifetime.

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Maggie and her new husband Dave couldn't get married without having their fur babies involved!

Meet Chewbacca and Tonta!

Tonta is new to the family, they rescued him last spring!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

How stinking cute are those collars?!

Before the ceremony, Maggie and Dave wanted to share a first look together.

Shane Cleminson Photography was there to make sure they can always look back on the special moment!

The newlyweds were married at the Aquatorium in Gary.

This venue, you guys! SO pretty!

Their ceremony was held in the courtyard and was simply lovely.

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

After saying "I Do", Maggie, Dave and their guests moved on to the reception area.

The decor was a bookworm's dream! Stacks of books made up the centerpieces and their guestbook is too cute!

Harry Potter fans will recognize some fun tributes to the book series within the decorations!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Isn't that so fun? We are all about tailoring your wedding decor to your personal taste!

I wanted the inside scoop on the big day so I interviewed Maggie all about her wedding experience!

How did you guys meet?

"Dave and I met at the gym he was working at. We would see each other around but we didn’t actually start talking until I began taking one of his classes.  It was then we started gradually talking and a group of us started getting together. I didn’t want to rush into anything and end up having to find a new gym to work out at! Things eventually fell into place."

How did Dave propose?

"It was a spur of the moment. It was during the work week and I was getting ready for bed, I had the baggiest sweatpants and sweater on. All I remember was walking out of the room for a second and coming back in and Dave was down on one knee."

Did she know it was coming?

"I knew that is was supposed to be coming, but not exactly when. My birthday and Valentine’s Day were coming up so I hoped it was going to be sooner rather than later."

Once the ring was on it was time to find her gown! I asked Maggie to tell me about her dress buying experience.

"My friend went with me a couple days before my scheduled appointment to look through the dresses. I remember feeling overwhelmed with seeing all the dresses on the hangers. I wrote down 2 dresses I really wanted to try on. The day of my appointment, one of the ladies behind the desk recommended a dress for me to try on. As it was brought out, I realized it was one I had written down. It quickly became my favorite from the ones I had already seen. I had an appointment at one other boutique after. I tried on 3-4 more dresses but nothing compared that this dress. I went back right after to order!"

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

"This was the first dress that I felt really confident in and couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror!"

We can see why! She looks SO good in that dress!

When it came to planning, what was Maggie's favorite part of the process?

"My favorite part would probably be trying on wedding dresses.  Up until that point everything still seemed unreal. Trying on and picking out my dress was the first time I thought to myself  “I am actually getting married”. I also really enjoyed doing a walk-through of the venue with our wedding planner and caterer. It was the first time we really got to visualize and plan specifics, this helped ease my nerves."

What about her least favorite part?

"The least favorite part was for sure getting the last minute RSVPs and making a seating chart. There were so many other things on my mind at that time that this was the last thing I wanted to spend time on."

Once the big day had arrived, what was her favorite moment of the wedding?

"It’s hard to choose just one moment. Getting ready and spending time with my mom, mother-in-law, and bridesmaids was great. We planned time to stop at 18th Street Brewery to have time with our bridal party before things got crazy.  I also loved our cocktail hour. Not only did we get to mingle in the courtyards and see everyone for the first time, but we got to enjoy amazing appetizers from Shoreline Brewery. We had been looking forward to our appetizers since we finalized our menu."

Now that everything is all said and done, what is Maggie's biggest takeaway from the whole planning process?

"Enjoy every moment of the process, the good and the bad.  Everyone told us it goes by quickly but I didn’t believe them. I still sit back and wonder how 15 months of planning went by so quickly in one day."

Any final words of advice for current brides-to-be?

"Definitely start booking major vendors right away. The one thing I am most happy with is getting a day of wedding planner.  Getting married at the Aquatorium required us finding all our own vendors. Vowed To You made our wedding day stress free. From setting up a timeline for us, setting up our centerpieces, and keeping everyone in check throughout the evening.  I highly recommend having someone in charge for the day, the last thing I wanted to do was have to worry about all the small details."

Congrats, Maggie and Dave!! Your wedding was beautiful and we are so happy we got to share it! Check out the gallery below for more pictures from their big day!