{SBB Bride of the Week} Erica

Satin is a timeless option that can still look young and fresh. This GORGEOUS gown is the perfect example!

Add in shades of red and white plus one beautiful bride and you have a seriously stunning combo!

We are so excited to introduce you to Erica..

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

Erica looked so amazing in her Essense of Australia gown, bought from SBB! It's curve-hugging fit and beaded keyhole back breathes new, fresh life into the classic look.

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

Erica complimented her look with beautiful red roses while her bridesmaids carried bouquets of white.

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

Erica married her man, Joe, in a beautiful September ceremony at Idlewild Country Club. Erica was given away by both her father and stepfather. So special and we are living for the candles and flower arrangements lining the aisle!

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed to the reception where tables were adorned with more of those gorgeous flower arrangements and a stunning {and yummy} cake awaited them!

{Photos by: Cornerstone Photography}

We love a creative take on a guestbook, like their wood tree. It's a fun way to display a memorable piece from your wedding that you can enjoy in your home for years to come!

We've seen the wedding, now let's get to know the couple!

"We met in 2007 in Macomb, IL at Western Illinois University where we became friends that would see each other out and about, but never thought of each other in a romantic way. Since we had so many mutual friends from college, we reconnected in 2014 and the rest is history."


When it came time to propose, Joe knew exactly where he wanted to pop the question.

"We both grew up die hard Cubs fans and would go to many games together. Joe decided to propose to me on Wrigley field in May 2016, which was very exciting since they won the World Series that year! Although, I did have an idea it was coming, you can never prepare yourself for that exact moment when he gets down on one knee!"

Finally, it was time for Erica to plan the wedding of her dreams!

"My favorite part of the planning process was being able to do it at the same place I had my very first job. All of my old bosses and coworkers were very helpful and wanted to make sure our big day was nothing shy of perfect!

My least favorite part was getting down to that two week prior to the event mark where everything needs to be finalized, vendors need to coordinate everything with each other, and big payments need to be made."

After all that planning, the big day had arrived. Erica's favorite part of the whole thing was the intimate ceremony.

"Everything from the live music being sung by a friend of the family to saying our specific vows we chose for each other, it was definitely something I’ll never forget."

What was Erica's biggest takeaway from planning her big day?

"Starting early because it really did reduce the stress level in the end and to not let the little things get to you, it will all turn out perfect in the end no matter what! Also, include your husband-to-be in whatever you can, so they feel like they had their part in planning too. My best piece of advice is to take one thing at a time and enjoy every moment of the planning process because once the big day finally comes, it’s over before you know it!"

Congratulations, Erica and Joe! Thank you so much for letting us share your wedding day! To see more of their gorgeous pics, check out the gallery below!