{SBB Bride of the Week} Jackie

Our featured bride is an absolute vision in a Stella York gown that screams spring - perfect for her April wedding!

We are pleased to introduce you to Jackie!

 {Photos by: Forever Images Photography}

{Photos by: Forever Images Photography}

Those lace straps, that long, sheer train - SWOON! Jackie made the dress all her own by sewing in her Mon Cheri belt. The finished product brought her father to tears when he saw her for the first time. Forever Images was there to capture the emotional first look.

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 {Photos by: Forever Images Photography}

{Photos by: Forever Images Photography}

I can't.

Those pictures are so special. You can tell Jackie is daddy's girl.

Jackie married her husband Ian in a beautiful ceremony at Augustana Lutheran Church.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed to White Hawk Country Club to celebrate! So many cute details were put into the big party, from succulents and flowers to donuts and an ADORABLE table inspired by the bride's favorite movie!

{Photos by: Forever Images Photography}

I mean that "Up" table was super cute right??

Let's get to know these lovebirds a little better!

"Ian and I met while we were in Art class in high school (his freshman year and my sophomore year). Our art teacher saw something between the two of us and made sure we sat at the same table together all year. After the school year was over, we didn't really talk much. The following year I posted something on Myspace (I know, it was a long time ago) and he commented on it and from there we started talking again. We had our first date the day after Valentine's day. We actually joked about how silly of a holiday it was. A week later we "officially" started dating."

Clearly their art teacher should be a matchmaker on the side. After dating for several years, Ian had a very important question to ask.

"He proposed to me while we were on a vacation in Mexico with his family. He had planned a private dinner on the beach (private waiter, four course meal, sunset and all!!) and during dessert the ring was on the plate in a small version of the Adventure Book from the movie Up (my favorite movie). The pages each had a small message about us and the ring was in the back of the book. He had the ring custom made with diamonds that were from his grandparents, along with new additional ones that were our addition."

So creative and sentimental! We love that story. Did Jackie know it was coming?

"It was a total surprise. We had looked at rings a few months earlier when I went to get another ring cleaned and the sales woman was adamant about just trying on a few to get a size. He had been asking about what kind of ring I wanted but they were so far apart that I had no idea it was going to happen while we were away."

When it came down to planning, I asked Jackie what her favorite part of the process was.

"My favorite part was working on creating the image that I had in my head. We didn't have a solid theme, we ended up saying it was "Quirky" and we loved it. We wanted to incorporate Marvel superheros as well as aspects from the movie Up. We did as much as we could DIY and Pinterest helped a lot. Working with Gail at Dixon's Florist was amazing because she was so into the process with us! We wanted to be non-traditional and go with various colors and shapes of wildflowers and the more we worked with her, the more excited we all became. We also put a lot of work into looking for succulent gardens, and we ended up going with Clarke's Garden Center because they were accommodating and totally nailed what I had envisioned. When we expressed to our bakery about a donuts table, they had never done one, but made it amazing!! It definitely takes time and effort, but when you see all of the small pieces come together, it's totally worth all the hard work!

What about her least favorite part?

"Budgets. This was a huge factor for us, because you see everything that's out there and you can't always have everything. We made cuts here and there so that other things could be splurged on. We also had to really look at our vendors before choosing them because we wanted the most for what we could afford. All of our vendors were amazing and well worth it!"

Finally, the big day was here! Jackie tells us about the best part of her special day.

"The reception for me, was my favorite. We decided to have the wedding party back for the cocktail hour so we were able to mingle with our guests in a non-formal kind of way. It was so much fun being able to talk to all our guests individually and not have to worry about being pulled to do this or that. We had over an hour to be more casual, have a few drinks, take some pictures with our guests, and enjoy ourselves. I know that a lot of times people say that there just isn't enough time to see everyone but we arranged our whole day to ensure that we could spend as much time as we could with our guests!!"

Now that Jackie and Ian's wedding is over, she has some great advice for other brides who are currently planning their day.

"Just go with the flow. We started planning very early. Things happen that you cannot control. I'm someone who completely overthinks everything and plans for the worst, but at the same time you have to let yourself enjoy the process. Make it fun. If it's starting to become a burden or a pain then you're not doing something right! Ian and I would work on things for an hour or so when we could and then go back to it another time so we didn't get overwhelmed with it all. 

Everyone says this, but ENJOY THE DAY! I don't think a day has ever gone by so fast. Take in every moment, don't stress, and have a blast. It's your wedding - make it count!"

Thank you so much, Jackie and Ian!! We loved seeing your pictures and are so happy you let us show them off! Wishing you guys a lifetime of love and happiness! To see more of their wedding, check out the gallery below!