{SBB Bride of the Week} Rachel

R A C H E L + K E V I N

{June 30th, 2018}

{Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Oh, hey girl!

Our bride Rachel looks amazing in her Blush by Hayley Paige gown! The sequined pattern is so unique and perfect for her big day at the ball park!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

For her bouquet, Rachel ordered Sola Flowers and put them together along with help from her mother-in-law and friend! How fun is that?!

{Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photo by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Rachel married her hubby Kevin at Guaranteed Rate Field - home of the Chicago White Sox! They couldn’t pass up doing a first look at such a cool venue! Matt Bigelow Photography was there to capture their special moment.

The ceremony and reception were held at the park’s Stadium Club.

I mean come on, how cool is that??

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

The reception was decorated with flickering candlelight. Guests found their seats via their own special game tickets while tables were named after sections from the ball park.

While they dined and danced, guests were also treated to spectacular views of the city and field!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Rachel and Kevin met through their best man. They dated on and off until November 2008, where they got back together for good!

When it was time to ask Rachel to marry him, Kevin knew the perfect spot to pop the question…

         “When Kevin asked me to be his girlfriend in 2008 it was at a park in St. John, during the holidays when they decorate it for the festival of lights!  So he took me back to the park on a Saturday in May and proposed after I had gotten off of work.”

Was she surprised?

        “It was a surprise in how he did it (I thought we would go on vacation and it would happen then because we had talked about that, and we had talked about rings and were together for a long time so I knew it was only a matter of time). I was surprised at how simple everything was, but looking back I am kinda glad it happened that way. Our parents and siblings were back at my house for a surprise mini party.”

Let’s talk about the day Rachel said “yes” to the dress!

      “It was my 2nd time trying on dresses ever, the first time I went to Nordstrom's and tried on only Hayley Paige dresses. I was convinced that was my designer from the start. I found one I had really liked but it was a bit out of my price range by about $700 and they weren't even sure if I could get it in time, since I put off dress shopping for the longest time. I knew I wanted to go to Something Blue, all my friends had found their dresses there and I knew the consultants would be great. It was so much fun going around with my maid of honor "pinning" dresses we loved. I only brought my mom, my MOH, and my mother in law to be. I didn't want a lot of opinions to be honest! I tried on several dresses, all different styles. I told the consultant how much I loved Hayley Paige style dresses and I did try on several other designers but in the end it came down to a dress I had seen a picture of a year ago on the SBB facebook page and a dress everyone else loved.”

How did she finally decide on the one?

“I found a picture a year before I had gone in to try on dresses and when I came into SBB I asked if they still had that dress and they said yes. I was ecstatic to try it on!  I am short and petite and I just did not like anything big and poofy.  I also hate lace and wanted sparkle.  So I knew my dress was the one when they started pinning it, it had everything I wanted and the coolest part was when they showed me how it would look with the lights dimmed! It was perfect!”

What was Rachel’s favorite part of wedding planning?

“My favorite part of the planning process was touring our venue and picking out menu choices, and cake tasting. I'm a baker at heart and that was such a fun experience with my now husband. Our wedding was at Guarenteed Rate field and I wanted our food to be upscale and not just baseball food. I wanted people to know that this is a wedding they are attending, but at a really amazing venue!”

What about her least favorite part?

“My least favorite part had to be addressing all the save the dates, invites, and the tedious things. I just cared about the big picture and honestly a lot of the factors that were important to me were dealt with right away or handed off to family members, and my vendor Eric at the Music Boyz helped with a ton at my wedding!”

Fast forward to the big day! What was Rachel’s favorite moment?

“As much time as it took away, I loved being with my husband when we got to sneak away to get some cool photos. After your wedding that is all you have left, and it was nice to just get a moment to be with our photographers and hang out together.  I loved our photographer Matt Bigelow and his assistants they were super fun to work with and I wanted a creative photographer to not have so many "typical" wedding photos.”

Any advice for SBB Brides currently planning their wedding?

“My biggest advice for any bride is to pick the things that are most important to you, mine was the venue, my dress, photographer, and make up artist. I booked my 2 vendors asap! I got the ones I wanted and it truly made my day!  Keep to a budget because it is so easy to go over.  Flowers were least important to me, so that is what I spent the least on. Definitely prioritizing helped make the process go so much smoother.

Prioritize what is most important to you, and don't be afraid to ask for help. I wanted to do everything myself but when it came closer to the day I was not afraid to have my family members and close friends help out!”

Thank you so much, Rachel and Kevin, for sharing your big day with us!! Check out more of their beautiful wedding pics in the gallery below!