{SBB Bride of the Week} Chelsea

C H E L S E A + S Y D N E

{March 30th, 2019}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Hey girl, heeeey!

Isn’t our bride, Chelsea, a total knockout?!

She chose a fitted Allure Bridals gown for her big spring wedding and looked absolutely AMAZING!

She accessorized her look with pieces from Bel Aire Bridals and Sara Gabriel and finished it off with two super special pieces - her mom’s veil and a garter made by her mother-in-law out of her own wedding gown.

Two more things we already can’t get enough of?

Her ADORABLE flower girl and the look on her dad’s face when he saw her for the first time…

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Chelsea worked with Sugarfield Flowers {an SBB preferred vendor and one of the best florists in the region} to create her beautiful bouquets and arrangements!

She had jewelry from both of her grandmothers attached to her bouquet for her walk down the aisle.

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Chelsea and her new hubs, Sydne, wanted a special moment before the ceremony.

Kayla Knies Photography was there to capture the couple’s sweet first look…

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Chelsea and Sydne were married at the Allure on the Lake in Chesterton.

{Quick side note: As many of you know, this gorgeous venue was absolutely devastated by a fire on June 3rd, 2019.

They are rebuilding and we are SO excited to see Allure on the Lake 2.0 soon!}

Their ceremony was full of special moments! Sydne’s Papa officiated the wedding and even made Sydne’s wedding band!

The newlyweds also recited the same vows Sydne’s Nana and Papa said in their own wedding 50 years ago - how amazing is that?!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Chelsea’s dad MADE that gorgeous ring arch, by the way!

If you think the ceremony was beautiful just check out this reception!!

If we could add emojis there would only be heart eyes right now because LOOK HOW PRETTY!

And once again, all decor was DIY!

Another special touch to their big day - performers called Those Funny Little People put on a show for the crowd.

Why is that special? Because they are the same performers who were at Chelsea’s parents’ wedding over 30 years ago! How neat is that??

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Ok we already know their wedding was FREAKING GORGEOUS so let’s find out where their love story began!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

“My childhood best friend, Karli, is Sydne's cousin. We all went to school together and played t-ball together. Sydne's parents actually coached our t-ball team. My mom had our t-ball picture zoomed in and blown-up for the wedding and it was displayed on the bar.

Syd moved to and from Kouts a few times. We went to school together kindergarten-2nd grade and then again 7th grade-graduation. We were always just friends. Sydne joined the Marines in 2013. We started talking through social media while he was deployed in Japan in March 2016. I was working a night shift job at the time and he was awake during my shift because he was in Japan (and we've talked EVERY single day since! We found out that in June 2016 my family was going to be on vacation in St. Pete, FL the same week that he was going to be on leave and visiting his Nana and Papa in Orlando, FL. His Papa (the one who married us and made Syd's ring) drove him 2.5 hours to visit my family and I for the day. He ended up staying 3 days... We've been a couple pretty much since then.”

Meant to be!! How did Sydne pop the question??

{Photo provided by bride}

{Photo provided by bride}

“We got engaged December 2017. Syd took me to my absolute favorite restaurant - the Lighthouse in Cedar Lake. When we've gone in the past we've always taken a picture outside by the lake and sent it to his Nana. We put our name in (or so I thought) and he asked if I wanted to go take our picture for Nana. Even though it was so cold out I didn't even question it. When we got outside the heaters were on underneath the gazebo so we went to center of it to take our picture. The girl in me of course made him take a second picture because the first one wasn't good enough. After I approved the picture he turned me towards him and started talking about how much he loves me. That's when I knew what was happening. The words after that are sort of a blur. After I said yes of course then the photographer Syd had there came out and introduced herself to me. She said she got a ton of great pictures and even a video. She asked if she could take a picture of us walking into the restaurant. So she went inside and a few minutes later we followed. When we went inside both of our families were waiting in a lobby. I was so shocked (and the pictures are priceless). It was a total surprise!”

How was Chelsea’s experience with dress shopping?

"IT WAS AMAZING! We had heard such great things about Something Blue that it was our first stop. We had planned a day of different stops because Syd's Nana flew in for the occasion. I had all my bridesmaids (my sister, Syd's sisters and my 2 best friends), my mom, Syd's mom, and Syd's nana there. Celine was my consultant. SHE WAS INCREDIBLE! Talk about making a girl feel comfortable trying on wedding dresses with a complete stranger. She was seriously the sweetest and I honestly owe my incredible experience to her. She quickly figured out my style and my size. She was bringing me gorgeous dresses and dresses that fit. She made me feel confident and beautiful in everything that I tried on. I cannot say enough good things about her. As soon as I put MY dress on I knew it was the one I wanted. But I'm not good at showing my excitement. So my mom said we should still go look at the other stores. The whole drive to the next store I couldn't stop thinking about my dress. The next store we went to they were not nearly as friendly. And they were bringing me dresses that weren't my size. I was trying to squeeze in these dresses just so I could show the girls and let me tell you that's not the best confidence booster. We didn't stay there long and decided to grab an early dinner. I couldn't stop thinking about my dress and knew I just wanted to go back and get it. So I finally shared that with my mom. We then realized that the store was closed for the day. I was so disappointed because I wanted everyone to be there when I said yes to the dress. I went to the website and saw that they offer Sunday appointments by request. So I sent an email requesting a Sunday appointment for the next day. Sandy quickly emailed back and said she was so sorry but they were attending a bridal show in Kansas City and were flying out at 6:15 am. But that the only thing she could think of was to meet us back at Something Blue that night. Like are you kidding me? She was going to open the shop back up just for me to come in and get my dress. Talk about amazing customer service. Sandy blew us away! I can't say enough good things about Sandy either.”

Well that made our day!!

What was Chelsea’s favorite part of the planning process?

“Doing all the crafty projects. We pretty much DIY everything. My invitations, my menus, all of the décor, all of the sings. Everything! And crafting is really something that I enjoy.”

Her wedding is definitely DIY done right!!

What about her least favorite part?

"Setting up all the vendors - that is so stressful!!! But all of our vendors were incredible and helped make the process less stressful.”

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

Fast forward to the big day! What was Chelsea’s favorite moment from her wedding?

"My favorite part was being pronounced husband and wife. I was dreaming of that moment the entire engagement and it was my absolute favorite part. To hear that we are officially husband and wife was a magical moment.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

“Try to keep things in perspective. Remember why you're getting married. Remember that it's not supposed to be a stressful thing. Remember that things always work out so try and enjoy the planning process as much as you can.”

Congratulations, Chelsea and Sydne!! Thank you SO much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!!

Don’t leave just yet - you HAVE to see more of their gorgeous pics by Kayla Knies Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jorie

J O R I E + S H A W N

{July 7th, 2018}

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

We LOVED working with this sweet bride so so much!!

We are pleased to introduce you to Jorie!

Jorie married the love of her life on a gorgeous July day and we are SO into her classic, all-American bride vibes!

You know what else we’re into? The bridal party’s hilarious tank tops they wore while getting ready!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

For her flowers, Jorie worked with Rosemary’s Heritage Flowers {Crown Point}!

Together they came up with bouquets perfect for a post-4th of July affair!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Jorie and her hubby Shawn were married at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point!

They held the ceremony outside in the gazebo and had absolutely picture-perfect weather for the big day!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed into the country club for the party!

They kept with the red, white and blue theme with all of their decor and treated guests to fun surprises like a candy table courtesy of Albanese and even a hot dog cart for after hours!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

During the reception, Jorie and her dad shared their first dance - but it wasn’t your typical father daughter dance.

Nope, they got DOWN!

Jorie says it was the best moment of the whole day for her:

“My favorite moment of my wedding, besides marrying the love of my life, was sharing the Father/Daughter dance with my Dad, Jim. We had taken professional dance lessons for 4 months leading up to the wedding and it was one of the most special moments of my life.”

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Such a great memory for the both of them! Those lessons clearly paid off!

Now that we have seen their wedding, lets learn more about the newlyweds!

How did they meet?

“Shawn and I met at my nephew’s second birthday party. He worked together with my oldest brother and was invited as a guest.”

How did he pop the question?

“Shawn proposed to me at a joint birthday party we were having in front of all of our family and friends. Essentially, I planned my own birthday/engagement party. Ha! It was a complete surprise.”

Let’s talk wedding dresses! How was Jorie’s dress shopping experience?

“I had visited some bridal shops in Illinois and Northwest Indiana and I couldn’t find anything I was absolutely in love with. It wasn’t until I went to Something Blue that I had found a few dresses I loved.”

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

“I knew I had found “the one” as soon as I put it on and saw the looks on the faces of my friends I brought with. The dress mirrored my personality and I knew it was mine.”

When it came to wedding planning, what was Jorie’s fave part of the process?

“Being able to create a day that was unique to Shawn and me. I wanted to incorporate as much of our personalities into the day as possible and really make it our own.”

Anything she didn’t enjoy?

“My least favorite part of the process was the amount of time cumulatively it took to plan one single day. I didn’t know what to do with my spare time when it was all over!”

Now that the vows have been read and the cake has been cut, is there anything Jorie took away from the whole experience?

“My biggest take away would be to have fun with it! The day will go by so fast and all of the small things you worried about leading up to the day won’t matter when it’s all over.”

Any final words of wisdom for other brides who are trying to plan their own big day?

“The best piece of advice I can give brides would be to remember this special day is one of many to come in the future with your husband and loved ones. Soak in everything you can the day of and remember however it turns out will be amazing so no need to stress the small stuff.”

Congrats, Jorie and Shawn!! Thank you SO much for letting us show off your gorgeous wedding!!

Before you leave, make sure you check out more of their beautiful pics from Matt Bigelow Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Amanda

A M A N D A + C O N N O R

{October 27th, 2018}

{Photos by: Abbey Grim Photography}

{Photos by: Abbey Grim Photography}

We are so happy to introduce you to our beautiful bride, Amanda!

For her October wedding, Amanda chose a stunning fitted gown by Allure Bridals. With its gorgeous lace and beaded neckline, it was the perfect mix of glam and classic!

Before heading to the ceremony, the ladies sipped champagne and got their hair and makeup done while the guys did what they do best - drink some beer and play video games!

{Photos by: Abbey Grim Photography}

For her flowers, Amanda worked with Neets Creations to make all of her floral arrangements and decor!

{Photos by: Abbey Grim Photography}

{Photos by: Abbey Grim Photography}

Amanda and her husband Connor wanted to share a first look before walking down the aisle.

ALL men need to have the same reaction Connor does when he sees his bride!

{Photos by: Abbie Grim Photography}

Amanda and Connor were married at The Allure in La Porte.

They wanted to make the ceremony super personal and incorporated their love of beer for the occasion!

They each chose one beer (they just so happened to pick beers from their hometown areas) and combined them during the ceremony!

{Photos by: Abbey Grim Photography}

After the ceremony, everyone moved to the ballroom for the reception!

Guests were treated to fun additions like donuts {yum}, a photo booth and nods to the newlyweds’ dog!

{Photos by: Abbey Grim Photography}

Such a pretty venue!

Ok - time to get to the nitty gritty! How did Amanda and Connor meet? 

“I was on my way to a bar for a friend’s birthday party after a terrible Tinder date. I was going to be about an hour early so I texted a friend, Casey, who lived down the street to see if he wanted to go early to get food, when he said he and his roommate were already there getting food themselves. His roommate was Connor! I sat next to him and talked to him about my dog Harley the entire time he was there, all while eating Casey’s nachos. The next morning I texted Casey that Connor was cute and fun, and he gave him my number. Now he’s my husband and that’s awesome!”

That IS awesome! We think the nachos helped ;)

How did Connor propose??

{Photo by: Abbey Grim Photography}

{Photo by: Abbey Grim Photography}

“We were in Ireland on a post-Bar exam vacation. We were driving from the east coast to the west coast to get to the Cliffs of Moher, with our GPS not working. It was an adventure that’s for sure. We were on the back roads of the back roads when we hit a pot hole and ended up getting a flat tire. We tried to change the tire ourselves, but the wrench ended up stripping the lug nuts and it started raining. During this entire time, Connor kept saying “Today is going to be a great day!” - I was not so sure. Thankfully we saw the couple who lived across the street come home and the man actually owned an auto garage! Once we got back on the road and finally arrived at the Cliffs, the main parking lot was closed because it was at capacity and we got sent to a third party lot up the road. Of course. Once we got there, we scoped out a spot to take a picture, and Connor got down on one knee and popped the big question. I cried. Then we went to go buy a new tire for our rental car. It turned out being a great day after all!”

STOP! We love that story - definitely one to remember!! Was she expecting a proposal during the trip?

“I knew something was up because he moved his phone so I couldn’t see when he was texting my mom that we had landed safely, but I didn’t know what and was definitely not expecting it."

After getting engaged, it was time for step two: buying the dress!

“Dress buying was actually relatively painless. We live in Chicago and were planning a wedding in Northwest Indiana. It’s not that far, but coming out for multiple weekends to try on dresses wasn’t going to happen. I had heard so many great things about Something Blue that I decided that was going to be where I got my dress no matter what. Everyone at the store was super helpful and lovely, and even calmed me down when I very loudly yelled “I AM OVERWHELMED” when my appointment initially started. After we knew what I was looking for and I actually liked how that style looked on me, they gave me other options in my price range."

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

“The dress I chose was actually the seventh one I tried on and it just felt like it was the one. I had tried on multiple of the same style leading up to that dress and none of them made me feel quite the way I did in my dress. I would wear it everywhere if I could.”

And she would look darn good doing it! Target trip in your wedding gown? Why not?!

Moving on to wedding planning - what was Amanda’s favorite part of the process?

“Honestly, all of it. I have a rather stressful job at times and wedding planning allowed me to get creative and I actually found it a stress reliever."

Oh come on, there has to be something she didn’t find fun!

“Getting started. There were so many different things being thrown at us like budget, location, venues, etc. It was really exciting but really overwhelming, especially realizing that the wedding I had planned out on Pinterest was definitely not going to happen in the budget that we had.”

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

“Our ceremony! We asked Casey to marry us, since he’s the reason we met, and tried to incorporate as much of our personalities into the ceremony as possible. We even had a beer unity ceremony! And marrying Connor, obviously.”

Looking back, are there any takeaways from the planning process/wedding day?

“Don’t stress too much. Everything is going to happen the way its suppose to and will work out. It’s such a fun time in your life so be sure to make the best of it. Something will inevitably go wrong, whether big or small (the company we hired for guest transportation just didn’t show up), but as long as you’re married to your best friend at the end of the day that’s all that matters."

What is the best piece of advice Amanda has for brides planning their big day?

“DELEGATE! If someone offers their help, don’t be afraid to take it even for the smallest things. It helps you keep your sanity and takes a little bit of the stress off. Even the day of, create a list of important numbers (mother of the bride, maid of honor, best man, venue, vendors, etc), to give to your wedding party and other important people to call if there is an issue."

Congratulations, Amanda and Connor!! Thank you so much for letting us share your gorgeous wedding!

Be sure to check out more of their amazing photos by Abbey Grim Photography { www.abbeygrim.com } in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Alyssa

A L Y S S A + E D

{September 29th, 2018}

{Photos by: Sadie Lane Photography}

{Photos by: Sadie Lane Photography}

Isn’t she so beautiful?!

We are so happy yo introduce you to our gorgeous bride, Alyssa!

For her September wedding, Alyssa chose an Allure gown with long sleeves, a flowy skirt and some of the most unique lace we’ve seen!

{Photos by: Sadie Lane Photography}

For her flowers, Alyssa worked with Pioneer Florist to create her gorgeous arrangements!

She also worked with The FloraSmith to make paper dahlias so she could keep some of her flowers forever!

{Photos by: Sadie Lane Photography}

{Photos by: Sadie Lane Photography}

Alyssa married her hubby Ed at the Tippecanoe State Park and to say they made it their own is the understatement of the year!

{Photos by: Sadie Lane Photography}

The rugs!!! Seriously so in love!

Their reception was equally gorgeous with lots of string lights, flowers and beautiful decor!

{Photos by: Sadie Lane Photography}

I mean…..is that not SO FREAKING PRETTY?!

Now that we’ve seen Alyssa and Ed’s gorgeous wedding, let’s learn more about them as a couple!

How’d they meet?

“Ed and I met in high school. We parted ways after I graduated, and then I ran into him at Duffy’s bar one evening. We spent the whole night talking until the sun came up, and were inseparable from then on."

How did Ed pop the question??

“He proposed to me on Christmas. He had about 10 boxes for me to open from big to small. When I got down to the last box, there was a ring box. Inside was a gumball ring (he was being funny because I told him I didn’t care what kind of ring he got me, it could be a gumball ring, I just wanted to be married)! He then got down on one knee and asked if I would join him in a lifetime of shenanigans and torment!”

We hope she kept that gumball ring!

Was it a surprise or did Alyssa have a feeling it was about to go down?

“I totally knew it was coming. My mom asked me to try on her ring one day, and as soon as his family got out their phones to record me, I knew something was up. “

Y’all already know the next part - let’s talk wedding gown shopping!

“I absolutely loved my dress buying experience! I tried on at least 15, narrowed it down to 5, then 3, then I couldn’t stop myself from trying to same one on. My mom was surprised I chose so quickly without checking other dress stores, but I knew it was the one.

I felt comfortable and confident. I couldn’t stop trying it back on. Even to this day, I wish I could wear it again. It was just so flattering!”

Yep, that’s how you know!!

Moving on to wedding planning! What were Alyssa’s favorite and not so favorite parts of the process?

“My favorite part was watching everything come together. I had had all of these ideas in my mind for 9 months and to watch it just come together was a dream. It was more beautiful than I even imagined!

The least favorite part was buying flowers. They are SO expensive only for them to die so soon. And then my original choice of flower ended up dying so I was having to deal with finding new flowers to replace them a day before my wedding."

But they’re so pretty!!

What was Alyssa’s favorite moment from her big day?

“My favorite part was seeing the absolute joy on every single persons face. It’s one thing for us to be excited and joyous, but there was a moment when I looked around and everyone was so joyful and having such a good time!”

There is nothing better!

Alyssa has some great final advice for other brides planning their own wedding day…

“I got a wedding planner. My life is crazy busy and I knew I would not have been able to have the wedding I wanted without someone else to help and guide me. She helped find the cheapest possible outlets, and made sure I didn’t stress about a thing. I reserved my venue for an additional day before and after so I was in no way pressured to make sure things were decorated and cleaned up. 

Get a massage the day of the wedding!!! I swear, I was instantly turned into the most chill person. Nothing phased or bothered me. Little things went amiss and I didn’t care. My Maid of Honor actually passed out during my ceremony and I looked back, then looked back at my pastor haha I totally shrugged it off! She was so upset that I would be upset, but I was more concerned if she was okay or not. I’m chalking that up to the fact that I was so relaxed, that nothing could phase me. Plus, what’s the point in getting upset over little things on the happiest day of my life?!”

So true!! Congratulations Alyssa and Ed!! We wish you both a beautiful future together and can’t thank you enough for sharing your wedding with us!

You simply MUST check out more of their gorg wedding photos by Sadie Lane Photography in the gallery below!!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Anita

A N I T A + E R I C

{October 27th, 2018}

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Introducing Anita!

Can we just take a moment to say how much we loved working with her??

For her big day, Anita chose a gorgeous fitted Allure Bridals gown, with unique lace and sparkle throughout!

It’s a showstopper, as you can see!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

Anita is Macedonian and has some seriously fun wedding traditions!

As she got ready for the day, her family, the groom and his family were outside having the time of their lives!

Traditionally, they barter for the bride to come out of her home.

They present the bride with her shoes and fill them with money so she may have a prosperous future.

Afterward, the groom leaves so the bride can exit the family home for her last time as a single woman.

Also because Anita deserved to have some fun too!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

The ceremony was held at Sts. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church in Crown Point!

In Macedonian tradition, the engaged couple chooses another couple to be their godparents.

Anita’s godmother played a very big part in the ceremony.

As Anita and Eric circled the altar 3 times, she stood behind them and threw candy to indicate a sweet future together.

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

After the ceremony it was time to really get the party started!

The reception was held at the Croatian Center in Merrillville.

Guests definitely satisfied their sweet tooth - the centerpiece on every table was a tower of cupcakes and a popcorn bar was ready and waiting for everyone to dig in!