{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!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

The tradition didn’t stop at the ceremony.

During the reception, a roasted pig was presented by the groomsmen to the godfather, who paraded it around the room as guests made it rain cash! The pig was then served to the bridal party and family.

Then there’s the bread dance - which is literally people dancing with bread.

Here’s the backstory on this tradition: a loaf of bread made by Anita’s godmother is presented during the first regular dance of the evening. It symbolizes the two families coming together.

Guests pay to dance with the bread, which is then cut up and passed out to everyone!

At the end of the day, all of the money collected throughout the course of the wedding is given to the newlyweds!

{Photos by: Trysh Jaeger Photography}

I mean how fun is that?!

Let’s learn a little more about the newlyweds! How did they meet?

“Eric and I met at Calumet Harley-Davidson. I was the girl who was selling t-shirts and he a customer. After a few times chit chatting, we realized we knew a lot of mutual friends. We would end up seeing each other throughout the region hangout spots. We would talk when we saw each other and always said hello, but it wasn’t until one day we started messaging on facebook….you know how every true love story starts….that we really got to know-know each other.   The rest is history!

Facebook is quite the matchmaker!

How did Eric propose?? 

“Last year, we were planning to celebrate Christmas with his side of the family a week early. We got up that day (Sunday) and I made breakfast. Just a normal Sunday morning and I was starting to wrap presents to take with us. He goes into our bedroom for a little while and comes out with a wrapped little box that was about ring box size….I FROZE! He left it on our TV stand and just went into the shower and doesn’t say anything other than don’t open it. After his shower he tells me to wear an ugly Christmas sweater and he was going to wear an ugly vest.

So fast forward several hours, dinner was finished up with the family. The kids had opened their gifts and we moved on to dessert. I get tapped on my shoulder. His nieces were all lined up behind me with their hands behind their backs asking me to pick a hand. The youngest niece Maddy came up and I had to pick a hand. I picked a hand and it was a pandora charm of a letter “M” for our last name McQueary. The second niece Katie was up. I picked a hand and it was the RING BOX from Jared, but inside the box was another pandora charm but this time it was an engagement ring charm. Now, the third and oldest niece Leah comes up to me. She asked me to pick a hand and when I did inside of her clenched hand was the RING! I instantly started to cry because I was waiting and waiting AND WAITING for the moment and it finally happened.” 

Was it a surprise or did she know it was coming? 

“I knew it was coming eventually but I just couldn’t pin point when or how. We had just moved into our new home and things were settling down, but every day I woke-up thinking “Is today going to be the day?”

He had some help and he knew exactly the style that I liked from the subtle hints I would drop him. We eventually ended up at a jewelry store together and looking at ideas, but we left that day empty handed.”

So sweet!!

Lets talk dress shopping!

“My dress buying experience was my favorite part of the entire wedding planning process. I just felt so relaxed. Everyone at SBB was so helpful and honest and most importantly, they listened to what I wanted. I knew when we got engaged that I was only going to shop at SBB. A lot of my friends and family members had shopped with SBB and I was so surprised that Sandy remembered me every time! She is absolutely the best!

I had put on so many dresses and they all looked good and cute. But when I slipped into my Allure 9471 (yes I have it memorized still) I felt BEAUTIFUL. I knew before even walking out of the dressing room it was the one. I always had a unique style and I felt like the dress just hit every point on my checklist of things that I wanted. I cried when I saw myself in it…but it’s a moment I will never forget.”

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

“The cake samples for sure. Haha I really did enjoy trying on all the dresses because who doesn’t love to play dress up, right?! I will say that the moment I met Trysh Jaegar at her studio was a big moment for me in the wedding planning process. Seriously SHE ROCKS. If it wasn’t for her, I swear I would have missed half the things I was supposed to do. We met on a few occasions and just chatted about everything. She really made me feel comfortable to talk about wants, concerns, needs, basically everything. I can’t recommend or thank her enough for everything she did above and beyond wedding photography.”

We love Trysh!!

What about her least favorite part?

“THE STRESS….We had set a date with my work schedule in mind knowing that every year in the fall my job requires a business planning for the following year. That usually is in September, so I figured no problem October 27th will work. Well go figure my luck…all the deadlines change to 3 days before the wedding! I honestly was a mess, but in the end everything was worth it.”

What was Anita’s favorite moment from her wedding?

“I am not sure that I have one favorite moment because the entire day was my favorite. I had a couple moments that I really loved. The moment I walked down the aisle and saw Eric for the first time I thought to myself, “FINALLY!” and I tried to not cry! Another moment that I can say hit me hard was during dinner. I sat there just looking out at the reception hall and taking in all our beautiful family and friends who came to celebrate us that day. I was moved to tears.”

Any final advice for future brides?

“Give yourself more time than a 10 month turn around on wedding planning!

Everything “Wedding” is expensive. I would tell brides to not be afraid to get creative and think outside of the box on ways to save money. I picked what was important to us and we spent more money there than in other areas of the process. I promise you no one will know! I will also recommend to future brides to greet guests as they enter your reception. This will save you time on going around the reception to thank everyone and it gets you more time on the dance floor.”

Congrats, Anita and Eric!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day and special traditions with us! Check out more pictures from their big day in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jessica

J E S S I C A + E R I C

{October 14th, 2018}

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

Hi, our brides are the most gorgeous ever!

Introducing Jessica!

Doesn’t she look absolutely STUNNING in her long- - like sleeved Allure ballgown, complete with a J. Picone belt, Badgley Mischa’s flats and Edward Berger veil??

Yes, the answer is yes.

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

Before the craziness of the wedding day set in, Jessica wanted to spend some time with the love of her life, Eric.

This is the moment Eric got to see his beautiful bride for the first time…

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

The lovebirds were married on a gorgeous October day at Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport.

This venue is a great option for couples looking to get married and hold their reception at the same place!

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

After the ceremony, guests walked to the reception room where they were greeted by a warm, rustic vibe and one seriously pretty cake!

Jessica made almost all of the decor herself (and with some help from family - like her mother in law, Holly, who arranged all of the flowers)!

{Photos by: Champagne Taste Photography}

Alright, y’all know the drill!

Let’s find out more about the newlyweds before their big day arrived!

Jessica and Eric first met when they were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend!

I’ll let Jessica fill you in on the proposal..

“Eric took me on a Caribbean cruise for my birthday. After a nice romantic dinner, Eric proposed on the balcony of our room while we were in the middle of the ocean.”

Was it a surprise or did she see it was coming?

 “Eric took me to look at rings 2 months into dating! I did not know he purchased the ring the next day.”

How did Jessica find her dream dress?

 “Something Blue was amazing at finding my perfect dress. I had an idea what I wanted but tried on tons of dresses to make sure. When trying on dresses, I only brought my mom.  When I tried on my dress we looked at each other and started crying.  At that point I knew it was the one.”

Lets talk wedding planning! What were Jessica’s favorite {and not so favorite} part of the whole process?

 “I enjoyed putting all my ideas together to create the look that I wanted. From pinning things on Pinterest, doing crafts to make centerpieces and making all my visions become a reality. My least favorite part of planning was trying to accommodate for everyone."

Once the big day had arrived, Jessica’s favorite moment was walking down the aisle..

 “I was able to soak in the moment, see everyone's reaction, and feel all the love! It was truly a special moment! Our photographers captured our walk back down as husband and wife AMAZING!!”

Finally, any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

 “Get as much done while you can. Life happens, things come up, distractions are real!  I wish I would have been more proactive right when we got engaged, booked everything in the beginning, while we were still freshly excited. There was so much I could have done NOT so last minute.

Remember that it is YOUR day. You will not make everyone happy, and don't try to. We had so many opinions, bad vibes, and mean comments. You cannot explain why you make every decision, and you do not need to.  Everything from not having kids at the wedding, having a small wedding, not inviting but 10 people to my bachelorette party, not having plus ones, and having a small engagement party was ALL a problem. People who are not happy for you will show true colors during planning! Be happy, support each other, and have fun!!”

Congratulations, Jessica and Eric!! We are so so happy for you both!

Check out more of their beautiful wedding pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Anna

A N N A + A N D R E W

{September 29th, 2018}

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

Introducing our gorgeous bride Anna!

She chose a classic, fitted Allure gown for her September wedding and looked AMAZING!

{Photos by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

For her flowers, Anna worked with Rubia Flower Market in West Lafayette to create these stunning bouquets! The colors are so perfect!

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

{Photo by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

Anna married her husband Andrew at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Purdue’s campus.

Getting married on campus was important to the newlyweds, who fell in love while attending school there.

{Photos by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

The reception was held at Purdue’s Ross Ade Pavilion at Shively Hall.

They used books, candles and flowers for the centerpieces.

Guests were treated to some yummy cake, cupcakes and even a popcorn bar!

{Photos by: Meghan Gobrogge Photography}

Considering their wedding was held at Purdue, I’m sure you can guess how Anna and Andrew’s love story began…

“We met through mutual friends the beginning of our sophomore year of college at Purdue. We had a class in the same building and would see each other every so often. Between hanging out in the same friend group on the weekends, and helping each other with homework during the weekdays, we started to become really good friends.

After sophomore year ended, Andrew took me out for ice cream, and a few movie dates later, Andrew asked me to be his girlfriend!”

After dating for awhile, Andrew decided to ask Anna to be something much more than his girlfriend.

“Andrew asked if I wanted to go for a morning hike to watch the sunrise. We went to Theodore Wirth Park, a local regional park in Minnesota. We moved to Minnesota together right after college. We both really like nature/hiking so almost every weekend we made a goal to hike/explore a park in Minnesota, so when Andrew suggested we go for a sunrise hike it didn't seem like anything out of the ordinary. The park has a little pond with a nice walking path wrapping around it, and as the sun began to rise, Andrew asked me if I wanted to walk out onto a pier to watch the sun rise over the trees.

As the sun began to rise, he asked if I wanted to take a snapchat together. He opened up Snapchat and took a picture of us both. He asked me to check out what kind of filters there were, and as I swiped across the screen, I saw one that said "Anna, will you marry me?".

I looked over at Andrew, and he knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him!”

SO cute! Was Anna expecting it?

“I knew we would eventually get engaged and sometime in the near future, but had no idea when. We didn't even go ring shopping together or anything along those lines. We just had a few conversations of about what time of year we'd like to get married in and other conversations like that, so I was very surprised when he proposed!”

I asked Anna to tell us all about her finding her dream gown…

“I went shopping for my dress with my twin sister, mom, grandma, and godmother/aunt. We went to another dress place and tried on about 4 dresses. I had an idea in my mind of style I thought I wanted. I walked in and said "I picture myself in something not strapless, little bit of lace, and not a mermaid or mermaid type of dress". I tried on a few pretty dresses, found the type of veil I wanted (cathedral mantilla veil) and continued to Something Blue for further dress shopping. I tried on a few of the dresses I thought I wanted and they were all pretty, but not something I loved. My twin, Angela, pulled a dress and asked if I wanted to try it on for something different. Basically it was everything I said I wasn't looking for (strapless, no lace, and trumpet style, but I'm always willing to try on anything!). I tried the dress on last, and when I walked out Angela gasped and everyone was teary eyed , and when I stepped up in front of the mirror I said "I feel like a Barbie... this is the one"! I tried a mantilla cathedral veil and the veil looked perfect with the simple , elegant, and classic look of the dress and the two perfectly complimenting each other was when we knew this was for sure the one!”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was the best part of planning for Anna?

“I loved planning the little details...picking our songs for the DJ, putting together our website, brainstorming centerpieces, refurbishing my late grandparents' cake topper from their wedding for our cake topper. Andrew was also a huge help with decisions, decorations, etc. and doing the planning together was fun for us both to take part in together and to really shape the wedding into something that reflected the both of us.”

Was there anything about planning she didn’t like?

“Figuring out the seating chart. Our wedding was a little over 200 people, so it was something that we thought wouldn't take a while but took longer than we thought.”

Its always the seating chart! What was Anna’s fave moment from her big day?

“When Andrew and I walked into the reception hall together as Mr. and Mrs., and seeing so many of our loved ones who had made it to the celebration of our marriage was such a special moment!”

Anna has some great advice for brides currently planning their own wedding!

“Making a lot of lists was beyond helpful, and sharing a google spreadsheet with your significant other to help with collaboration.

Spend your time and energy in things for the wedding that are important to you and your significant other. By focusing on those things that are important to you both, your wedding will feel much more of something that reflects the both of you and the journey you've made. Also, don't be afraid to break traditions and do things that you love to do. Traditions are wonderful and incorporating ones that are meaningful to you are great, but also making new traditions and going outside of the ordinary can make it that much more special when it comes to the day of.”

Congratulations, Anna and Andrew!!! Wishing you lots of love and happiness in your future together! Check out more of their beautiful wedding pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Brittany

B R I T T A N Y + B R I A N

{September 15th, 2018}

{Photo by: Wild Bliss Photography}

{Photo by: Wild Bliss Photography}

Ok supermodel!

Isn’t our bride Brittany so stunning in her Allure gown and Susan G. Allen Couture veil and jewelry?!

We are obsessed!

The illusion on the neckline, the low back. Everything about it was perfect for her September wedding!

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

Before heading down the aisle, Brittany shared a first look with her dad. She shared with us why it was such a special moment for them…

“It was really emotional because two weeks before the wedding, on my birthday, I had to take my dad into the hospital. We found out his cancer got worse and he was having a lot of pain. We were worried he wouldn’t get out in time for the wedding but he had amazing doctors. He got out the day before the wedding. It was a rough two weeks for us. But so thankful he was able to walk me down the aisle.” 

Cue all the tears. We are so happy they were able to share that moment together.

For her flowers, Brittany worked with Kris at Sugarfield Flowers {an SBB preferred vendor}.


Just look for yourself…

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

CAN YOU EVEN?! So pretty!

Speaking of pretty, wait until you see Brittany’s venue!

She married her husband Brian at Four Corners Winery and it was absolutely stunning! The flowers, the barrels, the signs.


{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

The newlyweds and their guests partied the night away in the winery’s barn.

Again, perfection. The decor was gorgeous from flowers down to the plates!

At the end of the night, Brittany and Brian said goodbye as everyone waved glow sticks!

Such a fun alternative to sparklers!

{Photos by: Wild Bliss Photography}

Is that not so beautiful?! So how did these two lovebirds meet?

It all started at work…

“Brian and I met at Fuel Fitness Gym (now World Gym) in Schererville, IN. He was a personal trainer there and I had just started working at the front desk.”

How did Brian pop the question?

“Brian’s parents were in the midst of moving to a new home and needed help packing up one cold (December 13, 2016) night. He called me up after work and said to me that we needed to go to his parents to help them move the outside fireplace. Of course I said okay sure. When he got home to pick me up he changed quickly and I drove us to his parents house. When we got there, we walked in and headed down the stairs towards the basement where they have a walkout. This is where the fireplace was. I lead the way and noticed there was lights on already. When I opened the door, there was a homemade sign and an adorable snowman all lit up. Brian walked right beside me and got down on one knee and proposed as I was crying."

Adorable! Did she know it was coming??

“It was a surprise, surprisingly! I’m usually very good an knowing everything Brian tries to hide from me. So the fact that he pulled this off as a complete surprise is awesome!”

Let’s talk wedding gowns!

 “My dress buying experience was so amazing. The girls at Something Blue made it way less stressful and so much fun! They have so many beautiful options to choose from. All the girls working there are wonderful and make you feel so comfortable. When I told them my vision of my dream dress they picked it out so fast and perfectly!  They are great at what they do!”  

Well, thanks! So nice!! How did Brittany know her dress was the one?

“When it was time to look for wedding dresses, I had a vision. The first place I went to look for a dress was Something Blue.  It happened to be one of their sample sales and I tried on a few dresses that Colleen helped me pick out that we’re apart of the sample sale. They were all so beautiful but not what I had envisioned. When I told Colleen my vision of what my dream dress would be, she pulled one dress that was not a part of the sample sale. This dress, little did I know, would be “the one”!  Since it was a sample sale I went by myself but knew that the dress that Colleen had picked out for me was perfect. Of course, I couldn’t settle on just trying one dress place. I thought it was too good to be true. There may be another dress out there that was more perfect. So, my bridesmaids and I picked a day to go to two other shops and Something Blue again. The other dresses at the other stores were beautiful, but my mind was still on the dress from Something Blue because it fit my vision perfectly and my bridesmaids knew it too.”

Moving onto wedding planning! What was Brittany’s favorite part?

“Either the dessert tasting or some of the projects my brother and I made together.  The dessert tasting was awesome because everything was delicious. That made it easy to decide what to get, one of everything we tried!

The projects were fun because my brother and I got to spend some time together. It made the wedding more unique with some homemade touches.”

Her least favorite part was a straight up dilemma!

“Having to find a new venue, TWICE! Luckily brides, this almost never happens, except for me. My now husband and I had planned for a long engagement, that way the wedding planning process wouldn’t be so stressful and we could make it exactly the way we wanted it to be. We found this perfect place up in Michigan about an hour away in January of 2017. It was rustic looking, barn like, and just simply unique unlike any other place. This is exactly what we had imagined.  We had pretty much all of our vendor set up for this venue and for our wedding date.  

Unfortunately, 4 months before our wedding date, the state closed the venue down. We didn’t get the money back we used for our down payment either (still fighting for that as well). That being said we had to find another place quick. 

Our bakery that we were using had a newer venue that was still being built down the street. It looked promising but after going there with only two months till the wedding date it just wasn’t going to work for us.  

My now husband, had a friend that told us about Four Corners Winery. We reached out to them and by a miracle, they had the day of our wedding available.

All I can say is, everything happens for a reason. It was stressful, but it all worked out in the end. I think it turned out even better that it would have at the original venue.”

You would never know from looking at her pictures that venue wasn’t her original choice!

When the drama was over and the wedding day had arrived, what was Brittany’s favorite moment?

“Seeing everything come together! You have this vision of your dream wedding in your head and it’s finally come together. All the planning and hard work is finished. The moment when you are able to just sit back and look around and see how beautiful everything turned out. Having all your family and friends surround you laughing and smiling. That was priceless.”

Isn’t she just the sweetest??

Any final advice for other SBB brides planning their own big day?

“No matter what happens, in the end, you are marrying your best friend in front of your loved ones. If something doesn’t get done, it doesn’t matter. No one will know except you. And honestly, it flies by so fast that you probably won’t even notice either.  So stop stressing over the little things. It will be perfect no matter what because you’re marrying the man of your dreams. 

Don’t procrastinate. Get stuff done and checked off right away. This way you don’t have a bunch of stuff to do at the end right before your wedding. Also, take off a minimum of 3 days before your wedding to get the rest of your stuff together so you are not rushing and stressing the day before your big day. 

If you can afford a wedding planner, I would definitely recommend it or a great family member or friend that’s good at planning. This way you don’t have to worry about as much!”

Thank you SO much, Brittany and Brian!! We wish you guys a healthy and happy future together! Check out more of their seriously amazing pics by Wild Bliss Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Leah

L E A H + S T E V E N

{August 4th, 2018}

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

We are so excited to introduce you to our gorgeous bride, Leah!

For her summer wedding, Leah chose a stunning Allure gown with a beautiful illusion top and back.

It was absolute perfection on her, which is something we’re sure she heard over and over as she got ready for her big day…

{Photos by: K.Ryon Photography}

I mean for real, how beautiful!

When it came to her flowers, Leah didn’t skimp! She worked with Flowers by Design by Reyna to create the most beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets!

Photos by: K.Ryon Photography

Photos by: K.Ryon Photography

Even something as simple as baby’s breath looks so dressed up with the sprigs of eucalyptus! SO gorg!

Leah married her husband Steven in a beautiful ceremony at St. Damian Catholic Church. Once again, the flowers killed it as the decor…