{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!

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{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} Maddie

M A D D I E + R E U B E N

{September 22nd, 2018}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Our brides are supermodels, ok?!

Introducing our gorgeous bride, Maddie!

For her September wedding, Maddie chose a beautiful Essense of Australia gown that features a low cut illusion back and a cold shoulder strap!

One of our favorite parts? That train!!

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Maddie decided to work with Monarch for her flowers - SUCH a great decision!

We are obsessed with her bouquet AND her creative take on the bridesmaids bouquets!

I mean come on, how cool are those hoops?!

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{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Maddie and her hubby Reuben decided to do a first look before the ceremony.

They decided to do it on the beach and got some gorgeous pics out of it!

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Maddie and Reuben were married at Wedgewood North Shore in Wadsworth, Illinois.

This venue is stunning!!

We love all of the little details, including the happy couple watering a fiddle fig for their home during the ceremony.

Something else we love? Their wedding hashtag!

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

#OhSmitWe’reTheHuizengas

After the ceremony came the reception and y’all - its so pretty!!

Also there was a donut wall and you already know how much we love those!

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

SO pretty!! We love all of the greenery!

It’s that time - let’s learn more about this newlyweds!

How’d they meet?

“In High School and started dating when I was a sophomore and he was a junior!”

How did Reuben pop the question?

“He proposed on a family vacation in Florida. We were on a 3rd story balcony overlooking the water.”

Was it a surprise or did Maddie know something was up?

“Total surprise. A proposal didn’t even cross my mind for that trip and I was in shock for a little bit afterwards.”

Surprise proposals are the best!!

Let’s move on to dresses - how was Maddie’s shopping experience?

“The first place I went for a dress was a disappointment. I didn’t like any of the dresses I tried on and felt like that was going to be most of my dress shopping experience. I went to Something Blue directly afterwards and had a much better experience there. I loved the first three dresses I tried on and there were plenty others that were beautiful. The team at Something Blue was very helpful and made the experience easy.”

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

“I liked how the design of the dress was different from many other dresses. I loved the color and how comfortable it was. My main goal for a dress was to be able to go to the bathroom without help.” 

Ha! Listen people, its a real thing!

How was the planning process for Maddie?

“I really don’t like planning so it was most enjoyable at the end when I saw it all coming together.

Choosing vendors was the hardest part because there are so many factors.”

Finally the wedding day had arrived!

Maddie’s favorite part was watching everyone bust a move!

“It all came together so well and everyone enjoyed themselves. I haven’t seen that much dancing at a wedding ever.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

“Choose a vendor that makes it simple for you, it will take a lot off your plate. I didn’t micro manage and let others plan because in the end little details aren’t a big deal. Also, pick a great photographer, not just the best deal. I was not happy with how many of my photos turned out, the photos were very crooked and were not edited well.”

Congratulations, Maddie and Reuben!! We are so beyond happy for you two and wish you lots of love and happiness!!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Carlianne

C A R L I A N N E + E D U A R D O

{August 10th, 2018}

{Photos by: Captures by Cali Photography}

{Photos by: Captures by Cali Photography}

Another week, another GORGEOUS SBB bride!!

Meet Carlianne! She is one of the sweetest brides we have ever had the pleasure of working with! And isn’t she just beautiful?!

For her summer wedding, Carlianne chose a fitted Stella York gown that looked absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G on her!

{Photos by: Captures by Cali Photography}

Before walking down the aisle, Carlianne decided to have a special moment with her groom.

Captures by Cali Photography was on hand to photograph the moment Eduardo saw his bride for the first time…

{Photos by: Captures by Cali Photography}

The emotion is so real we maybe (definitely) teared up looking through her pictures!

Carlianne and Eduardo were married at Avalon Manor. A special seat was reserved for the father of the bride, who passed away.

Carlianne says her favorite moment from her big day came during the ceremony…

“It was walking down the aisle with my brother, while wearing my mothers veil, and seeing my future husband and our son waiting for me at the altar. I definitely ugly cried!”

{Photos by: Captures by Cali Photography}

After the ceremony, everyone headed inside the ballroom for a beautiful reception!

Flowers with Jazz provided the gorgeous arrangements that dotted the tables!

{Photos by: Captures by Cali Photography}

Such a lovely wedding!!

So how did Carlianne and Eduardo meet anyway?

“Eduardo and I actually met on a facebook dating app in April 2011, he messaged me and asked me for my number and we texted for a few months. I eventually invited him to my best friends birthday party where we met face to face for the first time. We were pretty much inseparable after that!”

How did he pop the question?

“Eduardo proposed to me at sunset on the evening before our 5th anniversary.”

Was it a surprise or did she know what was up?

“I knew it was coming, I am terrible at surprises. Our son was 3 at the time and I had been waiting for him to propose for a long time. I actually gave him an ultimatum that he had until our 5 year anniversary to propose to me! Nothing like waiting until the last minute! lol!”

Let’s talk wedding dresses!

“My dress buying experience was honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was so nervous going into it. Being a curvier woman, I was afraid about how the dresses would fit me. I was blown away by how comfortable and beautiful I felt during the entire process. I wish I could come back and do it all over again!”

Yasss we LOVE our curvy girls! Dresses never look better than they do on some curves!

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

“Sparkle, lace, off the shoulder, and a gorgeous train! Need I say more?? It was everything I ever dreamed of. My dress fit my body exactly how I envisioned it too, it was like it was specifically made for me!”

When it came to wedding planning, what was her favorite part of the whole process?

“Getting to spend it with my mom. Having her there to help me decide on things made my life a lot less stressful! My mom is the best bargain hunter, and we spent a lot of time driving all over indiana and illinois picking up different decor she found online. It saved a lot of money, and we had a blast together! I will cherish those moments forever.”

What about her least favorite part?

“The fact that there is so much to choose from. Colors, flowers, cake flavors, it can be so very overwhelming trying to make a decision on anything. My entire wedding theme changed from what I had originally wanted. I started of with a fall wedding and changed it to summer.”

What’s her biggest takeaway from the whole planning process?

“My biggest takeaway from this entire crazy process is to not over think it. You may think that everyone is going to notice every little small detail, but all they are going to notice is how beautiful and happy you look on your special day!”

What about her best piece of advice she has for brides-to-be who are currently planning their big day?

“To "put on your blinders" on your wedding day. Do not let anything stress you out! This is YOUR day. There will be things that do not go exactly how you had planned, but just let it go and have the time of your life!”

Congratulations, Carlianne and Eduardo!! We are so very happy for you guys!!

Before you leave, be sure to check out more of their beautiful pics in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Ellisia

E L L I S I A + B R A D L E Y

{January 5th, 2019}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

CAN YOU EVEN?!

Our bride Ellisia, as you can see, is absolutely STUNNING!

Ellisia chose a gorgeous fitted Essense of Australia gown for her January wedding!

She added a belt by Susan G. Allen Couture to give the look some extra sparkle!

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

SO pretty!

Speaking of pretty - Ellisia’s flowers by Artisti are beyond beautiful!

We love a succulent accent!

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{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

Ellisia married her husband Bradley at the Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn, Illinois.

When it comes to this sweet ceremony, the pictures speak for themselves…

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

Did you happen to catch the flower girls? Yep, Ellisia had 4 of her best friends be her “flower ladies” for the day! SO cute!

After the ceremony, guests stayed at the Inn for a beautiful reception!

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

I mean isn’t that venue SO pretty??

Let’s learn more about Ellisia and Bradley’s love story…

“Bradley and I met and became friends in high school. We started dating years later after high school when we coincidentally ran into each other at a mutual friends party. We discovered we shared a love for music and quickly found ourselves in a long distance relationship while he was completing his degree at the University of Iowa. He moved back home after graduation, and we have been together happily for over 5 years now.”

How did he pop the question?

“Bradley proposed to me under the lights of the City of Chicago Christmas tree at Millennium Park, accompanied by some of our closest friends and surrounded hundreds of people. I'm obsessed with Christmas.”

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

“I knew Bradley and I were going to get married, but I was surprised by the proposal. It was perfect.”

Let’s talk wedding dresses!

“My dress buying experience was so much fun and quick, but memorable. I brought 9 loved ones with me because I can be an indecisive person. I knew I would need help making this giant decision. I made the appointment in the morning and in another state, so I told myself that I would visit only one dress shop. This would force my decisiveness and ensure a successful trip. I knew I wanted to say "yes to the dress" that day. Something Blue Bridal Boutique made that possible by the abundance of dress choices and the efficient and seamless dress selection process for the bride and her posse. The SBB team were professional and made you feel comfortable in this once in a lifetime shopping trip!”

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

“Honestly, every single dress I tried on were beautiful. It was a challenge for me to choose just one LOL. I narrowed it down to two completely different dresses. By the third try, I said "yes to the dress" to my gorgeous Essence of Australia wedding gown. The energy of my 9 person crowd changed when I walked out from the fitting room in the dress - I knew it was the one. The two main things I was looking for were lace and a mermaid gown (although I tried on other dress styles because you just never know), and this dress had both. The dress was uniquely beautiful with so much lace detail, bold with sheer side cutouts and had beautiful rhinestones all over to give it just a little (a lot) bling. It made me feel both sexy and elegant for our big wedding day.”

When it was time to plan her big day, what was Ellisia’s favorite part of the process?

“I'm not sure I can say I had just one favorite part of the planning process, but to choose one, probably venue hunting. We checked out some cool venues, which allowed us to discover some towns and areas we have never been to before or didn't know too much about.”

What about her least favorite?

“Physically addressing the save-the-dates, wedding invitations and thank-you cards. Such a hassle LOL. I recommend to any couple to get them printed out.”

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

{Photos by: Evangeline Renee Photography}

What was her favorite moment from her wedding day?

“Our first look! I spent all day getting ready with my bridal party and felt so anxious. The moment I saw Bradley for the first time that day, I relaxed (slightly). It was a special moment that we shared together, and I'm so happy we decided to have a first look.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“Stay organized. Bradley and I organized everything (lists, seating charts, budgets, etc) in Google Sheets and used The Knot to create our wedding website, share information, track RSVPs, all for free. The more you have details under control the less stressful things will seem to be, allowing you to focus on other things.

Almost everybody you talk to will unload their opinions on all aspects of the wedding throughout the entire process. Remember that this is a wedding for you and your husband and you must stick to what is true to you both. Do not stress over trying to make everyone else happy and focus on what you and your husband have envisioned for your big day.”

Congrats, Ellisia and Bradley!! Thank you SO much for letting us feature your big day!!

Check out more of their gorgeous pics by Evangeline Renee Photography {https://evangelinereneeblog.com/} in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Crystal

C R Y S T A L + C H R I S T I A N

{November 17th, 2018}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

We LOVE this bride so much!! Meet the gorgeous Crystal!

Crystal rocked her fitted Stella York gown, which she made her own by adding a sparkling belt by J. Picone! She finished her look with a tiara and veil from Bel Aire Bridals!

To honor her granddad who passed away, Crystal had a heart made from one of his blue shirts sewn into her gown. SO special!

Krissy V did Crystal’s makeup and you can just see how much they got along in the pics - we LOVE Krissy!!

Finally, after getting ready and without doing a first look, Crystal and Christian met up before the ceremony to exchange letters.

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

For her flowers, Crystal decided to work with Strack and Van Til {Crown Point location} and y’all they did SUCH A GREAT JOB!!!

This isn’t the first time we have heard great things about them either! Take a look for yourself…

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{Photos by: DKH Photography}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

Crystal and her husband Christian were married at Aberdeen Manor in Valpo!

They held the ceremony in Aberdeen’s chapel and it was so dreamy between the drapery and lights!

Our favorite part is how emotional Christian gets as he watches his bride walk down the aisle…

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed across the parking lot to the ballroom!

Beautiful DIY centerpieces were at every table and their delish cake was suspended for everyone to see!

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

So many cute ideas!

We’ve seen an inside look at their big day, but let’s learn a little more about their past!

How did they meet??

“Christian and I met in college. We were both attending Purdue North Central to become teachers.”

How did Christian pop the question?

“It was the night we both started Christmas Break. Christian had made reservations to Stacks Bar & Grill on December 22. We both have never been there before so we were really excited. Of course we got the cookie skillet! After dinner, we walked to the big Christmas Tree at the Valparaiso Plaza. Christian's favorite holiday is Christmas, so we stood by the tree for a while. He said, "I love Christmas so much...but you know what I love more. You!" That is when he got on one knee and proposed!”

SO CUTE!!! Also Stacks…yuummm!

Back to the proposal - was it a surprise or did she know it was coming?

“Ha! So believe it or not...BOTH. I had been hinting at getting married for so long, that I mentioned it every chance I got. Christian is a very nervous person, so I could tell something was up that night. I even joked about it on the way to the restaurant. He went to the bathroom TWICE during dinner... MIND YOU... leaving the ring in his coat pocket at the table (that is how nervous he was). At this point, I thought he was just sick, when really, he was calling to make sure the photographer was there and ready. When we were walking outside, he insisted on holding my hand. It was so cold I wanted to keep my hands in my pockets...but he insisted. Again, I thought something was coming. But in the past, every time I thought it was time...I was wrong. As much as it sounds like I knew it was coming...I really was surprised.”

I just love them!

Once Christian put a ring on it, Crystal headed to SBB to put a….dress on it?

“Oh my gosh! I had the BEST dress buying experience. I had gone to a bridal expo where I entered into a drawing for Something Blue. I won a free T-shirt that said "Feyonce" and NEEDED it since my bachelorette party was themed around Beyonce. I started at a different bridal boutique and thought I had found my dress. I still wanted to go to Something Blue to get my free shirt and just try on dresses. When I got there, Sandy greeted me and my party. She made it such a personal experience. I told her what I was looking for; which at the time was a ball gown - and definitely NOT what I ended up with. I told her what I was looking for, she pulled some dresses, I pulled some dresses, my mom, and friends also pulled some dresses to begin trying on. The first dress I tried on was one that Sandy picked. I was IN LOVE, but of course, couldn't just pick the first one. Sandy was SO PATIENT with me and I probably tried on almost 20 dresses. Well...guess which one I bought. The FIRST one that Sandy picked out. She knew exactly what I was looking for! She completed my look with a veil, belt, headpiece, and even turned the lights off so I could see how it would sparkle at the reception...(that was my favorite part).”

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

“I knew my dress was "the one" when I just didn't want to take it off. Sandy completed my look and I just didn't want to step off the stage and change. I felt so beautiful and confident in it and wanted to keep it on forever!”

Yup, that’s how you know!

Moving on to wedding planning, what was Crystals fave part?

“Creating all the centerpieces for my wedding reception. I had such a specific look that I wanted, and my bridesmaids, mom, and stepdad made sure it was PERFECT. We spent hours spray painting wine bottles. One night we looked like we were all surgeons the way we had covered our clothes and wore masks. It was definitely a time I will never forget.”

What about her least favorite part?

“My least favorite part of the planning process was choosing the food for the wedding! We went to the taste testing and we loved absolutely everything Aberdeen offered. It was difficult to narrow it down to two dinner entrees.”

{Photos by: DKH Photography}

{Photos by: DKH Photography}


Finally, the wedding day had arrived! What was her favorite moment from her big day?

“This one is tough. I have so many...it has to be a tie between having my brothers walk me down the aisle or the surprise Christian had planned at the reception. My brothers and I have grown up so close together and I was so thrilled to have them walk me down the aisle. They were so honored and are so close with Christian, so it made it super special. Christian and I are huge Disney fans. My favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast. Christian planned a surprise for me, and the servers came out and did a little choreographed skit to the song "Be Our Guest." I had NO IDEA and I just couldn't stop smiling throughout dinner!”

How fun is that?!

Looking back, does Crystal have any takeaways from planning her wedding?

“It is NEVER too early to plan or book a vendor. There are so many sought out after vendors who are booked QUICK. I was worried that I was planning things too quickly or just being too excited. Time will go by QUICK!!! Everyone will tell you that it will come up quick and you won't believe them...but IT DOES! I promise! So never think you are planning too early.”

Any final advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“DO NOT STRESS!! It is not worth it. Something will go wrong! It is inevitable. And when something does go wrong, you will be the only one that notices.

What matters most is you are marrying your best friend and have all of your family and friends there to witness it.”

Congratulations, Crystal and Christian!!! We are SO happy for you guys!

Be sure to check out more of their gorgeous wedding pics by DKH Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Carly

C A R L Y + J A C K

{October 5th, 2018}

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

We’re SO excited to show off this gorgeous bride and wedding this week! Why, you ask?

If you follow us on Instagram you may recognize Carly!

Carly and her now hubby Jack took over our Instastories and gave us behind the scenes updates of their whole wedding planning process! It was so fun and we just LOVED featuring them!

Carly chose a beautiful Stella York A-line gown for her October wedding and added a rose gold Susan G. Allen Couture belt to make it all her own!

The results? Perfection!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

Carly chose Dixon’s Florist to handle her flowers for the big day and they did not disappoint!

Her bouquet was just gorgeous with pops of deep color, perfect for her fall wedding!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

After getting ready, Carly had one person in mind when it came to who got to see her first.

“I chose to do a first look with my dad because when it came to dress shopping he had surprised me and offered to pay for my dress! My dad had “jokingly” asked if he could come shopping with me too (I don’t think he was joking), but I really wanted to keep it a surprise for both him and Jack. All of the bridesmaids actually got ready at my dad’s house in Aberdeen, so I thought it was the perfect place to have a first look with him and see the beautiful gown he had purchased for me all those months earlier!”

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

After her dad, it was time for Carly and Jack to do their first look.

Jack’s expression says it all!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

Carly and Jack were married at Sand Creek Country Club.

They wrote their own vows and kept them a complete surprise for the ceremony!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

For the reception, guests headed to The Market in Valpo and you guys, this venue is so SO pretty!

Carly and Jack provided their guests with lots of fun including a live band {Rendition}, treats and one of the yummiest menus we have ever seen!

{Photos by: Matt & Jaymi}

Y’all know how much we love a donut! SO so cute!

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

“Jack and I met during the summer of 2007 when he was about to be a senior and I was going to be a junior at Lake Central High School. We met through a mutual friend and both had an immediate attraction to each other. Neither of us had the guts to admit it, and it took until 2016 until he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. I’ll forever be grateful for the 9 years we spent building our friendship and getting to know each other, I think it’s what has made our relationship and love for each other so strong. Jack always gives me a hard time because when we decided to make it official I said “let’s give it a shot”. I knew a month into dating that it was going to be forever!”

I bet she sure is glad she gave it a shot!

After dating for a couple years, Jack decided to take the next step…

“Jack and I moved into our first home together and decided to host Thanksgiving for our entire family. I was so caught up in the planning and organizing of the holiday that it wasn’t until after the proposal I realized how strange he had been acting that week. We all sat down to dinner with 20 members of our family and at the end of the meal Jack suggested we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. He made sure I went first so that he would be the last one to take his turn. When it came to Jack, much to my dismay, he made me stand up next to him. Jack proceeded to express his thankfulness for our relationship and our life together and then got down on one knee telling me he wanted to “keep doing this forever”.”

I CAN’T.
That is so incredibly sweet!! Was Carly surprised??

“I definitely had a feeling it was coming soon, but I had fully convinced myself it wouldn’t be until after all the holidays. So when he proposed on Thanksgiving I was completely taken off guard. Later I found out that the weekend before Thanksgiving, while I was out of town visiting my alma mater, Jack took my best friend from high school (who he had also been close to since HS) to help pick out the ring.”

Next up was dress shopping. That’s when we were lucky enough to first meet Carly!

“I was SO excited to go dress shopping! I’m pretty sure I bought my dress before we even finalized a date. I’ve heard from a lot of brides how stressful it can be to have a lot of opinions there, so I started the process by shopping with just one of my friends and my mom. We went to another dress shop before Something Blue, and nothing felt just “right” and I felt a little uncomfortable at the shop (they didn’t ask my budget, made me feel rushed). When I came to Something Blue I felt so well taken care of, and my bridal consultant was SO nice and SO fun. I’d also been told to have an open mind because often what you think you want and what you end up with can be two very different things which is exactly what happened to me. I didn’t buy anything that first day, but I came back a few weeks later with some of my bridesmaids, grandma, and future mother in law so they could get in on the fun. That’s when I made the big final decision!”

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

 “As I tried on different dresses I definitely knew which I liked more than others, but it was still hard to really narrow it down to just one. I think I was overthinking it though, because every time I put on “the one” I felt the most comfortable and most confident. I was pretty set on that dress when I came with my mom and friend, but it was my second trip to Something Blue that sealed the deal. I tried on a LOT of dresses when I came the second time without telling everyone which was my favorite from the first trip. Everyone loved the dress and it was once again my favorite of all I tried on. I felt very confident at that point that it was the dress I was ready to walk down the aisle in!”

Let’s talk wedding planning! What was Carly’s favorite part?

“My favorite part of the planning process was how it brought our families closer together. We really milked the process: engagement party, wedding shower, bridal luncheon, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner… it really gave our families the chance to work together on the planning and spend more time together which meant a lot to me. In addition to that, my best friend, her dad, and I built our donut wall by hand! We couldn’t find one to rent in the area and they were super expensive to have one made, so we did it ourselves! We were so proud of the outcome, and we’re thinking about starting a little side business now! 😉”

Yesss we are in! What was her least favorite part?

“Finalizing the guest list. Jack has a HUGE family and we both have a ton of friends that are like family. It was so hard to leave people out, but if you’re trying to keep to your budget sometimes you just have to. Even with not inviting some people I would have loved to have there, we still invited over 250 guests. I know if I ever don’t make the cut for somebody’s wedding in the future, I will definitely understand!!”

After all the planning, the wedding day had finally arrived. What was Carly’s favorite part of the day?

“It’s so hard to pick just one! Getting ready with all my best girl friends the morning of the wedding was so exciting. I have close friends from many different parts of my life who don’t all live in the same state, so it’s rare to have everyone together in one place just hanging out. The most meaningful part of the day though was definitely when Jack and I exchanged our own vows at the ceremony. We didn’t discuss anything about them besides how long we wanted them to be, and it turned out they mirrored each other so similarly it was crazy. I was glad I got to go first!”

Why are they so cute?!

Now that it is all said and done, what are Carly’s takeaways from planning?

“I know everyone says it, but the day really is supposed to be about you and your fiancé. Sure, you want to keep your family happy too and it’s a big day for them as well! But don’t put your own happiness at risk for anybody else (besides your fiancé). When everything is said and done, everyone is going to be so happy with how it turned out and you’re doing to be married to the love of your life. I went into things thinking I wouldn’t be “as stressed as normal brides” because I used to do this professionally, but everyone has something that is going to stress them out throughout the process weather it’s picking place cards or keeping family in check. With that in mind, if you’re able to take your honeymoon right after the wedding, do it!! We considered putting it off because of all the chaos but we NEEDED that trip right after the wedding. Reflecting on the day and just spending uninterrupted time together for a week afterwards was the best thing I could have asked for.”

Any final advice??

“Book your vendors ASAP. Once you have all the vendors booked, a lot of the stress is alleviated. It’s usually the most time sensitive part, so once that is done you can take your time on the smaller details. Don’t procrastinate too much though! The less you leave for the month leading up to the wedding, the better. There are a lot of little things you truly can’t do until just a few weeks out that will creep up on you, so get things done as timely as you can to alleviate stress later on. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either! Chances are your family and friends want to be a part of the process anyway, and let’s be real, we all need some help!”

Preach, sister!

Congratulations, Carly and Jack!!! We loved getting to watch you every step of the way and are so happy for you two!

Stick around and check out the gallery below for even more gorgeous pictures from their big day!

{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!