{SBB Bride of the Week} Audrey

A U D R E Y + P E T E

{May 4th, 2019}

{Photos by: Ana Rosario Photography}

{Photos by: Ana Rosario Photography}

Get ready cause we are obsessed with this wedding!!

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

She is a classic beauty and looks AMAZING in her Stella York satin ballgown!

Top it off with a cathedral length veil from Edward Berger and you have a match made in heaven!

{Photos by: Ana Rosario Photography}

To compliment her already stunning look, Audrey worked with Bella Sorella Floral Design to create her absolutely GORGEOUS bouquets!

They’re perfect!


Audrey married the love of her life, Pete, at the Balmoral House in Fishers, Indiana.

This venue!! SO gorgeous!

Audrey’s mother walked her down the eucalyptus and candle lined aisle.

{Photos by: Ana Rosario Photography}

After the ceremony, the space was transformed into a breathtaking reception and we are pretty much in love with everything!

The floral accents, the decor, the fave tv show table names - all of it!

At the end of the night, guests said goodbye to the newlyweds with a sparkler send off!

{Photos by: Ana Rosario Photography}

So dreamy!

We already know these two can throw a killer wedding, but how did their love story begin?

“Pete and I first met back in 2014 at Purdue Northwest campus. I had just moved from Georgia to start my master’s program (Marriage and family therapy) and was extremely ambitious and focused on my school work at that time. I was also teaching a class as part of my graduate assistantship. Pete was teaching sociology and statistics at the campus and both of us often worked in the same room (Porter 204). We never officially said “Hi” until one of my friend from the cohort (she was also my roommate at the time!) came up with a dinner gathering which included Pete and myself. I didn’t think much about the dinner – I honestly just focused on enjoying my time with the new friends! Later that night when my roommate and I came back to our house, she got a text message from Pete that read: “Audrey is an interesting story.” She and I both were extremely confused by what this meant! I shrugged it off thinking he didn’t mean much by it. The next day I went back to Porter 204 to work on a paper. Pete was a frequent visitor to the office and was there that day as well. Pete and I started talking more that night – our music interests, our backgrounds, our graduate school journey, and so on. After about 6 hours of talking and barely working on my paper (haha), Pete asked me to go to dinner with him. And the rest is history!”

How did he pop the question??

“Pete and I had a running joke as our relationship built over time that he would NEVER propose to me at Porter 204 or anywhere near Purdue Northwest campus. We both never got too attached to the aesthetics of the campus and he would sometimes joke about how he would get married to me at the campus. I knew he was joking each time and was certain that he would never propose me there. So move forward to December 22nd, 2017 – it was a Friday and Pete was working from home. Pete and I had decided to go to Carson’s after he was done with work to get ugly Christmas sweaters to wear to his family’s Christmas gathering the next day. Carson’s is near the Purdue Northwest campus and it is also close to where Pete used to live. As we are driving towards that direction, I didn’t think much about it other than the kind of sweaters I wanted to get. Pete suddenly turns into the neighborhood that he used to live in and says “let’s go see what the outside of that house looks like!” We drove by it, nothing special was there. Then he says “let’s drive to Purdue to see if there’s any professors or friends at the Porter building!” I was irritated by this idea because we had a long list of things we had planned to do that night and because I knew it would be a futile trip to spot anyone – this was during Winter break so I knew no one would be at the campus. He was the one that was driving so none of my protests really worked. He drove into the parking lot and at this point – I refused to get out of the car! “You go in there alone! It smells weird in there!” With some insistence he got me out of the car and we walked upstairs to room 204. I didn’t even hold his hands at this point because I was so irritated by this curve to our plans. “Let’s go inside 204 to see what it looks like!”, said Pete. “It’s probably locked because it has computers in it and I don’t have the keys.” Lo and behold, the door opened and I was irritated even more! We walk in and I expected nothing. I looked around the room and noticed that there were single rose in a vase on each of the desks in the room. “Hmm, they must be re-vamping this room. It needed it.” I thought. I look at the back of the room to look for my mailbox and I noticed that my name had been ripped out. Now I was pissed. I turned around to show my irritation and I saw in front of me, Pete – all red in the face, almost teary, getting some fairy lights from his jacket pockets and hanging them over the cubical walls. He held my hand and told me how much he loved me, how he never knew that he would find love in a dingy office like this and all the other sweet words to describe his feelings for me. He got on his one knee and before he even officially asked me to marry him I exclaimed “Yes!” He had to slow me down and finally asked: “ Audrey, will you marry me?” with a beautiful sapphire ring in his hand. I said “Yes” once again.”

We’re assuming she was shocked!

“This was a total surprise!! As I’ve said, I was actually in a very irritated mood up until the moment I realized he was going to propose to me! He promised he would never propose to me at Porter 204 but it all made sense to propose there since that’s where our love began.” 

We think it was the perfect place!

Let’s move on to our fave topic - wedding dresses!

“My mother and sister live in S. Korea so they could not be there to help me pick out a dress! I had visited 2 other bridal dress stores before I came to Something Blue with one of my best friends/bridesmaids. Something Blue had a trunk show from Stella York at the time I was there and they had beautiful dresses that were not yet in the collection! I tried out about 2-3 dresses at the store before I tried on the one I ended up with. The representative from Stella York was also there to help me throughout the process and answer some questions that I had! I was told that if I didn’t buy the dress that day, I would not be able to come back to any of the ones I liked {designers only allow us to sell preview trunk show gowns during the actual trunk show}! ! I knew I loved the one I picked but I wanted to be cautious so I didn’t buy the dress that day. However I kept thinking about the dress over and over and felt a sense of loss thinking that I let go of “the one”! So out of desperation I emailed Something Blue about 2 days later and asked if I could somehow still order the dress that I so loved! Luckily they said YES!! And I ordered it right away!”

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

“When I first tried it on, I felt so beautiful. I truly felt like a bride and it fit my personality and preferences so well. It was clean, had a long train, and so elegant and classic. I thought about the dress obsessively and looked at Pinterest that closely resembled the dress when I thought I lost my chance of buying it! Which was a clear sign that this was “the one!”  But luckily I was still able to order it and get the dress!”

Yay! Thank you Stella York for letting us do that for Audrey!

Let’s move on to wedding planning!

“My favorite part of the planning process was being done with it all! To be honest, the planning process was a lot and very stressful experience for me because of several reasons/factors. Our wedding venue was in Fishers, IN which is about 2 and a half hours away so that meant all the vendors were from that area too. This factor took out a lot of time from us. (We decided to have a wedding in Indianapolis area because I had a lot of guests who were from out of town and we thought having a wedding in Indianapolis would be cheaper for our guests to pay for their hotel and their flight to Indianapolis airport compared to hotels/flights to Chicago. Also Indianapolis had a lot of beautiful venues to pick from!). Also we didn’t hire a wedding planner, so that meant doing everything on our own! This is no easy job to take on when both of you have a full time job!

The least favorite part of process was the amount of stress I experienced from planning it all! We did not hire a wedding planner/organizer because we wanted to be frugal and that meant figuring out a lot of the details on our own. We learned so much from it but the process of making appointments, making trips out to Indy for these meetings, deciding what color, what texture, position and all of those things were so much to handle! The stress got so much that we were tempted to just elope at one point! We are glad we didn’t though!”

After all that hard work, the wedding day had finally arrived!

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

“My favorite moment was the ceremony itself. I still get chills and giddy thinking about the way Pete looked at me through the whole ceremony and the way his vows made me ugly cry! Our ceremony was so emotional – most of the guests were crying with us too! I felt so much love in that room during the ceremony from him and from our friends and family and I will cherish that moment forever.”

Any advice for brides-to-be who are currently planning their own wedding?

“Plan things early and involve your fiancé in the process! I know it’s very easy to think that you should handle everything on your own but allocate some of the responsibilities to your forever-partner-to-be. Talk about how you both envision the wedding – at the end of the day, yes the bride gets the main attention, but the wedding is a celebration of BOTH of you! I think that it should reflect you two as a couple. Your partner will appreciate being part of the process too, no matter how stressful it is. Also, cry when you need to and be honest about your stress and concerns with your partner! I’ve definitely had some moments where I was crying from stress of it all and I’m glad I did! I think these moments of vulnerability and bonding over the stress really confirmed the sense that we are a team – a forever team. And luckily I found out that we are a pretty awesome pair when we work together!

One more thing: Save early together! Weddings are not cheap!! We had a year and half engagement because we knew we would need enough time to save money for the wedding and to plan everything. We were not bothered by this “longer than one year” engagement because we were being realistic with our expectations and at the end of the day, we knew we would be happier taking time instead of feeling rushed and pressured if we had given ourselves a shorter time to prepare.”

Congratulations, Audrey and Pete!!! Thank you so much for letting us feature your amazing wedding!!

Don’t go yet! Make sure you check out more of Audrey and Pete’s gorgeous day in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Cherise

C H E R I S E + T O M

{May 4th, 2019}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

We are so excited about today’s featured wedding!

Not only because we just love our bride, Cherise, but also because we happen to know her hubby….

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Tom!! He was our FedEx guy {we miss you} and sent his gorgeous fiance to us when she was looking for her gown!

We were so excited to get to meet Cherise and help her find her stunning Stella York ballgown!

With it’s sparkling lace details and illusion back, this dress is definitely a showstopper!

We’re sure Cherise’s dad would agree with us, after he got to have a sneak peek of his beautiful daughter.

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Cherise worked with Moody Blooms to make the sunniest sunflower bouquets for the bridal party!

The morning of her wedding, Cherise was gifted with 3 very special items for her bouquet: A charm from her mother featuring a photo of them, with “I love you more” engraved on the back, her grandmother’s wedding ring from her late grandfather and a charm featuring a picture of her late uncle.

Talk about a special bouquet.

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Cherise and Tom were married at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton!

We are loving how light and bright the ceremony space is!

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

The reception also took place at Sand Creek.

Tables were dotted with more beautiful flower arrangements and guests were gifted a shot glass from the couple.

Now lets talk about that gorgeous cake for a second. Cherise and Tom used Vals’ Custom Cakes and said they had rave reviews all night long! They chose a tier of turtle cake, a tier of white with strawberry filling and finally, a tier of banana caramel. Y-U-M!

{Photography by: Region Weddings}

Let’s find out how this love story began!

How did Cherise and Tom meet?

“We met when we were 15 years old. I was friends with his older sister. We both dated other people after that and then we both became single right around the same time and found our way back to each other 9 years later.”

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

“He proposed to me in December at the huge Christmas Tree in Millenium Park in downtown Chicago!!”

Was Cherise surprised or did she have a feeling it was coming?

“It was definitely a surprise! He’s a planner and that day was not planned at all, it was super last minute so it definitely threw me off his trail (lol) I had no idea!”

That was around the time Tom told us he wanted to have his fiance come in to try on - and boy are we happy he did! We just loved working with her!

How was her experience finding her dream dress?

“My dress buying experience was awesome. I was so nervous going into it because I had no idea the style dress I wanted, and I felt like I had no direction. Everyone was so helpful though and immediately made me feel better.”

How did Cherise know her dress was “the one”?

“I tried on I think in total 12 dresses. The dress I ended up picking was actually the 3rd dress i tried on, and the 2nd dress I set aside on my “favorites”. After that, every dress I tried on I looked at next to that one and knew they didn’t compare so I would immediately knock them out of the running! I got SO many compliments on my dress, it was amazing. Even from people I didn’t know who saw pictures others posted, that was always what they said. ‘Her dress is gorgeous!!’”

We aren’t surprised, she ROCKS that dress!

Lets move on to wedding planning! What was Cherise’s favorite part?

“Honestly probably dress shopping. Once I got into it, it was easily the least stressful thing I did. Even for the bridesmaids dresses. It was just so fun!”

Was there any part of planning she didn’t enjoy?

“My least favorite part was probably making the seating chart for the reception. It was like a puzzle I couldn’t solve!”

The big day had finally arrived - what moment stands out the most for Cherise?

“My favorite moment of our wedding was saying our vows. We were both so nervous leading up (him the whole day, poor guy! Myself just as I started walking up to the ceremony I was full of nerves) and as soon as we were up there holding hands it all went away. It was like we were totally alone in that moment!”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“Best advice I can give is take ALL of the help you can!!! We had so much offered to us, and it was amazing. It took such a burden off of us, we were so lucky to have as much help as we did!”

Congratulations, Cherise and Tom!! We are so happy to have gotten to know both of you and wish you guys the happiest future together!!

Before you go, you have to check out more of Cherise and Tom’s beautiful wedding shot by Region Weddings in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Becky

B E C K Y + L O G A N

{April 27th, 2019}

{Photos by: Victoria Rayburn Photography}

{Photos by: Victoria Rayburn Photography}

Such a classic beauty!!

Introducing our stunning bride, Becky!

For her spring wedding, Becky chose a fitted, strapless gown by Sincerity by Justin Alexander.

She added sparkling lace, off-the-shoulder straps by Stella York to create the perfect romantic vibe!

{Photos by: Victoria Rayburn Photography}

For her flowers, Becky worked with Rosemary’s Heritage Flowers in Crown Point to create the most perfect spring rose bouquets!

{Photos by: Victoria Rayburn Photography}

{Photos by: Victoria Rayburn Photography}

Becky married her husband Logan at Griffith First Christian Church.

They decorated the space with lots of beautiful flowers, candles and signs.

We always talk about how important it is to have an unplugged wedding. Becky and Logan added an adorable sign asking all of their guests to please keep their phones in their pockets and let the photographer do her job - love it!

{Photos by: Victoria Rayburn Photography}

After the ceremony, guests and the bridal party headed to Villa Cesare in Schererville to celebrate the newlyweds!

Fun additions like a photo booth and flip flops for dancing were available to make the night even more memorable!

{Photos by: Victoria Rayburn Photography}

So pretty! Now that we have seen their wedding, let’s go behind the scenes and get to know the couple!

How did Becky and Logan meet?

”Logan and I met our junior year of high school in physics class. We were always in the same group of friends, but somehow we had never met before then.”

How did Logan pop the question?

”I passed all of my teaching licensure tests, so my parents surprised me with a spa day. Logan insisted that we shouldn’t let the day go to waste, and that we should go out to Chicago for the night. We ate dinner at Cité by Navy Pier, and we almost didn’t make it on time due to traffic and had to sprint through the freezing cold, February, Chicago weather (in heels)!! We had an awesome dinner, but I think Logan knew that I would be way too awkward to be proposed to in public (haha). That being said, we went back to our room at the Swissotel, on the 40th floor, surrounded by windows and the beautiful city lights, and that was when he popped the question! It was amazing!!”

Was Becky surprised or did she have a feeling it was coming?

”It was a total surprise! My friends and family were all in on it, and I had absolutely no idea! He even somehow managed to sneak going out to ask my dad for his blessing after I left for work one day. I was honestly super impressed!”

Let’s talk about our fave subject - wedding dress shopping!

”It was the absolute BEST experience. Seriously. Everyone was so wonderful and kind to me. I worked with Celine that day, and she went out of her way to find and pull everything that I could have wanted and more! I felt like the most important person in the world. I never felt pressured or rushed; just happy! Celine and I picked out removable off-the-shoulder straps to customize my dress exactly how I wanted it. We got my veil that same day too! I remember being so ecstatic! I checked out with Sandy who was also wonderful, and I spoke to her many times during my wedding planning process! It was always a great experience. My family and friends who were with me had so many wonderful things to say about SBB, and I feel so lucky to have bought my dress from you all!”

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

”I knew from the second I put it on. It was absolutely stunning, and it had everything I had ever imagined. It was fitted with a double train and covered in gorgeous appliqués (I was obsessed with the flower right in the middle, just ONE little flower) — once we added the straps and veil, that was it! I knew that if I didn’t buy it then and there that I would never be able to stop thinking about it! I’m not a person who usually feels good in what I wear, but in my dress, I genuinely felt beautiful. Not to mention, my mom was also thrilled because she’s actually the one who had clipped that dress in the store, and it ended up being “the one”!”

Let’s move on to wedding planning!

”My favorite part of the planning process would definitely be the eating (haha)! I loved the cake tasting and the meal tasting because... well, I like to eat. It was also fun to sit and enjoy a meal with family that we could pick and choose to recreate for EVERYONE on our wedding night!”

What about her least favorite part?

”Honestly, I was not a fan of the time period 2-3 weeks before the wedding. I felt like everyone was calling me and I was trying to get everything in order, correcting a lot of mistakes, tying up a lot of loose ends — it was a little bit crazy! It was fun to watch it all come together, but I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t also very overwhelming.”

Fast forward to the big day! What is the one moment Becky will always cherish?

”It would have to be when it was time for everyone to get up and dance at the reception. Logan and I were having our little moment together, and as I looked around I could see both of our families and all of our closest friends dancing, laughing, and having the best time together. I thought about the fact that this is probably the only time that everyone will be together in that way, and it made me so happy to watch. I wish I could replay that moment over and over again...”

Becky has some great final advice for brides-to-be who are currently planning their own wedding!

”Take a deep breath, and enjoy it. It seems that everything is “stressful” while you are planning, but I feel like brides take for granted how much fun they had along the way. Now that my wedding is all said and done, I miss having wedding planning taking up all of my free time! Remember, you’re planning a day just for you and the love of your life! How often do you get to do that?!
I know you hear it all the time, but your wedding day really will go by so fast. Enjoy every little second. Smile, laugh, and don’t take it too seriously!! Everything will be perfect if you make it that way! Heck, we had rain, snow, and sleet at the end of April sandwiched between two gorgeous, hot, and sunny days. It may sound like the end of the world to most brides, but I wouldn’t change a thing. The weather made us sprint and giggle and scream between locations. It made me feel like a princess when everyone chased me around with an umbrella and five people held my train up to make sure it stayed clean. My point? The “negative” things that happen can actually be your absolute BEST memories! Happy planning!”

Congratulations, Becky and Logan!! We LOVED sharing your beautiful wedding day!

Check out more of their gorgeous pics by Victoria Rayburn Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Monica

M O N I C A + C U R T I S

{April 6th, 2019}


Our featured bride this week is such a fun, sweet person to be around and we think you’ll see that as you look through her pics! We always had a great time when she was in the store!

Introducing our lovely bride, Monica!

For her April wedding, Monica chose a gorgeous, strapless Stella York ballgown. The moscato color looked so stunning on her and her glam makeup is everything!

Monica worked with Kristina Lynn Floral to create all of her beautiful bouquets and arrangements.

Pops of purple is the theme here and we are loving every second of it!


Monica married her man Curtis at Chateau Banquets in Merrillville!

The couple layered sand during their ceremony and after they kissed {and high fived}, they “jumped the broom” to mark the end of their single years and the beginning of their married life together!

The reception that followed was also at the Chateau, with more beautiful flower arrangements, a Polaroid photobooth and delish cake from Almira’s!

Let’s learn the history behind the couple!

How’d Monica meet Curtis?

“My best friend, Kashonna, is also the groom's maternal cousin. We met maybe 20 years ago when he traveled to NY where I & his mother's side of the family lived. He was born, raised, and continued to live in Chicago. Fast forward 15 years (2015) with little to no contact, and we reconnected again when I sent him a message on FB asking about how life in Chicago was because was looking to make a move. He told me he had always had a crush on me and we've been together ever since!”

Yesss we love that!

Just wait until you hear the proposal story…

“He proposed in the jewelry store after he bought the ring. The jewelry store clerk asked if he should put the ring in a bag and I said, "NO! I am not walking out of here without that ring on"! My fiance, the clerk, and I all laughed. My fiance initially tried to hand the ring to me, asking "do I really have to ask you?" LOL The jewelry store clerk and I both said, "YES!" So he said, "Monica Cisneros will you do me the honor of marrying me and becoming Monica Townsend?" I said yes and started jumping up and down. The clerk yelled, "Kiss!" and we did and the clerk clapped and cheered.”

Did Monica have a feeling a proposal was coming?

“I knew it was coming. My fiance told me after our 1st date that he was going to marry me. But when it was really time to propose and make it official, he told me to look around at rings to see what I liked. So I found a jewelry store that had 3 options that I liked and then when it came time to buy the ring, my fiance made the final decision. So technically he picked the ring!”

Now is the part where we make our entrance: dress shopping!

“Before coming to Something Blue it was very overwhelming. I had gone to 4 wedding shops. There were too many options and I was shopping alone. I also felt rushed and unheard. But once I came to Something Blue it became fun, relaxing, less pressure and I did not feel rushed or like I was a burden in anyway. My salesperson was amazing! I almost invited her!”

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

“I literally gasped when I saw myself in my dress and I felt teary.”

What was Monica‘s favorite part of the wedding planning process?

“Venue shopping was fun because that was the part that my fiance was most involved in as we visited each place together. After the venue was chosen I was all on my own with the planning.”

What about her least favorite part?

“Dealing with the day-of-coordinator was frustrating because she was hard to get in touch with and had terrible communication skills. Although she came to me by personal referral, I am sad to say that I did not pick a winner.”

What was Monica’s favorite moment from her special day?

“The actual wedding ceremony. Initial prayer and reciting of the vows.”

Any advice for brides-to-be who are currently planning their own wedding?

“Don't sweat the small stuff. The primary focus should be you and your groom and not everyone else! It goes by so quickly!”

Congratulations, Monica and Curtis!! We are SO happy for you guys!!

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

{SBB Bride of the Week} Amanda

A M A N D A + J E R E M Y

{June 29th, 2019}

{Photos by: Forever Faithful Photography}

{Photos by: Forever Faithful Photography}

We are so excited to introduce you to our lovely bride, Amanda!!

For her June wedding, Amanda chose a stunning fitted, strapless Stella York gown and it looked SO GOOD on her! Obsessed!

She decided to incorporate her “something blue” by adding a super cute hair clip that was gifted to her by her now sister-in-law!

{Photos by: Forever Faithful Photography}

For flowers, Amanda went two different routes.

Her close friend and bridesmaid, Cindy, made Amanda’s bouquet out of faux flowers and broaches so they would last forever.

For the other bouquets and arrangements, Amanda hired Kroger!

{Photos by: Forever Faithful Photography}

{Photos by: Forever Faithful Photography}

Amanda and her husband Jeremy were married at the Red Barn Experience in LaPorte!

Amanda walked down the aisle with both her father and stepfather - so sweet!

The newlyweds also chose to plant a tree as part of the ceremony to signify their growing relationship.

{Photos by: Forever Faithful Photography}

For the reception decor, Amanda pretty much DIY’d everything!

She used her silhouette machine to create all of the signs and also made her adorable photo booth “guestbook”!

The newlyweds finished the evening with one of our faves - a sparkler send off!

{Photos by: Forever Faithful Photography}

Let’s get to know the newlyweds a little better!

How’d they meet?

“We went to the same high school. We “talked” a few times, I even asked him to Turnabout and he told me “no”! It wasn’t our time, we dated other people until after high school we were both at a mutual friend’s party and were reunited and have been together for 6 years!”

How did Jeremy propose?

“He took me to dinner at Cité Chicago for our 4 year anniversary. It’s on the 70th floor of The Lake Point Tower with beautiful views of the city and Lake Michigan.”

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

“I had a feeling because we had never been somewhere so extravagant. But we ate our whole dinner, dessert, and had multiple glasses of wine, even paid the bill. I was getting antsy and was certain that it wasn’t going to happen so I was ready to go home because we had been there for like 3 hours but he kept saying “let’s just stay for a little bit longer”- (he was trying to work up the courage I guess) and then he finally asked me!”

Now comes the part where we got to meet Amanda!

How did she like dress shopping??

“My dress buying experience could not have been better! I went in not really knowing what style I wanted. Shannon and Sandy are just the sweetest and made me feel like a princess in every dress that I tried on, which was about 15! I was there past closing and they never tried to rush me into a decision to get me out the door. I was very apologetic by keeping them and narrowed it down to 2 dresses but left because I had to think about it.”

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

“I came back to retry on the 2 that I had chosen. Sandy had pulled some veils to try with the dresses. I knew I had “the one” when I saw it with a veil and started crying!”

I’m telling you, a veil makes all the difference!

Moving on to wedding planning - what was Amanda’s fave part?

“I’m a DIY kind of person. My favorite part was my new husband and I working together to make some of our decorations.”

What about her least favorite?

“Dealing with a certain 2 vendors. They were really hard to work with and to get ahold of to get answers to some of our questions and concerns. Sometimes we even received bad attitudes from them. And one of them almost didn’t show for the wedding day.”

What’s Amanda’s favorite memory from her big day?

“That’s hard to say! The whole day was just amazing. It was definitely the best day of my life so far! But if I had to pick, I think it would be the closing song. My husband and I have a wide range of music that we like. For the closing song, we chose Bodies by Drowning Pool. It definitely threw everyone for a loop and we basically had a mosh pit on the dance floor. It was hilarious and so much fun! It’s something that our friends and us are still laughing and talking about almost every day. Definitely a great memory!”

Any advice for brides-to-be who are currently planning their own wedding?

“Try your best to enjoy the process. Yes, you’re going to argue and have different opinions about silly things. But in the end, it’s all about you and your future husband/wife truly starting your life together. It’s about celebrating 2 families becoming one and that’s a beautiful thing!”

Congrats, Amanda and Jeremy!! Wishing you nothing but love and happiness in your future together!

Before you go, check out more of their gorgeous wedding pics by Forever Faithful Photography in the gallery below!

{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?!

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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??

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

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{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!