{SBB Bride of the Week} Tanya

T A N Y A + T I M

{September 29th, 2018}

{Photos by: By The Free}

{Photos by: By The Free}

Ok, is our bride Tanya not one of the most beautiful brides you’ve ever seen??

For her September wedding, Tanya wanted a gown with lots of lace and detail.

She chose an incredible Allure sheath dress that checked everything off her list!

{Photos by: By The Free}

When it came to flowers, Tanya chose Monarch Florist to create all of her bouquets and arrangements.

She clearly made the right choice because everything was absolutely gorgeous!

{Photos by: By The Free}

{Photos by: By The Free}

Before the ceremony, Tanya wanted to share a first look with her soon-to-be hubby, Tim.

By The Free Photography was on hand to capture the couple’s special moment…

{Photos by: By The Free}

Tanya and Tim held their wedding at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

The ceremony was located outside and SO pretty!

We love every single thing about this!

{Photos by: By The Free}

The reception was held inside the center’s ballroom.

The centerpieces were so stunning and the dessert table, well, take a look for yourself…

{Photos by: By The Free}

How pretty is that?! And how delish did that dessert table look??

Let’s move on to the couple themselves - how did they meet?

“We met in college at Purdue - Tim and I lived on the same floor in the dorms just a few doors down the hall from each other.”

How did Tim pop the question?

“We had gone on a little vacation to Florida over Labor Day weekend and decided to spend a day at the  Food & Wine Festival in Epcot. By the end of the day we were planning to stay & watch the fireworks but of course it started to rain so they were cancelled! Since we weren't prepared for a rainy night, we ran over to the nearest gift shop and bought the last rain ponchos they had. At that point we were soaking wet & weren't in a huge rush to get back to the car so we decided to take a walk down the Boardwalk. We saw a gazebo up ahead and thought it would be a perfect place to take cover. As we walked up we saw a couple getting engaged!!...and of course didn't want to ruin their moment...so we kept on walking. Making our way down the Boardwalk I could tell Tim was relatively quiet and in his head but I didn't think much of it since we had a long day in the sun and were now walking around in rain ponchos soaking wet! By the time we got to the end of the Boardwalk, Tim and I were the only ones around so we stopped to listen to the music playing from the Swan & Dolphin Hotel fountains. We stood there for a moment reflecting on our relationship and talking about how life brought us together over the 9 years of our growing friendship. It was like mother nature knew what was about to happen because the skies cleared at that very moment as Tim got down on one knee and proposed. Fireworks started in the distance as we stood there in the most perfect moment, just the two of us.”

Well that sounds straight out of a movie! Was Tanya expecting it or was she surprised??

“I would say half & half - we talked about moving forward with our relationship and getting married so I figured sooner or later we would get engaged but he also knew I didn't want a public proposal so I didn't really think anything of the trip. I was completely surprised when he popped the question!”

Let’s move on to our fave topic - wedding dresses! How was Tanya’s shopping experience?

“ It was a little stressful and overwhelming at first having so many options to choose from. I went to 3 dress stores trying on everything imaginable but I still wasn't feeling like I found "the one". By the time I went to Something Blue I had finally tried on dresses that fit my style and personality and I felt more comfortable that I was getting closer to finding the perfect one.”

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

“Just putting it on felt right. After trying on so many dresses and being picky about every little detail - the dress that I picked out had every item checked off my list from the illusion back, lots of lace, long train, and intricate beading.”

When it came to planning her special day, what was Tanya’s fave part?

“I enjoyed the whole process! I'm an Event Manager that plans corporate events for a living so it was fun being able to think outside of the corporate box and have the freedom to pick out my own colors/floral/decorations.”

What about her least favorite part?

“The seating assignments! It's definitely hard trying to coordinate the right number of people at each table while trying to keep family members/friends all together.”

What is Tanya’s biggest takeaway from the whole planning process?

“Don't stress over the little things. It's SOOO easy to get wrapped up in the process and overthink the decisions that you are making. A lot of the little intricate details that you will probably end up stressing over - people might not even notice so if you find yourself torn over a small detail don't let it bring you down and make sure you are looking at the big picture of your day. You won't be able to please everyone and most importantly you have to make sure YOU are happy since this day is for YOU. Everyone says the day passes so quickly and IT REALLY DOES. Make sure to take a moment during dinner when everyone is sitting down and eating to look around and appreciate all of the people that are there celebrating with you!”

When the big day finally arrived, what moment sticks out most for Tanya?

“One of my favorite moments of the wedding was when the cocktail hour was going on and Tim & I had a moment to break away and be inside the ballroom just the two of us. It was surreal to know at that moment all of our hard work of planning for a year was over, we were married and it all turned out just the way we wanted it to. It was a huge feeling of accomplishment that Tim and I put together one of the biggest events of our life and we couldn't be happier!”

Any final advice for our brides who are currently planning their own wedding?

“It is a big day to plan so start as early as possible and keep ORGANIZED. It's a lot of information to retain so keep a spreadsheet going as you meet people for contact information / what that specific vendor offers / pricing / etc. This will help as you start to narrow down your options. Believe me, the amount of people that you talk to and loads of information that gets thrown your way will get confusing. Most importantly this is supposed to be a fun process so make sure when you are going through the motions to take a step back and enjoy it!”

Congratulations, Tanya and Tim!!! We are so happy for you guys and can’t thank you enough for sharing your wedding with us!

Check out more of their gorgeous pictures in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jordan

J O R D A N + T H O M A S

{October 27th, 2018}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Okaaaay is she not so stunning?!

Meet our amazing bride, Jordan!

For her gorgeous October wedding, Jordan chose a fitted Stella York gown with one of the prettiest illusion backs ever!

She also added a sparkling Bel Aire belt to make the dress all her own…

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

For her flowers, Jordan worked with Cedar Lake florist to create all of her beautiful arrangements and bouquets!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Before the ceremony, Jordan and her hubby Thomas wanted to share a private moment together.

Here is the moment Thomas got the first peek at his gorg bride!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

Jordan and Thomas held their wedding at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan.

You guys, we SQUEAL every time we hear a bride say she’s getting married here - it’s THAT good!

Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

The reception details were simply perfect!

Lots of hard work and attention to detail went into the decor and it paid off!

We love the whiskey barrel as their guestbook!

{Photos by: Shane Cleminson Photography}

So gorgeous!!

Let’s get to know the newlyweds a little better!
How did Jordan and Thomas meet?

“We actually met the day after high school graduation through some mutual friends during the summer of 2011. We never knew each other in high school because our graduating class was so large. We have been together ever since, so I guess you could say we are college sweethearts!”

How did he pop the question??

“Thomas surprised me with a trip to Chicago in December of 2016. He knew how much I loved Christmas time in the city. He took me to all of my favorite places (Lou’s for some deep dish, Eataly, the Christkindlmarket, and Intelligensia). I just thought it was my Christmas gift. Then he took me to Lincoln Park Zoo to see the lights. We went through the whole park before he got down on one knee mid-snowstorm, it was too perfect! We then celebrated with dinner at Benny’s Chop House!”

Best day ever!! Was it a surprise?

“We had talked a lot about marriage and knew we wanted to get married. I was expecting it to happen eventually, just not then. The day was a complete surprise. He had all of our friends in on it too, I thought we were having a “Friendsmas” but in reality he had something else planned!”

Once she got the ring, it was time to get the dress!

How was Jordan’s wedding gown shopping experience?

“It was more than I could’ve asked for! Everyone at SBB is so welcoming and helpful. I shopped other places but no one made me feel as good as they did! Celine really paid attention to what I wanted and she helped me find the perfect dress. I love that you get support from everyone there, not just one person. They don’t rush you, aren’t pushy, and make you feel beautiful. It was a fantastic experience.”

Aww shucks!

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

“I went in the first time with just my mom and my maid of honor (MOH). Celine pulled the dress and I didn’t think I would like it (because I didn’t think I liked illusion backs). My MOH started crying but I didn’t get that feeling at first. I left and went shopping other places. I kept thinking about the dress after I left. That’s how I knew it was the one. The next time I went back we added a belt and it just completed what I was looking for, then the tears came!”

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

“I must say my favorite part overall was bonding with my mom. She was so supportive when I was stressed and we also had a lot of fun planning it. It was a long, difficult, and exciting process through which my mom and I became even closer. I cannot thank her enough for all that she did.”

So sweet!! What was Jordan’s favorite memory from her big day?

“That is a really tough question. I had many people tell me that your wedding would be “the best day ever.” I truly didn’t understand the meaning of that until I lived through it. It really was the best day ever! I think if I had to pick one moment it would be when Thomas and I did our first look. It was a private moment that was just for us and there was no pressure. I’ll never forget the way we felt when we saw each other for the first time!”

Any advice for brides planning their own wedding?

“Do not stress the little things! There will be things that go wrong on that day but do not let it ruin your day. You are the only person that will know if something didn’t go as planned.

Enjoy every minute of the planning process and every second of your wedding day. I spent almost 2 years planning my wedding and now it’s over! Believe me, I am happy that all of the planning is over but I wish I could go back and relive that day over and over again. Also, during your wedding take some time to take a step back and observe everything going on around you. There will never be another time where all of the same people will be together in the same room. This is a wonderful time in your life and you just need to enjoy it!”

We could not agree with her more!
Thank you SO much, Jordan and Thomas, for allowing us to share your beautiful wedding day!!

Check out the gallery below for even more pictures from their big day!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kelsey

K E L S E Y + Z A C K

{September 15th, 2018}

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

I mean, how freakin’ cute is our bride Kelsey?!

We absolutely LOVED working with her and are so excited we get to show off her big day!

Kelsey wore the most stunning fitted Essense of Australia gown and accented it with a Justine M Couture belt and bracelet and Haute Bride earrings and necklace!

Before walking down the aisle, Kelsey got ready with her favorite girls {and lil’ guy}…

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

Kelsey worked with Another Season Floral in Demotte and you GUYS! It’s all SO perfect!

From her arrangements throughout the wedding to her bouquets, they knocked this one out of the park!

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

Before the ceremony, Kelsey and her hubby Zack wanted to share a special moment, just the two of them {well, and Alyssa Grace Photography too}.

Here’s the moment Zach got the first look of his beautiful bride…

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

The happy couple held their ceremony at Blissful Barn in Three Oaks, Michigan.

We can’t say enough good things about this venue - it’s simply GORGEOUS!

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}

For the reception, guests headed to the barn which was decorated to the nines!

Every little detail is worth looking at because it’s seriously so well thought out, put together and to be honest, we’re obsessed!

Kelsey’s sister, Kate, who owns Green is Good by Kate in Crown Point, made her delicious dairy-free, rum soaked banana wedding cake! YUM!

{Photos by: Alyssa Grace Photography}


Now that we’ve swooned over the wedding, let’s get to know the newlyweds!

How did they meet?

“My husband came up to Indiana from Florida visiting family with his Mom, Step Dad and sister. I had never met him before and was friends with his family in Indiana. I went to a New Years Eve party with him and his family and that night we locked eyes and as cheesy as it sounds it was love at first site! He was so sweet and we spent the whole night talking to each other. The next day his family was leaving to go back to Florida and he asked if we could keep in touch. Five months later he moved up to Indiana and the rest is history!”

How did Zack propose?

“Every year since we started dating my husband and I would go up to Chicago to the Christkindlmarket around Christmas to pick out a handmade ornament, take a picture by the Christmas tree at the market, eat some potato pancakes, and look at all the unique souvenirs from around the world. He works shift work and we thought we weren't going to make it because our schedules were not aligning. He last minute got the weekend off after Thanksgiving in 2016 so we were able to go to after all.  We went to the Christkindlmarket and this was the first year they did not have a Christmas tree. We went to dinner after we were done shopping at the market and Zack continued to say his Mom really wanted to have a picture of us by a Christmas tree. I was ready to go home, but he mentioned that we should go to Millennium Park and take a picture by that Christmas Tree there. He had bought a brand new camera and was excited to try it out. He asked a younger couple if they would take our picture in exchange we would take theirs. We both stood by the Christmas tree and before I knew it Zack turned and went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the best moment of my life. The younger couple taking the pictures were shocked and all I heard the girlfriend say to her boyfriend was "KEEP TAKING PICTURES". I was crying and could not believe this wonderful, caring, and perfect man was asking me to marry him. He told me later on that he originally was wanting to propose to me at the Christkindlmarket by the Christmas tree and this was the first year without a tree of course. LOL. He said he was having a panic attack because he had told his family and my family that he was proposing to me that day. He said he instantly knew that Millennium Park was the perfect spot and it truly was. Millennium Park will hold a special place in our hearts and added to our Christmas tradition spots to visit in Chicago. Zack said he wanted to propose to me on our annual Christmas Chicago trip so that in years to come we could make it a continued tradition with our future children where their Dad asked their Mom to marry him.”

STOP IT! So cute!!! Was it a surprise??

“I noticed he was acting different when we found out we were able to go to the Christkindlmarket after all. He went out and bought a new camera, new backpack, and just kept saying he was so excited to go and visit it this year. I had an idea that he might be proposing to me, but when he didn't do it at the Christkindlmarket I thought huh maybe he isn't going to propose today. I was shocked and surprised when he got down on one knee. It was perfect.”

Let’s talk wedding dresses!

“My dress buying experience was amazing. I planned to invite everyone that I was going to ask to be in my bridal party the day I scheduled to try on dresses at Something Blue Bridal. Everyone was able to come which worked out perfectly. Three of the five girls came to my house before and I made them a flannel with each of their names to wear on our wedding day. They were surprised which made the start of the day that much better. My sisters met us at the store with my mom and I got to ask them to be my maid of honor and matron of honor. The girls went around and picked out dresses they liked and wanted me to try on along with myself. I had several picked out and fell in love with the first one I tried on. As my husband says I always fall in love with the first option of anything. LOL. Sandy picked out a new dress they had gotten in and asked it I would try it on. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one. It sparkled where I wanted it to sparkled and fit in the right places. It was the opposite of what I thought I would buy, but it was absolutely perfect.”

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

“It made all the flaws that I thought I had go away. It fit me in the right places and made me feel absolutely gorgeous. I pictured myself walking down the aisle in that dress marrying the man of my dreams!”

Now that the wedding is over, what was Kelsey’s favorite part of planning?

“I can honestly say that I loved everything about the planning process. I loved making my husband and I's dream wedding come true. We got married in Michigan so we would make day trips and long weekends to plan with my mom, sisters, bridal party, florist, aunt, and my husband. I loved spending so much time with the ones I love to plan our special day.”

What about her least favorite part?

“The constant emailing back and forth and making sure nothing was forgotten. I felt like the list was never ending as it got closer to the wedding, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. There was stress, but it was all worth it.”

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

“I have two favorite moments. The first moment was when my husband and I read our vows to each other back to back by a beautiful tree on the farm where we got married. We had not seen each other yet and it was so comforting to hear his voice and share such a special moment with one another listening to each others vows. After we read our vows we had our first look before the ceremony. It was such an emotional, beautiful, and heart felt moment that my husband and I got to share together before the rush of the day began. I can't say it enough I'm the luckiest wife."

Kelsey’s advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“There's never enough time to plan every little thing. It's never too early to start planning. Enjoy the process and don't stress! I should have asked for more help because at times I thought I was the only one that could do it. 

Take your time, ask for help, don't try and do it all, your loved ones are there to help and wouldn't ask to help if they didn't want to. Every little thing will not go as planned the day of the wedding, but enjoy it and don't stress because the little things that may not be perfect no one will notice. Your day will be perfect because you get to marry the man of your dreams! Nothing is better than that!"

Thank you SO much, Kelsey and Zack!! We loved sharing your gorgeous wedding and wish you a future full of love and happiness!!

Be sure to check out more of their seriously beautiful pictures in the gallery below! 

{SBB Bride of the Week} Deanna

D E A N N A + J E N N I N G S

{August 2nd, 2018}

We know we sound like a broken record, but we really, truly have the BEST brides on the planet.

Take our gorgeous bride, Deanna, for example.

Deanna and her mom drove all the way here from Kentucky just to buy this insanely gorgeous Stella York ballgown!

Can you even?! Cause we can’t.

{Photos by: By Brenda Photography - mother of the bride}

{Photos by: By Brenda Photography - mother of the bride}

She is SO stunning!!

Deanna married the love of her life, Jennings, in a beautiful ceremony in Kentucky.

They rented the Ashland Train Depot for the wedding and the backdrop is perfection!

{Photos by: By Brenda Photography - mother of the bride}

Once they were man and wife, guests stayed at the train depot for a reception that included lots of dancing and one super delish looking cake!

{Photos by: By Brenda Photography - mother of the bride}

How did Deanna meet her now husband?

“Jennings and I actually went to high school together. He and his twin were friends with my sister throughout high school actually. We worked together at our first jobs at McDonald’s while in high school. We were never friends. We actually first went on a date when he came home from boot camp and AIT. We went to the movies, the next few days he brought me lunch at work, he went to old fashion days with me, then took me out to eat. We hit it off instantly and just have been going ever since!”

How did Jennings pop the question??

“Jennings proposed to me when he came home from Germany. He had seven or ten leave days. He took me out to this place in Ironton, OH and it had a LOT of stairs but was totally worth the amazing view of the city. We stayed up there awhile looking at everything and he proposed to me! 

I knew he wanted to but at that moment it was a surprise!”

Have we mentioned Deanna drove from Kentucky to dress shop at SBB? Several times now? Well sorry because we are just so appreciative of that!

How was her experience finding her gown?

“My dress experience was amazing! Everyone greeted me so nicely. Everyone was super patient and helpful as I tried on a good ten dresses I am sure. The drive from Kentucky was totally worth it. I’ll never forget my experience with Something Blue Bridal. I had a total of five dresses picked out that I wanted to look at and honestly all of the dresses that I thought I would choose were not the ones I was in awe over. I knew my dress was the one as soon as I put it on. Others could’ve been and were just as beautiful but mine made me feel like a princess and almost brought tears to my eyes. I am still in love with it.”

When it came to wedding planning, what were Deanna’s favorite and least favorite parts of the process?

“My favorite part of planning my wedding was not having to plan it anymore. LOL no but really the wedding planning was super stressful while being a full time mom, student, and working a full time job. My favorite part was getting to decorate and paint my table pieces and finding mine and my daughters dresses. Otherwise I would say the end result. 

My least favorite was seating, food, and trying to actually set up tables and chairs and put everything together. At the end, of course I was in love but actually doing it and putting all of my wedding items together was rough. Thank goodness for all my family and friends help!”

When the big day finally arrived, what was Deanna’s favorite part?

“My favorite moment aside from marrying my best friend was having all of my family there to spend it with. Honestly seeing everyone socializing, laughing, dancing, and smiling will forever be the best memory I have. Getting to see everyone together to celebrate us was the best gift!”

Any final advice for brides-to-be currently planning their wedding?

“DO NOT rush take your time and enjoy the process so your not stressing, start early, set a price range and stick to it.

Remember you are not marrying your tablecloths so if it doesn’t turn out perfect or the way it’s meant just realize it will be okay. That’s not what we’re here for anyways."

Congratulations, Deanna and Jennings!! We are so happy for you and can’t thank you enough for sharing your special day with us!!

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

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kayla

K A Y L A + Z A C H

{October 20th, 2018}

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

Isn’t she gorgeous?!

Meet our lovely bride, Kayla!

She wore one of our favorite Stella York gowns that features a full illusion top, flowing skirt and sparkling lace!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

We will never be able to get over the back on that dress - SO pretty!!

For her flowers, Kayla turned to Kaber Floral Company in La Porte to create her stunning bouquets!

You already know how much we love a big, full bouquet like this! It makes such an impact and as you can see, looks AMAZING in pics!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

Kayla and her hubby, Zach, decided to do a first look before their ceremony.

Here’s the moment Zach got to see his beautiful bride for the first time…

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

The wedding was held at Millcreek Wilde Barn in Watervliet, Michigan.

This venue, you guys! It’s so rustic-y {is that a word?} and perfect!

The decor was also so pretty, with hanging lanterns all over the ceiling!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

The reception was held in the same space as the ceremony and the decor does not disappoint!

We love the old bottles and simple centerpieces!

For dessert, Kayla and Zach decided to skip traditional cake and treat their guests to a table full of super yummy cupcakes instead!

{Photos by: JL Media Photography}

Such a pretty wedding! We love every detail!
We’ve seen their wedding but let’s get to know the newlyweds. How did Kayla and Zach meet?

“I moved to Valpo for grad school. I was working at a restaurant with a waitress whose boyfriend worked with Zach. She barely knew either of us but thought we might get along and introduced us on Facebook. A few days later we wound up out at the same bar. The first couple of months we laughed about how we have nothing in common (we really are opposites), but quickly realized that things were actually going really great. And here we are!”

As the saying goes, opposites attract!

How did Zach pop the question?

“We went on one of those dinner cruises in Chicago, just for fun. It was about 50 degrees and I was in a short dress, but he was DETERMINED to get a picture on the roof. We had to awkwardly wait for someone else to come up on the roof (again, 50 degrees) to get it captured on camera. He proposed and we ate dinner on the boat. Then, he took me to get another drink in the city and my family was there to surprise me!”

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

“I didn't know it was coming. I had sneaking suspicions and that whole day I tried to find clues that he was going to do it. I also tried to stop worrying because I didn't want to be disappointed. But it was a surprise for the most part, especially my family meeting us afterward!”

Let’s talk dress shopping! Was it stressful or easy?

“It was pretty simple. I went to SBB first, and my dress was actually the first one I tried on. I tried on a few more at SBB and then went to another place. The whole process was pretty smooth, considering I found my dress immediately. SBB was fantastic. The staff was so friendly and helpful. I love the process of using clothespins to pick dresses. Considering I really didn't have a very specific idea of what I wanted, it was pretty stress-free.”

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

“I guess I didn't really. Like I said, it was the first one I tried on. I didn't know what to expect and I when I tried it on, I thought "ok, this is nice." The more dresses I tried on, the more I wanted to try my first dress on again. It was pretty and in my budget. Once I decided, it was hard for me to even consider anything else, so I guess that's how I knew.”

What was Kayla’s favorite part of the wedding planning process?

“This may sound weird, but I liked how it brought everyone together. I talked to my mom on the phone an average of 3 times per week, just to go through planning details, etc. I also got to see friends from across the country at the shower, bachelorette party, etc. It was nice to have a reason to stay so connected and in touch with people.”

What about her least favorite part?

“There was a lot I didn't like about the planning. I'm not super detail-oriented. I think my LEAST favorite part, though, was the last month or two, having to sort out all the tiny details. I'm not a super picky person, so everyone looking at me to have an opinion on everything was probably the most overwhelming. I hate to say, that I did get a little wrapped up in the stress and started to care about things that really didn't matter...but somebody had to do it!”

When the wedding finally arrived, what was Kayla’s favorite moment from the day?

“For sure seeing Zach at our first look. Ask anyone who saw me that morning, I was so stressed out. I tried to stay calm and positive but I really struggled with it. Once I saw Zach and we took pictures and just got to hang out with each other, I relaxed quite a bit (still not perfect, but oh well). Just getting to see him helped my anxiety significantly, I was much more cheerful and excited about the day after that.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

“My greatest worry on the morning of the wedding was that some vendor was going to back out or not show. It kind of ruined the beginning of the day for me. I know this is hard to say, because there are occasions when bad things do happen, but I wish I would have just trusted my vendors and not stressed so much. Nine times out of 10 everyone will be there and on time, and everything will be perfect. I wish I could go back in time and assure myself its all going to work out!

There are two pieces of advice that multiple people gave me, and I didn't follow either of them. The first is to EAT. I was so distracted and full of emotion that I barely ate the entire day. I didn't eat lunch and I had about 5 bites of dinner (that I stressed over). Trying to make it through that evening, without food, plus drinking, was not a good decision. The second piece of advice is to try to enjoy it. With everything going on (the emotions, stress, lack of food) I don't remember a lot of the wedding, and that makes me sad. I have snapshot memories from throughout the day, but that's about it. I highly recommend trying to take a second during the reception to stop and look around. Remember how you're feeling and how much fun people are having! Then go back to having a good time!”

Congrats, Kayla and Zach! Thank you so much for letting us feature your beautiful wedding!!

Check out more of their gorgeous pics 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!