{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} 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} Savanah

S A V A N A H + W Y A T T

{June 24th, 2018}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Meet our gorgeous bride, Savanah!

She is one of the sweetest brides we have ever worked with and was also the winner of our wedding gown giveaway!

For her June wedding, Savanah chose a beautiful Stella York dress that featured a full illusion top and flowing tulle skirt.

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

For her flowers, Savanah worked with Schultz Floral in Valparaiso to create sunny bouquets for the bridal party!

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Savanah and her new hubby Wyatt were married at Taltree Arboretum {now Gabis Arboretum} in Valpo.

They were so lucky to have such gorgeous weather on their wedding day!

The couple’s dog was also included and stood up in the ceremony - SO cute!

One more highlight - they had a sign asking guests to please keep their cameras and phones away. We call this an unplugged ceremony and HIGHLY recommend it!

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

For the reception, guests headed to William E. Urschel Pavilion in the heart of downtown Valpo.

I mean, how cool is this venue for a summer wedding?!

Cronies Bar and Grill provided catering and Savanah’s good friend and chef provided the cake!

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Such a gorgeous setting!

How did Savanah and Wyatt first meet?

“We met in Florida, my cousin asked me to hang out with his friends while they played Dungeon and Dragons. Since I just moved to Florida I decided “why not” and that’s where Wyatt was.”

How did he pop the question?

“He proposed to me on our five year anniversary. He took me to Meditrina Market Cafe in Valpo. While we were walking to our car I looked into a shop window and turned around and he was on one knee. I had no idea it was coming. I’m not a very romantic person and I just looked at him and said get the “f” up right now. I know I’m a horrible person {haha}!”

Unfortunately, soon after the proposal Savanah’s life was turned upside down…

“My dress buying experience was bittersweet. My whole life I pictured picking out my wedding dress with my mom. She passed away from brain cancer a month after I got engaged. Everyone at Something Blue was so very sweet. I’m a very insecure woman and they made me feel beautiful in every dress I picked out. I didn’t feel rushed or stupid for having to try on a ton of dresses. When I got stressed and started crying because of the mom thing everyone was very understanding and I didn’t feel like a burden. It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me and I can’t express how thankful I am for everything.”

And we’re crying.

We are so glad we were able to help support Savanah in any way after such a tragedy.

Plus we had so much fun working with her!!

How did she know her dress was the one?

“I knew my dress was the one because it fit my personality. I didn’t want a princess dress. It was flowy with a little bit of sparkle. I liked the boho look but I’m also a an extra person so the long train, lace, and glitter were perfect. I’m obsessed with Snow White and felt like that would have been a dress she would have worn. Woodsy yet elegant.”

When it came to planning her big day, Savanah’s favorite part was getting all of her bridesmaids together…

“I have friends from every different walk of life. My bridesmaids vary drastically and I loved being to introduce everyone together and see the people I love interact and get along. My wedding essentially was about Wyatt and I but I loved seeing them happy and having fun too.”

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

{Photos by: Alicia Marie’s Photography}

Her favorite part of her wedding? Animals!

“I’m a huge animal activist and I’ve worked with animals my whole life. Having my dog in my wedding and having goats there made my day. I know I am so lame but I loved it so much. If the animals were not a part of it I guess it would go back to my friends. I play roller derby, do hair, and work in the animal field. Wyatt and I also lived in Florida and Indiana so we had friends from so many places in the world that seeing them all in one central location was awesome. I was very shocked that so many of our Florida friends flew into town just for us.”

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

“The best advice I can give is spend the money on the dress and the photographer. Everything else is temporary. You can have the dress and pictures forever. Don’t stress the small stuff. It goes by so quickly, so soak it all up as much as you can. People are there for you and not the fancy stuff you feel like you need to spend the money on.”

Congratulations, Savanah and Wyatt!! We are so happy for you both and can’t thank you enough for letting us feature your beautiful wedding! Check out more pictures from their big day in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Clare

C L A R E + K R I S

{August 25th, 2018}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

STOP! Isn’t Clare so beautiful?!

She wore a sparkling A-line gown from Stella York for her August wedding and was an absolute showstopper!

Clare paired a beautiful veil from Bel Aire Bridals {sold at SBB!} to complete her look!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

She’s just too cute! Love how excited she is to be all dolled up for her big day!

When it came to flowers, Clare wanted bouquets that screamed summer and Moody Blooms in Portage made it happen!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Clare married the love of her life, Kris, at the Red Barn Experience in La Porte.

This venue has such a dreamy, rustic landscape that’s perfect for anyone looking for an elegant wedding that still has an “out-in-the-country” feel!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Once they were finally man and wife, Clare and Kris hosted a beautiful I Do BBQ inside the barn!

Guests stuffed themselves with yummy barbecue food as well as home baked desserts.

Kids had their own table with lots of activities to keep them occupied - we LOVE this idea!

At the end of the night, the bride and groom left in style with a sparkler send off!

{Photos by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

Such a pretty wedding! Clare was sweet enough to let us ask her all about her relationship and wedding planning!

How did you they meet?

“In high school, but it wasn't until years later started dating!”

How did he pop the question?

“Kris proposed to me at the beach where he first told me he loved me!”

Well that’s adorable. Was it a surprise?

“I was getting suspicious but he was able to convince me I was wrong! So it was a surprise again!"

Time to talk wedding dress shopping!

“Dress shopping at Something Blue was probably the easiest (and best!) decision I made while wedding planning. All the girls at SBB worked as a team, and Amber (my consultant) totally got me and made me feel so comfortable!”

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

 “When we finally collected the million dresses I picked to try on, I looked at them all again and put one aside to save for last. It was the only one that marked off all my wants on my check list. I’m so glad I waited to try it on because it was the one! Amber asked me how I felt about that dress when I got to the pedestal and I started to ugly cry! LOL It was definitely my first " I’M GETTING MARRIED" moment after the proposal!”

That is such a fun feeling! Let’s move on to wedding planning! What was Clare’s favorite and least favorite part of planning her big day?

“My favorite part was putting all my decorations together. Making sample tables at home really got me excited to put together 18 more! 

{Photo by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

{Photo by: Brittnee Megan Photography}

It was really overwhelming in the beginning putting together venue tours, writing out pros and cons, the pricing, seating. Then you have to go through catering, and DJ, and pray your favorite photographer wasn't booked.... so relieved when all the key components were booked!”

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

“Our first dance. My hubby let me plan everything I wanted, he was just happy to marry me. Since I surprised him with the venue decorations and details, he could surprise me with what song we danced to. It was really sweet, cause it kept the excitement going! (He picked Millionaire by Chris Stapleton by the way!)”

Any final advice for other brides?

“Being organized was key! If you don't write you stuff down, set deadlines, and get your act together- you'll create unnecessary stress. and do not feel bad for asking for help. take all the help you can get!!

Budget it is important- but also stay within your means. You are sharing your love to your future spouse, witnessed by friends and family who you love. Those people are there to support you, don't feel you have to go into debt to impress them. Its a celebration not a competition.”

Thank you SO much for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us, Clare and Kris! We wish you nothing but love and happiness in your future!

Want to see more? Check out the gallery below for more gorgeous pics from their big day!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Kaylin

K A Y L I N + C H A D

{October 13th, 2018}

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

Isn’t she lovely??

Meet our gorg bride, Kaylin!

Her beaded, high neck Stella York gown was absolutely perfect for her beautiful October wedding!

With a full illusion back and sparkling lace details, Kaylin looked stunning on her big day!

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

Just so pretty!

For her flowers, Kaylin worked with Dawn Rehn-Arndt and Another Season in Demotte and they did SUCH an amazing job!!

We love every single thing about these!

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

Kaylin married her husband, Chad, at at Meadow Springs in Francesville, Indiana.

The ceremony spot is absolutely PERFECT! We love the arbor, the flowers, all of it!

After saying “I Do”, the newlyweds were showered with confetti as they made their way back down the aisle as husband and wife!

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

After the “I Do’s”, everyone moved inside for a beautiful reception!

All of the decor had a rustic touch and we love the simple, yet beautiful, centerpieces.

Guests were not only treated to yummy cake but also an ice cream bar featuring Fair Oaks ice cream - YUM!

{Photos by: Samantha Mitchell Photography}

How did these two meet?

“Chad and I first met at Purdue University. I became friends with his sister, Andrea, and she eventually introduced me to him my freshman year. My sophomore year Chad and I lived in the same apartment complex and we always played sand volleyball together and eventually we started hanging out more and more.”

 How did he propose??

“Chad and I had planned a couple’s trip to Tennessee during the summer before our final year at Purdue with his sister and her boyfriend. On the 2nd day of our trip, he led me to a beautiful waterfall (Abrams Falls) and proposed to me while we stood on a rock in front of the falls.”

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

“I had a feeling it was coming!”

Tell us all about your dress buying experience!

“Something Blue was so helpful when I was looking for my dream dress. I had brought all my bridesmaids, my mom, and my mother in law, all of the girls picked out a dress for me. I found my dress within one hour of being in the boutique. It was such a fun experience, something I will always remember and cherish. Everyone was very positive and supportive!”

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

“When I put my dress on, I instantly knew it was the one I was going to get married in. I got this feeling that is so hard to describe, almost like butterflies in your stomach but better. The reaction I received from my group when I came out of the dressing room confirmed my feeling that it was “the one”. “  

Lets y’all wedding planning!

“My favorite part of planning our wedding was visiting all the potential venue sites. It was a time for me and my husband to bond and collaborate together on a place that we could start our forever at.

My least favorite part of planning was selecting who was going to be on the guest list. I have so many friends and a lot of family that it was so hard for me to decide where I had to draw a line, so that we didn’t have over 500 guests at the wedding!”

What was her favorite moment of from her big day?

“My all-time favorite part of our wedding was reading our vows to one another. Chad and I decided to write our own vows and it was so fun to read our personalized and unique vows to each other in front of our friends and family.”

Any advice for brides currently planning their wedding?

“Enjoy the entire process. It can be stressful at times, but it is all totally worth it in the end.

  Have fun!! Your wedding day will be the best day of your life and it will go extremely fast. Don’t stress over the small things, ask for help when you need it, and live in the moment.”

Congratulations, Kaylin and Chad!! Thank you for letting us share your beautiful wedding day!

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