{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?!

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

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??

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

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

{Photos by: Kayla Knies Photography}

{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!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Amanda

A M A N D A + N I C K

{November 17th, 2018}

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

Introducing our beautiful bride, Amanda!

Her late fall wedding at County Line Orchard was so gorgeous and we are so excited to show you!

Amanda chose a stunning fitted Mon Cheri gown and accented it with Susan G Allen and Sara Gabriel accessories!

She also looked SO cute in her shawl, which kept her warm on her big day!

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

We may be just a little {fine a lot} obsessed with Amanda’s gorgeous bouquet by Lake Effect Floral Design Studio!

Y’all that pop of Protea is everything!!

Amanda had a small angel added to her bouquet in memory of her grandfather.

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

Amanda and her hubby Nick wanted to share a special moment before the ceremony began.

Loryn Eaton Photography was on hand to capture their first look…

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

This sweet couple was married in the barn at County Line and it was truly a beautiful ceremony!

We are loving their arch and floral accents SO much!

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

After the ceremony guests were treated to a beautiful reception.

More gorgeous flowers, a delish cake and super cute decor transformed the barn into a truly special reception space!

{Photos by: Loryn Eaton Photography}

Gotta love an orchard wedding!!

How did these lovebirds meet, anyway??

“Nick and I meet through mutual friends. I guess you can say they set us up.”

How did Nick pop the question?

“He proposed to me on a fishing trip in Tennessee. We were on the dock one night after dinner when he asked it was perfect.”

Did she have a feeling it was coming or was it a total surprise?

“A surprise! It was the middle of vacation, and I didn’t see it coming at all. We had already done some of the big touristy things earlier in the week where I thought maybe it could happen.”

After the ring comes the next most important thing - the dress!

“Shopping for my dress was easily one of the best wedding experiences. I went in thinking I wanted one style and walked out with something completely different. I loved my dress! I had my mom and sister with me when I tried on the dresses. In all it was just a great experience!”
How did Amanda know her dress was the one??

“I loved my dress! I knew I wanted a simple, but lace dress. I had no idea how many different shades of white there would be. I didn’t pick out my dress the stylist working with me did. She just kept pulling dresses similar to ones I had already tried on and they just kept getting better til I fell in love with the one.”

Let’s move on to wedding planning! What was Amanda’s fave part of planning her big day?

“Planning was fairly easy, we knew where we wanted our wedding and when. It was at the County Line Apple Orchard in the fall so it was pretty easy to build off of that. I enjoyed shopping around for the details. I wanted a shabby chic fall wedding with beautiful flowers.”

Was there any part of planning she wasn’t a fan of?

“My least favorite part of planning was the time in the middle between all the work in the beginning of planning and all the work the last few months before the wedding. I felt like I should be doing something. And the headache of having a vendor go out of business a few months prior to our wedding.”

Finally it was time to get married! What was Amanda’s favorite part of her special day?

“I loved getting to see my husband at our first look! It was just as exciting and emotional to see him all dressed up! And, our vows we wrote our own it was perfectly us!”

Any advice for brides currently planning their own wedding?

“My best advice is the last few weeks before the wedding are crazy busy, make sure to still make time for yourself but also for your fiancé. Go out for dinner, work out, or whatever you haven’t been able to do lately because it gets busy.”

Congrats, Amanda and Nick!! We are so happy for you guys!!

Before you go, make sure you check out more of their gorg pics from Loryn Eaton Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Laura

L A U R A + M I K E

{August 10th, 2018}

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

We are so happy to introduce you to our gorgeous bride, Laura!!

For her summer wedding, Laura went with a stunning Stella York strapless gown and it looks SO good on her!

The crosshatch stitching, the beading, the illusion bodice…we just love this dress!

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Laura worked with Forget Me Not Floral out of Demotte for her flowers and my goodness, they are so pretty!

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Laura and her hubby Mike decided on a first look before the ceremony.

Laura says this was her favorite moment from the whole wedding day:

“I had been looking forward to it for awhile. It was just my immediate family and my bridesmaids watching so I had no reason to be nervous, but I had crazy butterflies waiting to see him! I couldn't wait to see him, after all this whole day was based on my love for him and us spending our lives together. After seeing him I was able to relax a little more. He is my comfort zone.”

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Laura and Mike were married at one of our favorite venues ever - The Pavilion at Sandy Pines!

Just look at that backdrop! SO gorgeous!

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

One of the best parts of Sandy Pines is guests don’t have to travel very far to get to the reception!

Plus the s’mores bar .

{Photos by: Eivan’s Photo}

Such pretty decor! We love it!

Let’s get to know these lovebirds a little better!

How’d they meet?

“In high school Nov. 2008, he's a year older than me. We went to both proms together.”

High school sweethearts!! How did Mike pop the question?

“I was born in Washington state and we went on a vacation to Seattle. My first time back since 7 years old. At the bottom of the space needle I asked him to crouch down to take a picture of me showing the space needle hovering over me. As soon as he took the photo he stayed kneeling and pulled out a loose ring from his pocket. I thought it was a fake ring! He was shaking he was so nervous and I started crying. We had been dating for 9 years and this was an absolute surprise! He spoke to both of my parents in person before proposing and asked my sister for design ideas for the ring. They were all shockingly good at keeping it secret!”

STOP! So cute!!

Once she had the ring it was time for Laura to find the dress!

“I went to at least 5 different bridal shops including places in Chesterton, Merrillville, Valparaiso, and Chicago. Tried on tons of dresses trying to figure out what I was looking for. By the time I got to Something Blue I knew exactly the style I wanted and I found THE dress! Tried it on once and did not even touch another dress. It brought my sister to tears, it was the one. I placed my order that day.”

When ya know, ya know!!

What was Laura’s fave part of planning her wedding?

“The dress shopping is definitely top of the list, it's something the bride and family always looks forward to and you feel gorgeous trying on amazing gowns. The cake tasting was fun too for obvious reasons!”

What about her least favorite part?

“Receiving RSVPs on time to organize the seating chart was by far the most stressful part of organizing the wedding! There isn't much you can do to help speed that up and make people RSVP that you know are going.”

What is the best piece of advice Laura has for brides-to-be who are currently planning their own wedding?

“Get as much done as you can as early as you can. There will be plenty to stress about as the day gets closer. You will be very grateful to yourself for checking off the big things early. Once the day begins things are out of your hands so just try to relax and enjoy the ride. Whatever it may bring!”

Congratulations, Laura and Mike! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!

Check out more pics from their big day in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Jorie

J O R I E + S H A W N

{July 7th, 2018}

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

We LOVED working with this sweet bride so so much!!

We are pleased to introduce you to Jorie!

Jorie married the love of her life on a gorgeous July day and we are SO into her classic, all-American bride vibes!

You know what else we’re into? The bridal party’s hilarious tank tops they wore while getting ready!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

For her flowers, Jorie worked with Rosemary’s Heritage Flowers {Crown Point}!

Together they came up with bouquets perfect for a post-4th of July affair!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Jorie and her hubby Shawn were married at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point!

They held the ceremony outside in the gazebo and had absolutely picture-perfect weather for the big day!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

After the ceremony, guests headed into the country club for the party!

They kept with the red, white and blue theme with all of their decor and treated guests to fun surprises like a candy table courtesy of Albanese and even a hot dog cart for after hours!

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

During the reception, Jorie and her dad shared their first dance - but it wasn’t your typical father daughter dance.

Nope, they got DOWN!

Jorie says it was the best moment of the whole day for her:

“My favorite moment of my wedding, besides marrying the love of my life, was sharing the Father/Daughter dance with my Dad, Jim. We had taken professional dance lessons for 4 months leading up to the wedding and it was one of the most special moments of my life.”

{Photos by: Matt Bigelow Photography}

Such a great memory for the both of them! Those lessons clearly paid off!

Now that we have seen their wedding, lets learn more about the newlyweds!

How did they meet?

“Shawn and I met at my nephew’s second birthday party. He worked together with my oldest brother and was invited as a guest.”

How did he pop the question?

“Shawn proposed to me at a joint birthday party we were having in front of all of our family and friends. Essentially, I planned my own birthday/engagement party. Ha! It was a complete surprise.”

Let’s talk wedding dresses! How was Jorie’s dress shopping experience?

“I had visited some bridal shops in Illinois and Northwest Indiana and I couldn’t find anything I was absolutely in love with. It wasn’t until I went to Something Blue that I had found a few dresses I loved.”

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

“I knew I had found “the one” as soon as I put it on and saw the looks on the faces of my friends I brought with. The dress mirrored my personality and I knew it was mine.”

When it came to wedding planning, what was Jorie’s fave part of the process?

“Being able to create a day that was unique to Shawn and me. I wanted to incorporate as much of our personalities into the day as possible and really make it our own.”

Anything she didn’t enjoy?

“My least favorite part of the process was the amount of time cumulatively it took to plan one single day. I didn’t know what to do with my spare time when it was all over!”

Now that the vows have been read and the cake has been cut, is there anything Jorie took away from the whole experience?

“My biggest take away would be to have fun with it! The day will go by so fast and all of the small things you worried about leading up to the day won’t matter when it’s all over.”

Any final words of wisdom for other brides who are trying to plan their own big day?

“The best piece of advice I can give brides would be to remember this special day is one of many to come in the future with your husband and loved ones. Soak in everything you can the day of and remember however it turns out will be amazing so no need to stress the small stuff.”

Congrats, Jorie and Shawn!! Thank you SO much for letting us show off your gorgeous wedding!!

Before you leave, make sure you check out more of their beautiful pics from Matt Bigelow Photography in the gallery below!

{SBB Bride of the Week} Maddie

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

{September 22nd, 2018}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

Our brides are supermodels, ok?!

Introducing our gorgeous bride, Maddie!

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

One of our favorite parts? That train!!

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

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

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

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

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

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

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

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

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

This venue is stunning!!

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

Something else we love? Their wedding hashtag!

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}


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

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

{Photos by: Classic Photographers}

SO pretty!! We love all of the greenery!

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

How’d they meet?

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

How did Reuben pop the question?

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

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

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

Surprise proposals are the best!!

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

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

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

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

Ha! Listen people, its a real thing!

How was the planning process for Maddie?

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

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

Finally the wedding day had arrived!

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

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

Any advice for brides currently planning their own big day?

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

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