Molly & Josh






Molly met her husband Josh when she started taking her nephew to Bear Paddle Swim School. Molly’s nephew would only swim with Coach Josh. After several weeks of practices, Molly quickly caught on that Josh would always glance her way and manage an extra “good-bye” after swim lessons. Finally, exchanged smiles turned into finding the love of her life!



On a December evening, Molly & Josh went to the Brookfield Zoo Lights Festival. He waited until right before we left (carrying the ring box in his jacket under his arm the entire time so it wasn’t in his pocket for Molly to accidentally grab) - the couple was taking pictures with Molly’s nephew in front of the big tree at the entrance, when suddenly he got down on one knee and proposed, making Molly the happiest girl in the world!


This modern fit-and-flare wedding dress by designer Stella York is both versatile and stylish. Lace and tulle over matte-side Lavish satin create a unique fit-and-flare silhouette that feels elevated and updated. The halter neckline is created from illusion lace over a sweetheart bodice. The lace continues through the bodice and down the hips, ending in a cascading pattern through the flared tulle skirt. There is a soft twinkle throughout the lace that adds to the richness of the gown. But perhaps the real showstopper in this gown is the low-cut illusion back. 



Molly had two very important patches sewn into her dress. One was gifted from her Maid of Honor and the other was a patch from Bear Paddle Swim School where the couple met. That little touch for her "something blue" made her dress even more special. 



Here Comes the Bride was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Rose, who also took care of my sister for her wedding, took the vague description of what I wanted and found my perfect dress. I did not want to settle for a dress and the moment she helped me get into mine I knew it was the one. I felt absolutely stunning in it and loved every detail. I walked in that night not thinking or knowing that I was walking out of the store with one of the most important purchases for my big day. The fitting process was seamless and the staff was always patient and kind. They even added two very special patches to my dress. One was gifted from my sister/MOH and the other was a patch from Bear Paddle Swim School where Josh and I met. That little touch for my “something blue” made my dress even more special. I cannot thank HCTB enough for making me feel absolutely beautiful on my wedding day.
— Molly


We wish Molly and Josh a lifetime of love and happiness. It was so much fun sharing your story and Molly looked gorgeous! Thank you for being an HCTBRIDE!


Date: September 08, 2018

Venue: Ashley Farm, Yorkville

Photographer: Jenna Hazel Photography

Dress: Stella York, HCTB

Laura & Tom




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We were very spoiled with this blog post! For the first time, we heard from both the bride and groom, detailing their beautiful love story! Let’s dive right in and hear all about our featured bride, Laura and her new husband Tom.

From our bride, Laura: “The story of how we met goes a little something like this : Once upon a time...there was a fraternity boy who met a sorority girl.. and the rest is history. While the story of how we met goes something like that, I wouldn't call it a classic fairy tale..unless the fairy tale involves a frat party and some sorority sisters. Spring of 2010... I got the most important letter I had been waiting weeks for.. my acceptance to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. While the letter told me I had been accepted, who my roommate was, and where I'd be failed to mention one detail.. that I would meet my future husband at this university.

Fast forward to November of 2010... I had just become initiated into my sorority and was headed out for a little celebration with my "sisters". The men of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity had offered to throw us an initiation party. What I didn't realize until later, was fate must've been working in our favor that night. While Tom's fraternity was the one throwing the party, he considered not going because he had been tired from a long day at work. With a little persuading from his "brothers", he decided to head out. I don't know about love at first sight, but love at first sip might be a thing.. I saw cute older guy across the room playing some drinking games with a friend. With a little "liquid courage" I went over and struck up a conversation. It may or may not have started with.. "hey, where's your girlfriend tonight?" While it may have been a bold move, it must have worked because we kept in touch after that party. Dinner dates, sorority/fraternity events, and study sessions followed. Until January 21, 2011 when he asked me to be his girlfriend in my dorm room with a poster and flowers.

7 years later, here we are. Homeowners, best friends, and soon to be Mr & Mrs.


From our groom, Tom: “Since Laura and I live together, I knew that going out and buying a ring without her knowing would be tricky (especially since I am not the "sneaky-type!"). In July, Laura went on vacation with her mom to visit family in Georgia so I knew I had the perfect opportunity. I purchased the ring that week and it sat at the bottom of my sock drawer until October 16-- the day I proposed. I knew I wanted to propose during the Fall season but the details were not finalized until a couple weeks out. Our neighbors and good friends, Tim and Andrea, contacted us about going to a pumpkin farm one weekend to get pumpkins, cider donuts, and all that other good stuff! At this point, I knew I what I wanted to do. I let Tim and Andrea know and they were all on board with the plan! Shortly after the plans were set, I went over to Laura's parents house to ask her father for his blessing (he said "yes") and let them know how I was going to propose.

On October 16, the possibility of rain was in the forecast...luckily it held off so I did not need to convince Laura why we had to go that day to pick up a pumpkin. As we got to Goebbert's Farm in South Barrington, I was nervous. (At one point, I looked over at Tim and asked, "Do I look like I am freaking out? Because I am!" He assured me that I looked calm.) We walked around for a while, fed giraffes, and then we came across a large "photo-op" backdrop of Cinderella and the Prince, with the Prince on one knee holding the glass slipper. Mimicking the Prince, I too got on one knee. Shocked and emotional, my  Cinderella said "YES!"


This modern lace mermaid wedding dress from designer Stella York takes traditional bridal fashion and gives it a much-loved twist! Lace, tulle and Regency organza over satin create an updated fit-and-flare silhouette with a dropped waist and modified V-neckline. Wide lace straps, reminiscent of delicate cap sleeves, meet and form a sheer, high back with exposed boning, which adds a couture finish to this classic dress. A long lace train and finished hemline add a hint of drama to this modern mermaid wedding dress.


Laura looked absolutely gorgeous in her gown, look at all of that beautiful lace detail!


Laura’s bridesmaids looked stylish in their mix and match bridesmaid dresses. They had the perfect blend of colors silhouettes to complement Laura’s moscato, mermaid gown.


Saying “Yes!” to the fiancé was easy, but saying “Yes!” to the dress was a whole new story. I was the type of bride who postponed going wedding dress shopping partially because I had no idea what I wanted and partially because I was afraid I wouldn't look good in anything. I'm shorter and have more of a curvy hour glass shape so finding dresses that fit "just right" can be slightly challenging at times. After visiting a few other bridal shops, I just knew I had to come back to HCTB because all those doubts and fears were swept away. I ended up saying "Yes!" to the dress in a beautiful Stella York mermaid lace gown in a unique "moscato" color.

I just want to give a special thanks to everyone at Here Comes the Bride in Addison, IL. Their staff was beyond accommodating and they helped me to find the dress of my dreams!! They took my vision and made it into a reality. Their bridal consultants made me feel comfortable and at ease as we looked at the various gorgeous dresses their boutique had to offer. They had a wide selection of styles for every body type and accessories on hand to complete the look. My dress came in in a timely manner and their alterations department did amazing work to help it fit like a glove. I can't thank them enough for helping me feel beautiful and confident in the most amazing dress! I continue to recommend them to everyone I know, stating that HCTB is THE only place you should and will need to go because you will NOT be disappointed.



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From all of us at Here Comes the Bride, we wish Laura & Tom the very best and a lifetime full of love and happiness. We thank you for being an #HCTBride and it was a pleasure getting to know you and sharing your story!


Date: October 13, 2018 

Reception: The Bloomingdale Golf Club in Bloomingdale, IL.

Photography: Melanie Kane Photography 

Amanda & Nick






Amanda & Nick met 8 years ago as freshmen at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Amanda describes Nick as a very creative, thoughtful man. Their proposal was definitely very thoughtful and very creative! Nick told Amanda that they would be going on a double-date downtown with one of his friends and a co-worker, however she had no idea that this was just a cover for a big surprise! While they were walking to the restaurant, they stopped by the riverwalk and Nick got down on one knee and proposed! She said YES! But the surprise didn’t end there…

Nick suggested heading back to a hotel so that they could tell everyone the great news! When they arrived, they didn’t have to call anybody since the whole family was in on Amanda’s surprise. When they opened the door, all of their close friends and family were waiting to celebrate with them! Nick perfectly orchestrated the evening and it was a dream proposal.

He suggested going back to the hotel to call our families, only to go upstairs and find our families and close friends. It was perfectly orchestrated and a dream proposal. Check out our beautiful bride’s photos:


This breathtaking lace A-line gown from Essense of Australia is completely vintage, unique and romantic. The organic V-neckline of this wedding dress is highlighted with slight cap sleeves, adding a touch of coverage. The bodice of this gown features layered lace, giving it a stunning botanical feeling. This, mixed with the laser-cut organza, gives rich dimension to this style. The botanical lace continues down through the tulle and Regency organza skirt, giving the look of bold florals which adds texture to the gown. The back of this wedding dress features a keyhole back, surrounded by organic lace detailing. Fabric-covered buttons run down the middle of the keyhole, adding a touch of sophistication. The back of this lace wedding dress zips up beneath fabric-covered buttons


Winter bliss… Check out that fur!!



Amanda’s bridal party is looking stylish in mixed Bill Levkoff styles. The men’s suits perfectly complement the wine color!


So I am the bride that tried on over 75 dresses before finding “The One”. HCTB was actually my first bridal appointment ever. I was so nervous and had no idea what I wanted, but the ladies there made the experience so much fun. I went to 6 other stores before returning to HCTB. After trying on so many dresses, I had a completely different vision and knew I needed to go back to HCTB again and see what dresses they had to match the new vision. That night, I fell in love with the last dress I tried on, that actually came into the store that morning and I was the first one to try it on. It was perfect. It was a relief for me to have that major decision made. From there, the dress came in ahead of schedule and I ended up purchasing my belt and headpiece from the store as well. I also took advantage of the bridesmaid discount and had all of my girls buy Bill Levkoff dresses from HCTB. And lastly, I had my alterations done at HCTB as well. She did an amazing job! The dress fit like a glove. All in all, I would give HCTB a 10/10 and ever since I visited the store in January, I have been telling everyone I know that they NEED to go there. It’s a must. I have never been to a store that I found so many I wanted to try on just walking through the racks. HCTB has the best selection and the best service. I am so thankful for my experience there.

Amanda, you looked absolutely stunning!

From all of us at Here Comes the Bride, we would like to wish Amanda and Nick a lifetime of happiness.  May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy and thank you for being a #HCTBride!  

If you are a #HCTBride and would like to be featured on our blog or Instagram, click here.  


DATE: November 10, 2018

VENUE: The Westin, Chicago Northwest

DRESS: Here Comes the Bride, Addison ( Essense of Australia)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Windy City Production, Sam Velasquez

Katie & David

Hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are very thankful for all of our brides and it is always so wonderful to hear all of your love stories, so please keep submitting them!! Next up on our featured #hctbride is Katie, let’s dive right in:



Though this cute couple initially met in their high school physics class, it wasn’t until after graduating that they started getting to know each other. Having mutual friends, they would often get together. They bonded over their love of Harry Potter & The Lord of the Rings, It wasn't long before they started falling for each other. Consequently, they dated for several years. On a trip to Cedar Point, at 1:39 in the morning, David proposed to Katie. She said yes! They now take annual trips to Cedar Point, what a special way to way to celebrate their love!


Katie is wearing an HCTB Exclusive dress. This beautiful, one-of-a-kind, crepe gown is complemented by lace appliqués, intricate beadwork and also features an illusion back.


My dress shopping experience was amazing. Our helper [Jenny] was amazing and so helpful. She took her time as I have a hard time committing. She had me try on different styles to see what my style is and then brought in dresses that were my style and we narrowed it down from there. We aren’t an emotional group but tears were shed I can’t recommend HCTB higher and have referred multiple people.
— Katie R.

From all of us at HCTB, we wish Katie & David a lifetime of love and happiness. Katie truly looked amazing and we are so happy to share their story!


Would you like to be featured on our blog? Click here to learn more about how you can become a featured #HCTBRIDE.

Nikki & Brad-8/25/2018

Hi, All! Thank you for your patience, I know it has been awhile since our last featured bride! After a busy wedding season, we are very excited to announce our newest addition, The Sample Shop by HCTB”, our new online marketplace where you can save hundreds (or thousands) on our designer bridal samples, delivered to your door. We are so excited to feature our beautiful #HCTBRIDE, Nikki. Enjoy!





Nikki first met Brad at a party she was having at her house.  Her cousin’s husband invited him and when they started mingling, they discovered that they had several mutual friends.  They also went to the same high school, but never crossed paths due to them being a couple years apart. After hitting it off at the party, they started casually getting together.  Their friendship then blossomed into a beautiful relationship, falling in love with each other. The rest, as they say, is history! Nikki’s family, together with Brad, surprised her for her 30th birthday with a trip to Disney!  Little did Nikki know, another surprise was coming. In front of Cinderella’s Castle, Brad proposed!


Nikki’s favorite Disney movie was Beauty and the Beast. For her wedding dress, she was inspired by Belle, wanting an off-the-shoulder, princess cut ballgown. She looked absolutely stunning in her Essense of Australia ballgown.

Essense of Australia- “D2379”

Essense of Australia- “D2379”


This princess wedding dress from Essense of Australia is sparkling from shimmering off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline, to a twinkling, full tulle skirt. Lace and tulle over Regency organza create a gorgeous ballgown that is covered in rich silver beading and silver edged lace. Elastic off-the-shoulder straps offer a unique take on this trend while subtle lattice beading bring a Rococo element to this princess dream dress. The antique beading around the neckline feels both romantic and glamorous paired with the sweeping train. The back of this princess ballgown zips under crystal buttons.



VENUE: Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, Lemont

PHOTOGRAPHER: Brian Milo Photography

DRESS: Essense of Australia, Here Comes the Bride


Here Comes the Bride was the first shop we went to and my sister showed the stylist a dress on Pinterest that I liked and she went and picked the dress I ended up getting! She nailed it on the first try! It was everything I ever dreamed of and more! I have always been obsessed with Beauty and the Beast and wanted a dress similar to Belle’s and that’s exactly what the stylist picked! She also found a crown and veil that matched the dress perfectly! The whole process was easy and fun! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Thank you guys so much for everything! I truly felt like a princess!  I recommended my friend Lauren to you guys and she got her dress as well!
— Nikki Paladino

From all of us at Here Comes the Bride, we wish Nikki and Brad a lifetime of love and happiness. You looked absolutely stunning on your big day! It was a pleasure getting to know you and sharing your story.


Would you like to be featured on our blog? Click here to learn more about how you can become a featured #HCTBRIDE.


Amy & Brandon

Amy & Brandon met through a mutual friend shortly after college. They dated for several months until Brandon relocated for work, causing them to momentarily lose touch.

Seven years later, Brandon moved back to Chicago. Without prior knowledge, both Amy & Brandon signed up for the same softball league! On the first game, they crossed paths once again. After a flirtatious encounter, Brandon asked Amy out on a date. It is no doubt that these two were meant to be together!

Brandon had sneakily planned out a beautiful engagement for Amy. He decorated their apartment with balloons, rose petals, streamers, pictures, and ring pops. How thoughtful! He also hid the photographers from Amy, who had no clue that her life was about to change.

When she arrived home, in attempt to distract her from what was about to happen, Amy’s parents made a fake real estate call while a friend assisted by holding the door.

Brandon then popped the question and the photographers recorded the proposal.


But wait...there's more!

After composing themselves and calling a ton of friends and family, Brandon and Amy went with their families to Lottie's Bar, Amy's favorite KU bar. Amy’s friend set up a section for them to sit and watch the game and celebrate and when they arrived, many of their other friends were congregated in that section ready to congratulate and celebrate with them. Amy had a smile pasted across her face as she was still red from the first surprise. 

Hold on...there's still more? You gotta be kidding me!

As Amy stood there hugging friends, a circle formed around her and two people came upstairs from the basement with a bottle of champagne. Tracy and Amanda, two of Amy's closest friends from college had flown in from Minneapolis and Dallas and worked with Brandon to surprise their friend on her big day. What a special and memorable proposal!

Check out this cute couple’s wedding photos below:

Amy looked absolutely stunning in her MoriLee gown, “Marissa”. This organza ballgown features a flounced skirt with horsehair trim.

My dress shopping experience was fantastic. I worked with Diane and she was amazing. She let me try on any and all styles I wanted to and gave her opinion on what would work best for my body. She was a doll and I am SO incredibly happy with my dress!
— Our #HCTBRIDE, Amy

From all of us at Here Comes the Bride, we wish Amy & Brandon a lifetime of love and happiness. It was our pleasure working with you and helping you find the dress of your dreams. You looked beautiful and thank you so much for being an #HCTBride.


WEDDING DATE: March 3, 2018

VENUE: Renaissance Chicago North Shore in Northbrook IL

PHOTOGRAPHER: Cobalt Photography, Brad

DRESS: Here Comes the Bride, MORILEE “Marissa”

Aria & Anthony

Hope you all had a safe and relaxing Labor Day!  We would love to share our next featured #HCTBride  Aria's story.   

Aria and Anthony were set up on a blind date by their grandparents (how special!). Both grandparents are friends and, upon first meeting Anthony’s grandma at brunch, she talked to Aria a lot about her grandson and how perfect she’d be for him. Afterwards, Aria and Anthony agreed to go on a date. They got drinks and apps downtown and ended up talking for over 3 hours! Anthony then surprised her on an actual first date where they saw a film and had breakfast for dinner at Little Goat Diner. 3 years later, he proposed, and they decided to run away to their favorite place for their wedding day. They got married in Chiesa di Ognissanti in Florence and had the reception at a castle in the hills of Tuscany. It was a truly magical day! 

Check out this cute couple's photos below! 

Our beautiful #HCTBride, Aria. 

Our beautiful #HCTBride, Aria. 

This unique train screams "romantic" with its double-scallop lace hem!

This unique train screams "romantic" with its double-scallop lace hem!



This lace and tulle over Imperial Crepe vintage fit and flare wedding dress from Essense of Australia features a sweetheart, V-neckline, accented by lace straps that extend beautifully into a high back. The dress also features side cutouts, and a lace cameo back that provides a comfortable, glamorous look.

This lace and tulle over Imperial Crepe vintage fit and flare wedding dress from Essense of Australia features a sweetheart, V-neckline, accented by lace straps that extend beautifully into a high back. The dress also features side cutouts, and a lace cameo back that provides a comfortable, glamorous look.


We had a great time working with Aria and she truly looked amazing on her big day!  May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy and thank you for being a #HCTBride!  


WEDDING DATE: September 21, 2017
VENUE: Florence, Italy
PHOTOGRAPHER: Angelo Governi
WEDDING DRESS: Essense of Australia, Here Comes the Bride


We can't express how happy we are about the volume of #HCTBride submissions!  Thank you everyone who has sent them in, please keep them coming!  

Next up on our featured #HCTBride are newlyweds sweet Sarah and Joe. 


Sarah and Joe met online, with Joe initially sending a message wondering about Sarah's zebra TOMs, their love of baseball and his first day teaching.  They instantly hit it off and years later, decided to relocate together to Los Angeles. Last March, in front of both of their families, Joe proposed!  She said "yes!" and from afar, they planned their Chicago wedding.



The wedding featured the same elements that brought them together, baseball and TOMs.  Though she did not wear the same zebra TOMs, but aballet wedge.  All of the details of their  wedding beautifully told the story of Sarah and Joe.  True to their wedding hashtag, the wedding was a #grandslam!

Check out this beautiful couple's photos! 

Sarah looked absolutely beautiful in her MoriLee Moiselle dress!  Breathtaking and stunning, this cap sleeve ball gown features tulle with embroidered appliqués and an off the shoulder v-neck bodice.  

Sarah had a great experience dress shopping with us, finding that our dresses were unique and beautiful.  She became a part of our #HCTBride family when she said yes to the dress! It was wonderful getting to know Sarah and her family throughout her appointments and we are so happy to share her story. 

Sarah had a great experience dress shopping with us, finding that our dresses were unique and beautiful.  She became a part of our #HCTBride family when she said yes to the dress! It was wonderful getting to know Sarah and her family throughout her appointments and we are so happy to share her story. 

From all of us at Here Comes the Bride, we wish Sarah and Joe the best on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.  Thank you for being a beautiful #HCTBride! 




Date: May 19, 2018

Venue: Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

Photographer: Gold Grid Studios

Dress: MoriLee, Here Comes the Bride


Thank you for all of the submissions, it is so wonderful to hear your stories and see your beautiful pictures! Keep them coming, we are working hard to get all of your stories on here! 

Next up on our featured #HCTBrides is Kristen.  

Kristen met her husband Brandon on a dating app.  It was the right circumstances that led Kristen to Brandon.  Kristen was supposed to be heading out of town and was planning on disconnecting from the online dating world.  However, her flight got cancelled and she wasn't able to fly out for the next 3 days!  When Kristen returned back to her apartment, she found Brandon's profile and messaged him.  The two hit it off instantly!  She left for her family trip and while in Colorado, the pair exchanged messages the whole duration of her trip.  As soon as she returned, she and Brandon got together.  The rest is history! A year and a half later, Brandon asked Kristen's father for permission for his daughter's hand in marriage.  Months before the proposal, Brandon had received Kristen's grandmother's wedding ring stone from her father.  How sweet!  The couple planned their wedding at a sentimental location, Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, which is where they had their second date.  The happily married couple now lives in a Western suburb of Chicago, where they are the proud parents of an adorable bunny named Marten.  

Check out this adorable couple's photos: 

Kristen looked beautiful in her elegant floral Vega organza Rebecca Ingram dress.  Featuring a v-neckline, v-back and chic, covered buttons trailing down the back to the hem of the train.  Simply beautiful! 

Featuring a flowy, chiffon skirt and a high jewel neckline, Kristen's bridesmaids looked stylish in their violet Mori Lee bridesmaid dresses.  

From all of us at Here Comes the Bride, we wish Kristen and Brandon a lifetime of love and happiness!  Thank you for being a #HCTBride! 


Wedding DATE: June 8, 2018

VENUE: Two Brothers Roundhouse Aurora, Illinois 

PHOTOGRAPHERS: KayBee Photos (Kirstie Bussie and Amanda Freeman)

DRESS: Rebecca Ingram, Here Comes the Bride

BRIDESMAID: Mori Lee, Here Comes the Bride


~Congratulations on being our first featured #HCTBride!~


Our beautiful #HCTBride Chessa met her husband Bob several years back.  They dated briefly during high school before going their separate ways, only to reconnect 5 years later.  Eventually, they began dating and after being together for 10 years, Bob surprised Chessa with a beautiful proposal at Fullersburg Woods.  Surrounded by dear friends and family, Bob asked Chessa to marry him!  She said yes! The celebration resumed at Wrigley Field, where the newly engaged couple enjoyed a Cubs game in the bleachers.  Chessa and Bob enjoy distance running, travelling the world and raising their 3 adopted puppies together.  They are excited about their new life together, hoping to be full of adventures, longlasting memories and of course, dogs! 

Check out this beautiful couple's photos:

Chessa looked absolutely stunning in her vintage, Hollywood inspired Martina Liana dress.  Featuring an open back, crepe skirt and a flashy, beaded illusion neckline, this gown screams sophisticated!  

From all of us at Here Comes the Bride, we would like to wish Chessa and Bob a lifetime of happiness.  May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy and thank you for being a #HCTBride!  

If you are a #HCTBride and would like to be featured on our blog or Instagram, click here.  



  • WEDDING DATE: August 4, 2018
  • VENUE: Warehouse 109 
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Jovana Irene Photography. 
  • DRESS: Martina Liana, Here Comes the Bride

Thank You, #HCTBrides

We are SO thrilled to begin blogging about our wonderful brides!  We strive to make finding the dress of your dreams an unforgettable experience!  We love getting to know each and every one of you. With that being said, we absolutely LOVE when we see your beautiful photos!  We wish all of our brides congratulations on your special day and thank you for letting us be a part of it!

 If you are a #HCTBride and would like to be featured on our social media, click here.  

Rose, Samantha, Jenna, Era, Rudi, Jenny, Amelia & Olivia

The HCTB Team