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:

KATIE & DAVID

10/20/18

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!

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!

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.


FROM OUR BRIDE

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!

-THE HCTB TEAM

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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 & BRAD

8/25/2018

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HOW IT ALL STARTED

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!

HERE COMES THE #HCTBRIDE

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”

TALK ABOUT A BEADED BEAUTY!

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.

CHECK OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL COUPLE’S PHOTOS BELOW

DETAILS

VENUE: Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, Lemont

PHOTOGRAPHER: Brian Milo Photography

DRESS: Essense of Australia, Here Comes the Bride

FROM OUR #HCTBRIDE

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.

-The HCTB TEAM

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

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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.

SHE SAID YES!!!

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.


DETAILS

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!

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 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!  


DETAILS:

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

SARAH & JOE

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.

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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! 

 

 

DETAILS

Date: May 19, 2018

Venue: Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

Photographer: Gold Grid Studios

Dress: MoriLee, Here Comes the Bride

KRISTEN & BRANDON

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! 

DETAILS

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

CHESSA & BOB

~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.  

 

DETAILS

  • 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