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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

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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!

Wow! 

Wow! 

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