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Taking a Honeymoon!

So this post comes with lots of excitement and sadness all at the same time. I started Bride Meets Wedding five years ago after moving to a new place where I knew no one, and decided to build my own business. Weddings have always been my passion, and I knew that I would always work in the wedding biz in some shape or form. I couldn’t have kick started the website without the help of my amazing and supportive husband and some awesome vendors (you know who you are!). I’ve featured some pretty spectacular weddings, interviewed and met some adorable couples, and worked with tons of talented vendors. Over the years I’ve had the privilege to take Bride Meets Wedding on the road with us as we’ve moved three times in the last few years. I get exhausted just saying that!

To me, Bride Meets Wedding has always been not just a business, but my baby. I’ve learned who’s really in it for the couples and who’s in it for just the business aspect. I know there are thousands of bridal blogs out there, and I say why not all be friends? I’ve seen so much competitiveness over the years, and I think can’t we all just work together?! I mean, I’m a competitive person, but I’m very much about you help me, and I’ll help you!

In 2013, I gave birth to my wonderful little man, Liam, and from then on my daily routine and priorities changed. I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but I’ve also always been one to work, be independent and make my own money. After Liam was born I continued to work on the site and host the Veils + Cocktail Bridal event during any non-baby time I could find. Bride Meets Wedding has always been a one-woman show, with the exception of some help from some very talented contributing writers – Connie, Katie and Karly. These girls have always been so helpful to bounce ideas off of. I’ve always been the one reaching out to new wedding vendors, promoting the site, interviewing and putting together content, handling all social media aspects, etc. As many of you know this takes a ton of time with any business. I used to stay up until 1am or 2am in the morning just researching the wedding industry and putting together content. After Liam, I realized that showing up to a vendor meeting with a fussy baby was not in the cards, although SO many were open to me bringing him along. I’ll never forget the time he had a massive poop explosion the first time I met a photographer and she so graciously let me change him right in front of her in her office, and she wasn’t even a mom at the time! These last few years I’ve continued to run Bride Meets Wedding and make it work while Liam has been little.

Since then, Liam time has become much more demanding with constant crafts, play groups, and nap times that may or may not happen on a daily basis. Seriously, this kid is high-energy 24-7. He’s my toddler boss that wakes me each morning with a kiss and then hands me my glasses and cell phone while he gives a cute “hi mama”.

Now our family is about to change in just two weeks (maybe even sooner) with baby boy #2! A few months ago, I had a heart to heart chat with another wedding mom friend who helped me face what I already knew, but didn’t want to admit. With all these changes in life, I realized that Bride Meets Wedding had to go from being in the front seat to the back seat. As much as I’ve loved working on the site and have put so much energy and time into it; now it was all about being a mom, and soaking in these precious moments that not every mom gets to enjoy on a daily basis. I truly am blessed to spend my days with him. For us, hiring a nanny or taking the kids to daycare just isn’t worth it. Bride Meets Wedding has been like a third child, so this was really hard to come to terms with, which is why it’s taken me so long to write this post!

All that being said, there will still be Bride Meets Wedding, but for now it’s going to take a break as I go from wedding girl to boy mom. As of June 1st the site will be taking a rest until I can focus all my energy on it. I’ll continue to do wedding related projects as time allows, and the Bride Meets Wedding social media accounts will still be there. Let’s face it I need to stay sane somehow! My mom has a successful wedding floral business that I’ve been helping with behind the scenes working on her website and branding, so I plan to continue helping her. I still love connecting and meeting new vendors, so that won’t change, and I will definitely stay in touch with all the past vendors I’ve met along the way.

So for now, this isn’t goodbye, but a see you soon! I know that sounds very cliche, but it’s the truth. Thanks to all that have supported me and followed me on this journey. I’m excited for what the future holds!



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Gabrielle +Andrew’s Wedding Celebration: Part 2 – The Big Day!

When you look at Gabrielle and Andrew you can see not only the love they have for each other, but the amount of love that they have for their family and friends. These two thrive on spending time with their families, and really focused on not making the wedding day just about themselves and their new journey as husband and wife, but as a celebration of their family and friends.

Gabrielle’s sister and brother-in-law graciously opened up their Iowa home for the wedding day; hosting guests from the East to West Coast and everywhere in-between. Iowa holds a special place for Gabrielle’s family; offering serene views and quality time together away from the busy city, so it was an obvious choice when it came to choosing it as the wedding location.

The celebration took place on a warm, humid summer day and featured a natural palette of muted tones. Steering away from having a typical “wedding color”, Gabrielle wanted to enhance the natural beauty of the property by incorporating tons of fresh foliage and pops of bright blooms. The couple wanted to incorporate as many local and natural elements as possible throughout the day. To add in a Midwestern rustic feel, hundreds of fresh sunflowers grown on the property were used for the outdoor cocktail hour festivities. The field of sunflowers also posed as a beautiful backdrop for Logan Clement Photography to capture some bridal party images. During cocktails, guests were greeted with fresh lemonade and specialty fig cocktails, a gourmet cheese station and raw bar, and enjoyed lawn games overlooking Eastern Iowa’s rolling hills.

Throughout the planning, family was always right there to help make Gabrielle and Andrew’s wedding extra special. The bride’s brother and sister-in-law created a special father/daughter tribute dance honoring her father that featured a moment with all the special men that had come into her life and who would always be there by her side. Needless to say, there was not one dry eye in the house. Showing Gabrielle’s father’s presence throughout the day was very important to her, so Inside Decor built a beautiful custom canopy that featured her father’s favorite quote, “Love is the most powerful force in the universe.” The couple shared intimate photos under the display during their cocktail hour.

After enjoying a sit-down meal catered by Fried Green Tomatoes, guests enjoyed dancing to live music from TVK Orchestra in the reception barn and taking in the outside views. A private fireworks show put on by friends served as a surprise at the end of the night for the newlyweds.

So now, onto swooning over all the prettiness of Gabrielle and Andrew’s big day!

P.S. This is just a VERY small glimpse into the day. You can enjoy the full experience by checking out the beautiful highlight video captured by Rick over at Stang Films that I’ve shared below. If you’re doubting video on the wedding day you should definitely think again; there’s nothing like watching live video to relive the memories.

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Gabrielle + Andy Wedding Highlight from Stang Films on Vimeo.


Ceremony Location: St. Donatus Catholic Church, St. Donatus, Iowa
Reception Location: Private Residence (Sister of the Bride’s property)
Photographer: Logan Clement Photography
Planner: Bride Meets Wedding
Wedding Day Assistance: Harper Hadley Events
Catering: Fried Green Tomatoes, Galena, Illinois
Wedding Cake: Kathy’s Kakes, Independence, Iowa
Floral: Shelly Sarver Designs (personals, church, reception design), Pella, Iowa
Floral: Hand Pickd (Just For You) (sunflower cocktail hour design), Dubuque, Iowa
Ceremony and Reception Rentals/Decor: Inside Decor, Dubuque, Iowa
Vintage Rentals (sofas, fence, kid zone furniture, some signage): Ala Crate Vintage Rental, Madison, Wisconsin
Vintage Rentals (sofas, chairs): Farmhouse Vintage Rental, Marion, Iowa
Vintage Rentals (bride and groom chairs and decor pillows): Erasistable Vintage Rentals, St. Charles, Illinois
Vintage Rentals (“Love” letters, end tables): Embellish Specialty Rentals, Rockford, Illinois
Reception Lighting, Farm Dinner Tables: Unique Events of Iowa, Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Round Dinner Table Rental: Bel-Aire Rental, Dubuque, Iowa
Live Band: TVK Orchestra, Chicago
Quartet: The Wedding Stringers, Davenport, Iowa
Special Dance Vocals: Lisa Gomes (sister-in-law to the bride)
Special father/daughter dance tribute (“Somewhere over the Rainbow”): Brother of the bride, Aaron Gomes (ukulele); Lisa Gomes (vocals)
Videographer: Stang Films
Guest/Wedding Day Transportation: Chariot Limos, Dubuque, Iowa
Wedding Invites: Fourteen-Forty NYC
Escort Cards, table numbers, calligraphy, welcome bag printing: Iron Leaf Press, Marion, Iowa
Wedding Favors: Betty Jane Candies, Dubuque, Iowa
Late night Food truck: Wild Fryers, Dubuque, Iowa
Hotel Accommodations: Hotel Julien, Holiday Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites
Hotel Welcome Box Items: Mount Vernon Confections (Chocolate covered bacon) and Freddie’s Popcorn (local “Mississippi” popcorn mix), Dubuque, Iowa
Hair: Luxe Salon (Jacynda Smith)
Makeup: Samantha Meier and Stacy Shuster
Men’s Tuxedos: Milroy’s Tuxedos, Dubuque, Iowa

Looking for more wedding inspiration? Check out Gabrielle + Andrew’s Rehearsal Dinner feature here!