Happy #WeddingWednesday, planning friends! Today on The Bridal Society‘s blog we can’t wait to share with you an absolutely stunning Society Wedding Spotlight. Today’s featured Great Gatsby inspired wedding is brought to us by Brianne Ackerland of Stress Free Weddings, Inc.
About Stress Free Weddings, Inc.
Brianne is a Senior Certified Wedding Planner who has been planning weddings in the Quad City area for over 10 years. After completing all continuing education courses she gained her Senior Certified Wedding Planner status in January of 2015 and has been recognized with Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Awards (2015-2017) and The Knot Best of Weddings (2017). Her love of wedding planning started with her own wedding 14 years ago. Since then she has found herself wanting to help every bride she comes across enjoy their wedding planning process and big day Stress-Free!
The Wedding Details
The Sweet Couple
Meghan and Rob are an adorable couple from Dubuque, Iowa. Their Gatsby themed event was on 11/11/2017. Brianne said that Rob and Meg were meant to meet. Rob walked into the salon Meghan was working at. Between the great haircut and the fact it was Meghan’s birthday, Rob decided to leave her a great tip. With a little research on Meg’s part to locate Rob on Facebook to thank him for the tip, he asked her out and the rest was history!
The story of their proposal is as cute as can be. Rob decided to propose on a normal Wednesday night. He planned a nice dinner out at a new supper club, and when they returned home there were roses on the counter and a lovely ring tied around the neck of their kitty. Once they began their wedding planning process, Meghan found Brianne by doing a search for wedding planners in Iowa on Google.
The Wedding’s Unique Elements and Style
Meghan and Rob had a very clear vision. They wanted a Gatsby themed wedding. When searching for venues it was important for them to feel that it went with the overall theme and that we didn’t try to make a space just “work”. They decided on the Hotel Julien not only fit the Gatsby theme but also has a history of being associated with the infamous gangster Al Capone. In fact, the bride got ready in the Al Capone suite!
Brianne’s Favorite Moments
Brianne’s favorite part of planning Meghan and Rob’s wedding was being able to work along with them to execute their vision. They were both completely invested in executing the wedding – and it’s not often that she has a groom that takes complete ownership of seating chart and creates the place cards!
Brianne was also excited about doing a themed wedding. It was important to her to make it modern and not what she affectionately referred to as Gawdy Gatsby. (By the look of their beautiful gallery of images, I think it’s safe to say she pulled it off!)
Meanwhile, her favorite part of Meghan and Rob’s actual wedding day was when they did their “First Look”. When Rob turned around and saw Meghan for the first time that day, it was just so sweet. All throughout the day it felt like they were just in their own little bubble enjoying their day.
What Brianne Could Not Live With On This Wedding Day
Brianne said, “My must have for all my weddings is my Kate Spade for Keds sparkly tennis shoes, my cell phone and clipboard with my schedule for the day!”
Meghan and Rob’s Vendor Team:
- Ceremony: St. Joseph of the Worker
- Reception Venue: Hotel Julien
- Photographer: Candid Contrast Photography
- DJ: Riniker Rhythm
- Florist: Hand Picked (Just For You)
- Decor/Rentals – Inside Decore
- Transportaion: VIP Transportation
- Cake & Dessert Bar: Koppes Kreations
- Wedding Planner: Stress Free Weddings, Inc.
A special thanks to Brianne for allowing us to feature this wedding as a part of #WeddingWednesday! Also, thank you to Candid Contrast Photography for the gorgeous images from Meghan and Rob’s big day.
If you are a CWP through The Bridal Society and would like to submit a Spotlight Wedding to be featured, please be sure to visit our members only area on The Bridal Society website for the application.