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Wedding Date: December 2012
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli
Courtesy of: Arnella's Bridal

Our Big Day: A Big THANK YOU and Farewell

Posted on February 10, 2013 by  Miss Independent Bride   //   Comment

I can’t believe that my time has finally come when I am posting my “farewell” post on It’s a Bride’s Life. My time here has been amazing and I’ve felt so very honored to be a part of such a talented group of ladies. When I look back on my wedding day, I will be able to cherish the great amount of memories that came from being part of this blog.

To my families (both old and new):

To our amazing bridal party:

To the best of friends who traveled from near and far:

To the two who “set us up” some ten years ago:

To David Tutera and all of the It’s a Brides Life crew:

And to all of our vendors, friends and family who offered help, advice, cookies, etc.:

We THANK YOU for making our big day absolutely amazing! We couldn’t have done it without all of your help, nor could we have enjoyed it without your presence. We are truly blessed.

Best of luck to all of those brides-to-be. Just remember to cherish EVERY moment of the planning process as well as your big day because before you know it, you’ll be a Mrs.!

Love, MRS. Independent Bride

Photo Credit: Malinda Armstrong Photography


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Wedding Date: December 2012
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli
Courtesy of: Arnella's Bridal

Our Big Day: My Dress

Posted on February 9, 2013 by  Miss Independent Bride   //   Comment

For nearly 9 months since the time I had selected my dress, I COULD NOT WAIT TO WEAR IT on my wedding day! It was absolutely perfect…it fit me like a glove and it was so different from anything that I had ever seen with the combination of white lace, rhinestones and an alabaster ivory color…and not to mention, I loved how I was able to add on a bolero jacket to make it my own.

I had originally picked out a now discontinued dress from Sophia Tolli that had the bolero jacket paired with it. Going to my dress appointment, I KNEW that was going to be my dress, but as soon as I put it on, it just didn’t feel right. After I tried on a few different dresses, I came across another Sophia Tolli dress that just didn’t have me convinced on the hanger. Long story short, I tried it on and I knew she was the one, but I was still REALLY torn because I LOVED the bolero jacket. The shop owner at Arnella’s Bridal suggested that I pair it with the new dress and low and behold, it ended up looking EVEN BETTER than the dress it was supposed to go with. To me, it was just proof to never settle and be creative when it comes to finding your dream dress!

My maid of honor made me my “Mrs. Miller” hanger and I love it with the contrast of the wood and stained glass window in the church.

Isn’t she a beauty?!

The hair had been finished and after the makeup, it was finally time to don my gown!

John’s niece who was our flower girl was “really excited” to see my “princess dress” and I just love this picture of her waiting with anticipation. Isn’t she adorable?!

Yes, another picture of the hanger, but I just loved that she took all that time to make it for me!

A dress this beautiful requires a few hands when it comes to putting it on!

A functional corset laced up the back and then it was uniquely covered by a beaded piece of fabric.

Then, I added my personal favorite part of the dress…my lace bolero jacket! There were a LOT of buttons down the back, so I’m glad I had a lot of helpers!

I’m so sad that I will never get to wear this dress again, but am very excited to know that a deserving bride will get her dream dress after I donate it to Brides Across America.

I did, however, choose to keep my bolero jacket. One of my bridesmaids gifted me a beautiful shadow box that looks amazing with the jacket in it, along with my “something old” broach and invitations. I’ll be adding some dried roses soon! Sorry for the poor photo quality on this one. My camera is nowhere near as good as my photographers!

Photo Credit: Malinda Armstrong Photography

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Wedding Date: December 2012
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli
Courtesy of: Arnella's Bridal

Our Big Day: The Reception

Posted on February 8, 2013 by  Miss Independent Bride   //   Comment

Once the ceremony was over, it was time to kick back and have some fun. We elected to do a receiving line at the reception and it was very nice to get to chat a little to everyone before dinner.

One of the first things that our guests noticed upon arrival was the massive amount of cookies in our cookie room. Forget your New Year’s Diet, I bet these next few pictures will make your mouth water.

A family friend of my mother-in-law’s made these cookies for our rehearsal dinner. I think she should go into selling them, don’t you?!

The Christmas tree looked FABULOUS!

And I loved my florist’s suggestion of having empty vases on the head table for us girls to put our bouquets in!

Our two best friends delivered the most memorable of speeches.

And if you haven’t already noticed, I ditched my bolero jacket at the beginning of the reception to reveal my “new” dress! So many people thought that I had actually changed dresses because it altered the look of it so much!

We cut our cake immediately after dinner, which I was so glad that we decided to do it this way. Not only did it give people more time to eat it, but it also gave us more time to work the room.

Just because we didn’t have a military wedding with John in his uniform didn’t mean that we still couldn’t incorporate a little military tradition of cutting the cake with his sword!

Our first dance added a bit of our fun-loving personalities into the mix.

And then, it was time for us to really enjoy the night, which we most certainly did. It was such a blessing to have all of our family and friends there together…even if some of them did have to head home for an early bedtime because the day just tuckered them out!

Photo Credit: Malinda Armstrong Photography



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Wedding Date: December 2012
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli
Courtesy of: Arnella's Bridal

Our Big Day: Some Snowy Pictures

Posted on February 7, 2013 by  Miss Independent Bride   //   Comment

Getting married in December is pretty risky when you live in NE Ohio. You can either have 50 degree weather or you can have a huge snowstorm. I was just praying that we didn’t have the snowstorm or the weather that leaves everything muddy and “dirty” looking. And with my great luck, we received the snowstorms, BUT our wedding day was sandwiched in between them. Can’t complain about that, right? As much as I would have liked some pictures with snow falling down around us, I’m glad that our guests could safely arrive because the snow had stopped. And, I’m not too bummed with these beautiful pictures in the snow!

Photo Credit: Malinda Armstrong Photography

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Wedding Date: December 2012
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli
Courtesy of: Arnella's Bridal

Our Big Day: The Ceremony

Posted on February 6, 2013 by  Miss Independent Bride   //   Comment

I am proud to say that a large snowstorm the night before the wedding was the only thing that had me stressed! The preparations for the wedding were complete well before our big day, but I was quite worried about everyone getting into NE Ohio for the celebration. My maid of honor blew a tire on her drive and my sister-in-law’s flight from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan was cancelled, so not everyone made it to rehearsal. Thankfully, when we woke up on Saturday morning, the roads were clear and everyone had arrived! Now, we could focus on preparing ourselves for the big day!

Since we got married the Saturday before Christmas, the church was already decorated with fresh poinsettias, a Christmas tree, white lights and garland.

Before I knew it, all of the hard work and planning was over. It was time for me to be a bride!


I absolutely love this next picture because it captures the moment so very well. Apparently, I had never told my now husband about the tradition of switching your engagement ring to your right hand for the wedding ceremony. When it came time to place my ring on my finger, he went for the hand that had my engagement ring on it, which was not the right hand! The entire church broke into laughter and it was honestly one of my favorite moments of the entire day.

We participated in the tradition of lighting the Unity Candle.

And then, we were finally married!!!

After we exited the church, we came back in to do a type of a receiving line in the church. It was very important to John and I to be able to talk to EVERY SINGLE ONE of our guests and because of the weather and the holidays, there were some people that attended the ceremony, but not the reception. We dismissed pew by pew, starting with our parents, and worked our way to the back of the church. We received a lot of compliments on this style of an “exit” and it made much more sense to us than to have our guests FREEZE outside waiting for our departure!

Photo Credit: Malinda Armstrong Photography

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