Bride/Babe: Sarah Hrudka of linyage

How does the Creative Director for a gorgeous wedding dress line approach her own bridal style? With so much beauty and thoughtfulness in the case of Sarah Hrudka, Co-owner and Creative Director of linyage, a design house known for creating custom, hand-crafted gowns with detail, charm and depth.

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Dress byBoth my wedding and reception dresses were made by linyage. We also made our bridesmaids dresses and all three junior bridesmaids dresses!

Shoes byBarefoot! Having my feet in the soil, in the place where so many memories have been made was solely how I stayed calm and grounded. Also, I've been known to roll an ankle or two and no bride wants that while walking down the aisle.

Accessories byMy earrings were by La Vie Parisienne; Rings by Another Feather; My Engagement Ring is a vintage band with diamonds designed by local jeweler. My Wedding band is a Vintage band from Etsy and my Handkerchief was a vintage creation knitted by my Great Grandma Frances that I used as a child.

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Health secretLeading up to the wedding, my health secrets were unique. I have struggled with issues in my health fairly consistently to no avail for the last seven years.  After countless doctor visits and every remedy in the book, I finally got serious after I got engaged and discovered what I call my dream team: an integrative physician, my acupuncturist, pilates and yoga teachers, and a variety of approachable food blogs such as Nutrition Stripped. All together they have helped me begin to heal. For me, getting healthy was not necessarily a quick fix for the wedding day, as I often see brides attempting to do.  My wedding was truly the motivation and catalyst I needed to begin taking care of myself in a more sustainable and kind way, so I could in turn be the best version of myself for my husband, family and friends. It was as if my wedding day was what allowed me to turn the page and begin a new chapter, not only by way of marriage but for my health as a whole. The day of I did morning yoga on the lawn, drank espresso and ate a delicious spread put on by my dear friend. I also enjoyed a hell of a lot of laughter with my bridesmaids!

Beauty secretEchoing what I said above, self- care was truly it. Let's face it, as a woman and small business owner, it's very easy to put work and others before self-care.  After years of doing that, I realized that all it left me with was poor skin, tired eyes, and a bitter spirit. I truly carved out some sort of nurturing act every single day leading up to the wedding; whether it was a 20 minute hot soak at night, or indulging in a hydra-facial because I knew my midwestern skin needed the love. Also, being more intentional about simple things like taking my vitamins/supplements consistently, or actually washing off my make up at the end of the day truly worked wonders for me. I also recently discovered fire cider, and started adding a tablespoon of it in my water every single morning to help my immune system keep up with pre-wedding chaos and combat those days when sleep was null.

Hair byLindsay Handrick. Follow her work on instagram: #lindsaydoesmyhair

Makeup byPhanie Meehan

Bridal StyleIt's hard to put into one word what the look was, but essentially it was a mix of: boho, woodland, etherial and timeless. The whole day's vibe was outdoorsy, like summer camp meets music festival. Basically I wanted to feel like myself on my wedding day, but a much more polished version that still allowed my free spirit to be at the forefront. Every one person that was involved in me looking like a bride that day was intentionally chosen because they know me best and would allow that aesthetic to unfold.

Greatest moment of the nightNo way on earth could I ever chose one.  Cliche as it may be, but it's like asking a mother who her favorite child is. I simply cannot pick.  However I will say my favorite element overall was the sheer, raw emotion and fleeting moments that we could never have planned for. The bald eagles flying over the ceremony, the double rainbow over the barn the night before, and witnessing even grown men come to tears was beyond what I could ever, ever planned for.  I could have never prepared for the way in which my heart stretched.

Wedding venueThe ceremony was at a private cabin along the Spooner River of dear friends in Spooner, WI and the reception was On Twin Lakes, an organic farm and wedding venue in Birchwood, WI

Wedding dateSeptember 19th, 2015

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Sarah and her business partner, Lindsay Ulness | Designer at linyage; Photo Courtesy of Paper Antler  

Sarah and her business partner, Lindsay Ulness | Designer at linyage; Photo Courtesy of Paper Antler  

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Posted on October 29, 2015 .