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Dave and Katie came from a long line of Depauw alum and the University meant a lot not only to both of their families, but also to their relationship. They met there and spent many nights at the best local bars and eats, so it only made since to tie the knot in Meharry Hall on campus. For this couple, their love was bigger than DePauw’s rivalry to Wabash College.
Surrounded by memories, the couple invited all their college friends back to their alma mater to celebrate - with a few extra surprise appearances. Their favorite bartender from the college watering hole, The Fluttering Duck, was their celebrity bartender for the evening. Although it was complete happenstance, it just reinforced everything was meant to be! Those late night dancing guests were then fueled by DePauw’s famed late snack snack of Marvin’s GCB (aka garlic cheeseburgers).
If there is anything this couple can teach all the other brides and grooms out there, it’s to keep the humor alive, remember where you came from, look forward to where you're going and to always root for your alma mater!
Are you a bride-to-be? We’d love to help you write your love story! Let’s starting planning today!
Blog Author: Kyli Penrod
Photography: Sarah Kriner Photography
Venue: Meherry Hall at DePauw & The Inn at DePauw
Florist: Eitel’s Florist
Planner: Lisa Norris Events
Beauty: Jacks von Liria
Late night snack: Marvin’s
Place card vs. escort card? Processional vs. recessional?
Here’s a quick guide to common wedding terms you’ll probably hear along the planning process.
The bustle gathers up the wedding dress train with buttons or ribbon to prevent the train from dragging and helps the bride move around during reception. Most often at the bride’s final fitting, they will demonstrate how to bustle the dress. It is best to video record on your phone to show your bridesmaids or family member who is helping on your wedding day.
A large decorative base plate for which other dinnerware is placed on top.
Escort cards, found at entrance of reception, will have a guest’s name and their table assignment to help direct them to their assigned table.
Not to be confused with escort cards, but the place card sits at the guest’s individual table setting to signify the guest’s specific seat.
The soft music played as guests arrive at the ceremony and are seated.
The music that plays as the bridal party & bride walk down the aisle - and marks the beginning of the ceremony.
The joyous music played as the bride and groom exit from the ceremony as husband and wife.
Everything found on a set table from the linens to the place settings to the floral arrangements which creates the design & look of the table.
A small candle housed in a glass or metal container. Most venues require that candles are placed inside a holder that contains the flame for safety reasons.
This past weekend, Laurel Hall hosted the the most beautiful and romantic Christmas wedding of Jeffrey & Kaitlin. The venue lit up with twinkling lights, splashes of red and beautiful florals by Bella Sorella. Laurel Hall is magnificent itself, but the wow factor at Christmas-time is breath-taking!
The 2018 wedding season started on a beautiful April weekend with with Branden & Traci’s nuptials in downtown Indianapolis. The cherry blossoms were in perfect bloom!
The early May wedding of Laura & Greg arrived on a gorgeous spring day. A true Midwestern pastime, baseball was the theme of their rehearsal dinner & friendly game among families at Kokomo’s Jackrabbit Stadium. What a great facility for a private event! The following day, Laura & Greg’s Lindley Farmstead reception was beautifully accented with a nature arch and intricate tablescapes - topped with a beautiful sunset!
June was whirlwind, but I met so many sweet couples (how do I get so lucky?)
Jim & Amanda’s wedding kicked off the month with nuptials at the historic & one-of-a-kind Laurel Hall. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues! With remarkable details and a 3rd floor chapel, this venue is easily a top choice for many couples!
Another castle-like wedding followed the next weekend at Meyer’s Castle in Northern Indiana. Lush gardens, fountains & peacocks roaming the grounds transported guests to a fairy tale wedding.
The following week brought us relentless rain, but the skies cleared by the weekend! Galit & Adin were blessed with a beautiful and hot wedding day for their garden ceremony at the Willows.
The wonderful staff at the Willows (Thanks Shawn & Jess!) were great company in June – as we returned the following weekend for the wedding of Kayla & Brian. The Willow’s newly renovated deck overlooking the pond was the perfect backdrop for all 250 guests!
With July in full swing, Beth & Steven said their vows at the Franklin Parks gazebo. Their simple outdoor wedding was a romantic afternoon accented with picture perfect willow trees.
Returning to their alma mater, Katie & Dave embraced the beautiful campus of DePauw for their August wedding. This fun couple taught me so much about campus tradition and my heart fell in love with this place! The ceremony was held at the Meharry hall, followed by a campus reception catered with late night snack by Marvin’s (a campus favorite!)
Venue: DePauw University
Photography: Sarah Kriner Photography
Mid-August hosted a Great Gatsby themed style shoot at the unique Cyrus Place in downtown Indy. I want to shout from the rooftops how talented this creative team was!
As the summer winded down, we found ourselves at Eddie Merlot’s with the loveable Eric & Leighann. The staff and setting were ideal for a flawless, intimate wedding – topped off by a visit to the wine cellar!
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck – and Cody & Caitlin handled it gracefully. This sweet couple’s backyard wedding may have switched to Plan B, but it was a magical night nonetheless!
The biggest undertaking of the year was converting New Castle’s Arts Park into a flowy oasis for the wedding of Sara & Grant and their 300 guests. But, alas, we did it! The lush gardens in the park were the perfect backdrop!
Any Hoosier knows the prettiest place in October is Brown County. I was thrilled to be a part of Kitty & Collin’s wedding at the Old Barn in Brown County. A romantic rustic barn nestled in the woods of Nashville hosted their romantic evening.
Chazz & Kylie’s November wedding was embraced by the peak in fall colors on the grounds of Laurel Hall. This beautiful day was a photographer’s dream!
Dreaming of a Christmas wedding with tartan plaid, bells & splashes of red, Jeffrey & Kaitlin’s wedding was one for the books! Their first dance in Laurel Hall’s solarium was unforgettable!
I was blessed by an amazing year - and amazing couples. I look forward to another great year in 2019!
“You are the loveliest, tenderest and most beautiful person I have ever known— and even that is an understatement.” Get ready for a lovely, 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired styled wedding shoot!
The tone for the shoot was immediately set by the gorgeous, richly historic Cyrus Place in downtown Indianapolis. Art-deco inspired touches complimented the décor of gold, feathers and black roaring sequin that set the scene for this dazzling event. Check out the work of our talented created team!
Thanks to the amazingly talented team for their creative inputs!
Table Decor & Settings: @uncommonlystyled
Photography: @themomentsbetweenus @cecasephoto
Rentals: @atmospheresindy Atmospheres Indy
Beauty: Tiffany Parker @SilkCosmetics
“Don’t like the weather? Just wait a few minutes and it will change!” - Indiana
Planning an outdoor wedding can be worrisome with Indiana’s unpredictable weather. For Cody & Caitlin’s rainy day wedding, they took it all in stride, and even with a smile.
Should rain clouds threaten your wedding, here are some tips on how to salvage that perfect day.
Embrace Plan B
This tip is about mindset, but also about logistics and practicality. It’s not nice (or practical) to have your guests sitting on wet seats or in a rainstorm, even if an outdoor ceremony is what you have been dreaming of all year. Your happy, dry, warm guests will thank you!
Gather your Gear
Find out if your planner or photographer has clear umbrellas (we carry them for our couples!) They are much easier to forgive in photos - and actually make for great props. Offering a basket of guest umbrellas is also a nice gesture.
You also might want to consider rain boots. They can even be super cute white rain boots - or matching bridal party boots (great bridal party gifts, by the way!)
Lead by Example
If you are bummed about your rainy wedding day, your guests will notice your energy, and they will be bummed too. So, live it up on your wedding day! Embrace every moment!
Consider a Change of Attire
Whether your plan is to tear it up on the dance floor, or just to visit with guests all night, you may want to consider a costume change on a rainy day. If you’ve braved the elements to take your photos, you may have a damp heavy gown on your body, and that’s not fun for a 10-12 hour day. Consider a short dress or a jumpsuit.
At the end of your wedding day, here’s what you will remember: all your loved ones in the same room, how it felt, how fast the whole day went by, and how happily exhausted you are. You won’t remember the rain. I promise.
First comes love, then comes your loved ones grinning down the aisle, then comes marriage. You probably already know that traditional weddings always come with a processional (& recessional). But chances are, you may not know exactly how the whole thing goes down.
With this easy guide, you can plan your processional walking order & songs for your big day.
(P.S. Your coordinator will love your proactive planning for rehearsal!)
Free ceremony planning guide
…a guide to your wedding processional order
I love, love LOVE music…so needless to say, I had so much fun creating my favorites playlist. It’s usually a last minute thought for couples - but hoping this creates some inspiration. Music is such a personal preference so steal or ignore as you please!
These songs are great for the processional which can include 1) seating of grandparents & parents 2) bridal party & groom and, save the best song for the 3) THE BRIDE!
A Thousand Years (Piano Guys)
This is my FAVORITE Piano Guys song, but they have many beautiful ones!
Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Bridal March (Vincente Avella)
Wagner Bridal Chorus - Piano
Trumpet Voluntary (Danny Wright)
I Can Only Imagine (The O’Neill Brothers)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Insturmental)
Wedding March (Wedding DJ & Felix Mendelssohn
Clair De Lune
All of Me (Charlie Glass, Insturmental)
Although my playlist was solely focused on the processional, there can be many opportunities throughout your wedding for the perfect song (ie., cake cutting, first dance, etc.) If you are looking for inspiration, check out this list! Remember, wedding DJ’s are usually super helpful as well!
Creating a guest list for your wedding can be daunting (and expensive!), but ask yourself these questions -
Will this guest still be in my life in 5 years? Is there a chance you will look at wedding pictures and say, “Who is that? I cannot believe they were at my wedding!”
For co-workers, apply the “but for” test: If the company dissolved tomorrow, would you still be friends with them? But for your job, do you have anything in common?
If you live in the same city as the potential invitees and don’t see them outside of events organized by mutual friends, then you shouldn’t invite them. These are not your friends; these are your friends’ friends.
Do you want to invite children? If there are only a few children on the guest list, it won’t affect the budget much. If there are 20 children on the guest list, you could save a significant amount by only inviting adults to the wedding.
Your wedding isn’t an excuse to invite every friend you've ever known. It is much more important to focus on the people who are in your lives right now. There is no need to feel guilty for not inviting someone they have not seen in ten or more years.
Remember it's YOUR day! Share it with the friends & family your cherish most!
Directing your guests to their seats can be daunting at first, but with some creativity, it can be fun. Check out these ideas for inspiration!
The use of antique windows has been a recent trend. Hiring a calligrapher or friend with excellent handwriting and a white Sharpie will create the look. Caution: Sometimes windows can be difficult to read unless placed in front of a solid wall or landscaping. More affordably, print your table assignments on a variety of plain or textured paper and secure behind frames.
One of simplest seating charts are posters from Staples, Zazzle or VistaPrint. These average about $20 to create. Pop on a foam board & easel - and done! Bonus, you can create coordinating menu cards, placecards and signs for your event.
My recent favorite is the use of frames. Whether you prefer matching or eclectic, it super easy and pretty.
Clothespins! Clip names on twine, chicken wire, etc. for simple organization.
Thinking outside of the box? Ideas are endless! Entertain your guests by incorporating your theme or passions.
Planning an adult evening can be exciting, but difficult to tactfully communicate. Here are subtle, yet clear ways to communicate to your guests.
I love a good theme, including marble inspired weddings. Check out these ideas that won’t break the bank to tie in marble inspiration -
1. A wedding theme comes to live through your stationery, so it's only proper to have marble-inspired paper goods set the stage for what your guests can expect on the wedding day!
2. These itty bitty marble beauties are great for table numbers, buffet signs or whatever your heart desires.
3. Who says balloons are for kids? These classy marble balloons are an affordable, yet beautiful touch.
4. Forget expensive table linens....add a marble print table runner for a wow impact on your head table!
5. These beautiful faux marble necklaces are a great accessory for bridesmaids.
6. How perfect this ribbon would be tied around a gorgeous modern bridal bouquet? Yes, please!