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From the Photographer:

A gorgeous warm summer day in a beautiful garden created the perfect day for Amanda and Jeff’s wedding. Their wonderful wedding party and family not only made the day run smoothly, but made the day very fun.

I’ve always loved the Efroymson Wedding Garden at the Indianapolis Zoo. When I started to think about my own wedding, I quickly fell in love with the location. I decided to keep my wedding closer to home though. You could imagine my excitement when I heard Amanda and Jeff were having their wedding at the zoo. I was thrilled to be capturing it.

We stayed late in the night with a full dance floor. After the reception ended, they continued the celebration in Indy with friends and family. I love celebrations like that. Nothing says a successful night like being surrounded by friends and family.


Photographer:  Jennifer Van Elk Photography//Caterer: Centerplate//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//Hair Stylist:Flipped Out Hair Salon//Officiant:Mandy Baldwin//Invitation Designer: Minted//Floral Designer:The Farmer’s Daughter’s Market//Bridesmaid Dresses:Vestique Boutique//Event Venue: Indianapolis Zoo//

Jody and her handsome groom Drew tied the knot at a beautiful local community support farm. All the details of the wedding reflected on their relationship and the things that are important to them. There are truly too many wonderful parts of it to name and it seems more fitting to just let them be observed and enjoyed for what they are.

 

Photographer:  Julia Vandenoever//Caterer: Pastry Chef Samm Sherman//Dress Store: ECO-Bridal Gowns//Culinary:Garnish Mobile Craft Bartending//Musicians:Touchstone Coyote//Caterer: eat, llc//Other Location: Lyons Farmette//

Some people say you should marry your best friend. In the case of Marie and James, this was obviously the only choice. Not only are they clearly exceedingly happy on their wedding day (having just achieved some other unrelated great life things!), but they also managed to have a beautiful, unique wedding. Her fabulous dress juxtaposed with his dapper uniform, nontraditional bridesmaid dresses, a guitar guestbook, and a gorgeous stained glass backdrop make this one of my favorite eye-catching weddings of the season.


From the Photographer:

Marie and James met while working at a local hospital. She was a student working part-time in an administrative position, and he was a PA student making his clinical rounds. They had an instant connection, and soon after Marie found herself writing James an email that began, “Hi James. It’s your best friend Marie here….” That email led to lots of time spent together, and eventually, James knew that Marie was indeed his forever best friend. 

Life ticked by, and James earned his degree and a full-time PA position. He also became a medic in the Army National Guard. Marie continued to work hard to finish her degree in Social Work, and as she was finishing her final year of school, James proposed at one of those paint-your-own pottery places that had become a frequent date night activity. His proposal, written on the side of a pitcher, began, “Hi Marie. It’s your best friend James here….” 

Aside from being stunningly beautiful, Marie is also Superwoman in her own right. She managed to plan a beautiful hometown wedding that took place just a week after she graduated (with honors, mind you) with her Bachelor’s degree while working full-time assisting developmentally disabled adults live independently. And just a few short weeks after the wedding, she and James moved to Tulsa, where Marie was sent after joining the Teach for America teaching corps. James is pretty awesome too. He learned on their wedding day that he was had received a promotion in the National Guard. What an honor to receive on such a special day!

Helping me capture James and Marie’s wedding memories was the fabulous Melissa of M Failla Photography.


Photographer:  Christa Donald Photography//Dress Store:Elite Bridal//Reception Venue: I Hotel//Dress Designer: Martina Liana//Event Planner: Nuptiae//Ceremony Location:Wesley United Methodist Church//

Christina and Aaron had their wedding at her parent’s home in Union Pier, Michigan. The ceremony was held on the private beach overlooking Lake Michigan.  Not only was this an awesome combination of beach and backyard weddings, but it had unique details throughout. Personalized papel picado, luchador catering staff, and an expanding paper cake topper definitely made this wedding one both their guests and this blog will remember.


Photographer: Justin Bursoni Photography / Catering: The Tamale Spaceship / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stephanie Smith / Flowers & Decor: Dilly Lily / Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka / DJ: Style Matters DJ

I feel like everyone I know that isn’t already married has been getting engaged this spring, and a lot of them are planning fall weddings. Today’s wedding is wonderful inspiration for a fall soiree, with the rich color palette, lawn games, and apple cider bar. Danielle and Shane’s personalities also shine through, whether they’re skipping through a field, sipping from some special “wine glasses”, or holding their little boy. This was definitely a day of celebrating love, pulled together with the help of family and friends.


From the Bride:

Shane and I met on what is not the fairly obsolete MySpace. We welcomed our son Gray 3 years later. Shane and I talked on/off about getting married from the beginning. FINALLY in late February of 2012 Shane took me ring shopping… We went to Wedding Day in Burnsville and I picked out 4 rings that I absolutely loved. On April 9, the same day, Shane picked it up!! It burned a hole in his pocket so bad he almost proposed in the middle of Menards…but was able to hold out until we got home later that day. He met me in the door way of our house, got down on one knee and asked me to be his hunting buddy for life, to be his best friend and his wife (not the exact wording, but it’s a little fuzzed in my brain from the good kind of shock). Of course I said YES!
 We originally were not going to set a date right away, but in the end we did: Saturday October 19, 2013. 
 First thing on the list…find a venue that would hold his enormous family! I came across the Crow River Winery out in Hutchinson MN…could hold up to 400 people–our kind of place! It was still in the process of being finished construction wise, but Shane and I took a tour and knew it was the place. We booked it that day… May 2012.
 The process really wasn’t anything truly exciting. I bought things here and there, scoured Pinterest for ideas/inspiration, and leaned quite a bit on my dear friends Stefanie and Stacy who did all my flowers, pulled ideas together for me and thought up the awesome cider/cupcake bar! They also decorated the entire reception…they were the best!
 The day went wonderfully! It was cold, but beautiful. I was so calm and collected through my hair and make up. The girls started getting their dressed on and when that big, beautiful dress came down over my head, that was the end of it…! :-)
 I will never forget our first dance to Trampled by Turtles “Alone” or when it all hit me during the Grand entrance that it all happened…finally making that step with my love that we had talked about taking for 6 years.
 I wouldn’t change a thing about that day or the people in it.  We were surrounded by loved ones and dear friends and that is how it should be!!

Photographer: Sweet Shibui Photography / -- Select Vendor Type --: Creative Beate- Makeup-Lianna, Hair-Priscilla / Flowers & Decor: Personal friends Stefanie Beilby and Stacy Erickson / Videographer: Maggie Wilkinson / Bride’s Dress: Essense of Australia / Groom’s Attire: Savvi / Catering: B and P Catering / Cake Baker: Sweet B's Cakes

This traditional church wedding in Milwaukee has gorgeous vintage details and colors: Peach and cream, a refurbish mother’s dress, romantic hanging votives, and unique bridesmaid’s dresses. But hands down, the best detail of this entire wedding is the genuine perma-smile on the groom’s face. It is so evident how joyful and glad he is to be there with his equally sweet, yet more quietly excited bride.


From the Photographer:

Melinda and Patrick wed on a warm late fall day in Wisconsin. Their day was infused with personal touches, vintage, rustic and modern details and had an overall laid-back styling. Mindy’s dress was fashioned from her mother’s vintage wedding gown, reworked to fit her modern/vintage taste. The day was simply perfect! 


Though in a lot of landlocked states it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet, this wedding might change that! With the looming thunderstorm, succulents everywhere, and lighthearted feel, Tasha and Adam’s nuptials in my hometown had me almost able to smell the rain in the air at Forest Park.


From the Photographer:

Tasha and Adam’s wedding had a very laid-back, organic feel.  The style of the day was a little vintage garden, a little country and a little industrial.  Being a very laid-back girl at heart, Tasha’s look was very natural, with simple hair and makeup.  She had two pairs of shoes:  one sparkly pair for the ceremony, and her cowboy boots for some pictures.  The ceremony, at the Jewel Box, in St. Louis’ famous Forest Park, was beautiful.  A small thunderstorm rolled through during the ceremony, and it was actually really lovely to listen to the low rumble of the thunder.  Luckily the rain stopped just in time to leave for pictures in Forest Park!   The lush greens, whites, and purples of the flowers and trees, after the rain, perfectly matched Tasha and Adam’s wedding theme.  The reception, at Sqwire’s, was a very laid-back party.  Tasha and Adam’s friends gave them bean-bag goals, that featured their home states, which guest could play outside. It felt like a fun family get together; no pretenses – just love.


Photographer: Kelly Pratt Photography / Getting Ready Venue: Moonrise Hotel / Ceremony Venue: Jewel Box, Forest Park / Caterer/Reception Venue: The Annex at SqWires / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Friend - Reena Karan / Flowers and Cake Topper: Poppies Design Studio / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Filmore, Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Hairpiece / Jeweler: Lindwedel Jewelers / Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie / Hairstylist: Philip Johnson Salon / Makeup Artist: Sister; Korey Starkey / Invitations & Stationery: The Firecracker Press, Matty / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom/Groomsmen's Attire: Stallone's Formal Wear / Cake Baker: The Cakery / DJ: Tom Rogers

A wedding of high school sweethearts is always a very special event. Not only is the story of the couple great, but having been together for so long, the friends and family surrounding the couple often know each other well too, so the party is full of familiar, close guests. This wedding has all of that, in addition to romantic soft details that feel just right for kicking off spring!

 


From the Coordinator:

Kelly and Andrew have such a fun story. They are high school sweethearts who have been together for over a decade! This dynamic made their whole wedding weekend a blast since their families and friends have been intertwined for so long.

After setup was complete and photos were done, it was time for cocktails! Even the occasional sprinkles couldn’t keep guests from the terrace as they enjoyed the amazing string quartet Artistrings and the spectacular setting.

After cocktails, guests made their way into the Pavilion for dinner. The reception was kicked off with bridal party announcements followed by the couple’s first dance. Both sets of parents welcomed guests with heartfelt toasts before the delicious dinner was served by Bauer’s Catering. During the salad course, Kelly and Andrew cut their cake, which was both beautiful and delicious.

After dinner, it was time for dancing. An important moment in the evening was the sibling dance, which really brought Kelly and Andrew’s families together. During dancing the photo booth by The Traveling Photo Booth was open and late night snacks were served. As the evening came to a close, the party really started. The bride and groom provided glow sticks, sunglasses, and other fun items for those left on the dance floor, and it made for a raucous celebration. Style Matters kept the party going strong until the very end. It was a joyous celebration for all involved!


Photographer: Erica Rose Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Five Grain Events / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Parish--Buffalo Grove, IL / Reception Venue: Cuneo Mansion / Catering: Bauer's Catering / Flowers & Decor: Forget Me Knodt / DJ: Style Matters / Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting / Ceremony Musicians: Artistrings / Photobooth: Traveling Photo Booth / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Beauty: Elena Fantucchio of Bobbi Brown

Though we’ve been seeing quite a few gold glittery inspiration boards from St. Patrick’s Day a few days ago, this wedding rewinds back to a different sparkly soiree. Coryn and Jake chose to wed each other on New Year’s Eve with an awesome black and white and gold glitter color scheme. Aside from the fun of a holiday wedding, they had so many other unique elements like the fire department nods everywhere (from the truck itself and the groom’s cake, all the way down to the little hat on the cake topper), fun socks and fur coats, detailed wedding programs, and even a wedding app!

 


From the Bride: 

Both Jake and I don’t like New Years Eve, at all. The hype and pressure to have the best night ever is always a set-up for disappointment. We have always stayed home and complained about how overrated it all is. Naturally then, we decided we should get married that day. From day one we looked at it as throwing a big party for all our favorite people. We really embraced the glitz of new years with gold and glitter everywhere! I even was determined to have a gold sequin dress to fit the evening.  

One of my very favorite things we bought was our aisle runner which was from My Modern Home on Etsy. We did very minimal decor on the ceremony side seeing as our ceremony was barely 10 minutes, so the pop of pattern on the runner was the perfect touch. 
 
The best decision we made was having one of our friends marry us. We wanted it to be personal and wanted someone who knew and loved us individually and as a couple. Joe did an unbelievable job. He opened with personal tidbits about each of us and had the whole room laughing. He then mirrored our emotions during the vows and I thought all three of us were going to need a minute to compose ourselves. He was the detail we received the most compliments on from the entire evening.  
 
The whole day turned out even better than we imagined. We passed out cheesy New Years favors and were surrounded by our most cherished family and friends when midnight rang. Needless to say New Year’s Eve is now definitely our favorite holiday. 

Photographer: Christine McGuigan Photography / Second Shooter: Jennie Davis Photography / Reception Venue: Livestock Exchange Building / Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven / Cake Baker: The Cake Gallery / Flowers & Decor: Wedding Creations by Marcia / DJ: James Cloyd with Complete Music / Videographer: Digital Solutions / Hairstylist: Lyndsey Golden at the Hills Salon / Makeup Artist: Simone at Reve Salon

This wedding is so precious I can’t stand it. To start there are the ladies getting ready in red flannel buttondowns while the groom is shaving. Then there’s the unconventional attire of both the bride and groom. Next we get the bride arriving on a boat to meet a teary eyed groom during the ceremony. Then we move on to koozies and decorated cups, toasts and homemade pie, s’mores and fireworks. The whole day seems so full of personality, fun, and true meaning for the bride and groom that I can’t help but love it.

 


From the Photographer:

There’s nothing quite like Wisconsin in the Fall so when my bride and groom told me that they were moving their wedding from Chicago to central Wisconsin I totally understood! Having grown up in the area, Erin got ready at a local lakefront cottage while her groom to be got ready at the Cambridge Country Club. After a few helping hands from her mom and girlfriends to get into her dress Erin was off to meet her Dad on the pier where he would escort her via boat to her ceremony site. Surrounded by Fall foliage and close childhood friends, Erin tried to keep Brad’s cheeks dry by wiping away tears of happiness during their vows. How quickly we sometimes forget just how emotional these events can be! Immediately following the ceremony guests were greeted with custom coozys that the couple had created for guests as a keepsake. Their casual backyard shindig actually felt quite intimate and soon everyone was led into a white airy tent that would house them for the next few hours under the stars. This made way for some exuberant toasts and homemade pies after dinner. Just when things started to get a bit more rowdy, fireworks (courtesy of Erin’s dad) sprung from the sky and with that Erin and Bradley’s wedding day was official!


Photographer: Steve Koo Photography / DJ: Pam's Fun Factor / Flowers & Decor: Ashland Addison / Bride’s Dress: Candela / Ceremony/Reception Venue: Private Residence at Lake Ripley in Wisconsin