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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//

There are two kinds of venues that I really love: ones that are a completely blank slate and allow for a couple to entirely make it their own, and ones that are already infused with a certain ambiance that the couple can play off of in multiple ways. The venue this couple chose is the latter, and being a historical society, it had all sorts of interesting installations that led the couple toward a vintage theme. It shone through beautifully, in their day that was crafted around making sure the bride and groom’s personalities were evident. I’d say they nailed it.

From the Bride:

Our aim during wedding planning was to keep it strictly us; to be sure that our personalities shown through in as many aspects of it as we could. We started the process by finding our incredible venue, the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indianapolis, and a “vintage” theme just sort of fell into place from there. My mom (and matron of honor) and I did the bulk of the planning. We’re not terribly crafty, so we got ideas from friends who are and scoured Etsy on a regular basis.

We were dead set on an outdoor ceremony from the start, which the venue provided in its scenic patio on the canal that runs through the heart of the city. Our weather was perfect, despite the freak September hailstorm that hit our outdoor rehearsal dinner the night before. A priest and dear family friend served as our officiant and she did perfectly in upholding our wishes to make it strictly personal. We each wrote our own vows and picked one of the two readings. Paul read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 when he proposed to me, so it was the obvious choice. A friend provided piano accompaniment for the ceremony and I walked down the stairs “aisle” to an instrumental In My Life by The Beatles.

We had a cocktail hour in the cafe of the museum section of the venue immediately following the ceremony and then proceeded upstairs to the main hall for the reception. The centerpieces were a labor of love, the one thing I’d really insisted upon DIY-ing since seeing an idea online early in the planning stages. We assembled a collection of vases (some vintage, some not) from family and friends and filled them with various items like flowers, beans, birdseed, and candies to give it a natural feel. Our caterers provided an amazing dinner of fall-themed foods like carrot souffle and cous cous with butternut squash.

I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine by Dj-ing my own wedding. I, with help from Paul, painstakingly created a playlist of Motown classics, 70’s funk, and 80’s one hit wonders for the reception and our coordinator plugged my iPod into the sound system. We had a ball! The icing on an already incredible day came when we played the last song of the evening, “With a Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker, and all of our guests formed a circle around us as they all wailed the lyrics and we guitar solo-ed.

Photographer: TALL+small Photography / Reception Venue: Indiana Historical Society / Catering: MBP Catering / Flowers & Decor: Coby Palmer / Cake Baker: Taylor's Bakery / Hairstylist: Biz on Fletcher

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From the Bride-to-be:
Doug and I met while attending Purdue University my freshman year (his sophomore year). I am originally from Indiana while Doug is from South Florida. I now work as a pilot for US Airways Express and am based in Pennsylvania and Doug works as an aerospace engineer in Indianapolis. It has been a long distance relationship from the start, but we have never let that get in the way. Both being in the aviation industry, taking engagement pictures at an airport was only appropriate.

It seems like you are always hearing those stories about ‘marrying your high school sweetheart’ and the wedding of Mary Kate & Lee is just that. These high school sweethearts decided to get married at the one place that meant so much to them as this place was also a huge part of their relationship. The commons of IU created the perfect setting for their wedding. Not only did it hold a sentimental meaning to the couple as they spent 4 years of their relationship on the campus, but the commons also had gorgeous windows that were able to showcase the beautiful fall colors that the couple fell in love with, confirming the reason they decided on a fall wedding. I absolutely love the different style bridesmaid dresses and cranberry accents every way you turn. This color is a stunning choice for a fall wedding; it is one to notice, and one that won’t soon be forgotten.

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From the Bride:

IU’s campus in the fall is such a beautiful place, so after spending 4 years on the campus we both came to love the months of September and October. We both knew right away we would want a fall wedding. The Commons was an obvious choice then as the large windows really showcase the warm colors of the season.

Our favorite moment from the day was right after the ceremony. We went straight from the sanctuary to the bridal suite downstairs to wait for the bridal party for pictures. It gave us a minute alone to really appreciate what just happened. Then, all of our bridesmaids and groomsmen came running down the stairs hugging and congratulating us.

The funniest moment was definitely seeing Mary Kate’s dad break it down to Gangnam Style on the dance floor.

Our advice to other couples would be to relinquish some control to those that offer to help. We never felt stressed about the planning, because we were happy to let others assist. It is an exciting day for a lot of people, not just the couple, and having a little input from friends and family helps them to feel included and eases the stress.


Photographer: Stacy Able Photography | DJ: Alan Trisler, AudioMagic! | Catering: Bistro 310 | Decorator: Nea Ritz | Floral: Gina @ Claudia’s Floral Bunda | Cake: Icing on the Cake | Dress: Enzoni | Bridesmaids: Bella BridesmaidAlfred Sung dresses | Chair Rental: 50 Chairs | Invitations: Carrie Smith, friend of bride

There’s just something sweet about Aubree and Greg’s wedding. The combination of her vintage-inspired, lace wedding gown and the bold pop of her bouquet. Or maybe it’s their traditional church ceremony followed by the art museum reception. It’s that mix of the old and new, the classic and modern. The understanding that it’s okay to do a little of this an a little of that – as long as it’s something you love; a style reflective of your own.

Photographer: Mary Kate McKenna Photography / Hairstylist: Serenity Salon & Spa / Catering: Sahara / Flowers & Decor: Shady Lawn Florist / Reception Musician: Joshua McClain / Cake Baker: Chesterton Cake Shoppe / Reception Venue: Lubeznik Center

I love the natural and classic feel of Laura and Michael’s wedding. Given their long relationship (and long-distance one, at that), they opted to focus on the important pieces – a sentiment I’m a huge fan of. They tied the knot quickly to ensure it was easier for them to be able to be together (no more long distance)!

From the Bride:
Michael and I met at Purdue University. We joke that we never had an awkward first date; it was always very natural from the beginning. He made me laugh and time flew by when we were together. We got engaged on his birthday and planned the wedding in only four months. He was an engineer in Cincinnati, OH and I was a teacher in NW Indiana. After 4 years of dating long-distance, we opted for the short engagement so we could finally be together in the same place!

The wedding day was really special to us. Our Orthodox wedding ceremony was extra special for me, since my mother and father had been married that way 35 years before us. The priest, Dragan Petrovic, was a huge blessing that day. His humor and warm personality made him the perfect person to marry us.

Some special memories of that day include seeing Michael’s face while I was walking down the aisle and dancing with my father. My father and I are very close so it was an emotional moment. The best surprise of the day had to be seeing the Purdue Marching Band outside of the reception. Who knew there was a band competition that weekend, let alone that our alma mater’s band would be walking by for a picture!

Hairstylist: Hair at 6310 / Reception Venue: Crown Plaza Indiapolis Union Station / Flowers & Decor: VS Design / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Cake Baker: Indy Cakes / DJ: DJ Mike Donaldson / Makeup Artist: Casey Green / Photographer: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

This engagement session has so many things I love – outdoors, buoys, flannel, a lake, and seclusion. It’s a great hideaway for a trip, but even more perfect for Mikael and Laura’s engagement photos.

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From the Photographer:
I knew the bride-to-be from college and I was thrilled to be shooting their engagement photos and upcoming wedding on March 31st, 2012. She is always so fun and full of energy. I met the couple at Lucas Oil Stadium where the Colts play. Although they had a horrible season, Sarah and David are true fans:) We did some shots around the stadium and then the clouds and sprinkles started to roll as we changed outfits and headed to the Canal for some city shots. These two were troopers with the rain. We continued to shoot during the sprinkles, hiding under overhangs etc. By the end of the shoot it was coming down pretty hard and I wanted to attempt some final rain shots – I asked them if they would be okay with that and without hesitation they said yes! The shots with the umbrella at end are what resulted – some of my favorite and most unique engagement photos to date!

I love rain on wedding days (I’m sure all the brides out there are gasping). Rain is incredibly enchanting, and the overcast skies can be a photographer’s dream. The dewy and damp surroundings help the Spring colors come to life in every one of Megan and Brian’s photos. Plus, any chance to use a fun umbrella is okay in my book 😉

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From the Photographer:
Megan, the bride, is a wonderful photographer in Indiana, so it was such a blessing to be asked to photograph her wedding! Megan and Brandon met in high school, have been together 7+ years, and are full of so much true love. Brandon absolutely adores her, and it was so beautiful to see them together. The day was full of rain, the kind of rain that never lets up. Megan was so relaxed and laid back, she grabbed some rain boots and an umbrella and headed out. We lucked out with some very light rain for the portraits, and in the end it really gave us some beautiful images. I couldn’t be happier for them!

Event Venue: Avon Washington Town Park – Pavillion Center | Caterer: Green St. Pub and Eatery | Photography: Lemongrass Photography | Favors and Gifts: RJ Honey, LLC | Florist: Flowers and Treasures | Invitation Designer: Pink Lily Press | Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal | Band: Gypsy Revival | Makeup Artist: Elements of Style | Hair Stylist: Salon Nouveaute | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Bakery: Hilligoss Bakery

Personality and the Midwest always make me a happy girl – especially when it comes to weddings. Julie and Brian took their appreciation for The Great Gatsby to a new level, and embraced the beautiful Irwin Gardens Estate by reflecting it in their decor.

Stacy Able Photography

From the Bride:
Ever since reading The Great Gatsby in high school, I said I wanted my wedding to be like the garden parties in the book and Irwin Gardens is the perfect setting for this. With both of us being from Columbus and Brian studying architecture, it is even more ideal. We wanted something that was elegant but still relaxed and intimate.

I love to combine older and modern elements so the wedding really reflected this. My dress was perfect for me and for Irwin Gardens- it really has an classic feel to it so I wanted to add the modern blue shoe as a contrast.

All the paper products were a modern Portuguese tile design because we got engaged in Lisbon.

The centerpieces were mostly vintage bottles, jars, vases and doilies which work really well in an historic setting. The mix of different flowers gave the reception the laid-back feel we wanted.

My mom and I made most of the cake stands which featured Paris because Brian and I will be going there for our honeymoon. Our cake table itself was pretty modern and we added photos of our parents and grandparents.

Every detail of the ceremony and reception really reflected Brian and me, even if it was subtle, which I love. The color scheme was more by accident; we were originally going to mix metallics but that proved a little difficult with the printed materials, cake, and flowers. Mustard yellow and charcoal grey really lend themselves to a fall wedding without being outright autumn colors.

We wanted a very autumn wedding but having it outdoors was a little stressful because of Indiana weather’s constant changes. I knew the day would go well when the sun reappeared right before the ceremony began. Throughout the engagement, everyone warned me that something would go wrong the day-of and to not worry about it but actually nothing went wrong the whole day!

Favorite moment? Brian and I really wanted our wedding to not be just about us but also be about the people around us. During the cocktail hour, one of our groomsmen pulled me aside to tell me to stop moving around and take everything in. Standing on the back porch of the inn, looking towards the gardens and seeing all of our family and friends was my favorite moment.

Funniest moment? When one of the flower girls, Molly, 3 years old, saw Brian and all of the groomsmen in the gardens, she asked them, “What are you all doing here at MY wedding?!”

First dance song? “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga

Most romantic moment? Out of the entire day, I really think the most romantic part was saying our vows and knowing we were committing the rest of our lives to each other.

Favorite detail of the day? Lighting! Throughout planning, the main thing I concentrated on was lighting- we had chandeliers in trees (the one thing I really wanted), lanterns throughout the gardens, up lighting by Maddox Entertainment, string lights and a chandelier in the tent. The tent chandelier was on loan from a close family friend who told me towards the end of the night that Brian and I could have it so that every time we looked at it, we would be reminded of our first dance.

Advise for brides planning? Book vendors early! I had been in a lot of weddings so when Brian proposed, we already knew almost everyone we wanted and booked all of them within a month. It made everything else so easy and our engagement was not consumed by just wedding planning.

Photography: Stacy Able Photography | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Irwin Gardens Estate | Florals: Claudia’s Flora Bunda | Lighting/DJ: Maddox Entertainment | Planner: Detail and Design | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Bridal and Formal, Inc. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Groom / Groomsman Attire: Dell Brothers, For Bare Feet | Ellie’s Wedding Leash: CreatureCollars | Cake: Scott’s Cakes | Invitations: ten:thirteen design | Hair: Jill Impellizzeri