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ISSUE 16 2021

Bridgerton!

INSPIRATION SHOOT FOR REGENCY ROMANCE

DayTrip with Your Girls TO HUNTINGBURG, IN SHARING THE

The Spell of the Veil FINDING YOUR PERFECT LOOK

love IN OUR BEAUTIFUL River Valley

REGION


Photo by Simply Savvy Photography

Inspiration 14 A Phantom Love

Photo by Emilee Kerner Photography

Real Weddings

22 Breath of Fresh Air

44 You’re Simply the Best 54 A World of Dreams

30 Regency Romance

64 Better Than All The Rest

Photo by Patton Photography

Pro Tips 5 The Spell of the Veil 8 Top 10 Bridal Jewelry Questions

72 Take My Heart

39 Long Standing Service & Professionals

78 No Better Place

42 Howl Creative Co.

84 I’m Stuck On Your Heart 49 The Path 92 A Lifetime of Promises 100 I Call You When I Need You

Photo by Emilee Kerner Photography

Love Local 40 Allie Marie Silvernale Silvernale Photography 51 The Alhambra Theatre   59 Beth Carter Collection 61 Beth Carter’s Best Of 69 Ellis Park 91 Chelsea Harwood Cambridge Golf Course & Banquet Room 97 The Old Post Office

106 My Heart’s On Fire

Photos by Lacey & Nate Photography

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS Has there ever been a more tumultuous month than this past one? With Covid restrictions tightening once again and deep winter setting in, it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Where in the past, wedding planning has been an exciting process, now it is one filled with doubt and uncertainty. But in spite of the rollercoaster this past year has been, we have seen many couples remain undaunted by the ups and downs and embrace the most important part of their day, love. We've seen families slash their guests lists and end up having the most intimate, beautiful ceremonies and celebrations. We've seen guests do drive-by vehicle parades in lieu of traditional receiving lines. And, we've seen couples leave all the stress and canceled receptions behind to elope. At the end of the day, weddings and love cannot be stopped. We have so enjoyed seeing the creative and loving ways you all have set your traditional plans aside to focus on the one thing that matters, pledging yourself to the one you love. In this issue, we continue featuring weddings of all types to give you ideas on how to plan your day in this time of uncertainty. We also give you a deep dive into romance with our inspirations shoots, from a Moody Masquerade look to our homage to our fav new Netflix series, Bridgerton! So sit back, get cozy and soak it all up. Cheers to vaccinations and better days ahead!

Cheers!

CO N N E C T W I T H U S

JoElle Knight and Nikki Davis

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JOELLE KNIGHT

FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Yes we did! It is no secret our editors Nikki and JoElle love all things historical and romantic. When you put those things together, you get the perfect, decadent inspiration for our newest styled shoot. Both fans of the new Netflix Bridgerton series, they quickly whipped up the idea of this gorgeous spring look and embraced all things Regency. From the china, fireplace and grand staircase to the gloves, tiara and period inspired bridal gown, we hit all the notes to give you brides ideas galore for incorporating some Regency romance into your own big day. And, we couldn't have found a more perfect setting than the new Grand Ballroom at Comfort by Cross-Eyed Cricket in downtown Evansville. The chandeliers, furniture and that staircase sealed the deal and gave us everything we needed to bring our look to life.

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NIKKI DAVIS

MANAGING EDITOR


Meet The Team BEHIND ENGAGED! JoElle Knight Co-founder and  Editor-in-Chief JoElle Knight has been in the event and wedding business for over 15 years. Whether it is coordinating and creating community events for area nonprofits, creating beauty for weddings and many of the styled shoots you see on these pages, or getting giddy over new wedding venues, she always has an eye for quality, design and new trends. Obsessed with décor, DIY projects and home renovations, she loves to overhaul houses and bring personality into her surroundings. When she is not writing, creating or designing, she is with her 3 kids and husband dreaming of new projects, summer yard sales and epic books. You can follow her on Instagram at @sycamorelifestyle   

Bobbi Hammonds Web & Graphic Designer Bobbi has been our website guru since ENGAGED debuted, and she now handles the layout of each issue. Bobbi began her graphic career over 10 years ago, specializing in design and hand illustration. Her artistry can also be found in many of our photoshoots showcasing her 5 Pink Peonies LLC, custom stationery. A woman of many talents, she has written a children’s book, magazine articles and assisted many local businesses with their branding and marketing. Her greatest work, though, comes at home as the mother of 5 girls, one of which has special needs. She has become an advocate for local families dealing with children with special needs, and her handicap parking campaign has been featured on multiple local news sources. Bobbi’s idea of fun are home renovation projects, whimsical drawings, being with her family, and going to Disney World, her happiest place on earth. Follow her on Instagram @my_5_girls   

Nikki Davis Co-founder and  Managing Editor Nikki Davis has been a leader in the local wedding industry for almost 20 years. She began her wedding career as a photographer then moved into producing local wedding shows. In 2007, she founded the Evansville Wedding Networking Group to connect local wedding vendors and create friendships. Her passion for giving back has led her to be a driving force behind many local non-profit agencies and initiatives. Nikki is the organizational mind behind ENGAGED, where she uses her networking and writing skills to provide information and inspiration to local brides and connecting them to the local vendors that can bring their wedding to life. She lives in the Historic Boehne House in Evansville, where she, her husband and 2 kids take care of a menagerie of pets. Check out more about Nikki and her family's many adopted pets on Instagram at @1000milemom   Julia Baker Accounts Manager Just call her Mama Bear. Julia is not only our accounts manager, she is also Editor-in-Chief, JoElle Knight’s mother. With a career in sales, education and small business management, she was the perfect fit for representing ENGAGED! For years, she witnessed the passion and hard work put into the creation of the magazine and we couldn’t be happier to have her at the helm of our partner accounts. You will find no one else who champions the ENGAGED! brand more. When she is not building relationships in our local wedding industry, she is loving on her grandchildren, traveling or doing home-reno projects. 


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FEATURE ARTICLE

The Spell of the Veil

By Kassy Lauer of Rose & Bliss Illustration By Elaina Adams


It’s a common phrase you’ll hear in almost every episode of Say Yes to the Dress... “Let’s jack her up!”, and although I personally find the combination of words extremely cringeworthy, they ain’t lying about what they’re about to do. Specifically, placing the perfect veil with the dress of your dreams is going to turn on the waterworks for most bridal parties. What they are planning to “jack up” is your emotions, sis!

may go down to her finger tips or well beyond the train, it might fall over just her neck and back or drape over her face, but something changes in the moment you place it. Typically this is where we have a big pause as the bride looks deep into the mirror before whispering something that sounds like “I’m getting married” or “I’m going to be someone’s wife.”

The Spell of the Veil

There is a pivotal moment in a bridal consultation when a bride is loving her gown, and you get the opportunity to bring her an amazing veil. I’m not sure if there’s witchcraft behind it, but every person who’s witnessed it will tell you that there’s magic in it. In an instant the person standing in the mirror goes from someone wearing a gorgeous dress to *gasp* a bride  when you place that crown adorning layer of fabric.  It could be edged in beading or soft lace, it

The veil is where it all becomes a reality, and we have to pass around the tissues for mom and grandma who suddenly see their baby as a bride. It’s truly special, and it’s probably my most favorite part of a consultation- not only because I am fabulous at choosing the perfect veil, but because it seems to hold so much emotional weight, and I get to witness raw human feelings first hand (yes, I’m a romantic). It’s important to know the types of veils that are widely available so that you understand the options once you’ve found your dress. I have had a few brides that have a very specific idea of their veil before they know what they want in a gown, and it truly complicates the process because we have to work backwards (not that I’m not up for the challenge). It is a much more natural process to find the gown you love and then look at veils and accessories that compliment the dress.  Veil Lengths  Birdcage- Often styled with short hair or hair completely up, this veil has a dramatic and vintage flair! Is typically worn for the duration of the event, as placement is exact and requires pinning. 

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Elbow- Hits right at...yeah, the elbow. Great for a short or tea length style! Fingertip- Our most frequently chosen length, hits your fingertips with your arms down to your side. Will not obscure the view or the back of the gown and comes just under your most valuable asset (iykwim). Ballet- falls just at the knee- this style looks best when the train edge and veil edge match! Waltz- hits right at ankle height. Like the ballet, a complimentary edge is must! Floor- Should just graze the floor just like the front hem of your gown.  Chapel- will pool on the ground and trail behind you about a foot or so. 

Juliet Cap- A veil that had a “cap” on it that fits your head much like a hat! (Downton Abbey vibes). Flower Crown- A laurel of flowers that fits your head like a halo. Can be combined with a veil or worn alone! When in doubt or if needing veil recommendations, ask your bridal consultant (that goes for all things wedding-fashion).  We understand how important this aspect of bridal wardrobe is and if your associate is anything like me, they had visions of the perfect veil flash before their eyes when you tried on “THE DRESS.” Please understand that if we cry a little with mom and grandma, it’s because we are under the spell of the veil too. There’s power in that delicate piece of fabric!

Cathedral- Our second most common choice of brides brings the drama with about a fourfoot trail. Royal- Princess Diana vibes, this style refers to anything longer than 140 inches.  Veil Terminology  Mantilla- A traditional Spanish-style veil that lays flat on your head (think Mary, the mother of Jesus but with Lace or beading around the face) See our masquerade shoot in this episode for a visual!  Blusher- The name for the part of a veil over the face that a groom lifts to kiss his bride. (Ladies, this does not work well with beaded hair accessories, as it's easy to get tangled). ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Top 10 Bridal Jewelry Questions


At Camelot we get a ton of questions specifically related to bridal jewelry, engagements and weddings as a whole. We have compiled a list of our top 10 weddingrelated questions with answers to help you from the planning stages, to after your big day.

Where are good places to propose? When thinking of the places to propose, we have found that the best locations are those that mean something special to the couple. Maybe it’s where you had your first date, or a favorite park, or the local mural she always mentions she loves when you drive past Camelot Jewelers. Incorporating local landmarks and businesses can be a fun way to utilize the community to make your proposal truly memorable. As a local business, I can tell you we love helping out with proposals – whether we are snapping pictures of the groom down on one knee in front of our mural, delivering the most precious piece of jewelry a future groom can present to the love of his life, and everything in between.

Does the wedding band or engagement ring go on my finger first? The wedding band goes on the finger first, followed by the engagement ring. My dad, Rodney Williams, would always say the easiest way to remember is that the band goes closest to your heart. Sometimes a bride will choose to get two matching wedding bands, where one band is worn on each side of the engagement ring. Another option is the bride choosing a mix match, wearing stacking or geometric bands that can be worn on each side of the engagement ring or stacked in different ways, depending on the bride’s preference.

Should I get my rings soldered together before or after the wedding? In short this is completely up to the bride, however, our bride’s typically do one of two things:

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The bride will drop off both her wedding and engagement rings to us, while she goes to get her nails done. We then clean, inspect, and solder the entire set together. When she returns to pick up her rings, we have her try the soldered set on to make sure it fits just right. The rings are then ready to be given to the best man for safekeeping until he presents them to the groom either before or during the ceremony. In this scenario, the bride will not wear the engagement ring or wedding band again until her groom puts the joined rings on her finger during the wedding ceremony. The second option is for the bride to bring in

When should I not wear my engagement ring? Jewelry should never be worn in swimming pools. The chlorine can damage the metal in the jewelry by making it brittle and more prone

her engagement ring before the wedding to

to cracking and loss of prongs. We recommend

have it cleaned, polished, and dipped if it is

our Qalo Rings for activities, such as swimming,

white gold, so it looks beautiful for wedding

where the chemicals can damage your rings,

day pictures. The bride wears her engagement

and for recreational activities like boating,

ring as she walks down the aisle, the groom

mudding, sports, etc. where jewelry can get

slides her wedding band on her finger during

excessively dirty or lost. However, if you do

the ceremony, and then after the wedding but before pictures, the bride will switch the rings, so the wedding band is first and closest to her heart, and the engagement ring is beside it to the outside of her finger. After the wedding, the rings can be dropped off at Camelot to be soldered together and picked up either later the same day or when the newlyweds return from their honeymoon. Many of our brides and grooms will also purchase from us one of our many designs of Qalo Rings which are made out of silicone, to wear on their honeymoon. This keeps their new rings safe and in pristine condition, and also helps to avoid loss or damage while they are away. 10 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

forget to take off jewelry during these activities, be sure you stop in Camelot Jewelers, so we can clean, inspect, and make everything look brand new.


How much should I spend on an engagement ring? This is one of my favorite questions. You may have heard that you should spend a certain percentage of your salary, three months’ pay, or something along those lines. I, however, am not an advocate of any of these suggestions. I think when considering your budget, it’s also important to consider the preferences of your future bride. Does she value large bands, does she love to wear jewelry, does she appreciate quality and size of the diamond, and does she want to keep the same ring forever? If so, you

Why a diamond? What if I want another center stone? Diamonds are not only beautiful, but they are also very hard, which makes them a great stone for everyday wear. On the Mohs scale of hardness, a diamond is a 10 – the hardest possible material.

may consider investing in a more expensive ring. We offer free in-store layaway and 2 years

When should we pick out our wedding bands?

same as cash financing to help with bigger

We recommend picking out your wedding

purchases. If your bride prefers more petite

rings as soon as possible to cross one big item

styles, doesn’t wear jewelry too often, or wants

off your to-do list. If we have to custom make a

to upgrade her wedding set down the line, a

ring, it can typically take up to 4 weeks. If a ring

smaller budget makes sense.

has to be ordered, that can sometimes take 2-3 weeks to come in, or if it is back ordered, waiting on parts, etc., it can potentially take longer. Because of this, we suggest giving yourself plenty of time to get exactly what you want. We also offer free in-store layaway, so you can make payments at your convenience and we will keep your jewelry in a safe place leading up to the wedding.


Warranty vs. Appraisal – what’s the difference? Warranty is what is included with your ring purchase. At Camelot we do not charge extra for a warranty, it comes free with your ring purchase and includes a guarantee on side diamonds, free sizing for life, free rhodium plating on white gold, free appraisal by our GIA GG, a discount on future bands and free soldering of the engagement ring and wedding band together. An appraisal is a form with detailed information on your jewelry that is given to your insurance company for coverage under your insurance policy. At Camelot, we provide the appraisal for you to provide to your insurance company. If your ring is lost or damaged, or you lose or damage your center diamond, we also provide insurance replacement forms for your insurance company.

What if I don’t know what kind of ring my partner wants or what size he/she wears? Checking to see if your future fiancé has a Pinterest page with pinned rings, consulting with her family and friends, or looking at other jewelry she already owns are great ways to find out what style of ring the soon-to-be bride likes without having to actually ask her. Sometimes her friends or family members will know her ring size. Sometimes she will have a promise ring that she wears on her ring finger that can brought in for us to check the size. If these are not options, however, we stock our rings in a “stock” finger size that fits most fingers for the proposal. After the proposal, the future bride can then in bring her engagement ring to Camelot and we will happily size her ring and return it to her, usually in the same day.


My family member is giving me an old ring, but it’s not my fiancÊ’s style. What should I do? Reusing and repurposing family heirlooms is one of our favorite things to do! We have many options when it comes to using family pieces. First, you can trade in the entire piece on a new ring. Another option is that we can use the stones out of the family piece and remount them into a brand new ring mounting or a custom made new mounting that fits her style. It is common nowadays for the Bride and Groom to exchange gifts on their wedding day, so we have also used the gold from the family heirloom and turned it into a pendant that the bride can either wear on her big day or that can be gifted to her by the groom. Never throw out jewelry that has sentimental value. We can turn it into something you will love to wear.

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Natalie Williams Lewis MPSA, GIA GG Owner Camelot Jewelers


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A Phantom Love

Produced by JoElle Knight & Nikki Davis Styled by JoElle Knight


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Get this Look PHOTOGRAPHY SIMPLY SAVVY PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE – EVANSVILLE, IN  FLORAL ZEIDLERS FLOWERS   DÉCOR & RENTALS   JUST YOUR STYLE EVENTS  BRIDAL GOWN & MENSWEAR ROSE & BLISS BRIDAL  CAKE PARADISE CAKES   HARPIST EMILY FIFE HAIR & MAKEUP DESTINY GUNN OF 9 FRUITS SALON 

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Breath of Fresh Air

Produced and Photographed by Emilee Kerner


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Regency Romance

Produced by JoElle Knight & Nikki Davis Styled by JoElle Knight


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Get this Look

PHOTOGRAPHY LACEY AND NATE PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION THE GRAND BALLROOM AT COMFORT FLORAL & DÉCOR  JOELLE ELISE DESIGN STATIONERY 5 PINK PEONIES BRIDAL GOWN & ACCESSORIES BETH CARTER EXQUISITE BRIDAL JEWELRY DISTRICT 7 BOUTIQUE HAIR & MAKEUP AERIAL DEVILLEZ DONUTS PARLOR DOUGHNUTS VIDEOGRAPHY YOURS ALWAYS FILMS ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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Bob Davis, Agent
 1209 Lincoln Ave
 Evansville, IN 47714
 Bus: 812-491-7888
 www.evansvillesf.com


DESTINATIONS & HONEYMOONS  

Long Standing Service & Professionals Who is ready to travel again?! We know we are

World Wars, recessions, 9/11 and now Covid19.

ready to help you get there! There is so much

Even in the toughest of times, travel is our escape

information, and it changes by the minute it seems.

from want and worry, even if it is only in our

You need a travel agency with a long-standing

dreams. Keep dreaming and let us make those

presence like Haynie Travel to keep you informed.

dreams a reality for you soon!

Our agents are doing their best to stay on top of the latest restrictions and requirements, both domestic and international, and can answer your questions when you are ready to plan your honeymoon or destination wedding. Haynie Travel Service began helping travelers see the world in 1938. For three generations now,

Haynie Travel 641 S Hebron Ave, Evansville, IN 47714 http://www.haynietravel.com/ (812) 477-8833 haynietravelinfo@gmail.com FB @HaynieTravel

Haynies have been spearheading the latest in travel trends and keeping up with all of the latest travel technologies. Can you imagine planning a trip to Hawaii or Europe from the Midwest in 1938? Without computers? All correspondence would have to be made by written letter or telephone call. Today, we know that anyone with a computer or cell phone can make their own travel reservations. While we have always advocated to be your partner in travel planning, now we are urging you to please get the assistance of a travel professional. What we have learned ourselves in this past year is that not all travel providers, and we won’t mention any online travel agency names, are here for you. We found out which suppliers went above and beyond to get our clients refunds and future travel credits and also which suppliers were hard lined about no refunds or deferred refunds for many months. ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

Allie Marie Silvernale

SILVERNALE PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography has always been a passion for

incredible life He blessed me with. The life

Allie Marie Silvernale, owner of Silvernale

that I never knew I always wanted. All of the

Photography. She loves capturing people

glory goes to Him!"

in their true, pure form. To say she gets

Allie is happily married to an amazing

excited before a photoshoot is an

husband, and they have one very active

understatement. Nothing makes her

little six-year-old boy, a beautiful, sassy two-

happier than seeing a client light up over a

year-old daughter, as well as now with a

beautiful photo. Being able to capture a

baby boy on the way. Her family is her

moment in time for her clients so perfectly

world, and her rock. They are what keeps

is what makes her heart soar with

her grounded. She thanks the good Lord

happiness. They say, "a picture is worth a

every single day for blessing her with them

thousand words," and she truly believes it

and this life. Life is truly amazing, and she

is. Allie believes there is something so

will always want to capture it.

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STATIONERY

Howl Creative Co.

When asked how this stationery quite came about, Howl Creative Co. owner Jessica Mitchell told us,

“This suite started with ‘romantic and moody’ as the main direction of the bride - and then later she added ‘and maybe put a pumpkin somewhere!’ Designing wedding invitations is always a fun, organic process, and I loved watching this one come to fruition for both the couple and me. Congrats Joe and Cecilee!” For more information on Howl Creative Co.’s stationery and branding, visit howlcreativeco.com or follow @howlcreativeco on Instagram. She is currently booking 2021/2022 couples. Professional photos provided by Patton Photo  www.thepattonphoto.com / IG: @thepattonphoto

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You’re Simply The Best


ALEXA & ZACH Alexa and Zach both attended USI and met at a fundraiser. Alexa saw that Zach had started an inspirational and fitness clothing line and wanted to support it and spread the word to others. After helping him out and showing up at one of his photoshoots, the two felt a chemistry and became best friends. They were so close that Zach said she’d be his “best man” in his wedding… whenever that day came. People had told Alexa that they could see she and Zach together but she didn’t think twice about that. However, after 5 years of friendship, Zach finally told Alexa he felt more than a friendship for her. She was completely shocked and speechless! It took her about a week to process but once she did, she realized the future life partner she had dreamed of had been there all along. For their wedding they wanted a simple ceremony and reception. They figured that you can have all the bells and whistles at a wedding you want but what’s important is the bond you share with the person you’re saying “I Do” to. The simplicity of the wedding made everything special and intimate, just the way they wanted.  ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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Making Magic

PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY FLOWERS & DECOR JUST YOUR STYLE EVENTS BRIDAL GOWN ROSE AND BLISS BRIDAL BRIDESMAID DRESSES ELLA PARK BRIDAL MENSWEAR MAGIC MOMENTS

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MARRIAGE ADVICE

The Path

There they stand. 2 young adults full of promise and possibilities. They have spent many months and many more dollars planning for this moment and there they stand. Of course, they are excited. Of course, they are “in love.” Of course, they have a path of mystery open before them. The path is truly a mystery because...well, life. No matter how perfectly a plan is laid life happens. That is not a bad thing. It just is the plain unvarnished truth. Life deals the cards, but how you play what you are dealt matters in ultimate ways. As I meet with my engaged couples I marvel at the energy they have, the hope they radiate, and the love they feel for each other. Most know exactly how they want their wedding day to look, feel and be. They have planned it down to the last stamp on the SAVE THE DATE cards. They are, quite naturally, thinking about the day, the event, the cake, the dress, the dance, the music, the memories. Most, if any, have thought about all of the days ahead. I don’t mean to imply the couples are shallow or self-absorbed. Most enjoy rewarding careers and full lives. But the hard part of “happily ever after” is not on the front burner. Jobs lost, babies born, forced moves, deaths, disappointments, dreams upended, all of this and more couldn’t be further from their minds. Of course. I think it is fair to say we are, as

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humans, ill-prepared for blows dealt to us by derailed dreams and shattered expectations. We can handle the stress of an ill-fitting tux or the frustrating maid of honor, those happen. But having our expectations crushed in life’s big ways is too much. What then do we do? How do we relish the joy of the planning, the magic of the moment and while still being aware that some day, down that long road of life, a husband won’t be able to remember what the microwave is for or who his grandchildren are; a wife gets slammed with a breast cancer. years of chemo, radiation, medication. This all may sound extreme but it isn’t. If we live long enough, the “happily ever after” can become something else. It becomes the resounding truth spoken with giddy delight in wedding ceremonies around the world. Couples, gazing into each other’s eyes vow to love each other, “for better or for worse. In sickness and in health.” Believe me when I say that the “for worse” part is when love with a capital “L” reveals itself. That is exactly what Love means. What Love looks like. How it works out in real life. We mature into tenderness. Tenderness is beyond passion, but is just as potent and just as valuable. Maybe even priceless. Love looks like a wife taking a husband on a drive because he is no longer able. A husband gently combing his life partners hair, fixing her make-up because, “She loved to look nice. It was important to her.” Gay or straight, these are the truths of a marriage....the truths of “I do”. I watched my mother care for my father in his dementia. To say it was hard for her is an understatement, but it was a life time of remembering “I do” that kept her going. It was 50 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

exhausting and costly to her personally. It was punishing because she didn’t do it well every day. She was worn out, frustrated , and totally committed to his care. That is what I wish I could convey to my beautiful, sparkling, young couples. Not to frighten them or talk them out of the marriage, but to help them be ready for the work that is required by a committed love. I wish I could fortify them with knowledge that hard days are the days when you actually know the meaning of love. I wish.… Maybe I will work it into my next wedding message. “Tom, do you promise to feed Lisa when she can’t feed herself? Lisa, do you promise to read to Tom, when his eyesight fails?” “Ben will you play Neil’s favorite music when he is in hospice care?” Maybe I will work that in next time around. If I do, it will be for the sake of Love with a capital “L.” By written by Ange Humphrey Pastor and founder of Fresh Air Community of Faith and the host of WEHT Local Lifestyles


LOCAL HISTORY

The Alhambra Theatre

After spending the day at the Alhambra Theatre for our Phantom Love inspiration shoot, we wanted to dive deeper into the history and future plans of the theater, one of Evansville's cherished historic treasures. History of the Alhambra • May 1913: Construction on The Alhambra Theatre begins.

• September 1913: The Alhambra Theatre opens to the public. • 1956: The Alhambra Theatre closes after 43 years due to "poor business" and remains vacant for 20 years with the exception of weekend plays in 1967 and 1968. • 1976-1988: Revitalization efforts of the theatre begin. A series of owners and tenants attempt to raise funds from private donors, local government, and through federal grants. Various programming occurs, although each attempt proves unsustainable. • 1995-2000: The River's Bend Playhouse begins another fundraising campaign. The cost of renovations at this time are estimated to be

Indiana Landmarks

$1.2 million. The organization eventually dissolves due to financial difficulties. • 2003: Historic Landmarks of Indiana takes possession of the Theatre, eventually selling the property to the non-profit group Alhambra

Rice Library Digital Archives

Marchand Collection Willard Library Collection

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Theatre, Inc. The Alhambra Theatre Inc. continues fundraising efforts but cannot continue programming within the building because the structure is unfit for occupancy. • 2015: The Alhambra Theatre Inc. and the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana enter a real estate relationship giving the Arts Council a two year option to purchase the property. New owner Ken Haynie III goes on to share, “I obtained the building in December 2017. We have explored several different options including, but not limited to, event space, bar, restaurant, live music venue but have not

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found the right partner to put a business in place.  Just keeping the exterior lights on has been hugely impactful.   Those are on 24/7.  Neighbors and visitors alike have reached out to thank us for the boost that provides. The theater has been proud to host several concerts and festival vendors under the

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marquee over the past few years. We love to see people get engagement photos, prom photos, and wedding photos under the marquee.”

marks

Indiana Land

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HANNAH & JAMIN In Hannah’s words, “Jamin and I met through mutual friends. I work for a dental office, and the dentists at my office were friends with Jamin and set us up. We hit it off and dated for three years before Jamin proposed on our anniversary in Key West. I actually accidentally found the Brinker’s ring bag in his truck months before he proposed and asked him about it. He played it VERY cool and surprised me with a bracelet before he proposed to throw me off…it worked! For our wedding, we wanted something romantic and timeless. When we toured Cason’s Cove, we instantly knew it was the place for us. I love how clean and bright the white flowers are and the smell of fresh eucalyptus was wonderful. I knew this was the look I wanted for our wedding. Another one of my favorite aspects of our wedding was the pampas grass- it added a boho feeling to our wedding that I absolutely loved. The most important part of wedding day was having our cocker spaniel, Rhett be a part of it. He was the greeter and wore a bow tie to match Jamin and the groomsmen.” ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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Making Magic PHOTOGRAPHY ESTHER BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY  VENUE CASON’S COVE – ALVATON, KY FLORAL KB EVENTS AND FLORAL DESIGN BRIDAL GOWN BOCA RATON BRIDAL BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES HOUSE OF WHITE BRIDAL MENSWEAR PAUL’S MENSWEAR MAKEUP KIMBERLY MCCAMMON

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Beth Carter Collection It’s so often when a bride walks into Beth Carter Exquisite Bridal & Formal Wear, we hear that she wants something different for her bridal gown that isn’t done or seen time and time again. Located in the small area of southern Indiana, it is oftentimes hard to get a dress that you’ve not seen on another bride. It’s inevitable that every bride wants to feel special on her wedding day. So having a bridal gown that cannot be found in any other store, magazine, or online catalog might just be the perfect option for our brides that want a unique look for their big day. When working with a team of designers to start our “bethcarter” collection of dresses, we knew we wanted a selection of dresses with silhouettes, necklines, and details that our brides would love. Soft, romantic lace, unique necklines, beautiful back design details and flattering silhouettes are just a few of the qualities that can be found in our collection. We are very pleased to find that the first dresses in our line have been loved by every bride that puts them on. They love that they complement their bodies so well, are different than anything they've seen, and are one of a kind. If you are a prospective bride that wants a unique gown and a fun, unique, and welcoming shopping experience, call (812) 683-3777 or message us online to make an appointment. ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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HUNTINGBURG, INDIANA

Beth Carter’s Best Of When you come to Beth Carter Exquisite Bridal &

Mama T’s

Formal Wear in search of your perfect bridal gown, you get so much more than just a bridal appointment. Not only do you get one-on-one with a personal stylist that will make your appointment time fun and personal, you also get the perfect local town to celebrate in after you say “Yes!” to your perfect dress. Huntingburg, Indiana, is a quaint, historic town that looks like it came out of a Hallmark movie. The small-town hospitality and unique shops and restaurants will leave you wanting to return to our favorite town that we are so lucky to call home. While you have your closest friends and family

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with you while you’re in town for your appointment, you can extend your shopping day browsing and buying from our favorite local boutiques on 4th Street. Bean to Sprout will quickly become your favorite children’s boutique. Firefly and Lush are two boutiques that have super cute women’s clothing, along with Bean to Sprout as well. Are you a home décor lover looking for unique pieces from a small business? Ella & Ivy, Gelhausens, Around the Corner, and Touch of Class are our favorite places to buy decorations for our homes and shop.

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If you and your entourage are foodies just like we

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are, then you will be more than happy to find that Historic Downtown Huntingburg is home to some of the best restaurants you can find. You can start your day at Kim’s Koffee getting a hot, iced or frozen coffee and pastry. After your appointment, you can pick one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. Gaslight Pizza has some of the most unique tasting pizza that will leave you craving more. Mama T’s is the best Italian food you will ever eat. The huge portions will leave you with leftovers you can eat on for three days. Yard Goat Artisan Ales is a new addition to 4th Street, along with Fry’d and Chop’d. Yard Goat is a brewery where you can sample their craft beers while enjoying a charcuterie board, a large pretzel with beer cheese and home-made mustard, and one

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of their delicious artisan pizzas. Fry’d is perfect for the ones that love fresh patted burgers, fresh cut fries, and wings. At the top of Fry’d is Chop’d. It is your axe throwing destination with yummy appetizers, drinks, and fun. It’s perfect bonding time for you and your bride tribe. Although Huntingburg is a small town, it is filled with lots of fun, good shopping, and yummy food! You can have a fun filled day with your loved ones enjoying our little town, celebrating finding your dream dress for your wedding day! When you schedule your appointment with us here at BC Bridal, we hope you keep your day open to visit all of recommendations of “Beth Carter’s Best Of.”

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Gehlhausens

Gaslight Pizza


Fry’d

Bean to Sprout

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Firefly

Kim’s Koffee

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CYNTHIA & ANDREW In Cynthia’s words, “Growing up in the same small town, Andrew and I are both from Tell City, IN, and just a grade apart in school. Although we never dated while in high school, there was a point in time we exchanged messages back and forth my first year of college but both headed down different paths. Reconnecting after several years we went on our first official date in September of 2018 and have been inseparable since. Although the relationship we started was not your everyday love story with us being two single parents both with two toddlers full time each. Most of our dates included playing at the park, wild messy dinners, and nights-in, falling asleep by 8 o’clock. We loved this new life we were so lucky to have made with one another. After a year of dating, Andrew proposed to me on a family vacation in Navarre Beach, Florida. While planning our wedding, I knew I wanted something close to home. After searching the surrounding area we found the perfect place and got married ten minutes outside of our home town at Matilda’s Event Barn in Troy, Indiana. The venue sits on top of rolling hills overlooking beautiful country farm land. To us, this is what we picture when we think of home. Not only were Andrew and I lucky to have found each other, but our four young children were just as lucky to have found one another. We instantly became a family of six which is not always an easy path but it was so rewarding for us. I am so thankful for the roads in life that came to an end and did not work. I am so thankful for the hard times and rough patches both of us once endured. Because of them, I am even more thankful and appreciative for the love I have been gifted in our relationship. When I am with my husband and our four children, it is hard to imagine there was ever a life before them.” ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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Making Magic PHOTOGRAPHER ESTHER BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE MATILDA’S EVENT BARN – EVANSTON, IN FLOWERS & DECOR BELOVED FLOWER COMPANY BRIDAL GOWN ELLA PARK BRIDAL BRIDESMAID DRESSES ELLA PARK BRIDAL MENSWEAR ELLA PARK BRIDAL CAKE ADRIENNE & CO. HAIR & MAKEUP JILLIAN GARVERICK

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ON OUR RADAR

Ellis Park

Ellis Park Racing & Gaming is a hidden gem that sits between Evansville, Indiana, and Henderson, Kentucky, on Green River Island. We pride ourselves on being a safe place to play since 1922! The Gardenia Room, Sky Theater Lounge, Turf Club, Sky Lobby Bar, Thoroughbred Dining Room, and outside pavilion are available to host your next event in full-view of our unique dirt and turf thoroughbred racetracks. There may be certain reservation restrictions when it comes to live racing federal, and state COVID-19 guidelines. To discuss reserving a space at our facility, please contact our Admissions Office at (812) 435-8918, email our current Sales Manager Cara McCarty at cmccarty@ellisparkracing.com, or call our main line at (812) 425-1456 for more information.

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KELSY & ALEX In Kelsy’s words “Alex and I met at a bonfire at a mutual friend’s house about four and half years ago. I didn’t even really want to go, but my friends begged me to come so of course I went, and I am so glad that I did because it led me straight to Alex. They always say, when it’s the one, you’ll know and that is exactly how it was for Alex and I. From the beginning, I knew he was the man I was going to marry. We dated for about a year and then found out we were excepting the biggest blessing - our little boy, which brought us so much closer. Many people say we did things backwards but we say that we did it just right! We sure wouldn’t have it any other way! Our wedding day was nothing short of perfect! From having our best friends and families beside us, to dancing our hearts out on the dance floor celebrating, it was truly one of the best days of our lives. We wish we could pinpoint our favorite thing but overall it was amazing! We had our rustic, boho theme that we had both hoped for. It was seriously a dream, and we would go back and do it all over again. ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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PHOTOGRAPHY EMILEE KERNER PHOTOGRAPHY  VENUE VANDERBURGH 4-H CENTER OPEN AIR BARN DÉCOR & FLORAL JOELLE ELISE DESIGN BRIDAL GOWN HOUSE OF WHITE BRIDAL BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES AZAZIE MENSWEAR MEN’S WEARHOUSE CAKE LIL’ TATES CUPCAKES DONUTS DONUT BANK BAKERY CATERING BAUERHAUS CATERING HAIR JODI BITTNER, TERA OLLER AND MORGAN KEMP  MAKEUP HOPE RAY AND ANNA SPIVEY 

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KRISTIN & MATT In Kristin’s words, “Matt and I have known each other and been friends for many years. We went to high school together and dated a bit, but it never really worked out when we were younger.  Timing was never right.  I think the universe knew we needed more time to grow up and become the people we were supposed to be before we would be ready for each other.   Now both in our 30’s, I can honestly say he completes me and makes me a better person.  He is the piece I didn’t know I was missing, and his 2 sons, Connor and Mason, are the cherries on top.  I can’t imagine life without them. We wanted a smaller wedding as we both had been married prior, and it’s good thing we were already planning small, as COVID hit full-force. We decided to have our ceremony by the Ohio River on my parents’ property with our closest family and friends.  Matt, I and our families all have a love of the river and being close to water in general.  I think the calm of the water brings peace to all our lives in one way or another. It was the perfect spot for our nuptials.  We really wanted to incorporate Matt’s sons as much as possible, and we wanted things to be a little more unique.  We not only had our vows, but I had vows for his sons as well.  I wanted them to know how much they mean to me and that I was not only marrying their dad, but that I planned to be a big part of their lives as well.  We decided to do a Wine unity ceremony for us and also do a family unity ceremony with all 4 of us tying a cord of 3 strands that is not easily broken. With the wine unity, Matt had a red wine, I had a white, and we mixed our wines together into our new carafe.  The blending of the two wines into one common cup to form a Rosè is symbolic of blending together through a committed relationship in marriage.”

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LOCATION PRIVATE PROPERTY ON THE OHIO RIVER RECEPTION POUR HAUS BRIDAL GOWN BETH CARTER BRIDAL MENSWEAR LULU’S PROM AND BRIDAL WOOD BOUQUET & BOUTONNIERES BROOKE JAMES DESIGNS RINGS ROLANDS JEWELRY HAIR RIVAYE OF ALL ABOUT YOU SALON & SPA MAKEUP TAYLOR OF LUSH ESTHETICS & BOUTIQUE

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DANIELLE & COLIN In Danielle’s words, “Colin and I met in the library on Murray State University's campus in 2012. After being friends for a couple of years, we began dating in 2014. We got engaged on Colin's favorite day of the year, the winter solstice of 2019, in the living room of our home. He loves this day because it marks the shortest day of the year and every day after that gets brighter. We began the hunt for a venue and a photographer almost immediately. While I knew that Courtney at Boulder Creek Photography was who I wanted to be there on our special day, the venue was a tougher choice. After seeing a few, we were able to view the Old Courthouse, and we knew instantly that was our venue! The architecture and elegance of the courthouse was stunning, and we knew that when it came to decor, we would stick to minimal and let the beauty of the building shine through. Our main goal for the wedding was to not only make it special for us, but also for the friends and family who helped get us to this point in our relationship. We incorporated our family into several aspects of the wedding; my sister-in-law, a graphic designer, created all of our invitations and other paper product designs, Colin's sister, a makeup artist, did my makeup, my grandfather made candied pecans to sit out, and Colin's parents helped set up and provided a lot of the food and snacks. The overarching theme for our wedding was "growth", in the relationship and in this new season of our life together, which we incorporated by completing a plant watering "unity" ceremony during the nuptials and having flower seed packets as our favors. We had the best experience and the most perfect wedding!”  ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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PHOTOGRAPHER BOULDER CREEK PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE THE OLD VANDERBURGH COUNTY COURTHOUSE – EVANSVILLE, IN FLOWERS & DECOR OBJ DESIGN STATIONERY PLACES AND PINE BRIDAL GOWN ELLA PARK BRIDAL BRIDESMAID DRESSES ELLA PARK BRIDAL MENSWEAR ELLA PARK BRIDAL CAKE & CUPCAKES BEA SWEET TREATS HAIR KELSEY BRUNO OF SHANNON ALEKSANDR'S SALON & SPA MAKEUP LIZA NEELEY RINGS DROSTE'S JEWELRY SHOPPE OFFICIANT A DAY TO REMEMBER WEDDING SERVICES WEDDING PLANNING CITY SOCIAL EVENTS DAY-OF-COORDINATOR SAMANTHA BUENTE

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HAND ILLUSTRATED CUSTOM WEDDING STATIONERY, SIGNAGE, SEATING CHARTS & MORE 


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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

Chelsea Harwood

CAMBRIDGE GOLF COURSE & BANQUET ROOM

Chelsea Harwood of Cambridge Golf Course and

family for creating such a wonderful place and

Banquet Room was born and raised in Evansville on

giving me an opportunity to work as the event

the Westside. She went to Franklin College where

coordinator. We have a wonderful staff who is more

she met her husband of 11 years. They have 4 kids,

like family and helps make sure everything goes

3 girls and a boy. They actually had their reception

smooth.”

at Cambridge. After living in South Bend, IN, for a bit, they returned to Evansville to live on the Northside. Prior to working at Cambridge, Chelsea worked as a case manager and then foster care specialist at DCS. She’s also worked recruiting adoptive parents for DCS. Working for Cambridge runs in the family, though. Her mom was the event coordinator at Cambridge for nearly 10 years. Chelsea had done bridal shows with her and worked some events with her mom. So when her mom retired, they asked if Chelsea would be interested in taking over the role. So she has been the position for three years now! Chelsea loves working with brides and grooms and getting to know their families and being a part of their special day! Chelsea shares, “I love walking into a reception and seeing all of their visions come to life with the decorations. No two weddings are alike. I try my best to make this part of the planning as stress free as possible so that they can enjoy planning and their day.” She goes on to add, “I currently reside in Cambridge, and it is a great community to live in and work at. I am super ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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SAMANTHA & JACOB In Samantha’s words “Jacob and I met in middle school and became friends as the years went on. I had been crushing on him since the 7th grade! He constantly pestered me during class, which is where it all began. The pestering soon turned to flirting, and I fell head over heels for him! His smile and laugh consumed me! This lasted most of the school year, and finally he asked me to be his girlfriend on May 7, 2010. You often hear of high school sweethearts, but in our case we are middle school sweethearts. Jacob finally proposed after 7 years of me pestering him about marrying me. He somehow managed to sneak to the jewelry store with my best friend just to look around, but ended up buying my ring. About a week or two after, he finally popped the question. Shortly after we chose the wedding date and decided on the venue, the Azalea Path, which is absolutely stunning! My papaw was supposed to marry us but he passed in 2018, so Jacob’s brother-in-law married us instead, which was very special to us. We were missing many loved ones whom were there in spirit so we had a memorial table set up with photos to honor them. His sister also surprised us with small photo charms of our papaws whom we had lost. We carried them with us all night.” ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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PHOTOGRAPHY ROSE & BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY  VENUE AZALEA PATH ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS DÉCOR & FLORAL JOELLE ELISE DESIGN BRIDAL GOWN DAVID’S BRIDAL BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES DAVID’S BRIDAL MENSWEAR PAUL’S MENSWEAR CAKE CAKES BY SHEA HAIR KEILEIGH BOGER

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LOCAL HISTORY

The Old Post Office

Construction on the Old Post Office started in 1873, and the Old Post Office and Customs House was completed in 1879. The Old Post Office was designed by A.B. Mullett and Company in the Richardsonian Romanesqe style; featuring round arches, stone masonry and towers. This building, like many other historical downtown buildings was built by Charles Pearce and Company. In 1971, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the Old Post Office is being restored to it’s glory. Many of the improvements you see are actually refurbished original elements.

Daniela Cardili

The crown molding on the NW 2nd Street side was finished by the same group that helped restore the West Baden hotel. Marble in the bathrooms was repurposed after being moved from another area of the building. The “picture windows” are created from photographs that were found at Willard Library. Some of the columns in the room were found buried in the walls that had been added over the years. Daniela Cardili ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

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The Old Post Office’s stunning architecture makes a unique and vintage backdrop for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsals dinners and banquets. They have two elegant rooms available to rent that can accommodate 10-350 people with exclusive catering from Acropolis or Just Rennie’s. Check out their Facebook page or website for more photos and videos! To book a tour or event date, please contact Event Center Coordinator, Lauren at 812-484-9821 or lauren@oldpostofficeplaza.com

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KRISTI & JAKE In Kristi’s words, “One Friday night after work, Jake and I were enjoying a couple drinks at Sportsman’s in Evansville with some mutual work friends. Jake had had a long day and was getting up to leave, but before he could get up, I reached out and handed him a beer, saying ‘just one more.’ Just one more turned into a two hour conversation that night, and the beginning of forever best friends and soul mates.  Jake and I always make it a mission to have fun no matter what we are doing and we wanted to incorporate that attitude into every detail of our special day. Supporting local, small businesses was very important to us. We wanted to support as many local businesses as possible in making our special day as perfect as it could be. In other words, we did not want it to be a DIY wedding... our view was let's have the local professionals do what they do best. All of our vendors went above and beyond to make the day PERFECT and exactly how I dreamed it to be. We love to have fun, and try to never take life too seriously. As a "surprise" first dance, we asked for all of our friends and family in attendance to come out to the dance floor to get the party started, dancing to one of my favorite Whitney Houston songs, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.  This has since become one of my favorite parts of the wedding.  Seeing everyone smiling, laughing, and having fun was priceless and I'm sure will be memories everyone will have for many, many years to come. Finally, the one detail that we will always cherish is our vow to always have ‘Just One More’ with each other forever.

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PHOTOGRAPHER PATTON PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE THE CORNER HOUSE EVENT BARNS DECOR JUST YOUR STYLE EVENTS FLOWERS JENNY WILKERSON OF THE CORNER HOUSE & JUST YOUR STYLE EVENTS GOWNS HOUSE OF WHITE MENSWEAR MEN’S WEARHOUSE DESSERTS LK’S SWEET TEMPTATIONS HAIR & MAKEUP KIRSTEN MENY OF MENY’S HAIR & CO. JEWELRY JACKIE BLUE HANDMADE RINGS BRINKER’S JEWELERS WEDDING PLANNER KELLEY JAMES

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MICHELLE & JAKE In high school Michelle and Jake had a few mutual friends, but they were both shy and never really talked to each other. That was until Jake was the talk of the school with his new GTO. Michelle was interested in what all the commotion was about and asked Jake if she could have a ride in his new car. From that day, Michelle and Jake knew that they were very much alike and that they would be the best of friends. After dating for four years, in 2017 Jake took Michelle to her favorite restaurant for a nice Sunday brunch at the Red Geranium in New Harmony IN. After eating, Jake asked Michelle if she would marry him. She was speechless, but of course she said yes! It was on that same day that Michelle and Jake both knew that they also wanted to get married in New Harmony. They couldn’t think of a better place other than the famous Roofless Church, which happens to be right across the street from where they got engaged. Michelle and Jake have been told that they both have old souls for such young people. They both enjoy exploring the musical era of the 50’s and 60’s. One thing many might not have known is that Jake’s suit was an exact replica of Elvis Presley’s wedding suit. Along with this, they even had their first dance to Can’t help falling in love by Elvis. What Michelle had pictured was that of a modern-day vintage wedding. The wedding and reception included a horse drawn carriage, classical music, chandeliers, candles and greenery that all captured this design. Not wanting to forget a single thing and to make the day even more meaningful, Michelle and Jake had all their immediate family and friends say a few words on camera the morning of their big day. Being able to incorporate so many details and so much love made for a perfect and unforgettable wedding.

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PHOTOGRAPHY SIMPLY SAVVY PHOTOGRAPHY

CEREMONY THE ROOFLESS CHURCH – NEW HARMONY, IN RECEPTION RIBEYRE GYMNASIUM- NEW HARMONY, IN FLORAL KARLA’S CERAMICS AND FLORALS- OWENSVILLE, IN RENTALS VINTAGE PRIMITIVES- LANCASTER IL AND THE GOLDEN ROSE- NEW HARMONY, IN BRIDAL GOWN ILLUSIONS BRIDAL & PROM- VINCENNES, IN BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES ILLUSIONS BRIDAL & PROMVINCENNES, IN MENSWEAR GRACEFUL LADY GLAM- FORT BRANCH, IN GROOMS SUIT LANSKY BROTHERS- MEMPHIS, TN CAKE FRESH BAKED BY TRACY- HAUBSTADT, IN CATERING MARX BARBECUE AND CATERING- EVANSVILLE, IN HAIR ASHLEY INGLER MAKEUP CHELSEA MARIE SOUND AND LIGHTING EXPERIENCE MOBILE ENTERTAINMENTEVANSVILLE, IN HORSE & CARRIAGE HORSESHOE BEND CARRIAGE CO.EVANSVILLE, IN RENTAL HOUSE LUDWIG EPPLE GUEST HOUSE- NEW HARMONY, IN PHOTOBOOTH EVERLASTING MOMENTS PHOTO BOOTHPRINCETON, IN VIDEOGRAPHER REBA RIGGS

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Advertiser Directory 5 Pink Peonies Facebook @5PinkPeonies www.5pinkpeonies.com 812.483.4193 bobbihammonds@gmail.com A.C.Thomas House Bed & Breakfast 503 West Main Street New Harmony, IN 47631 www.ACThomasHouse.com Facebook @acthomashouse Beth Carter Exquisite Bridal & Formal Wear 324 E. 4th Street Huntigburg, IN www.bethcarter.us Facebook @BCBridal Bob Davis State Farm 2727 N First Avenue Evansville, IN 47710 812.491.7888 www.evansvillesf.com Facebook @agentbobdavis   Cambridge Golf Course and Banquet Room 812.868.1270 www.cambrigegc.com Capers Emporium 602 Main Street New Harmony, IN 47631 www.Capersemporium.com Facebook @CapersEmporium

Emily Fife Harpist

Lush Esthetics and Boutique

207.860.9354

506 E. 4th St. Huntingburg, IN

mrs.EmilyFife11@gmail.com

47542 812.684.0018 Facebook

www.emilyfifeharpist.com

@thelush506

Facebook @EmilyFifeHarpist Piece of Cake Elope at the Old Courthouse

20 Main Street

www.IDoattheOCH.com

Evansville, IN 47708 812.424.CAKE (2253)

Head to Toe

www.pieceofcakebakery.com

300 W Jennings St. Ste 103 Newburgh, IN 47630

Silvernale Photography

812.858.3697

618.240.4157

FB @head2toewraps

FB @silvernalephotography

headtotoenewburgh.com

www.silvernalephotography.com

Historic Boehne House

Travel Smart

Facebook @historicboehnehouse

812.867.0022 www.choosetravelsmart.com

JoElle Elise Design Facebook @JoElleEliseDesigns

Talk to Tucker List With Nikki EVV

Instagram @JoElleEliseDesign

812.449.4118

www.joelleelisedesign.com

nikkidavis@fctuckeremge.com listitwithnikkievv.com

Just Rennie’s 812.401.8098

United Fidelity Bank

www.justrennies.com

Various locations in Evansville, Mt. Vernon, and Newburgh

Just Your Style Event Rentals

812.424.0921 (main office)

812.453.5841

www.unitedfidelity.com

Facebook @justyourstyleeventrentals

Zeidler’s Flowers 812.421.1234

Knob Hill House

www.zeidlersweddings.com

812.205.7039

Facebook @zeidlersflowers

1024 Hwy 662 Newburgh, IN www.knobhillhouse.com knobhillhouse@gmail.com


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