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ISSUE 13 2020

Wedding Planning

DURING COVID

Bonfetti

EPIC CREATIVITY 
 AND FUN

Editors’ Picks

THE BEST OF 2019 WEDDINGS!

SHARING THE

love

IN OUR BEAUTIFUL

River Valley

REGION


Photo by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Inspiration 8 Bonfetti

Photo by Esther Bloom Photography

Real Weddings

Photo by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Photo by Johnna Nedreberg Photography

Pro Tips

Love Local

17 Love Art

54 How Sweet It Is 4 Getting Married in Unprecedented 65 Just the Way You Are Times 

23 Blush of Spring

76 I Love You. I Know 86 From the First 92 Made to Last 98 Star Struck 116 The Greatest of All

29 Walker’s Bluff 


34 Eye Catching Decor   32 What You Can Focus 36 Chris Laughbaum 
 On KOLA Property Management 38 Engaged! Bridal Faire 46 Tina Brunck Travel Smart 44 Prepare For An Adventure

48 Invitations by DeZyne

72 A.C. Thomas House 
 51 Plan Your Makeup Trial 126 Hannah & Cody
 83 Cottage Florist and Destination Wedding 106 Disappointment Gifts 108 Rogue Bride Fashion 104 Camelot Jewelers Guide 112 The McCurdy Hotel: Past & Present 122 A Model of Beauty, 
 Elegance and Convenience Throughout 132 Best of - Editors’ Picks Photos by Lacey & Nate Photography ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY 1


LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS Extraordinary, unprecedented times. That is the only way that

can verbalize what is going on now. Best described as a collective trauma, even if you don't catch COVID-19, you will likely in some way be or know someone affected by it. So, what we bring you in this issue is simply our love, our light, and our sunshine. These are tough times, and we know it. They will be for a while both for our bridal couples and our vendors, but we are here for each and every one of you. When we come out on the other side of this, our hope is that your weddings will meet your every (albeit likely revised) expectation, and we hope that as an industry our friends will survive the hit that this has been to small businesses all around the area, the state, and the country. So please remember to shop local every chance that you get. Each dollar counts as the weeks go on, and our wedding vendors appreciate your business! Thank you also for your continued readership, and we hope that our beautiful pages will brighten your day while you have extra time to pass. Please enjoy with all of our love!  

Cheers!

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

JoElle Knight and Nikki Davis

JOELLE KNIGHT

FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ON OUR

NIKKI DAVIS

MANAGING EDITOR

@ENGAGEDRIVERVALLEY

@ENGAGEDRIVERVALLEY

Cover

Our most epic shoot to date, Bonfetti was the brainchild of Editor’s JoElle and Nikki who wanted to create an inspiration shoot unlike any before. With a focus on color, fun and unexpected details, they brought in a huge team of vendors to pull off this opposite-of-traditional shoot. Our cover wouldn’t have been complete without a photo of our Best Llama friend, Chronos from Lil' Rexings' Pony Express. He graciously allowed snuggles from our models and sported the best rainbow dye job we’ve ever seen. The shoot took place at the old World War II bunker walls at the 4-H Center, and we used their geometric shapes to be a backdrop to our explosion of fringe, floral and feathers!

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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 non-profits, 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, a local historic site that they have spent years restoring as a homesite and wedding outdoor location. Check out more about Nikki and her family's many adopted pets on Instagram at @1000milemom  

Ashley Holley

Editor Assistant Ashley is self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, Halloween Queen and 90's nostalgia junkie. She is also a proud momma to four beautiful boys and has been married to her amazing husband Richard for nearly 10 years. Her love for weddings, began long ago when she was just a little girl dancing atop the shoes of the groom at every wedding she attended. Ashley is a proud Evansville native and is happy to have been able to reestablish her hometown roots after several years of moving around the world as a military spouse. When she is not crafting witty lines for our social media or working on the ENGAGED brand, you can find her outdoors with her family, laughing over drinks with friends, or at home snuggling with her three felines.     


FEATURED ARTICLE

Getting Married in Unprecedented Times
 


In these unprecedented times, how to

We don’t know realistically when this will

handle what the Corona virus situation is

end. Scientists and doctors are doing their

doing to weddings and events is not a one-

best to curb this global pandemic, but


size-fits-all solution. How you choose to

the news is showing that we are short on

proceed should in all likelihood involve a

medical supplies and the rate of the spread

good amount of conversation and

is fast. Johns Hopkins Medical shared a

consideration before any major decisions

phenomenal article called Coronavirus,

are made to your event's regard.


Social and Physical Distancing and SelfQuarantine that dives into flattening the

The CDC offers the following website to

curve, how we do it, and what that means (


education the general public on the 


https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/

virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/

2019-ncov/index.html - With that said,


coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self

right now, it’s safe to say that we are in time

quarantine) / However, many large 


of limbo. If your event is not scheduled out

(and even small) cities are showing that not

for another 6-18 months, you are probably

everyone is playing by the rules of

OK to hold off making any major decisions.

sheltering in place and social distancing.

However, if your wedding is coming up in 


The analogy of us all being in detention

the near to moderate future, postponing is

because a handful of kids can’t behave

likely a wise decision. Have you called your

themselves has been floating around social

vendors yet to have a discussion? Don’t

media, and to me, it hits the nail on the

hesitate to start those talks. The sooner you

head! Until we all do our part, this won’t

start making new arrangements, the better

end, and COVID-19 will continue to infect

off you’ll be in terms of alternate dates!


people and put not only our at-risk

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population but our healthcare workers in

2. Start communicating with your vendors

danger. So out of love for your fellow 


now. Most are booked throughout the year,

human beings, please do your part to stop

so please be patient with them as they

the spread! Wash your hands, practice

navigate getting you alternate dates. Bear

social distancing, only go out when

in mind, depending on the venue or

necessary, and when you do, only send out

vendor, they may already be booked out

one family member, etc!


until 2021.


Back to the timeline. You can follow along

3. Give your guests as much advance

with what the Institute for Health Metrics

notice as possible. This could include

and Evaluation is projecting at:http://

printed cards, emails, personal notes, and/

www.healthdata.org/covid- They go so far

or calls or a combination of the above to

as to break it down with projections by all

make sure that everyone is in the know.


resources, all beds, ICU beds, and invasive ventilators by the US, or you can take a look

4. Need help? Bring in a planner. Most of

at just your state. So if you are wondering a

us have a lot of other things going on

ballpark when this will be over, this will give

besides just planning the wedding. So the

you some idea as we go along. Again,

burden of revamping an entire event can

though, this is if everyone starts playing by

be time consuming and stressful. So the

the rules.

investment of letting a wedding planner

handle the changes for you and/or be 
 Considering postponing?


onsite to accommodate all of the necessary

1. Check your marriage license expiration

nuts and bolts of the day to make it a

date. How will that play into your plan? If it

successful event will be money well spent.


expires before you can make your next reservation and move the date, will you get

Even when things start to get back normal,

a new one or go ahead


though, we highly suggest if your wedding

and get married privately, and then just

is just on the cusp of coming after we come

make the larger gathering just a reception?


out of this pandemic that you still take precautions. So plan ahead with some of

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these ideas in mind to maximize public and

group for your guests and LIVE Facebook

family safety and health.


stream the ceremony and/or all festivities to include those who stayed home as well!

1. Nix the receiving line after the ceremony.

Periscope is another online LIVE-Streaming

The new concept of Social Distancing


app additionally.

has been an eye opener to
 


avoid passing germs and viruses among

6. Work with our local soap shops to give

people. So discourage hugging and 


handmade soaps as your favor gift at the

touching. No one wants to get sick from

tables. Alternately small personal sized

one another.

hand sanitizers are a nice gift as well.


 2. Reconsider the Dollar Dance. Again,

7. Have extra hand sanitizer at the

lining people up to dance with you right up

entrances and anywhere else appropriate.

in your personal space from your closest relatives to your spouse's third uncle, who

8. Double and triple check your RSVPs as

knows what air space you're breathing!


you get closer to your date because your numbers may fall off, and you'll need to

3. Skip buffet style serving of food. Either

give as accurate a headcount to your venue

go with plated or if already planned as

and caterer as you can.

buffet style, have the caterer stay and serve out the portions (vs. letting your guests all

9. Spread the tables out as far as feasible as

dig in and serve themselves).

well we place the settings as far apart as

possible, e.g. put eight people at tables 4. Think about online services such as LIVE-

meant for ten or six people at tables meant

streaming (locally offered by Stellar Media

for eight, again going with that concept of

and Rose & Oak Studios) to broadcast the

Social Distancing to give each person more

wedding to guests who cannot make it due

room. If your guest-list starts to fall

to health or travel restrictions.

off, in all likelihood, you should have room/

space to do this! 5. Alternately, set up a private Facebook 6 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY


10. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Think

is a very unique time that we are in, and

about reviewing your contracts thoroughly,

everyone just wants to be safe and healthy.

and consider reviewing your venue's

So respect family and friends' decisions

cleaning procedures with them.

whether they can make it or not. We're sure

 

it doesn't mean that they love you any less, 11. Research and consider adding a virtual

but a lot of people like to err on the side of

guestbook, and/or recruit a bridal party

caution, and collectively as a nation we will

member to help you collect pre-recorded

get through this better if we handle all of

speeches that you can run at the wedding

the nuances of the time we are in

(have someone else help you with this that

gracefully.

way you can enjoy and be surprised with the rest of the guests with what is said day

Whatever your plan, good luck, all our love,

of just as if it were live!).

and your local wedding vendors are here to make this as seamless of a time as possible!

12. In lieu of water/drink pitchers or 2 liters,

We can't wait to be a part of your big day!

etc, go with individual cans or bottles. -Nikki Davis 13. NO DIPPING FOUNTAINS! I'm just

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going to leave that one right there.... 14. Still stressed about forging ahead? Then consider adding a wedding planner to your list. This person can help you navigate the details and any changes you might have to make with ease. Let that person handle the bulk of the responsibility while you look forward to and enjoy what will be one of the biggest days of your life! 15. Lastly, be flexible. This is a very unique

Photo By Stellar Media

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Bonfetti

Produced by JoElle Knight & Nikki Davis


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Get this Look

PHOTOGRAPHER SHILLAWNA RUFFNER PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL JOELLE ELISE DESIGN DESIGN & DECOR JOELLE ELISE DESIGN VENUE VANDERBURGH 4-H CENTER GROUNDS STATIONERY & SIGNAGE 5 PINK PEONIES CAKE PIECE OF CAKE BAKERY GOWN ROSE & BLISS VINTAGE CHAIRS & COUCH JUST YOUR STYLE EVENTS MENSWEAR DILLARD’S EVANSVILLE JEWELRY CAMELOT JEWELERS LLAMA CHRONOS OF LIL’ REXINGS’ PONY EXPRESS VIDEOGRAPHER STELLAR MEDIA
 


MAKEUP KRISTIN BOEHM OF LUSH ESTHETICS

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INVITE

A GORGEOUS VIEW TO YOUR WEDDING. A destination wedding package from Delta Vacations allows you to focus on the important things — making memories on your big day. With a flight and hotel getaway, you can book a complimentary wedding package or upgrade to a more elaborate wedding package. There’s also a sweet offer of up to $225 off per booking for your guests and when they use the offer, you get money back after your getaway, up to the total cost of your own reservation.

Call Haynie Travel Today! They are your expert Honeymoon or Destination Wedding consultant 812.477.8833/800.422.0335 www.haynietravel.com info@haynietravel.com

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Love Art

Produced by Katie Haire & Nicole Neff


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Get this Look

PHOTOGRAPHER JENNIFER SOUTHARD PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE FUNXION FLORAL RIVER ROAD FLORAL CO. DESIGN & DÉCOR OBJ DESIGN LIGHTING MISTLETOE & IVY CAKE PARADISE CAKES DRESS ROSE & BLISS MENSWEAR ROSE & BLISS HAIR THE HAIR BAR MAKEUP KELSEY BAIZE ART LYNDSI DEER

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ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY 
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Blush of Spring


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Get this Look

PHOTOGRAPHY LACEY & NATE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE WHITE CHATEAU FLORAL ROSE STORY FARM AND KINGS COUNTRY GARDENS DESIGN & DÉCOR LIZZIE BEES FLOWER SHOPPE RENTALS HAPPY DAY GOODS CALLIGRAPHY REN MADE CALLIGRAPHY FOOD NIKO’S BAKERY & CAFE DRESS BETH CARTER BRIDAL RIBBONS IRIS + CLOVER MAKEUP BRIDAL BEAUTY BY MARIA WORKSHOP SWEET HONEY WORKSHOPS

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ON OUR RADAR

Walker’s Bluff 


We are Southern Illinois’ premier wedding

us take the stress out of planning a

destination offering full service wedding

wedding, from choosing wedding décor to

planning. With our amazing venue

deciding on catering and drinks for your

selection such as The Enchanted Woods,

guests; our wedding coordinator will take

The Tasting Room, Legends, Wine Cave and

care of every detail and help make your

over 300 acres of beautiful land, the

wedding everything you have ever

possibilities are endless. When you book

dreamed of!

with us, you receive a wedding coordinator with several years of experience to help guide you through the entire planning

Walker's Bluff

process. All of our prices listed in our

326 Vermont Rd

booklet can be discussed with your

Carterville, Illinois

coordinator and adjusted to fit with your

(618) 956-9900

budget and requests. At Walker’s Bluff, it is

info@walkersbluff.com

all about the experience. Our goal is to

www.walkersbluff.com

make it fun and memorable from the day you book, until the day you tie the knot. Let

Photo By Esther Bloom Photog raphy

Photo By Kurtis Hall Photog raphy

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Photo By Arndt Photog raphy

Photo byMATHEW Goad Photography RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY


Photo By Esther Bloom Photog raphy

Photo by Jesse & Gena

Photo By Kaitlin Powell Photog raphy

The "Down The Rabbit Hole" Wine Cave doors at Walker's Bluff is a unique and stunning location for guests to enter to their wedding reception or ceremony. It is also a popular spot for the "first look" photo, bridal party photos, and family photos. With a gorgeous waterfall, overflowing vines, detailed architect design, and one-of-a- kind doors...it makes a perfect backdrop for photographers and wedding parties! BREATHTAKING!

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Photo Photo By Kaitlin Powell Photog raphy by

Sharin Shank Photography


Just Rennie’s Catering can help make your dream wedding come true 


Jesse & Gena Photography

Dreams come true Esther Bloom Photography

We cater at: Just Rennie’s Tuscan Wine Room City View at Sterling Square The Crescent Room Discovery Lodge Evansville Museum The Old Courthouse The Old Post Office The Pagoda JustRennies.com 812-401-8098

Esther Bloom Photography


FEATURED ARTICLE

What You Can Focus On During this time of Corona-limbo, there is a

5. Start writing reviews (Google, Facebook,

lot of uncertainty, but it often helps to focus

or otherwise) for your colleagues, friends,

on things that are in our control vs. the

family and favorite businesses. In the long

things that we have absolutely no control

run, this is a wonderful way to also support

over. So while we are Social Distancing

those local businesses, and it is FREE!

ourselves, what CAN we do??? 6. Study up on your craft. There is ALWAYS 1. Think about how you can support local.

something new you can learn to improve

One idea is to carry out from your favorite

your business

local eatery 7. Catch up on your reading
 2. If you have any sort of entrepreneurial aspirations, dive back into your business

8. Learn something new...the world wide

plan and think about what re-growth is

web is an amazing treasure trove of new

going to look like when this is all over

hobbies, crafts, and skills... Wow us with

something you've picked up (that isn't the 3. Fine tune your social media... Post, share,

Corona virus)

find your social media "voice." From Facebook to Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn,

9. Socially listen and be a light! Watch what

and FB + IG stories, you have a story to tell,

your friends are posting, comment, like,

and now you have time to do it!!!

share, etc, but ALWAYS keep it positive. I myself am an introvert, but I'm guessing

4. Proof and clean up your website if you

this is very hard on our extrovert friends

maintain one / ask a colleague to proof it

who aren't used to the isolation. So do your

for you to give it another set of eyes.


small part to show them that they are

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noticed and that you are there. 10. Hand write cards or notes to your clients or potential clients, family, and friends 11. Pick up the phone and call friends, neighbors, and family to check in on them Isolating yourself physically to curb the spread of this doesn’t mean that you have to isolate yourself completely. We are blessed to live in a time of amazing

technology that puts us a call, text, email, message or video chat away from our friends and family. So don’t fall into a trap of loneliness. Be the light, reach out to friends and family, and be proactive in your mental health and the mental health of others to make sure that your loved ones and friends are OK... and YES, that can include talking through your upcoming wedding plans. Having something to look forward to when this is all over is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel!

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BALLOONS

Eye Catching Decor 


Stephanie Susie Images

It’s every bride’s dream to have a wedding that

contemporary backdrops, head table focal

not only proves to be unforgettable to her, but

points, and accent areas the bride would like

to her friends and family as well. One way to

highlighted, but it can also serve as a potential

ensure this is to stay atop the industry’s most

insurance for photo backdrops in case of

trend setting styles and ideas! Balloon art is

undesired weather, or if the bridal party is just

where it’s at! Balloons have always been linked

wanting something outside the box! Be ahead

to parties and celebrations, an eye catcher to

of the curve, showcase your wedding with

grab attention, an accent to the festivities. That

balloon art and guarantee your special event

is all 100% applicable, even to weddings!

will be envied.

Balloon art is extremely versatile, providing alternative decor to any style wedding, any type

Balloons by JYS

of venue, and is sure to be a conversation piece

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Photo by Goad Photography

Powers Production

Photo by Jesse & Gena

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VENDOR BALLOONS SPOTLIGHT

Chris Laughbaum 


KOLA Property Management

Chris Laughbaum of KOLA Property Management lives in New Harmony and has two sons, one lives in Ohio and the other lives in CA. She has five grandchildren ranging in age from 7 to 17. She shares, “After Koester Construction finished the Restoration of the Rapp-Owen Granary 21 years ago, we stayed on Managers of the building, that is how I got started working with brides and booking weddings and receptions. Since then, we have taken on other properties here in New Harmony, including the Opera House and Community House Dorm 2, which the State Museum has now taken back under their own management. In the last 10 years we have also become managers of the Ribeyre Center, which is the old gym and has been restored for Wedding Receptions.” Chris has been working with brides for 20 years, booking the wedding venues, and she loves it! Chris Laughbaum KOLA Property Management

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641 Third Street P O Box 668 New Harmony IN 47631 812-682-3050 812-449-6839 www.visitnewharmony.com www.robertleeblafferfoundation.org






BRIDAL SHOW

Engaged! Bridal Faire 


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 On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Engaged! River Valley hosted its first ever Engaged! Bridal Faire. Unlike any other wedding show in the region, it featured style and beauty inspiration around every corner. Hosted at The McCurdy on Evansville's riverfront, the gorgeous historic building that was just recently reopened to the public was the perfect backdrop for the event! Old National on Main was generous and donated the use of their parking garage for the event, and all door proceeds benefited the Parenting Time Center. ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY 39





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DESTINATIONS & HONEYMOONS

Prepare For An Adventure 


Monteverde, Costa Rica From landing in San Jose, Costa Rica, you are transferred up to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Monteverde is a unique balance of conservation and tourism. There is an amazing variety of flora and fauna, plus the largest variety of butterflies and moths in the world. Costa Rica’s cloud forests – where misty fog clings to the treetops – offer a refreshingly cool retreat from the warmer, tropical areas of the country. These highelevation forests contain 420 different kinds of orchids, ferns, and a wide assortment of mosses. The slight changes in elevation have made these areas hotbeds of wildlife diversity.  Birding is especially treasured here. Nature enthusiasts travel far to spot the rare Resplendent Quetzal bird hiding amidst the trees. The Quetzal can only be found in the cloud forests of Central America. Another suggestion is a guided night walk in the forest.  Over 80% of the forest life becomes active after nightfall. A naturalist guide will lead you through the forest pointing out a variety of wildlife like armadillos, tarantulas, and more. Listen closely to the sounds of the forest! You may hear the nocturnal Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth rustling in the trees.  44 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY


Grand Cayman

Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve, Belize

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience take a

This unique sanctuary in southern

boat out to the sandbars at Stingray City

Belize covers an area of about 150 square

and swim with the friendly southern

miles of tropical forest, and is the world’s

stingrays. A perfect soft adventure

only Jaguar Preserve.

activity, you will be able to swim, play

A visit to the Jaguar Preserve may likely

and feed the sting rays – and don’t forget

provide you with signs of recent Jaguar

to take plenty of photos to show off!

activity, but it is highly unlikely that an

Offering a new site for each day of the

actual Jaguar sighting will occur. These

year, the Cayman Islands has 365 dive

wonderful animals are masters of stealth

locations and experiences across Grand

and their very existence is based on their

Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman

seeing, but not being seen.

including spots like the well-known

Cockscomb is also renowned for its bird

Kittiwake, a former US submarine rescue

populations and boasts up to 300

ship sunk off the shores of Seven Mile

recorded species. These include Macaw,

Beach where you can see an abundance

the Great Curossow and Keel-billed

of breathtaking and colorful sea life.

Toucan.

What will you see at Cockscomb? Probably not jaguars. They are there of course, but the chances of seeing one is about seventeen thousand to one. Having said that, people do occasionally catch glimpses of these stealthy carnivores, but much more likely, especially in the rainy season, is finding the paw marks along the muddier stretches of the trails.
 
 Sending you the Island Breeze and Coconut Trees, Leah Dugan
 Haynie Travel Service Member of Frosch Travel Network 812-477-8833 ext. 317

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT 


Tina Brunck Travel Smart

I was bitten by the travel bug at the age of

to go beyond Mexico and the Caribbean

10 when my grandmother took me on a

and have now been to over 45 countries.

cruise to the Bahamas. It was on the Norwegian Caribbean Lines MS Skyward.

Being an experienced traveler and

Oddly enough, I was on the only child on

organizer of my group travels, my travel

the ship. Boy was I pampered. After a day

agent (Kim Epperson – former owner of

or two, the chef prepared me a hamburger

Travel Smart) asked me to join her team,

and fries every night since I didn’t like all

and she would train me about the travel

that “fancy” food. Well I grew to like that

business. That was an offer that I couldn’t

“fancy” food and have been on 30

pass up.

additional cruises since. After 7 years of working from home, then For many years, I’ve been blessed to have

part-time at the agency, Kim decided she

my husband and many friends that also

wanted to retire and sell the agency. When

love to travel. We cruised mostly and went

it was offered to me, I knew this was my

to all-inclusive resorts at first, but then grew

dream come true. That was almost 11

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years ago. I’m proud to keep the legacy

Being a Breast Cancer Survivor and

and reputation of Travel Smart going since

realizing life can be short, I encourage you

it was established in 1991. Wow, over 29

to travel and experience this big world we

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live in! It is amazing!

The reason we are successful is that our

Tina Brunck

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pass on first-hand information. We travel together as a group to inspect several resorts at a time to make sure we are suggesting the appropriate resort for our client. Did you know that when you book directly with a hotel, cruise line, or resort that you are paying the travel agent commission also? If you let your local travel agent book it, the commission is given to the travel agent. It doesn’t cost you more and you are getting someone who is looking out for your best interest, giving expert advice and is available before, during and after your trip. And with our partnership with preferred vendors, sometimes we get better rates or an extra perk that you won’t find on the internet.

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STATIONERY

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SKINCARE

Classic Facial & Skin Care Prior to a facial, resurfacer, peel, or any skincare service, expect to fill in a questionnaire. This questionnaire gives us more information about you, you skin, and your wants. We’ll want to know any allergies and what you use on your skin at home. We need to know these things, but we also want to know them so that we can help with any skin issues or conditions you may be struggling with such as acne. In any of our services, clients can expect to relax and unwind. Most all our services will be in a dimly lit room with warmed spa beds and serene music. We try to foster an environment to “let things go.” In a classic facial, you can first off expect it to be tailored to your needs (acne, fine lines, darks spots, balancing, etc). At some point, we’ll also examine your skin closer under a mag light. This is how our classic facial usually goes, but sometimes we tweak them for each client.

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- Exfoliation with an enzyme mask geared towards dissolving and removing excess dead skin cells. Steam will be applied here to help open up the client’s pores.

- Extractions would be done here if needed for clogged pores (whiteheads, blackheads, etc)

- Facial massage is next and is used to promote circulation. Not only does this help with blood flow to this skin but also promotes relaxation.

- Treatment mask is the final step. This mask will be applied to treat your specific skin concerns.
 At the end of the facial, your Esthetician will apply some finishing products such as a serum, eye cream, moisturizer and SPF prior to completion of the services. 
 Facials are optimal every 4-6 weeks for good skin maintenance. Good home skin care is also key. Without good home care it can be hard to maintain your skin health. Skin home care can be discussed further after your facial.
 A serum may be more expensive but does more work by having a smaller molecule makeup and able to penetrate the skin further. Moisturize and then protect with an SPF 30+.
 
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How Sweet It Is


TAYLOR & RAY Ray and Taylor’s story is one of 2nd chances. They first met and dated in high school. Taylor says she didn’t like Ray at first but he won her over and she quickly fell hard for him. At the time, Ray said he would never marry or have kids. Taylor, on the other hand wrote “Mrs. Raymond Aquilar II” in her notebook over and over at the age of 15. After high school they both moved to different colleges and went their separate ways. They periodically kept in touch over the years and nearly 10 years later, they reconnected and found themselves to still have a spark for each other. Life looked a little different than in high school with Ray now having a little girl, Bili. Taylor says she passed the most important test and got approved by Bili to share her Daddy. In 2014 they made the decision to move to Minneapolis for Ray’s job. When it came to their wedding, though, they knew they wanted to be back home among family and planned their wedding to take place on Taylor’s mother’s property, Half Moon Farm. It was the happiest of times with a surprise firework display as a gift from Taylor’s mother. Standing there with their arms together was a perfect moment.

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Just the Way You Are


KALLI & MIKE Kalli and Mike met over 12 years ago in their high school French Class. It wasn’t until Kalli heard that Mike had a crush on her that she took notice of him and went with a friend to watch his band play. Afterwards, she asked for his number and they started dating. Kalli says they always knew that they would be married so neither of them felt rushed to have a wedding. In 2018, they invited both their families to have dinner with them in French Lick. Before dinner, Mike took Kalli outside and and proposed. She, of course said yes! When planning their big day, they knew they wanted an intimate wedding in a place of character. The Old Town Hall in Huntingburg, Indiana hit all those notes and had a beautiful green and neutral color scheme. Kalli is a wedding photographer and knew exactly the vendor friends she wanted to bring her wedding to life. She says, she gave them a couple ideas of her vision and let them run with it. The result was an organic, chic style with nods to the art deco era. Copper, brass, and greenery galore were used to create a gorgeous palette of neutrals with pops of metal throughout the tables and décor. For their wedding cake display they used the baby grand piano as their “cake table” complete with geometric candle holders and a fun art deco cake topper. It was very important for them to have their ceremony filled with family and close friends. Both Kalli’s mother and Mike’s mother helped Kalli get ready, her Dad and Stepdad both walked her down the aisle, their friends from Mike’s high school band sang and their good friend officiated the ceremony. The day was a culmination of a decade of planning and love, filled with every person and every detail meaningful to them.

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTNEY SINCLAIR PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE OLD TOWN HALL – HUNTINGBURG, IN FLORAL PETAL & PINE DÉCOR AND HAND-PAINTED SIGNAGE JOELLE ELISE DESIGN PLANNER DAYLILY EVENTS BRIDAL GOWN LVD BRIDAL – NASHVILLE, TN LEATHER JACKET MEGAN DICKENS DESIGN MENSWEAR SEIBERTS CAKE PIECE OF CAKE BAKERY CATERING SCHNITZELBANK CATERING INVITATIONS BAILEY MARIE STUDIO HAIR LOGAN EASTHAM HAIR MAKEUP THE BEAUTY ROOM DJ SONGBIRD VIDEOGRAPHER JOURNEY HOME FILMS

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HISTORIC SPOTLIGHT

A.C. Thomas House The A.C. Thomas House, a spectacular

tea, or a glass of bubbles on the large

Victorian mansion, is the perfect destination

shaded portico overlooking Church Park

for a romantic getaway, engagement party,

just across the road.

intimate wedding ceremony, lodging for your bridal or wedding party, and location

The A.C. Thomas House offers three ornate

for stunning wedding photography. With its

parlors on the main floor. Upstairs, the

glorious craftsmanship of the late Victorian

second floor offers five spectacular

era, you and your cherished guests will

Victorian rooms, each with ensuite. There

enjoy modern comforts while immersing

also are two spacious, self-contained suites

yourselves in the timeless beauty of this

of plush modern design with private

exquisitely restored bed & breakfast inn in

bathrooms. High-speed WiFi is accessible

the heart of historic New Harmony, Indiana.

throughout. We offer individual rooms or the entire mansion for your special

Step back in time as you take in the

romantic getaway, for your private and

beautiful Queen Anne, Romanesque

luxurious engagement ceremony, or as a

Revival, and Classical Revival style design

group for your special wedding event.

elements, stunning Morris design wallpaper, and rich tapestry. Let your veil

The A.C. Thomas Bed and Breakfast Inn is

and gown flow on the sweeping staircase,

the perfect venue and backdrop for small

the Juliet balcony overlooking the park,

gatherings for up to 50 guests, including

and our plush furniture of the period - all

family reunions and small parties and

perfect backdrops for your wedding

events. Each overnight stay includes a

photography. Tie the knot or simply unwind

delicious and beautifully prepared

in the exquisite English garden. Lounge

breakfast with fresh ingredients. Our staff

around with your morning coffee, afternoon

caters to all food preferences. The property

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is just a minute’s walk away from the shops, galleries, and restaurants of New Harmony.  

For anyone looking for a unique or romantic getaway or event venue, a stay at the A.C. Thomas House is sure to create beautiful lasting memories. We are here to serve your every whim and fancy. The A.C. Thomas House is committed to making your special day or event an experience of a lifetime. We can provide special romantic touches in your bridal suite, delicious catering, referrals to photographers and tips and ideas on the best settings for your photography. We can arrange 4 or 6-seater golf carts so you and your sweetheart or guests can explore the town and miles of picturesque riverfront trails.

Photo By Esther Bloom Photography

New Harmony Victorian village is home to countless artists, writers and poets and reflects the cultural and intellectual interests of its founders through experiences and special events. You and your guests will enjoy renewing your spirits by walking the labyrinths and strolling through the many public gardens and historic spaces throughout Tucker Handbook for review and signaturethe town. ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY 73


acthomashouse.com info@acthomashouse.com Video tour at: https://youtu.be/ AugxvYT6n4A Ph: 812-682-8110 Find the A.C. Thomas House rooms and House on Airbnb and whole house on VRBO Our Accommodations Loft Suite The spacious Loft Suite with its 14-foot ceilings is flush with natural light, views over Church Park, and wonderful spaces to relax and recharge. Luxuriate in the plush kingsized bed and relax with a long soak in the clawfoot bath and lounge around is the lush spa robes that are provided. The suite also features or large walk-in shower, kitchenette, washer and dryer, a 60" television and a dining table for two. Gallery Suite The incredibly roomy and modern Gallery Suite features two bedrooms, one queen and two twins, and 1 1/2 bathrooms, along with a large living room, plush furnishings, large dining room, large TV, movies, games, Wi-Fi, and an efficiency kitchen with full-size refrigerator. In the Gallery Suite, ground level windows invite abundant natural

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lighting and offer views of the manicured

clawfoot tub.

surrounding grounds, while inside a large private collection of photographs capture

Prince Harry

the essence of New Harmony. The gallery

Commanding and adventurous, the Prince

also features a private entrance and is child

Harry room is a brush with nature with

friendly.

wallpaper and decor inspired by the hunt. Relax in the queen bed and attached

President Taft

bathroom with walk-in shower.

Grand, regal, roomy and luxurious, the President Taft room features a king bed,

Prince William

abundant closet space, large attached

Passionate, royal, and vibrant the Prince

bathroom with an ultra-large antique

William room has a rich color scheme,

bathtub and shower combination. Plush

beautiful Victorian wallpaper, queen bed,

spa robes are provided.

and attached bathroom with a combination shower and clawfoot soaking tub.

Duchess Kate Romantic, delicate, and a classic beauty,

AMENITIES

treat yourself to a stay in the Duchess Kate

- Â Free high-speed Wi-Fi - Breakfast provided: Full-service or

room. Enjoy your own private Juliet balcony, queen bed, and an attached bathroom with a combination shower and clawfoot bathtub.

continental for all food preferences

- Full day, golf cart rentals by special arrangement at your convenience

- Events by arrangement only: Three Princess Diana

ornate parlors accommodate maximum

Beloved, sophisticated, intricate, and

60 persons standing, 36 theatre-style

serene the Princess Diana room is a step

seating, 25-30 seated at tables 


back in time with its ornate Victorian ceiling.

English garden suitable for intimate

The room also features a large private

private events by arrangement only

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I Love You.
 I Know


CARSON & TYLER Carson and Tyler's love story began in high school. It was a classic tale of best friends turned lovers. When they finally went on their first date, Tyler knew immediately that he wanted to marry Carson. The way they clicked was undeniable and Carson says she never feels more like herself, than when she is with Tyler. Fast forward five years after college graduation and having to spend some time living apart, Carson moved in with Tyler. In just a few short months they were engaged and the wedding planning commenced. Tyler says he didn't realize how little he knew about wedding planning at the start of their engagement. Luckily Carson and her mother knew exactly what they were doing, and over the course of the next 2 1/2 years planned a stunning, spring wedding. The wedding took place in a barn on Star Wars Day, May 4th. The couple made subtle nods to the franchise by incorporating Star Wars characters amongst their lavish vintage decor and floral arrangements. Some of their favorite details included the groomsmen’s Star Wars Lego boutonnieres, Yoda suckers on the tables, and the movie theme music playing during the ceremony. They even had a vintage cotton candy cart which was a fun compliment to their blush pink and white color palette. It was a fun day for a fun couple made perfect by a grand finale of fireworks. 


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Making Magic PHOTOGRAPHY SHILLAWNA RUFFNER PHOTOGRAPHY CEREMONY VENUE CORNERHOUSE BED & BREAKFAST FLORALS ERIN’S EVENTS (ERIN RUST) CAKE GAYLA CAKES BRIDAL GOWN ELLA PARK BRIDAL BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES AZAZIE HAIR EMILY HANNER OF LORI’S DAY SPA-ELECTRIC BEACH MAKEUP MAKEUP BY LAUREL ELIZABETH CATERER SANDERS CATERING

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FLORIST SPOTLIGHT

Cottage Florist and Gifts 


RACHEL MATHEW PHOTOGRAPHY


Cottage Florist and Gifts 919 North Park Dr Evansville in 47710 (812) 434-0094 www.cottagefloristandgifts.com Owners: Mike Jewell & Tom Carter Designers: Carey Meredith, Photos by MATHEW Jesse & Gena RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY


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Photo by Jesse & Gena

RACHEL MATHEW Photo by Sharin ShankPHOTOGRAPHY
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SAFIYA & MALCOLM Safiya and Malcolm met when they were both 
 15 years old on a college tour in Atlanta with the local YMCA. Safiya was sitting in the front of the charter bus, listening to music when she looked up to see Malcolm smoothly walking up and sliding into the seat next to her. They spent the trip talking and joking with one another. Since then, they have been inseparable. In 2017, they were at one of the many Bosse High School basketballs games they attended to watch Safiya’s nephew play. Little did she know, at this particular game, Malcolm had a big surprise planned. In the gym full of people, Malcolm asked Safiya to marry him. She, of course, said yes. For their wedding they wanted to make sure and have a special detail in honor of Safiya’s father who had died of cancer a couple years before. In t h e i r c e re m o n y p ro g ra m , t h e y dedicated a poem to him. Another beautiful moment was the choir they had coordinated by Patrick Preston to sing as Safiya walked down the aisle and after they finished their vows. It was a gorgeous day with beautiful classic details. ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY 87





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Making Magic PHOTOGRAPHY JOHNNA NEDREBERG PHOTOGRAPHY CEREMONY VENUE NEU CHAPEL RECEPTION VENUE EVANSVILLE COUNTRY CLUB FLORAL EMERALD DESIGN RENTALS T.R.U. EVENT RENTAL BRIDAL GOWN ELLA PARK BRIDAL BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES ELLA PARK BRIDAL GROOMS SUIT THE BLACK TUX GROOMSMEN SUITS MEN’S WEARHOUSE CAKE PARADISE CAKES HAIR SYRINA RANKIN MAKEUP THE BEAUTY ROOM MUSICIANS MONTE SKELTON AND PATRICK PRESTON VIDEOGRAPHY JOHN MYERS

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THANK YOU

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TO ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS

A special thank you from Engaged! River Valley to all essential employees working hard to serve our community. We are grateful for your effort in keeping our entire region safe and strong!


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EMILY & LOGAN Logan and Emily formally met through Emily’s best friend, although

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they had known each other since 
 they were toddlers. After meeting and getting to know each other a few times, they began dating. Emily says that at the time she had been going through some difficult times. Logan became her light and rock through it all. When it came time to choose colleges, they knew they wanted to be together and chose to attend SIUC. Over the next 7 years, they deepened their friendship, their love and traveled. Soon after graduating college, Logan proposed and they embarked on a year and a half of planning their perfect wedding. Emily says that some of the most special memories she has have been made creating all the wedding décor with her mother, grandmother and sister. She and their families created every part of their wedding décor making each detail a special part of their day. Their wedding was full of all kinds of love from their family, friends and most of all, from each other.

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Making Magic PHOTOGRAPHY SILVERNALE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE VENUE 720 – FLORA, IL FLORAL BLACKS FLOWER SHOP – FAIRFIELD, IL RENTALS ANCHOR – MT. VERNON, IL BRIDAL GOWN ELLA PARK BRIDAL BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES DAVID’S BRIDAL MENSWEAR BLACKS FLOWER SHOP – FAIRFIELD, IL CAKE LAURA HARRISON CATERING BIG BOY BBQ HAIR FRINGE HAIR SALON – FAIRFIELD, IL MAKEUP MERLE NORMAN – FAIRFIELD, IL JEWELRY/ACCESSORIES FARMERS DAUGHTER – FAIRFIELD, IL SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW ACE ENGLEKES – FAIRFIELD, IL

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ELLIE & XAVIER While not love at first sight, Ellie and Xavier knew there was something special in the air when they met over 10 years ago at a dinner for a mutual friend’s birthday. They immediately hit it off, messaged each other all night and became incredibly close friends. Years later they reconnected while Ellie was living in Louisville and began visiting each other every weekend. The relationship very quickly became serious and in 2018 Xavier proposed on a carriage ride through Garvin Park during the Christmas Fantasy of Lights. For their wedding, they knew they wanted a personality-infused experience. The Evansville Museum and Planetarium was the perfect choice giving them the option to be married literally under the stars while also enjoying a reception full of art, history and modern architecture. For their décor they wanted something evoking the Planetarium and had mercury glass orbs, wire lights, and their astrology sign Pisces incorporated into their centerpieces and floral decorations. In lieu of bouquets, Ellie’s bridesmaids carried greenery and light-filled lanterns. And their wedding would not have been complete without the addition of framed photos of their beloved pets. The night was made perfect with LIVE music by local favorite Monte Skelton who played the Star Wars theme in a nod to the Ellie and Xavier’s love of the movies and their starry wedding theme.

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Making Magic PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS BERNEKING PHOTOGRAPHY CEREMONY VENUE EVANSVILLE MUSEUM OF ARTS, HISTORY & SCIENCE AND THE KOCH IMMERSIVE THEATER AND PLANETARIUM FLORALS & DECOR JOELLE ELISE DESIGN CAKE GAYLA CAKES BRIDAL GOWN MAGIC MOMENTS BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES MAGIC MOMENTS SUITS JOS A BANK HAIR & MAKEUP AMANDA DOLEH MUSIC MONTE SKELTON ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY 103


JEWELRY SPOTLIGHT

Camelot Jewelers

“My dad, Rodney, opened Camelot in 1986.

great team and love to help our customers not

Before that, he had worked in the jewelry industry

only repurpose their meaningfully jewelry, but

working in the shop doing repairs and custom

also repurpose it in a smart way that will retain or

work just to name a few things. His work was so

enhance their value and will be something they

good and in such demand that he set up his own

will wear and will fit their lifestyles. At Camelot

shop doing repair work that eventually led into

you truly have to love it.”

the full service jewelry store you know today. With Camelot being a small business, my parents were

Natalie Lewis, MPSA, GIA GG

there 24/7 working, so on the weekends I spent a

Camelot Jewelers

lot of time at Camelot. Even as a child I remember

2178 E. Morgan Ave

my dad telling customers that ‘you have to love it,’

Evansville, IN 47711

he would tell people that it doesn't do either of

812-473-5440

us good if you don't love it. You work hard for

www.ShopCamelotJewelers.com

your money and deserve to have something you love, and I work hard so that you love and continue to come back to me and tell your friends. I think it's easy to hear things like ‘You have to love it” and assume it's a slogan that some marketing company came up with. That’s why I like to refer to it more as our mantra. Jewelry is such a powerful medium of

BEFORE

communication and expression, and is one of the

After losing her wedding set and searching for months

few things that you can pass down from

with no luck, we custom made this wedding set to

generation to generation and have it grow in

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the right is her new! I can’t tell you how much it means to us when we receive messages, cards and pictures from our customers. This is why we do what we do.


BEFORE

AFTER

An unworn ring turned into a cute bar

BEFORE

AFTER

necklace, on trend with the multi-

We remounted the center stone from this old wedding set into the

shaped rubies.

new halo diamond wedding ring for an updated look with the original diamond.

BEFORE

AFTER

For this upgrade our customer kept her original mounting, traded in her .67ct center diamond and replaced it with an upgraded quality 1.01ct diamond

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

To celebrate a milestone anniversary, we took the center stone from an original wedding set and custom made a brand new mounting. The customer traded in her old gold towards the purchase of the new mounting.

AFTER

AFTER

In this special piece, we took 4 rings that a husband had given his wife and turned them into one ring for her to wear everyday. A custom Mother's Ring made from a rendering.

BEFORE

BEFORE

One of our all time favorite things to do is repurpose family heirlooms. The center stone from this wedding set was removed and remounted into a beautiful diamond pendant.


 


BEFORE AFTER Don’t let worn out or broken jewelry sit around. Let us make it new again!

AFTER

A future mother in law gifted this old wedding set to her future daughter in law for her upcoming wedding. We remounted the diamonds into this custom wedding band so the bride to be will have the family diamonds with her always.

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MARRIAGE ADVICE

Disappointment Many of us have been there, in high

both seen and felt in these challenging

anticipation of THE BIG DAY. The venue

times.

selected, invitations sent, the photographer and DJ under contract, bridal attire on order

Of course there are always those who say

and the cake maker chosen. THE cake!

unhelpful things. “Why are you so upset?”

YOUR cake. The one like no other ever

“It’s just a wedding.” “Nobody died!” “Pick

displayed and shared at a reception. All the

another day.” Now all of those statements are

months of planning, spending, deciding,

true, but that doesn’t ease the

done, and at last there is an appointment on

disappointment. In fact, it sounds downright

the calendar, “our wedding day.” Then

dismissive.

“Bam!” COVID-19 strikes! The appointment on the calendar turns into

When disappointment comes, we can

disappointment...crushing disappointment.

support those we love with some very simple

How can you have a wedding when the

steps:

orders are social distancing and no public

1. Listen

gatherings until further notice. That hurts.

2. Affirm 3. Sympathize

Hundreds of thousands of couples are in this situation right now and with them all the folks

When someone is hurt, a listening ear is a

who make a wedding happen, wedding

gift. Listening deeply carves out a path for

planners, caterers, florists, venue owners....

pain to be expressed and not internalized. If

you get the picture. The trickle down

someone trusts you to hear their problem,

economic impact of a canceled wedding is

reserve opinions and suggestions until they

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ask. The initial hurt is raw and feels like a gut

kindness laced with respect.

punch. One of my professors in seminary

Engaged couples everywhere have been

often said, “Listening is loving.” I think that is

dealt a blow by this highly contagious virus

true.

and they are hurting. They need time and

Affirming simply means, “I do hear you. I can see this is devastating to you and I understand you feel awful right now.” Affirmation is a commitment to hold a space for a hurting person’s words and feelings. We hold space for others without judgment. To sympathize with a wounded person is is to feel with them and for them. It is not pity. It is

tenderness. True, there are more pressing issues in the world, but it helps to realize that disappointment is pressing too. Listen deeply and well. It is the most valuable wedding gift you can give.

Stay well! Ange Humphrey

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BRIDAL FASHION

Rogue Bride Fashion Guide 


There is definitely a bride who lives to plan every detail of her big day. She has a Pinterest board with 33 cake designs, 14 color schemes, and photos of every flower combination (that may or may not need to be imported) to fit her overall unbendable bridal vision. Her wedding will take her more than a year to plan, requires hiring an expert planner, and will likely cost a pretty penny. Her photos will be flawless and her menu will be exact. Her DJ or band will play songs from a list she compiled (in order), and she will notice if one is skipped. She wants perfection, and she will get it. We also have the relaxed-still-structured bride who will pull in family members and friends to achieve “a mood” with selections that she will know when she sees. She has an overall idea of the type of wedding she wants, but is open to an approach where details come together organically. Her aunt, who thrifts, scores the deal of the century on 40 milk glass vases, and boom! Inspiration is born. She has a color scheme picked out and the maids can wear whichever dress they choose, because her ultimate goal is for everyone to be comfortable and have a great time. She cares about the details, she’s chosen a venue, she has goals and 108 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY


There is definitely a bride who lives to ideas, but she trusts the process and believes that everything happens as it 
 should. The complete opposite of our first example, is the bride who will go with the flow. She doesn’t necessarily “need” a bridal party, believes that love is the only color that matters, and would be just as happy with a bouquet of wildflowers picked the morning of her nuptials. This bride would honestly prefer to choose a gorgeous destination, ask her family to contribute sky miles, and whisk her groom away for a solo-ceremony where they will then have an adventure for two. Her ceremony will take place on a cliff

overlooking a body of water, and her reception may involve a taco-truck, craft beer, and a local music venue where the “regulars” become their family for the night. If bride #3’s way of doing things has you envisioning a delicate gown with your toes in the sand around a bon-fire, you might want to listen up. If you’re seeing yourself in a tea-length lace dress on the back of a moped in a bustling European city, pulling cans with a “just married” sign on back, you too are a rogue bride, and the following tips are for you. Although I’m no travel agent, I CAN help you wardrobe for the perfect romantic escape after our friends at Haynie Travel help you book your trip! #1. If you will be traveling with your gown, please share this info with your bridal consultant. Certain fabrics travel very well, and others will be a nightmare unless you are staying at a hotel with a capable steamer or have a dry-cleaner nearby. Fabrics that travel well are: - Jersey - you can literally roll a jersey gown up like a beach towel since these gowns have no poof, they don’t wrinkle, and take up very little space. 
 - All over lace - A gown with a lace sheath, typically over a jersey liner will not wrinkle or crease if you use the roll method. Please never “fold” a bridal gown. 


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- Chiffon -without layers of tulle to fluff her up. Chiffon is very slim and hangs nicely in a garment bag. You can also roll it up, but anticipate a few wrinkles! If your gown comes with a tulle underskirt, you may ask your alterationist to replace that layer with a more travel-friendly material or remove it entirely. 
 -SoftTulle - with no crinoline is always a nice light choice.She will not be too bulky to take in a garment bag and will also pack nicely when rolled, but will likely need a light steaming if you go the roll-route. 
 If you are not sure how to pack your gown using the roll method, your bridal consultant should be able to show you the best method (after-all she likely unpacked the gown in a similar fashion when it arrived at the boutique). Gowns are almost always sent inside-out to protect any bling from snagging on lace and to keep the outside of the gown in pristine condition. Please remember NOT to pack any liquids or makeup in the same suitcase as your wedding gown. Most airlines will allow you to carry on a garment bag and will even put it in the Captain’s closet for you! If your gown is tulle or chiffon, this is definitely the most ideal situation. I personally would be hesitant to “check” my wedding gown just on the off-chance that luggage gets lost. A gown without crinoline will fit in a carry-on bag! If a steamer is not available, a closed bathroom during a long hot shower will often do the trick for 110 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

subtle wrinkles. Just hang your dress in there (away from the actual water) and steam it up! 
 #2: Accessorize lightly! If you get married in a tropical setting and DON’T wear a flower crown, I’m personally mad at you. I mean, you do you, girl but a live flower crown is as ideal as they come for a destination wedding because you don’t pack it at all. Have the florist who creates your bouquet make a matching crown or give you extra flowers to put in your hair. I do not recommend tiaras or stationary hair pieces for situations that could potentially get windy. The last thing you need is your groom trying to get a comb out of your tangled hair while you’re trying to get awesome photos. One thing I do love to see blowing in the wind is a beautiful veil! Since they are all made of tulle, you will want to have your bridal consultant pack it in a box for you- not all boutiques use boxes to store veils, so ask yours! If they don’t, purchase one and take it in for them to place your veil inwe have way more confidence in this department than you will in your apartment the night before your plane leaves, I promise. Throw this baby into your steamy bathroom mix the night before for a light-dewrinkling. #3: Choose your shoes wisely! Have you ever tried to walk European cobblestone in heels? I have. If my husband wasn’t already married to me, he might have had second thoughts about wedding the sasquatch bride. A chunky heel or even


better, a wedge will get you through any terrain with a lot more grace than a skinny heel. They won’t sink into the grass and are far more comfortable for long wear. A strappy sandal or even a fashionable pair of converse are even more wearable and will allow you to focus on the experience instead of mere survival. An extra pair of flip flops just in case, never hurt nobody. #4. Don’t swear off all-professional services. You may be a rebel bride, but you don’t need to go totally off-grid. Hire a hair artist, a florist, and most IMPORTANTLY a professional photographer. If you’re a bride that believes in the magic of spontaneity, you definitely want someone there to capture the essence of your escape. Local rogue brides, we would love to see YOUR destination photos! Please send to EngagedRiverValley@gmail.com to possibly see your nuptials featured in a future issue! Kassy Lauer of Rose & Bliss by Paparazzi Glamour & Gowns Photos by Rachel Smith

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LOCAL HISTORY

The McCurdy Hotel: Past & Present The McCurdy Hotel was developed as "a

2006, it ceased operations. Only now is it

luxurious facility to aid the city's expansion

coming back to life, and you may have seen

efforts." It was named after Col. William H

it featured in our Emerald City Engaged

McCurdy, local industrialist and investor.

River Valley magazine inspiration shoot.

The aging St George Hotel, on the existing

With stunning architectural features and

site, was razed in 1915 to build this

ample space for vendors, WE CANNOT

magnificent hotel. Designed by H Ziegler

WAIT to continue to bring you our

Dietz, the hotel was opened for business on

Engaged Bridal Faire at this riverfront

June 17, 1917.

location each year! The facility also has apartments and commercial space for rent

During its heyday, according to the Courier

as well through Goebel Realty!

& Press's archives, several prominent guests stayed at the McCurdy including Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Sen. Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon. However, business at the hotel dwindled in the late 1960s, and the McCurdy fell into bankruptcy. The hotel closed its doors March 16, 1969. Local businessman Robert E Green bought the hotel and reopened it. By October 1970, however, Green sold the building, and it changed from a hotel into a residential facility and retirement home. In 112 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY

McCurdy - construction (1917) Evansville Courier Jan 7, 1971 From HistoricEvasnville.com


McCurdy Construction 1917 Willard Library Knecht Collection 1867HistoricEvasnville.com

Evansvilleboneyard.org John Baburnich Collection

McCurdy Evasville Courier Jan 7, 1917 HistoricEvansville.com

McCurdy June 1946 Donahue Collection HistoricEvansville.com

McCurdy Lobby From HistoricEvasnville.com

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 REAL WEDDING

The Greatest of All


CHELSEA & JOSH It was a Sunday in the middle of California summer when Josh received a text from his friend that read, “ Hey dude! You should come play soccer this Sunday. There is a new girl named Chelsea on our team. You need to meet her for two reasons. 1. She’s WAY better than you and 2. You’re going to marry her.” Talk about a text paving the path to your soulmate! Josh, of course, couldn’t resist seeing and playing soccer with the girl who became his wife. After that first fateful game, Chelsea and Josh spent 6 months of what they call the “friend zone”, playing soccer, going to the beach and falling love. For their wedding, they knew no place would be as perfect as Josh’s family business and new venue, the ballroom at COMFORT by the CrossEyed Cricket in Evansville. Every part of the room was built by family from the brick walls, the cystal beads on the chandeliers to the Chuppah, flown in to be built special for their wedding. Friends and family flew in from all over the world to celebrate the marriage of this much-loved couple. Specialty drinks, donuts in leiu of a cake and and epic hora dance made for memorable moments and fun details. To be in a room literally built and filled with love was the greatest gift to Josh and Chelsea.

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Making Magic PHOTOGRAPHY ESTHER BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE COMFORT BY THE CROSS-EYED CRICKET PLANNER CITY SOCIAL FLORAL AND DECOR KD DECOR DESSERT PARLOR DOUGHNUT HAIR AND MAKEUP NATALIE JOSEPH’S SALON VIDEOGRAPHY PEREGRINE MEDIA PRODUCTIONS

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REHEARSAL DINNER

A Model of Beauty, 
 


Elegance and Convenience Throughout In Owensboro’s historical downtown district, The Miller House is a casual, family-owned restaurant, serving traditional food with a Southern influence. Enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner in their historic home built in 1905. They take reservations yet walk-ins are welcomed. In a hurry? They have take out and delivery. The Miller House Restaurant offers seasonal menus to ensure the highest quality produce and proudly serves Kentucky Proud products. They also grow their own vegetables in their personal garden for the freshest meal in Owensboro. “It will be a Model of Beauty, Elegance and Convenience Throughout” This quote, as written in the Messenger Inquirer in the summer of 1905, described the plans for the elaborate home of Elmer and Lizzy Miller located at Fifth and Lewis (now JR Miller Bouleveard). In 1905, Elmer Miller obtained a mold by Sears, Roebuck, and Company to make 1,800 artificial stone blocks for his home. He hauled sand for the blocks up the Ohio River during construction. Referred to as the prettiest and most conveniently arranged in the city, this $8,000 home displayed beveled 122 ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY


glass windows, magnificent woods, mantels with tile hearths, and combination of electric and gas light 
 fixtures. Beside the home, stood a carriage house erected for Elmer’s electric automobile (said to be the first in town). Elmer was a prominent business man during his time. He founded the Miller Coal and Contracting Company in the late 1880’s and expanded to transfer and hauling as well as road building. Elmer Miller laid several miles of roads in Daviess County. He served on the City Council and was a member of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Lizzy Miller was a member of the Women’s Club and a leader in Red Cross

activities during WWI. Both Elmer and Lizzy Miller were very charitable. As active members of First Christian Church, the couple donated left over stones to the church during construction in 1905. Elmer sent many loads of coal to those in distress and otherwise helped those in need. In additional to their many contributions to Owensboro, Elmer and Lizzy Miller built a home which would later be called “A jewel of Old Owensboro”. Elmer Miller passed away in 1922 at the age of fifty-six. Lizzy Miller lived in their home for twenty more years. Neighbors describe her as a generous woman who also made chicken soup and molasses pie for those who were sick in the neighborhood. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s the home was turned into several apartments and housed various owners and tenants. The Kentucky Heritage Commission designated the Elmer Miller House as a Kentucky Landmark under Governor John Y. Brown. Despite ongoing efforts, the house continued to deteriorate. The carriage house was condemned and the future appeared bleak. However, the home was on the brink of a rebirth. Larry and Jeanne Kirk purchased the home in 2006 and began plans for restoring the home, as part of the up and coming downtown area. With construction about to get underway in the Historical District, a tornado struck Owensboro in October of 2007 causing ENGAGED! RIVER VALLEY 123


extensive damage to the home. The back portion of the house was demolished, several windows blew out, and the large tree near the front porch uprooted and landed on the second story roof. Again, the future of this historical home was in question. Fortunately, the damage was surmountable and construction resumed following repairs. Restoration continued throughout the next two years. Over a century after Elmer Miller built his extraordinary home, a new era began. In an effort to restore the “Model of Beauty, Elegance and Convenience Throughout� the Miller House Restaurant opened for business. The Miller House 301 E 5th St Owensboro, KY 42303 www.themillerhouserestaurant.com Phone: (270) 685-5878 Email: jkirktmh@gmail.com

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 REAL DESTINATION WEDDING

Hannah & Cody


HANNAH & CODY Neither Hannah nor Cody were looking for love or a serious relationship when they were tagged in a group photo on Facebook. Both had just gotten out of rough breakups. But, Hannah decided to reach out to the guy in the group photo who had captured attention and message him. That one message turned into an entire night of messaging which prompted Cody to ask Hannah on a date. These two people who thought they did not want a serious relationship quickly changed to seeing one another as the person to spend the rest of their life with. Their love of travel and trips together cemented their love and gave them the realization that the only perfect place for them to have their wedding was at one of their favorite locations in Utah. Forgoing a large wedding at home gave them the budget to be able to provide accommodations for their 20 closest family and friends. One of the most special moments of the day was during the ceremony, when they told their guests to read letters they had individually written to each person there. The tears of love and happiness was so unexpected and meaningful as each guest was so important to them. The scenery and beauty of the Southwest provided a stunning backdrop for their sunrise first look and their ceremony. This, the greatest trip of their lives, became the start to their lives and adventures to come. 
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Making Magic

PHOTOGRAPHY ESTHER BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE ZION PONDEROSA RANCH + RESORT PLANNER HAVENWOOD DESIGNS FLORAL BLOOMERS – ST. GEORGE, UT BRIDAL GOWN THE DRESS THEORY – NASHVILLE, TN MAID OF HONOR GOWN LULU’S MENSWEAR EXPRESS CAKE CUPCAKE JULIE –ST. GEORGE, UT JEWELRY HD BEAN JEWELERS – CARMI, IL MAKEUP CHANTEL PETERSON (ST. GEORGE, UT) HAIR SAMANTHA HIGGINSON (BELLA SHEA SALON, CARMI, IL)  


EDITORS’ CHOICE

Best of - Editors’ Picks 


BEST BOUQUET Bouquet by: Karla’s Ceramics & Florals Photographed by: Lacy & Nate Photography

Bouquet by: KD Decor Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Bouquet by: Mother-in-Law, Whitney Spainhoward, flowers from Gehlhausen Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Bouquet by: Robin’s Nest - Boonville, IN Photographed by: Lacey & Nate Photography Bouquet by: Flora Bay Farms Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Bouquet by: Welborn Floral and Events Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography


READERS’ CHOICE BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

Hair by: Natalie McCarty Make-up by: London-Victoria Beauty + Lifestyle Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Hair by: Jamilyn Westbrook Makeup by: Jessica Lear Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

BEST BOUQUET

Hair by: Natalie Lee at Salon WOW Photographed by: Bret & Brandie

BEST CAKE

Hair by: Krysta Billington from the Chop Shop in Fairfield, Illinois. Makeup by:Marianda Wilson of Fusion Spa & Boutique Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography


READERS’ CHOICE BEST BRIDAL GOWN

Gown from/by: I Do Bridal Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Gown from/by: Farmer's Daughter in Fairfield, IL Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Photographed by: Lacey & Nate Photography

Gown from/by:

BEST BOUQUET

Illusion’s Bridal & Prom Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

BEST CAKE Gown from/by: Gown from/by: 1920’s vintage velvet from Etsy
 Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Bridal Manor in Waterloo IL,


READERS’ CHOICE BEST WEDDING MOMENT

Photographed by:

Photographed by:

Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Lacey & Nate Photography

BEST INVITATION

BEST CAKE

Photographed by:
 Whitney Bri Photography Photographed by: 
 Jen D Photography Photographed by:
 Esther Bloom Photography


READERS’ CHOICE BEST DECOR Decor by: OBJ Design Photographed by: Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Candle decor by: Groom Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Decor by: Walker’s Bluff Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Decor by: OBJ Design Photographed by: Jen D Photography

Photographed by: Lacey & Nate Photography

Decor by: Bride & Groom Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography


BEST MENSWEAR

Menswear from/by: The Black Tux Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Menswear from/by: Mens Warehouse Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Menswear from/by: P&L Men's Premium Wool Blend Business Blazer Dress Suit Jacket from Amazon Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

BEST INVITE Invitation by: Bailey Marie Photographed by: Lacey & Nate Photography

Invitation by: Vista Print Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography


READERS’ CHOICE BEST BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Photographed by: Lacey & Nate Photography

Photographed by: Lacey & Nate Photography

Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography Photographed by: Sharin Shank Photography Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography


READERS’ CHOICE BEST FUN ACCESSORY 


Floral Crown
 Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Fur Shawl Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography Sneakers
 Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Shawl Photographed by:

Deer Photographed by: Esther Bloom Photography

Esther Bloom Photography


Advertiser Directory 5 Pink Peonies

Instagram @JoElleEliseDesign

The Rathbone

Facebook @5PinkPeonies

www.joelleelisedesign.com

1230 SE 2nd ST Evansville, IN 


www.5pinkpeonies.com 


812.213.0142


812.483.4193


Just Rennie’s

bobbihammonds@gmail.com


812.401.8098
 www.justrennies.com

Bob Davis State Farm

www.therathbone.com Ribeyre Gymnasium 603 Main Street


2727 N First Avenue

Just Your Style Event Rentals

New Harmony, IN 47631 812.682.3050


Evansville, IN 47710

812.453.5841


Facebook - Ribeyre Gymnasium

812.491.7888

Facebook @justyourstyleeventrentals

Restoration Group

Facebook @agentbobdavis

Knob Hill House

Roofless Church

812.205.7039


420 North Street


The Barn Abbey

1024 Hwy 662


New Harmony, IN 47631 812.862.3050

504 North St.

Newburgh, IN

www.robertleeblafferfoundation.org

New Harmony, IN 47631  

www.knobhillhouse.com

812.682.3050

knobhillhouse@gmail.com

www.evansvillesf.com

www.robertleeblafferfoundation.org  

Shillawna Ruffner Photography 619.947.9561

Lush Esthetics and Boutique

shillawna@yahoo.com

Cambridge Golf Course and

506 E. 4th St. Huntingburg, IN 47542

www.shillawnaruffner.com Facebook

Banquet Room

812.684.0018 Facebook

@shillawnaruffnerphotography

812.868.1270

@thelush506

www.cambrigegc.com

Silvernale Photography

The New Harmony Inn &

618.240.4157

Emily Fife Harpist

Conference Center

FB @silvernalephotography

207.860.9354


504 North St.

www.silvernalephotography.com

mrs.EmilyFife11@gmail.com


New Harmony, IN 47631  

www.emilyfifeharpist.com

800.782.8605

Travel Smart

Facebook @EmilyFifeHarpist


info@newharmonyinn.com

812.867.0022 www.choosetravelsmart.com

Elope at the Old Courthouse

Old National Bank

www.IDoattheOCH.com

800.731.2265


Talk to Tucker

www.oldnational.com

List

Haynie Travel

With Nikki EVV

812.477.8833 800.422.0335

Owensboro Convention Center

812.449.4118

info@haynietravel.com

501 West 2nd St.

nikkidavis@fctuckeremge.com

www.haynietravel.com

Owensboro, KY 42301

listitwithnikkievv.com

270.687.8951 Head to Toe

OwensboroCenter.com

United Fidelity Bank

300 W Jennings St. Ste 103

Angie.Hanley@SpectraXP.comPiece

Various locations in Evansville, Mt.

Newburgh, IN 47630

of Cake

Vernon, and Newburgh

812.858.3697

20 Main Street


812.424.0921 (main office)

FB @head2toewraps

Evansville, IN 47708 812.424.CAKE

www.unitedfidelity.com

headtotoenewburgh.com

(2253) www.pieceofcakebakery.com Zeidler’s Flowers

Historic Boehne House

Rapp-Owen Granary

812.421.1234

Facebook @historicboehnehouse

413 Granary Street


www.zeidlersweddings.com

New Harmony, IN 47631 


Facebook @zeidlersflowers

JoElle Elise Design

812.682.3050

Facebook @JoElleEliseDesigns

www.rappowengranary.com


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