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With fall in full force and the holiday season upon us, it's the perfect time for reflection on all we're grateful here at WeddingDay. Time can often fly by so quickly that we don't get the chance to sit back and appreciate all that is around us! With that said, I want to take this opportunity to shout out all of the incredible people we've collaborated with, to make the production of this issue possible.
This October, we had the chance to host our fourth Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event at Iron & Ember Events in Carmel, Indiana. It was a gorgeous day packed full of creativity and fun, working with planner Sarah Farthing of All in the Details and Lead Photographer Vilma Iglesias of Vilma Maria Photographer. We also hosted an incredible pair of guest photographers, who had the chance to network, learn and add a collection of beautiful images to their portfolios. Be sure to check out both of their photo spotlights from the event throughout the pages of this issue!
Secondly, we are BEYOND thrilled to announce the winners of our 2022 Style Shoot Design Contest, sponsored by AAYS Event Rentals. From themes inspired by stories to designs incorporating dark and moody elements, we could not be more impressed with all of the custom shoots that were entered! Stay tuned for blog features on weddingday-online. com from even more of the teams that submitted a shoot for this year's contest.
Wedding planning—although exciting—can be hard and overwhelming. We're here to take a bit of that stress away! Whether it's a photographer you're looking for or inspiration for your entire wedding theme, we can help with that. Read on to get your planning started, and congratulations on your new journey!
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WEDDINGDAY 3 22 REAL WEDDING Organic Autumn: The Real Wedding of Diana and Rachel at The Joinery 105 NEWLY ENGAGED Engaged in the Midwest: 7 Midwest Couples Ready to Tie the Knot 10 STYLE SHOOT Fairytale Love: A Chicago Woodland Style Shoot 76 COVER SHOOT Delft Blue Romance: Our Indianapolis Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event 64 STYLE SHOOT Floral Goddess Romance: A Unique & Fierce Chicago Style Shoot FALL/WINTER 2022 in this issue... about the cover photographer
Vilma Iglesias is the owner of Vilma Maria Photographer, formerly GEM Photography. Vilma specializes in weddings and boasts over 15 years of photography experience. This Indiana-based photographer is known to go above and beyond on wedding days, and you can truly see the passion she has for weddings and what she does. Vilma lives each moment with her clients. She says, "Your memories are my memories!" 54 PRO SPOTLIGHT Meet Jeanne Foley & Diana Ganz, Co-Founders of SuitShop 32 SSDC WINNER The Winners of our 2022 Style Shoot Design Contest, Sponsored by AAYS Event Rentals 96 PRO SPOTLIGHT Meet Chantel Miller, Owner of Chantel Miller Storytelling
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A CHICAGO WOODLAND STYLE SHOOT
When the team came together to pull off this fairytale style shoot, they wanted to show off what the talented vendors could do. Since the venue has a cozy and intimate vibe that makes you feel as though you’ve escaped from reality, Weddings by Katie and Co, the planner, was inspired to curate a woodland fairytale theme.
WHAT WE love
The models for this shoot had recently been married themselves. Instead of bringing in a new gown, they allowed the bride to wear her wedding dress again, a luxury most brides don’t get to experience! We think it beautifully complements the whimsical nature of this shoot and looks absolutely stunning on the bride model!
Obviously, you can’t have a fairytale wedding without plenty of flowers! The ones used in this shoot were grown and hand-selected by the florist, who has an eye for knowing which flowers are right to deliver that perfect pop of color. The team was also able to showcase those colors in the donuts they used as the dessert! One of our favorite spaces is the tablescape made of a simple wooden table and chairs provided by Herriott’s Rentals.
PHOTOGRAPHY: KRISTIN DARLING
PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: TIMBER RIDGE WEDDINGS + EVENTS PLANNING & COORDINATION: WEDDINGS BY KATIE & CO. (WEDDINGSBYKANDCO.COM)*
FLORALS: FANCY FLORALS BY NANCY BRIDESMAID'S DRESS & MENSWEAR: MICHELLE'S BRIDAL & TUXEDO HAIR & MAKEUP: SALON 105 STATIONERY: APRICITY INK
DONUTS: INDUSTRIAL DONUTS
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At Gable Hill, we accommodate events for 200 guests including weddings, family reunions, and work-related functions. Ample space for catering services has been provided within the barn for your convenience.
For weddings, a lovely outdoor ceremony area overlooks the pond and within a short walk is the bridal cottage where wedding parties can relax and prepare for their day in comfort. No detail has been overlooked in order to make any event at Gable Hill a memorable one.
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The Real Wedding of
DIANA AND RACHEL SERVOS
Inspired by the beginning of fall, Diana and Rachel decided on an autumn palette with a pop of teal contrast as their wedding colors. They also leaned into the organic feel of the season with wood accents and loose florals. On top of an amazing team of vendors to help make this day possible, Diana and Rachel wanted to make sure the day reflected themselves. Rachel even learned calligraphy to create the signage, table numbers and place cards for their reception!
Organic Autumn Fall The Joinery Chicago, IL THEME: SEASON: VENUE:
"Your wedding day is for you and your partner. Decisions, décor, the time spent with one another–make sure to say 'yes' to what you want and those small details. This will show through on your actual day. Enjoy your day by carving some time out with your partner. Eat together. Have a dance before the ceremony. Laugh with all your guests. Don’t spill a drink on your wife’s dress, though! (Whoops!)"
PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURYN VENUE: THE JOINERY COORDINATION: OHANA EVENTS CATERING: JORDAN'S FOOD OF DISTINCTION FLORALS: THISTLE AND PLUME DRESSES: LOVELY BRIDE BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: REVELRY HAIR: KIRK THAT UPDO MAKEUP: MAKEUP ARTISTRY BY LAUREN SHOES: ANTHROPOLOGIE & SOMETHING BLEU RINGS: HAMILTON JEWELRY CAKE: ECBG CAKE
STUDIO STATIONERY: MINTED REHEARSAL DINNER: BEATRIX HONEYMOON: ROYALTON RESORT, ST. LUCIA
Crystal Springs Florist Distinctive Designs for Today’s Brides 1475 Pipestone, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022 269-925-1167 crystalspringsweddings.com
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WEDDINGDAY 29 a novel venue for your storybook wedding 40 E St Clair St | Indianapolis, IN 46204 | (317) 275-4200 | events.imcpl.org
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A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole
202 STYLESHOO T DESIGNCONTEST WINNER 2
AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND-INSPIRED
For WeddingDay’s fourth annual Style Shoot Design Contest, our participants had the chance to utilize the 2022 Pantone Color of the Year, Very Peri, in their choice of three different themes: Old Hollywood, Inspired by Stories and 'Til Death Do Us Part.
We'd like to give a huge shout out to all of this year's participants. As usual, picking a winner proved to be a very difficult decision for our team to make! Read on to check out this year’s winner, and to see two other amazing shoots who also blew us away and captured these themes beautifully.
Our team of winners created a moody and edgy Alice in Wonderland-inspired shoot from our theme Inspired by Stories. Planner Cyndi Basker of Celebrated Events explains, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is so full of characters, charm and imagery that I loved the idea of re-interpreting those elements from the book into a wedding with a fairytale-loving, edgy couple as my inspiration.”
We love how this team incorporated the Pantone Color of the Year, Very Peri, into their design.
From Chantel Miller Storytelling’s beautiful photos, you can see the pops of this bright color in the flowers, butterflies, chinaware, cake and even the bride’s ring. The way Very Peri is highlighted so it stands out against the dark and warmer colors in the palette makes it all the better!
The team could not have had a more perfect venue to host their ethereal shoot! “The location was chosen due to the oversized and exotic plants, flowers and trees that were throughout the space. It gave a kind of otherworldly feel that I felt was a perfect backdrop for the shoot,” Cyndi shares. “There were also winding paths that felt very much in keeping with the dreamlike 'down the rabbit hole' theme of the shoot.”
Knowing Alice in Wonderland is a very whimsical story, the tablescape and décor had to match the playful theme. AAYS Event Rentals provided the team with some perfect rentals, alongside some items from the team's personal collections. Mismatched chinaware and tea cups adorned the table along with black accent plates and silverware. One of the biggest nods to the theme was the checkerboard floor, which is referenced heavily in Lewis Carroll’s books. And did you see this showstopping cake? We think it's the perfect mix of beauty and darkness!
Last but not least, take a look at that gorgeous gown! Cyndi raves, “A big trend in bridal gowns for 2023 is a combination of cottagecore, ethereal and English country/Bridgertoninfluenced style. I felt this style was perfect for the mood of our shoot partly fairytale, partly dreamy and ethereal.” The dress couldn’t suit the bride and the shoot any better! BÜK Weddings made sure to incorporate elements of the story in the model's hair and makeup look. The large, whimsical updo borders on high fashion while a mix between dark makeup and details like rhinestones to catch the light made up the bride’s beautiful look.
WEDDINGDAY 39 Theme: Inspired by Stories PHOTOGRAPHY: CHANTEL MILLER STORYTELLING (CHANTELMILLERSTORYTELLING. COM)* COORDINATION & PLANNING: CELEBRATED EVENTS VENUE: POTAWATOMI CONSERVATORIES FLORALS: MARCO ALEXZONDRA FLORAL & EVENT SERVICES DRESS: STELLA YORK FROM SIMPLY YOURS BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP: BÜK WEDDINGS (BUKWEDDINGS.COM)* MENSWEAR: LOUIE'S TUX SHOP SHOES: CL BY LAUNDRY EARRINGS: BETSEY JOHNSON CALLIGRAPHY: J.N. LETTERING CAKE: SWEET EM'S CAKE SHOPPE RENTALS: AAYS EVENT RENTALS (AAYSRENTAL. COM)* CHESS PIECES: DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND RABBIT: JEN NOFZINGER OVERSIZED ROSES: BRYAN ZUBLER MODELS: CLAIRE SHIPPY & KYLE SHANNON *WeddingDay preferred vendor
202 STYLE SHOOT DESIGNRUNNER-UPCONTEST 2 Death by Disco A DARK & DAZZLING MUSICAL STYLE SHOOT
Inspired by our moodier theme, 'Til Death Do Us Part, Unveiled Weddings and Events and their runner-up Style Shoot Design Contest team wanted to create a shoot that incorporated the darker vibes of that promise as well as a bit of dazzle and disco to set themselves apart!
This shoot truly hones in on the small details, including skulls and skeletal markings on the dinnerware, coffins in the seating chart and tiny disco balls to decorate the tables. We also love how the team incorporated numerous vinyl records into the décor for an unexpected twist!
We have to talk about that tablescape!
Decorative skulls were a common motif across the shoot as a whole, especially in the reception. The silverware pops amidst the rest of the table décor that mostly consists of darker dinnerware.
Very Peri, the 2022 Pantone Color of the Year, was utilized mainly in the hydrangeas in the floral arrangements. The bride also had a Very Peri ribbon attached to her bouquet. One of the most unique uses of Very Peri was utilizing various shades of this color in the table décor and stationery, designed by Your Little Details. However, our favorite periwinkle detail is even more unique than that. “Of course the ‘til death’ neon sign was the perfect peri shade,” Michelle of Unveiled Weddings gushes.
The statement piece of this shoot is definitely that cake! The black frosting and skull motifs really bring the dark and moody vibes of the shoot to life, but the baker made sure to not overwhelm it with the edgy details. She added golden shimmers and silver jewel details to the tiers for a little bit of sparkle. And we love how the icing gives the impression that the cake is melting, as if its time is near!
Wanting the bride to really stick out, the team chose a dress that contrasted with the moodiness of the shoot. They wanted a dress that combined both soft and alluring beauty. We think this lacy, sheath-styled dress perfectly nails the look they wanted, especially with the full-lace back! The makeup artist used the same moody blue color on her eyes to make them as striking as the flowers, while the hairstylist decided a classic updo with simple side braids was a look that would complement this scene beautifully!
'Til Death Do Us Part PHOTOGRAPHY: SWEETLY STITCHED IMAGES VENUE: BARRELHOUSE AT ZORN PLANNING & FLORALS: UNVEILED WEDDINGS & EVENTS (YOURUNVEILEDEVENT.COM)* DRESS: HERE COMES THE DRESS HAIR: TOP-KNOT BRIDAL MAKEUP: MAKEUP BY MORGAN MENSWEAR: SUITSHOP STATIONERY: YOUR LITTLE DETAILS (YOURLITTLEDETAILS.COM)* CAKE: KUPKATES CUSTOM CAKES RENTALS: SPARE ROOM STUDIOS & PAINTED WILLOW DESIGNS MODELS: KELCEY BETUSTAK & ENRIQUE COOK *WeddingDay preferred vendor
Theme: Inspired by Stories
Inspired by the beloved regency-era story of Bridgerton, this Style Shoot Design Contest finalist team embarked on a mission to create a gilded age garden scene at a historical, venue in small-town Ohio. After finding this lightcolored, late 19th-century building to use as their backdrop, they were ready to transform the grounds around the shoot into a scene from an earlier time with modernity blended into it.
Not wanting to overwhelm the scene with only pastel and delicate colors, the team used Very Peri, the Pantone Color of the Year, to ground the scene while still keeping it feminine. They included Very Peri in the flowers with periwinkle flat scabiosa and roses that leap out of the photos among the blush and coral flowers around them!
The team felt like they got lucky finding a venue that aligned perfectly with their vision. The light-colored stone and plush greenery around the outside of the building made the outdoors the best place for their shoot. However, the rain threatened to destroy their elegant and delicate details more than once during their shoot. But, all in all, the team was happy to have found a venue that met their regency era needs!
We all know that décor is what brings the theme to life. Being sure to include all kinds of antique furniture and dinnerware, the creative team nailed this shoot! We also love the ornate centerpieces to hold the flowers. To pull off the gilded age look, the team included wax seals, ribbons, lace and a furniture lounge setup. Our favorite aspect of this shoot was the desserts! Macarons are such a delicate and elegant dessert and the tarts also supported the theme. The cake is truly the statement piece, though, with the gold-painted floral adornments on the sides!
And we just have to talk about that dress! The 19th-century style included empire waistlines while square necklines and sheer bodices are everything in the modern yet regal look. All three of the dresses in this shoot share at least one of the pieces of that oh-so-familiar look we see in Bridgerton, especially the lace gloves! As for the model's hair and makeup, the team decided to go with a simple, natural look. With classic curls and a faux bob, the bride’s face was beautifully framed. She was also styled with lighter makeup to ensure her natural beauty was highlighted in every photo!
PHOTOGRAPHY: TAYLOR FORD PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: THE 1898 VIDEOGRAPHY: SAGE ROSE VIDEOGRAPHY FLORALS: LISSETTE FLORAL DRESSES & MENSWEAR: J. COLLECTION BRIDAL DRESS DESIGNER: CHRISTINA WU HAIR & MAKEUP: SWEETLY PINNED JEWELRY: LAUDICK'S JEWELRY STATIONERY: WHIMSICALLY WARM LLC CAKE & DESSERTS: SPENCER'S SUGAR SHOP FURNITURE & RENTALS: ASPEN JEAN PLANNING & JOYOUS OCCASIONS LLC CHAMPAGNE: WINE FROM ONE HOPE, PAINTED BY WHIMSICALLY WARM LLC
46 WEDDINGDAY Planning Made Simple, Designs Made Personal Fresh floral design • Full, partial & day of planning/coordination Valparaiso, IN | yourunveiledevent.com | firstname.lastname@example.org | 219-512-5620 Buenas Vibras Photography
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Capturing Simplicity Photography, Cake: Sassie Cakes
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48 WEDDINGDAY Kasey Wallace Photography 3127 CARROLL RD., FORT WAYNE, IN 46818 | (260) 637-3643 INFO@THECHARLESFORTWAYNE.COM | THECHARLESFORTWAYNE.COM A Fort Wayne landmark: Updated. Elegant. Your best events await!
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Jeanne Foley Diana Ganz
The process of suit shopping should be just as fun and easy as dress shopping! And suits are no longer just limited to grooms and their groomsmen. More and more brides are opting for a bridal suit to feel more like themselves. Because whether you are man, woman or nonbinary, you deserve to feel as gorgeous and comfortable as possible on your wedding day!
The main goal at SuitShop is to continue growing and changing to offer affordable suits that fit every body, no matter the gender identification. They believe that comfort makes a person more confident, therefore they have suits that are easy to fit to your body. Keep reading to hear from co-founders Jeanne Foley and Diana Ganz to learn more about their beliefs and all that SuitShop offers.
54 WEDDINGDAY PRO SPOTLIGHT
What inspired your business? What keeps you motivated?
"SuitShop is inspired by a drive toward smarter suiting. The idea was born out of co-founder Jeanne’s experience suiting up her own wedding group. Her wedding party went the traditional suit rental route, but she was left disappointed by the lacking quality, poor fit and high price point. SuitShop makes the process affordable, simple and reliable with suits and tuxedos to keep—for everyone. As we’ve grown in this space, it’s become clear that the industry historically neglects body and especially gender diversity. We continuously work to bridge that gap and offer inclusive suiting for all. That ambition for accessibility and inclusivity keeps us going."
Tell us about your experience/skills.
"A power duo, co-founders Jeanne and Diana bring business, creativity, and innovation. Jeanne has a background in technical fashion design with experience at respected brands like Abercrombie and Under Armour, and Diana is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Business with experience in finance and business development as a senior-level executive. Together, their skills (and 30+ years of friendship) give SuitShop the foundation to continue growing onward and upward."
What do you wish to accomplish with your customers? What can a bride or groom expect when shopping with you?
"Every single person who comes to us should feel special and discover an unexpected level of ease in getting dressed up. Plus, we work to get everyone suited in a way that honors their identity. Marriers and wedding parties suiting up with us get all our support and walk away with one less thing to worry about. We focus on making the process leading up to their day simple and even fun. Our interactions with our customers are the backbone of our business and the best parts of our day, so clear, helpful communication is at our core. Customers are always blown away by how easy it is to contact us about their orders, process an exchange, get questions answered and more."
Give us an overview of your services. What makes your business unique?
"We do it all, and we do it for keeps. Most suiting options at our price point are to rent, not to own. Our business model is designed to give our customers and couples a smarter solution—for a similar price (starting under $200), you get a great-fitting suit to keep. The rest of our services center around nailing that comfortable, like-custom fit and equally comfortable experience. Between virtual consultations, in-person showroom appointments, award-winning customer service (hello to real, caring people answering your calls and emails), 7-day free at-home trial, a data-
backed online Fit Finder and the widest off-therack size range of its kind, we’ve got everyone covered. Our thousands of five-star reviews speak for themselves. All of this, paired with our wedding management dashboard, makes suit shopping for the entire party (no matter where everyone’s located) one of the easiest tasks on the wedding planning to-do list."
Tell us about your favorite part of your job. What keeps it fun for you?
"Because of our unparalleled size range, including multiple cuts and lengths to best suit all bodies, we get to witness people light up finding their suit every day. That is, finding a fit and style so true to them that many customers have never experienced or even let themselves expect. Then, months later, the wedding album comes in—we cry every time! We have the honor of being a small part of such special days, and getting to see photo after photo of genuine love is an incredible feeling."
What’s the most common question you get from couples?
"Typically, questions surround sizing and shipping. Unlike most of our competition, we don’t need someone’s exact measurements, which can be confusing. Our solution to the perfect fit is our data-backed Fit Finder that uses basic information like age, height, weight and shoe size to determine a person’s recommended SuitShop-specific sizes (cross-referencing thousands of data points). Stylists are always happy to talk through any questions, and we’re happy to process free exchanges if there’s anything that isn’t spot-on. Since most of our competition either takes 6+ weeks to ship or, with rentals, ships only two weeks before the wedding, we’re commonly asked about our shipping timelines. Once a couple (or anyone) places their order with us, we ship to your door within about 10 business days (as long as the product is in stock)!"
Take a moment to brag about something you’re proud of.
"We’re so proud to be able to suit men, women, children and non-binary folks. It’s a huge accomplishment to have suited thousands of weddings, representing all kinds of people and all types of love."
How do you calm the nerves of anxious customers?
"Customers assume the process is more complex and difficult than it is.
When they realize that they don’t have to get measured, won’t need to wait until just before their big day to have their suit shipped, and that we’re here to make sure everything is exactly how they want it, anxious nerves tend to melt away. Simply being there to truly listen and talk through a solution to any question or time crunch that comes up works wonders in easing nerves."
What are your future goals? How do you see SuitShop growing?
When should a bride or groom begin their suit buying process?
"It never hurts to start early! Around the 6 months out mark is a great time to consider your wedding day colors and overall look. Around 5 to 6 months ahead of the big day is the perfect time to get the look finalized and set up the wedding group in our system. This will help everyone stay clear on your wedding look and also help us make sure we’re ready to support upcoming weddings. We’ll take care of sending out helpful, appropriately-timed reminders to make sure everyone in the group places their orders around 3 months to 6 weeks ahead of the wedding. While we’ll actually get orders to your door within about 10 days, it’s a good idea to get the suit ahead of time to ensure it fits. This timeframe leaves plenty of time for any potential exchanges (free and super simple with us!) and alterations."
"Bringing SuitShop to more people! Expanding showrooms, helping more shoppers find the best way to get a well-fitted suit—and owning it—and doing it all from the comfort of their own home is on the horizon. We also hope to continue growing and expanding deeper into other industries beyond weddings. While it’s great to own a suit for your big day, there are so many other fun ways to wear a great suit, and we want to be there for those moments, too. As we head into the biggest wedding season ever, we are expecting more growth through the end of 2022 and into 2023. One of our biggest growth drivers is word of mouth, so the more weddings we suit up now, the more we can expect to grow later!"
WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: SS: SS: SS: SS: SS: SS: SS: SS: SS: SS: " IT’S A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT TO HAVE SUITED THOUSANDS OF WEDDINGS, REPRESENTING ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE AND ALL TYPES OF LOVE. "
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The Blue Teal is designed to make your special day amazing! Featuring indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, bridal suite, flexible event spaces and a giant natural stone fireplace.
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True Color Photography
Where we invite you to be unapologetically yourself All are welcome here
FRANKENMUTH, MI | ONYXANDOPALCREATIVECO.COM
Floral Goddess Romance
STYLE SHOOT A UNIQUE & FIERCE CHICAGO STYLE SHOOT
The main inspiration for this floral-filled style shoot was the large flower headpiece. The team wanted to combine elegance and fierce femininity in a way they hadn’t seen before. Along with specifically selected florals to fill the unique space, the team found the most perfect dress to go with this shoot. Between the soft floral details and the bold sleeve style, this dress would make any woman feel like a goddess. The venue was its own unique space with plenty of character to shoot, like the textured brick walls!
WHAT WE love
Anna Page, the planner for this shoot, shares, “This team works together often so when we come together to create a vision, it is truly collaborative and each team member is highlighted in their own unique way, which I think is shown through the results.”
WEDDINGDAY 67 PHOTOGRAPHY: JENNA KNOTT PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING: ANNA PAGE STYLING: CHIC FROM CHICAGO VENUE: CHARCOAL FACTORY LOFT VIDEOGRAPHY: BEA ROSE FILMS FLORALS: STEMMING FROM LOVE DRESS: GRACE LOVES LACE HAIR: EMILY RAE BRIDAL HAIR MAKEUP: ALYSSA DIANA MAKEUP GRAZING TABLE: FORK IT! FOODS MODEL: ANNA PAGE
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Johnson Photography, LLC
THE EASIEST GUIDE TO
your last name
AFTER THE WEDDING
Y our newlywed bliss can quickly come to an end when it comes time to endure the dreaded task of changing your last name. The legal process can often take the romance out of taking your significant other’s last name. If you get yourself organized with the proper documents, the process can be less strenuous, allowing you to continue to revel in your newlywed happiness.
GET THE ORIGINAL MARRIAGE LICENSE FROM THE CLERK’S OFFICE
The original license should come from the clerk’s office where your license was filed. One should automatically be sent to you a couple weeks after the wedding. The original document should have a raised seal and your new last name. Also, it’s a good idea to request copies.
REQUEST A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
If you visit the Social Security Administration’s website, you can find an application for a change of name here. This is a free service. Print the application, fill it out, and include any required documents. You can either take your application to a nearby Social Security office or mail it in. You should receive your new card with your new last name in approximately 10 days.
APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE AT THE BMV
Getting a new license from the local Bureau of Motor Vehicles office requires a few documents, namely your old license, the original marriage license and your new Social Security card. Remember to change your address if you have moved after the wedding.
CHANGE YOUR LAST NAME WITH YOUR HR DEPARTMENT
When your new Social Security card comes in the mail, meet with your HR manager at work to switch your name over. This includes payroll, 401k, your insurance benefits, stocks etc.
UPDATE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION
The easiest way to do this is to visit your local branch in person. Take your new license, your marriage license and your new Social Security card, and ask for your name to be changed on your account. Request new checks, debit cards and credit cards with your new name.
UPDATE YOUR LAST NAME ON OTHER MISCELLANEOUS ACCOUNTS
As time goes on, you will remember more accounts that your last name must be changed on. Remember to keep all of the necessary documents within reach to easily change your name.
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WEDDINGDAY 73 A gorgeous 1890 farm setting complete with multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, fire pit, grain bin gazebo and two beautiful glass garage doors looking out to the surrounding apple orchard! 9005 PEACH RIDGE AVE NW, SPARTA, MI 49345 | 616-401-4564 | WHIPPOORWILLFARMVENUE.COM
Delft Blue Romance
Our Fall Indianapolis Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event
2022 STYLE SHOOT EVENT
For the second year in a row, WeddingDay has hosted our Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event where photographers from all around the Midwest are invited to gain style shoot experience and grow their connections with other experts in the wedding industry. Working with planner All in the Details, lead photographer, Vilma Maria Photographer, and Carmel, Indiana venue, Iron & Ember Events, this team was truly top-notch! Take a look at the results from this romantic day, and read on to see how you can get involved in our next collaborative style shoot!
Delft Blue pottery inspired our 2022 Indianapolis Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event! Sarah Farthing from All in the Details explains, “For my family, this pottery has remained a feature in all of our households for decades...I wanted to create a style shoot centered on this vibrant pottery but complementing it with some modern elements.” She even chose to include her mother’s plates and candlesticks as well as her grandma’s silver in the shoot, describing the day as a "love letter to her family".
VILMA MARIA PHOTOGRAPHER
Sarah wanted to shift the focus from downtown Indianapolis—where most local couples get married—to the north side of Indy for a more unique look. We chose one of the hottest venues in the area, Iron & Ember Events, to host our event. While the venue has a modern feel, it is truly quite a blank canvas to highlight as you desire, which made it easy to document both by Vilma Maria Photographer and Clark Videography. Sarah advises, “It’s versatile in that manner as you can truly adjust the feeling of the event space simply by implementing different color palettes, texture and lighting to suit your vision.”
VILMA MARIA PHOTOGRAPHER
The Decor '
Obviously, Delft Blue had to make a major appearance in this shoot with the linen from Nüage Designs, and the team decided to accent it with equally vibrant colors, such as pink, to make it pop. An array of other rentals were utilized to bring this romantic shoot to life. Sarah shares, “MichaelAngelos' navy velvet matisse chairs created a cozy setting for the sweetheart table and their navy velvet loft chairs were the perfect addition to the guest table.” The lighting, votives, white chairs, rug and specialty drink displays were also from MichaelAngelos. We also think the stationery from The Lettering Grove is absolutely perfect for this shoot and looks stunning on those tablescapes!
VILMA MARIA PHOTOGRAPHER
There was a combination of real and faux flowers used in this shoot. To help balance the palette, vibrant pinks and reds were used throughout the florals. “Bridget Camden with B. Petal Company created amazing arrangements for this style shoot. Her mantelpiece and the way she made the sweetheart table come to life were breathtaking,” Sarah raves. Blue Blossom provided the rental florals including the two beautiful arches both in the ceremony and reception looks as well as the aisle florals. Every single flower helps elevate and fill the space!
As soon as Sarah saw the blue and white gown from The Frock Bridal House, she knew it had to be included. “It fit the overall vision of the style shoot too perfectly to not. This statement gown seemed fitting for the ceremony,” Sarah gushes. For the rest of the shoot, they wanted looks that were more relaxed. They found a dress with similar sleeves for the first reception gown then went with a bridal suit for a modern departure look, including a fun fur wrap! The second bride's dresses were more classic in style or were classic cuts with modern styles. As for the hair and makeup, The Mane Bloomington styled a classic half-up hairdo and bold makeup for our first model's ceremony and reception dresses and transitioned into a sleek bun for her suit. Our second bride had beautiful curls styled in an updo with natural makeup. All of these looks complemented the navy suits from JBenzal Menswear that the grooms wore!
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SEE BEHIND th e scenes
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Sea Salt and Cinnamon truly did an amazing job matching the colors and décor in their cake! They created an incredible three-tiered confection that mimicked the Delft Blue pottery design on the tablescape and the first bridal dress. We love the attention to detail that the bakers took in this design. It almost looks too delicate and flawless to eat!
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COORDINATION & PLANNING: ALL IN THE DETAILS (DETAILSINDY.COM)* VENUE: IRON & EMBER EVENTS FLORALS (BOUQUET & PINK BLOOMS): B. PETAL COMPANY (BPETALCOMPANY.COM)*
VIDEOGRAPHY: CLARK VIDEOGRAPHY (CLARKVIDEOGRAPHY.COM)* BRIDAL
ATTIRE: THE FROCK BRIDAL HOUSE (THEFROCKBRIDAL.COM)* HAIR & MAKEUP: THE MANE BLOOMINGTON (THEMANEBLOOMINGTON.COM)*
MENSWEAR: JBENZAL MENSWEAR
STATIONERY: THE LETTERING GROVE (THELETTERINGGROVE.COM) CAKE: SEA SALT AND CINNAMON (SEASALTANDCINNAMON. COM)* RENTALS & CEREMONY
FLORALS: BLUE BLOSSOM RENTALS (BLUEBLOSSOMRENTALS.COM)*
RENTALS: MICHAELANGELOS EVENTS (MICHAELANGELOSEVENTS.COM)*
LINENS: NÜAGE DESIGNS DAY-OF
CATERING: CITY BARBEQUE (CITYBBQ.COM)*
MODELS: SHAI CROSS AND ALLEA STORM, ZEKE BROWN & NOAH COVINGTON OF HELEN WELLS AGENCY *WeddingDay preferred vendor
LEAD PHOTOGRAPHY: VILMA MARIA
Are you interested in joining us at our next Photographer Collaborative Style Shoot Event? LEARN MORE HERE: WEDDINGDAY-ONLINE.COM/YOURE-INVITEDWEDDINGDAYS-PHOTOGRAPHERCOLLABORATIVE-STYLE-SHOOT-EVENTS
Top Row: Kara Hanes Photography, Middle Row: Beth Waterman Photography, Bottom Left: Heirlooms & Lace Studios, Bottom Right: Hetler Photography
WEDDINGDAY 89 Host your wedding block at the Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis and receive a discounted rate! Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis 105 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225 | (317) 261-1200 | www.hamptondt.com Within walking distance to many dining & nightlife options, we will be sure to offer great entertainment nearby while staying in our vibrant city! Contact our Group Sales Manager (317) 261-1200 or email@example.com Ask about a complimentary suite upgrade!
Meet the Cover Team
THE WEDDING PROS BEHIND THE SHOOT
ALL IN THE DETAILS
As owner and executive planner for All in the Details (Event Planning), Sarah Farthing has the privilege of guiding couples through one of the most important days in their lives. She is a proud board member of the Indiana chapter of the International Live Events Association, ILEA. All in the Details was honored to be inducted into the Knot Hall of Fame in 2022 and continues to thrive due to the efforts of a team of lead and associate planners working alongside Sarah. The common goal of taking the stress away from the client so that they can focus on making memories and living in the moment is what drives them. Sarah says, "We also stand by our motto: It's not our vision that counts, it's yours."
VILMA MARIA PHOTOGRAPHER
Vilma Iglesias is the owner of Vilma Maria Photographer, formerly GEM Photography. Vilma specializes in weddings and boasts over 15 years of photography experience. This Indianabased photographer is known to go above and beyond on wedding days, and you can truly see the passion she has for weddings and what she does. Vilma lives each moment with her clients. She says, "Your memories are my memories!"
B. PETAL COMPANY
Bridget is the owner/florist at B. Petal Company, an event and wedding florist. Bridget is a romantic at heart, which she strives to bring out in her floral work — romantic, with a touch of wild.
Team Iron & Ember
IRON & EMBER EVENTS
The Iron & Ember team's goal is to make wedding planning way more fun. Their five event coordinators have strong backgrounds in wedding and event management and guide their clients through the planning process. They consider hearing the phrase “I didn’t have to worry about a thing” a total success. This team manages Iron & Ember in Carmel and Mustard Seed Gardens in Noblesville.
Henry Clark is the owner of Clark Videography which is a Central Indiana based videography company that has served clients all over the Midwest. The idea for Clark Videography started as a hobby and turned into a full event videography business over the last 10 years. Clark Videography strives to creatively capture the important moments and events in your life.
THE FROCK BRIDAL HOUSE
Madison Bowman opened The Frock Bridal House in Bloomington, Indiana this past April to combine her passions for bridal fashion, business and sustainability. The Frock Bridal House offers unique styles from independent designers that can't be found anywhere else in Indiana. Every bride gets the VIP experience with their own 2 hour private appointment and complimentary champagne!
THE MANE BLOOMINGTON
The Mane Bloomington is a full service salon with a group of 6 talented, independent stylists. Located in Bloomington, Indiana and servicing all of Indiana and beyond, The Mane stylists offer a full range of services including bridal styling, airbrush makeup, waxing, extensions and more!
JBenzal Menswear is Indianapolis' finest menswear boutique specializing in custom Italian suits. They feature high-end custom clothing for men as well as an in-house master tailor. With a wide range of styles, including suits, dress shirts, sport coats, jeans and more, they are the best place for men who want to get noticed wherever they go!
Jacqueline Galbraith + Sophia Pingley
BLUE BLOSSOM RENTALS
Blue Blossom Floral Arch Rentals is a local and family owned company. They are a mother-daughter team who formed this business 5 years ago and loves creating the wedding of your dreams with their high end arches and backdrops using romantic fine art floral designs.
SEA SALT AND CINNAMON
Amanda Reninger owns Sea Salt and Cinnamon, a vegan food company based in Muncie, Indiana. Since 2014, Sea Salt and Cinnamon has served Indiana couples looking for tasty and inclusive treats for their wedding celebrations!
THE LETTERING GROVE
Sam is the owner and creator at The Lettering Grove. She aspires to create a premier experience in the creation and delivery of handcrafted invitations and stationery for engaged couples across the U.S. who will look back on these pieces of their wedding and embrace all the special memories they have when two lives became one.
Alison Zoll is the Event Director at MichaelAngelos Events based out of South Bend, Indiana. MichaelAngelos has over 30 years of experience providing unparalleled customer service and signature rental products to all event types throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. From basic rentals of tables and chairs to elaborate event atmospheres, Alison and MichaelAngelos Events creates the perfect solutions to all of your event needs.
94 WEDDINGDAY Creating unique, artful centerpieces for the special event in your life. Specialty Custom Wedding Cakes • Dessert Spreads • Confections 586-610-5560 | KAITLIN@MIGREATLAKESCAKES.COM | WWW.MIGREATLAKESCAKES.COM FACEBOOK: MI GREAT LAKES CAKES | INSTAGRAM: @MIGREATLAKESCAKES
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CHANTEL MILLER STORYTELLING
Picture this: you just got engaged and are looking for vendors who can help make your day a success. You stumble upon a photographer who offers to help you with your planning process and nailing down a timeline while also collaborating with you to understand what your expectations and desired style of photography are. Now, what if I told you that you could get all of that with one photographer?
Chantel Miller Storytelling is more than just a photographer. With a vision for telling your story through her photographs, Chantel is there to be involved in your wedding day instead of just snapping pictures of it. She loves hearing from her couples about their wedding planning process, seeing pictures of her brides’ dresses and sending tips she’s picked up to help your wedding run smoother. We had a chance to sit down with Chantel and learn more about how she came to love photography and capturing her couples’ stories.
What inspired your business? What keeps you motivated?
"Growing up, my mother always had a camera in hand, capturing our lives. I never realized how much I would appreciate that as an adult, and now, it is my own passion to capture milestones of lovely clients so they, too, can remember their stories as they look back on photographs I captured. I look at my images as fine art rather than simply a gallery of photographs, and that is what motivates me to continue creating a unique experience for clients and keeps me inspired as a creative."
Tell us about your experience/skills. "While I do have a B.S. degree in both Graphic Design and Photography, I have been a full-time designer in branding and marketing since 2017. However, in 2020, my 'part-time' photography business grew faster than I knew what to do! As of 2022, I have gone all in with my business to focus on telling stories and it has been the best decision. I now have over 50 weddings under my belt and countless editorials as I continue to grow in this industry."
Give us an overview of your services. What makes your business unique? "Wild enough, I actually began my photography career in the athletic industry capturing your favorite D1 football and basketball teams. However, now I mainly focus on capturing Midwest weddings and engagements. I also offer creative editorial portraits and destination weddings. Again, something that sets me apart is the experience I offer, especially my couples. After booking, they receive a welcome gift in the mail, a complimentary engagement session to get to know me and a 45+ page welcome guide with tips and tricks I’ve learned to help them plan out their wedding day. I like to tell my clients I’m not just a photographer, I am a visual storyteller, and in order to do that well I am very involved with the details of the wedding day."
Tell us about your favorite part of your job. What keeps it fun for you?
"I love capturing everyone’s unique story. It sounds so cliché, but everyone has such a different creative vision for their portrait session or wedding! I LOVE that the clients who hire me are very original and artsy themselves, so it makes every project something new. Last year, one of my grooms surprised his bride with a custom addition to her dress. When she was a little girl, she used to wrap up in her blanket and pretend it was her wedding dress. So the night before the wedding, he had her mother sew a piece of the blanket over her heart inside the dress. No one else knew it was there but me and the couple. Stories with intention and pure love…that is what keeps this fun for me!"
What do you love about the industry you work in?
What’s the most common question you get from couples? What’s your answer to it?
"I get a lot of initial questions about timelines and traveling. Around two months before your wedding day, I send out a day of wedding questionnaire and help you build a custom day of timeline! This is an absolute necessity to me to help your day run smoothly and create a less stressful wedding day! As far as travel goes, you name the location and I will be there! I have several flat rate travel fees to make the booking process easier and less stressful for you."
What are the best tips you have for helping couples prepare for their big day? Any other words of wisdom to share?
"My wedding guide goes a lot deeper into this subject but build a day-of timeline that feels true to you and your partner. Do not just choose a first look because it makes your photo timeline easier, and do not let anyone else’s opinions alter your wedding vision. This is YOUR day, so you do you, boo. I also recommend surrounding yourself with the people you love most on your wedding day including your photographer. You spend more time with your photographer than anyone else on your wedding day, so make sure you find the one that works with your personality as much as your preferred editing style."
How do you calm the nerves of anxious customers? What do you do to make them feel comfortable?
As a business owner, what do you wish to accomplish with your customers? What can a couple look forward to when booking you?
"My number one goal as a business owner is to help my clients feel comfortable to be themselves in my presence. When you are able to allow someone to trust you enough to let their true personality shine, not only am I able to capture their most true selves, but they are able to relax and have more fun throughout the entire process. I want to give my clients a whole EXPERIENCE. Many of my brides will text me during the planning process to show me their dress, or talk to me about their anxiety, or just need an HONEST opinion. If I am going to ask them to be REAL in front of my camera, I need to be REAL with them. Many of my clients come out the other side as friends!"
"I love not only being able to meet new people but being able to travel the world! I am based in the Midwest but have captured love stories in the mountains of Alaska, at waterfalls in Oregon, on the beaches of Hawaii and, next year, in the city of Paris, France. This industry has also helped me build a community of friends who have my back and can collaborate with on wonderful projects!"
Take a moment to brag about something you’re proud of. "Part of my goal in making people feel comfortable with me is keeping myself humble. Whether I am shooting a highend, black-tie Chicago wedding or a laid-back backyard elopement, I am more proud of the fact that I make every type of client feel the same way when all is said and done. The biggest feedback I get from clients and even their guests is how comfortable I made them feel."
"I value honesty and I tell my clients that from the beginning. If there is something specifically that you are insecure or anxious about, tell me! We are all human, and it is important to bring the imperfect human connection back into the process. I use my engagement sessions as well as coffee dates or zoom calls to get to know each other so that by the time wedding day is here, we can joke around and relax!"
What are your future goals for your business? How do you see it growing in the future?
"This first full-time year in business has proven to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. It is a scary thing taking the leap, but when you have the time to pour your heart and soul into your work, it blossoms! I look forward to improving my client experience for 2023 and 2024 couples and really honing in on the artistic editorial style of capturing a wedding day. This is more than just a little business for me. I live to create beautiful things and cannot wait to see how I interpret that in the future."
WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: WD: CM: CM: CM: CM: CM: CM: CM: CM: CM: CM: CM: " I LOVE CAPTURING EVERYONE’S UNIQUE STORY."
N O T J U S T A P H O T O G R A P H E R N o s t o r y i s o n e a n d t h e s a m e I t h r i v e o n c r e a t i n g u n i q u e e x p e r i e n c e s f o r e a c h c o u p l e ' s j o u r n e y INQUIRE AT CHANTELMILLERSTORYTELLING COM What story do you need help telling? A V I S U A L S T OR Y T E L L E R
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Attendee Spotlight: Chantel Miller Storytelling
100 WEDDINGDAY Look beautiful & feel confident in your wedding dress. 2186 Coolidge Highway Berkley, MI 248.541.1988 www.TheWeddingShoppe.net
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STYLE SHOOT EVENT
Attendee Spotlight: Elisha Kaldahl Photography
We tell your love story though beautiful, timeless photographs that live on for generations to come. ElishaKphoto is a husband and wife wedding photography team in Indianapolis. We do things a little differently, we only capture weddings and engagements. Our philosophy is, “Do one thing and do it crazy well.“ We take authentic moments on your wedding day and turn them into unique and stunning pieces of are you will treasure forever.
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104 WEDDINGDAY MORE THAN FOUR WALLS AND A CHANDELIER “…the picture perfect day I had always dreamed of” Amanda F., June 2019 Bride 574-235-9714 • studebakermuseum.org 201 Chapin St., South Bend, IN 46601
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BRIDAL SALONS & DESIGNERS
America's Bride Grand Rapids, MI, 616.224.0056 americasbride.us
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The Bridal Studio - Corktown Detroit, MI, 313.756.7616 thebridalstudiocorktown.com
The Frock Bridal House Bloomington, IN, 812.668.2841 thefrockbridal.com
See ad on page 87.
Sarah Kolis Custom Designs Detroit, MI, 248.842.4551 sarahkolis.com
The Wedding Shoppe Berkley, MI, 248.541.1988 theweddingshoppe.net See ad on page 100.
Bridal Spectacular South Bend, IN, 574.243.4060 indianabridalspectacular.net See ad on page 16.
Throughout Indianapolis area engagedindiana.com See ad on inside back cover.
Southwest Michigan Bridal Show Kalamazoo, MI, 269.349.2091 swmibridalshow.com See ad on inside front cover.
City Barbeque Indiana and Ohio citybbq.com
Nelson's Catering Wakarusa, IN, 574.862.2184 nelsonsbbq.com See ad on page 59.
Smokehouse 52 BBQ Chelsea, MI, 734.562.2565 sh52bbq.com
The BBQs DJ Collective Michiana the-bbqs.com
Gaska String Quartet South Bend, IN, 574.229.0422 facebook.com/gaskastringquartet See ad on page 60.
Meg Rodgers, Harpist Saint Joseph, MI, 269.429.6377 megrodgers.net See ad on page 28.
B. Petal Company Pierceton, IN, 260.591.0789 bpetalcompany.com
Crystal Springs Florist Benton Harbor, MI, 269.925.1167 crystalspringsflorist.net See ad on page 26.
West Bloomfield Township, MI 248.973.8966 designquintessentials.com
Flowers for Dreams Detroit, MI, 313.230.0393
flowersfordreams.com/detroit See ad on page 53.
Fort Wayne, IN, 260.493.1581 lopshireflowers.com See ad on page 47.
Columbus, OH, 614.285.3826 sunflowerkateflorals.com
Tori Leigh Events
Indianapolis, IN, 317.602.6886 torileighevents.com See ad on page 95.
Grand Rapids, MI, 616.460.8776 truerdesign.com
Diamonds Direct Indianapolis, IN, 317.575.8555 diamondsdirect.com
Impress Jewelry Creations Granger, IN, 574.855.4491 impressjewelers.com
Amber Knight Photography Bloomington, IN amberknightphotography.com
Amelia Kinser Photography Indiana, 765.416.2496 ameliakinserphotography.com
Beth Waterman Photography Indianapolis, IN, 317.370.7472 bethwatermanphotography.com See ad on page 15.
Captured by Allison Indianapolis, IN, 317.989.4864 capturedbyallisonphoto.com
Captured by Kelsey Ann Arbor, MI capturedbyk.com See ad on page 70.
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Chantel Miller Photography Bristol, IN chantelmillerstorytelling.com See ad on page 98.
Clever Candid Photography Fraser, MI, 586.808.2854 clevercandidphotography.com
Dave Thompson Photography Elkhart, IN, 574.238.9890 davesphotoworld.com
Elisha Kaldahl Photography
Indianapolis, IN, 317.513.1984 elishakphoto.com See ad on page 103.
Grand Rapids, MI, jessiesilva.com See ad on page 58.
Kara Hanes Photography
Grand Rapids, MI, 616.835.6143 karahanesphotography.com
Laura Spencer Photography
Saint Joseph, MI lauraspencerphotography.com
Lindsay Elaine Photography Kalamazoo, MI lindsayelaine.com
Love Photography by Katie VanderWal Allendale, MI, 616.201.8102 lovephotography-mi.com
Detroit, MI, 812.606.6222 moonraephotography.com
Onyx and Opal Creative Co. Frankenmuth, MI, 989.262.8290 onyxandopalcreativeco.com See ad on page 63.
Phern Joy LLC
Grand Rapids, MI, 616.747.0354 phernjoy.com
Thistle + Lace Photography Elkhart, IN, 574.612.5363 instagram.com/ thistleandlacephotography
Vilma Maria Photographer Fort Wayne, IN, 260.609.0703 facebook.com/ vilmamariaphotographer See ad on page 74.
1945 Event Co. Bath, MI, 517.488.2720 1945eventco.com
All in the Details
Indianapolis, IN, 317.821.7526 detailsindy.com See ad on page 75.
ARC Design Studios Detroit, MI, 586.322.3968 arcdesignstudios.com
Emmaleigh White Wedding & Event Planning Mason, MI, 517.703.4334 ewhiteweddingplanner.com See ad on page 49.
EXL Events Co. New Buffalo, MI, 219.628.4360 instagram.com/ leigha.exleventsco See ad on page 7.
Ivory by Design Hand Made Greenwood, IN, 317.300.4231 ivorybydesignhm.com See ad on page 56.
Love Story Weddings and Events
Northern Indiana & Chicago lovestoryweddingevents.com
Styled Event Design Clarkston, MI styledeventdesign.com
Unveiled Weddings & Events Valparaiso, IN, 219.512.5620 yourunveiledevent.com See ad on page 46.
Weddings by Katie + Co. Blaine, MN weddingsbykandco.com See ad on page 9.
Crate & Barrel Indianapolis, IN, 317.818.9900 crateandbarrel.com
Williams Sonoma Indianapolis, IN, 317.848.1431 williams-sonoma.com
AAYS Event Rentals Mishawaka, IN, 574.256.1110 aaysrental.com See ad on page 31.
The Best is Yet to Be Event Rentals Bloomington, IN, 812.361.1682 thebestisyettobeeventrentals.com
Blue Blossom Rentals Fishers, IN, 317.449.9427 blueblossomrentals.com
Burns Special Events Mishawaka, IN, 574.259.4807 burnsrentals.com See ad on back cover.
Herriott's Rents Tents Events Champaign, IL, 217.356.9713 herriotts.com See ad on page 14.
MichaelAngelos Events South Bend, IN, 574.271.7440 michaelangelosevents.com
The Tipsy Burro Ada, MI, 616.204.1018 thetipsyburro.com
The Lettering Grove Indianapolis, IN theletteringgrove.com
The Paper Creation Detroit, MI, 734.968.7733 thepapercreation.com
PSR Designs of Indiana Indianapolis, IN, 317.759.0625 psrdesigns.com See ad on page 101.
Your Little Details Chicagoland & Southwest Michigan yourlittledetails.com
Zé Design Studio
Northwest Indiana & Chicagoland, 219.501.0801 zedesignstudio.com
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
CityFlatsHotel Holland Holland, MI, 616.796.2100 cityflatshotelholland. tapestrycollection.com
The DoubleTree by Hilton South Bend South Bend, IN, 574.234.2000 southbend.doubletree.com See ad on page 6.
Indianapolis Downtown Indianapolis, IN, 317.261.1200 hamptoninn3.hilton.com See ad on page 89. Hotel Elkhart Elkhart, IN, 574.389.7900 hotelelkhart.com See ad on page 27.
Trumbull and Porter Detroit, MI, 313.496.1400 trumbullandporterhotel.com
19 North by Froehlich's Three Oaks, MI, 269.756.6002 19northbyfroehlichs.com See ad on page 5.
2000 Brooklyn Detroit, MI, 313.949.9901 2000brooklyn.com
Bell Mare Weddings & Events Galien, MI, 269-820-1905 bellmareevents.com
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The Blue Teal
Wakarusa, IN, 574.862.2184 thebluetealvenue.com See ad on page 59.
The Charles Fort Wayne Event Center
Fort Wayne, IN, 260.637.3643 thecharlesfortwayne.com See ad on page 48.
Four Winds Casinos
New Buffalo, MI, 269.926.5219 South Bend, IN, 574.931.3557 fourwindscasino.com See ad on page 18.
Marcellus, MI, 269.281.4266 gablehill.com See ad on page 21.
The Grand LV Niles, MI, 269.591.0334 thegrandlv.com
The Hall at Oakland Park Nappanee, IN, 574.773.1001 oakland-hall.com See ad on page 50.
Hard Truth Distilling Co. Nashville, IN, 812.720.4840 visithardtruth.com
Hawks Point Acres Anderson, IN hawkspointacres.com
The Indianapolis Public Library Indianapolis, IN, 317.275.4200 events.imcpl.org See ad on page 29.
The Inn at Harbor Shores Saint Joseph, MI, 269.983.1111 innatharborshores.com See ad on page 17.
Ivory Foundry Weddings & Events
Indianapolis, IN, 317.279.4048 ivoryfoundryevents.com
See ad on page 57.
North Lake Weddings + Events
Berrien Springs, MI, 269.697.3339 northlakeweddings.com See ad on page 62.
Revival Wedding Barn Dowagiac, MI, 269.364.5501 revivalweddingbarn.com
Whitestown, IN, 317.296.8200 thesixpence.com
Goshen, IN, 574.862.2184 spohnballroom.com See ad on page 59.
Stonegate Manor Benton Harbor, MI, 269.930.0617 stonegatemanorevents.com
Studebaker National Museum South Bend, IN, 574.235.9714 studebakermuseum.org See ad on page 104.
Whippoorwill Farm Sparta, MI, 616.401.4564 whippoorwillfarmvenue.com See ad on page 73.
Clark Videography Indianapolis, IN, 317.599.7312 clarkvideography.com See ad on page 88.
Peace Love Films Fort Wayne, IN peacelovefilms.com See ad on page 61.
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