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FROM THE EDITOR More than ever, the many decisions to make in wedding planning can feel enormous! A year can tick by in a blink of an eye, with panic and desperation setting in to get those last few selections made. Now that we got that out of the way – SIGH! Remember, it’s just one day (even though it is your wedding day!). You want your wedding to be perfect, but it’s most likely that no one will notice the majority of the details. Your family and guests are there to show their love and support and share in the day. Sometimes it’s those things that don’t go “just right” that make the moment even more memorable! In our history, I can’t recall a more diverse issue of topics than the one you’re holding today! It is jammed with relevant wedding planning information and advice, from our real weddings to inspiration shoots, food trends to selecting menswear and your Midwest honeymoon destination! Stay warm, enjoy, and happy planning,
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THE WEDDING STORY OF Cali & Daniel at Lucas Estate
BEAUTIFUL BOHEMIAN A Southwest-Inspired Style Shoot
THE WEDDING STORY OF Lia & Christopher at Traders Point Creamery
HAPPY HONEYMOONING! A Guide for Great Midwest Honeymoon Destinations
MENSWEAR For the Modern Groom
FIT FOR A PRINCESS A Kate MiddletonInspired Wedding
CATERING TRENDS The Most Mouthwatering Food of 2018
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CALI & DANIEL MOORE
Even though Cali and Daniel grew up about a mile down the road from one another, they never officially met until Cali was home visiting family from college one weekend and Daniel had recently moved back to Indianapolis. When Daniel planned a surprise proposal for Cali on July 15, 2016, it was nothing short of thoughtful. “My parents were building their new house and it was almost finished,” Cali explains. “We were on our way to meet our friends for dinner (or so I thought!), and Daniel suggested we stop by and see the progress of the house since we had some time to kill.” When the two arrived, they headed to the back patio to watch the sunset. Roses, framed photos of the couple over the years and Daniel down on one knee greeted Cali. The excitement continued as family and friends arrived, including Cali’s best friend from college. “Everyone we would have wanted to share that moment with was there, and it was so special!” says Cali.
August 5, 2017 CARMEL, INDIANA PHOTOGRAPHED BY SARA ACKERMANN PHOTOGRAPHY
A GLAMOROUS WEDDING AT THE LUCAS ESTATE
THE PLANNING Other than agreeing the wedding would be in Carmel, Indiana where they are both from, Cali and Daniel really only knew one thing—their wedding would be a large one. A natural first step was to find a wedding planner, and Cali’s mom, a huge support throughout the whole process, helped the couple to secure Gina from ImaGINAtion, LLC. “The biggest inspiration for me was my mom and Gina,” Cali says. “We had so much fun throwing around ideas and trying to create the perfect vision. Our meetings were always exciting!”
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SEASON // SUMMER STYLE // ELEGANT, ROMANTIC FLOWERS // PEONIES, ROSES COLORS //
BEAUTIFUL LOVE // Featured Wedding
SARA ACKERMANN PHOTOGRAPHY
THE DRESS Cali and her mom scheduled an initial dress shopping appointment with Marie Gabriel Couture in Indianapolis to get a feel for the style and shape Cali wanted. Little did she know that the third dress she would try on that day, a custom Lazaro gown, would be the one she would swoon over.
THE VENUE While Cali and Daniel chose the Lucas Estate as their venue for many different reasons, it was the beautiful property and kind, fun and efficient staff that ultimately won them over. â€œWe knew from the moment we visited the Estate that it was where we wanted our special day to be, and we are so happy we did!â€? 10
THE FLORALS There’s no doubt the florals were a true showstopper in this beautiful blue, coral, peach and pink wedding— especially the eye-catching floral wall. “We took special care in the decision of which flowers to choose to get the soft pastels along with adding in the richness and depth of color while maintaining a light, summery, romantic feel,” Gina explains. The florals featured Alaskan peonies of Coral Sunset, Nick Shaylor, and Henry Sass—flown in from a farm in Alaska—and dreamy garden roses such as Romantic Antike, Kiera, Juliet and White O’Hara. Some of the other luscious florals that added depth and romance included Miss Bombastic, Nemo and White Majolika spray roses, many specialty dahlias, standard roses, orchids, French lavender and Variegated Ruskus.
ADVICE FROM THE bride
Cali says, “My advice to other brides would be to just enjoy the ride. Planning a wedding is a process, and you will most likely never get to go through it again. I tried to just appreciate each step and have fun with my mom and girlfriends while doing it!”
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SPECIAL TOUCHES “While planning this wedding, the word unique came up a lot,” says Cali. “I wanted our day to be different and special.” One of those unique touches was that the bride carried six garden roses in her bouquet in memory of the family members that could not be with them on their wedding day. “We listed their names in the program, and it was a really special way to honor our loved ones!” says Cali. The bride also incorporated fabric from her mom’s wedding dress to make personalized handkerchiefs for her mom, dad, brother and sister as well as a wrap for the stems of her bouquet. Yet another favorite touch was the rose gold wedding logo the couple created. “We used it on our save-the-dates, invitations, and then incorporated it at the reception. It was a really beautiful, personal detail that we loved”
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HAIR Bobby Cooper Salon
STATIONERY Oliver’s Twist
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CUSTOM LOGO PILLOW BVIZ Design
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he gorgeous, outdoor setting of the historic Ambassador House in Fishers, Indiana was the perfect, natural location for this Southwestern, bohemian style shoot. Inspired by a single table runner, Hannah Strickler, owner of Design the Day, got to work. “As soon as I saw the BBJ Desert Horizon collection, I knew I had to create!” she says. “As soon as I knew I needed to create, Emma from EmmaLeigh Photography was at the top of my vendor list because I knew she’d be the perfect fit for the shoot as her style aligned impeccably.” EMMALEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY
From a color palette inspired by the runner to vintage plates and clay pots, all the details came together seamlessly. The gorgeous peacock chairs, handmade dream catchers, agate slice escort cards, farm table and crossback chairs were perfect complements to the impressive décor while a beautiful cake incorporated hand-painted details in various prints, colors and feathers. The simple stationery suite with clean, bold lines was the perfect addition. 18
The bride stunned in a Lenora by Wtoo Watters dress, provided by Sophia’s Bridal. “The high neck, cap sleeves, open, keyhole back and circle lace was the perfect twist of modern and bohemian,” says Hannah. Natural makeup and a beautiful updo, accented by a gold feather, completed the look. A simple bouquet featuring eucalyptus and ferns added understated beauty.
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THE MOST MOUTHWATERING FOOD TRENDS OF 2018 You’ll be happy to know that various food trends brides everywhere have fallen in love with this year are here to stay in 2018, while others are gaining some serious momentum! From food trucks to the ever-popular donut walls, we’ve highlighted some oldies but goodies while adding more savory trends you and your guests are sure to enjoy.
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LATE NIGHT EATS
This trend is all the rage as more and more people desire organic and locally grown food. Check with your area vendors to see who is buying and cooking with simple, fresh ingredients. Various venues who are also tuned in to current trends may additionally offer their own farm-to-table menus. Not only can this option be inexpensive, it is also a great option for infusing seasonal, fresh foods.
We’ve seen so many talented couples, friends and other family members out there, it’s no wonder brides are turning to their skilled team of people—and even their own culinary skills—to go beyond just crafting cakes and desserts. While this can be a hefty undertaking, depending on the menu and wedding size, this feat is certainly being accomplished. From Italian eats to tacos, the options are limitless. The bonuses? A very personal twist and an authentic “home-cooked” taste and feel!
Brides and grooms always want their guests to enjoy themselves, while having everything they need to celebrate the night away with the happy couple. Late night food such as pizza, sliders, or french fries, specialty hors d'oeuvres and food trucks are just another simple but unique way to ensure your guests continue to dance the night away, don’t leave hungry and are “wowed” by your thoughtful additions to the evening.
Offering a chic, exposed look and blank-slate appeal, naked cakes seem to fit into a variety of styles when it comes to weddings. Visual interest aside, they are absolutely delicious, too! With naked cakes, you can choose from a variety of fillings without having to commit to frosting, and while some have no icing at all, others feature icing that is barely there. With the many available options and a sophisticated look to match, one thing’s for sure: These unique confections don’t seem to be going anywhere!
BITE-SIZED BENEFITS Just because food is tiny, doesn’t mean it can’t impress and pack a powerful punch. Small plate items, passed food plates and hors d'oeuvres as the main dish aren’t an entirely new concept but they are certainly holding their own in a world of traditional and large plate wedding entrees. With this trend, couples have many benefits. For example, they might have the option of infusing several food themes into one wedding, satisfying many different tastes, and guests have the chance to compose their own meals and sample a variety of cuisine. Trust that guests won’t go hungry, either! Just think of how full you can get at a food tasting or sampling event.
DESSERT TABLES Who ever said one dessert was enough was mistaken. Well, it seems brides out there certainly agree! Cakes are being ever-increasingly accompanied by other desserts to make for one glorious display, or the cake is being eliminated all together for some yummy cake alternatives. Think pies, tarts, cupcakes, macarons, donut trays (or walls!), specialty cookies and even candy. Besides the sweet sugar rush you will be providing for your guests, these displays are both pretty to look at and provide a way for you to include nods to your own personal favorites.
While some brides crave topnotch wedding elegance and the food to match, others desire cozy “backyard” nuptials where fancier food items might feel out-of-place. Because of that, it makes perfect bridal sense to infuse the same look and feel of your wedding into your food selections. For a casual affair, tantalizing craft burgers or delicious barbeque is sure to evoke the ambience you want, and more and more brides are doing just that with family-style cuisine and casual, laid-back fare.
From brewing their own craft beer to designing signature cocktails, brides and grooms are getting ultra creative in the beverage department. When creating a custom drink for your guests to enjoy, you not only bring a fun element to your day, you are also infusing some of your own tastes and personality. We mean, when else in your life do you get to create a signature drink for all your family and friends to enjoy? Oh, and don’t forget to come up with a unique name, too!
Maybe you know exactly what food you want to serve for your big day but, for those that are not-so-lucky, food stations might be the perfect, tasty solution. For example, you love pasta but your hubby-to-be loves steak. You can marry the two with action stations and include as much variety for your guests as you would like! By manning various stations with a chef or someone to prep the food on-site, you add an “action” element that makes the food experience that much more fun and interactive!
What’s amazing food without the proper display to match? From gorgeous vintage dressers and old farm tables to colored glassware and custom platters, brides and planners alike are imagining some pretty creative ways of ensuring that wedding food and beverage is just as camera-ready as the happy couple. Whether it’s the perfect backdrop behind your dessert table, pretty chandelier at your bar or the most stunning vintage plates, display means everything.
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LIA & CHRISTOPHER SIMERI Lia and Christopher met in March 2010, when Lia started training at a new restaurant that was opening near her home where Christopher worked. “Our first conversation was in the tiny, little room in the kitchen where we had to roll silverware at the end of the night to get ready for the next day’s shift,” Lia says. “I’m pretty sure I stayed back there to help him roll all of the silverware, even though it was his responsibility.”
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a vision of romance AT TRADERS POINT CREAMERY
THE PROPOSAL On their way to dinner one evening, Christopher drove Lia to a small park that she instantly recognized as the place where her dad proposed to her mom 35 years before. Christopher handed Lia a card—a special gesture she has always loved—and he began to drop to one knee while she read it. Afterwards, the happy, newly engaged couple (and their elated family members who were hiding behind trees) gathered at Christopher’s restaurant, Simeri’s Italian Restaurant, to celebrate. “When we walked inside, all of my friends and family were there for what they thought was a surprise going away party,” Lia recalls.
CORY + JACKIE
SEASON // FALL STYLE // RUSTIC, WHIMSICAL FLOWERS // ROSES, SEEDED EUCALYPTUS, SUCCULENTS COLORS //
A VISION OF ROMANCE // Featured Wedding
THE PLANNING Because the couple was only one short week away from moving to Pittsburgh, they knew they needed to select a venue and lock in a date quickly. “I knew that I wanted to get married outside, and I thought I might like the barn setting. So, I researched barns in the area, and my mom and I went to visit Traders Point first,” says Lia. “Once I saw it, I didn’t need to look anywhere else.” What ensued was a fine-tuning of Pinterest boards and zeroing in on Lia’s ultimate vision. The venue even recommended Lia’s planner, Rebecca Moreland Green of the Moreland Group and, in turn, Rebecca was able to recommend other vendors she worked with. Lia says, “My parents and my wedding planner, Rebecca, handled all of the actual planning after discussing my visions. They were so wonderful, and I can happily say that my wedding day was perfect due to them.”
THE DRESS Lia felt fortunate to have the opportunity to wear her mother’s wedding dress. “I worked with Jen Rocket, a local seamstress in Pittsburgh to design and alter the dress,” Lia says. “My mom said she never imagined that either of her daughters would wear her wedding dress. I took a picture of me on my wedding day, holding a picture of her on her wedding day. Pretty cool!”
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When Lia first visited Traders Point Creamery, she was immediately romanced by the fact it was an actual dairy farm complete with mooing cows and real farm smells. “The blank canvas is what intrigued me,” says Lia. “I am a designer, and I wanted to design my wedding. There were very little requirements by the venue to use their supplies, so I knew that I could design a wedding that was perfectly unique to me.”
In describing her dreamy florals, Lia says of Autumn Keller from Isibeal Studio, “She is an amazing artist. I was lucky enough to get ready in a space where I could watch her transform the ceremony setting. She spent hours creating the magnificent arbor for the ceremony, as she placed each flower carefully and would step back to view her work. Everything she creates is done with such fine attention to detail. She was worth every penny.”
CORY + JACKIE
ADVICE FROM THE bride
SPECIAL TOUCHES While there were quite a few personal and unique touches throughout Lia and Christopher’s wedding, including Lia’s wedding dress and veil, trinkets from each grandparent around her bouquet and her grandmother’s diamond in her ring, one of the most special parts was the couple’s minister, Mark who, along with his wife, was a youth minister and impressionable role model for Lia growing up. “Lucky for me, Mark and Carrie flew in from Tulsa, Oklahoma, making our ceremony so perfectly personal, and I believe everyone could feel the extra special touch that only Mark could have brought to my wedding.” And the perfect final touch to their ceremony? The unity cross Lia and Christopher built together by hand.
“Write down a list of ‘must-haves’ when you begin planning. Focus on getting these things exactly the way you envision. When you find yourself upset about something being wrong that is not on that list, know that you are wasting time and energy that could be spent on making those truly important things perfect.”
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GROOM’S SUIT Ted Baker, Nordstrom BRIDE’S ENGAGEMENT RING Distinctive Diamonds BRIDE’S WEDDING RING L. J. Marks Jewelers GROOM’S RING TungstenCleanJewelry, Etsy BRIDE’S SHOES Keds & Kate Spade New York CAKE The Flying Cupcake
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids, Lulus, ASOS & Show Me Your Mumu LINENS BBJ Linen LIGHTING & SOUND Sterler Productions CEREMONY MUSICIANS The Innocenti Strings RECEPTION BAND TLW Entertainment / The Impalas
DONUTS The Dancing Donut
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Happy Honeymooning! A GUIDE FOR GREAT MIDWEST HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS
Choosing the right honeymoon destination can be one of the more exciting parts of planning a wedding. However, that doesnâ€™t necessarily make it an easy choice. And while exotic locales and far away destinations are certainly alluring, the Midwest is brimming with honeymoon destinations tailored to satisfy many tastes and fit with many seasons. We gathered some great picks to help with your hunt for the perfect destination. Brace yourself...you might just want to pack your bags tonight!
Mackinac Island MICHIGAN
If there’s a Midwest destination that embodies romance, it’s Mackinac Island. From its lovely ambience to the beautiful Michigan weather, you will be smitten with all of the gorgeous scenery and relaxing activities available, not to mention the countless places to stargaze or watch stunning sunsets. Boasting family-owned properties and lodgings in a place where the “clip-clop” of horses can still be heard, you can stay and dine at places like the Hotel Iroquois—complete with a waterfront setting overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and a private sunbathing beach. You can also partake in an incredible wine tasting experience at the Wine Cellar at Goodfellas or a his and hers sauna at a local spa. If that’s not enough, a scenic kayak tour, island bike ride or romantic carriage ride is sure to light the flame.
MICHIGAN Saugatuck is one quaint coastal town that will charm you from the moment you enter it. With its artsy boutiques, one-of-a-kind shops, friendly faces and a variety of tasty restaurants to choose from—all mixed up with a beachy, lakeside vibe—this town delivers a romantic and vintage atmosphere you’re sure to fall in love with. With the nearby beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline to enjoy, you have your choice between different beaches and recreational activities. While lodging options are varied too, imagine a stay in a cozy coastline cottage or at sweet bed and breakfast in town. Wickwood Inn, a boutique hotel, offers old world charm, a peaceful atmosphere and boasts that it’s “seeped in romance.” Visit sweet spots like The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant, built in 1913, for a lovely dinner for two!
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WEST BADEN SPRINGS HOTEL, FRENCH LICK Carpenter Photo & Design
French Lick INDIANA
If grand resorts, spas, scenic surroundings or a round of golf sound right up your alley, French Lick, Indiana will leave you feeling pampered and refreshed. Located amongst the gorgeous hills of the Hoosier National Forest, this Southern Indiana town is a unique destination perfect for a honeymoon getaway. The area features its fair dose of charm but also impresses with local luxury resorts full of opulence such as West Baden Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel. Whether it’s fine dining, live music or a couple’s massage you desire, you won’t be disappointed with the area’s many offerings.
Lake Geneva WISCONSIN
Located in Southeastern Wisconsin, Lake Geneva is a city featuring world-class resorts, beachside mansions and impressive rentals. Being a favorite vacation spot for Chicagoans and Wisconsin residents, this has all the ingredients for a special time. Choosing where to stay is half the fun, too as this destination features cozy boutique hotels, cute bed and breakfasts or luxury vacation rentals. If you love water, a boat cruise or boat rental will certainly make for a romantic day on the lake. You can also walk the local trails, spend a day on the beach or at a day spa and just soak in all that the area has to offer by planning an itinerary full of fun and special activities with just you and your new spouse.
Romantic beaches and trails, quaint villages, tons of outdoor activities and a true taste of Michigan is all rolled up into one with Traverse City. No matter what the season may be, it’s a true playground for couples who are outdoor adventurers at heart. Boasting 180 miles of beaches, you won’t be short of beautiful scenes to take in. A visit to Old Mission Peninsula, for example, will offer wine tasting tours, cherry orchards, places to dine and gorgeous coastline views. If you’re looking for even more, visit a local festival, learn to sail, charter a boat or trek secluded trails in the Pere Marquette State Forest.
Deemed the waterpark capital of the world, with nearby attractions such as Devil's Lake or Mirror Lake State Park, there is enough available for nature lovers as well. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking or getting cozy in a luxurious cabin suite, the Dells might be just the place for your honeymoon destination. From touring Lost Canyon to camping or ziplining, skiing or snowboarding, this area offers little to big tastes of adventure. And it isn’t short on great honeymoon lodges or resorts, either. You can rest and unwind in a place like Cliffside Resort & Suites, nestled above Lake Delton.
Featuring over 170,000 acres of forested land, this quaint, Southern Indiana county is a great pick for those looking for a little adventure with all the small town feels. As one of America’s original artists’ colonies, it is a very unique place that offers year-round recreational activities. You can choose between canoeing, camping, hiking or biking, horseback riding, fishing and much more. In fact, the hilly, scenic terrain makes it an ideal place to mountain bike. And if you’re looking for some rest and relaxation after a busy day, unwind in a cute, local cabin rental after a romantic walk through the village of Nashville. A quiet rest fireside with your love will allow you to enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings even more!
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This is one place that just oozes adventure. Considered the scenic wonderland of Southeastern Ohio, it features nine state parks and nature preserves, three state forests and a national forest. While a cabin stay is a must, you will have plenty to do with local attractions such as the popular Ash and Old Man’s Caves. Just a few of this destination’s many amazing features include the spectacular Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs or Lake Logan where you can canoe, hike or fish. Other fun options while you enjoy this one-of-a-kind locale include camping, ziplining, local festivals or day trips to historic locales.
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Get swept away with your love in The Windy City! Not only does Chicago boast some of the greatest attractions around, it’s a world-class city that has the accommodations and entertainment to match. Treat yourself to an elegant stay in an impressive luxury hotel like The Peninsula Chicago or opt for a unique option like Soho House Chicago located in the Fulton Market District. It features a modest 40 bedrooms, luxury rooftop pool and state-of-the-art gym. The options for your itinerary are truly limitless, too. You can visit local favorites like “The Bean” in Millennium Park, see live music, dine at some of the city’s finest restaurants, spend a day shopping or at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. You can also have fun walking the gorgeous Chicago Lakefront Trail. If you happen to visit in the summer, your options are even greater—think boat cruises, a stop at Navy Pier and countless summer festivals and outdoor concerts to attend, to name a few!
Downtown Cincinnati is certainly a bustling city and has all the attractions and activities to go along with it. From riverboat rides on the Ohio River to enjoying one of the many upscale restaurants, a getaway to the Queen City will gift you many options for your stay. Whether you are an art enthusiast or a sports enthusiast, you will have much to explore. Stay in the luxe Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel, attend a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, visit the Cincinnati Art Museum or Cincinnati Zoo or see a musical at The Aronoff Center. If you need a little taste of nature, visit Winton Woods Park where you can rent a kayak or canoe.
As the largest city in the Midwestern state of Michigan that has added even more growth recently, Detroit is a great choice for an urban destination honeymoon. Visit high fashion boutiques, dine at one of its many new restaurants, get a taste of the city’s culture or history by seeing local art initiatives and stay in a luxe hotel or cozy inn. Offering soaking tubs for two, the Atheneum Suite Hotel has all the modern accommodations to satisfy any city-loving bride. The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is another great, award-winning pick. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront is a “must-see” restaurant that features romantic views of the water and fine, Italian fare. The list goes on and on, but one thing is sure—you will love your time in this revitalized city!
Indianapolis is truly a big city with a small town feel. But don’t be fooled, it has plenty to offer in terms of accommodations, entertainment and local attractions. Luxury hotels like the JW Marriott downtown Indianapolis also offer their guests deals such as the “Romance Package” with perks like a room with great views of downtown and White River State Park and a bottle of champagne upon arrival. Featuring countless restaurants, shops, a great nightlife and visitor favorites like the Indianapolis Zoo and Lucas Oil Stadium, you won’t run out of things to do. Visit local hot spots like The Canal where you can enjoy a gondola ride, eat on an outdoor patio or visit trendy Fountain Square and a local tasting room like New Day Craft.
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MODERN GROOM While the wedding industry sees its fair share of change like any other, some things never change. For example, the lengths a bride will go to ensure her wedding day look is perfect is just as important today as it was eons ago. Whether it’s traveling across the country to find the perfect dress or working with a seamstress to customize her gown, today’s modern bride still spends a fair amount of focus, time and emotional energy ensuring her look is nothing short of stunning (down to every last button, sequin, stitch and heel!).
But men certainly shouldn’t be left in the dust. Their big day is a chance for them to stand out, too and they also deserve to look and feel their very best. While grooms of yesteryears may have been forced to go the route so many have gone before—squeezing into used rental tuxedos that do little to highlight their own personal fit and style, we’re excited to see that today’s modern groom has more options. And for many, that means working with a great menswear provider and investing in a fine garment that can be worn for years to come.
We decided to check in with some industry experts whose companies are devoted to providing the great quality, service, style, education and affordable options to men that bridal boutiques have been giving to brides for decades. Among them are John Porter, owner of Andrew Davis Clothiers, Ge Wang, owner of ESQ Clothing and Katy Eriks, Stylist and Customer Care Guru at The Groomsman Suit. See why these menswear providers recognize what the modern groom is looking for and, in doing so, have helped many discover their best look for a day they will remember forever.
WHY SHOULD A GROOM GET A SUIT FOR HIS WEDDING? ADC
"He will have a fine garment in his closet for years to come that he can wear at others' weddings, business events, and other special occasions. Each time he wears his suit, he will be subtly reminded of the most important day of his life." “Though it’s ‘her’ day, you should also look the part. On your most important day, a custom suit will not only help boost your confidence, it’ll change the way your bride looks at you. Not only will you obtain something that fits perfect, but you and your bride will also get to design each element of the suit or tuxedo— from fabric to lining and everything else. In short, she’s certainly going to look her best. You should look yours, too!” “Most men wear suiting more frequently than tuxedos. Owning a nicely fitted suit is never a bad investment, but what about a tuxedo? You’ve probably had to wear one on several occasions, and every time you do you convince yourself it’s probably the last time you’ll really need a tux, so you choose to rent. But, as you get older, the need to go black tie is going to happen at least once or twice a year and if you owned one, you could find a fun excuse to wear it a few more times. Not only can owning a tuxedo be more affordable, it is also way more convenient. It will always make sense to own a tux, shirt and shoes for a comparable price to a rental. At The Groomsman Suit, we believe every man should own a tuxedo, look sharp, and not spend a fortune.”
WHAT IS YOUR COMPANY’S PROCESS FOR HELPING A GROOM CHOSE A GREAT SUIT? ADC
“We dress gentlemen in garments that are true, honest expressions of themselves. The perfect fit is most important. Fabric and customizations come next. No matter how modest or grand his budget may be, we provide our clients with the best suiting and formalwear selections available.” “At The Groomsman Suit, we are here to make the bride and groom’s style dreams come true. We work with couples from the beginning of their planning process when they are still deciding on their color palette until the end as they are putting on the finishing touches with suspenders and/ or cufflinks. With groomsmen and bridesmen scattered across the country, it’s critical couples select a menswear provider that can ship nationally. We understand people can be nervous about purchasing suiting online which is why we offer our couples a free trial suit so they can check out our suits in the comfort of their own home before asking their guys to buy. Once they decide to suit up with us, we facilitate the ordering process and outreach to their groomsmen or bridesmen to ensure that everyone orders the right suit, the right size and on time for the wedding.”
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GROOM HAVING PERSONAL WEDDING STYLE? ADC
“Executive style consultant Andrew Weitz says personal style is your visual business card. What better day than your wedding to make impressions that will last a lifetime?” “So many things are involved in leading up to a wedding day, your confidence in your outfit should be the least of your concerns. You’ll have something that you truly feel comfortable in. In other words, a custom suit done right should lend itself to you wearing the suit, and not the suit wearing you."
WHAT STYLE TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE MODERN GROOM? TGS
“Your photos will last a lifetime and you want to love your look for years to come. You don’t have to pay a fortune to look great on your wedding day. We’re proud to offer stylish suiting and tuxedos for $179! Looking sharp in a suit is all about the fit. For this reason, we carry one of the largest size ranges of any brand across two fit types and four lengths, allowing men to get as close to a custom fit as possible.” “In terms of my personal advice, it’s always 'less is more.' With ESQ Clothing, each of our garments are handmade using English and Italian fabrics. Thus, each garment will simply shine just because of the excellent fabric...not to mention all the handmade details. But the most important thing I tell my clients—be it from grooms walking down the aisle or a celebrity down a red carpet—is try to avoid wearing something that you’re going to regret 10 years down the road. Yes, that means don’t do the powder blue suit…save that for a future occasion.”
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9 TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE Discuss and determine a budget with your groom Document budget in WeddingDay’s budget checklist
2 TO 4 MONTHS BEFORE Book your makeup artist and hair salon for bridal party and yourself
Gather “ideal” guest list from groom, groom’s family and your family
Choose a hairstyle and book a consultation and trial run appointment
Narrow down the guest list as needed to determine venue size and cost estimate
Pick a bakery, attend a cake tasting or two, and order your cake
Choose a date and reserve a venue Select a ceremony site and an officiant Choose the members of your wedding party Hire a wedding planner or wedding coordinator if desired Create an email folder for wedding-related correspondence, a Pinterest board for inspiration, and an actual folder for receipts and vendor contracts Book your main vendors (florist, photographer and DJ/band, etc.) Have an engagement party to celebrate with friends and family
Buy wedding favors for guests and gifts for wedding party Organize your information to obtain marriage license Purchase your wedding bands Order tuxes for groom and groomsmen/ushers Mail invitations!
6-8 WEEKS BEFORE Send invites for rehearsal dinner to family, wedding party and select guests Attend food tasting with caterer or venue and finalize menu
6 TO 9 MONTHS BEFORE Go wedding dress shopping for your dream dress and order immediately Hire a catering company if the venue does not cater in-house
Meet with florist to finalize flowers Begin beauty treatments (teeth whitening, facials, etc.) Send DJ and photographer list of songs and list of musthave photos
Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses with the bridal party Design your wedding website with pertinent information
2-6 WEEKS BEFORE
Decide on a honeymoon destination and renew passport
Color and trim your hair
Book your wedding day transportation (limo, bus, carriage, etc)
Have a trial run of your formal hair and makeup
Create gift registry
Schedule meeting with all vendors to plan and finalize details Create seating chart and wedding-weekend itinerary
4 TO 6 MONTHS BEFORE
Print guest name cards, programs, menus and extra stationery
Finalize guest list using WeddingDay’s guest list checklist
Have your final dress fitting
Gather postal addresses of invited guests
Write down your vows and reception speech
Design, print and send save-the-date announcements
Send finalized guest counts with menu choices to caterer
Shop for and rent necessary rental items such as decor, chairs, tables, etc.
1 WEEK BEFORE
Purchase wedding invitations or hire designer to create invites
Re-confirm all plans and times with vendors and wedding party
Start planning your ceremony with music selection and readings
Create an envelope tipping system for vendors
Meet with your officiant regarding ceremony and required premarital counseling
Inform wedding party of any required duties
Finalize honeymoon travel plans
Pack for the honeymoon
Implement workout regiments and diet, if desired
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9 TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE
2 WEEKS BEFORE
Print this checklist and start a Pinterest beauty board
Confirm beauty appointments
See a dermatologist or esthetician to address any skin concerns
Color, highlight or touch up your hair
Start experimenting with hair colors and growing out hair
Attend facial appointment and/or exfoliate skin
Sign up for a gym membership and commit to going 3x week
Prepare envelopes to tip your beauty team
Set weight-loss goals if desired and launch program
Wear sunscreen at all times outdoors
Begin to research or ask for recommendations on salons
Get lash extensions if desired
Experiment with beauty and skin care products
Change your contact lenses
6 TO 9 MONTHS BEFORE Design skin care routine with selected products Add strength training to workout plan Commit to drinking 5 glasses of water each day Purchase vitamins for energy, hair growth, healthy skin and immune system
4 TO 6 MONTHS BEFORE Secure stylist and makeup artist Begin brow rehab: grow them out and have them professionally shaped Settle on hair color Narrow down hairstyles to top 3 Hit the gym 4-5 days a week with a mix of cardio and strength training
1 TO 2 MONTHS BEFORE
1 WEEK BEFORE Spray tan with at-home product or professional application Get a manicure and pedicure Attend waxing appointments: brows, bikini line, legs, etc. Pack beauty emergency/touchup kit for the big day Go to bed and wake up around the same time each day
DAYS BEFORE Drink water continuously Wash your hair two days before the wedding Sleep at least 7-8 hours each night Get your engagement ring cleaned Clean your ears Touch up manicure and pedicure
THE WEDDING DAY
Drink a full glass of water when you wake up
Get a hair trim
Begin the morning with meditation and stretching
Schedule facial for two weeks before the wedding
Go for a walk alone
Stop shaving if you plan to get a wax
Eat breakfast and pack snacks for the day
Have a trial run of your hair and makeup
Rinse off in the shower; make sure to keep your hair dry
Have a trial spray tan
Attend hair and makeup appointments Take photos of hair and makeup to send back to vendors
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AFTER THE WEDDING
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.
1. GET THE ORIGINAL
3. APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE
5. UPDATE YOUR BANK
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.
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.
2. REQUEST A NEW SOCIAL
4. CHANGE YOUR LAST NAME
6. UPDATE YOUR LAST NAME
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.
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.
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.
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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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Couples will be treated to extraordinary tastings, a swag bag full of goodies and special giveaways for the pre-registered brides only. Enjoy a day of chatting with wedding pros about your big day, find out what they have to offer and how they can make your day complete. We will have various vendors that can be a part of your wedding day along with a variety of tastings and demonstrations. Make sure to get there early before all the swag bag items are gone!
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ELEGANCE, CHARM AND A BIT OF ROYALTY A W ed d in g Da y Fit for a Pr inc ess
any things can serve as inspiration for a wedding, and for Mary and Matthew Mergy, their wedding was brimming with extra special components and a formal, contemporary feel that would leave Mary feeling nothing short of a modern-day, real-life princess. Set against a backdrop of what the bride describes as power colors (red, black and white), Mary desired for her July wedding to reflect elegance and class. “This was the overall look and feel I wanted my wedding to have in all elements,” she says. 50
Lucky for Mary, the 24 weddings she had been in previously gave her plenty to think about and be inspired by. She also turned to Pinterest, bridal expos and WeddingDay to further source inspiration. After a hunt for the perfect ceremony and reception locations, the couple decided on St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and D’Amore in downtown, Indianapolis for their royalty-inspired, dream summer wedding.
THE VENUE “Even though I am from Connecticut and Matt is from Cincinnati, we decided to have the wedding in Indianapolis, where we live now,” explains Mary. “We had friends and family coming from all over to attend, so to keep things convenient and simple for our guests, we wanted to have all of the major wedding activities (ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, etc.) downtown.” Not only did D’Amore offer the convenience the couple wanted, they felt it could provide the most memorable experience with its amazing, 360 degree, panoramic views of the city.
THE DRESS Mary knew she wanted two things when she went to find the perfect gown: for her mom to be by her side and a wedding dress that was as closely matched to Kate Middleton’s as possible. After traveling into New York City for their appointment at the famous Kleinfeld Bridal, Mary fell in love with her experience and the Dennis Basso dress she ultimately said “yes” to. “Finding all over lace in a ball gown with long sleeves is very difficult as strapless is in style,” Mary says. “Dennis’ dress was from his new collection, elegant and classy and just what I was looking for.”
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THE DÉCOR Halfway through the planning process, Mary and Matthew hired a wedding planner to ensure their design components would come together well and to help address any issues the day of. Sarah Farthing, the coordinator at Thomas Caterers, was also key in making the Kate Middleton-themed wedding come to life. “She researched Kate’s favorite cocktail, which was served as a signature drink at our wedding!” says Mary. “She also incorporated English antique teacups into the display of the cocktails to tie in the British theme.” Another extra special touch was a lit up heart on the Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) building on the side facing Monument Circle during the couple’s reception. “Our guests were so excited to see this looking down from the top of the Salesforce Tower,” says Mary. “It was such a neat effect, and we are so grateful to IPL for doing that for us.” The special touches continued as Matthew had worked with Diamonds Direct to have them replicate the exact earrings Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day. “They are very unique and include a small, dangling acorn, which is a symbol of the Royal Family,” says Mary. “I had cufflinks from Tiffany’s engraved with his initials and our wedding date for him.” Each flower girl also wore a flower crown that was exactly like what Kate Middleton’s flower girls wore. Mary’s mother even went so far as to buy the pattern and sew the three flower girl dresses herself to be the exact replica of those worn during Kate’s wedding. Matthew, too, got to be creative by making a personalized monogram with the couple’s initials and wedding date. This was shown on the flat screen TVs during the reception, printed on cocktail napkins used during cocktail hour and placed at the top of the dinner menu. The monogram was also used on the tag on the box of chocolates that each guest received as a wedding favor. 52
THE CAKE Mary and Matthew’s wedding cake was a smaller version of the cake that The Duchess and Prince William had at their wedding. “Classic Cakes took the picture of the Royal Wedding cake and made it!” says Mary. “Not only did it taste amazing, but it looked just as spectacular, too!” Since Matthew is a big Cincinnati Reds fan, Mary ordered sugar cookies with the Reds logo from Busken Bakery in Cincinnati. “They were a surprise for Matt at the reception, and Sarah created an elaborate display with a baseball theme for them which was beyond my expectations,” says Mary. “It truly made the surprise special!”
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THE ART OF ROMANCE // Cover Shoot
THE INSPIRATION This cover was all about romance and simplicity. But instead of the typical hues that exude romance like reds and pinks, our team of vendors wanted to show how the same look and feel could be achieved with light lavender and tons of greenery and florals. To bring nothing short of a wow factor to the shoot, we partnered with Magical Moments Event Planning to make our exciting dreams come to life. Another magical twist? A live artist on set to capture all the beauty and love!
Choosing the venue for our romantic vision was an easy decision. “Gallery Forty-Two was the perfect choice for this shoot because it is so different from other venues in Indiana,” says Lora of Magical Moments Event Planning. “It’s an art gallery that is in a 100-year-old building so it has such a wonderful charm to it. It has a lot of wood elements in the renovated parts, but when you go to the back of the building and to the top floors, you will see the original brick which gives it an industrial feel.”
THE FLORALS The breathtaking floral selections were focused on sophistication, texture and color. Foliages such as Lilly Grass added glamour and flair while the different shades of lavender provided depth and movement. The Moon Gate arch also served as a strong yet simple symbol of everlasting love. Denese of Bloom! Custom Floral Designs says, â€œWe chose this color palette for two reasons. Mixing metals such as silver, gold and copper is super popular right now, and we wanted to include a pop of color so we went with lavender. Lavender is soft and lovely and can really set that romantic tone.â€? The lovely bouquet featured Tibet Roses, Ranunculus, Early Grey Roses, Ocean Song Roses, Lisianthus, snowberries and Parvifolia.
THE LOOK Mirroring the venue’s aesthetic, our model’s hair was elegant, polished and timeless. “The makeup was focused on accentuating the model’s already striking features, highlighting her beautiful brows and full lips,” says Andi Sherman of Something Blue Stylists. “Enhancements such as under eye hyaluronic masks and a lip plumping collagen treatment were used to prep the skin before applying makeup.”
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THE DÉCOR Lavender hues were echoed throughout the décor in items such as purple water goblets and gold mirrored cake stands that showcased lavender beverages. The bar backdrop was a standout with the help of Atmospheres Indy’s beautiful greenery wall. The team also set the perfect tablescape using white chiavari chairs, tables, linens, gold utensils and gold rimmed chargers from A Classic Party Rental. “Two of the hot trends that we used in this shoot were using a live artist and also the floral ceremony circle,” says Lora. “Those are two newer trends that can really show couples that they can have something different and unique for their wedding. Hopefully this shoot inspires them.”
THE ART OF ROMANCE // Cover Shoot
THE STATIONERY Kaitlin Robinson of Athena Street Creative, expertly captured exactly what we had envisioned for this shoot. “She took the inspiration board and really ran with it and came up with wonderful stationery for the shoot,” says Lora.
THE CAKE The striking cake, designed by Classic Cakes, met our vision with lovely streaks of gold and eye-catching geometric shapes. A touch of greenery visually tied it to the rest of the florals.
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A Classic Party Rental............................................. 55
First Class Catering................................................. 21
A Party Apart............................................................ 41
Fountain Square Ballroom...................................... 21
All in the Details...................................................... 32
Gallery Forty-Two..................................................... 55
American Party Time............................................... 15
Hampton Inn Downtown......................................... 14
Andrew Davis Clothiers................... inside front cover
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites......................... 62
Athena Street Creative............................................ 55
Indiana Landmarks Center....................................... 7
Balmoral House....................................................... 49
Indianapolis Wedding Expos.................................. 64
Barn on Boundary, The........................................... 14
Indianapolis Public Library, The............................. 14
Bed, Bath & Beyond................................................ 44
Indiana Wedding Pros............................................. 49
Beloved Brides.......................................................... 7
Leslie Hair and Makeup.......................................... 54
Century Center........................................................ 20
Less is More Boudoir................................................ 6
Coby Palmer Designs................................................ 7
MBP Distinctive Catering........................................ 24
Community Life Center.................. inside back cover
Midwest Rentals Bridal Affair................................... 6
Complete Weddings + Events................................ 15
Monumental Weddings & Events.... inside back cover
Cyrus Place, The........................................................ 1
Outpost Catering, The............................................... 21
Dauss FOTO................................................................ 54
Sanctuary on Penn, The......................................... 32
Design the Day........................................................... 15
Studio Ayla Photography......................................... 32
Embassy Theatre........................................................ 41
That Special Touch Bridal Boutique........................... 2
Empyrean Events and Catering................... back cover
Zyntango Farm Wedding Barn................................. 54
Erin Hession Photography......................................... 49
Photo by Nate Crouch Photography
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September 23, 2018, Embassy Suites Noblesville
March 11, 2018, Cyrus Place - LGBT Wedding Expo
October 28, 2018, The Nest Event Center
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Published on Dec 28, 2017