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the best guide for the midwest bride

HERE'S TO SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN!

A BEACHY STYLE SHOOT, AIRY ROOFTOP WEDDING & HOW TO THROW THE BEST SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN BACHELORETTE PARTY!

OUR FAVE PLANNERS & WHY THEY'RE A BRIDE'S BEST FRIEND A WHIMSICAL & ENCHANTED WEDDING THAT WOWS

+ Inspo Fit for a

Princess Bride

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You should be both relaxed and beautiful on your wedding day. Nicholas J Salon & Spa, with its convenient location in Eddy St. Commons at Notre Dame, is the ideal choice for all of your wedding needs. We offer pre-wedding mani/pedi parties and wedding day hairstyles and make-up. Let our experienced staff get your special day off to a perfect start. - Nicholas J Salon & Spa

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WEDDINGS at Notre Dame

Featuring photos in Dahnke Ballroom at Notre Dame Stadium by Katie Whitcomb Photography.

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on the cover PHOTOGRAPHY

PLANNING & DESIGN

VENUE

DRESS & VEIL

Arielle Peters Photography* Goshen, IN ariellepeters.com

Holden Michael Events* Saugatuck, MI holdenmichaelevents.com

Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens* Fennville, MI appleblossomchapel.com

FLORALS

The Day's Design

Becker's Bridal* Fowler, MI beckersbridal.com

STATIONERY

Jamie Lynne Creative

PIES

HAIR

Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery

MAKEUP

Maggie Sapp

Tova Salon

*WeddingDay preferred vendor

RENTALS

The Rental Company* Holland, MI wmrentalco.com

Makeup by Jamie

MODEL

ARIELLE PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY // About the Photographer Arielle Peters is a wedding photographer, educator and white mocha enthusiast based in Goshen, Indiana. It’s her passion to tell couples’ beautiful love stories through photos. She started capturing weddings in 2010 and since then has been able to be a part of over 100 couples’ fairytale days! As a children's pastor’s wife to her handsome hubby, Tannan, and a proud mama to their little toddler, Marcus, Arielle loves her faith, being an extrovert, spending her time with girlfriends and all things neutral! You’ll also find she has a serious passion for educating others in the business of photography. Best of all, she can’t wait to meet you!

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FROM THE EDITOR Here's to Southwest Michigan! From our very beginning over thirteen years ago, WeddingDay has always embraced the Southwest Michigan region as a jewel of the Midwest. And, as The Best Guide for the Midwest Bride, we understand how couples from all over the country are looking at Southwest Michigan for honeymooning or the locale for the destination wedding of their dreams. The area offers countless options, from beaches to vineyards, barns to orchards, and lakeside parks and resorts. We are in love with Southwest Michigan! To honor our special relationship, our fabulous cover shoot team came together at, where else but the iconic Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens in Fennville, Michigan to give you a beautiful cover in full blossom!

Warm wishes,

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The publisher makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information published but cannot be held liable for any consequences arising from omissions or errors. Any claims or opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers are not necessarily the opinions of WeddingDay. For advertising information, call (574) 256-2055. Advertising and Editorial Offices: 742 S. Eddy St., South Bend, IN 46615. For permissions and reprint requests, please call or fax (574) 217–8698 or e-mail to info@weddingday-online.com. Readers interested in having their wedding considered for publication in WeddingDay may submit a brief paragraph about the wedding to: WeddingDay Magazine, 742 S. Eddy St., South Bend, IN 46615, or e-mail to info@weddingday-online.com. Please note that due to volume we are unable to respond to all submitted requests. WeddingDay copyright 2018.

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FIT FOR A PRINCESS A Romance-Infused Style Shoot

THE WEDDING STORY OF Sarah & William in Bristol, Indiana

ALWAYS AT YOUR SERVICE AAYS Event Rentals' New Interactive Showroom

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TIMELESS LOVE Vintage Meets Modern at Embassy Theatre

BACHELORETTE PARTIES A Girl's Guide to Throwing the Perfect Southwest Michigan Celebration

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LOVE BY THE SHORE A Michigan-Inspired Style Shoot

WEDDING PLANNERS Why They're Your Most Valuable Asset

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THE WEDDING STORY OF Jessie & Greg at Biltwell Event Center

WILD AT HEART A Vow Renewal at Rocky Hollow Trail

THE WEDDING STORY OF Melissa & Tim at Loft 310

90 COVER SHOOT at Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens

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Northern Indiana

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lollymariephotography.com.


Located in Downtown Warsaw!

STUDIO13PHOTOGRAPHY.NET 107 E MARKET STREET, WARSAW IN | 574-267-3073 | SONYA@STUDIO13PHOTOGRAPHY.NET

Fresh floral design • Full, partial and day of planning and coordination Specialty linens, ceiling drapery and drapery backdrops Crown Point, Indiana | 219-512-5620 | michelle@yourunveiledevent.com | michelle@yourunveiledevent.com

VENDOR GUIDE // NORTHERN INDIANA

Allie & John Photography

Matt Bigelow Photography

Planning Made Simple, Designs Made Personal

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As seen on the cover of WeddingDay Magazine!

Samantha James Photography

www.themarketvalpo.com

P: 574-264-3112 E: westviewflorist@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram: @westviewflorist

2405 US HWY 30, Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-531-0162

S topping your cherished memories in T IM E! NORTHERN INDIANA, SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHER

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The R iverside T errace Elegant Banquet Facilities & Catering

Grand Ballroom accommodates 300 Saint Joseph River Room accommodates 500 426 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544 www.theriversideterrace.com • cindy@theriversideterrace.com

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STYLE SHOOT

Fit for a Princess A ROMANCE-INFUSED STYLE SHOOT

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risten of Kristen Mittlestedt Photography was inspired by the story of Sleeping Beauty. She pictured a bride laying on a bed of flowers complete with all the romantic feels you would expect in a fairytale wedding. The result? A shoot filled with springtime vibes, an abundance of greenery, burgundy tones and a dreamy couple that will take your breath away. The setting, an authentic, 1800s cabin, wasn’t short on charm. While a cozy fireplace, wooden farm table and vineyard chairs served to add rustic warmth, hints of gold, geometric pieces and terrariums brought just the right amount of modern to the décor. Moodiness was achieved using stunning florals such as gray/lavender Amnesia roses, deep plum-colored ranunculus and Scabiosa. And besides the gorgeously timeless look of the bride, the shoot featured other showstoppers, including the beautiful, stark black cake. Its design featured lovely bas-relief flowers and flecks of gold.

KRISTEN MITTLESTEDT PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY: KRISTEN MITTLESTEDT PHOTOGRAPHY (KRISTENMITTLESTEDT.COM)* VENUE: BAILEY'S PLACE FLORALS: FLEURISH FLORAL DESIGN DRESS: A MOMENT IN TIME BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP: THE OBIE CAKE: SASSIE CAKES RENTALS & LINENS: MUTTON PARTY & TENT RENTAL STATIONERY: THE HEDGE ASSISTANTS: BRENNA DEHAVEN, MATT DEHAVEN & STEVEN MITTLESTEDT MODELS: ASHLEY DOEPKE & WALKER HOLDEMAN *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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Gaska String Quartet

All-inclusive menu options, customizing for your budget, memorable experiences.

Music for all your memorable occasions Martha Bradberry Candy Thomas Joyce Davis Emilie Grondin

574.229.0422 574.323.7969 574.229.3147 574.229.6070

Glass Slipper Weddings Your Dream Wedding Starts Here pperGlass Weddings Slipper Weddings Event Design Event Design Cat Alkire Photography

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Josephiney Photography

Event Design

Indoor & Outdoor Rece ptions for 275

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Weddings available for non-members! 4.322.9281  glassslipperweddings.org  gslipperweddings@gmail.com Reception décor packages from $995.00

Chair Covers  Backdrops

Reception décor packages from $995.00 packages Chair fromCovers $995.00 Chair Covers  Backdrops  Backdrops Creative  Affordable  Beautiful

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VENDOR GUIDE // NORTHERN INDIANA

vent Design

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Arielle Peters Photography

St Joe Farm

An Elegant Look at an Affordable Price

St Joe Farm Est. 1852

Experience an event destination rich in history.

(574) 968-3848

VENDOR GUIDE // NORTHERN INDIANA

www.sittingprettyevents.net

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From traditional to modern chair covers, we provide them all. Anderson Photography

You’ve waited a long time for

Specializing in Bridal and Formal Wear

this day, let us make it truly yours Exclusive Catering and Bar Services provided by Navarre Hospitality Group

52682 Currant Rd, Granger, IN 46530 (574) 360-3338 • stjoefarm.com WEDDINGDAY

Offering alterations and custom clothing for your special event!

(574) 387-6448 | southbendseamstress@gmail.com


Visit us at judees.com!

The best brands...for the best you. New Valparaiso location opening late summer! Granger Location: 1205 E University Dr • (574) 217-8445 | La Porte Location: 1104 Indiana Ave • (219) 324-6443 facebook.com/judeesgranger facebook.com/judeesboutique

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FEATURED WEDDING

SARAH & WILLIAM WEED

For Sarah and William, meeting and getting to know each other seemed as easy and natural as a lakeside breeze. Sarah explains, “My husband and I met at a gathering I had over the summer of 2013. His cousin, who was my roommate, invited him to come up to our lake house one evening. From there, we just continued to hang out and got to know each other.” William later popped the question on what would be a life changing trip for them both to Quebec City, Canada.

August 19, 2017 BRISTOL, INDIANA

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATIE WHITCOMB PHOTOGRAPHY


love and lavender

THE PLANNING The pair had a pretty solid idea of what they wanted: to be married exactly a year from when they got engaged, great food, drinks and an amazing band to match. The couple proceeded to book Merry Me Events on which they relied on heavily for everything from inspiration to execution.

A PERFECTLY PRIVATE ESTATE WEDDING

KATIE WHITCOMB PHOTOGRAPHY

SEASON // SUMMER STYLE // RUSTIC, ELEGANT FLOWERS // ROSES, CALLA LILIES, LAVENDER COLORS //

purple

lavender

burgundy

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KATIE WHITCOMB PHOTOGRAPHY

THE DRESS Sarah found her way to “the one” by trying on one of every type of dress they had at Blushing Bride in Elkhart, Indiana. She ultimately fell in love with a strapless beauty by designer Sophia Tolli.

THE FLORALS Purple has always been the color Sarah wanted for her wedding. Her palette blossomed into one that included multiple shades, with a lighter, more summer-inspired hue selected for the bridesmaids’ dresses. The groom and groomsmen wore gray, the perfect complement. The mesmerizing florals included purpleberry roses, lavender cool water roses, Sweet William, deep plum mini calla lilies, grape purple Anemone, Lavender Lisianthus and lavender stock.

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LOVE AND LAVENDER // Featured Wedding

THE VENUE The venue location was also an easy pick. The private, Bristol, Indiana residence where the couple held there gorgeous nuptials was also the very place where William grew up and always envisioned himself getting married.

WHAT WE

love

From the beautifully decorated tents and fireworks display to their late night snacks and amazing band, this couple feels their wedding was truly a dream and a fun celebration to remember.

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FEATURED WEDDING

KATIE WHITCOMB PHOTOGRAPHY

SPECIAL TOUCHES Sarah says, “The thing that made my wedding day special to me was probably all of the hard work and effort Merry Me Events went through to make this day as special as it was. They really went above and beyond for our day. Of course, having all of our family and friends there to share our dream wedding with us was very special. We had a lot of different things going on throughout the entire day, and everything had its special time to shine. Our photographer, Katie Whitcomb, couldn’t have captured our wedding day any better than she did. We are lucky enough to get to look back on all of these special moments and relive our night.” 20

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wedding team RENTALS AAYS Event Rentals* Mishawaka, IN aaysrental.com

TRANSPORTATION Royal Excursion* Mishawaka, IN royalexcursion.com

REHEARSAL DINNER Elcona Country Club* Bristol, IN elconacc.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Katie Whitcomb Photography

BRIDE'S DRESS Blushing Bride on 17

RINGS & BRIDE'S JEWELRY Images Jewelers

VENUE Private Residence

BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES Greta's Bridal & Formalwear Shoppe

BRIDE'S SHOES Christian Louboutin

COORDINATION, PLANNING, FLORALS & STATIONERY Merry Me Events

HAIR Alicia Rose at Studio R

BAND The Jerry Ross Band

MAKEUP Lips & Lashes by Crazy Aimee

DJ & LIGHTING ProShow Professional DJ Service

NAILS Amy's Nails

FIREWORKS Fireworks Plus

SUITS Snyder's Men's Shop

LATE NIGHT SNACK Waffle Wagon Food Truck

*WeddingDay preferred vendor

HONEYMOON Universal Orlando

CATERING Matterhorn Banquets & Catering, Navarre Hospitality Group VIDEOGRAPHY Leah Trib Productions CAKE Adam's Cake Shop

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Transportation for your Wedding Day, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelor & Bachelorette Party!

Choose from…

Luxury stretch limousines (16 passengers) Limo buses (10, 22 passengers) Mini-coaches (29, 30 passengers) Large motor coaches (38, 46, 56 passengers)

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Don’t forget the transportation! Securing a limousine, small bus, or larger one to transport your wedding party, parents, grandparents and/or shuttling guests to and from the wedding and reception, will make your day so much more enjoyable. Visit us online to view all of our vehicles to choose the right one for your needs. And of course, don’t forget about making the rehearsal dinner, bachelor and bachelorette parties care-free. You choose the location and time and we’ll provide the vehicle, driver, and safe travels.


FROM REHEARSAL TO RECEPTION

We’re Always At Your Service! TABLES & CHAIRS

TABLE DECOR

aaysrental.com

NAPKINS & LINENS

Tents & Structures

574-256-1110

CHINA & FLATWARE

BARS & BAR BACKS

805 WEST Edison ROAD

GLASSWARE

CONSULTATION & MORE!

Mishawaka, IN

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PRO SPOTLIGHT

How AAYS Continues to be “Always At Your Service” with its New Interactive Design Studio and Showroom For many customers, AAYS Event Rentals has become synonymous with the phrase, “Always at Your Service,” but there’s quite a bit that goes behind that tagline. The endearingly true phrase—which is actually a quote given by a customer—has become something they have come to embody in every single aspect of their business. Whether it’s their friendly front office staff ready to greet you and make your dreams a reality or their dedicated operational fleet working tirelessly to make every event its finest, the AAYS family certainly has custom event design, quality and service down to a science. In fact, AAYS' President Mike Sharpe loves inviting customers to be guests at their own events, emphasizing that being an invisible force that always gets the job done is what’s important. He says, “As a part of the community, seeing people happy and watching our team members make it happen is so rewarding. It’s just been an amazing ride.” 24

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As the oldest event rental company in the area, AAYS has truly focused its 50 plus years of experience into what has grown today into a respected, reliable brand. And as Michiana’s only exclusive event rental company, they also have all the capabilities of servicing today’s modern bride and groom—no matter what their style may be.

AAYS’ new interactive design studio and showroom spaces serve as the hub where excellent customer service is delivered and design decisions can be seen first-hand.

DAVE THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Ever-changing inspirational designs are displayed in AAYS’ showroom, offering clients ideas that are both innovative and creative.

Always on the forefront of trends and new product offerings, AAYS understands there’s nothing more valuable to customers today than being able to see first-hand what the design of their wedding will look like, the ability to look at the products they desire and—probably most excitingly— being able to “play” with any design aspect to discover the best rental options for them. That’s where AAYS' newly revamped, interactive design space and showroom come in. The stunning, new space that opened in January 2018 offers customers an inspiring, innovative and creative place in which they can actually see and touch products first-hand. With ever-changing designs happening weekly behind the showroom doors, visitors can stop in anytime to get a glimpse of the latest and greatest while interacting with the massive amount of inventory the company provides—styles that range from traditional to modern, rustic to eclectic and everything in between. As AAYS continues to blend huge amounts of quality products, a long history of service and the cutting-edge conveniences of a modern company, one thing’s true—AAYS will always be at your service.

The AAYS team was founded on the principles of leadership, quality and service. Their 50 plus years of experience, commitment and ownership ensures each client’s event will be a success.

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BRIDESMAIDS’ GIFTS, HANDMADE JEWELRY, CANDLES, DRESSES & MORE! Keep in touch @shopunityboutique

Visit us at the Heritage Square Shops

VENDOR GUIDE // NORTHERN INDIANA

7220 HERITAGE SQUARE DR, STE 550 GRANGER, IN 46530 | 574-217-7481 UNITYBOUTIQUE.COM

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THE

GILLESPIE

CONFERENCE & SPECIAL EVENT CENTER

Designed For Any Event... Dedicated to Your Event

GILLESPIECONFERENCECENTER.COM | KRISTA GRIFFEY 574-323-2467 | 53995 INDIANA SR 933 SOUTH BEND, IN 46637

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POPCORN FOR WEDDINGS, WEDDING SHOWERS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, CORPORATE EVENTS & MORE!

96 popcorn Flavors to choose from!

• Popcorn bars for any event with your choice of popcorn flavors • Color matching available!

109 E UNIVERSITY DR, GRANGER, IN 46530 • (574) 404-6233 WWW.THESAVORYKERNEL.COM • THESAVORYKERNEL@GMAIL.COM WEDDINGDAY 29


EXCLUSIVE STYLE SHOOT

Timeless Love Vintage Meets Modern at Embassy Theatre

DUSTIN & CORYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

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raced by beautiful architecture, unique design elements and a classic feel that carries with it a true aura of timelessness, the Embassy Theatre, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a one-of-a-kind space where brides and grooms not only feel special but can extend the same grand experience to guests and loved ones on their big day. It's a place where you find the perfect blend of modern amenities and upscale, vintage charm. To showcase the venue’s many unique elements and overall charm, we collaborated with Cami Geiger of Cambria Custom Events, LLC. She brought to life a vintage aesthetic reminiscent of the 1920s as part of this modern day, vintage-inspired style shoot. She says, “We were very mindful about mixing modern design elements along with the design elements found in the 1920s. We also worked very hard to implement design elements that complemented the beautiful architecture in the Embassy.” The design featured 1920s-inspired florals, gold accents, marble and candlelight, elegant chairs and champagne linens among other eye-catching details. We think you’ll agree that from the grand Theatre Lobby ceremony to the stunning Ballroom and Rooftop, the venue’s exquisite details are enough to attract any bride or groom. VENUE: EMBASSY THEATRE (FWEMBASSYTHEATRE.ORG)* PHOTOGRAPHY: DUSTIN & CORYNN PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING: CAMBRIA CUSTOM EVENTS FLORALS: BE MARRIED DRESSES & ACCESSORIES: ONE FINE DAY BRIDAL & GOWN BOUTIQUE (ONEFINEDAYBRIDALANDGOWN.COM)* HAIR & MAKEUP: SOMETHING BLUE STYLISTS (SOMETHINGBLUESTYLISTS.COM)* CAKE: SASSIE CAKES INVITATIONS: THE HEDGE RENTALS: ALL OCCASION PARTY RENTALS VIDEOGRAPHY: BIG BURRITO CREATIVE MODEL: KAYZIE WEEDMAN *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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34th Annual

BRIDAL SPECTACULAR

January 6, 2019

Sunday • 12:00 to 4:00 Century Center | South Bend

SOUTH BEND

DoubleTree by Hilton. Where the little things mean everything.™

A SINGLE DAY. A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES.

$5 admisson | No presale fashion show at 2:30 p.m.

Show sponsors include: Louie’s Tux Shop David’s Bridal Nelson’s Catering Martin’s Supermarkets South Bend Century Center A.C.T. II Model & Talent Management must preregister online for door prizes at:

Indianabridalspectacular.com

We’re More than Four Walls and a Chandelier!

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e know your wedding is the most important day of your life. So whether you’re dreaming of an intimate gathering or an extravagant celebration, we’re committed to every detail. From our unique nine-story glass atrium, to our well-appointed ballroom, we can cater to the wedding of your dreams. And with our exciting downtown location, the DoubleTree by Hilton™ offers you and your guests countless choices for dining and entertainment on your wedding weekend. Let our experienced and dedicated staff take care of every detail. After all, it’s your day! Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. ©2011 Hilton Worldwide

Call 574.235.9714 or learn more at www.studebakermuseum.org 201 S. Chapin Street • South Bend, IN 46601

123 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard South Bend, IN 46601 T (574) 234-2000 F (574) 234-0077

SouthBend.DoubleTree.com

VENDOR GUIDE // NORTHERN INDIANA

A contemporary, sophisticated facility with full-service party planning, including catering and rentals.

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Vendor Guide BEAUTY Nicholas J. Salon & Spa South Bend, 574.233.0700 nicholasjsalonandspa.com See ad on page 1. True Beauty by Dana Valparaiso, 219.765.5938 truebeautymakeupartist.com BRIDAL SALONS/ ALTERATIONS One Fine Day Bridal and Gown Boutique Fort Wayne, 260.483.8000 onefinedaybridal andgown.com Paris House of Bridal Michigan City, 219.874.7786 parishouseofbridal.com South Bend Seamstress South Bend, 574.387.6448 southbendseamstress.com See ad on page 14. BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Spectacular South Bend, 574.243.4060 indianabridal spectacular.com See ad on page 33. ENTERTAINMENT Gaska String Quartet South Bend, 574.229.0422 See ad on page 13. FLORISTS Trigetty Designs Fort Wayne, 260.205.9124 trigetty.com

VENDOR GUIDE // NORTHERN INDIANA

West View Florist Elkhart, 574.264.3112 westviewflorist.com See ad on page 8. FOOD & CATERERS The Savory Kernel Granger, 574.404.6233 thesavorykernel.com See ad on page 29.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Arielle Peters Photography Goshen, 574.377.2371 ariellepeters.com Dave Thompson Photography Elkhart, 574.238.9890 davesphotoworld.com Emily Hary Photography Elkhart, 574.226.4615 emilyhary.com

Forever Images by Melissa Ann Bremen, 574.540.6795 foreverimagesbymelissaann. zenfolio.com Hey Sisters! Photography South Bend, 574.386.3258 heysistersphotography.com See ad on page 56. Josephiney Photography Goshen, 574.274.0688 josephineyphotography.com See ad on page 27.

1050 HORSE PRAIRIE AVE, VALPARAISO, IN 219.477.8480 | GREENHOUSEVALPO.COM

Kristen Mittlestedt Photography Bluffton, 260.353.9194 kristenmittlestedt.com See ad on page 12. Lollymarie Photography South Bend, 574.387.2097 lollymariephotography.com See ad on page 6. OMG Photography South Bend, 574.261.7999 omg-photography.com See ad on page 14. On Cue Photography Goshen, 574.343.4236 oncuephotographyus.com See ad on page 8. Renee Mellott Photography Warsaw, 574.551.8100 reneemellott.com Studio 13 Photography Warsaw, 574.267.3073 studio13photography.net See ad on page 7. PLANNERS/COORDINATORS Glass Slipper Weddings Wakarusa, 574.322.9281 See ad on page 13. Simply Be So Events South Bend, 219.508.9774 simplybesoevents.com Unveiled Weddings & Events Crown Point, 219.512.5620 yourunveiledevent.com See ad on page 7. RENTALS/LINENS AAYS Event Rentals Mishawaka, 574.256.1110 aaysrental.com See ad on page 23. Burns Rent-Alls, Inc. Special Events Mishawaka, 574.259.4807 burnsrentals.com See ad on inside front cover.

Sitting Pretty Chair Covers South Bend, 574.968.3848 sittingprettyevents.net See ad on page 14.

The Greenhouse Valparaiso, 219.477.8480 zaoisland.net See ad on page 36.

Tippecanoe Place South Bend, 574.234.9077 tippe.com See ad on page 35.

TRANSPORTATION Royal Excursion Mishawaka, 574.257.8540 royalexcursion.com See ad on page 22.

Knollwood Country Club Granger, 574.277.1541 clubcorp.com/clubs/ knollwood-country-club See ad on page 13.

Venue ND Notre Dame, 574.631.1400 venue.nd.edu/weddings See ad on page 2.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS DoubleTree by Hilton South Bend South Bend, IN, 574.234.2000 southbend.doubletree.com See ad on page 33.

Lakeside Occasions Topeka, 865.773.8275 lakesideoccasions.com

Waterford Estates Lodge South Bend, 574.272.5220 waterfordestateslodge.com See ad on page 26.

The Market Valparaiso, 219.531.0162 themarketvalpo.com See ad on page 8.

Zao Island Valparaiso, 219.477.8480 zaoisland.net See ad on page 36.

VENUES Elcona Country Club Bristol, 574.295.6373 elconacc.com

Palais Royale/Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, 574.235.5612 palaisroyale.org See ad on page 34.

VIDEOGRAPHERS Trace Engbrecht Productions Wakarusa, 574.248.1571 vimeo.com/traceengbrecht

The Riverside Terrace Mishawaka, 574.256.2271 theriversideterrace.com See ad on page 9.

WEDDING PARTY & ACCESSORIES Judee's Granger, 574.217.8445 La Porte, 219.324.6443 judees.com See ad on page 15.

Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne, 260.424.5665 fwembassytheatre.org See ad on page 32. Empyrean Events and Catering Fort Wayne, 260.444.4688 empyreaneventsfw.com Gillespie Conference & Special Event Center South Bend, 574.232.7700 gillespieconference center.com See ad on page 28.

St. Joe Farm Granger, 574.271.4898 stjoefarm.com See ad on page 14. Studebaker National Museum South Bend, 888.391.5600 studebakermuseum.org See ad on page 33.

Unity Boutique Granger, 574.217.7481 unityboutique.com See ad on page 26.


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A Girl ’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Bachelorette Party in Southwest Michigan

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While Southwest Michigan is alluring for many reasons—think beachside views, quaint towns, boutique shops, unique dining and plenty to see and do—it can also serve as the sweetest locale for a celebration every girl looks forward to...her bachelorette party! This region’s accommodations can be as picturesque as they are relaxing, and the endless choices in entertainment and dining will allow you to craft a memorable weekend getaway that will even make the guys jealous! So grab your gal pals and get ready to take in some pretty views, great eats and fun ideas that will make your bachelorette party that much more special!

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Accommodations

A weekend getaway isn’t complete without a great place to stay, and Southwest Michigan certainly delivers. Get ready to kick back with the ladies at one of these great spots! DWELL VACATIONS Providing luxury rental homes in Southwest Michigan, Dwell Vacations offers completely renovated, modern accommodations that are sure to impress. Relax by the pool at the sprawling, 8,000-square-foot Apple Blossom Estate or easily check out local shops and restaurants when staying at the Primrose, located in the heart of Union Pier. Plus, yoga, outlet shopping and local spas are right at your fingertips! New Buffalo • 312.296.4066 • dwellvacations.com HAWKSHEAD INN Dedicated to fully pampering guests, this beautifully restored English Tudor mansion offers old world charm and modern conveniences. Activities include inroom massage therapy and beach rentals. Two new cottages are also available, allowing guests to relax, golf or visit the beaches. South Haven • 269.639.2121 • hawksheadlinks.com THE MORRIS ESTATE Located along the St. Joseph River, the River House at Morris Estate offers you and your guests a luxurious yet serene retreat. Set among gorgeous, natural trees and sprawling, private grounds, the expansive house can be rented out as a staffed bed and breakfast or as your own private oasis. Wooded trails, a campfire pavilion and even a relaxation room are just some of the unique amenities you don’t want to miss. Niles • 269.684.4443 • themorrisestate.com


Pretty Details

Going Out

CRYSTAL SPRINGS FLORIST The talented and experienced team at Crystal Springs prides itself on bringing the finest and freshest florals to its customers. Bring a little unexpected loveliness to your event with some bright floral details from one of the best! Benton Harbor • 269.925.1167 • crystalspringsflorist.net

BOULEVARD INN & BISTRO With a perfect bluff location overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, Boulevard Inn & Bistro is nothing short of a spectacular place to stay, dine or both! Boasting spacious, comfortable suites with scenic views, you won’t be short on things to do being in the center of the sweet yet vibrant locale that is downtown St. Joseph, Michigan. Take in the fresh lake air from the Inn’s covered terrace as you dine with your friends or check out local attractions, the breathtaking beach, shops, festivals and other restaurants—all within walking distance! Saint Joseph • 269.983.3882 • bistroontheboulevard.com

It’s no secret women love all things pretty, and a party or event is no different. Some fresh flower accents in your beachside rental, a floral party gift or even a personalized flower crown won’t just add some great ambience but a ton of pretty to your special weekend! There’s no question they will make for some great pictures or selfies and create a beautiful welcome for guests!

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There’s no better time than a bachelorette party to de-stress and bond with your girlfriends. Take some time out with a nice dinner at one of the region’s best restaurants. It’s a lovely start to a great, fun-filled evening!

Your Ride

When you can travel in luxury, why would you travel any other way? Keeping your squad together in an impressive ride for the night will only lend itself to even more great memories! And a cute chauffeur doesn’t hurt, either!

Food

A bachelorette party is no time to cook. Save that for the domestic days that lie ahead! Treat yourself and your girls to some special eats—and better yet—have food catered to you. This is especially convenient if staying at a relaxing rental or lakeside retreat. Bottom line, don’t feel you have to go out if you love where you're staying! DISTINCTIVE CATERING From off premise catering to bar service, this premier caterer can make your bachelorette weekend that much more luxurious and memorable. Your lady friends will enjoy the extra pampering just as much as you. And you will have delicious food available directly to you and your private party! Talk about feeling V.I.P.! Wyoming • 866.802.7266 • distinctivecatering.com

ROYAL EXCURSION No matter what you have planned for your bachelorette party—a concert, a relaxed Southwest Michigan wine tour or a night full of special events with your besties—Royal Excursion has all your transportation needs covered! Imagine cruising around in a luxury limousine while you tour tasting rooms and wine festivals or having the time of your life in a fun, party bus on your way to dinner and dancing. Royal Excursion’s safe, skilled drivers are there to take your worries away and allow you to have the night of your life. Whether it’s a custom experience, sports games excursion or group package, you can sit back and enjoy every minute of your time! Mishawaka, IN • 574.257.8540 • royalexcursion.com A. PHOTOGRAPHY: Shanell Photography B. PHOTOGRAPHY: Samantha James Photography, FLORALS: The Day's Design C. PHOTOGRAPHY: APaige Photography (apaigephotography.com)*, DESSERTS: Froehlich's (shopfroehlichs.com)*, PLANNING: Unveiled Weddings & Events (yourunveiledevent.com)* *WeddingDay preferred vendor C.

FROEHLICH'S Providing simple, fresh and authentically good food, this deli and bakery can cover any of your catering needs from casual to formal. It doesn’t hurt that they serve the most mouth-watering desserts around, too! Whether you enjoy breakfast pastries or want to have a specialty cake or desserts on hand, your girls will love the extra thought you put into providing them with great food for the weekend! Three Oaks • 269.756.6002 • shopfroehlichs.com

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MELISSA & TIM HANSEN

Like many young loves, Melissa and Tim met during their college years as they waited at the bus stop to go to the mall. For their first vacation together, the couple planned a trip to Disney World. While Melissa had dreamt of a Disney proposal since the age of nine, she had no idea “the happiest place on earth” was about to reach all new heights for her. After a soak at Splash Mountain and a stop in front of the castle, Tim was down on one knee asking Melissa if she would live happily ever after with him. “It was cheesy and romantic and everything I ever dreamed of!” she says.

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a light and airy vision

THE PLANNING While the pair didn’t have specific details planned out, they knew they wanted an overall feeling of romance, a blush and gold color palette and for Rhiannon Bosse to be on their team. Melissa says, “I had been following her blog for years and even told Tim a year or so before we got engaged that all I wanted was for her to plan our wedding.” Armed with their preferred planner, the couple was connected with amazing vendors to make their dream wedding a reality.

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THE DRESS As a girl who loved to play dress up, Melissa completely embraced the wedding dress shopping experience, trying on every kind of dress she could, worried she might miss out. The one that truly made her feel like a princess, however, was a Wtoo by Watters “Selena” dress. “It was an absolute dream dress and, honestly, pretty in line with what I always envisioned for my big day,” says Melissa.

KELLY SWEET PHOTOGRAPHY

THE FLORALS Rhiannon of Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations designed a magical mix of florals that included pink and blush garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, sweet peas and spray roses. A timeless, summery style was infused with gorgeously formal hints of black. While it was midJuly and the chance of getting beautiful peonies was slim to none, Rhiannon was beyond happy to source the loveliest peonies to use in Melissa's bridal bouquet and ceremony arrangements. Lemon leaf, Variegated Pittosporum and a selection of other greens were also added to the feminine palette. 46

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THE VENUE When it came to the venue, Melissa and Tim had a pretty specific vision in mind—wood floors and a light and airy space. Guided by their planner, the two could not have dreamt up a better backdrop. The Loft 310 in downtown Kalamazoo not only had the aesthetic they loved but the separate reception and ceremony spaces they desired—all in one location.

love

Besides the fun fact that Melissa, Tim and their guests played the MSU fight song three times throughout the night, their guests loved the wonderful food, the stunning venue and just how gorgeous all of the details were. “All Tim and I really wanted was for all of our guests to have an amazing time and throw one big dance party, and we definitely accomplished that!” says Melissa.

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The couple’s escort card display was one of their most favorite details. “Rhi had this vision and completely brought it to life,” says Melissa. “Between the florals at the top, the different colored ribbons and Alex’s calligraphy on the cards, it was absolutely perfect. I also loved that we did a dessert bar instead of a traditional cake.” The couple’s lovely dessert lineup included red velvet and strawberry champagne mini cupcakes, chocolate and vanilla cake pops, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar cookies and caramel corn (the groom’s favorite).

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wedding team VENUE, DJ & CATERING Loft 310 PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Sweet Photography PLANNING & FLORALS Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations BRIDE'S DRESS Renee Austin Wedding

HAIR & MAKEUP Hanna Wagner Design

RINGS Craft-Revival

TUXEDOS Generation Tux

STATIONERY Smitten on Paper

BRIDE'S SHOES Badgley Mischka

CALLIGRAPHY Prairie Letter Shop

JEWELRY Gemma Jewels, Kate Spade & J.Crew

CAKE The Cakabakery FLATWARE Gigi & LaClede

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Your fiancé popped the question and you said yes! Now, for the perfect location: Southwest Michigan. We have a venue to match your wedding dreams and accommodations for your family and friends. All year round, there are so many fun things for everyone to do while they’re here. And, for just the two of you — plenty of romantic honeymoon choices. Get in touch with us. We’ll help put the happy in your ever-after.

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Love by the Shore A MICHIGAN-INSPIRED STYLE SHOOT

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othing can quite beat beachside elegance, hints of spring and a gorgeous Lake Michigan backdrop. Choosing one of the best venue locations in the area, Shanell Edwards of Shanell Photography and Elizabeth Schenk, Owner and Lead Designer at Posh Petals, were graced with a picture-perfect, windswept day for their shoot—one designed with all the beach feels in mind. A dusty blue and blush palette, sandy cliffs and lakeside vignettes combined to create the gorgeously natural scenes while beautiful florals, candles and geometric shapes enriched the pretty views. As a nod to the waves, the stationery and cake both infused a watercolor-inspired design—perfect additions to the fresh palette. 52

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PHOTOGRAPHY: SHANELL PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CAMP BLODGETT PLANNING, DESIGN & FLORALS: POSH PETALS HAIR: LAUNCH SALON MAKEUP: MAKEUP BY JENNA VIDEOGRAPHY: WHITE WILLO MEDIA DRESS: ALI NICOLE BRIDAL JEWELRY: COUGHLIN JEWELERS LINENS & RENTALS: THE RENTAL COMPANY (WMRENTALCO.COM)* CAKE & DESSERTS: RYKE'S BAKERY, CATERING & CAFE LIQUOR: LONG ROAD DISTILLERS STATIONERY: FRESHLY SQUEEZED PRINT SHOP TEA BAR: FERRIS COFFEE & NUT VOW BOOKS: MEADOW PAPER CO. *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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The Morris Estate offers couples a variety of venues…natural outdoor backdrops along with elegant indoor spaces. Modern amenities embraced by vintage charm ensure comfortable accommodations amid picturesque surroundings.

The Chapel | historic, white chapel with ceremony space and dressing lounges The Supper Club | glamorous reception venue with full dining, bar, and dance floor The Tent Venue | outdoor reception space surrounded by wooded scenery The River House | luxurious overnight accommodations and scenic grounds for photos

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Vendor Guide BAKERIES Froehlich's Three Oaks, 269.756.6002 shopfroehlichs.com See ad on page 42.

ENTERTAINMENT Meg Rodgers, Harpist Saint Joseph, 269.429.6377 megrodgers.net See ad on page 39.

BRIDAL SALONS Becker's Bridal Fowler, 989.593.2595 beckersbridal.com See ad on back cover.

FLORISTS Crystal Springs Florist Benton Harbor, 269.925.1167 crystalspringsflorist.net See ad on page 43.

BIANKA Bridal Grand Rapids, 616.235.9300 biankabridal.com See ad on page 39.

PHOTOGRAPHERS APaige Photography Grand Rapids apaigephotography.com See ad on page 37.

BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Spectacular South Bend, IN, 574.243.4060 indianabridalspectacular.com See ad on page 50. CATERERS Distinctive Catering Wyoming, 866.802.7266 distinctivecatering.com

PLANNERS/COORDINATORS Divine by Design South Haven, 269.214.6802 dbydevents.com Holden Michael Events Saugatuck, 269.205.8305 holdenmichaelevents.com See ad on page 50.

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RENTALS The Rental Company Holland, 616.396.7300 wmrentalco.com See ad on page 38. TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS Dwell Vacations New Buffalo, 312.296.4066 dwellvacations.com HawksHead Inn South Haven, 269.639.2121 www.hawksheadlinks.com See ad on page 42. Hilton Garden Inn Benton Harbor Benton Harbor, 269.926.5000 hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council Benton Harbor, 269.925.6301 swmichigan.org See ad on page 51. VENUES Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens Fennville, 269.561.5563 appleblossomchapel.com See ad on page 38.

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Blissful Barn Three Oaks, 269.759.4682 blissfulbarn.com The Boulevard Inn & Bistro Saint Joseph, 269.269.2699 theboulevardinn.com See ad on page 39. Fifty5 at the Grand LV Niles, 269.591.0334 fifty5nilesmi.com Gable Hill Marcellus, 269.281.4266 gablehill.com Goei Center Grand Rapids, 616.949.2421 thegoeicenter.com See ad on page 50. The Morris Estate Niles, 269.684.4443 themorrisestate.com See ad on page 54. Shoreline Inn Conference Center Muskegon, 231.727.8483 shorelineinn.com Stonegate Manor Benton Harbor, 269.930.0617 stonegatemanorevents.com

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the only wedding planning checklist you need

YOU WILL EVER NEED

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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wedding glam guide the ultimate wedding glam guide

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

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Whiten teeth

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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THE EASIEST GUIDE TO changing your last name

AFTER THE WEDDING

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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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ACCOUNT INFORMATION

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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WHY WEDDING PLANNERS ARE YOUR

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Wedding planners. They help you envision, design, execute—and oftentimes—so much more. When it comes to planning one of the biggest days of your life, why wouldn’t you leave it up to the professionals that call it their passion? We’d like to take you into the minds of some of our favorite planners, their unique approaches to serving brides and why they play a critical role in creating the day of your dreams.

Ian Borgerhoff Photography

...I GOT INTO THIS INDUSTRY TO HELP OTHERS ALLEVIATE THE STRESS ASSOCIATED WITH PLANNING SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES. IT’S THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I CAN USE MY TALENTS TO ASSIST COUPLES TO TRULY ENJOY THEIR WEDDING DAY, RATHER THAN STRESS ABOUT EVERY DETAIL, THAT MOTIVATES ME DAILY. EVERY WEDDING NEEDS ONE POINT PERSON, AND THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE COUPLE, THEIR FAMILY OR A BEST FRIEND. AT ALL IN THE DETAILS, WE ENJOY BEING THAT CONTACT PERSON FOR OUR COUPLES SO THAT THEY CAN REMAIN BUSY CREATING LASTING MEMORIES WITH THEIR LOVED ONES. IT’S A PRIVILEGE WE DON’T TAKE LIGHTLY.

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Arielle Peters Photography

I PERSONALLY LOVE THAT WE GET TO WALK SO CLOSELY ALONGSIDE COUPLES DURING A VERY UNIQUE SEASON OF LIFE AND GET TO BE A PART OF PREPARING THEM FOR THE AMAZING GIFT OF MARRIAGE! I ALSO LOVE INTENTIONALLY REFLECTING A COUPLE’S STORY THROUGH THEIR CELEBRATION AND HELPING CREATE AN EXPERIENCE THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH THAT IS AS SIMPLE AND LIFE-GIVING AS POSSIBLE FOR ALL INVOLVED.

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Jami Fujawa Photography

FROM A YOUNG AGE, I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED TO CREATE EXPERIENCES. WHETHER IT WAS PERFORMING IN THE LIVING ROOM FOR MY GRANDMA (I PROMISE, I WON'T SING AT YOUR WEDDING!) OR MAKING A MEAL FOR MY MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY, COMPLETE WITH FOLDED CLOTH NAPKINS AND CHINA, I HAVE ALWAYS RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATING MOMENTS. I THINK THAT'S WHAT DREW ME TO WEDDINGS. THEY OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO CRAFT AN EXPERIENCE THAT, FOR MOST COUPLES, IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THEIR LIVES. IT'S THAT DESIRE TO MAKE THEIR DAY UNFORGETTABLE THAT KEEPS ME WORKING AT 10PM OR IRONING 200 COCKTAIL NAPKINS. I ONLY GET ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A CLIENT'S WEDDING DAY PERFECT, AND I TAKE THAT RESPONSIBILITY VERY SERIOUSLY.

- HOLDEN ALEE, HOLDEN MICHAEL EVENTS

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I LOVE PLANNING AND

COORDINATING WEDDINGS BECAUSE FIRST, THEY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF ONE'S LIFE AND BECAUSE IT'S A CELEBRATION OF LOVE. I AM MOTIVATED TO DO THIS BECAUSE I LOVE STARTING WITH A BLANK SLATE, CREATING SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND MEMORABLE AND THEN TAKING IT DOWN WHEN DONE GLASS SLIPPER WEDDINGS

Josephiney Photography

UNVEILED WEDDINGS & EVENTS

AND STARTING OVER. I FELL IN LOVE WITH PLANNING WEDDINGS 22 YEARS AGO

APaige Photography

WHEN I PLANNED MY OWN 1940S STYLE WEDDING, COMPLETE WITH PERIOD DRESS FOR THE GUESTS AND A 13 PIECE BIG BAND. IT WAS TRULY MAGNIFICENT...A DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET FOR MANY REASONS! SO, WITH EACH WEDDING I PLAN, I WANT TO RECREATE HOW I FELT ON MY SPECIAL DAY FOR EACH BRIDE AND GROOM I HAVE

THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH.

EmmaLeigh Photography

- THERESSA RUPPERT, DIVINE BY DESIGN

"I truly pride myself on helping my couples navigate the planning process while staying true to who they are and what is important to them, whether it's a smooth transition, fun atmosphere or all about design. More often than not, each party has a different 'number one' regarding their big day, and I love making the two join forces to create something unique to both of them." - HANNAH STRICKLER, DESIGN THE DAY

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YOU KNOW THIS WHOLE

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we wrote the book on it.

Come in-store to get your free tote and howbook®, our registry guide that’s full of helpful ideas, and create a registry that you can both commit to.

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NATIONWIDE

Vendor

Guide

PHOTOGRAPHERS Studio Ayla Columbus, OH, 419.605.8340 studioayla.com See ad on page 67. Hey Sisters! Photography South Bend, IN, 574.386.3258 heysistersphotography.com See ad on page 56.

BEAUTY Something Blue Stylists Available worldwide 260.463.6391 somethingbluestylists.com

REGISTRIES Bed, Bath & Beyond Locations throughout the U.S. bedbathandbeyond.com See ad on page 66.

FITNESS Laila Alieh Available worldwide 321.323.9532 thefitnessastronaut.com

STATIONERY Louella's Paperie Carmel, IN, 317.500.4852 louellaspaperie.com See ad on page 67.

MENSWEAR The Groomsman Suit Chicago, IL, 773.303.6006 thegroomsmansuit.com

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago Chicago, IL, 312.755.9703 hotelpalomar-chicago.com See ad on page 61.

Offering Nationwide Services • Stationer y • Design Calligraphy is more than beautiful letters…Calligraphy is magnificently scribed words that touch the heart

317.500.4852 www.louellaspaperie.com

VENDOR GUIDE // NATIONWIDE

• Calligraphy

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Central Indiana

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Photos by Chloe Luka Photography

A new historic venue nestled in the heart of Lockerbie Square

Contact us today for a tour! www.thecyrusplace.com (317) 721-4555 237 N. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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FEATURED WEDDING

JESSIE & GREG HARDEN

Considering five to be their lucky number, Jessie and Greg planned a fun trip to Miami to celebrate their five year anniversary and, to Jessie’s surprise, Greg had an August 5th proposal on the beach in order! Diving into the wedding planning process, Jessie, confident in both her personal style and creativity, opted to plan everything herself. She zeroed in on a “Midsummer Night’s Dream" theme for their wedding—a style that was nothing short of romantic, earthy and ethereal and full of lush details.

July 22, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY INDIANAPOLENS.


enchanted garden

A TIMELESS, WHIMSICAL WEDDING AT BILTWELL EVENT CENTER

THE COLORS Jessie says, “The color palette was ocean colors with shades of blues, purples and nudes. We originally wanted to have the ceremony and reception outside, but couldn’t find the right venue. So instead, I wanted to bring that enchanted garden feeling inside. I chose my florist very carefully and knew she was the kind of artist that would bring the venue to life with her work and be able to execute my vision. To say she executed the vision would be an understatement.” Jessie also let her bridesmaids choose whatever dress they wanted from her gorgeous palette to ensure they felt both comfortable and beautiful.

INDIANAPOLENS.

SEASON // SUMMER STYLE // WHIMSICAL, ROMANTIC FLOWERS // VINES, ROSES, CRAB APPLE TREE BRANCHES COLORS //

lavender

peach

mint

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ENCHANTED GARDEN // Featured Wedding

INDIANAPOLENS.

THE DRESS While Jessie had always dreamt of a “massive princess dress” for her wedding, she fell in love with an Australian company and their modern, delicate looks. When she discovered they were opening one of their first U.S. showrooms in Venice Beach, California, she immediately booked a flight to L.A. She says, “The second I tried on the dress I loved most from their website, I knew it was the one. It fit perfectly and I felt amazing in it. It is the complete opposite of a princess dress—it’s a little bit hippy, while still being chic and modern...It was beyond comfortable, and I felt more beautiful in it than I ever had before in my life.”

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THE VENUE “Our venue was one of the only truly unique indoor venues I viewed (and I viewed quite a few) that I felt could be transformed with the florals and decor we chose,” explains Jessie. “The Biltwell was an 100-year-old door and window factory, and it was restored with original wood floors, soaring ceilings, tons of original steel windows and skylights and huge wood beams throughout.” Another bonus was the ceremony and reception could be hosted in the same building.

THE DÉCOR Jessie dreamt of entire installments with fabric, candles, flowers, vines and branches, and her dream certainly came true. She says, “Guests entered to a table with a massive arrangement of crab apple tree branches with tiny lime green apples hanging from the limbs and spilling onto the tables. There were lush vines with roses intertwined leading up the staircase to the reception room where balls of tangled branches hung over tables. Our head table had a massive arrangement suspended above it with vines, flowers, feathers and glass tea light globes hanging from it.” The table décor also included a collection of mercury glass votives, moss, succulents, vases of flowers and large chunks of amethyst crystal. “I’ve always been obsessed with crystals and purple is my favorite color, so the amethysts were probably my favorite touch,” explains Jessie.

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SPECIAL TOUCHES Besides writing their own vows, the couple also took pride in the music selections they carefully crafted for each part of their big day. Another of Jessie’s special projects included designing and arranging all of the seating areas. But perhaps her favorite detail was the sweet, copper terrariums Greg surprised Jessie and her bridesmaids with on their wedding day. She says, “Mine had a gold bracelet inside with an amethyst on it. We were so surprised, I can’t believe he arranged it without me knowing!”

FEATURED WEDDING

WHAT WE

love

When asked what guests would remember about her big day, Jessie says, “I hope more than anything they remember the feeling the day gave them. There was so much love, happiness and hope for the future in the room that night. It was almost palpable, and I’ll never ever forget the feeling it gave me watching it all unfold."

INDIANAPOLENS.

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wedding team PHOTOGRAPHY Indianapolens. VENUE Biltwell Event Center FLORALS Isibeal Studio CATERING Hoaglin Catering VIDEOGRAPHY Blushing Films BRIDE'S DRESS Grace Loves Lace TUXEDOS Generation Tux

HAIR Ashley McMullen, For the Dainty Days MAKEUP Kate Shaw MUA NAILS Vogue Nail Spa RINGS Reis-Nichols Jewelers BRIDE'S WEDDING BAND Metalmark Fine Jewelry BRIDE'S JEWELRY David Yurman

BRIDE'S SHOES Vince Camuto INVITATIONS Minted CAKE Union Baking Company DJ DJ GNO RENTALS Violet Vintage REHEARSAL DINNER Osteria Pronto HONEYMOON Nômade Tulum

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Photo by Nate Crouch Photography

INDIANA’S MOST INTERACTIVE WEDDING PLANNING EXPERIENCE January 6 - 7, 2018, Indiana State Fairgrounds

April 22, 2018, Biltwell Event Center

February 18, 2018, Indianapolis Marriott North

September 23, 2018, Embassy Suites Noblesville

March 11, 2018, Cyrus Place - LGBT Wedding Expo

October 28, 2018, The Nest Event Center

All new for 2018: Unique and FUN planning experiences designed for today’s couples!

For more details on all shows, visit indianaweddingexpos.com Use code WEDDAY for discount tickets sponsored by: 76

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JACK’S DONUTS DOWNTOWN HANDCRAFTED DONUTS SINCE 1961

P: 317-426-5930 F: 317-426-5879 E: chrisk@jacksdonuts.com 135 West Market St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

VENDOR GUIDE // CENTRAL INDIANA

42 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 822-4242 www.GalleryFortyTwo.com

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Jessica Strickland Photography

a novel venue for your storybook wedding 40 E St Clair St | Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 275-4200 | events.imcpl.org

Within walking distance to many dining & nightlife options, we will be sure to offer great entertainment nearby while staying in our vibrant city!

VENDOR GUIDE // CENTRAL INDIANA

Room service through Tin Roof

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Host your wedding block at the

Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis and receive a discounted rate!

Contact our Group Sales Manager

(317) 261-1200 or sales@hamptondt.com Ask about a complimentary suite upgrade

Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis 105 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225 | (317) 261-1200 | www.hamptondt.com WEDDINGDAY


2070 E 54th St, Studio 1, Indianapolis, IN | 317.253.7160

Coby Palmer DESIGNS

COBYPALMERDESIGNS.COM

Indy’s Premier Off-the-Rack Bridal Boutique 317.288.2903 www.belovedbrides.com 8966 E. 96th Street, Fishers, Indiana 46037

White Wedding Tents | Tables | China Flatware & Glassware | Chairs | Chair Covers Fine Linens | Dance Floors & Staging 1333 E. 86th St. Indpls, IN 46240 | 317.251.7368 gina@aclassicpartyrental.com | aclassicpartyrental.com

VENDOR GUIDE // CENTRAL INDIANA

Dream Dress. Dream Price.

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STYLE SHOOT

Wild at Heart

A VOW RENEWAL AT ROCKY HOLLOW TRAIL

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VIOLET SHORT PHOTOGRAPHY

M

other Nature can be a powerful element when it comes to nuptials. There’s nothing quite like the canopy of tree coverage, raw, gorgeous greenery and peaks of sunshine to evoke romance, intimacy and, in this case, a sense of awe.

The lovely models, in fact, exchanged vows in Turkey Run State Park, the shoot’s beautiful location, 10 years ago. Violet of Violet Short Photography says, “Working alongside Ashley of Wildwood Floral Co. to create the look for this styled vow renewal was such a dream. We knew we wanted to showcase Indiana in a way that America might not expect. This was such a special shoot, and it was so much fun to spend it with two lovers celebrating 10 years of wedded bliss in the place it all started.”

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VIOLET SHORT PHOTOGRAPHY

The rocks and hills were the biggest inspiration for the earthy tones and unique dĂŠcor that expertly complemented the rugged and dramatic setting. Wildflowers in a wide array of violet and lavender hues added depth and color to the moody scenes while lovely, hand-painted cookies and pastries added even more detail and texture. 82

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The bride’s gorgeous, slinky and antique-inspired gown was light enough for her to roam the woods in. "Gibson Girl" hair styled by Something Blue Stylists and ultra soft makeup completed the look.

PHOTOGRAPHY: VIOLET SHORT PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: TURKEY RUN STATE PARK VIDEOGRAPHY: BLUSHING FILMS FLORALS: WILDWOOD FLORAL CO. DESIGN & RENTALS: VIOLET VINTAGE DRESS: JEWEL WILLOWBY BY WATTERS, NANCY'S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE HAIR: SOMETHING BLUE STYLISTS (SOMETHINGBLUESTYLISTS.COM)* MAKEUP: RENEU BEAUTY DESSERTS: CAKE BAKE SHOP STATIONERY: BLU3 DESIGNS JEWELRY: SALAME JEWELRY DESIGNS MODELS: ANA & AJ THOMAS

*WeddingDay preferred vendor

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Catering to couples worldwide, who value

ELEGANCE, QUALITY & STYLE

VENDOR GUIDE // CENTRAL INDIANA

WWW.DAUSSFOTO.COM

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bookmywedding@daussfoto.com 317.445.6266

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VENDOR GUIDE // CENTRAL INDIANA

indysanctuary.com | (317) 602-3264 701 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Jewel of the Eastside 3-story Crystal Tower with adjourning Courtyard Spectacular Rotunda

Chantel Breanne Photography

COMMUNITY LIFE CENTER

Chantel Breanne Photography

317.396.3728 10612 E WASHINGTON ST INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46229 MONUMENTALWEDDINGS.COM 86

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StonekingPhotography


“Best money we spent on our wedding!” - Erika Moore, past client Contact us to check availability of your wedding date today!

where plans come together. Call us and find out how we make planning the big day easy!

A Collection of Shops & Event Spaces Small & Large Events Multiple Levels

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo 2920 S. Reed Rd. • Kokomo, Indiana www.hamptoninnkokomo.com • 765-455-2900 ©2012 Hilton Worldwide

Caterer of Choice Downtown Bloomington 812.332.0053 • 101 W. Kirkwood Ave

VENDOR GUIDE // CENTRAL INDIANA

WWW.ERINHESSION.COM • 317.409.1801

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Highly experienced with sophisticated style. Enjoy your event and leave the details to us!

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CENTRAL INDIANA

Vendor Guide BEAUTY Leanna's Private Studio Indianapolis, 317.260.0355 leannasprivatestudio. wixsite.com/leanna BRIDAL SALONS Beloved Brides Fishers, 317.288.2903 belovedbrides.com See ad on page 79. Leena's Bridal Carmel, 317.848.4740 leenasbridal.com That Special Touch Bridal Boutique Columbus, 812.375.2223 specialtouchbride.com See ad on page 96. BRIDAL SHOWS Indianapolis Wedding Expos Throughout Indianapolis area indianaweddingexpos.com See ad on page 76. CATERERS MBP Distinctive Catering Indianapolis, 317.636.4444 mbpcatering.com See ad on page 88.

PHOTOGRAPHERS A.R. Davis Photography Columbus, 812.344.6960 ardavis.photography Dauss FOTO Wedding Photography Fishers, 317.445.6266 daussfoto.com See ad on page 84. Erin Hession Photography Carmel, 317.409.1801 erinhession.com See ad on page 87. Jamie Vester Photography Indianapolis, 317.430.5121 jamievesterphotography.com See ad on page 68. Less is More Boudoir Indianapolis, 317.732.8599 lessismoreboudoir.com See ad on page 77.

Indianapolis Zoo Indianapolis, 317.630.2008 indianapoliszoo.com See ad on page 79.

The Cyrus Place Indianapolis, 317.721.4555 thecyrusplace.com See ad on page 69.

Monumental Weddings & Events by Community Life Center Indianapolis, 317.396.3728 monumentalweddings.com See ad on page 86.

Fountain Square Ballroom Bloomington, 812.332.0053 fountainsquarebloomington. com/ballroom/ See ad on page 87. Gallery Forty-Two Indianapolis, 317.822.4242 galleryfortytwo.com See ad on page 77.

Mustard Seed Gardens Noblesville, 317.776.2300 mustardseedgardens.com Sanctuary on Penn Indianapolis, 317.602.3264 indysanctuary.com See ad on page 85.

Indiana Landmarks Indianapolis, 317.639.4534 indianalandmarks.org See ad on page 85.

PLANNERS & COORDINATORS All in the Details Indianapolis, 317.821.7526 detailsindy.com See ad on page 84.

WHAT’S

Design the Day Indianapolis, 260.571.9515 designthedayevents.com

UP TO?

RENTALS A Classic Party Rental Indianapolis, 317.251.7368 aclassicpartyrental.com See ad on page 79.

Mose Nasser Pyrotechnics Indianapolis, 812.243.6623 mosenasserpyrotechnics.com

STATIONERY Louella's Paperie Carmel, 317.500.4852 louellaspaperie.com See ad on page 67.

Eufloric Events Noblesville, 812.617.1105 eufloricevents.com

VENUES Balmoral House Fishers, 317.288.8741 thebalmoralhouse.com

Matthew Doudt Photography Noblesville, 317.694.3572 matthewdphotography.com

ENTERTAINMENT Jared Wade Entertainment Indianapolis, 317.395.3548 jaredwadeentertainment.com See ad on page 85.

FLORISTS Coby Palmer Designs Indianapolis, 317.253.7160 cobypalmerdesigns. wordpress.com See ad on page 79.

The Indianapolis Public Library Indianapolis, 317.275.4200 events.imcpl.org See ad on page 78.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Indianapolis, 317.261.1200 hamptoninn3.hilton.com See ad on page 78. Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo, 765.455.2900 hamptoninn3.hilton.com See ad on page 87.

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VENDOR GUIDE // CENTRAL INDIANA

BAKERIES Jack's Donuts Indianapolis, 317.426.5879 jacksdonuts.com See ad on page 77.

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites Indianapolis, 317.972.0600 indianapolishilton.com See ad on inside back cover.

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COVER SHOOT

Where Beauty Blossoms A ROMANTIC AND INTIMATE WEDDING AT APPLE BLOSSOM CHAPEL & GARDENS

P HO TO G RAP HY Arielle Peters Photography* Goshen, IN ariellepeters.com V E NUE Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens* Fennville, MI appleblossomchapel.com PL ANNING & D E S IG N Holden Michael Events* Saugatuck, MI holdenmichaelevents.com D RE S S & V E IL Becker's Bridal* Fowler, MI beckersbridal.com RE NTALS The Rental Company* Holland, MI wmrentalco.com FLO RALS The Day's Design HAIR Tova Salon MAKE UP Makeup by Jamie S TATIO NE RY Jamie Lynne Creative P IE S Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery MO D E L Maggie Sapp *WeddingDay preferred vendor

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THE VISION There’s something about the fresh, airy nature of the outdoors that exudes a beauty and romance that’s hard to rival. The entire inspiration for this issue’s cover centered on the gorgeous spaces Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens has to offer, including their beautiful, blossoming trees. To bring our dreamy, organic vision to life, we settled on nothing less than a star vendor team led by Holden Alee of Holden Michael Events and photographed by Arielle Peters Photography. Styled around the concept of a couple celebrating their very intimate wedding day surrounded by family and friends, Holden and our team infused the perfect mix of color, romance, elegance and whimsy.

ARIELLE PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE VENUE Nestled away in the quaint town that is Fennville, Michigan, located in the heart of Southwest Michigan, Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens possesses a unique charm that can’t be ignored. From its sprawling grounds to all the outdoor spaces it offers for either a ceremony, reception or intimate celebration, the natural backdrop it provides isn’t only private but gorgeously picturesque. “It’s definitely one of the most beautifully landscaped properties we've seen for weddings,” says Holden. “Apple Blossom does an amazing job maintaining their space. Everything was green and perfect. I also loved that we had so many different spaces to work with. It worked great with the style because it looked like something that just appeared in the middle of the woods.”

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THE LOOK We turned to Becker’s Bridal, Michigan’s premier bridal salon, for our stunning dress. As a destination location visited by thousands of brides near and far, we knew their three floors of impeccable gowns would lend itself to the perfect design for our beautiful bride. Holden says, “I knew I wanted something blush with great movement and beautiful details but wouldn’t take away from our model’s natural beauty.” The gorgeous gown featured a beaded, lace bodice and A-line tulle skirt with a train. A cathedral length veil edged with delicate, sparkling beads completed the look. Tova Salon expertly swept the hair into a dramatic chignon and the stunning makeup, designed by Makeup by Jamie, was perfectly soft and romantic, featuring a darker, more dramatic eye and soft pink lip.

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WHERE BEAUTY BLOSSOMS // Cover Shoot

THE DÉCOR There’s no better color to complement the freshest of blooms than today’s ever popular but classic blush. To make an even more alluring mix, we added sunset hues such as orange, yellow and magenta. Holden explains, “We combined that with the natural greens of the property and added a bunch of gold accents to really elevate the palette.” Some of our favorite details included rustic farmhouse chairs juxtaposed against more formal place settings, textured linens and gold. “I love mixing unexpected elements together, and I think this table was a great example of that,” says Holden. The lovely ceremony space and cocktail area included a variety of vintage settees. Using items such as ornate, green chairs and a white settee within the bar area, we created a lounge space that was as fun as it was practical. All of the stunning rentals were courtesy of The Rental Company.

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WHERE BEAUTY BLOSSOMS // Cover Shoot

ARIELLE PETERS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE FLORALS Shelby of The Day’s Design dreamt up the beautiful, creative arrangements that included garden roses, ranunculus and flowering branches. Holden says, “I’ve admired her work for awhile now and was thrilled to finally be able to work with her. I gave her the color palette and the overall aesthetic and let her run with the concept.” In keeping with our vision, the florals added the perfect amount of drama and whimsy. 94

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THE STATIONERY Jamie Lynne Creative infused both the natural beauty of the venue and sunset-inspired palette with a watercolor-like design element featured throughout the stationery suite. The calligraphed apple place cards were a darling addition.

THE DESSERTS Our delicious Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery fruit pies were the perfect complement to our intimate, whimsical wedding. Located just minutes from Apple Blossom, this family-owned business has been a Michigan favorite for decades. In addition to being a great alternative to a large cake display, the pies and other fruit accents added a beautifully unique element.

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Photos by Studio 1492 Photography

BRIDAL | MOTHER’S | BRIDESMAID’S | FLOWER GIRL’S | TUXEDOS ACCESSORIES | INVITATIONS | WEDDING GOWN PRESERVATION

www.specialtouchbride.com 544 WASHINGTON STREET, COLUMBUS, IN 812.375.2 2 23

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120 West Market Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 317.972.0600 www.indianapolishilton.com

The Hilton Indianapolis the perfect wedding venue

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Arielle Peters Photography

SINCE 1934

Experience the Magic EP

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WeddingDay Magazine - Issue 2 2018  
WeddingDay Magazine - Issue 2 2018