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in this issue
THE WEDDING STORY OF Kelly & Logan at Saint Joseph’s Farm
HAIR DOS TO SAY “I DO” TO Hair Inspiration from Local Stylists
PLANNERS, COORDINATORS & DESIGNERS, OH MY! Which One Should You Hire?
LOVE AT FIRST BITE Desserts Beyond the Cake
FOOD TRUCKS 11 Trucks that are the “Wheel Deal” 10
BARN WEDDINGS ARE HERE TO STAY Here’s Why 18
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A Modern, Eco-Friendly Wedding
THE WEDDING STORY OF Mekayla & Chris at the Lerner Theater 56
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KELLY & LOGAN CONNER
You never know how much brothers can come in handy. Kelly Joines and Logan Conner have known each other since 2001 when Kellyâ€™s brother, Brian, started driving Logan and her other brother, Jeff, to soccer practice and Kelly attended all the games. Kelly and Logan both attended St. Joseph High School, although he was a senior and she was a freshman. Logan and Jeff went on to Xavier University in Cincinnati, where Kelly also ended up attending. Their relationship went from friends to soulmates in 2012.
August 1, 2015 GRANGER, INDIANA PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMANDA FALES PHOTOGRAPHY 10
a little bit of rustic,
It was one of those hot August afternoons in Cincinnati. Kelly, a special education teacher, had just finished teaching her last summer school class when Logan suggested they go to dinner to celebrate their anniversary at Wild Ginger (the spot of their first date). After admitting that he had yet to pack for their trip the next day, he begged her to come over to help him get ready. When she arrived at his apartment, she was amazed to find a room full of roses, candles and frames filled with special moments from their past. She said yes!
a lot of elegance A CELEBRATION AT ST. JOSEPHâ€™S FARM
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SEASON // SUMMER STYLE // ELEGANT, RUSTIC FLOWERS // ROSES, DAHLIAS, HYDRANGEAS COLORS //
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Although the bride had about 26 ideas for themes, she settled on “rustic elegance” for her wedding at the 100-year-old barn in Granger. “The only rustic element I wanted was the barn itself. I knew I wanted everything else to be a stark contrast to the dark, wood interior.” Enter wedding planner Cher from Merry Me Events who helped her carry off a lot of shimmer, sparkle, and glamour, including lighted tree branches hanging from the pillars.
The list of flowers is dizzying and amazing: Campanella Peach garden roses, romantic antique garden roses, café au lait dahlias, coral dahlias, Rene Goscinny garden rose spray (with a light, apricot perfume), nature’s cherry roses, peach roses, blush carnations, peach finesse roses, free spirit roses, curly willow branches, blush peach hydrangea, blush peach stock, snapdragons and hypericum berries.
THE RECEPTION The couple planned the reception so that they could enjoy a private dinner together during the cocktail hour. She said the catering staff was amazing and had an adorable table for two set up (in an upstairs loft) and brought them appetizers, drinks and their own dinner. “It gave us a chance to actually take our time and enjoy the meal and not feel rushed to start mingling.” Once the reception began, they had the time to visit with friends and family.
The couple decided to honor the bride’s heritage with The Polonaise, a traditional Dutch wedding dance. Kelly’s maternal grandparents immigrated to the US from the Netherlands after WWII and that heritage has been very important to the family. Great Uncle Harry has kept the tradition alive at all weddings.
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THE DRESS With Cincinnati being one of the largest bridal districts in the country, Kelly felt she would have no trouble finding “the dress.” But it wasn’t that easy. A second trip about a month after the first excursion resulted in a consultant pulling out one that had just come in. She wanted a lot of lace, an interesting back and a train. The new dress had all the elements. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” she says.
THE CAKE Kelly designed the cake based on Pinterest inspiration. Sweet Elegance used her inspiration photos to come up with something very original and different. The color scheme included ivory and blush with gold accents and textures on the tiers similar to the flowers.
THE COLORS Kelly wanted soft, light colors to counterbalance the dark wood interiors at the antique barn. She finally stopped scouring Pinterest and made a decision to go with the sorbet colors of blush and orange, thanks to some help from her wedding planner.
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ADVICE FROM THE bride
Take advantage of the lull during the two or three months before the wedding to get the little things done. For instance, thank you notes take a lot of time! Start putting together a list of everyone you want to thank and get some of those done ahead of time.
FAVORITE PART OF THE CEREMONY While couples look back and reflect on the first time they saw each other, Kelly said she and Logan were more moved by the view from the altar, where they could see all their family and friends. “It was the most humbling experience of my life. I have never felt more grateful. It was if the love in that church was palpable,” she says.
wedding team CEREMONY LOCATION Christ the King Catholic Church South Bend, IN
HAIR SALON Blush Salon Granger, IN
CAKE Sweet Elegance Edwardsburg, MI
RECEPTION LOCATION Saint Joseph’s Farm Granger, IN
MAKEUP Viktoria Zarovsky
CEREMONY MUSICIAN & SINGER Anthony Beer & Lindsey Meekhof
WEDDING PLANNER & FLORIST Cher Goggins, Merry Me Events Edwardsburg, MI PHOTOGRAPHER Amanda Fales Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Cardboard Films Nashville, TN CATERER Matterhorn Catering Elkhart, IN
NAIL SALON Nails by Milan South Bend, IN TUXEDOS Bernardo’s Mishawaka, IN RINGS & BRIDE’S JEWELRY J.R. Fox Jewelers Mishawaka, IN BRIDESMAIDS’ JEWELRY Wander + Lust Jewelry INVITATIONS Wedding Paper Divas
RECEPTION BAND Stitley Orchestra Evanston, IL RENTALS Burn’s Rent-Alls Mishawaka, IN REHEARSAL DINNER The Brick South Bend, IN PAPER GOODS & CHALKBOARD SIGNS Paper Thread
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Hairstyles to say “I do” to Your once-in-a-lifetime occasion deserves a once-in-a-lifetime hairstyle. Whether you’re looking for pretty and pinned, loose and lovely, or braided and beautiful, these runway-inspired hair looks are both trendy and timeless.
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E. HAIRSTYLE: Krystle Waivio Hair, PHOTOGRAPHY: Dionel Photography F. HAIRSTYLE: La Dolce Salon & Spa, PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristin Hornberger Photography G. HAIRSTYLE: Nicholas J. Salon and Spa, PHOTOGRAPHY: Ben Pancoast Photography H. HAIRSTYLE: Krystle Waivio Hair, PHOTOGRAPHY: Alycia Choroszucha
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Planners and Coordinators and Designers, Oh My! WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU HIRE?
Once upon a time, there were people who helped to plan your wedding and they weren’t called wedding planners. These people were usually mothers, aunts, grandmothers or family friends who assumed responsibility for the behind-the-scenes duties that weddings generally require. It wasn’t a business or a service, but rather a customary tradition that one of the female relatives or friends would take on wedding tasks to alleviate stress from the bride. And they did it for free. Back then, the typical wedding focused on simplicity and tradition. Fast forward to today, and weddings have become extravagant productions heavily influenced by Pinterest, bridal magazines, blogs and celebrity weddings (looking at you, Kim and Kanye). It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact time or cultural influence when weddings became grand scale, but some attribute the shift to when the royal wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was televised to almost 750 million people. That fairytale wedding is thought to have set the tone for the grandiose weddings we dream of today. Today’s average wedding costs somewhere in the vicinity of $30,000 and usually requires 10-15 wedding professionals. And while some may hire a professional planner because they want a large, swanky wedding, most couples hire one because they simply do not have the time to plan an event of this proportion in between jobs, house hunting, kids, and life’s other obligations. But once the decision is made to hire a professional to assist in the wedding planning, how do you know which type of professional to hire? After all, now couples have the options of coordinators, planners and event designers. And beyond that, they have the options of deciding between full-service planner, partial-service planner, day-of wedding coordination, month-of coordination and à la carte services. It’s difficult to determine which type of vendor and service is the right fit. We spoke with Brooke Tichenor, owner of savoir faire events, a wedding and event planning studio in Carmel, Indiana about which breed of planning professional best fits each bride. 22
WEDDINGDAY: What is the difference between a planner, coordinator, and designer?
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BROOKE: A wedding planner is often hired at the beginning stages
During the research and interview process, it is important that couples ask plenty of questions of the professionals, and that the professional clearly identifies and explains the services they offer.
of planning and is considered to be one of the most involved of the wedding professionals. The planner’s focus is logistics. A planner works alongside the couple from the onset, providing guidance and offering step-by-step expertise, throughout the entire process. A fullservice planner will often begin working with couples at 12 months, and sometimes as early as 18 months out. Some of the more common services a wedding planner offers include assisting with venue selection, vendor referrals, schedules and attending vendor meetings, contract management and negotiation, budget development and oversight, design and styling advice, creation of wedding timelines and planning tools, and day-of execution and orchestration of all wedding day activities. Wedding planner responsibilities vary across the board, and here are a few more services a planner can offer: Guest list preparation and RSVP management Floor plans and guest seating arrangements Procurement of ‘welcome’ baskets, favors, and more Booking and arranging of hotel accommodations Etiquette guidance Travel and honeymoon arrangements The most important role a wedding planner plays is that of liaison between the client and team of vendors – they are the bride and groom’s spokesperson, answering questions, coordinating details, solving issues, and much more on behalf of the client. They are there to make the entire experience a truly enjoyable and memorable one for the client - from piecing together every detail big and small to executing the big picture on the wedding day. Planners are there to alleviate any and all stresses, allowing the bride and groom to not only enjoy their wedding day, but the precious time leading up to it. The ultimate goal for every planner is to hear “I don’t know what I would have done without you!” These words are music to the ears and confirmation of a job well done and a happy couple. Wedding planners are often ideal for busy, working professionals, couples planning weddings from miles away, those lacking in organization or having a knack for details, and sometimes those who simply have no idea where to begin and need a professional to guide them. A wedding designer’s focus is to create the visual aesthetic, the overall look and style of a wedding, and will usually do so with a focus on all five senses. A designer will work with the couple in defining and executing a look and theme specific to their personal vision. Designers may work with a couple in establishing a color story, selecting décor, lighting, stationery elements, fabric treatments, florals, and more. The designer may provide the inspiration, and then contract a team of professionals in every category to provide the specific components needed to create the big picture. There are designers who also offer wedding coordination services for additional fees. A wedding coordinator is hired to seamlessly execute all of the plans the couple has made and to serve as the liaison with all contracted vendors. A coordinator typically begins working with the couple 6-8 weeks out (sometimes even as early as 12 weeks out) whereupon they review all details and logistics with the couple, make introductions with vendors and confirm obligations, gather and review contracts, coordinate and manage ceremony rehearsals, create wedding timelines and planning tools, and oversee and orchestrate all activities on the wedding day–
It is also important to note that venues may have wedding and venue coordinators on their staff. When meeting with venues, the client should receive clarification on exactly what services are provided, and what is/is not included.
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WEDDINGDAY: Which of your services do you find couples lean most toward? BROOKE: It all comes down to the bride and groom’s individual needs,
but I have seen a good deal of interest in both wedding planning and wedding coordination services. It often depends on right timing and the right circumstances. I have seen many couples decide to take on the planning themselves in the early stages, and then after several months in, decide that a planner and/or coordinator is needed because they have come to realize the level of detail and amount of time needed to plan a wedding. On the other hand, busy, working professionals have come to me at the very beginning, for they know right away they do not have the time needed to plan a wedding.
WEDDINGDAY: What is one or two misconceptions you often hear about hiring a wedding planner? BROOKE: Wedding planners will take over the wedding, not allowing
the couple to make any decisions, and will eventually change the bride and groom’s vision. A wedding planner is there to guide the couple, presenting them with the best options based on their vision and budget, not to make decisions for the bride and groom. A great planner will take the time to listen to their clients, understand their priorities and their wishes, and will guide them to the most suitable professionals - and in doing so, will save the client endless hours of research and headaches. Another misconception is that only wealthy people hire wedding planners. Planners offer packages to meet a wide range of bridal needs. Personalized packages or services are typically offered, and can be tailored to the bride and groom’s individual needs and budget. The couple should not discount the overall value a seasoned professional can provide throughout every stage of the planning process.
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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
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Re-confirm all plans and times with vendors and wedding party
Start planning your ceremony with music selection and readings
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THE EASIEST GUIDE TO changing your last name
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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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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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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ate-night snacks give a whole new meaning to the term “night cap.” Serving snacks or a late-night meal during the dance reception is no longer considered a trend, but instead serves as a much-needed and much-appreciated interruption to the hours of dancing. As the reception progresses, most people have quickly burned off the 6:00 dinner on the dance floor and have filled up on liquor. It’s practically a scientific fact that cardio plus alcohol equals hungry people. By offering a late-night snack, you are acknowledging that you have taken your guests’ needs and comforts into consideration. It’s also a
subtle way to sober up a few of your guests (your hotel and transportation staff will thank you!). While your guests will certainly welcome any form of free food, hiring a food truck to cater your late-night bite is an avenue worth exploring, especially if you’re looking to create an experience for your guests. When your friends and family have already been wow’ed by your gown, your reception décor, the venue, dinner, and your exceptional taste in dance music—adding a food truck to the mix is like pulling out the ace in your sleeve. Do you remember that feeling when you
heard the ice cream truck coming down the street? That excitement is synonymous to the feeling that your guests will experience when a food truck pulls up to your wedding (minus the creepy music). Whether you’re a bride who could eat pizza for breakfast or a bride who never passes up a Taco Tuesday, we’ve gathered some of our favorite local food trucks that cater special events. These food trucks offer options that lend themselves well to the late-night, party atmosphere! Spoiler alert: these menus are so enticing, you may just be tempted to have them cater your entire wedding!
Indianapolis KG SLIDER STATION (317) 829-4239 • keysgourmet.com The Slider Station food truck is the mobile division of Keys Gourmet Catering. The truck menu offers a lighter, contemporary take on everyday fast food—perfect for guests who have taken full advantage of an open bar! TACOS WITHOUT BORDERS tacoswithoutborders.com Exotic tacos and burritos with global influences? Sign us up. All of this food truck’s tacos are also made from scratch, using locally purchased ingredients, so you can feel extra good about this decision! BYRNE’S GRILLED PIZZA (317) 737-2056 • byrnespizza.com What is it about pizza that everyone craves at the end of a night? Byrne’s Grilled Pizza delivers authentic, gourmet pizza made on a grill right at your event. NACHO MAMAS FOOD TRUCK (317) 374-6969 nachomamasfoodtruck.com Is there anything you’d want more than to end your party with nachos? If this wasn’t your favorite late-night indulgence before, it will be after you try Nacho Mamas Food Truck. DER PRETZEL WAGEN (317) 331-9690 • derpretzelwagen.com Bavarian-style pretzels and pretzel sandwiches, need we say more? End your night with the Big Helga, a pretzel sandwich featuring pastrami, spicy brown mustard, Swiss cheese and slaw. #yes
Fort Wayne BRAVAS HOT DOGS (260) 745-7002 • bravasfood.com Hot dogs are affordable and totally craveworthy during late-night hours. And with options like the Snoop Dogg (smoked bacon, gouda cheese and garlic aioli) and the El Gringo (chili, Fritos, guac and pico de gallo), these are not your Grandmother’s hot dogs. PIZZA BOMBA (260) 440-6790 • pizzabomba.com New York-style, handcrafted pizza comes from this Fort Wayne food truck! Consider your late-night cravings satisfied. SPICER’S FOOD TRUCK (260) 415-4287 • spicersfoodtruck.com Spicer’s specializes in making gourmet food with seasonal produce and locally supplied meats. Add a street-fare twist and this menu is a must-try. The menu changes based on ingredient availability, so there’s always something new to love!
Michigan City COOL RUNNINGS JAMAICAN RESTAURANT (219) 210-3885 • coolrunningsin.com Flavor abounds in this food truck that caters Jamaican-inspired fare. From jerk chicken and catfish to warm mac and cheese, this food truck will have everyone gathered at the window all night.
Gary TASTE DA 219 (219) 805-8398 Looking to create a custom menu that reflects you and your significant other? Look no further than TASTE da 219, a food truck servicing Gary and the surrounding cities.
Goshen THE WEINER SHACK AND GRILL (574) 286-6607 • thewienershack.com Don’t let the name fool you, this food truck offers options far beyond the hot dog! Other options include gourmet street tacos, artisanal burgers and Pesto Parmesan Fries.
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WHY BARN WEDDINGS ARE HERE TO stay A setting sun peeking through wooden beams. Cathedral and vaulted ceilings dressed with romantic stringed lights and chandeliers. Bars made from whiskey barrels and pallets. Historic origins with modern amenities. Acres and acres of serene countryside. They called it a trend—a movement that would soon be on its way out by the time
the following year’s wedding trends were introduced. They said that countryside places and rustic spaces would fall out of step with brides who would certainly grow weary of mason jars and cowboy boots. “They” are the experts who predict what’s on the horizon for what’s in and what’s out in the wedding industry. And sometimes, they are mistaken.
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THE DEMAND FOR BARN WEDDINGS REFLECTS A SIGNIFICANT SHIFT IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY WHICH SIGNIFIES THAT COUPLES ARE DEVIATING FROM THE NORM.
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Barn weddings arrived on scene in a subtle manner a few years ago, but their popularity continues to gain rapid momentum, and not just with brides looking for the casual, rustic experience. Nowadays, couples are revolutionizing their barn weddings to include every type of wedding theme, while incorporating their own take on tradition. Perhaps that is the enticement of the barn weddingâ€”it can be as elegant, as casual, as rustic, as lavish, or as personalized as a couple wants it to be. That thought alone breaks every stereotype that surrounds the barn wedding. They can no longer be defined or limited within the boundaries of burlap runners, mason jars, chalkboard signs and D.I.Y. Instead, they serve more as a blank canvas where couples can envision and create.
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The demand for barn weddings reflects a significant shift in the wedding industry which suggests that couples are deviating from the norm. Instead, they are embracing their own styles and daring to venture beyond tradition and cookie-cutter weddings. The diamond-inthe-rough characteristics that come with barns allows brides to easily visualize their wedding in the venue. And that blank canvas is the perfect backdrop to design a wedding that is an authentic reflection of the couple. Ballrooms, country clubs and hotels seem to carry an expectation of extravagance and luxury while barns are easily personalized and transformed to become whatever it is that the bride wants it to be.
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More and more couples are now expressing their desire to simply create an experience for their guests. In other words, they really want their friends and family to have fun. And while that certainly can be done within the confines of any venue, it comes naturally within the barn setting with fire pits, animals roaming throughout the grounds, outdoor spaces for yard games, and overnight accommodations. There is just something about attending a barn wedding that tells guests they are going to have a good time. The barn wedding “trend” hasn’t wavered much in the past years. Instead, the “trend” continues to refashion itself by being a flexible space where brides can virtually design their own venue with any trend or non-trend they want.
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LAKESIDE OCCASIONS Lakeside Occasions is a restored dairy barn built in the 1800s in the heart of Amish country; it still contains much of the original woodwork and has been renovated to provide a cellar for ceremonies, a stage for the wedding party, a converted silo and feed room for the bride to get ready and a balcony that offers panoramic views of Emma Lake. 2595 S 625 W, Topeka, IN 46571 (260) 336-0038 • lakesideoccasions.com BLISSFUL BARN Blissful Barn was originally built in the 1800s and has just finished renovations in time for the summer wedding season. This two-story barn offers space for up to 200 guests and includes amenities like bride-and-groom suites, restrooms, WiFi, electricity, sound system and more. The three-acre grounds feature a sparkling stream, koi pond, gazebo and surrounding fields. 4706 Watson Rd, Three Oaks, MI 49128 (269) 697-1829 • blissfulbarn.com MARTIN’S BARN ON KNOB CREEK Martin’s Barn is an exclusive lifestyle venue recently completed in 2015. The barns and grounds feature an authentic nineteenthcentury barn moved from Pennsylvania to the Indiana farm, luxury groom and bridal suites, a modern bar, rolling dance floor and amphitheater, heat and air conditioning, along with extremely spacious guest areas. 555 Little Salt Creek Run, Bedford, IN 47421 (812) 508-9868 martinsbarnonknobcreek.com HAPPILY EVER AFTER BARN WEDDINGS AND EVENTS Happily Ever After Barns offers two locations southwest of beautiful Bloomington. The first barn is a family farm located off a secluded private road. The second is located at Lamplight Country Village. The interior features a one-story, shabby chic atmosphere with a beautiful loft. 5290 East State Road 58, Elnora, IN (812) 606-6969 happilyeverafterbarnweddings
MUSTARD SEED GARDENS Mustard Seed Gardens, nestled in the heart of the Indiana countryside is a unique setting, rich in history with roots dating back to the mid-1800s. Located on the original Metsker Plantation is the “Olde Barn,” which has been completely converted to a one-ofa-kind wedding and event facility that offers old world charm and modern conveniences. Outdoor amenities include a bar, a fireplace, a pergola and waterfront views. Indoors, the venue can seat 200 guests comfortably.
MONTGOMERY FARMS Montgomery Farms is a 150-year-old, two-story barn located on 40 acres of countryside complete with a pond and wooded background. The barn has stringed lights overhead, a fenced-in children’s play area, and furniture and décor available to couples. There is also The Farmhouse which is available for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready in. With access to the entire property, couples have several options for hosting ceremonies and receptions.
77 Metsker Lane, Noblesville, IN 46062 (317) 776-2300 • mustardseedgardens.com
1122 E Radio Tower Road, Underwood, IN 47177 (812) 752-2300 • montgomery-farms.com
THE BARN ON MARYLAND RIDGE Situated on a working cow farm and amongst the rolling Bloomington country, The Barn on Maryland Ridge had their grand opening on Memorial Day weekend. The rustic barn can hold up to 150 guests. Amenities include table, chair and linen rental, an outdoor fire pit, restrooms, and bridal suite. 5347 South Greene County Line Road, Bloomington, IN 47403 812.327.4895 thebarnonmarylandridge.com MIKE’S MUSIC AND DANCE BARN Mike’s Barn is a country music venue in the heart of Brown County. While it operates as a bar and dance club, it is available for weddings and other private events featuring a large wooden dance floor. 2277 IN-46, Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-8636 • mikesmusicbarn.com THE BARN ON BOUNDARY The Barn on Boundary offers couples 5,400 square feet of floor space with two levels, allowing couples to hold a ceremony upstairs and a reception downstairs of about 300 guests. The original details are still intact in the barn including original woodwork, a hand-built bar and horse stalls. The rich architecture paired with chandeliers, string lighting and open floor plan completes the four acres of countryside The Barn sits on.
VINTAGE OAKS BANQUET BARN A long winding driveway leads to the privately nestled Vintage Oaks Barn. The barn was originally constructed in 1837 and after a series of renovations, will be open for the 2016 summer season. Renovations include restrooms, the addition of chandeliers, a newly constructed loft, new windows, and another barn door. Currently, the barn can seat 168 people, but once the loft is completed, there will be more space for up to 250 guests. 1150 West, Delphi, IN 46923 (217) 972-0583 vintageoaksbanquetbarn.com THE LOFT AT WALNUT HILL FARM The Loft is a 147-acre rustic farm nestled in the rolling hills of south central Indiana. The Dutch Hoop Barn has been restored featuring original architecture with a 22foot ceiling, walnut walls, pine floors and antique chandeliers. The barn is climate controlled and can accommodate 230 for a ceremony and 140 for a reception. Another reception possibility is the covered pavilion which is able to accommodate 300 people. Additional amenities include dressing rooms, a warming kitchen, an onsite cottage, and an outdoor deck. 1317 Bennett Road, Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-6938 • theloftatwalnuthill.com
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A recent graduate of Albion College in Michigan, Mekayla Fawn Diehl was working her fifth season at the Elcona Country Club at the July 4 Bash and Buffet when Chris Eppers and his parents and four brothers sat down in her section. When Chrisâ€™s mom asked her about her knee brace, Mekayla explained that she was in rehab after four years of college volleyball. After dinner, Chris invited her to play on his sand volleyball team. When the team turned out to be full, he called her and asked her out to dinner.
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THE PROPOSAL October 2014 was a busy month for the two: she was reigning Miss Indiana USA and he was traveling for business as president of Augusta RV in Bristol. Because both of them love Halloween, Chris said he wanted to spend the entire weekend doing all things fall-ish and Halloween-ish. After running a corn maze and eating caramel apples, the two went home to carve their traditional green and orange pumpkins. He sent her to the dumpster to get rid of the insides and when she came back he got on one knee and asked her to light the pumpkin. She found a green box inside. “I opened the top and was instantly upset because I thought he broke my pumpkin!” He asked her to marry him.
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Because the bride’s mother lives on a Native American reservation in Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada, the couple visited there the August before the wedding and had a traditional ceremony with her family and ancestors. During the October ceremony, her mother Skyped from the reservation while her dad walked her down the aisle.
THE DRESS Being well versed in gowns from the pageant industry, the bride wanted something different – no lace or rhinestones please! She stumbled across Hayley Paige’s Instagram page and fell in love with her designs. She went to a trunk show in Chicago and was able to work hand in hand with the designer to find the perfect dress.
THE FLOWERS Jenifer Rupnow of Matzke Florist says they designed the brideâ€™s bouquet for an elegant look with white roses, white calla lilies, and stock, while the bridesmaids carried bouquets of red roses. The tiered centerpieces of three different heights incorporated hydrangeas, Dendrobium Orchids, carnations and stock (to name just a few).
THE COLORS Because the Lerner is so beautiful, the bride didnâ€™t want to contrast with the colors already in the room and decided on the classic red, ivory and black.
THE RECEPTION Guests didn’t sit around at this reception! The couple planned it to be very interactive with quizzes, games, photo booth complete with items from the traditional Native American ceremony on display, and guests dressing up in red-carpet attire from different movie genres. Special guests: Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber and Mary Poppins.
THE CAKE Sweet-Em’s Cake Shoppe in Goshen created the art deco cake with marble flavor and raspberry filling.
ADVICE FROM THE bride
“Trust your vendors. While controlling every single detail might seem like something you want to do, it’s just added stress. Guide them to do their job and let go of the reins.”
THE DÉCOR/THEME Mekayla wanted the theme of her October wedding to be “Old Hollywood Glam.” She credits Jen from Matzke Florist; The Crystal Ballroom at The Lerner Theater, and Anderson Photography for having the expertise to carry out the couple’s vision. “I found that giving my experts and vendors the creative power allowed them to think outside the traditional wedding box.” Movie posters recreating some of their favorite romantic comedies were placed in various spots at the reception.
FUNNIEST MOMENT Mekayla loved seeing her guests letting loose on the dance floor, although most couldn’t compete with Harry and Lloyd in their blue and orange suits.
FAVORITE MEMORY “The entire day. And I made sure I was the first and last person on the dance floor.”
wedding team CEREMONY LOCATION St. Vincent de Paul Elkhart, IN RECEPTION LOCATION & CATERER Crystal Ballroom, The Lerner Theatre Elkhart, IN PHOTOGRAPHER Anderson Photography MIDNIGHT SNACK Michael’s Italian Restaurant CAKE Sweet-Em’s Cake Shoppe BRIDE’S GOWN & BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Bella Bianca Oakbrook, IL
FLORIST Matzke Florist
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HAIR SALON Karma Hair & Beauty Lounge
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THE DÉCOR There was so much to love about the decorative pieces used in this cover shoot. Mixes of modernity and rustic were fused throughout the setting using rentals from The Rental Company, linens from Elegant Linen Design, signage by I DO Signs, and crafted woodwork from The Project Barn. The tablescape shined with mixed metals like copper chargers, silver flatware, and gold-and-silver-patterned china. A mid-century vintage whiskey hutch was brought in for the doughnut and coffee station adding to the wood décor and brunch theme. Geometric pieces were used throughout including a custom geometric wood shelving piece that was used for the brunch bar. The hexagon shapes of the shelves matched the stationery. Creative signs were also used throughout the spaces, but rather than using chalkboard signs, wooden painted boards were used with fancy script. Other touches included coffee beans used for escort cards and organic linen bags filled with coffee beans as a guest favor—perfect for the environmental, brunch theme. 68
THE DRESS BIANKA Bridal rose to the challenge of finding a gown that featured a modern style, yet fit into an organic setting. The team was determined to feature Designer Hayley Paige. Taking inspiration from the venue, florals and color scheme, the BIANKA team selected a Behati gown. The Behati gown is an ivory, geometric, organza ball gown featuring a Moroccan-beaded back, full skirt, and V-neck bodice. They felt this particular style best represented their vision of a classic-yet-modernistic and linear wedding.
THE VENUE The light and airy, botanical feel we aimed for seemed fitting for a conservatory or greenhouse. We were drawn to the idea of large windows inhaling natural light. The most perfect venue revealed itself in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, located in the heart of Michiganâ€™s trendiest tourist city. The Downtown Market boasts two spaces that we found were fitting for our theme: one, it has a large conservatory filled with luscious greenery and expansive windows showing off the downtown area and two, it holds a banquet room with gorgeous wood floors and pallet-inspired walls that gave off a bamboo, rustic feel. The banquet room served as the ceremony space, using the wood wall as the ceremony backdrop. The reception took on a more festive approach by making use of the greenhouse and its hanging plants, stringed lights and floor-to-ceiling windows. Gorgeous views of the cityscape were within reach at every turn.
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THE HAIR & MAKEUP Krystle Waivio, our hair stylist assessed all of the alluring details of the Hayley Paige gown and matched its feminine and flirty feel with our model’s hair. She gave the bride pieced-out textured curls with subtle volume in the crown before sweeping it over the shoulder to show off the gown’s intricate back. The bridesmaids wore low up-dos with subtle details to match the simplicity of their gowns. MAC Cosmetics stole the spotlight and played up on our bride’s most stunning features. Makeup artist Angie Miller used MAC’s bronze eye shadow to define the model’s eyes in combination with Viseart’s neutral palette. Her creamy skin was perfected with MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation while her high cheekbones were emphasized with MAC’s Pink Swoon blush. The finishing touch was NARS Audacious lipstick.
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THE STATIONERY Jamie, owner of Jamie Lynne Creative designed an invitation suite that played on the environmental beauty and simplicity of the Downtown Market. By introducing FSC-certified papers and soy-based inks, Jamie embraced the eco-friendly concept but emphasized her personal creativity with a modern typeface, playful script and illustrative foliage. The pops of copper she used added the extra touch of earth-meets-urban.
THE FLORAL Eastern Floral, the Market’s in-house florist, arranged a rich array of foliage and texture to match the “green” concept. The florist intermingled Dagger fern, parvifolia, silver dollar eucalyptus, bay leaf, air plants, succulents, tobacco grass, lisianthus, spray roses, fiddle head fern, seeded eucalyptus, Sahara roses, variegated mini pittosporum and honey bracelet, resulting in the organic, textured look that brides are after right now.
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Honeymoon Dreams............................................... 40
Allen & Company Photography............................... 74
Hyatt Place................................................................. 8
Allen County Fairgrounds........................................ 42
Josephiney Photography......................................... 25
Allure, The.................................................. back cover
Katherine Murray Photography.............................. 26
Be Married............................................................... 20
La Porte Civic Auditorium....................................... 62
Bed, Bath & Beyond................................................ 32
Lakeside Occasions.................................................. 6
Beiger Mansion......................................................... 9
Matzke Florist.......................................................... 31
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Meg Rodgers, Harpist............................................. 52
Blissful Barn............................................................ 17
Michiana Tents and Events.................................... 21
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa............................... 75
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Blushing Bride on 17.............................................. 21
Monumental Weddings & Events........................... 24
Bridal Spectacular................................................... 52
Morris Estate, The................................................... 41
Bridal Superstore.................................................... 25
Natalie Joy Photography......................................... 42
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Nicholas J Salon & Spa............................................. 1
Century Bride..................................................... 54-55
Palais Royale & The Morris Performing Arts Center.... 64
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Photography by Kelly & Justin................................ 40
Comfort Suites, South Bend................................... 74
Ray’s on the Green.................................................. 52
Community Life Center........................................... 24
Rentalex Professional Events................................. 42
Country Bake Shop................................................. 50
Riverside Terrace, The............................................ 30
Crystal Springs Florist.................... inside back cover
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Dauss Foto............................................................... 30
Ruth’s Chris Steak House....................................... 43
Deb Potis Photography............................................. 8
Ruthmere Mansion................................................. 16
DoubleTree by Hilton South Bend.......................... 31
Social Butterfly Planning......................................... 37
Sodus Blossom, The............................................... 65
Fernwood Botanical Garden..................................... 7
Sorg Jewelers ......................................................... 21
Friendship Botanic Gardens................................... 62
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council................ 53
Gaska String Quartet.............................................. 62
Sovereign Catering.................................................. 31
Gigi’s Cupcakes....................................................... 25
Studebaker National Museum............................... 40
Gillespie Conference & Special Events Center, The.... 78
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens................................ 65
Grand Rental Station.............................................. 16
Tara Nicole Weddings & Events............................. 26
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Henderson Castle Luxury Wedding Showcase...... 51
University Catering.................................................. 37
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