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Abby and Kyle were married at Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum in Sharpsville, Ind. on August 31. “We really wanted an outdoor venue that also offered an indoor space in case of inclement weather,” Abby said. “At the time, barns were a popular venue choice, and we had a hard time finding one that was both unique and available. A date opened up at our venue, and we toured on a windy March day. It was rustic, historic to the area, and had an awesome loft area. The barn itself was reconstructed as it would have been 100 years ago.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Nina peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece taupe suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, craspedia, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were greeted with rays of sunshine rather than rain! Programs featured the itinerary on the front and fun facts on the back. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “The moment after we walked back down the aisle, we were hidden behind a pine tree for a few seconds,” she said. “We hugged and kissed, and we both looked at each other like, ‘now what?’ and laughed. Then, our family and friends came to us one-by-one, and it just felt like the happiest, most complete time of my life.” Cocktail hour began followed the reception shortly thereafter. “We are both Purdue graduates, and we really wanted to incorporate our time there,” Abby said. “Purdue has a classic bar called Harry’s. We had signature Harry’s plastic cups, popcorn bags (and a popcorn machine), and a Harry’s sign, kindly created by a bridesmaid. We served Indiana wine and beer from local breweries too.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, peanuts, and old-fashion Coca-Cola bottles, which also served double-duty as favors, surrounded by folding padded chairs. A two-tiered cake was cut and served concluding a buffet dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The experience goes by so fast,” she said. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may spend a lot of time agonizing over the details and before you know it, you’re at the airport leaving for paradise. Enjoy the extra time with everyone. For most, planning your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Make the most of it!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

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Photography: Jennifer Van Elk Photography | Videography: Julia Brehm | Venue: Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum | Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel Bride from Carrie Karibo Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Macy’s | Jewelry: Paris Jewellers | Hair Stylist: Gracie Chrisman of Bobby Cooper Salon | Makeup Artist: MAC | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Bachrach | Officiant: Steve Martin | Ceremony Musician: Seth Merrill | Invitations: Yellow Door Creative on Etsy | Floral Designer: Elsie’s Flower Shoppe | Rentals: American Tool and Party Rental | Caterer: Rozzi’s Catering | Cake: Heavenly Sweets Cakes | DJ: Tony Hammer 

How Do I Survive A Crazy Wedding Season?

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 03, 2015

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So the saying goes, “Cassie and Bryan sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.” (Note: we can skip that last part for now!) All of your friends from college are getting hitched in the same year. Is that even possible? Yes, we know someone who attended 14, including her own. Read our nine tips and tricks on how to survive here.

Sophisticated Gold Fall Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 02, 2015

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Anna and Rodney were married at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif. on October 18. “We knew it was the one because the venue had beautiful gardens and art installations, but also several different places for the events of the day to take place,” Anna said. The bride wore a custom-made blush ball gown with an embroidered bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pleated dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of roses, scabiosa pods, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “I Do,” directing them to the Vineyard Lawn and another wooden sign that said, “Ceremony, where the I dos happen, Cocktail Hour, to celebrate the fact that ‘WE DID,’ dinner, off to the tent where fine dining, drinking, and memories will be made, and Back to the Barn, head to the dance floor, grab some sweets, and P-A-R-T-Y.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, with everyone standing, music playing, slow motion, and anxiety,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, vintage books, and votive candles, surrounded by mix ‘n’ matched chairs. In lieu of a cake, there was a cake pop tower. Fun fact: a gobo monogram was projected behind it! However, favors were pashmina shawls. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Excel is your best friend,” Anna said. “From the very beginning, keep lists for everything like your guests and vendors with as many line item details as you can and keep it up-to-date. If you get it all in there, (i.e. phone numbers, addresses, emails, meal preferences, etc.) it will make things that much less stressful when it comes time to confirm attendees, final counts for rentals, catering, reminders, thank you cards — too many things to list.” At the end of the night they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Videography: Frontside Films | Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Event Planner: Kristen Jensen of Sugar Rush Events | Dress Designer: Veejay Floresca | Hair and Makeup Artist: Kimberly Prado | Officiant: Abraham Alonzo | Invitations: Rodney Canlas | Floral Designer: The Flower House | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering | Cake: Cake Coquette | Cake Pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes | DJ: DJ Ray of Verducci Event Productions 

25 Groomsmen Gifts You Should Buy Right Now

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 02, 2015

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Whether your groomsmen are tying a bow tie or making an unforgettable toast it is essential to thank them for being there on the big day. Fortunately, there are lots of fun and stylish groomsmen gifts to choose from, including shades, cufflinks, beer mugs, and more! Here are some of our favorite groomsmen gifts that your buddies will love and often can use during your celebration!

Vintage Pastel Winter Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 01, 2015

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Jessica and Kevin were married at Twin Oaks House and Gardens in San Marcos, Calif. on February 2. “When I walked through the archway and saw the garden covered in greenery and twinkle lights, all surrounding an old schoolhouse, I knew it was the one,” Jessica said. The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Tieks’ comfy flats, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted to the ceremony with a heart-shaped chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome! Today two families become one. Please choose a seat not a side,” and encouraged to grab a handkerchief “for happy tears.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 140 witnessing. Cocktail hour began at the “Wet Your Whistle” beer and wine bar followed the reception shortly thereafter inside a pole tent draped with fabric and hung with crystal chandeliers. “Besides seeing Kevin for the first time, I would have to say seeing the venue for the first time with all of my do-it-yourself decor was my favorite moment,” she said. “I had this image in my head for so long of what I wanted the day to look like and seeing it come together surpassed all of my expectations.” Tables were decorated with white linens, blush napkins, vintage plates, candelabra centerpieces, and favor bags at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served concluding dinner. In addition, there were cupcakes too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “If you are planning and crafting a lot by yourself, keep an inventory of everything you buy or make throughout the year,” Jessica said. “Also, note where you want to place it. I had so many little things I had bought during our 15-month engagement. It would have helped to keep track of everything.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in London, Paris, and Rome.

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Photography: Matthew Nigel Photography | Videography: Eric Dove of Striking Moments | Venue/Caterer/Cake: Twin Oaks House & Gardens | Dress Designer: Pronovias from Jaclyn’s Bridal | Shoes: Tieks | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay from Jaclyn’s Bridal | Hair Stylist: Chantel Long | Makeup Artist: Tiffany Shea | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Officiant: Denny Bellesi | DJ: Herbie Smith

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