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Elegant Deer Park Manor Wedding

The internet is full of wedding inspiration (um, duh, THE VAULT!), so it’s easy to see why this beautiful Bride got a little overwhelmed planning her summer wedding. Luckily for her, her best friend just so happens to be the talent behind All Grand Events. Not only did she get her dream wedding, shot by Lisa Berry Photography, and dream husband, but she also got to plan the whole thing with her best friend!

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From The Bride…When Mike and I started planning our wedding, our “vision” was basically nonexistent. I felt like I could have been happy with many different types of weddings. After browsing through wedding pictures on the Internet, I was able to decide on one thing—I wanted our reception to be outside under a big white tent. We booked a venue where this would be possible. But this was where my vision ended—everything else was kind of blurry.

Luckily for me, my best friend, Emily, is an event designer! She was able to use the venue itself as a launching point and create the most beautiful wedding I could have imagined. My wedding took the shape of a lovely, intimate garden party—which I didn’t even know was what I wanted until she designed it for me. We settled on a color palette of blush pink, peach, cream, and gold. We focused on the flowers above other decorations, and I’m so glad we did! The natural beauty of the venue, combined with Emily’s floral designs was breathtaking.

Everyone always tells you that you should prepare for at least one minor disaster on the day of your wedding. We really lucked out because everything went off without a hitch. The weather was perfect for our outdoor ceremony, the food was spectacular, and we spent the night dancing with all our family and friends.

My biggest piece of advice for brides-to-be, especially for those who are on a more limited budget, is to only worry about the things that matter most to you. I may not have had the most beautiful wedding programs, but I will always have the amazing photographs from Lisa Berry Photography. She perfectly captured the first moment that Mike and I saw each other before our ceremony, our last moments before becoming husband and wife. She managed to beautifully capture all of Emily’s work on the flowers and other decorations. I’m so thankful that I’ll always be able look at those pictures to remember our perfect day.

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Photography: Lisa Berry Photography | Event + Floral Design: All Grand Events | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Venue: Deer Park Manor | Catering, Cake + Favors: Cynthia Moriarty

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Romantic Winter Wedding At Indiana University

This stunning wedding alone has turned me into a full-fledged winter wedding fan, from the snow covered walkways to a long-sleeved lace dress that I literally can’t stop staring at. With romantic florals and planning by Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings, it’s the perfect combination of style and British flair. Eric Rudd Photography captured every moment and you can fall in love with the full gallery here.

From Eric Rudd Photography… Stephanie and Brian live in London (we first met on Skype) and the Bride is a graduate of Indiana University of Bloomington. What really stands out for me is the Bride’s long-sleeve wedding dress…very British/European!

From The Bride… For our wedding day, we envisioned an elegant, classic, and intimate affair – with a nod to European glamor and vintage chic. We live in London and were engaged in Paris, and wanted to honor these experiences on our big day. I chose a 1950s long-sleeved lace gown and satin Fendi heels to pay homage to my Italian heritage and love of fashion and vintage silhouettes; Brian wore a petrol-blue, 3-piece Paul Smith Bespoke suit to honor traditional English tailoring, along with Paul Smith shoes, a Gucci tie and Falke socks (all in reference to his travels). I incorporated a brooch on my bouquet that belonged to my late grandmother, and carried my father’s handkerchief – my something ‘borrowed’ and ‘blue’ as it was ink-stained – that also belonged to my late grandfather. Brian wore antique cufflinks that I bought him for our first Christmas together in 2009. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, we were married on the campus of Indiana University (my alma mater) and celebrated with a wonderful dinner provided by IMU Catering. We chose a palette of white, cream and blush to compliment the winter season, with accents of navy to pick up the tones in Brian’s suit. Our first dance song was ‘Si tu vois ma mère’ by Sidney Bechet, which is the theme song to the movie ‘Midnight in Paris’, one of our favorite films. We worked with the Beck Chapel organist to tailor our music choices – while the welcome music was traditional Baroque, we had U2’s ‘All I Want Is You’, Sigur Ros’s ‘Untitled 3′ and The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ set to the organ for the bridal party processional, the bride’s processional, and the recessional, respectively. Our entrance song was a live jazz rendition of Steely Dan’s ‘Peg’. All of these little details came together to make for an incredible day, but for us, the best moment was seeing each other in the chapel as the music played – after this, time stopped and the rest is history!

Photography: Eric Rudd Photography | Cinematography: Two Are Better | Event Planning: Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings | Floral Design: Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings | Wedding Dress: Heavenly Vintage Brides - London | Cake: Sugar And Spice | Stationery: Double Bravo Designs | Ceremony Venue: Beck Chapel | Reception Venue: Indiana Memorial Union | Bride's Shoes: Fendi | Rings: Kleanthous Antiques | Catering: Indiana Memorial Union | Film Developing/Scanning: The Find Lab

Fall Wedding at Sycamore Farm Bloomington

Fall weddings and cozy cardigans go hand-in-hand. That’s a fact. Just take a peek at this golden hued affair from the lens of Todd Pellowe. It’s a celebration of all things autumn with plenty of natural elements thrown in for good measure. The gallery is bursting with inspiration for fall and DIY brides alike, and don’t miss Ben Tamir Studios’ film to watch it all unfold.


From the Bride… Evan and I had some of our first and favorite dates at Bryan Park while we were in college together at Indiana University, so when Evan proposed he popped the question in that very park a year after we had graduated and come back in town to celebrate homecoming weekend. So when we were deciding on a venue, using the spot under the very tree he proposed at in Bryan Park was a simple choice.

The whole idea for the wedding was centered around that spot in the fall. I wanted warm fall colors and a fun and casual feel for our guests. The reception venue at a local horse farm just south of campus fit right in with our idea. The rolling hills and the trees full of leaves changing color provided the perfect backdrop for the evening.

Our planner and florist helped bring the rest of our ideas to life with a mixture of warm mustard yellow tones, different shades of gray, and natural wood colors and textures combined with bold graphic designs in the table runners (hand-sewn by my mom), a ribbon chandelier, as well as contemporary floral arrangements to bring a more modern edge to the rustic venue. A DIY ceremony backdrop, Bloomington landmarks as table names, caramel apples for favors, a pie bar for dessert, a rice krispie groom’s cake, homemade corn hole boards (painted by my sister-in-law), a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, a custom invitation suite made by a good friend, and homemade dog treats at dinner tables for our Brittany Spaniel, Ruby were some of the additions that made our wedding feel fun and personal to us.

Photography: Todd Pellowe, Louisville Wedding Photographer | Videographer: Ben Tamir Studios | Event Planning: Lauren Olson At Social Butterly Wedding Planning & Design | Floral Design: Artful Blooms | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Bryan Park | Reception Venue: Sycamore Farm | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Anthropologie | Catering: Indiana Memorial Union | Entertainment: Indiana University's Another Round | DJ: Event One | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Caramel Apples: Joan's Caramels, LLC | Ceremony Hairpiece: Big Rock Little Rooster | Earrings: BHLDN | Indiana Poster Print: EndyThings-Etsy | Invitation Suite: SarahKate Chamness | Pies: Pie First Bakery | Reception Bracelet: BHLDN | Reception Hair Piece: BHLDN | Sash: Big Rock Little Rooster | Signs & Table Names: The First Snow

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