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Downton Abbey Styled Shoot from Stacy Able

To be honest, I feel like I’ve been living under a rock having NOT yet seen a full episode of Downton Abbey. Don’t get me wrong — I get the gist, but when amazing vendors like Stacy Able and Jama Finney start planning entire shoots around the show, you know you’re a officially out of the TV loop. Soooo, besides binge watching the last four seasons to play catch up, my week will be spent curled up in this gorgeous gallery of Downton-style pretty. Find it all here.


From Stacy Able… This wedding inspiration shoot took place on a rainy afternoon at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is proof you can pull together a sophisticated event just about anywhere even during Indiana’s infamous unpredictable weather. Stacy Able Photography, Detail + Design, and Cake Zen came up with the concept of the shoot. Inspiration was taken from Downton Abbey and Great Gatsby with a color palette of emerald green, gold, mints, blush, and ivory. The palette blended seamlessly with the 1920′s style gowns from Blue House Bridal and the classic tux from DC’s Tux.

The goal of this shoot was to reflect old world elegance in a clean, classic, and timeless way. To achieve that look, Stacy Able shot a majority of the images with medium formal film. Then by adding touches of elegance with vintage china, soft peach and pink florals, and gold jewelry from Gthrapp the end result was a modern wedding with touches of old world charm and sophistication. Fresh white Peonies from Claudia’s Florabunda and roses from Detail and Design formed a glamorous feel to the table, along with the heirloom lace linens and crystal. The chairs and centerpieces helped to pull the scene together, along with the many handmade desserts and open face sandwiches.

The invitations by Posh and Polish were the definition of vintage chic, utilizing floral details and elegant fonts topped off with lettering by Calligraphy with TLC. Modern studded Valentinos from Indianapolis’s Saks Fifth Avenue were utilized to give a tiny touch of mystery and opulence. The emerald wedding ring and heirloom gold jewelry pieces paid homage to the pantone color of the year and added the touch of sparkle every bride dreams of. This elegant shoot came together marvelously due to the synergy of Indianapolis finest wedding vendors.

Invitations: Nikki Pulfer | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Gthrapp Jewelers | Hair: Morgan Wright | Calligraphy: Calligraphy with TLC | Bridal Bouquet: Gina Martin | Cake + Co-Stylist: Jama Finney | Desserts: Bake Sweet | Lace Cape: Emily Riggs Bridal | Makeup: Leslie Hair and Makeup | Models: BMG Chicago | Photography - Assistance: Audra Stam | Photography/Concept/Stylist: Stacy Able Photography | Second Pair Shoes: Valentino

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Indianapolis Wedding at The Rathskeller from Studio Rebekah Photography

I love this bride. I love her confidence. And I love that she knows exactly what she wants. I think that is so important when planning a wedding, to be you and do what makes you happy. Wear a red dress, don’t have a set color palette and book a fabulous biergarten like The Rathskeller for your venue. That’s exactly what these two did and there’s no doubt that the photos from Studio Rebekah Photography say it all. See the whole fun day right here in the gallery.


From the Bride… With both Colin and I being actors, I’m sure many people expected us to have a theatre or movie star-themed wedding, but much like the crazy inner workings of my mind, that just didn’t seem splendid enough! From the get-go, we only knew we wanted a few basic things: lots of friends and family, lots of laughter, lots of food and beverage, and lots of love. Having a lively, community-oriented celebration reminiscent of old world nuptials was the main image in our heads. (Oh, and the red dress, of course!) Honestly, being cocooned in a nest of our loved ones and making sure everyone would feel comfortable and have fun were our only true concerns. We figured the rest would fall into place.

Out of budgetary necessity, nearly the entire wedding took shape via DIY projects and group efforts that utilized the special talents and skills of our family and friends.

I designed our invitations, save-the-dates, menu cards, and program fans using basic computer programs. The mother of one of my childhood best friends owns a floral shop in Broad Ripple Village in Indianapolis called Bokay Florist. She did an AMAZING job on our flowers. My mom, mother-in-law, and I spent the months before searching thrift stores for various red, amber, and turquoise glass vases and jars to make colorful floral tablescapes. My bridal bouquet was constructed from various brooches – both new and heirloom – given to me by the women in my family. My grandma and great aunt assembled the entire bouquet and shipped it to the florist who added three yellow roses in memory of my maternal grandma.

Rebekah Albaugh of Studio Rebekah Photography was my brother’s wedding photographer in 2011. I was thrilled when my brother and sister-in-law surprised me by hiring her again as a gift to Colin and I on our wedding day! She did an absolutely amazing job on our stunning wedding photos. Literally everyone who sees them asks who our photographer was, and we promptly give them the referral.

DJ Greg Griffin is a good friend of mine from graduate school who studied theatrical lighting and sound. He provided all of our sound and DJ services as a wedding gift.

During the process, it was often difficult to explain our wedding “design” to vendors and the like. We never chose colors or had a formal rehearsal of the ceremony. Our first dance was a goofy, improvised routine of tomfoolery.

I searched high and low in Chicago and Indianapolis for the perfect venue. We wanted outdoors, not too formal, cheerful, big, a one-stop shop for both the ceremony and reception, and all on a budget-friendly tab. After what seemed like an eternity searching, my parents, maid of honor, and I visited The Rathskeller in Indianapolis. We booked the biergarten almost immediately. It had the perfect feel for our festive celebration. Not many weddings had been done in this space, so it felt like having a blank canvas for my less-than-traditional tendencies, which was great. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. A gorgeous day under blue skies and a beautiful evening under the stars. I couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop for the best day ever.

Wedding Photography: Rebekah Albaugh from Studio Rebekah Photography | Wedding Venue: The Rathskeller in Indianapolis, Indiana | Floral Design: Bo Kay Florist | Pies: Boyden’s Bakery | DJ: Greg Griffin from P&M Sound | Wedding Stationery: Paper Source | Wedding Dress: Dame Couture | Bride’s Head Piece: Emilliner | Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom Rack

Indianapolis Wedding at Coxhall Gardens from Lucky Heart Photography

We always get a little giddy around SMP HQ when one of our own ties the knot. We become like a bevy of faux bridesmaids oohing and awwing over the newest Mrs. in our crew. Today we get to do just that for one of our darling as they come LBB sales sweethearts, and her walk down the aisle to say I do to her handsome hubby definitely deserves a station ovation. So stand we shall – here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness from all of us at SMP! xoxo…See so much more from Lucky Heart Photography right here!

From the Bride… For my wedding, I worked with the most amazing vendors to get the exact elegant and classic wedding I have always wanted. My vision was to have a mixture of blue  and purple with an accent of champagne to create a beautiful, garden-like outdoor wedding. I could not have done this without my amazing florist (Bo Kay Florist), who inspired me in the first place and created all the decorations, as well as my amazing photographer who captured each moment. I wanted everything to look soft and classical with beautiful big hydrangea bouquets and lavender Chinese lanterns. The photographer was able to capture everything I wanted to remember, especially all the details that I worked so hard on putting together. The flowers, cake, butterfly place cards and menus were shown beautifully. I am usually very picky when it comes to photos of myself, and I was so happy and relieved when I saw my wedding photos and how accurately they showed how beautiful the day was and how happy we are. It really was the perfect day.

Wedding Photography: Lucky Heart Photography / Wedding Venue: Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana / Floral Design: Bo Kay Florist / Event Coordination: Ritz Charles / Catering + Wedding Cake: Ritz Charles / Wedding Stationery: Etsy / Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock / Bride’s Shoes: Glint via Nordstrom / Makeup: Makeup by Sparkle / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Men’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank

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