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Wedding Highlight – Mead and Henry

December 12th, 2018 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck.  Well after this wedding, I have to believe that. In the case of Mead and Henry, and their beautiful sweet, happy, tears, and their 8″ of record breaking rain (on their backyard wedding) I have no doubt they’re in for a lifetime of good luck and laughter.  Here’s a few images from the day of the true warmth and love and… family… so much family LOVE captured.  It was quite the emotional day…. and I was just honored to be part of the rain-soaked joy in all of it. xoxo

Guests entered the house and were immediately filled with the effervescent spirit and love of family.  Mead’s brothers greeted their guests surrounded by a bubbling display of balloons at the front door and welcomed guests to the home before escorting them to the backyard service. 

Mead and Henry’s day’s filled so many smiles and memories and undoubtedly will be a wedding that will forever fill my heart.  They had truly my favorite ring bearer of all time – a lovable (and large) Bruce Wayne the Great Dane that made every visit I had to their home a treat.  

Mead and Henry Collection

The entire wedding was planned to be outside behind Mead’s parent’s home, and the brunch reception under a gauzy tent filled with colorful florals and lush textures.  Hurricane Michael had other plans.  (yes… a hurricane here in Indiana)  I promised Mead if I had a 15 minute window of no rain I’d host her ceremony outside (vs under the brunch tent.)  For 23 minutes the skies stopped and we slid in her ceremony… readings, songs and all.  Her ceremony lasted more than 23 minutes, but I truly don’t think Mead and Henry’s guests cared. They were there to see these two enormously happy souls get married and the ceremony was filled with SO much joy and gladness that even the rain didn’t make anyone go under the tent until it was time for the abundant meal.

Even everyone’s favorite ring bearer stood with absolute devotion the entire service, only barking once – almost on cue.

Once inside the tent, the details of the tables were astonishing!  On a day without sun, the tent seemed to be filled with sunlight and rainbows all because of the lighting and gardens of flowers.  

Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your lives and create this weekend for your family and friends.    I love backyard weddings, I make no secret of that.  Opening your home for a wedding is one of the most initiate things a couple can do, and being part of that is a huge honor.  Thank you for your trust and your gracious spirit throughout the entire process.  I loved weathering the storm together.  Mark, Barb, Mead and Henry, you have my heart.  …and Bruce Wayne… well, you there are no words.  xoxox

Merci Beaucoup:  to the team who for several days before this wedding stalked the radar with me as we watched the weather and crossed fingers and toes and prayed for the best.  (which all worked out!)  I can not thank you all Enough. Thank you to Cheyanna De Nicola Photography (and second shooter Amanda DeBusk) for the above images and Eyenamics.  Also to: McNamara Flowers Greenwood.  Rosemari, I am SO grateful for your kind referal to the family for this wedding!  WOW what trust you placed in me.  Finally to them tea.  A Classic, Banzi Balloons, Empyrean, ESB, EventSource, Crystal Haffner, Flying Cupcake, Oliver’s Twist,Seasalt & Cinnamon, Wow Factors

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Wedding Highlight – Julie and Michael

March 20th, 2018 monamieevents Real Weddings No comments

On this first day of spring, and National Proposal Day, it seems only fitting to bring you the wedding of Julie and Michael.  Their spring wedding was just the kick off to wedding season all of us need.  After a cold winter, it was the perfect way to allow springs flowers to bloom and have a garden wedding – both outside and in.

The ceremony was held at Michael’s childhood home which allowed guests to mingle with some wonderful guests, including llamas, horses and feathery friends.  The beauty of the farm created the perfect and personal backdrop for the couple’s nuptials which were presided over by each of their brothers.

 

The reception at Newfields was a lush indoor garden filled with pink blooms, including protea in honor of Julie.   Michael’s mom, an artist, created a painting of a protea to serve an inspiration for the invitation suite.  The protea was chosen because of Julie’s South African heritage.  This artwork was used predominately throughout the entire weekend, and was a canvas for several pieces of paperie.  Because the reception celebration was at IMA, art in general served a special role throughout the event.  Guests were even given coloring books during the evening with fun facts about the couple which helped navigate the evening’s festivities.

Michael, among many other talents, is a restaurateur, so the menu they selected for the evening was impeccable.  Guests of course, were delighted when his restaurant was part of the evening’s late night snack.  They were also surprised when he joined the band and surprised Julie (and them) and played guitar for part of the set.

 

 

Planning and designing Julie and Michael’s wedding was a delight.  Their families are welcoming and so full of history and they wanted to share their stories with their guests. I love when people tell their story on their wedding day so intimately.  It’s so authentic and engaging for their guests.  Julie and Michael got it, and they got it soooo right.  From opening their home to their guests, to sharing their favorite foods, to telling the (best!) stories during toasts and in their coloring books, they showed their full and beautiful souls to their friends and families, it was an honor to be part of it all.

Merci Beaucoup:  to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for the above images.  Also to: BBJ Linen, Evans Audio Visual, EventSource, IMA Newfields, IndyVisual, Kahn’s Catering, McNamara Flowers, Pomp&Polish, the Woomblies

 

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Wedding Highlight – Caitlin and Ethan

July 21st, 2017 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

The MOMENT I met Caitlin (and her mom) I thought “if I am not lucky enough to work with this family, I am going to go away the first weekend in June, because I will have such social media envy over this wedding.  😉  They are fantastic, and I need to work with them!”  Fortunately, by the end of lunch we were a team.  Now, we’re family.

 

Caitlin and Ethan are entirely adorable (and always touching: whether it’s a sweet hand hold, a loving brush on the arm, or kissing). They are a very emotional couple.  I love that in people.  Caitlin clearly gets it from her family.  Her dad is a big teddy bear of a man, and every professional on their wedding team wanted to create the day as much for Caitlin and Ethan as they did for her amazing parents.  The ceremony and reception were hosted at their estate in Southern Indiana, and their family worked tirelessly to prepare the impeccable property.  This Disney loving bride’s home could best be described as stepping into the Walt Disney World resort’s Wilderness Lodge.  It’s a warm, rustic retreat filled with collectibles from their travels.  Caitlin’s parents are the first to greet you with warm smiles and huge and their dogs are right along side for a quick pet.

Caitlin’s vision for the wedding was to create an evening of fantastic food (from around the world) and decor that felt natural and authentic in the estate’s landscape.  Together with the team, we worked to ensure this was met, even scouring through one of their barns to find old chandeliers to hang above the dinner tables and their family canoe (a family favorite) to use in the decor. Guests arrived to the property and immediately the magic and romance began.  Large fancifal tents greated their family and friends.  Butlers with cooling summer treats (lemonade and one of Disney’s iconic treats, Dole Whip) welcomed guests into the ceremony tent.

The ceremony space was a haven from the heat of the June sun.  Tucked into trees and mismatched antique chairs, the ceremony began with Ethan’s entrance to bagpipers, the bridal party’s prelude (which of course included a touch of Disney music) and Caitlin escorted by her father.  They also were able to read their programs which included photos of the engagement session (taken around the property), history of the couple and an in-depth description of the menu for the evening’s events.

Following the service, guests enjoyed cocktails on a patio outside before dinner inside the magnificent tent. Here the soft color palette Caitlin selected worked with the landscape perfectly.  It was truly one of my favorite events to create.  David from the Empty Vase and I had so much fun working with Caitlin and her mom to make this magic.  It was fun to use the familiy’s personal items in tandem with fresh florals and luxurious details to create the dining space.  It was soft and feminine, but if you look very closely, you’ll see evidence of antlers collected on various hunts around the US and Canada by the men in the family.  (I kept hearing my inner Gaston sing “I use antlers in all of my decorating…..” — I’m sure this is nothing like he ever imagined) 😉

 

The family’s iconic Elk statue was moved in front of the tent (and dressed for the occasion), and their canoe was used to create a focal point above the parents’ tables.

The bridal table was a long romantic tablescape adorned with soft velvet linen under 4 low hanging chadeliers.  The lighting was actually found in a family storage barn and restored for the celebration.  Eight chandeliers flanked the space and created a conopy of soft rustic elegance as guests came into the space.  A local artist surprised Caitlin and Ethan and used inspiration from their paperie to create the signs on the couple’s chairs setting their seats apart.  One other whimsical element in the floral was the imaginative use of grasses to compliment the greenery.

 

The dinner service (and ohhh the Food!!) was second to none. They love to travel, and one of their favorite events each year is Epcot’s Food and Wine festival.  So much so, their menu, in part, was themed from this annual event.  One of the beers for the evening was even brought in from Walt Disney World specifically, and can only otherwise be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Caitlin isn’t alone in her love of Disney.  Ethan loves Star Wars, so she wanted to surprise him with a few things too including this groom’s cake which included a letter from Lucas Films.

 

As night fell over the estate, guests enjoyed late night snacks, cigars and dancing (soooo much dancing!) took place under a magical canopy of lighting created to look like the moon shining through the trees.

The evening went far too quickly (don’t they all?!) but in Caitlin’s case particularly so.  I first met her around Thanksgiving, and had about 6 months to plan this extraordinary celebration.  After spending nearly every day for 2 weeks building the tent on their property, their entire extended family now feels like my own.  (Admittedly, with this group, you feel like family after just 5 minutes.)  They have my heart, and I know we’ll all be making a trip down to the parks together again soon. xoxo 

 

Merci to Jennifer Driscoll Photography for capturing these photos and moments in time. If you would like to see the video by Eyenamics from this event, (which — oh I encourage you to do!)  Caitlin and Ethan’s wedding story film  Also to: A Classic,  Antique Limo, Artist Stephanie Carignan, Jan Aldridge Clark,  BBJ Linen, Classic Cakes, The Empty Vase, Empyrean Events & Catering, Evans Audio Visual,  The Impalas / TLW Entertainment, Pink Poppy Ink, Something Wonderful, Violet Vintage

 

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