Fall Wedding at Woodstock Club in Indianapolis :: Emma & Brian

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Photography by James Moes.

Happy Monday! Today we have a romantic wedding to share with you that is just the thing to get you excited about cozy weather and the rest of the holidays.  All of you brides planning to marry at this time of year are sure to be inspired by this stunning palette featuring deep merlot (get ready to Pin these rich, dramatic bridesmaid dresses!) With a church ceremony featuring a flower girl in a wild hellebore crown, and a reception softly glowing with candlelight, this wedding is a traditional celebration done right!

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The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; maroon and white statonery, stationery suite on silver tray;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bridesmaid and mom helping bride get ready;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; mom admiring bride's gown;

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? My aunt let me wear her incredible sterling silver and pearl tiara that she wore on her wedding day, which was my Something Old. It was something I’d always remembered her wearing and I felt lucky to wear it too. Something Blue was the hand-stitched handkerchief I carried that my mom also carried on her wedding day. It has stitched into it my parents’ names and their wedding date. Something New: my dress! Something Borrowed: My aunt’s diamond earrings.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bride and bridesmaids hugging in a circle; bridesmaids in dark red;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bridesmaids admiring bride's gown;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bride on bench with bouquet; bride reading note from groom;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bride and bridesmaids wearing deep red;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bride and groom linked arms; bride and groom before ceremony;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bride with bouquet with long beige rbbon;

The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? Second Presbyterian Church holds a lot of childhood memories and is significant to my family. It also has a magically light-filled sanctuary.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; dramatic gothic church interior;

What was your ceremony music? I got a lot of lovely feedback about the music in the ceremony. I always knew that I wanted my dear cello teacher to play at my wedding, and we have a world-class organ and wonderful organist at the church, so they collaborated. I chose pieces that I had either played myself or that had significance to me. My cello teacher put together an ensemble and even performed a solo during the ceremony. The pieces played were Jupiter by Holst, Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone, and Simple Gifts, an old Shaker hymn.

Your ceremony in three words. Just one – emotional! After my dad and I made it down the aisle, even the minister had tears running down his face.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; traditional flower girl walking down aisle; flower girl in tulle with bow; flower girl wearing crown;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; ceremony inside cathedral; light streaming in to church ceremony;

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Our family friend (and head minister at our church) Dr. Lewis Galloway officiated.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? It was a traditional ceremony, but we met with the minister ahead of time so that he could get a sense of how we wanted it to go. We were friends with our minister so it was very personal.

What were your vows like? Our vows were very traditional, we did not write them but chose a lot of the wording.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; couple leave ceremony with white petal toss;

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite part was just afterwards, when Brian and I went into a little room and exclaimed, “we’re married!!!”. We kept saying it and hugging. Then my parents came in and we had a group hug.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? To take a moment after the ceremony with your new husband to bask in the excitement of the day.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; bridal party pose outsde historic house;

The Reception

Why did you choose this location for your reception? We chose Woodstock Club for many of the same reasons as we chose Second Presbyterian. I grew up going there and it holds many wonderful memories. I looked at a few venues in Indianapolis, but as soon as I walked into Woodstock I remember looking at my mom and we both knew that was the place.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? My mom and I have always had a similar style, a twist on traditional. The work of our wedding planners, The Nouveau Romantics, was so inspiring and and very much fit with our taste.

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The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; gold and white place settings; gold and white menu;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; candelabra and greenery at reception;

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Use a wedding planner!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Begin with deciding what is most important to you and spend the bulk of your budget on those things. Be thrifty with aspects that are not as important.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; candelabra and greenery at reception;

Emma & Brian chose a simple four tier cake from local bakery Heavenly Sweets Cakes, and had the second tier decorated with a delicate gold motif. The cake table fit in perfectly the rest of the decor, decorated with a loose wreath of greenery and pink blossoms.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; four tier white wedding cake wth gold detail; green and pink wreath decorating cake table;

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Seeing all of our favorite people in the same room.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; cheers; guests clinking glasses at dinner;

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; reception in formal dining room; chandeliers; ghost chairs; white green and gold table decor; rich red and green table flowers; bride and groom smiling watching bridesmaid speechl

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Maybe make it a three day celebration rather than just two – you really cannot have enough time with the people you love.

The Nouveau Romantics; james moes; vera wang; Indianapolis; Second Presbyterian Church; Woodstock Club; sparkler exit;

Colors

Style

Black Tie

Season

Fall

Location

Midwest

Vendor Credits

Photography: James Moes / Church: Second Presbyterian Church / Venue, Catering: Woodstock Club in Indianapolis, Indiana / Event Planning and Design, Floral Design, Stationery: The Nouveau Romantics / Officiant: Dr. Lewis Galloway / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Accessories: Hanky Panky/ Bridesmaid Dresses: ‘Annabelle’ style in Cabernet, by Jenny Yoo / Makeup: Jillian Maitlen / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Vera Wang Black / Accessories: Tiffany & Co. cufflinks / Rentals: Tablescapes / Lighting: Atmospheres Indy / Ceremony Music: friend of bride and church musician / Cocktail Hour Music: Joshua Espinoza / DJ: Chris Nergaard aka DJ Mass Transit from Style Matters DJs / Transportation: Aadvanced Limousines / Cake, Dessert: Heavenly Sweets Cakes / Videography: Shark Pig

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