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