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Color was second only to love on Megan and Evan’s wedding day! As the bride says, for her, color “exudes happiness” so there was plenty of it at their celebration. Bold colors, playful details (like paper airplane ceremony programs!), and a darling couple with mile-wide smiles make this charming wedding one you won’t want to miss.

Photography by Christina McNeill

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore my great grandmother’s diamond and sapphire bracelet – for something old and something blue. I also had small pieces of lace from my mom’s and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses sewn into the train of my gown as a silent tribute to both sets of parents.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Dawn Ranch Lodge was the perfect venue to celebrate our love for one another while sharing the weekend with our family and friends in wine country. All wedding guest stayed in charming cabins on site throughout the weekend and were invited to attend the Friday night rehearsal dinner “I Do BBQ” – an evening topped off with burgers and s’mores around the fire pit for dessert. The bright rustic flowers, handmade bow ties and vibrant bridesmaid dresses were a tribute to our playful and authentic love for one another and my passion for color.

 

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The ladies carried brightly colored bouquets of pink and yellow peonies, accented with orange dahlias, roses, ranunculus, blue nigella sativa, succulents, and foliage.

 

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The Ceremony

 

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Your ceremony in three four words. Rustic, colorful, authentic, playful.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Neither of us are very religious, and felt that it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask an unfamiliar minister to officiate. Instead, we chose a very close family friend, for a non-religious ceremony. We chose Eric because he grew up with Megan, and their families shared many celebrations together throughout the years. It felt like a perfect fit. In addition, we felt his genuine personality and light heartedness was a perfect tribute to our relationship.

Ceremony music: Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D // Recessional: Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Classical Guitar by Jean Paul Buongiorno.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? “How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog” by Taylor Mali, and a “Blessing of the Hands”.

What were your vows like?  We chose to write our own vows with the feeling that it would be more personal. We wrote them down and have since kept them in a safe spot to re-visit together in the years ahead.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The feeling that we were sharing the most intimate day of our lives with family and friends who have supported us both individually and as a couple throughout many stages in life. It was amazing to have the love and support from the most important people in our lives from all over the country together in one spot.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  When each guest took their seat, they found a single river rock on their chair. We asked each guest to make a wish for our future together on the rock, and then collected the rocks at the end of the ceremony. They will eventually be used in the garden of our first home.

 

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Ceremony programs were folded into paper airplanes to toss as the newlyweds walked back up the aisle – such a playful touch!

 

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The Reception

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Rustic and romantic.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  My love for color – to me it exudes happiness.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  Moscow Mules – the wedding party received handmade hammered copper mugs as part of their gifts. Dawn Ranch staff collected all mugs prior to the ceremony, and had drinks poured and ready for the wedding party in the mugs immediately after. Our other guests were served Moscow Mules at the cocktail hour.

 

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Family Style Dinner Menu: FIRST: Mixed Green Salad with Shaved Apples, Candied Pecans & Honey Champagne Vinaigrette // SECOND: Grilled Mary’s Organic Rosemary Chicken Breast served on top of Napa Cabbage, Sauteed Onion and Bacon Hash, Fingerling Potatoes, Cipollini Onion Sauce // SIDES: Sun-Dried Tomato, Kalamata Olive, and Scallion Couscous / Polenta Milanese / Seasonal Vegetables // SWEETS: Pocket Pies from Crisp Bake Shop in Blueberry Lemon, Rhubarb Cream Cheese, Apple Salted Caramel and Banana Nutella Pocket Pies

Catering by Dawn Ranch Lodge. Pocket Pies by Crisp Bake Shop.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We worked with Beth, one of my Maids of Honor and best friends, to produce a majority of the paper goods, including Welcome Basket details like the itinerary. Evan’s mom made the napkins, as well as his bow tie!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Megan: Marrying my best friend and dancing with my dad. He’s really the best. // Evan: The father/daughter and mother/son dances. Evan chose a song very sentimental to his mother, but kept it a surprise – it was a very heartfelt moment.

Special dances:  First Dance: “Today” by Joshua Radin // Father/Daughter:“Over The Rainbow” by Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole // Mother/Son: “You Are My Sunshine” by Elizabeth Mitchell

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take a moment during the reception to be with your husband and reflect on the day. It was awesome to step away and watch our best friends and family tear it up on the dance floor in celebration of our day. All the hours of planning and preparation are gratified in this moment!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire a planner! There are so many decisions to be made, vendors to align, and schedules to coordinate. Your day will come fast, and you’ll be so thankful to have someone else there to manage the details so you can enjoy the amazing weekend with loved ones.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Trust me when I say that there will be unexpected costs throughout the process. Early on you will want to choose the best of the best for EVERYTHING – the further along you go the more you realize this is probably not possible. Don’t be afraid to prioritize early, and decide where you’re willing to sacrifice.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Not a thing. It’s a process and in the end, it all works out the way it should. Trust this.

 

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Tell us about your cute cake!  In addition to the hand pies, we also had a cutting cake that was shared between us that evening and saved to eat on our first anniversary.

Cake by Patisserie Angelica

 

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Photography: Christina McNeill / Venue, Catering: Dawn Ranch Lodge in Guerneville, California / Floral Fesign: Shotgun Floral Studio / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Birdcage Veil: Tessa Kim / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS Denim Wedges / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Hair, Makeup: Katie Nash // Groom’s Suit, Shoes: J.Crew / Invitations, Save the Dates, Welcome Baskets, Thank You Cards: Maid of Honor, Elizabeth Hummert / Programs, Menus, and Signage: Enjoy Events (closed) / Cake: Patisserie Angelica // Mini Pies: Crisp Bake Shop / DJ: DJ John Piazza / Classical Guitarist: Jean Paul Buongiorno

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As it’s the beginning of May, you may be dreaming of a spring or summer wedding, but once you see Emma and Brian’s gorgeous fall wedding in Indianapolis, you may be swayed to celebrate your nuptials in October. From the dramatic bridesmaid dresses to the romantic flowers, this is a beautifully timeless wedding you won’t want to miss!

Photography by James Moes

 

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

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

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

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Maybe make it a 3-day festival rather than just two!

 

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Emma’s bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo‘s “Annabelle” dress in Cabernet – a perfect color choice for a romantic fall wedding! The convertible style allowed each bridesmaid to wear the dress in a way that was unique to them.

 

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The Ceremony

“Second Presbyterian Church holds a lot of childhood memories and family significance for me. It also has a magically light-filled sanctuary, so it was an obvious choice for our wedding.”

 

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How would you describe your ceremony? Emotional! After my dad and I made it down the aisle, even the minister had tears running down his face.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? It was a traditional ceremony. We met with the minister ahead of time so that he could get a sense of how we wanted the ceremony to go. Our family friend, and head minister at our church, Dr. Lewis Galloway officiated, so it was a very personal ceremony.

 

 

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What was your ceremony music? I got a lot of feedback about the music in the ceremony. I always knew that I wanted my dear cello teacher to play at my wedding. We also have a world-class organ and 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.

What were your vows like? Our vows were very traditional. We didn’t write them but chose a lot of the wording.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite part was just after 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.

 

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The Reception

“We chose Woodstock Club for many of the same reasons as we chose Second Presbyterian. I grew up going to Woodstock and it holds many wonderful memories. I looked at a few venues in Indianapolis and as soon as I walked into Woodstock, I looked at my mom and we both knew that was the place.”

 

 

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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, is incredibly inspiring and very much fits with ours.

 

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Yes! The Lillet Emma Rose was based on a cocktail from one of our favorite bars in Chicago called Gilt Bar. The ingredients are Lillet Rose, vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice and simple syrup. The groom’s drink was apple rye punch with apple cider, rye, maple bitters, and hard cider.

 

 

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Napkins were tied with burgundy ribbon, and affixed with tags calligraphed with each guest’s name. The menus were adorned with a gold wax seal, echoing the gold rim of the plates.

 

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Special songs: First Dance: “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges // Father/Daughter: “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal

Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception. The Best Man Speech will forever be one of our favorite memories… Brandon, Brian’s best friend wrote the sweetest ode to Brian that was hilarious but also very genuine and heartfelt. // I also decided in the spur of the moment right after I was done dancing with my dad to dance with my Granddad. He is very special to me and has always been a wonderful dancer.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? One of my favorite moments of the reception was when my dad referred to me as an “Alien Princess”. It was of course a joke that had been built upon throughout the speech, but it is safe to say it stuck. Our other favorite part was seeing all of our favorite people in the same room.

 

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Photography: James Moes / Event Planning, Design, Florals, and Paper Goods: The Nouveau Romantics / Venue, Catering: Woodstock Club / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo “Annabelle” in Cabernet / Accessories: Tiffany & Co.Hanky Panky / Makeup: Jillian Maitlen / Rentals: Tablescapes / Lighting: Atmospheres Indy / DJ: Chris Nergaard from Style Matters DJs / Cocktail Music: Joshua Espinoza / Transportation: Aadvanced Limousines / Cake: Heavenly Sweets

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We never met a flower we didn’t like, and while we fawn over floral arrangements that incorporate a variety of blooms, we also think there is a simplicity and beauty in choosing just one type of flower to use in your bouquet or centerpieces. In this series, we highlight the unique charm of individual flowers, and we show just how lovely they can be when given the chance to take center stage.

 

Photos by Christina McNeill.  Floral Design by Loop Flowers.

 

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The thought of dogwood trees flowering in the spring is enough to get us through winter…their white blooms (also in pink!) and wild branches are just so pretty!

 

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Dogwood might not always be the first flower you think of when putting together a floral arrangement, but it’s a wonderful way to add some seasonal flair to any spring gathering. Don’t be afraid to let the branches find their own way to fall in the arrangement—it’s dogwood’s natural beauty that makes it truly spectacular!

 

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(Thank you to Miette for letting us stage this shot at your storefront!)

 

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