Bird-Themed, DIY Barn Wedding in Indiana

Posted by Kim on Aug 24, 2012

Tawnee & Joshua

June 16

Bridgeton, Indiana


Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We were looking for an affordable, rustic-looking barn and after searching for months we were about to give up when we found this one and fell in love! We loved the location. It was just a short walk to the local covered bridge and old mill and the surrounding town was just as rustic and homey as the barn. It made everything come together.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

The ring “pillow” which was actually my an old Bible that belonged to my grandfather, who passed away when I was about 8 or so. I decorated the Bible with burlap and ribbon.

Our guest quilt. I had everyone send us a piece of cloth with their RSVP and I sewed them together before the wedding. It was the first quilt I had ever made and I was quite proud of myself. At the wedding we used it as a backdrop for a simple little DIY photobooth where guests could write on a chalkboard a message they wanted us to see and could dress up in silly hats, glasses, scarves and such.

In lieu of doing the typical sand pouring or unity candle we did a wine ceremony. It was very unique and turned out great.

I have to add that I loved just the general décor of the actually ceremony itself with the hay bale seating, the beautiful flower arrangements made by my aunt, the simple but elegant arch at the front, the crates we used as a table for the wine and the log cabin backdrop to top it all off.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

When my husband and I were at the altar, I just remember trying to listen to our preacher and every time I would glance up at Josh he would just be staring at me with this cute little smile on his face! I guess he couldn’t keep his eyes off of me. I don’t know why but I had to keep myself from starting to giggle. I’ve never had anyone look at me so intently before I guess.

Melissa & Chad

May 12

Hobart, Indiana


Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The wood cuts for the centerpieces and windowpanes for the seating chart:

We came up with the idea shortly after we had gotten engaged.  I just loved how rustic, yet elegant they were.  One weekend after a big storm, Chad’s parents, Chad, and I jumped in a truck with a chain saw in hand and searched the neighborhood for the perfect fallen tree to snag and cut into pieces for the centerpieces.  It was priceless to see the determination and interest that Chad and his Dad had in doing this. They meant a lot to him, and it meant a lot to me that he cared so much. It was a fun project for us while also becoming a conversation piece at reception.

2. Freshly made apple cinnamon donuts made from freshly picked apples off the orchard:

The apple cinnamon donuts were a major hit with our guests and also tied in that fact that we were at an apple orchard.  You cannot beat fresh donuts, especially these.  They were to die for.  Most of our guests were eating them before dinner even started.  They liked them so much that we caught a couple of our friends swiping leftover donuts into purses. They are that good.  Don’t believe us?  Go try them for yourself.

 3. Our vendors

One thing we were keen on was making sure that we walked away from our wedding knowing that we were going to be able to relive that day again.  This is why we went after vendors that instilled a confidence in us of knowing they would capture every slightest detail of that day so we can relive our wedding day weeks later or even on our 50th anniversary. Our photographer, Jordan Lukianuk of JordanQuinn Photography, and our videographer, Bradley Productions, are incredible artists who made our day truly memorable.

Colleen & Jeff

April 28

Indianapolis, Indiana


Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We really wanted a venue that was unique, had character and could fit our 300 person guest list.  Everything at Fountain Square Theatre from the overall vintage vibe, to the balcony for cocktail hour to the marquis to announce our event really made the venue one of a kind and set the tone for our wedding day.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My three favorite details were the flowers, my dress (can I wear it again somewhere?!) and our beautiful photos that help me relive the wedding day everyday.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My favorite moment was when the DJ really got the reception kicked off and we could dance and have fun with our family and friends.  We can honestly say we had a blast at our wedding!

Megan & Jason

September 10

Shakamak, Indiana

Jason and Megan met thru 4-H and their love of cattle. They both went to the state fair showing their cattle and ended up meeting and falling in love. Since cattle was such a huge part of their story they decided to have a “cow themed” wedding. They had chocolate covered cows, sugar cookies in the shape of cows, and the most beautiful cow cake toppers. They also decided to have a logo for their wedding which had the saying “Lotz of Love.” Lotz is the couples last name. All the wedding details and decorations where DIY by the bride and her family. When she first got engaged the brides father had expected to spend a large amount of the budget on a wedding decorator and planner. However, the bride knew exactly what she wanted and decided she could do it on her own..with a little help from her family.

An “Up!” Inspired Love Story & Wedding

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 04, 2012

Rachel & Nate

October 15

Richmond, Indiana

After a two year reprieve, Rachel and Nate found their way back to each other. They picked up right where they left off and time spent together resulted in a proposal from Nate. They relate to and love the story of Carl and Ellie Fredrickson in the movie, “Up”. In the story, they met as children, were best friends, and looked at life as an adventure they were on together. In the movie Eliie keeps a scrapbook of their former and future adventures. She calls this their “Adventure Book”. When Nate proposed to Rachel, he took her to the park and sat on a swing where they had their first date as kids. Nate gave Rachel a replica the “Adventure Book” scrapbook that he had made by hand, and it had an engagement ring tucked into the first page. He then asked her if she would be willing to start a new adventure with him. Details of their love for this story and each other were woven into their wedding. The scrapbook Nate made and used to propose to Rachel was on an end table as guests entered the reception. A painting (painted by Nate’s sister) was next to the scrapbook; a replica of the one Carl and Ellie kept above their fireplace only it was Rachel and Nate’s house on top of Paradise Falls. Rachel and Nate are such a uniquely happy couple and their day reflected their personalities in a beautiful way. ~  Susanna Tanner Photography