Merci Beaucoup, A French-Inspired Wedding Affair

Photos ByStacy Able Photography

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October 18, 2011

A team of local wedding professionals in Central Indiana collaborated to create an elaborate vignette for brides to be inspired! Their story began with the Inn at Irwin Garden Estates in the heart of downtown Columbus, Indiana. With the lush gardens reminiscent of a European estate, the French and Italian couple Pierre and Julia along with their beloved Poodle Elliot, celebrated their love surrounded by the Italianate style home and maze garden based on the Casa degli Innamorati in Pompeii.  



The palette was a mix of modern and classic grays, black, mustard yellows and vintage crème colors conjured up by Stacy Able Photography, Detail and Design planner Katina Kaisher and celebrity stylist Kat Sterrett. The tablescape designs consisted of tufted Silver Taffeta with black & white trompe l’oeil patterned napkins.  The centerpieces showcased a casual French style in using white orchids & yellow billy balls in white ceramic pots along with white tulips & yellow roses. The traditional white candelabra was a beautiful contrast in giving the table a bit of formality in a casual garden setting. 
The bride wore two looks, the  first look was a classic yet a bit more bold with a strapless ruffle gown by Birnbaum & Bullock. Bridesmaid first wore dresses by Anthropologie. Accents were a mix of French/italic modern and vintage pieces. A classic gray Calvin Klein “Gray Legend” suit was worn by the groom. 
Hair for the bride was soft braids, curls, and waves. The bridesmaids fashioned updos with a loose modern twist. Head pieces from Emilliner were added for a touch of elegance and romance. Makeup by Kat Makeup Art was kept soft and natural.  
The dessert table featured black, gray, yellow, and white custom cake creations by Kristina Taylor, Icing on the Cake. In addition to the sumptuous cakes, were homemade cake pops, and Hawaiian sea salt vanilla macaron with nutella centers.
For the second look, the bride wore a luxurious satin Maggie Sottero “Savannah” one shoulder gown from local boutique and accessorized with gray brogues.  Bridesmaids wore strapless knee length buttercup chiffon gowns by Jasmine  accented with modern and vintage beaded belts and a light gray ruffle sweater. Elliot the poodle had a custom made Elizabethan style dog collar. 
The getaway car was a bright yellow 1952 MG TD Convertible for the couple to escape on their jaunt through the countryside. 

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