Brad and Kate Berghoff's first introduction could have been straight out of a scene of a rom-com movie. Kate was living in Indianapolis, feeling like everyone around her was either getting married or having children. She started to feel like she needed to get out more and meet more people. When one of her friends invited her to an elegant fundraiser to set her up with someone, Kate immediately accepted. However, the story took a turn when Kate's blind date couldn't make the event. But Kate was determined to get out and have a good night anyway—you can't keep a good woman down!
As fate would have it, Kate's friend had ANOTHER friend—his name was Brad, and I'm willing to bet you know that this story has a happy ending! Brad and Kate immediately hit it off and as they say, "the rest is history." "Within two weeks of meeting, we knew we would spend the rest of our lives together," says Kate. Ten months later, Brad proposed on Christmas morning. And yes, we have the video.
Brad and Kate were in the midst of starting a new job for Kate, selling Brad's bachelor pad and searching for a new home while they were planning their wedding. With only eight months to plan, it wasn't long before the couple realized they were in over their heads. They enlisted the help of wedding planner Monica Richards of Mon Amie Events, Inc. who Kate credits for pulling their wedding together in the most beautiful way.
Initially, Kate was torn between a rustic garden wedding and a preppy classic wedding. Her reception ended up being a gorgeous blend of both. She says that her entire team of vendors inspired her tremendously. "All I had to do was print some pictures and share my thoughts of the perfect day," says Kate. "They really took all of my scattered visions and created a true masterpiece."
Since Brad and Kate only had a limited eight months to plan their day and secure their vendors, finding the perfect venue proved to be a bit of a challenge—especially since both of them have large families. They ended up renting the Atrium at the Indianapolis Public Library, which Kate says was perfect because both her dad and Brad are huge history buffs and were incredibly excited about the Library!
The garden feel became real with rustic wooden tables covered in navy and white-striped linens and strings of Edison light bulbs overhead. The tall centerpieces were designed to create an intimate feel and the large flowered monogram in the Atrium's center stage reflected the monogrammed invitations. David from The Empty Vase created striking floral arrangements throughout, using a mix of greenery for the tall centerpieces and a blend of white ranunculus, white alabaster garden roses, Quicksand roses, Sophie roses, Pink Floyd roses, antique green blush hydrangeas, Dusty Miller, lemon leaf and huckleberry foliages.
Kate found her wedding gown at Marie Gabriel Couture Bridal in Indianapolis. She had envisioned herself in a princess ball gown with a fitted top and strapless sweetheart neckline. She fell in love with the Bliss Monique Luhillier Spring 2015 gown and finished the look with a tulle cathedral-length veil and satin ribbon belt.
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Kate was surprised when bagpipers showed up during the cocktail hour to guide everyone into the reception area to find their seats. Also, all of the ladies received a pink pashmina to wrap up in as the sun went down. Another special touch was the chocolate turtles that guests received as they departed in honor of Kate's grandmother who would have celebrated her 92nd birthday on the weekend of the wedding.
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