The Wedding Story of Katie and Brian Cavanaugh

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Carri Fras
October 25, 2017

Katie and Brian met as early as the third grade at St. Joseph South Bend Catholic Grade School. “We ‘dated’ in the eighth grade and then lost touch until college, when we started dating again our junior year at Indiana University,” Katie explains.

“When Brian planned a day trip to IU, he sneakily said he had to attend a meeting for work in Bloomington and that we should go enjoy the afternoon at our alma mater,” Katie recalls. “We went to our favorite brunch place, followed by a walk through campus, and he got down on one knee at our old meeting spot between classes.”


Some inspiration from her florist, a crafty mother-in-law-to-be and Pinterest got the planning process going. WeddingDay also helped! Katie says, “I also gathered a lot of inspiration from real local weddings which were featured in WeddingDay or photographers' blog posts.” She adds, “WeddingDay helped me envision the details and had so many articles with great advice.”

Katie soon realized being able to visualize the outcome with the help of her various resources made the wedding so much easier to plan. Although her heart was set on a traditional, classic route and a hotel ballroom, the couple also added in some fun and modern twists along the way.


Katie’s favorite part of her venue, The Morris Inn, was the gallery hallway where her and Brian had their first look. “The lighting was beautiful in the hallway and the pictures turned out perfect,” she says. “I also liked the idea that our guests could stay the night in the same location as the reception and not worry about transportation.” While the Morris Inn ballroom was beautiful, Katie thought it needed some color to brighten it up. She selected navy, a color that was already prevalent in the room and coral as the perfect complement. Florals featuring blue Viburnum, free spirit, coral roses and dusty miller added to the gorgeous ambience.


Katie bought her stunning Ti Adora gown from Marie Gabriel Couture in Indianapolis. “I knew I wanted something simple with lace,” Katie says. “My mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and Maid of Honor all made the trip to help me find the dress. We ended the day at Marie Gabriel Couture, and everyone knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on!”


Although some of the couple’s D.I.Y. projects turned out to be more time consuming than they had thought, the various projects really told their love story and made their day unique. Katie says, “My mother-in-law re-purposed a wicker loveseat and made ‘Mr. & Mrs.’ pillows, which turned out beautifully. Our neighbor, Mallory Schoenle of Copy-Cat Design, re-created a Pinterest-inspired, chalkboard backdrop for our Polaroid photo booth, and I made table numbers, which featured Brian and I at corresponding ages. My favorite touch, however, was my father’s surprise saxophone serenade after his toast.” Other projects included “mint to be” party favors, escort cards holders made from wine corks and a memory table.



Advice from the Bride

Katie says, “My advice is to be true to yourself and to your vision. Everyone will have different opinions about what is most important, but you need to remember what is most important to you.”


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