Whimsy and Grace: An Indiana Countryside Wedding
Katie met Nick on Match.com© within a few weeks of joining. He not only became her first date but certainly made her feel happy she had joined! When the time came to propose to Katie, Nick knew she wanted her friends and family around. After disguising the event as a birthday celebration for her mom, he surprised her with a romantic scene in her family’s horse barn, complete with candles, hanging wreaths, champagne and even a hidden photographer to capture the moment.
Katie says, “Nick planned this special, private moment to be shared with only him, myself and our onlooking horses. He then took me up to my parents’ house where all of my closest friends and family were patiently hiding and waiting for us to walk through the door to surprise me again! I couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful, romantic and amazing proposal.
The Joseph Decuis Wagyu Farm was the ideal choice for the outdoor wedding the couple dreamed of. “We chose the Joseph Decuis Farm as our venue because it was the perfect atmosphere we had envisioned and very close to my parents' house,” says Katie. “From the hops garden dance floor, beautiful horse barns and fresh vegetable gardens to a gazebo overlooking a pond, it was perfect."
With her mom and bridesmaids by her side, Katie discovered her lovely Eddy K. “Lucia” gown at Marie Gabriel Couture Bridal in Indianapolis. "I was looking for a long sleeved, lace dress and ended up getting a sequined, sleeveless dress! It was the third dress I tried on, and we canceled our second appointment and called it a win!”
Katie says, “My color scheme was realized when I finally decided on my bridesmaids' dresses. The color was called ‘Morning Mist,’ a light sage green that I thought would look clean and crisp and go with most fall accent colors.” Inspired by a whimsical feel, lots of greenery, cream and white flowers and pops of plum, Katie envisioned the perfect fall palette.
The gorgeous florals, designed by Be Married, included bouquets composed of roses, dahlias, Scabiosa, snowberries, Lisianthus and seeded eucalyptus, while centerpieces featured Agonis, Protea, blackberries, hydrangeas, garden roses and Scabiosa.
This couple loved that they were able to incorporate Katie’s cousin’s band into their wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. “It was awesome that we were able to use them because they are amazing, and my cousin is family!” says Katie. “We also asked a different cousin’s husband to be our pastor for the ceremony and marry us, which was very special and personal.” The piece of reclaimed wood they used for their unity ceremony was also a meaningful part of their day and now hangs in their living room.
Advice from the Bride
Katie says, “I would never have been able to plan the wedding of my dreams without the help of my mom, so make sure you have someone close to help you stay organized and on track, whether it be your wedding planner or close family member or friend.”
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