Wedding Day | Avon Wedding Barn | Sunflowers and Boots

The bride and groom, Rachel and Mike, are truly lovely people who are without a doubt adored by their family and friends and I am honored to tell the story of their stunning wedding day. The bride chose sunflowers for her bouquets, navy blue as her wedding color, and cowboy boots for her September wedding day at Avon Wedding and Event Barn and the couple planned to get married under the large Catalpa tree on the property. It had started to rain early in the day, almost moving the ceremony into the barn itself but it cleared up during bridal prep allowing for the ceremony to take place outdoors. There is an old saying that rain is good luck on a wedding day, I can’t promise it was the rain, but this wedding day was perfect.

Avon Wedding Barn is a 100 year old Amish built barn located just outside of Indianapolis in Avon, Indiana on a sprawling six acres that includes a babbling creek. The couple had a first look on the bridge over that creek which is located down the hill from the barn. The groom keeps his back to his bride, she walks to him and taps him on the shoulder, I stay back to let the couple have some time to take each other in and enjoy the moment. One of the benefits to having a first look is that couples are able to see each other privately, without the eyes of every wedding guest on them.

The interior of the barn is gorgeous set up for the reception, lights are wrapped around the wooden pillars, party lights hang between the beams, chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and white chairs sit around round tables set with blue table clothes and yellow napkins. Atop the wooden circles are white lanterns containing flameless candles, vases of yellow flowers, small cups of popcorn for snacking and the s’mores favors the couple chose for their guests.

The couple danced their first dance to LANCO’s “Greatest Love Story” DJ Connection had the honor of providing that song as well as the soundtrack for the rest of their day.

The groomsman from this wedding day were so much fun! In some time we had between the ceremony and reception, while capturing some of the more traditional portraits, the guys decided to have some fun with the bridesmaids’ flowers.

Wedding Day | Moontown Brewing Company

Detail photo of the bride and groom's wedding bands tied to a burlap bow and styled in front of the wooden box the couple had made for their wedding day.

Moontown Brewing Company located in Whitestown, Indiana is the perfect place for a couple who loves brewing beer together to get married. Moontown Brewing Company began as Whitestown Grade School and opened in 1895, in 1915 the high school was built, between 1939-1941 a gymnasium was build to connect the two schools. The school closed in 1963 and was used for multiple purposes over the years but was eventually left vacant until 2017 when Moontown Brewing Company began renovations on the property.

The original windows are in place with the steel frames restored and new glass in place, the markings on the gymnasium floor are repainted in their original places, salvaged bleachers (including carved initials) created wood trim, and multiple layers of paint behind the stage are left from plays that were performed at the school.

Photo of the bride in her wedding dress in front of the stage where she would be married. Party lights hang from the ceiling, layers of paint from plays past on the exposed brick wall behind her.

The wedding day began with bridal prep at Studio 2000 on the circle in downtown Indianapolis. Once hair and make-up were complete the girls went back to their hotel room at Home 2 Home Suites by Hilton where Colleen, the bride and her bridesmaids finished up make-up, had a few drinks, ate chips with queso, salsa, and guacamole, and played What the Meme.

This couple chose not to have a first look so we hid the bride behind the fermentation tanks before the ceremony started. The groom, Phil, and his groomsman were on the brewpub side of the brewing company getting their boutonni√®res pinned on by the wedding coordinator. When it came time to walk down the aisle the couple chose “The Throne Room Theme Song” from Star Wars episode IV, A New Hope.

Bride with her bridal party hiding behind the fermentation tanks in the 1915 Room of Moontown Brewing Company before the ceremony started.
Wedding planner pinning on the groom's boutonniere before the wedding ceremony.

The couple’s first dance was to “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie but their first dance was noting compared to their last dance. When I discuss timelines with couples I normally tell them that once you feed your guests, they watch your first dance, and you give them cake they will start to trickle out. The groom told me that would not be the case at this wedding, and he was absolutely correct! The guests at this wedding were the couple’s families, closest friends, and the groom’s fraternity brothers and they all stayed until the end and sang and danced to a finale song. This should not be surprising because when I asked the couple what they were most looking forward to on their wedding day they responded with, “Having all our friends and family together in one place since they live all over the place now.”

The final song of the night, the groom, celebrating with his closest friends and family, was crowned with greenery from the centerpieces.
The groom crowned.

Colleen and Phil are truly amazing people who are clearly very well loved by their friends and family. We were honored to be able to capture their wedding day for them and work with their team of vendors. The wedding planner, Stephanie Smith and Madeline Lewis Designs brought this day to life, DJ Connection provided the music that kept the party going, all of the beautiful flowers were by Lilly Lane Flowers, The Cakehole provided the amazing wedding cake, and Moontown Brewing Company provided catering and beverage.

Avon Gardens Wedding

This small October wedding took place at Avon Gardens in Avon, IN. In early October the leaves on the trees in Indiana are typically still green as was the case for this wedding day. The ceremony site is a secluded lawn, a pond sits behind a wooden arbor decorated with burgundy and pink flowers to match the couple’s wedding colors. The bride and groom stand atop a cobblestone platform to exchange their vows in front of their closest friends and family. Burgundy ribbons are tied around the white guest chairs lining the aisle and pink flower petals created a defined path for the bridal party’s processional.

The bride wore her step mom’s wedding dress, the train of which spills over the platform. The groom wore a handsome Burgundy suit and sage green shoes. The bride had four bridesmaids who all wore burgundy floral printed dresses, the maid of honor was the bride’s sister. The groom had three groomsmen in charcoal gray suits as well as one dog handler who can be seen standing with the groomsman although the couple’s dog is not visible in this photo, he was there. As evidenced by guests holding up their cell phones this was clearly not an unplugged ceremony.

The couple chose to have a first look at the bridge on the property. As the bride was walking down the stone pathway towards her groom I couldn’t help but notice that she passed directly under the “and they lived happily ever after sign” hanging from the archway and I knew I had to capture the moment. Her groom can be seen standing on the bridge in the distance with his back facing the camera. The first look allowed the couple time to walk the gardens and photograph couples portraits prior to their ceremony.

Avon Gardens sprawls across more than five acres located at the corner of North County Road 625 East and East County Road 91 North. We chose the winding paths throughout the gardens to capture the couple’s portraits and the tree swing makes for the sweetest photo op.

The property was decorated perfectly for October with pumpkins and gourds with many of the flowers still in bloom. You can see white candles lining the winding path to the bridge, they are lit and attended to by the venue’s staff as night falls over the gardens creating beautiful backdrops for photos.

The flower girl at this October wedding was the bride’s three year old niece. When the little girl saw her aunt she ran over to show her the pretty dress she was wearing for her wedding day and leaned in to give her a kiss.

The flower girl was completely mesmerized by all the wedding day festivities and bebopped between the bridesmaids and her aunt during the ceremony. When it came time for the couple’s first kiss the little flower girl happily watched from the aisle.

Wedding day first kiss at Avon Gardens. The groom's wedding band now viable on his finger. The flower girl watches fro the aisle.

We are honored to have captured this very special day for this lovely couple. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Indianapolis Zoo Wedding

Alyssa and Chase met while they were in college eight years ago and have been together ever since. Chase popped the question, Alyssa said yes and within six months they had planned a beautiful wedding at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Bridal Prep for the big day started and the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The soundtrack included 90’s alternative and The Backstreet Boys which was Alyssa’s favorite boy band growing up.  Alyssa was surrounded by her mom, her tribe and pink champagne. Eye-Do provided stunning on-site hair and make-up.

The Indianapolis Zoo one of the most unique and memorable wedding venues in Indianapolis. Alyssa and Chase chose the Efroymson Wedding Garden for their ceremony and the reception was in the Hulman Riverhouse. Before it was time to say “I do” we took some time to explore the Zoo and visited with the elephants and giraffes. 

This couple opted not to do a first look because they wanted to see each other for the first time as Alyssa was coming down the aisle. She was escorted by both of of her dads.

It was worth the wait. I cannot put words to Chase and Alyssa’s reactions seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, thankfully my camera can tell that story.

We took some time to do the couple’s portraits after the ceremony and receiving line. It gave Alyssa and Chase some time to catch their breath and just be alone together for the first time as husband and wife in the Zoo’s gorgeous gardens. They were able to catch their breath and just be together as a married couple for the first time.

When you step outside of the Zoo you enter White River State Park which provides breathtaking views of downtown Indianapolis. The couple looked so forward to taking photos there and even though the timeline was running tight we made it happen.

To tell the story of the wedding day, I have to show you the wedding cake. This simple but elegant cake was made by Indy Cakes and was adorned with flowers. Alyssa and Chase are not really “cake people” but they did not deprive their guests of the traditional treat. The layers were strawberry, red velvet, and vanilla with a white buttercream icing.

The bride and groom danced their first dance to Jamie Lawson’s Don’t Let Me Let You Go. 

To end the night Chase and all of his fraternity brothers serenaded Alyssa.

Alyssa and Chase are lovely, down to earth people who were surrounded by so many who so obviously adore them and it was an honor to capture their wedding day. The couple left the next morning for their honeymoon in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida. 

Send your congratulations to Chase and Alyssa in the comments and tell us what zoo animal would you want in your wedding photos!