There comes a point in your career when a client reminds you why you started this business in the first place. Nat and Mike were those clients.
In a world of country-chic weddings, this couple came to me in what felt like an angelic fashion.. I'm telling you, I swear they had beams of light behind them as Natascha asked me if I had ever done a wedding with a "dark" feel. I screamed with excitement (internally) and couldn't wait to sit down to see what all they had in mind. Not too long after that it was set in stone that I would be able to help them with their day of deep dark beauty.
Mike and Natascha married on a cool November day at The Fields in Bloomington, IN. The stone and wood facility was filled to the brim with candles, greenery and warm love from their family and friends.
One of the COOLEST parts of a wedding I've been able to witness... the unity. This was no ordinary unity candle lighting. This was what this couple truly represented to me. Inclusion. Love. Not just the love that comes with the territory of a wedding day between the bride and groom, but true love for all of those surrounding them. Gratitude for the people they are, and the value they brought to their life.
This was a reverse unity candle lighting. One main candle was lit by the mothers of the couple. The couple then lit their candles from the main candle, and turned to their wedding party to light their candles. Furthermore, every guest had a candle at their seat when they arrived. Once the wedding party had their candles lit, they went out to the crowd to include everyone on the unity.
This moment of the ceremony was stunning.
While the unity portion was my personal favorite, lets not take away from the entire ceremony - it was all so gorgeous!
Let them eat cake!
Take a moment to focus on the bride's one of a kind, custom dress. Liby with Bloomington Stitchery put together a true work of art with this dress AND cape! Yes, I said cape!
The couple continued their theme of inclusion throughout the night - having an insane amount of fun with their loved ones!
This wedding and this couple are just as amazing as they look! Here's to the couple who brought a new level to my love for this job. Congrats Nat and Mike!
Do you know what it's like to have people so important in your life that your heart actually aches when you are near them? Aches with such love and appreciation.. an infinite amount, really. Well, that's what these two beautiful souls mean to me. This wedding day was special for so many reasons.
Love just being love.
This isn't just how I personally feel about these men, but how they feel about each other! Take a look into this incredible day...
As you enter the venue filled with cafe lighting, you are met with favors and fun! The grooms handmade bottle cap magnets to remind you of their happy day each time you put your kids' artwork or a coupon on the fridge. Due to the LOVE for chapstick that groom Mark has, they also decided to give everyone a little something to pucker up with. These little bits of fun were intigrated on the wall where pictures of the loved ones they've lost were placed.
The simple elegance on the tables invited the guest to find their "destination." The tables were not numbered, but labeled with places the couple has traveled to or lived in.
The head table was a wooden king style piece of art, simply decorated with a champagne sequined runner and large marquee letters.
Each member of the wedding party was gifted a personalized mug that they filled to the brim with the delicious signature cocktail.
The ceremony took place above the reception area, giving all of the guests the best view. The officiant and wedding party consisted of the grooms' closest friends who are considered family (Framily).
Let me tell you, there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
Representing the feels for us all: Mama Debbie!
AND THEN THEY WERE MARRIED!!!!!
The I do's were said, the bubbles filled the street and the party was just getting started!
Now let me take a minute, just sit right there.. and I'll tell you all about the...
How about the AMAZING custom cake topper!?!
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There was sugar.
There was good music.
There was warmth.
There was SO much fun.
There was love. Just. Pure. Love.
Thank you, Mr. & Mr. Clarke, for letting me be a part of your special day!
Y'all... really... the L. O. V. E. that oozed from this wedding was INCREDIBLE!!!
These photos genuinely show what this couple is about. Love and laughter. There was never a moment I saw them without a smile on their faces!
Emily and Dan shared this pure happiness with their friends and family on, what turned out to be a very humid September day in Brown County State Park. With the threat of a storm brewing all week, we weren't sure how the outdoor ceremony would go, but there was never a worry. The morning sunshine peeked through the fog and the day was off to a good start!
There were plenty of umbrellas to go around in case it rained, and every guest was given a ribbon wand for a colorful sendoff. The couple said 'I do' in front of a beautiful art piece, hand painted by the maid of honor.
To tie in the couple's love for the art of theater, a few ladies from the Strange Tree Group started off the ceremony wearing shades of yellow, waving green pennants to celebrate the occasion. The Nature Center overlook was the perfect backdrop!
Immediately following the ceremony was a hay ride! A real tractor, actual hay, excitement, laughter, our happiness and CARMEL APPLES! Yep, you read that right... Carmel apples for everyone as they enjoyed a ride around the gorgeous Brown County State Park!
After site seeing around the park, cocktail hour and the reception were held in an park shelter that we gussied up with some incredible vintage camping decor from the bride's mother.
The sweetheart tables was dressed in lace and had the most incredible vintage decor.
Refreshing cocktails were provided by Cardinal Spirits!
Following dinner was the best part of the night... DONUTS!!!!
Go ahead and wipe the drool from your face because, yes, they were just as good as they look! These incredible donuts were brought down by some gracious guests from Do-Rite Donuts in Chicago.
Freshly made on the wedding day!
With drinks and donuts flowing, the dancing and laughter never subsided.
I'll forever be grateful that Emily and Dan chose me to help them with their special day. Being exposed to this level of joy is a highlight of my career!
When your high school best friend texts you a picture of her engagement ring, you scream with excitement.
When you high school best friend asks you to assist with her wedding, you are beyond grateful and speechless... and lets get real, you scream with excitement all over again!
The Bride (Amy) and Lucee Blue Events owner (Brittany) were best friends in high school and have stayed friends since. This is one of those friendships that start right back up where they left it off the last time they saw each other. Amy is one of the most genuine people. So it's only natural that she found another genuine person to spend her life with. Brian is exactly the right person!
First looks get me EVERY. TIME. Especially when there are tears! <3 <3 <3
This wedding could not have been more awesome to be a part of! First and foremost, Lucee Blue Events got to travel back up North, this time to a beautiful Lake Michigan scene!
Can you even handle this view?!?! Nature at it's best! <3
The day started a little gloomy as we all wished the rain away. The outdoor ceremony space was set up in the garden area of the venue with a few floral arrangements. The couple wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet and the partying to last forever. The plan was to have a standing ceremony, so we designed a simple aisle.
Unfortunately, the storm came JUST as the ceremony was going to start, so we were unable to use this beautiful space. Good news: the reception area was just as beautiful! All guests took their seats and the short and sweet ceremony took place in front of their head table. You really can't be too upset about a change in space when your backdrop is Lake Michigan :)
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The tables were set with lanterns and candles, fully incorporating the lake theme with rocks and sand. As the sunlight faded, the awesome purple uplighting made this space the party atmosphere they envisioned.
The dance floor was never empty and every guest left happy. The newlywed couple and some of their closest friends ended the night at a local brewery to continue the memories.
Lucee Blue Events was honored to be a part of Amy and Brian's big day. More specifically, I (Brittany) could not have been happier to be there and check this occasion off of my lifetime list.
From high schoolers that only worried about Student Council, shifts at Dairy Queen, sports, and who was dating who... to adults with full time jobs, houses, a husband, and real life plans. Forever a best friend in my heart - Love you Amy! So happy for you! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!!!
Special thanks to all involved!
Venue - The Aquatorium
Officiant - Bonnie Corondan
Caterer - ACE Catering
Photographer - Rantz Photography
Decor - Bride/Lucee Blue Events
Coordination - Lucee Blue Events
Desserts - Calumet Bakery
DJ - Tom's DJ Service