Michael and Angela’s wedding was a handmade affair filled with colour and love.

The childhood sweethearts wanted their DIY wedding to ‘reflect the springtime – sweet, romantic and fresh; with a colour palette of shades of teal & pops of coral.’ And what a pretty combination!

There are lots of darling details to watch out for from the chevron seating chart to the personalised corn hole game and the giant, wooden letter ‘E’ guestbook but the thing I love most about this wedding is the emotion captured by Jennifer Van Elk Photography. Angela is such a beautiful, happy bride just beaming the whole day through while Michael is one proud husband. And don’t get me started on Angela and her dad’s teary walk down the aisle!

 The Bridal Attire

I allowed each girl in my bridal party to choose a dress style and color that fit her frame and personality. I went with each of them individually to Nancy’s Bridal Boutique, where they could look at a multitude of designers & choose what she liked best. My vision was to have all different shades of teal—with my Maid & Matron of Honor in the lightest shades—closest to the white of my dress! 

 The Flowers

My bouquet was made up of warm colors- pink and orange ranunculus, pink snapdragons, peach tulips and dahlias, baby’s breath, white lisianthus, green fern, with an ivory ribbon & teal pendant. My bridesmaids’ bouquets were all white with mums and baby’s breath wrapped in lace that hung like a bow.

The groom’s boutonniere was a white ranuculus with seeded eucalyptus. The groomsmen’s boutonnieres were baby’s breath with tiny white mums. All boutineers were wrapped in twine. The flowers at the ceremony were all baby’s breath (lining the aisle and the arch). 

 The Photography & Videography

We chose our photographer after weeks of searching and inquiring. Finally we finally ran across Jennifer Van Elk and she set up a date to Skype with the both of us. We were both very impressed with her work & felt like we got along great with her personality!

Our videographer, Julia Smith, was one of the Matron of Honor’s best friends from college. We had seen the work she did for my Matron’s brother’s wedding, and were excited to have her capture our day!

 The Ceremony

Processional: “Holy is the Lord” (Instrumental) by A Moment’s Peace for bridesmaids’ procession, and “My Savior, My God” (Instrumental) by A Moment’s Peace for Bridal Procession; Recessional: “My Dear” by Hunter Thompson. 

During the ceremony my bridesmaid sang, while her husband (Michael’s groomsman) played the guitar for the song “Anchor of Hope” by Ellie Holcomb.

 Décor & Details

Tables were decorated with a chevron table runner (light blue & cream), with woven placemats from Pier 1 Imports, & various vases found at thrift shops. There were mint dishes filled with table mints, and a few small votive candles. The table numbers were handmade out of scrapbook paper & wire. Table assignments were posted on two cork boards covered in fabric & hung by pins with painted wooden hearts. 

Our guest book was a large wooden “E” ordered from Uncle John’s Cabin on Etsy. The “His” & “Hers” signs on the backs of the bride and groom’s chairs were from Hobby Lobby. The large mailbox and timeline chalkboard were found at a flea market in Lafayette. Jars & straws were ordered online. The ‘thank you’ cards at each place setting were designed by the bride.

The reception table centrepieces were made up of bright colors of pink, peach, cream & yellow ranunculus, tulips, button mums, freesia, gerbers, sweet pea, zinia, seeded eucalyptus and fern.

 The Refreshments

We had a buffet of our favorite foods: caesar salad, fruit salad, chicken marsala, fettucine alfredo, green beans, and rolls. Our cake flavors were Raspberry Sour Cream (our favorite!) and Double Chocolate Fudge.

Our first dance song was “God Gave Me You” by Michael Henry & Justin Robinette.

Um, how rad is their getaway car?!!

 Favourite Moments

We took pictures at Cool Creek Park in Westfield where the two of us spent a lot of time during our dating each other in high school, and it was the location Michael proposed 10 months earlier! I layed out six photo albums I had made every year we had been together. We sang worship songs and took communion as a part of our ceremony; Our pastor David Bell clearly spoke of the covenant relationship we were entering into & gave a beautiful message that inspired our friends and family; We toasted with Triple XXX Rootbeer (classic rootbeer from our college hometown of Purdue!); We danced “the orb” with our best friends to “Sandstorm” – a classic dance we broke out at every Homecoming or Prom in high school; and did a balloon release like my parents did at their wedding.

 Advice for Other Couples

Pinterest is an awesome place for inspiration along the whole process! Southern Wedding Magazine’s Pinterest page was a favourite and we used Minted.com for our invites.

Congratulations Angela and Michael!

Photographer: Jennifer Van Elk Photography / Bride’s Dress: David's Bridal (Style WG9821) / Bride's Veil: David's Bridal (Style 850) / Bride's Bangle: Kohl’s / Bride's Flower Hair Clip: The May Flower on Etsy / Bridal Salon: Nancy’s Bridal Boutique, Indianapolis, IN / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Kelsey Houin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jennie Slaff / Videographer: Julia Smith / Ceremony Venue: Radiant Christian Life Church, Westfield, IN / Reception Venue: Plum Creek Golf Club, Carmel, IN / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / DJ: Sean Liller / Hair and Make Up: The Beauty Lounge on Main, Carmel, IN / Table Runners: Barb & Jennifer Slaff of Calico Corners Indianapolis