Planning a wedding can be hard work, but planning while living several states away adds unique challenges. However, Lauren and Nathan’s Indiana wedding radiated of simple elegance, and with the help and guidance from their planner, Emily Ventura Designs, their day was nothing shy of perfection.
Sticking with a neutral color palette of white, grey, and touches of navy, we love the simplicity behind their design choices. The beauty of their venue made a big statement, and accenting its charm with classic pieces and lush florals was the perfect way to pull together their day.
Danielle Harris Photography brought the beauty of their wedding day to life, and we are thrilled to share some of this couple’s favorite details and moments along the way! We hope you enjoy!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
My goal for the wedding was classic and timeless. I wanted a lot of greenery and not a ton of color so we went with mostly white and gray with a touch of navy here and there. For our location I wanted spots that were truly breathtaking and unique. I struggled for a long time on reception locations until we saw the Artsgarden and I could immediately picture it in my head! The massive windows, natural lighting and great view of the city couldn’t be beat!
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
I’d say we for sure splurged on the food and alcohol, as well as the flowers. As much as I wanted it to look beautiful we wanted it to be a blast for our guests too! The synchronized service The Conrad cannot be beat and really put the whole dinner over the top for me! It was incredible! Flowers/greenery were always a huge part of my vision for the reception/bouquets as well so we made sure not to skimp on that!
What were your favorite parts of the day?
My reveal with my bridesmaids, the wedding party going to Kilroys before the ceremony, and exchanging our own vows we wrote to each other are definitely top memories. For me though, my top moment was the speech my dad’s friends gave. My dad passed away fairly unexpectedly May 31, 2016 and the whole process of planning a wedding without him was honestly so heartbreaking at times. He looked forward so much to having those special moments with his daughters and to be the first one and not have him there was devastating. I struggled for a long time on what to do in his honor during the father-daughter dance time, and finally asked his 4 best friends to plan a “tequila toast” (his favorite) in his honor. It was above and beyond what I ever could’ve expected and really made it feel like he was there with me for a minute. It is something I still choke up thinking about to this day.
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Pinterest and my mom were my best friend in planning my wedding but my day of coordinator (Emily Dusel) was my ride or die throughout the process. She made sure the day was flawless and talked me off many ledges during the planning process. She truly became a great friend to me throughout the experience which made letting go and letting her take control (not something I normally am good at) a million times easier. She totally got my vision and made sure it was executed to a T and was such a huge blessing to us!
Such a timeless style filled with the most special moments!
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Danielle Harris // Ceremony Venue: The Indiana State House // Reception Venue: The Indianapolis artsgarden // Event Planning: Emily Ventura Designs // Floral: Gina Howard // Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes // Transportation: Indy Trolley // Makeup: Karen Hall and Co // Wedding Dress: Marie Gabriel Couture