When I first spoke with Ashlynn and Logan they were living in sunny San Diego and planning their private wedding event near Lake Wawasee in Ashlynn’s hometown Syracuse, Indiana. I was psyched at the opportunity to work in my own neck of the woods. I grew up here moved away and recently returned with my family. I’ve always enjoyed the beauty of the lakes area. It’s a beautiful area to plan a summer or fall wedding, especially with new venues offering public access to events on the lake.
location. location. location.
Hosting a outdoor home wedding event can be financially beneficial and convenient especially during a pandemic year. Ashlynn & Logan hosted their wedding at a family friends home near Lake Wawasee. It was a beautiful private spot set deep back a long drive with a pond and large lawn. Of course hosting at a private residence isn’t all fun and games there are some things to work out as they did. You must make special considerations for parking, seating, tent space, seating space for guests. It’s important to choose a location with plenty of room for parking and lots of surrounding space so the noise of the music dissipates at the reception. This location had all that and created a spacious and very private experience. Side note, if hosting a private event don’t forget to notify close neighbors ahead of time about the noise and traffic!
get to work!
The truth is doing it yourself is a lot of work so be prepared to roll up your sleeves. Logan and Ashlynn were up to this challenge and with lots of hard work provided a beautiful wedding experience for their guests. They made custom wood benches and wedding arches for the ceremony overlooking the pond. For the reception they made a custom dance floor and portrait wall decorated with flowers. Also beautiful table arrangements for the wedding cake and head table. For the cocktail hour and dinner they provided a delicious self serve food truck from Ziffles Zip N Go plus tasty specialty drinks pre-mixed for convenience. For activity there was corn hole and giant sized Jenga lawn games available. All of which are in the film.
With lots of hard work and much love in their hearts Ashlynn and Logan pulled off their dream wedding. And they did it their way. They enjoyed the heck out of it and had beautiful weather. I would call that a great success!
What a wedding adventure of sights, sounds and all the feels. I often think of a wedding day as an adventure. It’s fun, it’s a step into the unknown. It starts with much excitement and expectation. It has unexpected twists and turns. It teaches us things we didn’t know, we meet new people along the way. And it’s always about making new memories.
We followed Rachelle and Brooks down memory lane in their own words learning about how everything began with a “non date” date to a Chicago cubs game. We heard how they went from friends going to a baseball game together to their wedding day. We head and couldn’t stop singing a heart warming song sung by Brook’s father to the couple. Spoiler alert it’s in the feature film below!
Brooks and Rachelle celebrated well with awesome vows, notes, speeches, dances. The location Rock Run Creek Barn was perfect for their event. Not to mention it allowed them to be outdoors when the pandemic was shutting everything down. They began the day there. Hosted the ceremony there outdoors and the reception inside. They ended the night with an epic sparkler send off and drove away in a classic car at sunset. Wow, what a wedding adventure! And the adventure is really just getting started for them. Join us in celebrating Rachelle and Brooks and journey through their day via their wedding film. Thanks to Zarah and Sam for filming their beautiful love story for us.
Brandon and Amelia hosted their Tabor Hill Winery wedding winter event outdoors in November at Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, Michigan! It was a perfect day for a winter wedding with a little snow on the ground but clear skies and not too cool. Ok, so it’s a little unusual to host a wedding outdoors in November, in Michigan no less! I wouldn’t recommend it to the average bride but… if you have the gumption, the know how and the resources to pull it off it can be an incredible, visceral experience.
Let’s just say Amelia, her family and co-workers with Burns Rentals did have the resources and the know how to pull it off. They are a full service special events rental and design company located in Mishawaka. Great people who I would strongly recommend! They did an amazing job from an outdoor cigar tent to snow sweeping machines and beautiful open flame area heaters. The team at Burns had all the tricks to keep us warm while outside and inside. They planned, designed and furnished the event. Since their team was there to play they made a great choice and hired our Angie with Belle Behind the Ball to coordinate the day! Here’s another great event Burns Rentals provided for we filmed for Sarah & Justin
All in all it was an incredible day. We were honored to be part of their celebration!
Photography Beth Anne Anderson
Coordinator Belle Behind the Ball Wedding & Event Planning
Entertainment 27 Entertainment
Event Design & Decor Burns Rent-Alls, Inc. Special Events