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!
Caitlin & Ryan had a beautiful Muncie, Indiana wedding day. Telling their original love story was a matter of putting the pieces together from speeches and from their own words that they wrote to one another. One common thread through the stories was that Ryan knew the first time he saw Caitlin that she would be his wife one day. He even said this aloud to his friend at that moment, wow! Maybe Caitlin wasn’t as sure as Ryan was right out the gate. But she was soon to realize she had found Mr. right and the rest.. after several years of dating was history!
I loved all the speeches and although I don’t usually include the groom thank you speech in the highlights film Ryan’s speech was special. I like that he didn’t feel the need to thank Caitlin’s parents for the wedding. What he did thank them for is more important. That’s how they raised their daughter and for accepting him into their family as a son-in-law. Hosting a wedding is a huge gift of resources. But raising a child to enable them as a healthy adult and a blessing to their spouse is more important than financing. Then giving your child to that spouse is the greatest gift.
Hiring a wedding videographer is important, and we have written about it many times! But we believe hiring the videographer who knows how to tell your story is even more crucial. We know how fast the day goes by and in the end you want to remember it through the eyes of an expert storyteller that you can trust! And I’m so glad Ryan and Caitlin trusted us to expertly tell their wedding story. So congrats Ryan and Caitlin on your beautiful Muncie, Indiana wedding day. We loved filming for you at The Loft and wish you many happy years!
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
I think charming and delightful is a good way to describe Claire and Andrew and their wedding day! Claire wanted an intimate sized wedding for close family and friends with an easygoing vibe which their space Fort Harrison provided. When we arrived they were staying in cozy side by side guest houses on the campus which were actually renovated captains houses. The grounds and gazebo were perfect for their ceremony and the reception hall at the Inn fit everyone comfortably for dinner. Their vendors were all very accommodating. We enjoyed working with the banquet facility, 2to1 photography and PBJ Pro DJ throughout the day. From the grounds of the Park to the amazing sunset photo session everything came together perfectly to create the most beautiful experience for them! Take a minute to check out their short film!!