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An Indiana front yard wedding. Classic and simple elegance. That’s how Kate described their wedding, and we must agree.

The Couple

Avery and Kate met their freshman year of college through the Honors Guild at Taylor University. Their group of freshmen had a scholarship to travel to Ireland during January of their first year, and that is when Avery and Kate first started to get to know one another. They both look back on this trip as the spark of their interest in each other, but they barely talked to each other during the trip! When they returned from Ireland, Kate told a close friend that it would make her semester if Avery asked her on a pick-a-date (a group dating tradition at Taylor)….she said it would never happen. The next day, Avery asked her on a pick-a-date! They had a great time and gradually eased into dating after that.

The Wedding

Kate wore her grandmother’s wedding dress that was also worn by two of her aunts, and in a way, this dress was the center of aesthetics for the wedding. They chose to get married at Fairmount Friends Church, an old church in a nearby town, and hosted the front yard reception in the home that Kate’s family built themselves.

Tradition. Heritage. Family.

Here’s a few of our favorites from the day!


The First Look


The Wedding Portraits

Every detail of this beautiful home and yard contains memories of this family’s energy and time, beginning with clearing the land for the home to be built! While photographing Avery and Kate, I just kept thinking about the new memories they were creating AT THIS VERY MOMENT with this beautiful wedding!

Indiana Front Yard Wedding

The cake topper has appeared in two generations of weddings on Avery’s mom’s side of the family. Avery and Kate were happy to continue the tradition to the third generation!
We attend a lot of weddings but were unfamiliar with the cake pull tradition. You can read about it here!
Avery and Kate, thank you for trusting us to document your day. We loved every part of it! Blessings to you!


Ceremony Venue: Fairmount Friends Church

Reception Venue: Home of the Bride

Floral Designer: Kathy Thornburgh with Creative Dining Services

Dress Designer: Vintage; bride’s grandmother had the dress designed and crafted by a French seamstress named Corrine

Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung

Cake: Jillian Nash, family friend

Catering: Taylor University Creative Dining Services

Invitations: Emily Theis

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J.F. Ferrar for JCPenney

Chair Rental: H&D SupeRent and Special Occasions

You may remember Daniel and Kristen from their canoe engagement session last fall. They are so in love and such naturals in front of the camera that we were excited to document their Westminster Presbyterian Church and Horizon Convention Center Wedding in Muncie.

The Couple

When I first heard Daniel and Kristen’s story, I remember laughing hard. To hear both of them tell it together, interrupting and giving their little anecdotes, is priceless. Let me see if I can do it justice:

Daniel and Kristen met in pharmacy school at Purdue. After developing a friendship over two years, they finally went on a date. Afterwards, Daniel asked Kristen if she’d like to keep “dating.” That word can be tricky though, can’t it?! She thought he was asking to make the relationship official, but he was just asking for a second date! The confusion was cleared up within a few days when Daniel realized he’d gotten a girlfriend and not just a second date!


The First Look

The couple opted for a first look for many reasons, but this also allowed them to have time for plenty of pictures at Christy Woods!

The Wedding Portraits

Before she walked down the aisle, while watching all the adorable girls gathered in front of her, I heard Kristen say, “Having five flower girls was one of the best decisions we made about the wedding.:)” Seriously. How cute are they?!
Before heading to the reception, we took some time for some “Just Married” photos!2016-06-23_013

Horizon Convention Center Wedding Reception

HorizonConventionCenterWedding00372016-06-23_0082016-06-24_001Daniel and Kristen, we loved being a part of your wedding day. Thank you for trusting us to tell your story!


Ceremony: Westminster Presbyterian Church

Reception: Horizon Convention Center

Floral Design: Sonni with Miller’s Flowers

DJ: AMS Muncie

Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Saturdays 

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse


There are some people that radiate joy. Katie and Kevin are two of those people. When I think about their Lucas Estate Wedding, I can think of no other word other than “fun.” There was drizzling rain, there were storms, there were tables blowing over, there were changes in plans, and there were still smiles on everyones’ faces the whole time!

Because this isn’t about things being “perfect” on your wedding day, is it? It’s about commitment and celebrating and legacy and friends– and for that, this day was PERFECT.

The Wedding

Kevin and Katie wanted one big party for their Lucas Estate Wedding. They planned for an outside ceremony in the most perfect spot on the Estate’s grounds, but the weather had other plans. With an 80% chance of rain and storms the entire week, we knew we were in for an adventure! Sarah from Plum and Poppy kept everything running so smoothly! Having a great wedding planner is PRICELESS.

Katie’s ring is Kevin’s great-great-great grandmother’s ring!
The Lucas Estate Wedding Ceremony

Because of the storms, the ceremony was held in the reception tent. As soon as he symbolically gave his daughter away, Katie’s dad surprised everyone with a “flash mob” of singing at the beginning of the ceremony. One-by-one eight singers entered the stage area, including Katie’s brother and aunt, joining in an acapella chorus of Glee’s arrangement of “What the World Needs Now.” I had goosebumps from the top of my head to the tips of my toes! Someone please steal this idea! 🙂
If Troy and I ever write a book of wedding stories, this story will definitely be at the top of the list. Katie’s great uncle is named John Paul Jones. His invitation was delivered to a different John Paul Jones in Wisconsin. Mr. Jones assumed the invitation was someone connected with an old war buddy so he and his wife drove nine hours to the wedding! They obviously didn’t know anyone, but everyone was so welcoming so they stayed and enjoyed the festivities. When Katie’s mom explained that they didn’t have a seat for them to sit together, Mrs. Jones replied, “That’s okay. We’ve been married 59 years, I can stand some time away from him!” Seriously, Troy and I couldn’t stop laughing about this. We even have pictures of Mrs. Jones dancing the polka with Kevin! I wanted to make sure we got this picture so Kevin and Katie could tell their kids about their wedding crashers!
A huge shout out to My Yellow Rickshaw who kept the party going all night long! There’s nothing like a live band at a wedding, but when they sing Garth Brooks, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, and Charlie Daniels Band in the same night, you know this is an amazingly talented band too!
Kevin and Katie, blessings to both of you!


Venue: Lucas Estate

Wedding Planner: Plum and Poppy

Floral Design: McNamara Florist

Videographer: Vibe Video Productions

Band: My Yellow Rickshaw

Hair and Makeup: Brian Leslie Salon