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Christina and Dan! Nashville/Brown County, Indiana Wedding

July 23, 2019

“I will be bringing you someone whole
and you will be bringing me someone whole
and we be twice as strong
and we be twice as true
and we will have twice as much
of love
and everything.”
-Mari Evans, Celebration

These two!!!  You guys.  I haven’t known Christina and Dan for very long, but they are SOOOO great!  As was their wedding [duh!]

Weather report said rain in the afternoon and heat all day, but miraculously, the rain stayed away from us…. not so much the heat, but we all sweat together so it was a-okay!  After their first look I had them wander nearby a wooded area around a little pond, and on the way up to it, Christina had Dan shoo away a giant long leg spider off her dress, with a: “Don’t kill it, just brush it off”, and then remarked that they knew having an outdoor wedding in July would come with some random woodland creatures [ha: on the way back we were picking out a few freeloaders from the tulle of her dress and I found a tick, which then proceeded to JUMP at me! (Eeeekkkk! guys, I am a city girl.  I visit the country every so often, and can handle spiders, and whatnots, but jumping ticks, make my skin crawl)…. (I feel like I need to go take a shower just typing out that story)].

So no rain [yay!], heat [meh], amazing bridal party [holla!], random clouds [thank you!], tacos for dinner [yum!], some of the best speeches I’ve heard [awe!], and a beautiful sparkler exit [swoon!]

Shout out to Ashley for swatting gnats away and sweating it out second shooting with me!

Christina and Dan, I loved your wedding.  Your vows were wonderful, and I love that you included beautiful elements to reflect your passions and how you promise to not only love and take care of each other, but also love and take care of people in this world.

You guys are rad.

Cheers!
~Maike

*this pillow and the rings were passed around so everyone could say a blessing or well wishes over the rings.  I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!I wish I had thought of it for my own wedding.  What a beautiful way to include your guests in your love promises.

Hair : Studio M Salon [Erin Gammon]

Make Up : Christina’s Sister

Flowers : Lily Lane [Becky]

Ceremony/Reception Venue : The Old Barn at Brown County

Music : Indy Sound Rentals [rental equipment]; DJ and acoustic guitar by friends

Cake : Cousin made the cake

Catering : Holy Smokes BBQ

Dress : The Wedding Studio [Brand: Essence of Australia]

Brides Shoes : Betsey Johnson at Macy’s

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : Beyond, Leon Bridges
father & daughter dance : What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
mother & son dance : Wildflowers, Tom petty

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

C : Reading our vows to each other

D : I’ll never forget reading and hearing vows as well as our officiant’s words. Entering the reception to signed, sealed, delivered and seeing the venue decorated with everyone was pretty breathtaking.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

C : Write your own vows! It’s worth it.

D : Doing the first look was so worth it to us. We are both emotional people and it took the edge off of a stressful day and allowed us to really enjoy the ceremony . Also, people LOVE to help if you let them. We felt so loved during our wedding because we had so many family members and friends step up to be a part of the wedding. We had family help us with the bar and the cake. Friends helped us with the flowers. We had friends spray the whole ceremony area for bugs during the afternoon. We had friends handle our music. We had a friend do our photography (tha’ts right, you are our friend now!) . [<-Uhm, obviously Dan is one of my favorite grooms!  Cheers to new friends!]

Funniest memory?

C : The power went out the night before our wedding at the venue and in the whole surrounding area including our cabin. We were too tired to even care, so we just went to bed and assumed the problem would be solved in the morning, which it was! We do not typically believe in “hope” as a solutions oriented strategy.

D : While having a quiet moment after taking a bunch of photos and getting ready to enter the venue. My mother and cousin BURST into the house in a panic over napkins! We had a taco bar with no napkins for the first a 5-6 tables through the buffet. Luckily, my cousin Brad sped off to the closest store and solved the problem.

If you could do it all over would you change anything?

C : No, it was perfect.

D : We probably could’ve used a day of planner especially because had so much flexibility with our venue that we had to control everything. So it was hard not to worry about things like the food and all of that because there really wasn’t anyone in charge other than the two of us.

Honeymoon?

Yes! We just got back from Cancun. We stayed at an all inclusive resort called Excellence Playa Mujeres. It was a perfect way to unwind for a week.

Any others vendors you want to give a shout out to?

The Old Barn at Brown County was a beautiful venue. and we were thrilled with how it worked out.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Caitlynn permalink
    July 23, 2019 6:34 pm

    Wow! What a gorgeous day! That groomsmen shot playing pool is amazing! Also the image of Christina with her parents next to her right before she walks down the aisle – woah!

    • August 7, 2019 9:30 pm

      So good, right? And thanks [woo hoo!] That groomsmen shot was something I had been thinking about for a while and wanting to try. Finally got the perfect setting for it!

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