When the bride said her only accent color was green, her style was classic and organic, and the couples' wedding plans had changed from a NOLA wedding to a wedding at their home in Indianapolis, IN, we listened!
The beautiful bride happens to be my daughter, and we were so honored to spend time chatting away on the phone and in person, in order to bring her vision to life.
We picked and packed, and drove all the pretties to Indy last May, 2021. Then on wedding day, I spent the day getting everything staged just the way she wanted it. This is truly the aspect of my business that I love; creating beautiful events!
We sourced vintage green goblets for the Head Table, while using a variety of sizes and shapes of vintage Amber bottles, accented with simple ferns. Candles dotted the tables throughout the large tent, staged in the side yard.
In the next few photos, you'll see how we transformed a city backyard into a beautiful wedding, complete with reception tent, delicious catered Cajun dishes from #yatsindy, and farm tables with stunning vintage-inspired tablescapes; lanterns hung in the tent to create cozy lighting for the evening hours. A lounge seating area, architectural accents for the ceremony area, barrel bars for the drink station and dessert station completed the decor. And as a nod to NOLA, they hired a 2nd line parade led by @porkandbeansbrassband, to lead guests and the happy couple through the neighborhood following the ceremony! It was brilliant!
Neighbors waved from their front porch, and cheered the happy couple. The receiving line was held at the levee, while the brass band continued to serenade with joyful, upbeat tunes. Following photos and greetings from everyone, the band led the couple back to their home, followed by a parade of guests!
Carrying a bouquet of beautiful ferns, with tendrils of lavender, the bride's wishes for simplicity were visible in complete "understated elegance" throughout every aspect of the wedding. Each of her attendants carried or wore calla lilies, and to complete the touch of green, the bride chose green velvet heels for her after wedding attire, including a white pantsuit, while her groom coordinated his outfit change to a brilliant deep red shirt and pants, with an ivory jacket!
As both the bride and groom are in the music industry, it was not surprising that Chloe sang an aria, to her groom, during the wedding. Music played a role in every aspect of their wedding, including a String Quartet to serenade the bride's entrance, a Jazz Band which played during cocktail hour, followed by a Brass Band that finished out the night! It wasn't the wedding they had initially planned, but it was so intimate and personal for all those in attendance. After all, spending this day celebrating with their closest family and friends was really all that mattered.
After enjoying toasts and a delicious Cajun dinner, the happy couple shared some touching moments during their first dance, followed by an evening of jazz provided by Pork and Beans Brass Band! Guests enjoyed the dance floor, mingling, and the beautiful weather as this was one of their first gatherings since COVID began, for many. String lights accented the backyard, while baskets of ferns were hung throughout the property; a little nod to NOLA.
What a beautiful day, and what a beautiful, unique and FUN wedding. So many commented on how different and fun Chloe and Nick's wedding was, and we'd have to agree. If you decide to forego the big wedding for your or your parents' backyard, we are here to assure you that it can be done, successfully, with lots of details that bring your theme alive, while transporting you and your guests to an "experience" they'll never forget.
The sweets table was a transformed vintage whiskey barrel table, perfect for the layers and layers of sweets! The bride and groom chose to forego cake, for their favorite macarons and pastries from a local bakery!
We hope you've enjoyed this backyard wedding inspiration. Make your wedding your own; carry a bouquet of greens - minus the flowers, invite the band, leave off the cake for macarons and other French pastries, and wear the green shoes! After all, it's your day! And, get in touch to learn how we can turn your backward wedding into the wedding of your dreams!
Photography: Rachel Giese Creative
Design: Chloe Boelter (Bride) and Beth Boelter (Elements Preserved)
Vintage/Specialty Rentals and Styling: Elements Preserved
Floral: McNamara Floral
Catering: Yats Cajun Creole, Indianapolis
Seafood Boil: Chef Oya's "The Trap"
Desserts: Rene's Bakery
Jazz Trio: Reggie Bishop (piano), Brandon Meeks (bass), Clinton Carrington (drums)
Brass Band: Pork and Beans Brass Band
Classical Trio: Tamalyn O'Grady (cello), Eric Garcia (flute), Megan Biner (harp)
Tent/Chair/Linens: Ace Party Rental
Rings: Barrington Jewels