I hope you enjoyed Emilie and Alex’s rehearsal BBQ primer (one post prior). I will bet that your eyeballs will be overjoyed at the sight of Part 2!
Let me begin by saying that Emilie was the most organized bride ever! Ever! As an organizer myself, I love the lady. She provided us a thick packet of info including detailed directions and maps, a Bloomington visitors guide, timelines for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, lists of VIPs and vendors. It’s usually me asking for those details, but she clearly beat me to the punch.
Emilie and Alex are nature lovers. But not just casual nature lovers. They’re scientists! Real researchers of insects and grasses, and it’s way more technical than I can understand or explain here. Suffice it to say, they know nature, and we were happy that they could explain the half-fly, half-bee that Kurtis and I found in our backyard! Fittingly, nature wove its way through the entire day. It was all so meaningful and special, and I gasped at every little creative touch that they incorporated into the day…like the collection of butterflies that Emilie caught HERSELF in the days prior to the wedding…and that she carried a net with her en route from the salon to her getting ready room just in case she might find more!…Or that when the butterflies were released as Emilie entered the courtyard, they fluttered about the “host plants” which were affixed to chair-ends…thankfully the family meteorologist (certified) predicted no rain, and Plan A was a “go”! Apple trees flanked them at the ceremony (he proposed at an apple orchard, and they’ll be planting the trees), which was full of laughter and emotion. I loved that Emilie and Alex were so into it and read their sweet, sweet vows to each other.
At the reception, no detail was left untouched, of course! Apple candles held our name cards, and sugared apples showered the cake. Tables names were scientific names of trees. Centerpieces were take-home pots of herbs. Bookmarks displaying various birds and behaviors were guest favors. Between the DJ’s playlist, bird calls sounded of those state birds where guests were present!! Like I said…no detail left undone!
I don’t think I managed to cover it all (oh yeah, the programs were PLANTABLE), but having a description of what went into this day will allow you to better appreciate the scenes in the images below. We think the shot of the day is the capture of the bee and Emilie. It’s just fitting. Kurtis didn’t know he got it until we later downloaded and viewed the photos!
Just a wonderful couple and a wonderful day. Congratulations, Emilie and Alex!
Alex WAS the get-away car…cans tied to his waist and a “Just Married!” sign attached to his back!!
High fives to the other vendors who helped make the day!
Hair and Makeup by John Edward Hair Salon
Flowers and centerpieces by Peppertree Floral + Events
Music by Jacobs School of Music
Ceremony and Reception at the Indiana Memorial Union (Secret Garden and Alumni Hall)
The IMU food was fantastic, and I was wowed with their cake!