Love Stories: Robbie & Stephanie

We are so excited that we get to be sharing some beautiful photos from our August 13th wedding at the Eiteljorg. I met this couple at the end of December last year and worked with them all year to create their perfect day. I enjoyed meeting and working with the whole family and in fact, miss not talking to them on a regular basis. The rain held off that day for the outside ceremony, our only hitch was the practicing bands behind the ceremony site. I think Stephanie’s dad said it best in his welcome speech when he said, “it is hard to get 30 rival bands to play together, but they did for Stephanie’s wedding.” It may not have been ideal but it will be a memory. Please enjoy the photos!

Wedding Planner – Ruffles & Roses Weddings and Events

Photographer – Patricia Karina

Venues – Eiteljorg Museum

Catering – Kahn’s Catering

Flowers – Lilly Lane Flowers

Cake and Dessert Bar – Kahn’s Catering

DJ – Sunny Moon

Hope you enjoyed. They are a beautiful couple and I wish them all the best!

What is your favorite photo?

Love is in the Air!

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Love Connections: Laura from the Sheraton Downtown City Centre

Laura Buttry: Catering Sales Manager/Wedding Specialist 

Panorama Room at Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre

Aerial View of Downtown Circle 

Have you been thinking about where you would like to get married or where you would like to have your wedding reception?  The Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre has a wonderful staff and facility that will accommodate you in all your wedding needs!  We had the opportunity to sit down with Laura Buttry from the Sheraton in downtown Indianapolis.  Laura is the catering sales manager and wedding specialist at the Sheraton.  We asked her a few questions pertaining to love.

1)  What do you love about weddings?
-I love seeing the brides excitement when she is talking about her vision and then seeing it come to life on the big day.

2)  What do you love about your business?
-At the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre, I like how we are a place for people to gather.  We are their home away from home, their family reunion for the year.  I like that they feel comfortable sitting in the lobby just chatting or can relax in the sun by the pool.

3)  What is your love craving and why?
      – I love ice cream. I could eat it any time of the year and in all different flavors.

4)  What do you love about living in Indiana?
-I grew up in a small town and moved to Indy four years ago. I love that by going 15 minutes out of the city, you are back in farm country.  It is so relaxing to leave the city behind and be in nature.

5)  Love Advice
-My love advice is to be real about marriage and love itself.  It is not always roses’ falling from the sky but this is the person that is your partner in life.  They are with you there in the morning when you aren’t looking your best and by your side proudly at the work holiday party.  There are times when you will fight and not want to be around each other but these just make you stronger.  Realize that you are different people and he doesn’t always know what you are thinking so a little hint goes along way.  Always love one another and remember to always kiss good night.

Check out the wedding promotion tab on Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre’s website.  Make sure to book your date at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre!

Love is in the air!!!

Outdoor September Wedding: Lindsay and Brett

It took a little longer than normal, but here are the photos from Lindsay and Brett’s outdoor wedding this past September. The wedding took place at Lindsay’s parent’s house (thanks mom and dad) and it was a beautiful day. Lindsay was a gorgeous bride and everyone enjoyed the day. Enjoy!

Photographer: Jamie Sangar, Jamie Sangar Photography

Flowers: Jan (Groom’s Mom – THANK MOM!)

Draping: Vicki Swanson, Indy Dream Events

Planner: Jennifer Tornatta, Moments in Time Event Planners

Happy Planning!

Something Different – Rose Ceremony

I was asked by a bride recently for an idea for her ceremony that was different. She liked the idea of the unity candle, but with her outdoor ceremony, it was not really feasible. I offered her a suggestion, why not have a rose ceremony.  The concept is simple, give each other a red rose as your first present as husband and wife. Like with anything, you can perform it many different ways. All you need are red roses for you and your husband to be (and any children that are making up a blended family) and it should be preformed after you are pronounced husband and wife. Here are a couple of examples of the wording:

Version 1

Minister: Your first gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings – which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect and a public showing of your commitment to each other. In addition, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life – one I hope you always remember – the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.

 You now have what remains the most honorable title that exists between a woman and a man – the title of “wife” and “husband.” It is now my great privilege to be the first to address you as wife and husband and for your first gift as wife and husband, that gift will be a single red rose bud.

 (Minister hands each a red rose bud)

 The rose is considered a symbol of love and a single rose always means only one thing – it means, “I love you.” So it is appropriate that for your first gift – as wife and husband – that gift would be a single rose bud.

Please exchange the rose buds as your first gift to each other as wife and husband.

 Within these rose buds, if given proper loving care, is the potential for an even more beautiful expression of Life and Love in the form of the mature flower. And so it is with your marriage. At this point your marriage is like these rose buds – ready, with proper loving care – to unfold into a very beautiful expression of life.

 ____________ and ____________, if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure. Whatever the situation, love, understanding, acceptance and forgiveness can make everything right.

 Version 2

Wedding Rose Ceremony is a part of the wedding ceremony that takes place usually after the wedding vows.  The Wedding Officiant or the Maid of Honor and Best Man can offer the rose to the Bride and the Groom at the appropriate moment.  Often a rose ceremony can go like this:

Officiant:  After the exchanging of rings, your first gift to each other, as husband and wife,  is a single rose.  The rose is a symbol of love so it is an appropriate that it is your first gift.

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife.   (GROOM GIVES A ROSE TO BRIDE.)

GROOM:  (Bride’s name)  I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.

(BRIDE GIVES A ROSE TO GROOM.)

BRIDE:  (Groom’s name)  I give you this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny, tightly closed bud and blossomed into this perfect rose that opened with the warmth of the sun, just as my love for you has grown in the warmth of your soul.

Officiant: GROOM and BRIDE, in remembrance of this day, as a reaffirmation of your love and of the vows you have spoken here today please give each other a single red rose each year on your anniversary.  In the best of marriages there are difficult times.  There are times of hurtful words, times of neglect, times when we must wait patiently to be together again.  Those may be times when the words you really need to speak are difficult.  I ask that you remember this moment and that when words fail you, that you place a single rose on your spouse’s pillow as a way to say, “I remember our vow,”  and “I love you”.  Let this exchanging of roses be the beginning of a lifelong tradition of unspoken love

Finally, you can add the final touch of giving these roses to your mothers. The groom would hand his to the bride’s mother and the bride to the groom’s mother. I personally like it when the mothers do not know that they get this special gift. If they were not crying before, they will be now.

This is a great addition to a ceremony and will bring joy to all who witness it.

Happy Planning!