Fall is definitely in the air right now, so today's wedding seems perfect to set the tone for autumn on the blog. Amanda and Jacob decided to have their wedding in September, no doubt because it's one of the prettiest times of year in the midwest. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, they said their vows at Brown County State Park in Indiana. Post ceremony hay rides to the reception space, lots of DIY fall projects, and yes, even a pumpkin spice cake all made for the perfect, laid back, autumn event. A big thank you to Tall + Small Photography for the lovely images, and to Amanda for sharing all the details of the day!
From the bride, Amanda...
We wanted simple and relaxed wedding. Most of our guests were traveling from out of state, so we thought it would be easiest to have the ceremony, reception, and lodging all in one place. We like to hike in Brown County State Park, and once we saw the outdoor ampitheatre and the rustic reception room, we knew it fit our idea for the wedding.
The ampitheatre is so naturally beautiful, we decided to not clutter the space with decorations for the ceremony. We chose a string duet to play the ceremony music. Amanda walked down the aisle to our song, “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire – the first line mentions the 21st of September. Amanda’s youngest sister Stacey officiated, efficiently, and the ceremony was less than ten minutes!
We wanted a fun way to get our guests from the ampitheatre up to the lodge, so we enlisted the help of the stable in Brown County State Park. The stable staff agreed to take us on a hayride through the park after the ceremony, and drop us off at the lodge.
Our friends helped us make all the decorations and the photo booth for the reception. We brew beer together at home, so we chose growlers in lieu of vases for the centerpieces. Another friend made the pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting as a wedding gift.
We initially weren’t sure if we wanted to go through with all the time and stress involved with planning a wedding, but once we realized we would be in one place with so many people we loved, it made all the work worth it.
Participating vendors ~ Ampitheatre, hayride, reception space and catering: Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park, IN / Music: Musical Attractions, Indiana University / Hair and Makeup: Royale Hair Parlor / Cake: Bailey Hancock
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