Kate and Sawyer’s intimate micro wedding was on a gorgeous Indianapolis day in November. The way in which their micro wedding day came about was a bit of a roller coaster due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Kate and Sawyer were originally going to get married at a modern lodge just north of Indianapolis. However, plans had to change entirely. The couple and their families made the tough decision to move the wedding to the Bride’s parent’s backyard in the home where she and her siblings grew up, just outside of Indianapolis. The guest list was downsized to just 30 of their closest friends and family.
This was not an easy decision for them, but they wanted to make sure they could make their wedding as safe as possible for those attending, especially because the bride was a front-line worker.
The Big Day
On the morning of the big day, vendors began to show up at the bride’s parent’s home to set up for the micro wedding that evening. With all of the hustle and bustle going on outside, Kate, Sawyer, and their wedding party were getting ready in the intimacy and warmth of Kate’s family home.
Before group photos, the bride did a first look with her father outside of their home. The reaction her father had seeing her as a bride was simply priceless!
After family photos at their home, the bride, groom, and entire wedding party made their way to the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana to take photos before the ceremony. Between the prominent Palladium, sunshine, and trees sporting their autumn colors, this was an absolutely beautiful location for intimate wedding photos.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic happening at the time, the area of downtown Carmel was pretty vacant. This created a stunning backdrop for photos.
The Intimate Ceremony
The small ceremony was held in a frame tent in Kate’s parent’s backyard. We softened the tent feel with draping around all of the sides of the tent, bistro lights hanging above, and 10’ cathedral windows creating the base of the altar backdrop. The florist then added flowers and greenery to the cathedral windows creating a perfect, unique atmosphere.
In order to keep their number of guests as low as possible, the older brother of the bride performed the ceremony. It was deeply personal and so very meaningful.
The Cocktail Hour and Reception
Cocktail hour took place in the reception tent. This tent was so unique because guests really didn’t know what to expect when they opened the double doors to enter. They were in for a big surprise when they saw the chandeliers, greenery, a long table of lush white flowers, and a soft seating area as music played in the background.
The bar was open and hors d’oeuvres were passed. They also had his and hers cocktails: his, an Old Fashioned, and hers, an Apple Cider Mule.
Guests were all seated at one long table which was very intimate and meaningful. The table had linen with thick navy and white stripes, a centerpiece of lush white flowers running the full length of the table, with candles mixed in that made the room glow. Chandeliers hung above with greenery hanging off of them.
In front of each person was a place setting of china, a custom white menu card with navy writing, and a navy wax seal holding the guest’s place card. The guests started with a fall-themed salad for their first course, a beef tenderloin main course, and a final course of pumpkin, white, and chocolate cake.
The bride’s twin brother gave one of the most personal, heartfelt toasts that I’ve ever heard at the reception.
This couple faced a lot of challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the end result of this intimate micro wedding just outside of Indianapolis was more beautiful and meaningful than we could have ever dreamed!
Thank you to everyone who played a part in this intimate and truly special day for Kate and Sawyer!
Venue: Private Property | Photographer: Jessica Strickland Photography | Wedding Planning & Design: Christina Burton Events | Florist: George Thomas Florist | Catering & Bar: Ritz Charles | Cake Baker: Classic Cakes | Draping, Lighting, Wooden Tables & Bar Rental: Pizzazzle Events | Rentals: A Classic Party Rental | Linen Rental (Striped Linens) La Tavola Linens | Linen Rental: BBJ Linens | Furniture Rental: Rental by Roots | Heaters: MacAllister | Ceremony Music: Bluewater Kings Band | DJ: Joel with Track 7 DJ | Officiant: Barrett Tenbarge (Brother of the Bride) | Bridal Party Transportation: Antique Limo of Indy | Stationary: Blue3 Designs | Macaron Favors: The Macaron Bar | Hair & Makeup: Something Blue Stylists | Dress Shop: Marie Gabriel Couture | Bridesmaid Attire: Nordstrom | Tuxedos: Formally Modern