About the Couple: Before marrying, Jessica and Ben moved from California to New England to Indianapolis. After experiencing the beautiful countryside, they knew they wanted to be married in an outdoor, scenic location.
Wedding gowns now come in many variations of white, and the light gold shade of this Maggie Sottero gown was just perfect for a fall wedding. Jessica especially loved the sweetheart neckline, unique wrap in front, and beautiful beading. Originally the dress had cap sleeves but Jessica had them removed to better suit her style.
The Perfect Touch
Ben gave Jessica a beautiful pair of pearl and diamond earrings for her birthday. She knew she wanted to wear them for the wedding and paired them with this matching necklace that featured three pearls and two diamonds.
Keeping It Natural
To match the casually elegant day, Jessica knew she wanted a simple, loose up-do. In place of a veil, her hair was accented by champagne-colored, flower-and-leaf-shaped hairpins that were decorated with pearls and rhinestones.
Jessica's large bridal bouquet featured rust red and brown orchids, roses, and hypernicum berries. Fall leaves formed the bottom of the bouquet -- a detail Jessica saw in a photo she loved. Ben wore a complementing orchid and berry boutonniere.
Bride's Tip: When you find a vendor you love, trust their creative instincts. Jessica didn't have a specific wedding color in mind when she met with her florist, but she loved the final result -- a combination of autumn hues.
Classy and Simple
Jessica's two bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets of chocolate cymbidium orchids, eucalyptus, and hypernicum berries, which were a perfect complement to their cocoa-brown dresses.
Budget Saver: Consider shopping outside of traditional bridal boutiques for bridesmaids' dresses. Jessica's were bought off the rack at Cache and she loved that they could be easily worn again.
The wedding programs were a creative DIY project that added another touch of fall to the wedding décor. Jessica was inspired by a program she saw online and then re-created it herself using photo editing software, an autumn tree image from a royalty-free image Web site, and cream paper.
The festivities were held at Traderspoint Creamery, a local organic restaurant and store that was once an old barn. The surrounding land filled with trees, fields, and cows was the perfect place for the ceremony -- the first ever at the creamery. The reception was held indoors to avoid bug or temperature problems.
The huppa was decorated with honeysuckle willow, bittersweet wheat leaves, English ivy, and berries. Autumn leaves spotted the ground and potted trees flanked the entryway.
Fall-colored wheat sheaves in a variety of sizes lined the aisle and added seasonal flair.
A string trio performed during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Because Jessica plays the violin herself, she knew exactly what classical music she wanted. Flute and harp music was played during the reception.
Following the ceremony, the 76 guests enjoyed cocktail hour and passed appetizers on the deck. Nonalcoholic specialty drinks, like this Meadow Mint iced tea (featuring fresh mint from their caterer's garden) were available outdoors. Guests also enjoyed organic wines and microbrews at the indoor bar.
In keeping with the mission of the creamery, the caterer served local and organic food, such as these roasted root vegetable kabobs with bagna cauda dipping sauce.
Jessica saw a cute picture of a dog made out of flowers on a wedding Web site and knew right away she wanted one, too. She asked her florist to make her own version, which was an adorable touch on the guestbook table.
Think Outside the Box
Instead of table numbers, Jessica traced different leaf shapes onto colored paper and attached them to the menus on each table.
Each of the guests' names were printed on smaller leaf cutouts that they matched to the larger ones.
Get The Look: If you don't feel comfortable drawing leaves freehand, find a pattern online or trace a real leaf. Scan into a computer to print pages of identical leaves, then handwrite or print your guests' names on them. Secure to a fabric-covered cork or bulletin-board with colorful straight pins.
A Cozy Celebration
The reception space was the perfect mix of rustic elegance. Hanging lights and candles added romance and intimacy to the barn space.
Brown and Burgundy
The tables were covered in long ivory tablecloths topped with chocolate brown overlays. Patterned burgundy napkins matched the fall color theme. Ben and Jessica were seated at an intimate "sweethearts' table."
Fall fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, gourds, and asparagus were used in the centerpieces. Jessica also specified the use of sunflowers, which added country charm. Votives on the tables helped the reception space sparkle.
Let Them Eat Cake
Jessica and Ben were most excited about their delicious cake. They collected many pictures of beautiful wedding cakes to bring to their bakery, an establishment that prefers to use their smooth buttercream frosting instead of fondant. The tasty final product had two flavors: chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and apricot filling and butter cake with lemon mousse and raspberry filling.
Warm and Tasty
As the reception was drawing to a close, guests enjoyed comforting drinks from the hot apple cider and coffee bar.
The happy couple sent their guests home with cute boxes full of tasty candies. They ordered favor boxes printed with their names and wedding date, then hand-filled them with gold tissue paper and 60 pounds of See's chocolate truffles and chocolate leaves.
Venue: Traderspoint Creamery; 317/733-1700
Favor Boxes: Partybasics.com; partybasics.com
Cake: Heavenly Sweets Cakes; heavenlysweetscakes.com
Rentals (linens, tent, ceremony chairs): Ace Party Rental; acepartyandtents.com
Florist: Bokay Florist (Angie Kenley); 317/252-2323; 800/336-9350
Ketubah: Ketubah Ketubah; ketubah.com
Catering:The Juniper Spoon; thejuniperspoon.com
Musicians: TLW Entertainment, Inc.; 317/255-1017
Wedding Dress: Felicity by Maggie Sottero; 317/849-9980
Makeup: True Colors; truecolorsindy.com
Wedding Coordinators: A Touch of Elegance, LLC; atouchofelegancellc.com
Photographer: Anne Ruthmann Photography; anneruthmann.com
Hair: Allure Salon; 317/873-1886