Brown County State Park, Indiana DIY Wedding Photography: Bethany & Joe

Bethany and Joe’s wedding in Nashville, Indiana at the Brown County State Park was a DIY extravaganza. From the home made apple butter, to the plethora of old jars filled with Bloomington’s finiest locally grown flowers, it was a photographer’s dream.

Via the Bride, Bethany: The overall wedding theme was all the good things that Indiana has to offer: beautiful Brown County scenery, locally grown flowers, the vintage Ball jars that made Muncie famous, and the comfort of cornbread, fried biscuits, and apple butter. The wedding palate of pool and canary were inspired by antique aqua Ball jars (also a tribute to Joe’s alma mater Ball State) and the groom’s favorite flower, yellow roses. We wanted our wedding to pay homage to the rustic and natural beauty of the area and have pops of bright color to go with the playfulness of the summer season. Practically every thing in the ceremony and reception was some thing that was handmade, or a vintage heirloom or made us smile. There were also a lot of handmade touches like the apple butter favors my mother made and the oak bough votive holders, cake stand, and table name holders made by my father that made the wedding very personal and special.

Love Joe’s look as he see’s Bethany

So many great details such as vintage soda bottles for the guests at the reception (made for great ring photos, too)

Favorite shot of the day

Bethany collected several jars from different decades– this bride knew her Belle jar trivia!

Checking Joe’s nerves– he was calm as can be

Brown County State Park’s Shelters turn into a lovely wedding reception– a couple details makes a world of difference at a wedding! Be creative, unique, and reflect your personalities!

Their guest album was very unique. They requested guests to make squares which they will make into a wedding quilt.

Impromptu first dance and then their Bunny and Fox cake topper on the right.

First dance with Dad brought on lots of happy tears and emotion which I love to capture.

The dj’s were getting down all night which helped people get on the dance floor.

Grandma said to me “they are corrupting me”which gave me a good laugh

Bethany’s Dad created many of the wood table place cards and these beautiful candle holders. The creativity in this family was endless!

First Dance songs?
Impromptu First Dance: Check to Check by Ella Fitzgerald
Planned First Dance: The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
Bride/Father: Forever Young by Bob Dylan (my dad and I danced around to Bob Dylan songs from my infancy)
Groom/Mother: I Will by The Beatles

Flowers were by Linda Chapman at Harvest Moon Flower Farm. The bridal bouquet was predominantly yellow lilies, spray roses, yellow Armenian basketflowers (also known as globe knapweed), black-eyed susans, bachelor’s buttons, mint and sage. All of the floral arrangements varied in design and in addition to the aforementioned flowers included hydrangea, larkspur, miniature sunflowers, green button mums, yellow and white daisies, dill and a myriad of other locally grown flowers and plants.

Favorite wedding purchase? The handmade paper with yellow flower petal and grass inclusions used to make the pocket folders for the wedding invitations.

Favorite moment? Walking into the reception as man and wife and feeling the love of all our friends and family.

Funniest moment? Seeing Joe’s eyes get really big as a wasp flew into my veil during the ceremony.

Bloomington, Indiana Flowers: Harvest Moon Flower Farm
Greenwood, Indiana Cake Maker: A Piece of Cake
Dress: David’s Bridal modified with vintage lace from the mother of the bride’s wedding dress
Custom Handcrafted Jewelry for Bride and Bridesmaids: Contrariwise Jewelry
Wedding Hair: Ethereal Day Spa and Salon
Suits and Ties: Macy’s
Bridesmaids dresses and shoes: Lands’ End
Day of Planner: Ashley Ridinger
Food: The Cake and the Caterer
DJ: Steven Boles
Cellist: Thomas La Forgia, Indiana University School of Music

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June 27, 2011 - 3:06 pm

Robin Owen - What a beautiful wedding! You did a great job.

June 27, 2011 - 3:09 pm

Stacie Frazier - Oh my goodness, what a beautiful wedding! I loved all of the lovely details you captured as well as the emotion of the day!

June 27, 2011 - 3:09 pm

Christa Meola - Stacy, I am seriously blown away!!! Your work is beautiful – I feel like I was at this wedding. Gorgeous portraits and such creative ways of capturing the details. amazing job!

June 27, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Timothy - Nice shots. Love the rings on the bottle cap. Something simple, but unique.

June 27, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Steve Vogl - Great captures! You can really tell the mood and feel of every photo. No doubt a good time had by all.

June 27, 2011 - 8:38 pm

Kim Hill - What a gorgeous wedding – so simple and earthy, yet stunning! You captured their day beautifully.

June 28, 2011 - 11:24 am

Cathy Empey - I am so in love with this wedding. It looks like my dream wedding! Seriously, you are the best! What a gorgeous couple. gorgeous details. Picture perfect!

June 29, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Kirsten - Beautiful and soooo SWEET! I love all of the detail. That’s a wedding I would have loved to attend as a guest! Great job capturing it.

June 29, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Kim Mallory - These are stunning. Your detail shots are to die for!!

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