Inn at Irwin Gardens Wedding in Columbus Indiana
We had such a beautiful wedding day! The Inn at the Irwin Gardens was the perfect place to hold our intimate wedding ceremony and reception. Jude and I had always talked about getting married somewhere outside. We wanted the space to be beautiful and open yet intimate and close so our family and friends could share in the love Jude and I have for each other. It had rained nearly everyday leading up to the wedding. By friday afternoon the sun was out and the weather was beautiful. It was 70 and sunny all weekend…we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The day of the wedding was relaxing. I was surrounded by my daughters, my Mother and Mother in law, and friends and family leading up to the ceremony. Jude stayed at hotel indigo with his groomsmen and had a great morning too. We’d recommend hotel indigo if any of the bridal party needed a place to stay. It’s a beautiful hotel and extremely convenient being so close to the Inn.
Gosh, there were so many! I remember getting my hair done at the Inn. It was getting close to 3:30 when the ceremony was scheduled to start and I remember sneaking a peak out the window to see how many guests had arrived. At that moment I saw Jude walking in. I burst into tears…it was the first time I saw my husband to be…it was a moment I’ll never forget. I’ll also never forget when Jude and I were announced as husband and wife for the first time and our daughters ran into our arms. It was the greatest feeling. I’ll also never forget the look on Jude’s face as he was reading the vows he wrote me. They were the most heart felt words and promises…and seeing him cry like a baby was pretty darn cute JUDE:
The day was perfect. I had no idea what Lauren’s dress looked like or her hair…I wanted to be completely surprised and I was. When she turned the corner to walk down the isle she took my breath away. She looked so happy, she was stunning. I also loved seeing our daughters when they were walking down the isle as our flower girls. They were so pretty and excited. They looked all grown up. It was perfect having my three ladies there.
Funniest moment…LAUREN: I laughed all day! During our ceremony something kept itching my chest. I looked down and there was a white spider crawling on my chest. I’m terrified of spiders so I freaked out…but ironically it was white. Also during the reception after Jude took my garter off I tossed it (like my flowers) and forgot that was Jude’s job so we had to do a redo…it was hilarious. JUDE: I can’t believe how much I cried during the ceremony. After a while I couldn’t stop laughing because I was crying so much. It was funny and embarrassing at the same time. But worth it!
First dance songs…There are so many out there. We wanted something original. After searching for a while we found Better than Ezras…I Just Knew, and it was perfect. Not many people had heard it before and it was exactly how we felt about each other…we just knew.
Honeymoon plans…I have to brag about my husband here. He’s amazing!!! Months before the wedding we were talking about our honeymoon and what we wanted to do. He said, “Honey all you need is a passport and warm clothes the rest is covered.” He had already booked our honeymoon and for nearly 5 months kept it a surprise. Most of our family and friends knew…everyone but me. After wearing a sleeping mask and listening to my ipod we made it through the Louisville airport, the Atlanta airport, and we were taxing on the runway before he pulled my mask off and earphones out to a sign that said welcome to St. Lucia! It was the most incredible place on earth…absolutely beautiful in every way. Props to my wonderful husband for the best trip!
Advice for brides…
Everyone always told me to enjoy the planning process because it goes by so fast. I quickly found out I didn’t like to plan a wedding
Because of this I was a bit more stressed than I wish I would’ve been. My best advice is to ask for help and trust that those around you will do their best to make your wedding day amazing. During that time, sit back relax and ENJOY! Our wedding weekend went by SOOOO quickly. No one can prepare you enough by saying it goes by so fast, but it really does. Savor every moment.
Why Stacy Able…She’s incredible!!! Stacy photographed our daughters and us a few years ago. We fell in love with her photographs but more importantly the way she made us feel. She was great with our daughters and really helped them to open up. She was patient and easy going. Her photographs are absolutely beautiful. Her creativity and the way she sees “pretty” is unlike anyone we’ve ever seen. If you need family photos or something as opposite as wedding photos Stacy is the best in the business!
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