Among the several things on your “to do” list after getting engaged is booking your wedding venue. Pronto. The really great ones book up quick. And it’s a good thing that’s exactly what Ella and Daniel did after he proposed because the Historic Meeting House at New Garden provided just the right setting for their storybook outdoor wedding dreams.
Both Ella and Daniel enjoy the outdoors and wanted to commit themselves to each other in front of a small, intimate group of family and friends, standing next to a rushing creek, under a canopy of trees, sunlight streaming through the leaves on their faces, with a showering of cottonwood at just the right moment and made us all take a deep sigh, believing in the power of love.
To make your day flow as smoothly as possible, make sure your venue dressing room(s) have plenty of room to spread out. There are dresses to hang, make up and hair stations that need to be set up, plenty of space to not only put your bags BUT also hide them later when the photography begins, and as always proximity to restrooms is important. From a photography perspective, natural light is always a big bonus, as well as there being an alternate room where the bride and bridesmaids can stash their bags, coffee cups, loose hangers, flip flops, make up, robes, etc… because when it comes time to begin photographing the bride putting on her dress you’ll want all of those distracting elements out of the room so they don’t clutter up your photographs. I really can’t stress this enough.
The weddings I’ve photographed at New Garden have always been outside. It’s the perfect place not only because it’s beautiful, but they also offer a rain plan. The meeting house itself can be a space for a last minute indoor ceremony or in the case of Ella and Daniel’s wedding, it offered additional space for getting ready and some indoor photography options, keeping us out of the heat and humidity.
You’ll notice the elegant WORKING chandelier hanging from the rustic doorway that provided a beautiful backdrop to the ceremony (above). These elements are provided by The Historic Meeting House at New Garden. The owners, Lisa and Chris, have to be some of the most attentive hosts, and not only offer these visual delights as options but also set everything up for you. Ella offers a piece of advice, “If you don’t have to do it yourself, don’t, and hire it done. We did almost everything ourselves and it was fun, but your lives don’t stop just because you’re getting married. Any bit of stress that you can take off of yourself is definitely worth it.”
A wedding day is loaded with memories. Ella and Daniel recall their favorite moments from the day below.
Ella: Daniel’s face when he first saw me during our first look, and walking down the aisle and seeing all of our hard work come together and how blessed we really were to be able to pull the wedding off.
Daniels: When people were speaking and praying blessings over us, and when we said “I do” to each other.
Ella, studying business at IU East, and Daniel, head chef at The Kitchen, have an admiration for each other’s qualities that made them decide this was “the one”. For Daniel, it’s Ella’s beautiful heart for others and her amazing joy in every situation.
For Ella, it’s Daniel’s gentle and selfless way of going about life that demonstrate he is a Christ seeking and fearing man. He always asks how he can do others justice or how he can simply improve his own everyday life to make it the best it can be for both of them.
It was a joy to spend the day with Ella, Daniel and their families. One day, I’m hoping they can build their house on the property we did their engagement shoot at and they have years of love to follow.
Dress Designers: Wedding dress: Maggie Sottero, Reception dress: Eleni Elias
Suit Designer: Bachrach
Catering: Daniel prepped and cooked it all the day before – (Daniel Monaghan At The Kitchen at the Loft) and Bob Hyle cooked it the day of.
Ring: Groom’s Ring- Fosters, Bride’s engagement ring: Fosters, Wedding band: Hoppe Jewelers
Photography: Susanna Tanner Photography
DJ: Tony Foust
Hair: Kiley Burns At The Art of Hair