February 1, 2023
High school sweethearts, Emily and Nate are now both engineers and graduates of IUPUI. They knew they wanted a simple but elegant wedding day to celebrate their sweet romance. Inspired by a prior wedding here at The Wilds, Emily fell in love with soft pink accents with a classic touch. The resulting event design is a playful pink wedding inspiration with elements that can’t help but make us think of Valentine’s Day! If pretty in pink is an aesthetic that speaks to you for your wedding day, you won’t want to miss the details that made Emily and Nate’s charming wedding day come together.
This bride knew that she wanted a simple but elegant aesthetic for her wedding day decor. Her must-have focal point was flowers, Laurilyn Floral Design brought the luscious vision to life. With a soft and romantic base of white and light pink, pops of bright pink brought dimension and fun to each space. This classic look, reminiscent of Valentine’s Day, was the key element in accomplishing this simple and elegant design. Key focal points of the day received lush installations, with some clever repurposing of elements from the ceremony for the head table at reception. This soft palette was divine in our luminous spaces, and set the tone for Emily and Nate’s long awaited wedding day.
Emily and Nate opted for a first look on their wedding day. For couples looking for a private time together before the busy day begins, first looks are a great option. For this pair, it was the most anticipated moment of the day. Emily reflects, “We were both relieved to see each other since we were so nervous!”
For their wedding day looks, the simple and elegant theme was mirrored by the bride and the groom. Emily’s streamlined gown (from Ella Park Bridal in Evansville, IN) was sprinkled with delicate touches of shimmer in the accessories. Emily was surprised by a gift of her late grandmothers brooch to add to her bouquet. The bride felt that it infused a special extra bit of love as she walked down the aisle. Nate’s navy blue suit with bow tie were classic as can be. We love how the blue tone beautifully balanced the delicate color palette for the day, and helped him and his groomsmen stand out. Both the navy blue and pink were nods to their colors for high school proms shared by the couple as teenagers.
With the wooded backdrop of Brown County beauty surrounding our ceremony pavilion, Emily and Nate had the perfect setting for their exchange of vows. An ultra classic installation of white, soft pink, and pops of bright pink florals framed the couple. A soft chiffon sweep brought in another classic design element.
It was a true family celebration, with the bridal party and officiant all being loved relatives of the couple. Bride, Emily, reflects on how meaningful it was to have them standing beside them for this milestone:
Our bridal party was all family so that was special to have them by our side. It was also neat because I was in my bridesmaids (my sister & cousin) weddings and both their husbands were our groomsmen! My other cousin also is a preacher and was our officiant.
Emily kindly shared with us her key to keeping everything managed while planning her wedding:
My advice is to write everything down. I feel like my brain is constantly trying to remember 1,000 things at a time, so write anything and everything down to help minimize stress and allow you to remember small details. I also created a plan that included when I wanted to have tasks done by (ex. ordering invitations, sending thank you notes, creating a registry, picking out songs, talking to vendors, etc.)
The Wilds’ team answered any questions I had and would always get back to me in a timely manner. They had calls with me to help plan and organize any details leading up to the big day. I just can’t express how well they paid attention to detail with every aspect of organizing, planning & decorating. Their team is professional and experienced! I would highly recommend to anyone to get married at The Wilds if you want your wedding day to be stress-free.
This sweet couple shared with us that their plans for the future involve more of what started in high school. Growing together through all of life’s stages is these Valentine’s top priority, with a goal of ending up living on a sunny beach some day!
For the reception, guests were greeted by the light and airy details that the bride loved. Floating candles lit the tables as their loved ones enjoyed a meal catered by First Class Catering with drinks by Upland Brewing Co. For Emily and Nate, having only their closest friends and family present was the perfect choice. The two wanted to enjoy a day that truly felt like them, infusing thoughtful choices at every corner. After the big day, the bride shared with us that she felt it turned out better than they could’ve ever imagined.
The evening ended with these two valentines sharing a private last dance to “September” by James Arthur. The bride shares that this moment was her favorite memory from the day. In her words,
We were married, happy, our hearts were filled with love from friends & family, and we were ready to start our honeymoon in Barbados!
As the evening closed, Emily and Nate joined their guest for one more shower of love with a fun glow-stick exit out the back stairway.
If you enjoyed today’s pink wedding inspiration and are ready to plan your own perfect wedding day, get to know the team that made it all happen below! When you are ready to make it happen, contact us to learn more or book a tour of Indiana’s most sought after wedding and event venue, The Wilds! Happy Valentine’s Day from The Wilds.
|Wedding Venue||—||The Wilds Venue|
|Bar||—||Upland Brewing Co.|
|Caterer||—||First Class Catering|
|Photography||—||Caitlin Davis Photography|
|Florist||—||Laurilyn Floral Design|
|DJ||—||Complete Weddings + Events|
|Hair||—||Modish Hair Co.|
|Wedding Dress Shop||—||Ella Park Bridal|
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