Woohoo! It’s Mrs. Monday, check out this fun bride & her lovely summer wedding! If you’re planning your own wedding right now I hope you can be encouraged by our weekly brides and their stores as you look forward to your own big day. No matter who you are, I know you will enjoy the memories from this special day.
Meet Jordan! Jordan and her fun-loving husband Kevin tied the knot on July 14, 2012. Jordan and Kevin are best friends of my husband and I from college, so of course it was a blast to celebrate with them on their wedding day! There was a little rain in the forecast on their big day, but that didn’t stop the party and it turned out to be a lovely afternoon for a wedding. The recommended drink from the groom on their wedding day was a 312 beer, and the bride recommended having a margarita…take your pick, have a drink, and sit down with Jordan as she shares all about their wedding.
How did you and your husband meet?
Kevin and I both went to college at Concordia University Chicago, but we officially met at a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2009. At the parade my friends and I met up with our friend Eric (Lewis), and Kevin and his friends also were meeting up with Lewis.
We all ended up hanging out the rest of the day, doing St. Patrick’s related activities, and were friends the rest of the school year. Fast forward six months later to our friend Adam’s birthday when Kevin and I started dating. Eighteen months after that we were engaged!
Length of engagement?
Role of a wedding planner? Any pro/cons to using one?
Since we were planning the wedding long-distance – I was teaching in Wisconsin, Kevin was in school in Chicago, and the wedding was in Indianapolis – we thought it would be a good idea to hire a wedding planner. She did have some good ideas, and had connections with vendors in the Indianapolis area, which was helpful.
However, planning a wedding takes a lot of communication between the bride, groom, parents, and bridesmaids. Having a wedding planner involved just added another person I had to update on wedding details. Looking back, I would possibly have a wedding coordinator instead to help organize and run the day of the wedding but not be involved throughout the entire planning process.
Favorite part of planning?
Cake tasting! Yum. 🙂
Hardest part of planning?
Planning long-distance! Whenever I was home for holidays or long weekends we had appointments with photographers, the florist, bakeries, etc. so it was just very busy for those short times I was in town.
My home church – Concordia Lutheran Church.
I had to look this up in our wedding program…the bridesmaids walked down to aisle to Canon in D, and my dad and I walked down the aisle to Trumpet Voluntary.
Again, thank you to the wedding program for this information–1 John 4:7-21.
Navy & pink
Roses & Hydrangea
Wedding party size?
5 bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen & 1 groomsmaid (we’re still not quite sure what to call her!), and 2 ushers.
Overall size of wedding?
Medium – 140 Guests
First dance song?
“Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band
“My Girl” by The Temptations
Some Celine Dion song – I can’t remember which one!
What did you DIY?
- The table numbers – pictures of Kevin & I at different ages
- Name cards for the tables
- Mr. & Mrs. signs for our chairs at the reception
- The flower girl basket
- The guest favors – pretzels dipped in chocolate
What was a fun personal touch you added to your day?
At the end of the reception our getaway car was actually a bike cart that we rode down the sidewalk in…not exactly the easiest thing to do when you’re wearing a wedding dress!
Any fun stories from planning?
My 15-year-old sister was in charge our pretzel favors for our guests, which involved buying pretzel rods in bulk at GFS, pounds of white and pink candy coating, spending an hour finding the perfect sprinkles online, and an assembly line to put everything together. It sounds tedious, which it was, but it was fun!
Favorite part of your wedding day?
Seeing all of our family and friends together in one place. Oh, and marrying Kevin! 😉
Any resources you loved to use?
Pinterest became popular halfway through our planning process, so I used that a lot. Otherwise, just looking things up online and wedding magazines.
Any ways you were able to save money?
All the DIY projects we worked on and getting married at my home church (free!).
What advice would you share with a bride-to-be?
Once you make a decision, stick with it and stop looking at other options! You’ll second guess the decision you already made, which was probably a good one in the first place.
Fun bonus – check out the Thomson’s wedding day video!
Videography by IndyVisual
- Photographer: http://www.meyer-photography.com
- Videographer: http://www.indyvisual.com
- Bride & Bridesmaids’ Hair: http://www.wildflowerssalonindy.com
- Bride’s Makeup: http://www.karenhallandco.com
- Bridesmaid dresses: Satin One Shoulder Dress #84333 & Short Sleeveless Satin Dress #F14823