Laura & Evan – Sycamore Farm | Real Wedding


Venue:Bryan Park; Sycamore Farm | Bloomington, Indiana

Color Palette: Mustard & Gray

Inspiration: Warm fall colors

After planning with Laura and her mom, Nancy, for 2 years, we couldn’t wait for this wedding to come! This unseasonably cold October morning (as in lows in the 30’s!!) started off windy and rainy. With an outdoor ceremony at Bryan Park and a reception at Sycamore Farm (with a breezeway dance floor!), the weather wasn’t cooperating. Finally after setting up, the sun peaked out a gorgeous day followed! There are just so many pretty details to this wedding – describing them won’t do them justice so we will let the amazing photos below (from the talented Todd Pellowe) speak for themselves.

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How amazing are these hand-drawn invites? We were ecstatic watching each of these RSVP’s come back to our office and reading all of the guests comments and excitement about the wedding.
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The ceremony was set at Bryan Park at the exact tree that Evan proposed to Laura. The setting was so beautiful in the fall with colorfully changing leaves. Laura made her own diy floral paper backdrop that we hung from her special tree, which added to the beauty of the ceremony site. And of course, their dog Ruby was there by their side for all of it.
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Reception: This gorgeous barn was transformed. Tables had unique quirky floral arrangements with wooden elements or lanterns and vivid yellow florals and succulents. Laura’s mom, Nancy, created custom table runners, yellow & gray patterned, which went over a linen textured sand linen. Instead of table numbers, the bride and groom chose their favorite Bloomington landmarks. On the dance floor, Laura wanted a fun ribbon chandelier – which we had so much fun creating. No detail was overlooked!
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Every detail was carefully thought of with making the guests as comfortable as possible! They offered blankets for chilly guests and flip flops for the women to change into for dancing shoes! For dessert, they had over 20 different types of homemade pies and a rice crispies cake for the groom! During cocktail hour, IU’s acapella group Another Round sang as guests played corn hole and drank the signature cocktails.
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After the cake cut, Laura had a fun surprise for Evan – a surprise flash mob! Evan was sat down in a chair and Laura started the fun dance number with bridal party members, with all guests eventually all joining in for this dedication to Evan. It was one of the coolest things as a planner that I’ve experienced.
When the last song played, the bride and groom had their final dance. All guests formed a large circle around the couple and then sent them off with sparkler exit! Congrats to the happy couple! – Lauren

From the Bride… Evan and I had some of our first and favorite dates at Bryan Park while we were in college together at Indiana University, so when Evan proposed he popped the question in that very park a year after we had graduated and come back in town to celebrate homecoming weekend. So when we were deciding on a venue, using the spot under the very tree he proposed at in Bryan Park was a simple choice.

The whole idea for the wedding was centered around that spot in the fall. I wanted warm fall colors and a fun and casual feel for our guests. The reception venue at a local horse farm just south of campus fit right in with our idea. The rolling hills and the trees full of leaves changing color provided the perfect backdrop for the evening.

Our planner and florist helped bring the rest of our ideas to life with a mixture of warm mustard yellow tones, different shades of gray, and natural wood colors and textures combined with bold graphic designs in the table runners (hand-sewn by my mom), a ribbon chandelier, as well as contemporary floral arrangements to bring a more modern edge to the rustic venue. A DIY ceremony backdrop, Bloomington landmarks as table names, caramel apples for favors, a pie bar for dessert, a rice krispie groom’s cake, homemade corn hole boards (painted by my sister-in-law), a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, a custom invitation suite made by a good friend, and homemade dog treats at dinner tables for our Brittany Spaniel, Ruby were some of the additions that made our wedding feel fun and personal to us.

Photography: Todd Pellowe | Videographer: Ben Tamir Studios | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang – Diana | Floral Design: Artful Blooms | Ceremony Venue: Bryan Park | Reception Venue: Sycamore Farm Bloomington | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Burlapp Bold Boutonniere Dress – Anthropologie | Catering: Indiana Memorial Union | Event Planning: Lauren Olson At Social Butterfly Wedding Planning & Design | DJ: Event One | Entertainment: Indiana University’s Another Round | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew | Caramel Apples: Joan’s Caramels, LLC | Indiana Poster Print: EndyThings-Etsy | Invitation Suite:SarahKate Chamness | Pies: Pie First Bakery  | Signs & Table Names: First Snow – Etsy