We have been married for a little over 4 months now and decided it would probably be a good time to share more of our wedding photos. This time we are sharing a ton of photos taken by our wonderful photographer, Christian Gideon, at our reception. There are few other photos in this post that were taken by our friend Laurel Anderson and our cousin Amanda Smith.
When we accidentally stumbled upon Story Inn (on one of our scouting trips), we knew at that very moment that it was the location for our wedding reception. We literally fell in love with the location. It is a quaint, small town "stuck" in decades past. The town has so much character and it was extremely different than anything we had ever seen before.
Once we decided we were going to have our reception at Story, we began looking for a company that we could rent tables and chairs from. We came across a few places, but the only local place at the time was Violet Vintage, which ended up being the BEST decision for a majority of our rentals. They have an amazing selection of vintage items, tables, chairs, mason jars, vintage bottles, burlap table runners, a drink cart and so so so much more! They are based in Indianapolis, which was great for us, since our reception was in Nashville, Indiana. You can make an appointment with them to go to their warehouse and see all of the variety of props and items they have. You can even rent plates and silverware from them. They have so many items and they were incredibly kind and easy to work with. We would highly recommend them if you are looking to rent anything like this for your wedding or event.
If we could go back, there are only a few things we'd change about the day. The main thing would be to make the reception last longer. At the reception we had lost our keys and our marriage license was in our car. We spent a great deal of our time at our reception looking for our keys so we could "legally" be married haha. Because of this, we weren't able to dance much, enjoy time with our family and friends, or use the photo booth as much as we had hoped. Don't get us wrong, we still had a GREAT time, but if we hadn't had to go through that, we would've probably had a ton of more fun.
We had so many people help us make our wedding happen. We really couldn't have done it without them. So many family members came to help setup the day before and morning of. A lot of family and friends made food and decorations for us. My mom (Nicole's mom) made our cakes and cupcakes and our awesome friend, Honnah, iced the cakes for us. They looked so beautiful and tasted amazing! We made the white bunting cake topper and the blue and white bunting above the dessert table. We also made all of our directional signs, which was a lot of work, but turned out so great. Brady's mom did all of the flower arrangements on the tables and lined the aisles at the ceremony, with help from other family members. Our great friend, Aubrey, made our banners, which added such a cool additional touch of nostalgia to everything. Our awesome friend, Derek, made our super cool ladder golf game. We designed the stamp for our wedding favor bags. We also made the mason jar chandelier that hung above our table, but it wouldn't have even hung there without the help of our friends Derek and Jeff and Brady's step dad, Earl. The night before the wedding, part of our wedding party and a few other friends stayed up folding the napkins, tying twine, and stuffing them with silverware and straws. And to top it off, our amazingly talented cousins sang a few of their original songs at our reception. It was so beautiful!
To kick things off at the reception, our friend Adam played some great tunes while people were coming in and while they were eating. The story of how we met Adam is quite interesting. A few months before our wedding, we were in town eating breakfast and a man got up and started singing and playing guitar at the restaurant. When he began to sing, we both stopped stuffing our faces and looked at over at each other in amazement at how good this guy was. We both agreed that we should ask him if he would play at our wedding and to our surprise he said he would! He was such a great fit for our wedding and is a super talented musician. From there, the night swept on, like dust that so faintly is gathered into a pan, so our night came and went. Each exchange beautiful, each moment timeless.
We had such a wonderful wedding ceremony and reception surrounded by our closest family and friends. We are happy that we can share that with others. Ultimately it's not about the decorations, or the "perfect" location, it is about the love that we have for each other and the commitment we made to each other on that day - the day of our wedding.
Brady + Nicole