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Indianapolis Museum of Art Wedding, Indianapolis, Indiana:: Maria and Tom

by September 23rd, 2016 No Comments »

I’m beyond excited to share this wedding with you, and admittedly I know the post will be long. Sorry. I’m going to break it up for you in hopes you’ll return next week to read the rest.

Maria and Tom’s wedding was a myriad of  classic taste, culture, beauty, fantastic planning and above all else a display of incredible LOVE at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A photographer’s dream. There is a lot to show and tell.


I’ve gotten to know Maria and Tom over the past year and what strikes me about them is the connection between their hearts. From their romantic engagement session, the pre-wedding love letters they wrote to each other, special gifts for each other to their heartfelt vows, there is no doubt they are the love of each other’s lives. What a beautiful thing to witness.

Maria and Tom wanted their wedding to be timeless and elegant, but also fresh and natural. They wanted to highlight both Indiana and Colombia in our big day to recognize both of our cultures. They wanted our guests to leave saying it was the most fun wedding ever. Dancing was important to Maria and delicious food was important to Tom.

They planned for an elegant garden wedding, with lots of natural and organic elements as well as modern and luxury details. Lush florals and lots of greenery was a big part of the décor. Maria wanted to bring the garden theme of the ceremony into the reception room. The groom grew up on a farm and the bride in Colombia, so nature has  always surrounded them, and is a big part of their lives.

A couple of interesting details that you might not realize by simply looking through the images: Tom’s dad and brothers cut each of the wood slabs that held the escort cards from their family farm trees. Tom’s mom  handpicked the ferns to be used in the floral arrangements. Their gorgeous welcome sign was hand carved and shaped by Tom’s brother-in-law. He cut the tree himself and shaped it into a rustic sign.

The favors were Colombian coffee beans covered with chocolate that the Maria’s family brought all the way from Colombia. They hand-tied them with gold ribbon and put a tiny Colombian flag on each of them.

The petals for the aisle were flown all the way from Bogota, Colombia.

A favorite moment was when Maria and Tom read their personal vows to each other. There was crying and smiles as they declared their love and made heartfelt promises. Maria’s dad could not attend the wedding due to health reasons, and when Tom promised Maria a second ceremony in Colombia so her dad could walk her down the aisle, she broke into tears. Highlighting both cultures, the ceremony readings were spoken in both Spanish and English.

Next week I’ll share the a m a z i n g details that put their reception over the top, provided by a group of fantastic Indianapolis wedding vendors.


Ceremony and Reception Venue: Indianapolis Museum of Art


Photographer: Susanna Tanner Photography



Wedding Planner: Plum & Poppy Weddings


Social handle instagram: @plumandpuppy

Videographer: MK wedding Story


Florist: Meg Catherine Flowers


Social handle Instagram: @megcatherineflowers

Catering: Kahn’s Catering



DJ: Sound Advice Indy


Make-up and Hair artist: Something Blue Stylist



Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige



Bridal salon: Marie Gabriel Couture



Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo


Bridesmaids robes: Plum Pretty Sugar



Bride’s robe and jewelry: BHLDN



Bridesmaids dresses:

By Adrianna Papell @adriannapapell


Bought at Bella Bridesmaids @Bellabridesmaids

Wedding Rings: Hoppe Jewelers


Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: VERA WANG BLACK FOR MEN’S WAREHOUSE



Stationary: Bright Room Studio



Calligraphy escort cards: Manayunk Calligraphy



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