10th Annual Wedding Guide: Make It Your Own

Jordan with his groomsmen and ushers in their candy-striped warm-up pants. Photo by Hudson Photography

_Jordan with his groomsmen and ushers in their candy-striped warm-up pants. Photo by Hudson Photography

BY JULIE GRAY AND CARMEN SIERING

Whether the proposal was a complete surprise or expected, as soon as the decision was made, the planning began on the four weddings featured in our 10th Annual Wedding Guide. The couples made sure their weddings reflected who they are and what they value.

Aubrey Wathen and Jordan Hulls’ traditional ceremony was followed by a reception appropriately held in Indiana University’s Henke Hall of Champions. For Megan Tippmann and Ryan Kemp, it was most important that their friends and family have a relaxed, wonderful time. Alexis Fuson and Stefan Coonan live in Chicago, but the IU alums went all-out Hoosier for their big day. Michal Adut and DeJohn Rose had a beautiful, traditional Jewish wedding held in an unorthodox setting of special significance, making the day even more special.

And while each wedding and reception was as unique as the couple who planned it, you can be inspired by their examples to plan a wedding that reflects who you are and, in doing so, makes your own special day unforgettable.

Read the entire Wedding Guide here!

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    Following Jewish tradition, the groom's parents, A John and Judith Rose, were rocked aloft at the reception. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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    Michal and DeJohn Rose rocked aloft at their reception. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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    The couple takes a bite of their cake. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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    Dinner with rustic elegance, courtesy of IMU Catering. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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    The kiss. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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    DeJohn's mother, Judith, wove the cloth for the chuppah under which the couple was married. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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    Flowers by Linda Chapman of Harvest Moon Flower Farm. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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    DeJohn and Michal enjoy a quiet moment with a friend at Sycamore Farm. Courtesy Tall and Small Photography.

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  • The Kemp Wedding

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    Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

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    The dancing was virtually nonstop at the Kemps' wedding, and guests partied until the last shuttle bus headed back to town. Here, Megan leads the conga line. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

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    Megan Kemp. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

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    Megan loves flowers, so she was especially happy to work with Ryan's aunt, Darlena Knapp of Cambellsburg Floral Creations, on all of her floras for the day. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

  • The Kemp Wedding

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    For Ryan and Megan Kemp, the most important part of their wedding day was ensuring their family and friends were comfortable and that everyone had a wonderful time. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

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    Bouquet by Darlena Knapp of Campbellsburg Floral Creations. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

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    The couple wrote their own vows. When they'd finished reciting them, "there wasn't a dry eye in the house," the bride reports. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

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    The kiss. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

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    The Loft at Walnut Hill, a former cattle farm, provided a beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding. Courtesy Wandering Heart Photography.

  • The Hulls Wedding

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    Table settings. Courtesy Hudson Photography.

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    The couple dancing. Courtesy Hudson Photography.

  • The Hulls Wedding

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    The four-tier cake from Sugar Coated Cakery included white almond, red velvet, and peanut butter cup flavors. Courtesy Hudson Photography.

  • The Hulls Wedding

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    Jordan and Aubrey with their wedding party. Courtesy Hudson Photography.

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    Stealing a kiss. Courtesy Hudson Photography.

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    A happy sendoff after the ceremony. Courtesy Hudson Photography.

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    Aubrey and Jordan chose a traditional mass for their ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Courtesy Hudson Photography.

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  • The Coonan Wedding

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    Alexis Coonan, née Fuson, and her new husband, Stefan Coonan, exit the Indiana Memorial Union in a sparkler sendoff. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    IU alumnus Terry "Coach" Coonan was 95 when this photo was taken with his grandson Tom Coonan and great-granddaughters Emmalyn and Ashlyn Watson. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    Ushers Alex Rogers and Noah Coonan (Stefan's youngest brother, now an IU freshman) carry in the IU banner as they are introduced at the reception. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    Photo by She Designs Photography

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    Flowers by Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    Alexis and Stefan dance to "This Is Indiana" by Brice Fox and Daniel Weber. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    The couple shares a quiet moment. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    Cocktails and dinner were served in the Tudor Room at the Indiana Memorial Union with flowers by Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    Alexis Fuson and Stefan Coonan met at Indiana University, and the tradition runs deep in their families. Here, the happy couple exit their ceremony at the Rose Well House amid a shower of bubbles. Photo by She Designs Photography

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    The five-tier cake was from Sugar & Spice at IMU. Courtesy She Designs Photography

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