I love White River Gardens. My boys love White River Gardens. Of course I knew you could get married there. Having been married for over 20 years I can't get married there. But I was really looking forward to officiating a wedding there! Oh my!! I waited on pins and needs for this couple to book their wedding after our meeting. The kewl part was - they were having their reception in the dolphin dome!! Like, since I know kewl is not a real world I can just say this: double kewl!!! I don't usually stay for receptions but still, the idea of if was just amazing!!
Well, hmmm... if you live in Indy,or anywhere in the midwest, you may know it was over 100 degrees here. Garden weddings were simply not appropriate this weekend. At least not for 200 of your closest friends. Maybe 50 in your back yard for 10 minutes but no. We did have quick rehearsal outside on Friday but the wedding was cabaret style at the reception. Doesn't that sound nice? Cabaret style. That means your guests are sitting at the tables in the reception area while you get married on the dance floor. I actually do many weddings like this since I officiate non-religious weddings it's an easy and comfortable way to use your venue and keep your guests comfortable.
When I met with the couple, as when I meet with all couples, I ask general questions like will there be drinking before the ceremony to the point I'll be dealing with drunk people or were there going to be children? The bride said there would be no drinking but yes, there will be and to simply let them be. She had wonderful memories of family weddings when she was a child and all the kids just run around and it was relaxed and fun. True to their word of not caring about the children in the wedding, they had a baby in the arms or her brides attendant mama! The groom is a fashion designer and made all the dresses - including a matching dress for the baby to match her mom! (cute, is not strong enough a word.) There was no running around the gardens at this wedding but wow! checking out the dolphins was a lot of fun! The ring bearer was awesome and I think he had the most fun of all! He enjoyed every moment!
This wedding ceremony? The bride just wanted it to be over with! She doesn't care for the spotlight. She made it quite the clear the shorter the better. I do believe, if didn't happen at all it would have been OK. :-) But, it was beautiful!! They chose traditional vows and added updated wording to the end. The bride also had wonderful memories about her father reading Dr. Seuss to her when she was a child. We definitely included "Oh The Places You Will Go." (I very much enjoyed the smile on her dad's face)
I like to meet the other wedding professionals when I officiate large weddings. Jackie Sabrosky is the Wedding and Events Sales Manager for the Zoo. As you can see, pregnant and still working hard! I think the outfit was amazingly cute!! She was a VERY busy lady! But, honestly, super friendly! She called me at home the day before after the rehearsal to let me know the ceremony was moved inside and how to get where I needed to go with ease. The groom said most of the planning was done via email which I find is easy for most busy couples and they had nothing but great things to say about Jackie and her staff. Other couples I've spoken with who were still in the process of planning their wedding had great things to say about Indy Zoo weddings as well.