From the bride Blythe: My husband and I love antiques, old homes and the glory of a forgotten time. When we got engaged, we knew that if our wedding was anything, we wanted it to be an accurate reflection of us, our personalities and our interests. My husband recently opened a micro brewery, Black Acre Brewing Co, in Irvington, a historic neighborhood in Indianapolis. We wanted to utilize this historic neighborhood to the best of our ability, a neighborhood that we call home. We found the Benton House tucked away on an old street and instantly saw it’s incredible potential. Our caterer had lived in Irvington for years and was thrilled to caterer our wedding and the tent company has been family owned and in business for over 90 years. I found my wedding dress and reception dress at a local bridal consignment store for a s-t-e-a-l!
The wedding itself was the definition of a collaborative effort. My husband and I spent weeks DIY’ing the invitations with custom made stamps, doilies, ribbon and lots of glue. My mom, mother-in-law and I spent a day crafting puff balls and my mother-in-law made all of our escort cards!! A dear, dear family friend, my “aunt” Dana helped me organize all the details of the big day and acted as our “day of” coordinator. My husband and I brewed a special beer for the wedding and saved beer bottles for table decor, we used growlers from his brewery as centerpieces. To save money and to really put our creative skills to the test, my mom and I decided to arrange all the flowers ourselves. We figured out what we wanted, ordered it all, and held our breath (not really) that they would all arrive on time (they did).
Our wedding happened because we had so many wonderful friends and family members who rolled up their sleeves to help us get everything done (even when it rained the day before and that morning, eeeek!) In the end, our wedding was far more wonderful than anything I could plan or foresee. It’s an incredible feeling to be getting down on the dance floor and look around and see everyone that you hold near and dear having just as much fun as you.