You’ve been around the block: tall, short, hirsute, shorn, lawyers, paperboys. None of them measured up — until one did. Now comes the decision making. Let the good times roll.
Elope or Envelope
At Junefille, designers work with you to pick the perfect way to tell the world you’re getting hitched. Letterpress genius Sarah Kim-Puangsuvan ditched corporate America to launch Truly Smitten and now whiles away her day creating classic custom invites.
Yes, You Candid
Photographers Bob & Dawn Davis have worked with big guns like Oprah; they’ll do the same for you. From classic (church shots) to crazy (bride and groom jumping into a pool with clothes on), your wish is their command.
Love on the Lush Landscape
Traders Point Creamery, the organic dairy farm and creamery located just outside Indianapolis, has 320 acres of rolling hills and the rustic Loft restaurant (a restored barn from the pre-Civil War era), so you can be indoors or out. And, of course, the on-site catering is farm fresh.
The Flower Firm owners James Papajohn and Colette Clancy have great experience (they’ve done florals for The Ritz and the Four Seasons since 1999) and a penchant for color pops (magenta tulips, exotic orchids, multicolored hydrangeas). Their custom-designed topiary trees add whimsy to the mix.
Eat Your Heart Out
China’s a bore, and do your eggs really need cups? Nope. Register at the newest, coolest gifting concept around: Foodie Registry. The free service is genius: Pick your restaurants (Takashi, MK, Bistro Campagne), and guests buy you and your dude a frenzy of food-filled nights on the town.
Best in Dough
A cake from Flour Cake and Pastry, the new shop from the experienced team of Janet Lee (The Ritz-Carlton Chicago) and Nicole Chibnik (NoMI, Spiaggia) will render you speechless. Flavors include white chiffon and carrot; fillings range from toffee mousse to sweet velvet. If you prefer something un peu Français, try Fritz Pastry for a cake (in flavors like chai and vanilla cream) or minitreats like French macarons, homemade Cracker Jacks, and eclairs.
Know Your Pro
If you get stuck, call Amy Lechelt-Basta (a.k.a. Amy Fabulous) of The Style Muse. The former Ciao Bella owner has six years of wedding and event design experience. She even sold her former wedding planning biz, The Whole Big Thing, to one of her brides. Today she consults on tastings, venues, linens, plates, florals, and more for a reasonable $75 per hour.
Use Your Noggin
Love, Lulu Mae’s new made-to-order veil collection is retro, classic, and created just for you. The crew weaves jewels, flowers, netting, feathers, and even your own keepsakes into your headpiece.
Know someone getting hitched? Tip off your prenuptially preoccupied pals to DailyCandy Weddings, our new e-mail with unconventional ideas for the big day.
Photos: Courtesy of Truly Smitten; Courtesy of Traders Point Creamery; Courtesy of Flour and Cake Pastry; Bethany Fritz / Courtesy of Love, Lulu Mae