Shelby and Brian wanted a warm, rustic wedding at Brian's parent's home in an intimate retreat. They wanted the sanctity and solemnity of the scenery to capture the mood and essence of the day. Their hideaway in Nashville, Indiana is called Serenity Lake Lodge. Serenity says it all.
With their lush green trees, the rolling hills of Brown County welcomed guests for Shelby and Brian’s spring wedding. At the top of the hill stood the stately “barn” lovingly designed by Brian’s father, Gary, to host their guests. Brian and Shelby wanted a warm, rustic and intimate celebration filled with family and laughter, and they achieved it all!
The families greeted their guests as they arrived before the ceremony on the patio of the barn and the bocce court; which for the evening was filled with chairs and seating covered in lighting to allow guests an amazing view of the countryside. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served during this time on the beautiful country hill.
Guests were able to get their first glimpse of the barn being used for the ceremony and they simply were in awe of the size and grandeur of the handsome lodge. Strong and rustic, yet refined and romantic, the lodge was a perfect host for the nuptials.
Shelby looked stunning and wore a really beautiful hairpiece that her sisters had each worn. I hope her darling niece will continue the tradition another generation. Brian, in his Navy suit and his ever present glass of scotch, looked stately and regal.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a family style meal on long farm tables with eclectic stoneware and cozy lap blankets to warm up the spring evening. The long tablescapes were nestled with burlap table runners filled with moss that overflowed with floral. Each guest had intimate take-home bouquets of flowers including peony, ranunculus, thistle, roses and hydrangea. These darling bouquets were tucked under tall floral which gave height to the crisp white tent which was in front of the main house.
As guests finished dinner, they entered the barn once again for the remainder of the celebration. Here the evening finished with two surprise wedding cakes for Shelby, toasts, and dancing! The barn had been transformed to its day to day look, normally filled with furniture, art, two pianos and an area for family and friends to gather. For the wedding, the party continued all evening under the hay hook chandelier.
As the sun set, the barn seemed to radiate a warm glow – one that matched the mood. The evening was filled with a spirit of gracious hospitality and bounty. Everywhere late night snacks were available, wine was offered, and even breakfast breads were lovingly prepared for the next morning and placed in cars by the valet staff. Guests had little doubt this was a family affair and you were a guest at someone’s home - truly a serene getaway! Everything Shelby, Brian and their families had wished for!