Pella, Iowa || India & Corey

One of our favorite weddings from last fall. The wedding of India & Corey, Shelly's daughter and son-in-law! Their wedding was recently featured in the Heartland Wedding Magazine, so we thought we'd share it with you all if you haven't had a chance to pick up the issue or check it out online! It was also featured on the Green Wedding Shoes blog, so check it out there as well!

India & Corey epitomize the tried and true notion that opposites attract. India has a bold and unique style which is amplified by her fierce and sassy personality! Corey is mellow, wonderfully kind, and down to earth. So you could say that their personalities balance one another out perfectly. And while their personalities may differ somewhat dramatically, their values are amazingly aligned. Beyond the beauty and joy of such a wonderfully celebratory day, they deeply wanted to incorporate the most important things into their wedding: faith, family, and friends.

India’s older sister, Regan, designed the couples invitations which were printed on plantable seeded paper and India's youngest sister, Emerson, did the calligraphy on each envelope. The envelopes were then sealed with wax which was stamped with a bee motif. The desire was that the invitations would be a small window into the day that they were planning.

Both India and Corey are from the rural and picturesque town of Pella, IA, just a bit off the beaten path. It was their desire to get married in the place that had been so formative for both of them and their families. So many intimate details went into this day. India and her five bridesmaids (three sisters and two friends) got ready in her apartment, which is located on the town square and above a local coffee shop where India and all of her sisters had worked at one point. The photos of the girls getting ready offer a preview of the many blooms and special floral touches that would be present throughout the day.

A grassy field nestled in the midst of trees just off a windy gravel road was the perfect backdrop for this eclectic celebration and was a true reflection of the couple’s love of nature. India, being fearless and decisive, knew she wanted to have an outdoor wedding, there simply was no other option. Despite the fact that it rained heavily the entire week prior to her wedding, she stayed the course, refusing to find a backup location or even entertain the idea of a tent! Ignoring the constant pleas and petitions of family and friends they went ahead with the plan, and the day turned out beautifully--it was sunny and warm. They couldn't have asked for better weather.

So many special touches were included in the ceremony. As the bride and her father walked down the aisle, they were greeted at the end by Corey's uncle, who officiated Corey's parents wedding years before. And India's oldest sister, Bailey, gave a personalized and meaningful message during the ceremony. Yet another personal touch, India's Uncle Dan and little cousin Rhett sang India's favorite song as she processed down the aisle to meet her groom. Family was incorporated into nearly every aspect of the day. The love and support of their family and friends really made the day come together. A true affirmation of the couple’s love for their people and just how loved they are by their people.

All of India and Corey's grandparents were in attendance. Between all of the grandparents and the parents, 292 year of marriage was represented, a beautiful acknowledgement of the past as they blessed India and Corey’s future.The ceremony went off without a hitch and the couple left accompanied by the sound of hundreds of tambourines to celebrate their matrimony, each hand-tied with celebratory tassels.

The reception that followed had a vibrant boho vibe, which was a great fit for the couple’s personality. Reception merriment began with sweet Charlotte, a family pet, adorned with flowers and walking around with drinks as the designated “beverage burro.” Bright colors, textures and patterns can be seen in every aspect of the décor. India wanted to do everything in a unique and non-traditional fashion, so they brought in three food trucks to serve their guests. Corey insisted on a pizza truck to satisfy his deep and abiding love for pizza. They also had a taco truck and a tater tot truck. Though the outside appearance of the trucks didn’t always blend with the celebration’s aesthetic, India enthusiastically declared, “the sketchier the truck, the better the tacos!”

The events of the night flowed from speeches to dancing to socializing and everyone taking pictures in front of the “Love” sign on the hill. The sign was crafted specifically for the day by India's father and grandfather, and it was the talk of the party. The couple honeymooned in Bali to finish off their perfect wedding celebration, and they couldn't have dreamed up anything better. You can see it in their smiles!

ENDLESS THANKS to each incredible vendor that was involved in India & Corey’s day. It was perfect. We couldn’t have asked for anything more, and we could not have done it without you! Cheers to you!

Photography || Aly Carroll assisted by Ana Woods

Boots || Wandering Coyote

Dress || Hayley Paige - Shaffer’s Bridal Des Moines

Bridesmaid Dresses || Revolve

Menswear || Express

Cake || Molly's Cupcakes

Planning || Gina Cramer - Make It Happen Events

Veil || The Veiled Beauty

Reception Hair Piece || Twigs & Honey

Earrings || Dornink

Hair Stylist || Brianne at Hair by Brianne

MUA || Jackie with Kelsi Ziemann Artistry

DJ || Lyndon Hasselhuhn with Limelight Entertainment

Bathrooms || A King’s Throne

Food Trucks || Hotsy Totsy, 515 Pi, Roadside Tacos

Beverage Service || Amber with Your Private Bar

Videographer || Aaron Van Maanen

Shelly Sarver