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Elegant Barn Wedding: Jess & Erika

Jessika Feltz Photography

May 2, 2015

Jess and Erika met each other through mutual acquaintances and knew each other for quite some time before they became a couple. One night, they finally had the guts to “woo” each other. Both admitted that they had caught one another’s eye, though timing was never perfect until that night. 

Erika proposed to Jess on Christmas morning. She explains, “I knew she would never expect it because I had given her the idea it would be something I would never do. I think she was surprised when she thought she was getting a new watch, but instead got an engagement ring.”

Jess also proposed in the parking lot of the bar where the two met (the bar itself had closed before she could propose). She made a bunch of signs that took Erika down memory lane, reminding her of significant dates that the two had shared. She stood in front of her car in 15-degree weather just to prove to Erika that she “wanted forever with her.”

Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography

Jess and Erika chose The Barn in Zionsville based solely on their first interaction with Sarah Cooper. “She did not hesitate when she saw a same sex couple wanting to marry at her venue. She made us feel more than comfortable the moment we pulled into the drive” said Erika and Jess.

Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography

The planning experience was pretty smooth, although Jess says the hardest part was getting a simple yes or no from Erika. 

Jessika Feltz Photography

For Erika, having her mother there was most special to her. She had show such love and support to she and Jess as a couple, making her presence very important. She also valued receiving her grandmother’s wedding ring from Jess during the ceremony. Jess agrees that being surrounded by supportive family was “such a blessing”.

Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography
Jessika Feltz Photography

Originally, the brides did not want to see each other until they walked down the aisle, but at the last minute they decided to do a first look. That moment is one of their favorite memories of their day, along with Jess’s fist pump when Erika finally walked down the aisle.

Jessika Feltz Photography

Asked for their advice for other same-sex couples, Jess and Erika suggested the following: “Don’t be afraid to not invite people who do not strongly support your relationship. We both ran into this problem with our families and we made the decision to not include those individuals on our day. Knowing that all 160 guests love and support us was a wonderful feeling to have on our day. Actually, it was overwhelming, but we would not have had it any other way.” 

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Photographer: Jessika Feltz Photography //Hair Stylist: Deweese Design Studio // Cinema and Video: Eyenamics // Floral Designer: George Thomas Florist //Caterer:  Jonathan Byrd’s // DJ: Scott Stars // Reception Venue: The Barn in Zionsville //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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