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Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Dress Romper with Shorts $42, Initial Plate Necklace $19.

Sizzle This Summer

Styling and Photos by Miranda McDonald

Model: Kristen Kirsch

This summer is all about making a fashion statement with your outfit choices. From playful prints on off-shoulder frocks to stand out accessories and bold button details, you are sure to turn heads with these trendy, summer looks.


FASHIONS FROM: Sapphire on Spring

326 Spring St.

Jeffersonville

812.920.0017


Mariposa Consignments

222 Pearl St.

New Albany

812.725.8508

 

Look from Mariposa Consignments: Vintage Dress $21.99, Yellow Necklace $12.99, Silk Scarf $14.99.

Look from Mariposa Consignments:
Vintage Dress $21.99, Yellow Necklace $12.99, Silk Scarf $14.99.

Look from Sapphire on Spring: Dress Romper with Shorts $42, Initial Plate Necklace $19.

Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Dress Romper with Shorts $42, Initial Plate Necklace $19.

Look from Mariposa Consignments: Vintage Audrey Hepburn Tee $6.99,  Red Skirt $14.99, Denim Jacket $16.99.

Look from Mariposa Consignments:
Vintage Audrey Hepburn Tee $6.99, Red Skirt $14.99, Denim Jacket $16.99.

Look from Sapphire on Spring: Floral Blouse $48, Hem Denim $39, Tassel Earrings $30.

Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Floral Blouse $48, Hem Denim $39,
Tassel Earrings $30.

Look from Sapphire on Spring: Lemon Dress $59, Lemon Clutch $12, Beaded Earrings $14.

Look from Sapphire on Spring:
Lemon Dress $59, Lemon Clutch $12,
Beaded Earrings $14.

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Fillies for a Cure Networking Luncheon and Fashion Show

4/6/18

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Let’s Get Planning

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-10-25-33-amBut do you really need a wedding planner? 

BY MANDY WOLF DETWILER 

So, you’ve just said “yes!” Now what? Brides and grooms can become inundated with choices, from the dress and tux colors to venue seating, flower decisions and thank-you notes. Hiring a wedding planner can certainly ease the load, but is it an affordable option for the average future married couple? We talked to Jamie Lott, owner of Louisville Events4U and a wedding planner for 11 years.

EXTOL MAGAZINE: Who should hire a wedding planner?

Jamie Lott: The value lies in having a professional who won’t forget even the smallest detail of the big day. Wedding planners are all about the details – things you might miss. If you’re a detail-oriented person and you’ve got a career of your own, maybe a busy life with your fiancé, it’s much, much easier in my opinion to turn (wedding planning) over to a professional so that nothing is missed as part of your wedding planning process.

EXTOL: What are some of the most overlooked details by couples who plan their own weddings?

Lott: Transportation to and from the venue and/or the church. Things like right down to the catering. Did you plan on just feeding (guests) the cake or did you plan on feeding them another dessert? I’ve been to so many weddings where I’ve just done day-of coordinating and they ran short of cake. Little things like that, I’m there to remind you about.

EXTOL: Is there anyone who shouldn’t hire a wedding planner?

Lott: By the day of the wedding, even the control freaks, even the very OCD brides, have been very grateful that (a wedding planner) is there because she can relax and not have to worry about the details. My standard line is, “I’ve got this. Please don’t worry.” I do this almost every weekend, and if you haven’t thought of it, I will. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t need a wedding planner. I think there are some girls who think they can do it on their own, but I actually feel bad for them on their wedding day because they are so stressed trying to do it, even with their girlfriends. They should be getting ready that day. They should be with their family. They should be relaxing and sipping mimosas or whatever makes them happy versus worrying about setting up their tables and their centerpieces, and going to pick up this or going to pick up that.

EXTOL: What should you look for in a good wedding planner?

Lott: It’s all about the details. Look for the person who asks all the right questions, the person that is the best fit for you. Your personalities need to mesh. You need to make sure that you like this planner and this planner is almost a member of your family because of the length of time you’re going to be spending with this person and what this planner is going to ask of you. As you go along in this process, you need to be willing to work with this planner and trust this person.

EXTOL: How do you help set a budget with the bride and groom?

Lott: I’m very brutally honest and I ask them what they think they can spend on this wedding. If it’s a certain amount and that amount is very low, I ask them if they’re willing to do some of the work themselves, like we make part of the centerpieces ourselves and then we add florals from a florist –– anything we can do to cut costs. I’m very good about keeping them on budget. They take themselves off budget!

EXTOL: As a wedding planner, how do you handle so-called bridezillas?

Lott: In the industry, we all laugh at the shows because they pick the worst of the worst. I have been very blessed … that I have had very few “bridezillas.” Most of these girls are very grateful for the help, which is why they hired me in the first place. If they get a little tense right before their wedding, which is very common, we talk it out. … I try very hard to let them know I’m on top of this.

EXTOL: What should the wedding planner do and what should the couple take care of?

Lott: Everything, down to scheduling everything. I create timelines and itineraries, an overall day-of timeline for the ceremony and the reception so everybody’s on the same page. I make sure the DJ’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing, the venue’s doing what they’re supposed to do, and if that includes catering, we’ve gone over that menu 15 times. I don’t want that bride to think about anything but enjoying her day. … I keep a bride box with me on the day of the wedding of all the “what ifs.” If this breaks, if this needs to be taped, a first-aid kit, things like that that they would never have thought to bring.

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Bridezilla Be Gone

bride1BY DR. JENNIFER EVANS 

The term “bridezilla” has become almost as common as the monikers “bride-to-be” and “fiancé.” (FYI: Bridezilla refers to a bride who is extremely demanding and difficult to deal with during the wedding planning process.) 

We get it – planning a wedding is stressful. Here’s how to stop yourself from becoming the next scary creature (aka bridezilla) planning a walk down the aisle:

Eat a balanced diet and make time for exercise — every day. 

Most brides-to-be are overwhelmed with fitting into their dress that they may be starving themselves into a crazed state of mind. Our bodies need food, so eat the right kinds to keep your mind and body in good working order. A balanced meal plan fuels your body and gives you energy.

Exercise is a great form of stress reduction, especially activities that incorporate mindfulness, such as yoga. Make time for exercise and think of it as a little much-needed “me time” instead of another thing on your to-do list.

Check yourself and check-in with others. 

Phone a friend, message your mom or schedule an appointment with your therapist. Find someone to talk to during this exciting time in your life. Having a person to vent to will help you avoid being overwhelmed by emotions.

Elsa and Anna had the right idea with their iconic song lyrics from the Disney movie “Frozen.” Make your mantra “Let it go, let it go” when it comes to things you cannot control. The weather, nope, out of your hands; the color of the floral centerpieces, yes, that you can control. However, if they end up being two shades lighter than your favorite lavender, again, let it go.

Post-wedding blues are a possibility. 

Many brides report an emotional letdown days or weeks after their wedding. It took months, maybe even years, to plan and the day went by so quickly. Some of the signs to watch for in yourself or a loved one are boredom, sadness, lethargy, loneliness and isolation. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, know that it’s normal. Try these tips to turn the blues into wedded bliss:

• Talk with your new spouse about your favorite memories from the wedding.

• Invite your friends over to share photos and stories from your honeymoon.

• Write thank you notes to those who really stepped up to help you even when you didn’t think you needed it.

If the feelings start affecting your life, talk to a professional. Norton Women’s Mental Health Services can help. For more information, visit NortonHealthcare.com or call 502.629.1234.

This article was written by Jennifer Evans, M.D., system vice president of Women’s Services, Norton Healthcare. Dr. Evans has more than 25 years of medical and surgical experience in obstetrics and gynecology. 

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5 Things Your Wedding Photographer Wants You To Know

5 Things Your Wedding Photographer Wants You To Know

STORY & PHOTOS BY TONY BENNETT 

AS A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER, I’VE QUICKLY LEARNED TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS IS THE EASY PART. THE MANY HOURS OF PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ARE ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE QUANTIFIED. AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, I WANT TO GIVE MY CLIENTS THE BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE. TO ENSURE YOUR WEDDING DAY IS THE JOYOUS EVENT IT SHOULD BE, HERE ARE A FEW ITEMS TO KEEP IN MIND. screen-shot-2017-08-10-at-3-40-05-pm

MAKE A BUDGET. The only thing you’ll have the day after your wedding are the photos. So remember to prioritize your budget. If you want great photos, you may want to cut the gelato bar and ice sculpture and pay a little more for a photographer with the experience to capture your special day.

TIME. Make sure you make time on your wedding day for photos. As a photographer, I love to get creative and I want to capture that “perfect” image you will cherish for a lifetime. This can best be accomplished by creating a timeline for how the day will flow and trying to stick to it as best you can. If there are certain people that you want to ensure you have your photo taken with, make a list and give it to your photographer at the start of the day. Don’t be afraid to tell your photographer what you want. That’s what we’re here for.

screen-shot-2017-08-10-at-3-40-21-pmADAPT. Every wedding is different. There are many aspects that can affect your photographs. Ceremony location, time of day and time of year (think sunset time) can all affect the look and feel of your photos. To capture better photos, your photographer should bring multiple light sources, including battery-powered studio strobes and speedlites, for quick movement between locations. Ask your photographer if he or she has those.

SMILE. This one is simple: Be happy on your wedding day. Nothing will sour your photos more than you stressing out before, during and after your big day than having a frown. This is your big day. Enjoy it.

 

 

screen-shot-2017-08-10-at-3-40-33-pmBE PATIENT IN POST-PRODUCTION. The wedding day may last for 8 to 12 hours (sometimes longer), but that is only part of what it takes to capture a wedding and deliver the final product. Long after the cake is cut and the guests return home is when most of a photographer’s work begins. A good one will immediately gather all the memory cards and download them to various locations. Data loss is a huge problem, ensure your photographer has a plan to take multiple precautions to make sure this doesn’t happen to clients. Also, moving through each of the images will take a number of days. Be patient. Every image we take during a wedding is edited, and this takes time. Then, when the client decides which photos to have printed and which to put in the album, a good photographer will put additional work into perfecting each image. Again, be patient.

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Love Lessons: Lucia Applegate

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SO WHAT’S MARRIAGE REALLY LIKE? WE ASKED LUCIA APPLEGATE

Married for almost 30 years to Billy “Juice” Applegate, who died 9.17.2002 of an abdominal aneurysm.

AS TOLD TO ANGIE FENTON | PHOTO BY TONY BENNETT

Bill was just fun to be with and thoughtful as a husband, father and friend. He always woke up in a good mood. I once asked him why and he said, “Why not?”

We each had children from our previous marriages, but we had a plan that we agreed on that they were always welcome, any of them. And we meant it and followed through with it. I was very lucky because Bill was great with kids.

We never stayed mad long. We respected each other’s religions; I’m Catholic and he was Methodist. When it came to money, we shared the good and bad. We didn’t have lots and would be careful, but we were open about it with each other.

We weren’t perfect but we loved each other. We were with or talked to each other on the phone every day. I always knew where he was. He was a really good friend.

Being married to Bill was easy. I miss him every day. –Lucia Applegate

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WEDDING WATCH

 

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Emily Grantz & John Goldman

To Be Married 12.30.17

Photo by Tony Bennett

We met through mutual friends.

Emily: Knowing how much my family and friends liked him and my nieces and nephews cling to him every time he is around, I knew I had someone pretty special.

John: It wasn’t just a single moment but over time I knew she was the one I wanted to marry.

The ceremony will be at Holy Family Church and the reception is at The Calumet Club. We are both excited for the big day to get here. Looking forward to celebrating and being around all of our friends and loved ones.

 

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Stacey Poindexter & Samantha Smith 

To Be Married 6.9.18

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We met in 2005 at the Green Tree Mall where we worked together at American Eagle. From day one, I (Stacey) knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this woman. It just took me a while to grow up. We are getting married at 300 Spring in Jeffersonville. We are so excited. It’s been a long time coming.

 

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Sydney Haag & Jason Barresi 

To Be Married 6.23.18

Photo by Danny Alexander

We met in February 2015 when Jason tattooed a very sentimental family tattoo on my thigh. I searched for a very long time for a great artist to do it, and I couldn’t have been happier with the result. Not only did he produce amazing work, we had a really strong connection as soon as we met. I lived in Indianapolis and he lived in Louisville, so I continued to drive down to get more tattoos by him and our connection grew.

Jason: I knew that Sydney was the one when I began to see my quality of life improve. Not only was I becoming a better brother and a better uncle, but I was becoming a better man for myself and for her. She is my best friend, my confidant and my strength. She helps me overcome any obstacle.

Sydney: After just a few months of dating, it was undeniable. I moved back to Louisville in January 2016, and I couldn’t get enough of him. We spent almost every day together. He made me want to be the best person I could be and supported me in everything I did. Still to this day he encourages me to reach for the stars and accomplish my dreams. Seeing him progress in his career as a tattoo artist has been an incedible experience and has taught me to be humble, passionate and tenacious in everything I do in life. We are a team. We are equal, we strengthen each others weaknesses and help each other grow as individuals and as partners.

We are getting married at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville. Tattooing is such a big part of not only Jason’s life, but it has become a part of mine as well. We were inspired by the idea of having our wedding concept based around the idea of traditional tattoo colors and art. We want to bring a part of us and what we love to the wedding, such as, tattoos, coffee, popsicles, bluegrass music, dancing, and most importantly, lots of friends and family.

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Designing A Dream

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BY ANGIE FENTON 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIK BRANCH

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress is often an exhilarating adventure, but sitting with a local designer as you describe exactly what you want and letting his or her creativity flow onto the page and, eventually, your body is an option brides are considering more and more.

“Because I’m not a large company overseas somewhere, you can call me when you need me,” said Frances Lewis, who started Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Co. in Jeffersonville in 2012. “I am available to you … and I am the one who is responding to you. Because we’re small and independent, I am the one dealing directly with my client.”
screen-shot-2017-08-07-at-6-01-54-pmSure, you can purchase a beautiful gown manufactured by a well-known company, but, Lewis warned, “With a lot of the larger chains, what they want is what they get. I can give them what they want and what they need.”

Recently, Lewis worked with a client who was adamant about wearing a navy dress down the aisle but couldn’t find one she loved. “She was able to get the dress of her dreams because she could work hand in hand with me,” Lewis said.

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The local fashion scene is “surprisingly larger than we think it is,” she added. “There are times when I might not be able to meet a client’s needs, and I can think of people I can send her to. We have some extremely talented people here. Our design scene is growing exponentially, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”

So, what’s the first step? “Research the designer,” advised Lewis. “Everyone has a specialty and a forte, and you need to fall in love with their work. If you don’t like their work, the chances are you won’t like what they do for you.”

As evidenced by the photos in this pictorial – which was shot by Erik Branch – it’s hard to imagine a bride who wouldn’t love the looks Lewis has been creating. “I wanted to have a touch of tradition and still have something unique, something more expected. It’s a blend of tradition and drama.”

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Learn more about Frances Lewis and her designs at www.ann-deevelyn.com. Contact photographer Erik Branch at ebranch9@gmail.com, 502.387.0158 or ebranchphotography.photoshelter.com.

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A RUSTIC WEDDING WITH AN AUTUMN SUNSET

Montgomery Farms in Scottsburg has turned a 150-year-old farm and barn into a wedding site in the middle of nature. Sunsets are preferred. Rainbows cost extra. 

BY STEVE KAUFMAN | FAMILY PHOTO BY TRINA WHALIN 

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Photo by Janie Mahoney Photography and Design

Imagine a 10-year-old girl and boy who first met in the pumpkin patch at Montgomery Farms playing hide and seek in the corn maze. And now, 12 years later, they’re getting married on the grounds of the same Scottsburg farm. 

The pumpkin patch and the corn maze are gone now. So are the hayride, the straw jump and the bonfires. But the 40-acre farm with the 150-year-old cattle barn has been turned into one of the most popular wedding venues in Southern Indiana. And, said Mandi Bieda, one of the owners, it’s true that some of her clients first met at the farm.

In 1999, when she and her brother, Dallas Robert Montgomery, first turned the old working farm into what’s called “agri-entertainment” – the hayrides, pumpkins, farm store, etc. – they were getting 20,000 to 30,000 people coming out on fall weekends.

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Photo by Janie Mahoney Photography and Design

“People looked around our great landscape and asked if it would ever be possible to hold a wedding here,” said Mandi. “It turned out, my brother and I thought it was a great idea, too.” So, apparently, did everyone else. The minute Mandi and Dallas Robert decided to turn the farm into a wedding venue, the phone started ringing.

By the way, Dallas Robert gets the full moniker treatment because he’s the third generation of Dallas Montgomerys. Grandfather Dallas Donald Montgomery bought the land 70 years ago as a full working farm. But while his sons, Dallas Earl Montgomery and Gary Montgomery, worked the farm, they eventually went off to get engineering degrees and pursue their own professions.

Mandi and Dallas Robert grew up on the farm, at one point running a little sweet corn stand across the street. It was they who had turned the property into a weekend attraction, starting in 1999, and it was they who had decided to close it down.

“Having a play farm is such a weather-dependent business,” she said. “It’s awesome when it doesn’t rain, but when it rains six weekends out of seven, it’s not a lot of fun.”

So, the two-story barn was modernized, although it’s still authentic with bales of hay, whiskey barrels and old furniture all around. “Brides like rustic, but not completely rustic,” said Mandi. “They want their comforts, too.”

The modernization included replacing a gravel floor with concrete and building an adjoining, matching wood-frame building with a bridal suite with its own restroom, groom’s suite, other restrooms and a kitchen prep area. There’s also a covered connection between the new building and the barn for when the weather is iffy. (Mandi doesn’t use the word “rain.” It’s considered superstitious in the events business. She calls it “Plan B.”)

But the barn is not the only possible wedding venue. The 40 acres are full of possibilities. People can get married in a clearing in the woods, on the great lawn, near the pond or at other spots on the property that catch their fancy. “We’re completely open to anyone’s preferences,” Mandi said. “But the great lawn is our most popular outdoor venue. It’s a beautiful backdrop.”

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And, of course, “Plan B” is always moving back into the barn. “But we’ll wait until the last minute before we revert to Plan B,” she said. “Brides know what they want, and we want to be able to give it to them.”

For barn weddings, the ceremony is held in the large, peaked-roof, beamed-ceiling loft. After the ceremony, while guests are eating downstairs, the loft is turned into a festive, sparkling party and dancing site.

“The downstairs of the barn is pretty,” said Mandi, “but the loft is breathtaking.”

The barn can hold 300 guests comfortably, but other options can handle more. “We can seat more people on the lawn, and we can add tents on the lawn. We’ll work with anybody’s needs and preferences.”

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The farm’s wedding season runs from the beginning of April to the first weekend of November. “Because we wanted to keep the barn as authentic as possible, it isn’t air-conditioned or heated. We’re eventually going to add an all-weather venue so we can accommodate people all year round.”
Accommodating people is the root of this family’s business. “We know that we do this every weekend, but for most brides this is a first-time, one-time event,” said Mandi, “and we want to offer a no-surprises experience. We handle every detail. We don’t want them to have to think about anything but having a great wedding.”


MONTGOMERY FARMS 

1122 Radio Tower Road

Underwood

812.752.2300

www.montgomery-farms.com

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Brittany Wright-Humphrey & Gary Humphrey • 6.17.17

Photography by Ashley Walts

We were introduced by Todd Sharp, who thought we would be the perfect fit. We were engaged three days before Christmas. Gary kept taunting me with the presents under the tree because I kept begging ashleywaltsphotography-5-5
him to just let me open one early. He finally gave in and I had to open a huge box followed by another and so on. I had an idea once the boxes kept getting smaller, and when I finally got down to the last box he was on his knee. Everything after that was kind of a blur! We celebrated by going to watch “The Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre followed by The Exchange to have drinks with friends

I heard about Laurie Haag of Eventful 203 through a friend of mine and contacted her about helping me plan the wedding. Little did I know that she would be the backbone of the entire thing. I pretty much gave all control to her, which wasn’t hard for me to do since I was never really into the process of planning a wedding. She was so professional and literally helped me the entire step of the way. The wedding would absolutely not have been as magical without her.ashleywaltsphotography30

It was very important to us to keep everything local (and I mean literally everything) and include the city of New Albany. It was also important to us to have a photograph of Gary’s parents on a stand by his side since they are no longer with us.
Our ceremony was awesome. I don’t think it was longer than 15 minutes but it felt like 45. Once I laid eyes on Gary, it was hard for me to hold back my tears, but I was just so, so happy that all I could do was smile. One of the most memorable moments was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband-to-be put his face in his hands to try and stop from crying.


And then, it was time to get the party started. We literally danced the night away. My dad and I had a surprise dance. We started out with our song, “My Girl,” and the broke into songs by Usher, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. It was a hit even though Dad forgot half of the moves. Gary and I both did a dollar dance, followed by the garter toss and bouquet toss. I also had all of my dancers and the University of Louisville Ladybirds out on the dance floor. I seriously don’t think we ever stopped dancing. It was truly the most amazing night of my life. It was everything I had ever hoped for and more. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I am so thankful for everyone who helped make that day amazing and to Waffle House for letting me eat cheesy eggs and bacon in my dress at 3:30 a.m.