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An Experience To Last A Lifetime

acr5516202132275229723156Welcome to En-joy The Venue at Flat Rock Estates. We are a new upscale outdoor wedding and event venue in southern Indiana. The ceremony space at En-joy is one of a kind with breathtaking views of Sydney lake and stadium style seating so every view is unobstructed. En-joy The Pavilion is an outdoor Amish built reception space where your guests will be in awe surrounded by nature as they celebrate weddings, company outings, class reunions, graduations or family gatherings. At En-joy The Venue we don’t just hold events we help create memories that last a lifetime. Welcome to the place that will set the mood for your event long before it ever begins. Welcome to En-joy.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-11-34-08-am screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-11-34-15-am screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-11-34-21-am

For Tours Email Sydney@enjoythevenue.com

13967 E Flatrock Trail Henryville IN 47126

www.enjoythevenue.com | 812.727.5545



Photos and Q&A by Jennifer McNelly

Attending a wedding minus a plus 1 can be daunting. Then again, it can also be an enjoyable evening. We asked a few single Southern Indiana residents to share their thoughts.


“When you go by yourself to a wedding, or even with a group of friends as a single, it’s always so awkward when you don’t know anyone else. You might go sit down with your friends at a table, and that’s it. You don’t talk to anyone else or really mingle. You talk to who you know and then you go home. I just don’t enjoy weddings where I don’t know anyone else.”

Luis Bisoso



“For me, the wedding reception is the most fun part. It’s all about the type of music they play. As a single, it’s a party – that’s all you think about! You go for the party, it’s all about the music.”

Amy Bisoso


screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-11-15-09-amWHAT MAKES A WEDDING MOST FUN WHEN ATTENDING AS A SINGLE?

“I went to a wedding where they did a photo booth and I absolutely loved it! It was interactive, fun and I was able to do it together with my family.”

Alice Bymaster


screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-11-15-16-amWHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST WEDDING PET PEEVE?

“My biggest pet peeves with weddings is when the bride and/or groom try to set you up with someone else before the wedding. Because then it turns into a blind date and a wedding at the same time, and it’s awkward because you feel like you have to talk to that person the whole time. You just can’t really enjoy yourself. That’s easily my biggest wedding pet peeve. But overall, it’s really fun to be single at a wedding.”

Josh Staten

New Albany




Consider a travel agency

“Our services don’t cost anything,” says Mark Bliss of Bliss Travel. “There’s no added cost. You can get the same price by calling yourself.”

BUT – what you do get when booking through a qualified agency is peace of mind, inside tips and advice you never knew you needed. Travel agents have access to information you don’t and won’t find on the internet. “We’re with you the whole way,” said Bliss, who also manages the Calumet Club in New Albany, a popular spot for weddings and events.

And if something goes wrong, “We’re only a phone call away,” he added.

Set a budget

Weddings can be expensive and honeymoons are often overlooked. But consider this: a wedding only lasts hours while a honeymoon lasts days. Consider them both before you plan your nuptials.

Hold off on the honeymoon

No one ever said you had to leave your wedding reception and head straight for the airport. Take your time and don’t feel pressured. But do take the time to go somewhere with your new spouse. You’ll reap the benefits for years to come.



Bliss Travel

1614 E. Spring St.

New Albany



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4324 Charlestown Road

New Albany




Heather Asari Watson & Rodney Alen Haynes


Photography by Meredith Morrison of Meredith Morrison Photography

screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-10-42-49-amOUR STORY

How we met.

We met at a church where Rodney was a deacon serving communion. I asked him for two servings of wine/grape juice because I had, had a really bad week. He said, “Take what you need sister.”

Our first date.

It was very nervous and awkward. We went to Sake Blue. My car was at the mechanic, and I was communicating with the mechanic by text. So, he thought I was on the phone too much. We hugged at the end of the date and it started to snow.

Our engagement story.

I had to have my car towed to the mechanic, so I was angry. I was also tired. I laid down on the bed and was about to go to sleep when he said we had to go to dinner since it was our fourth anniversary since we’d started dating. So, I got up and went, even though I was sleepy and moody. We were talking about our relationship at dinner. He asked, “Did you think we would be together this long?” I said no. Then, he got down on one knee and started to yell his proposal across the restaurant. I did not understand what was going on until he opened the box and the rest of the restaurant patrons started cheering. I started crying and put on the ring.

Our wedding day memories.

I was worried about the wedding day because we had bad snow the night before. We couldn’t rehearse because of snow and ice. The Second Street Bridge was closed. My hairdresser was not able to do my hair, so I had an appointment with a stranger. I loved getting dressed with my bridesmaids and makeup artist, who had me laughing the entire time. I loved walking down the aisle with my father who was a few weeks out of recovering from major surgery. I loved that my mother was able to attend (and look good), since she has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. I loved our first dance. I loved our photographer and videographer. I loved our caterer and baker. But the thing I love most about our wedding day was walking down the aisle to my husband and saying our vows, and having our pastor pray over us.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-10-45-33-am


Wedding and Reception Venue: Kye’s

Officiant: Pastor Corrie Daniel Shull of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church

Photography: Meredith Morrison of Meredith Morrison Photography

Wedding Planner: Toinette LeMaster of Memorable Moments LLC

Wedding Dress: USA Bridal on Hurstbourne

Accessories: Laurel Wreath Bridal at Eventful 203*

Make Up: Tressa Crayton of WhoDoesYourMakeup?

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Genesis Diamonds

Décor: The bride, Heather Watson

Flowers: Wildflowers

Invitations: David’s Bridal

Catering: Stumler’s Catering

Cake: Kristin Harris of Lavish Cakes

Sound/Music: Kye’s

Videographer: James Jamison of Reel Time Jay

*Heather Watson won a wedding dress courtesy of Laurel Wreath Bridal at Eventful 203 after being drawn the grand prize winner at our 2017 Wedding Issue Launch Party at the Calumet Club. Because Heather had already purchased a dress, Laurel Wreath Bridal owner Laurie Haag instead supplied Heather’s beautiful wedding accessories.


John & Emily Goldman


Photography by Tony and Mandy Bennett of Tony Bennett Photography


How we met.

We met through mutual friends, Bobby and Sara Hughes.

Our first date.

John took me to Jeff Ruby’s.

Our engagement story.

It was the Sunday before my birthday and we went to brunch at Rivue. John wasn’t eating much, and I was eating everything. Then, he said we should get a picture, and we asked our waitress to take our picture up in a private room at the restaurant. After she took a few pictures, he said, “Wait, I want you to take one more,” and that’s when he got down on one knee.

Our wedding day memories.

Having all of the people we love in one room to celebrate us was pretty awesome. We both were calmer throughout the day than we ever expected to be. For Emily, the best memories from that day include getting ready at the Bridal Lounge at Eventful 203 with everyone, my bridesmaids reaction when they saw me in my dress for the first time, Johnny’s smile when he saw me walk down the aisle, my niece owning the dance floor all night long, the father-daughter dance, dancing with friends and family all night, and having family and friends in from out of town meant a lot. For John, the best memories from that day include having breakfast at A Nice Restaurant to start off the day, seeing all of the nephews wearing Indiana University gear, seeing his bride walk down the aisle, dancing with his mom to Eric Church and seeing the limo bus pull up outside of church during the ceremony.


Phil & Allie MacDonald


Photography by Lauren Morris of Photography & Design by Lauren


How we met.

We met at a bar called Uptown Larry’s in Fort Myers, Florida. Phil was born and raised in Fort Myers, and I lived there while attending Florida Gulf Coast University and for a few years afterward. We were each “wingmen” to our friends who were meeting up that night at Larry’s, and we hit it off so well that we stayed in touch and hung out every now and then, but our job and school schedules were completely opposite of each other. I worked at a Hyatt at the time as the evening shift lead and full time at FGCU, and Phil worked at FedEx and UPS starting at 4 a.m., so there were not a lot of chances for us to spend time together. Fast forward to after graduation and I had a lot more free time, and Phil got a new job at 84 Lumber, so we started to see more and more of each other to really start dating officially.

Our first date.

We went to the Naples Zoo. I had a rare afternoon off on a Sunday, and we had so much fun. We fed the giraffes and rode the boat for the tour of the monkey islands and had a blast all day. We still love going to zoos together and do our best to visit the zoo in any city that we visit on vacation (the few and far between times that I’m able to have time off to travel!). Phil says he “remembers going to the zoo one afternoon and that I had so much fun and we went to dinner – or maybe you cooked for me?”

Our engagement story.

It was a few days after Christmas, and I was working in the morning at Huber’s Plantation Hall (at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, which Allie’s family owns). I took the afternoon off. It was a really nice day for late December. Lots of sunshine. So, I came home and Phil was all antsy and in a jittery mood, saying he wanted to go back out to the farm to get a picture in the vineyards for his mom. I was a little skeptical because who wants to take a picture in some dead vines for their mom? And he was acting all weird, so I kind of got a hint of what he was up to and took my time getting ready, curling my hair, doing my makeup and picking out a cute outfit – just in case! It turns out I was right. Phil remembers being very nervous and sweating a lot for it being December. He chose the location because he thought it was very romantic and it would be a place that we could always revisit. It was the blackberry patch where the wooden post walkways between the rows are, which is where I have always wanted to have professional photography pictures taken. But we didn’t do an engagement photo session, so we’ll save it for another life achievement.

Our wedding day memories.

For Phil, the best memory from our wedding day was having all of his friends and family come to Southern Indiana for the first time to visit and see our new life up here, and it was very important for me to have them all here as well. It’s so hard to explain Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards to people who have never been here, and they were all very much impressed. We had everyone visiting from Florida out for a wine tasting and tour of the entire farm before our rehearsal. It was so fun to have our worlds combined like that. Phil said he will always remember our first look in the peach orchard and thought that was a very nice location with the trees blooming on our wedding day, and how pretty I was in my wedding dress.

I will always remember the love, support, and (of course) attention I received as a bride. We have such a wonderful group of friends and all of our family there to celebrate with us. It is really hard to put into words how much it meant to us to have all of that pouring in on one day. I think my most memorable moments are from the ceremony when I walked through the doors with my dad and was overwhelmed by all the love and smiles and happiness for us. Exchanging vows, rings and promising to love each other and be there for one another every day for the rest of our days is obviously something you aren’t going to forget very soon.


Wedding Venue: St. John’s Catholic Church in Starlight

Reception Venue: Huber’s Plantation Hall

Officiant: Father Winifred “Sonny” Day

Photographer: Lauren Morris of Photography & Design by Lauren

Dress: Laurel Wreath Bridal

Bride’s earrings: Koerber’s Fine Jewelry

Rings: Engagement Ring from Shane Co.; Wedding Bands from Koerber’s Fine Jewelry

Other accessories: Bride’s grandmother’s bracelet and father’s wedding band

Hair Stylist: Suzanne Motsinger and Shelby VanArsdale from Hair, Nails & More

Makeup: Angie Maxwell

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Black by Vera Wang

Décor: Nance Events and Huber’s Plantation Hall

Flowers: Nance Floral Shoppe

Invitations: The Funky Olive (an Etsy Shop)

Catering: Huber’s Plantation Hall

Cake: Adrienne & Co.

Music: Endless Summer Band

Acknowledgment from the bride: “I have known Debbie Adams at Huber’s Plantation Hall my entire life. She is a staple of what the farm represents to ourselves, as well as the community. Debbie is a very committed and hardworking woman, and I know for a fact my wedding (and honeymoon – she covered my responsibilities while I was off) would not have been half of what it was without her helping and guiding hand. Almost everything I know and have learned about managing events comes from Debbie, and I want to take the opportunity to thank her for all that she’s done for me personally, as well as my family and our brand.”


Letter From The Editor


Much Love. On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate my brother-in-law Billy Applegate and soon-to-be sister-in-law Jyl Hildreth on their upcoming nuptials. These two deserve all the happiness.

The Extol Team is excited to debut our 2nd annual Wedding Issue – but it’s so much more. Yes, you will find a number of pages dedicated to all things wedding, including a gorgeous fashion shoot shot at Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica by photographer Gretchen Bell with styling and creative direction from Miranda McDonald. But you’ll also find articles about art, food, philanthropy, crafts, camping, sports, businesses, events and a heartfelt tribute to one of our favorite interviewees on the very last page.

It’s a good thing we have increased our page count because you’ll probably notice the number of ads have increased, too. Thanks to the support of our advertising partners, we’re able to offer Extol for free throughout the region.

We are especially grateful to Mark Bliss of The Calumet Club and One Southern Indiana – along with all of our additional sponsors – for partnering with us on our Aug. 15 Wedding Issue Launch Party. We hope you’ll join us 5:30 to 8 p.m. that day for the free event. Details are on the page adjacent to this one.

As always, thank you for taking the time to enjoy Extol.


A Bridal Wonderland

Because wedding season is always magical, we revisited the classic fairytale of Alice in Wonderland to showcase this season’s bridal offerings. All you need is a touch of lace, some embellished accents and the simple use of your imagination to join Alice and the Mad Hatter at their tea party in Wonderland.

Photography by Gretchen Bell

Creative Direction & Styling by Miranda McDonald

Photographed at Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica

Photo Shoot Assistant: Jessica Malloy

Models: Chelsea Plamp, Abbie Purdie, Savannah George, Kesley Moorefield, Micah Cargin and Keoni Glory



Hidden Hill Nursery


1011 Utica Charlestown Road, Utica


Wedding Gowns and Hair Accessories

Laurel Wreath Bridal


203 W. First Street, New Albany


Bridesmaids Dresses

House of K Boutique


137 E. Market St., New Albany


HIM Gentlemen’s Boutique


314 Pearl St., New Albany



Koerber’s Fine Jewelry


3095 Blackiston Mill Road, New Albany


Hair and Makeup

Strandz & Threadz


322 Vincennes St., New Albany


Floral Arrangements

Nance Floral Shoppe

Designed by Brian Nance


624 Spring St.

New Albany


Dishes, Linens and Place Settings

Nance Events

Styling by Brian Nance


624 Spring St.

New Albany


Chairs, Table and Chandeliers

Lux Chair Company




Jenny Garner



Rookies Cookies & Cakes


310 Pearl St., New Albany



A Dream Do-Over



Wedding planner Laurie Haag and her husband experience the wedding of their dreams

May 7, 1988, is one of my favorite days ever. It’s the day I married my husband.

Fast-forward to May 2018, and I can’t believe 30 years have gone by so fast. When we got married, we were very young. We lacked a lot of resources and we had some unusual rules to follow at our church because I already had a baby. So, our wedding wasn’t exactly a “dream wedding,” and from time to time, we have joked about and discussed redoing it.

At our 10-year anniversary, it would have been impossible to redo a wedding celebration as we were in the throes of raising four young daughters and were basically super poor at that time.

At our 25-year anniversary, our oldest daughter was due to have her first baby any day during that timeframe. We couldn’t risk missing the birth of our granddaughter, or our daughter and son-in-law not being at our party.

So, this year, as we were anticipating 30 years and reminiscing about our life, Bryan asked if I thought we should go for it and re-do the “wedding.” We were sitting beachside during a romantic dinner while on vacation and it just seemed like it was meant to be. He asked if it should be a full-fledged vow renewal, and all I could think was that I just didn’t want it to come off corny. But really, a lot of the traditional ceremony things are what we missed out on, so we felt like it was really important and would be special.

The Vendors Venue: The Loft on Spring Wedding Dress: Laurel Wreath Bridal Anniversary Band: Koerber’s Fine Jewelry Catering: Stumler’s Catering Florals: Merci Bouquet Cake: Mert’s Cake DJ: A Class Act DJ Various Rental Items: Party Central Videography: Matt Simpson Photography: Natalie Spaulding Photography and Ashley Walts Photography 77

The Vendors
Venue: The Loft on Spring
Wedding Dress: Laurel Wreath Bridal
Anniversary Band: Koerber’s Fine Jewelry
Catering: Stumler’s Catering
Florals: Merci Bouquet
Cake: Mert’s Cake
DJ: A Class Act DJ
Various Rental Items: Party Central
Videography: Matt Simpson
Photography: Natalie Spaulding Photography and Ashley Walts Photography

I had a mere six weeks to plan the whole thing, but I do own three wedding businesses in town, and I have all the experience, resources and friends in the wedding industry to pull it off to perfection.

The day was so special. The girls and I started off our day with brunch at The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, which decked out our table with flowers and mimosas. We got ready at the Beauty Lounge located at Eventful 203 (which I own). Then, we headed down to Brooklyn and the Butcher for some photos.

The ceremony and reception took place at the Loft on Spring (which I also own) and it was full of sentimental, funny and lively moments.

Bryan surprised me with an anniversary band during the vow renewal that was officiated by our good friend Ray Green, the pastor at Graceland Baptist Church. We did a short first dance to “I Want to Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler. Our best man and maid of honor from our original wedding were both able to come, and since we didn’t have toasts at our first wedding, they were gracious enough to do a toast at this one. It was so sweet and, of course, I cried.

But probably the best part of the whole evening was when Bryan did a dance with our four daughters. They started out with “My Girl” and each daughter took a twirl around with their dad during the first verse and chorus. Then, the song cut to “Bad Boys,” then “No Diggity” and finished out with “I’m Too Sexy.” They had it all perfectly choreographed, and it was definitely outside of my husband’s comfort zone. He typically hates to dance, but he really stole the show and it was a hit.

Really the whole day was about celebrating family and celebrating all the things we had gotten through in 30 years. We are a testament that things in life can be crazy, disappointing, chaotic and full of crises, but if you just stick together through it all, then you will also be able to enjoy the times when it’s sweet, peaceful and full of goodness.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-30-02-pmscreen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-30-14-pm


Spin-A-Round Sound Wedding Deejay Giveaway OFFICIAL RULES & Meet the Finalists!



Learn about the Finalists:  (Click on names to read their stories)

Option 1: Danielle Nicole Ramser & Nolan Edward Taylor | Engaged December 3, 2017

Option 2: Chelsea Hargis & Michael Heater | Engaged December 25, 2017

Option 3: Jasmine Mullins & Benjamin Preston | Engaged January 1, 2018


How to Enter:  All entrants must be 18 years of age or older and be able to provide proof of an accepted engagement on or between the dates of Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. All entrants must submit their engagement details in writing along with the engagement date, full legal name(s), contact number, email address and city of residences of both of the engaged to todd@spinaroundsounddj.com. Employees, officers, directors of sponsor, parents, spouses, contractors, vendors and immediate family of Spin-A-Round Sound or Extol Magazine are not eligible to participate.

The wedding venue must be within 50 miles of New Albany, Indiana (anything over 50 miles, will require additional fees).  Venue must allow outside deejay services unless pre-approved by venue owner/manager. Additonally, the date of services rendered must be agreed upon by winning party and Spin-A-Round Sound.  Only one entry per email address will be considered. All entries become the exclusive property of Spin-A-Round and will not be returned.

The Prize: Grand Prize is full wedding night deejay package including four-hour reception or wedding/reception service, two deejays’, DMX controlled light show – which includes four DMX moving head lights, twelve par lights with two eight-feet truss stands, two four-feet truss stands and ten uplights – total package valued at $2,000. Winning party is not limited to the above package and could add additional items upon request for additional pricing. Additional items offered: more up lighting, staging, projector options or whatever is needed to make your dream wedding a reality. (Winner will have to complete a prize validation and will be responsible for any taxes that may result from winning.)

Effective Date of Entries: Deadlines for all entries starts 12 p.m. January 5, 2018, and ends 11:59 a.m. January 12, 2018; no exceptions.

Selection of Finalists: Members of Spin-A-Round Sound and Extol will select three (3) finalists who will then be announced, along with their story, and sent to public vote via www.Extolmag.com. Final selection of finalists will be made on or before January 14, 2018.

Notification of Finalists and Grand Prize Winner: The three (3) finalists will be contacted by Extol Magazine or by representatives of Spin-A-Round Sound and may be asked additional engagement details and/or to answer questions regarding their dream wedding.

A Grand Prize Winner will be selected through public voting* and a panel of professional judges. Voting begins at 12 p.m. January 15, 2018 and end at 11:59 p.m. January 19, 2018.  The Grand Prize Winner will be contacted by a representative of either Extol Magazine and/or Spin-A-Round Sound on or before January 20, 2018.

Other conditions:  All entrants, by submitting their entry, agree to participate, at no additional or out of pocket costs to Spin-A-Round Sound or Extol Magazine, in any and all public relations, social media, marketing or advertising of the DeeJay Giveaway. This may include the use of your name, your likeness or current photographs and descriptions of your Deejay Giveaway entry and any supplied engagement photos. These conditions also apply to the Finalists and Grand Prize Winner selected.

Names, addresses and email addresses that are gathered through this sweepstakes will not be used for solicitation or sold to a third party for solicitation or released to a third party for any purpose other than that of the giveaway itself.

Indemnification: Entrants, by submitting their entry, agree to release and hold Spin-A-Round Sound and Extol Magazine, its employees, directors, shareholders, representatives, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies harmless for any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Sweepstakes, including without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage and claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.

* Public Voting limits votes to one vote per person (tracked by IP address). The highest public vote count counts only a percentage of the overall criteria by which a winner is ultimately selected, with professional judges having the final say. (Percentage of vote: Public Vote 49%, Extol Magazine 25.5%, & Spin-A-Round Sound 25.5% = 100% of final vote)