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Premier Homes Has Broken Ground on Ellingsworth Commons

screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-1-58-44-amCelebration served as official start to development of Jeffersonville community

PREMIER HOMES hosted a ground-breaking ceremony in late October at 4029 Herb Lewis Road in Jeffersonville to celebrate the official start to the development of Ellingsworth Commons.

“We look forward to celebrating the beginning of our development of this one-of-a-kind lifestyle community,” said Premier Homes President Jeff Corbett. “Ellingsworth Commons also will improve the quality of life for area residents by increasing the tax base, providing economic growth by encouraging new businesses and addressing the growing housing need due to job growth in Jeffersonville.”

David Blankenbeker, a local surveyor and land planner, worked to develop Ellingsworth Commons by employing some of the concepts put forth by Randall Arendt, author of Rural by Design and a national-recognized expert on creative development design. The property is bounded by Port Road, Stonelilly Drive, Herb Lewis Road and Middle Road. Located off I-265 in Jeffersonville – mere minutes from Louisville – Ellingsworth Commons is a sprawling development that will feature numerous green spaces, three lakes, playgrounds, parks, walking and biking trails, a clubhouse and pool, and more than 500 lots on nearly 170 acres of land. Homes in the family-friendly community will range in style, including craftsman, brick and stone. Prices start at $180,000.

“This is something Southern Indiana has never seen before,” said Premier Homes Sales Manager Cat Stevens. “Ellingsworth Commons is about encouraging camaraderie with your neighbors. This is a lifestyle; this is creating a community.”

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2017 One Southern Indiana ACE Awards

One Southern Indiana (1si) hosted its third annual ACE Awards Nov. 30 at Kye’s II in Jeffersonville.

ACE stands for Appreciating and Celebrating Excellence. The awards are given to 1si members.

Chris Garten, owner and president of Signature Countertops, won the Axiom Financial Strategies of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, James W. Robinson ACE Award for Young Professional of the Year.

Leslie Lewis-Sheets, owner of LL&A Interior Design, received the Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith ACE Award for Community Leader.

Doug York, president of Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, was given the Kightlinger & Gray Sam Day ACE Award for Professional of the Year.

Photos by Christian Watson


A Taste of SoIN | Real Food and Fun at Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant

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There are plenty of reasons to include Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant on your list of must-visit places this fall, but my favorite is the food, all of which is made from scratch and reminiscent of the long-ago leisurely family dinners at my grandparents’ home when I was growing up.

The spacious dining room overlooks the flower gardens, lake and mini farm/playground, which only adds to the ambiance, but I have to be honest: Once it’s served, it’s hard to look anywhere but at the food. Country Fried Chicken. Huber Honey Ham. Chicken and Dumplings. Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter. Fresh Vegetables. And all of it is served family style. If you leave Joe Huber’s hungry, you did it wrong. screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-31-pm

If you aren’t interested in the dining experience, you can order your favorites to go. I won’t name names, but I once did a live TV remote at Joe Huber’s with a photographer friend and after ordering to-go, we didn’t even make it out of the parking lot but, instead, greedily – and without shame, mind you – feasted on the fried chicken while sitting in the news truck, giggling like little kids.

In addition to the fabulous food, you’ll find activities for all ages at Huber’s Family Farm, including pony rides, a corn maze, wagon rides, paintball, and more (these activities cost money) along with complimentary fun that includes tether ball, a 40-foot tunnel slide, swings, a hammock and my daughter’s favorite, the Tiny Tot’s Play Set.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-21-pmThe pumpkin patch has been open since Sept. 9 and a portion of all U-pick sales benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children. The Market and Gift Shop also offer fresh gift ideas, locally grown food, preserves, jams, jellies, fudge and wonderful caramel apples (I’ll take mine with nuts, please!).

Every weekend, Joe Huber’s features live music with local musicians, craft beer, wine and cocktails, too.

But about that food…


2421 Engle Road | Starlight 




Photo courtesy Ross Wallace

A Taste of SoIN | There’s No Place Like Home at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards


Photo courtesy Ross Wallace

Photo courtesy Ross Wallace

There’s No Place Like Home at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards 



19816 Huber Road


812.923.9463 | www.huberwinery.com

There’s something about autumn that beckons a homecoming to the simpler times. Think spiced apples, pumpkin patches and enjoying a day of fun with family. Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards offers that and more.

Family-owned and –farmed since 1843, the Starlight locale is a hot-spot for tourists, but it’s also a yearly (at the very least) destination for many locals, too.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-02-35-pmOn a recent visit with friends and our little ones, we enjoyed the Fall Harvest Pumpkin Tour ($7 per child), a guided walking (toddling for some of us) tour of the grounds during which the guide shared information about the 550-acre farm. As an added bonus, the kiddos picked pumpkins, were delighted to get an apple to take home and received free admission to the Family Farm Park. The park features pedal karts, mountain slides, several mazes and playgrounds and the Huber Gran Train. Admission is free with any tour or only $5 per person. Trust me, the money is worth it. We saved the park for last, which meant most of us experienced a quiet ride home while our tots slept soundly.

Weekends at Huber’s offer the opportunity to sip, eat and enjoy local musicians like Olivia Henken, Josh Logan and Joe Dotson. The Starlight Café offers a delicious selection of appetizers, sandwiches pizzas and salads. My husband and I married on a Saturday in October 2014 and took my parents to Huber’s the following Monday for what we all recall was the perfect place to relax post-wedding chaos. It’s now become an annual trek.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-05-42-pmHuber’s also offers tours of the Starlight Distillery, which is newly expanded. On a return trip with several adult couples, we chose the Production and More Tour ($20 plus tax per person), which is about an hour experience featuring an in-depth look at the distillery process and samplings in a Starlight Distillery souvenir glass. Be sure to RSVP in advance if you opt for this memorable way to spend the day.

Regardless of the company I’m in, we always take a moment to stop in the Farm Market, which features homegrown produce all year round and delightful baked goods.


Events | One Southern Indiana 2017 Annual Meeting

One Southern Indiana 2017 Annual Meeting

Aug. 15 • Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth

Photos by Christian Watsonscreen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-18-04-pm

One Southern Indiana held its 2017 Annual Meeting Aug. 15 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Sounds Unlimited Productions produced the “Back to the Future”-themed event. Lisa Huber, incoming chair of the organization’s board of directors kicked off the awards portion. Executive Vice President Matt Hall delivered the year-end review. And President/CEO Wendy Dant-Chesser gave a well-received speech about what the future looks like for Southern Indiana and its neighbors.

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Express | Smith Broady Team Offers Service with a Smile (and Style, too)

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1114 E. Tenth St. | Jeffersonville  | 912.941.0926 | smithbroady.com

Close-knit mortgage company relocates to Jeffersonville 

Sonya Broady vividly remembers when she and Leslie Smith decided to start up Smith Broady & Associates, a mortgage company located in Southern Indiana. “We opened in June 2008 in the middle of the real estate downfall,” Sonya said. “Everyone thought we were crazy.”

Now, more than nine years later, there are five members of the Smith Broady team, and they recently relocated from their Blackiston Mill Road location in New Albany to a beautifully remodeled, homey office at 1114 E. Tenth St. in Jeffersonville.

“It’s been almost a three-year process to look for something and find a right price and location,” said Leslie, who shares the principal manager/co-owner title with Sonya. “We have succeeded because of our team. We are family. Now that we’re in our new spot, we’re hoping to grow even more.

Smith Broady & Associates

At Smith Broady & Associates, we keep the mortgage process Simple so you can focus on more important issues in your life. Our experienced loan officers will personally guide you through our five-step process:

STEP 1: Loan prequalification

STEP 2: Mortgage loan application

STEP 3: Mortgage underwriting

STEP 4: Final conditions

STEP 5: Closing

Every step of the way, your Smith Broady & Associates loan officer will keep you informed of their progress toward the closing date. With the large inventory of affordable homes on the market, this is a wonderful time for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home.

At Smith Broady & Associates, we look forward to earning your business and becoming your preferred mortgage company for all your home purchases. From starter homes to dream homes, we’re there for you.

“At Smith Broady & Associates, we’re all very passionate about what we do. We have a lot of compassion for those who thought they would never even own a home. … We do a lot of hand-holding with clients on getting their financing. And we just love what we do.”

Leslie Smith 

Principal Manager/Co-owner


“We are family first (at Smith Broady), work second. We want our customers to be happy, and we go to great lengths to make sure we take care of our customers and each other.”

Angela Ross 

Senior Loan Officer


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-12-07-07-pm“I bought my first house at 19 and (obtained a mortgage through Smith Broady & Associates). It was like a roller coaster. It makes you grow up fast, but I’m really happy I did it. … Now I’m blessed to work here. And it’s so nice to have this new office.

Lacey Kimberlin 

Processor & Loan Officer Trainee


“What sets us apart? It’s our personal touch, feel, the way we hand-hold, and we don’t turn anyone away. We will give you a plan of action. We will tell if your credit isn’t ready right now, we will tell you what to do. … I had one young woman whose dad brought her to me. I told her if she paid a certain credit card down I could close her in 30 to 60 days. She said, “I already paid it down,” and cried and cried. It can be pretty emotional and rewarding.”

Sonya Broady 

Principal Manager/Co-owner

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-12-07-21-pm“I joined Smith Broady & Associates in February. They’re an awesome group to work for and work with. We’re like a big family. My mother-in-law passed away in April, and the love and support they extended was beyond anything I’ve seen. The way they just go over and above for the clients – I tell everyone about that. The care that they give their clients, each individual is an individual.”

Rhonda Collins 

Assistant Loan Processor/Office Manager


Art, History and Skateboarding in New Albany

4The Carnegie Center for Art and History sees a new skatepark as an important element to public art in the city’s riverfront.


How many people look at a skatepark and see art?

Daniel Pfalzgraf does.

Fortunately for the city of New Albany, Pfalzgraf is curator of the Carnegie Center for Art and History on West Spring Street. The building is a piece of both art and history itself, designed and built in 1904 as the old Carnegie Library by noted architect Arthur Loomis for Gilded Age industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

When the library was moved into newer headquarters in 1969, the old building was turned into the Floyd County Museum. It was given its current name in the 1990s to better reflect its history. skate3

The center is dedicated to preserving and appreciating local history and local artists. Its two permanent exhibitions are about the Underground Railroad, a slaves’ passageway to freedom across the Ohio River and into the North, and about Lucy Higgs Nichols, an escaped slave from Tennessee who joined the Indiana 23rd Infantry during the Civil War as a nurse, and then came to live the rest of her life in New Albany.

But Pfalzgraf and the center’s staff also host a number of rotating art exhibits, mostly highlighting contemporary art. The two exhibits this year were #BlackArtMatters, featuring 10 different contemporary African-American artists, and Pulp Art, featuring work influenced by comic books and cartoons.

This summer, the center is hosting probably its biggest event – the annual “2017 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie,” an annual, juried exhibition of contemporary art quilts art from all over the country, which Pflazgraf said is one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary art quilts in the nation.

This year, there are 284 quilts in the show, which is expected to attract about 1,500 to 2,000 visitors before it closes on Sept. 16, 2017.

The center, with its magnificent old building and its efforts on behalf of both history and art, is one of New Albany’s real treasures.

But what does this all have to do with skateboarding?

The center has been staging an annual New Albany Public Art Project since 2010 “to get public art into the New Albany downtown community,” said Pfalzgraf, “and to promote interaction with artwork and public spaces outside our museum’s walls.”

For the first seven years, the center would solicit local artists to create a piece of work somewhere downtown to stay up for two years as an integrated part of the city’s business and entertainment district.

“When I came here two-and-a-half years ago,” said Pfalzgraf, “our director, Sally Newkirk, asked me to reimagine this public arts project, to see what new directions we might take it in.”

Pfalzgraf said his approach to art exhibits in general is having popular points of reference for people to engage. Thus, the comic book theme of the Pulp Art exhibit. “Everybody relates to comic books,” he said. “I think it breaks down the barriers of people’s emotional interaction with art, which they often feel they don’t understand.”

For the public arts project, he was interested in playing up a physical engagement with the artwork – “not,” he said, “just something you sit and view passively. Rather, something you can actually get into the middle of; something that hits all cylinders going on in your brain.”

The cylinders in his brain were hit one day while walking around New Albany looking for ideas. “I saw the skatepark down by the riverfront and a lightbulb went off.”

A skater growing up and the father of an avid 13-year-old skater, he knows how skateboarders – and BMXers, inline skaters, razor scooter riders, etc. – think about spaces.

“It’s a creative thought process,” he said. “They see curves, forms, shapes of concrete differently than most people see them. They think automatically of geometric lines and how they can utilize these forms and features. It’s a completely three-dimensional approach: forward, backward, up, down, left, right. And they’re always looking for creative ways to adapt and change their bodies and the flow of their direction within the flow of their environment.”

But the current park sadly falls short of satisfying all that creativity. It’s 20 or more years old and, said Pfalzgraf, “the features were never done correctly. It was always difficult to use, even when new. There are seams in the concrete and angles that don’t make sense. And now age is wearing it down.”

The parent of a skater, Pfalzgraf feels it would be utilized more by New Albany’s youths with better-constructed features. And the museum curator sees it as “a skateable work of public art” in a key part of the city – on the waterfront, next to the amphitheater.

“Internally, we’ve been calling it the Public Art Skatepark,” Pfalzgraf said, “but another possibility is the New Albany Flow Park because it runs along the flow of the Ohio River, which echoes the flow of the skaters.”

It would also be a haven for biking, hiking, dog walking and children running around.

The goal is to raise $300,000, which the Center hopes to accomplish with two events this fall. One is to raise money; the other is to raise awareness.

“I think the whole thing is difficult for some people to wrap their heads around,” Pfalzgraf said. “They may see it as just another playground. But we have some preliminary sketches, which we’ll release to the public soon. And I think that might inspire some of those people.”

One who is already inspired is New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan, “who absolutely loves the idea and is behind it 100 percent,” said Pfalzgraf. “In fact, we found out that the city had plans to demolish the park because it’s in such disrepair and gets so little use. But after the mayor saw our drawings and renderings, he cancelled those plans.”

There’s a major redevelopment of the riverfront in the works, spurred by a $5 million award from Horseshoe Casino. “The plan is for boat docks, riverfront restaurant and some upscale camping sites,” said Pfalzgraf. “To include the skatepark as part of that says a lot about their trust in us and our ability to create something special.”

A Taste for Art and History 

The Carnegie Center for Art and History will hold a major fundraising event for its 2017 public art project, the skatepark along the river in downtown New Albany.

The event will be held Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Calumet Club, 1614 E. Spring St. in New Albany. It will include food, wine and bourbon tastes, as well as silent and live auctions and raffles.

Tickets are $65 for members of the center, $75 for non-members. They can be purchased at 812.944.7336 or through a link on the center’s web site, www.carnegiecenter.org/taste.


This year’s 2017 #IamPublicArt event will be the Carnegie Center’s opportunity to call attention to its planned new public art project, a new and much-improved skatepark on the New Albany riverfront.

The event will be on Sept. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater.

It will include three pop-up art installations created by teams of professors and students from Indiana University Southeast, Bellarmine University and Kentucky College of Art + Design.

There will also be a musical program put together by Louisville artist Jecorey “1200” Arthur and headed by the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (and New Albany resident) Jamey Aebersold.

And there will be food and drink available from local vendors.

The event is free and open to the public. But a free fundraiser?

“We’re hoping to build awareness for the project,” said Daniel Pfalzgraf, curator for the Carnegie Center. “Especially because this year’s event will be in the amphiteater right in that area, right next door to the skatepark.”



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. 



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.


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.”


Photo by Photography and Design by Lauren

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.”


Photo by Photography and Design by Lauren

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.”


1122 Radio Tower Road





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.


Christi Lynne Crecelius & Halee Niccole Crecelius 7.7.17

Photography by Katie Babbage 

Chcrec2risti: We initially came to know of one another – embarrassing as it is –on Tinder. I had just moved back home from living out in Sacramento for five years. I transferred army units from Indiana to Vallejo, Ca., so I could travel and experience something different after living in a small town all my life. It was a great experience and it made me grow a lot as a person, but it was time to come home because even the best of experiences don’t have the same appeal when you’re away from your family and loved ones. Being kind of new to my hometown again, I wanted to meet new people mostly for friends but I was open to meeting someone on a romantic level. I came across Halee’s profile and of course swiped right because she was clearly gorgeous. I was lucky
shcrec3e thought my goofy butt was worth a swipe right and we just started talking. Even after just a short time talking with her via Tinder I knew there was something about her. I invited her to my mom’s birthday party The decking to the pool was all lit up really beautifully, and as we walked further back toward this huge willow tree, we saw hundreds of fireflies. We were also accompanied by a beautiful full moon that set the mood that much more. As we came closer and our conversation grew deeper, I was overtaken by her everything.

Halee: Fourteen days after we first met, Christi and I had an amazing night at what we now call our home. We decided itcrec4 was time to get to know one another a little more and to open up a bottle of wine and talk. Well, that one bottle turned into three or four bottles! (LOL) She didn’t have a bottle opener in the house and instead of going to buy one, she decided to tap the neck of the bottle on the porch outside. It was successful because we drank a few bottles. That night was one of the most perfect nights of my life. We talked for hours and shared our deepest, darkest secrets. It was the same night we said, “I love you” to one another. From that night on I knew I was in love with her, and we were inseparable.

Our wedding was planned with a lot of patience and a lot of wine. A lot of the ideas that we come up with for the wedding was from blending great ideas from Pinterest as well as our own ideas and what we envisioned for our special day. We really had a DIY wedding. We had help from friends and family and our day couldn’t have been possible without them.