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TO HAVE & TO HOLD (AND THROW) (category)

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler

Wedding Season is upon us and the DIY options are endless. Crafting for a wedding not only helps cut down costs but adds a personal touch that won’t soon be forgotten. Can you picture yourself and your soon-to-be being showered in flowers as you exit your ceremony as husband and wife? If so, this is the DIY craft for you! Start saving all of the flowers you receive during your engagement to help out the budget and add that personal touch.

SUPPLIES:

• Dried flowers 

• Essential oil of your choice 

• Cardstock 

• Wooden sign 

• Paint marker 

• Sheer bags 

• Basket 

• Twine 

• Glue gun

 

Materials provided by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop 420 New Albany Plaza | New Albany benfranklinartsandframing.com 

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STEP ONE 

Gather flowers! I used a combination of flowers, leaves and herbs I found in my garden. Petals from my rose bushes, ivy from my flower beds, basil and lavender from my vegetable garden and hydrangeas from my hydrangea plants. I love the idea of repurposing flowers from your engagement parties, showers or bouquets you’ve received from friends and family over the course of your engagement. All you need is a little sunlight to dry 

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STEP TWO 

Make floral confetti. Combine all of your petals, leaves, etc. in a large bowl and add your essential oils. I went pretty heavy with my oil, as I love all things that smell great! Once you feel like all of your “confetti” is coated in oil, allow everything to dry overnight. 

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STEP THREE 

Make cones to hold your confetti. Starting in the bottom corner, roll your cardstock to create a cone shape. Glue the ends down to hold the cone together. If you find that there is an opening at the bottom of your cone, simply apply a dot of hot glue and pinch the ends together. Cut and tie a piece of twine around the middle, if you wish. 

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STEP FOUR 

Fill your bags (to have) and cones (to throw)! Fill your cones and your sheer bags full of floral confetti. The cones can be used during the celebration, and the bags can be used as gifts for your guests to use in their homes as potpourri. 

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STEP FIVE 

Create your display. I found all of my supplies at Ben Franklin in New Albany. They have an amazing selection of baskets, bowls and trays that could be used to display your creation. I also found a distressed wooden sign that I used to write, “To Have and To Throw.” So cute!! Assemble however you would like. 

Congratulations to all of you newly-engaged couples! This is such an exciting time in your lives. Enjoy every single moment! Wishing you so much love and happiness!

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XO,

Morgan

 

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1SI 2019 ONE AWARDS

April 11 • Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard’s

Photos by Christian Watson

More than 300 guests attended One Southern Indiana’s 2019 ONE Awards ceremony. Winners were selected by a panel of judges and online polling.The program recognized finalists in six business categories who were showcased in customized videos before representatives of each award’s sponsor announced the winners.

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SIRA Affiliate Forum

Aug. 9 • Kye’s

Jeffersonville

Southern Indiana REALTORS Association (SIRA), which is headed up by CEO Glenda Gasparine, held the 2018 Affiliate Forum Aug. 9 at Kye’s. Marki Lemons, the featured speaker, spoke about unethical social media practices with attendees, who also enjoyed breakfast and networking at the event. To learn more about the association, go to sira.org.

 

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THE WATERS OF MILLAN CLUBHOUSE GRAND OPENING

July 16 • Waters of Millan

Sellersburg

Photos by Christian Watson

Premier Homes hosted a grand-opening celebration of The Waters of Millan Clubhouse. To learn more about the beautiful development, go to premierhomesonline.com/communities/WatersMillan for more information.

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EXTOL MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY

June 21 • MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen New Albany

Photos by Christian Watson

Lydia Sprigler, the winner of MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen’s Kids Baking Championship, was the guest of honor at Extol’s June launch party. Dozens of people joined us for the free, family-friendly event.

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POOCHES ON THE PATIO

May 12 • The Exchange Pub + Kitchen New Albany

Photos by Danny Alexander

Once again, The Exchange Pub + Kitchen hosted Pooches on the Patio, this time benefiting Southern Indiana Animal Rescue. Guests and their dogs enjoyed patio grub, giveaways cocktails and perfect weather. Vendors included Annie Lou’s Pet Sitting Service, Cuddle Clones, Hot Wheels & Glue Guns, Regalo Gifts, animal communicator Latifa Meena, Tara Basset of Puppy Pack Adventures podcast and special guest Jeffersonville Sgt. Denver Leverett of A&E’s “Live PD” along with his K9 Flex. By the way, when the patio at The Exchange, 118 W. Main St. in New Albany, is open, (leashed) dogs are always welcome.

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CrossFit Open Qualifier

March 6 • Four Barrel CrossFit in New Albany

Photos by Christian Watson

Four Barrel CrossFit, which is owned by Case Belcher,

hosted a CrossFit Open Qualifier for the worldwide CrossFit

Games competition.

(Clockwise from top left)
n An aficionado enjoyed his cigar. n Katie Woods & David Beard. n Hutch. n Sissy Van Winkle, Match owner Jeff Mouttet, Julian P. Van Winkle III, Jonathan Drew and Sara Mouttet. n Match bartender Jinx and bourbon. Lots of bourbon. n Douglas Kahl, JT Jones, Jessica and Jeff Knopp, & Terry Beard.

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(Clockwise from top left) n An aficionado enjoyed his cigar. n Katie Woods & David Beard. n Hutch. n Sissy Van Winkle, Match owner Jeff Mouttet, Julian P. Van Winkle III, Jonathan Drew and Sara Mouttet. n Match bartender Jinx and bourbon. Lots of bourbon. n Douglas Kahl, JT Jones, Jessica and Jeff Knopp, & Terry Beard.

(Clockwise from top left)
n An aficionado enjoyed his cigar. n Katie Woods & David Beard. n Hutch. n Sissy Van Winkle, Match owner Jeff Mouttet, Julian P. Van Winkle III, Jonathan Drew and Sara Mouttet. n Match bartender Jinx and bourbon. Lots of bourbon. n Douglas Kahl, JT Jones, Jessica and Jeff Knopp, & Terry Beard.

June 9 • Match Cigar Bar in New Albany

Jeff and Sara Mouttet hosted the grand opening of Match Cigar Bar’s newest location in New Albany. Julian Van Winkle and Jonathan Drew were on hand to mingle and educate attendees about an unreleased cigar crafted for Pappy Van Winkle. Guests enjoyed a lively evening as they ushered in the city’s newest hotspot.

Photos by Danny Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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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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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.”

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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.”


MONTGOMERY FARMS 

1122 Radio Tower Road

Underwood

812.752.2300

www.montgomery-farms.com

Mahmoud “Allam” Ahmed & Carrie Foster Ahmed 2.4.17

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Photography by April Martin and various friends

I was working at a restaurant and decided to stay after work one night for a cocktail or two. He was at the bar, not-so-discreetly eyeing me down. A bit later, after some liquid courage, I asked him to join me outside with my friends for some drinks. We talked about all kinds of things and my friends just seemed to disappear despite the fact they were still present. We were wrapped up in each other immediately.

I fell in love quickly, but truth be told, he had just recently found himself single. So, we took it pretty slow at first. There was never a specific moment. It was an eventual realization that we didn’t want to be apart. It was definitely more of a gradual build-up of mutual adoration.
ahmed2Our wedding was at The Loft in New Albany. It was a fusion of Old Hollywood glamour and Ancient Egypt that we called “Luxorius: The Starlett and her Pharoh.” It was dripping with rhinestones and
pearls, bathed in candlelight and accented with silver, gold, blush and black. Everyone was instructed to wear formal attire or a crazy costume. Absolutely no casual clothing was allowed. I think everyone should make their weddings

interactive like this because people had so much fun dressing up. They really felt a part of it, and it made it a super special event for everyone. Egyptian touches were sprinkled about to include my husband’s heritaahmed3ge, and they were all a surprise for him. We had a henna artist, a bellydancer, a pyramid cake and some fun props for the photobooth with the hashtag #blingtut.