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Love Bling? We Do.

Pick your pleasure at our favorite jewelry shop, the family-owned Koerber’s that has been a part of our community for more than three decades

If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught us it’s hold tightly to those you love. Speaking of which, we’re in love with these beautiful baubles, which are merely a glimpse of what Koerber’s Fine Jewelry has to offer. Even though nuptial planning may look a tad different right now, choosing a unique symbol of a new union remains a constant. Stay tuned for our annual Extol Weddings issue, out in August, but in the meantime, enjoy these gems from Koerber’s.


3095 Blackiston Mill Road New Albany

(812) 945-5959



Are you a soon-to-be bride or groom? Or, did you wed in the past year? If so, and you want your engagement or wedding to be featured in Extol Weddings, send an email to  extolmag.com   Extol+Summer+2020_Page_43_Image_0007Extol+Summer+2020_Page_43_Image_0006Extol+Summer+2020_Page_43_Image_0005Extol+Summer+2020_Page_43_Image_0004Extol+Summer+2020_Page_43_Image_0002Extol+Summer+2020_Page_43_Image_0001

Gabby & Brandon Jones

Sept. 28, 2019

Photos by Krystle Hiott of Krystle Hiott Photography | krystlehiottphotography.com krystalhiottphotos@gmail.com | 317.750.1897


On a late fall afternoon, with the warm sun just peeking through the beautiful fall-tinged leaves surrounding The Old Barn at Brown County, Gabrielle Boone of Floyds Knobs married Brandon Jones of Columbus, Indiana.

The venue gave the couple everything they wanted for their rustic vintage theme. Two large, beautifully appointed cabins flank the barn, and these were rented by the couple to accommodate their wedding party.


As the leaves rustled, Gabby descended the wrap-around wooden deck of the bride’s cabin. Designed by Mori Lee, Gabby’s gown provided the chic, eloquent silhouette she had always dreamed of. Ivory in color, with a plunging neckline and open low back, the gown flowed with tiers of alternating striped offray sheer and solid patterned satin. Gabby’s shoes were Kate Spade rose-colored velvet and pearl-studded sandals.

Always wanting an outdoor wedding, the groom was handsomely appointed in a charcoal Bonobos suit and Bruno Magli wing-tipped shoes. Brandon waited, and perhaps shed a few tears, while Gabby made her way across the beautiful, leaf-covered path and down the aisle trimmed with white pumpkins to the small congregation seated on wooden benches. The beautiful porch-like setting was the perfect location for the exchange of vows.

Following the vows, guests enjoyed a beautiful reception decorated with crystal vases, candles, peonies and baby’s breath. In addition to the customary wedding cake, macaroons, the bride’s favorite, were served.

Always looking to surprise and treat their guests, the couple chose a breakfast buffet for their reception meal. Piping hot biscuits and gravy, frittatas and bacon were just a few of the offerings with cocktail hour miniature waffles complete with individual syrup pipettes.

Gabby is a 2014 graduate of Floyd Central High School with a degree in fashion marketing, merchandising and retail management from the Art Institute of Indianapolis. Brandon graduated from Columbus East High School and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_25_Image_0001The couple will reside in Columbus, Indiana




Aug. 28 • Calumet Club in New Albany

Photos by Christian Watson

Extol Magazine hosted its Wedding Issue Launch Party – presented by One Southern Indiana – on Aug. 28 at Calumet Club, 1614 E. Spring St. in New Albany. Entertainment was provided by Sounds Unlimited Productions. Guests enjoyed complimentary appetizers provided by Stumler’s Catering as well as $1,000s of dollars in giveaways.

Thank you to our sponsors of the event, including 1-800-Got-Junk; Amie & Co. Hair Studio; Arnold Painting Ll.; Ben Franklin Crafts; Bliss Travel; Body & Brow Boutique; Calumet Club; Carnegie Center For Art & History; City Of New Albany; Details Consulting Group/RPO Custom Homes; Enjoy The Venue At Flat Rock Estates; Four Barrel Fitness; French Lick Winery; West Baden Springs; German American Bank; Hartman Dental Associates Of New Albany; Huber’s Orchard and Winery | Plantation Hall; J.Nicolle Salon & Spa; Joe Bradley M.Div., Bcc, Chaplain; Kentuckiana Mortgage; Kentucky Derby Museum; Koerber’s Fine Jewelry; Laurel Wreath Bridal; Naked By Sunday; New Washington State Bank; presenting sponsor One Southern Indiana; Paul Kiger Group; PC Home Center; Sapphire Boutique; Sew Fitting; Sounds Unlimited Productions; Spirits Of French Lick; Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique; Stumler’s Catering; The Juice Box Heroes; and The Olivet.

The Legend of the Laurel Wreath!

OK, so we are being a bit dramatic. There is not really a huge “legend” behind our Laurel Wreath branding — but there is a story to it. 

A laurel wreath is simply a round wreath made of connected leaves and branches of the bay laurel plant. It’s a symbol of triumph or victory that dates to Greek Mythology. In ancient times, wreaths were awarded to victors in athletic competitions. They were also a symbol of martial victory in Rome and were used to crown a successful commander during his triumph. In modern idiomatic usage, it refers to a victory. extolmag_28_ad_final_page_025_image_0002

So, why in the world did we name our bridal boutique Laurel Wreath Bridal? For owner Laurie Haag, it came about quickly after exhausting all the cliche “bridally” sounding names. After careful consideration, she thought, “What is more personal that says something about me?” Well, her name is Laurie. She has four daughters. At least with two of those daughters she considered the name Laurel. But she always ended up steering away from it because for one, Laurel was a pretty unique name back in the late 80s and 90s, and this was back before unusual names were really all the rage. Plus, she thought, Laurie and Laurel — and their grandpa’s name being Larry — maybe was a little too much. Larry, Laurie, Laurel sounded like a recipe for disaster when it came to family functions or in the public when people would get all that confused. So, she always ended up changing her mind. extolmag_28_ad_final_page_025_image_0001

But, when she had the opportunity to revisit the name for her business, she seized it. She thought it was an excellent way to give a nod to the fact that her bridal shop was her new “baby” that would need lots of nurturing and love along the way. The connotation of a laurel wreath just sounded pretty. Plus, Laurie really loved the idea of it signifying victory! So, for us, Laurel Wreath is a way of celebrating the victory in the dress search. We love to help brides find the perfect gown for their day. Each bride receives an special wreath of her own at their dress pick up. It’s just a small touch, that for us is a way of personalizing your dress victory and welcoming you into the Laurel Family! 


Wedding Watch

Now that you’ve said, “I do,” why not share your special day with Extol readers? We’re seeking brides and grooms who want to give a glimpse of their big day in the pages of our magazine. There is no cost for this multi-page feature, but there must be a Southern Indiana angle.
We love sharing photos from the nuptials and receptions and encourage participants to name the vendors used.
If you are interested in seeing a wedding beautifully highlighted in Extol, send an email to extol@extolmag.com and include “Wedding Watch” in the subject line.

EXIT | December/January 2019

Photo taken at En-Joy The Venue at Flat Rock Estates in Henryville.

By Tracy Reardon


En-Joy The Venue, located at 13967 E. Flat Rock Trail in Henryville, is an upscale, outdoor venue with hardscaped, tiered seating featuring a breathtaking view of Sydney Lake. The venue features trails, lakes, shuttle service and an on-staff event and wedding planner. The property also is home to En-joy the Pavilion, an Amish built reception area with 360 degree unobstructed views of nature. It’s the perfect venue for weddings, company picnics,  class reunions, retreats, graduation celebrations, one-of-a-kind galas and more. Book now by calling 812.727.5545 or visit enjoythevenue.com for more information.

Engagement Announcement | Ross Wallace & Diana Hylton

Ross Wallace & Diana Hylton


How did you meet?

We met over five years ago through mutual friends. We have a friend who plays music around town, and we would see each other when we’d be out at his shows. We connected, and quickly became inseparable.


What’s your engagement story?

The day we got engaged, Ross knew that he was going to hit a milestone for (his business) Him Gentleman’s Boutique that he’s been striving for. He knew it was the perfect cover to plan a beautiful evening at Jeff Ruby’s without giving away that he would be popping the question. After an incredible dinner with no cell phones and no distractions and the best conversation, he  got down on one knee and proposed. The night was absolutely perfect. We decided to keep the moment to ourselves and not share until the following evening so the night was just for us.


Any wedding plans you can share?

As of right now, we are leaning towards a destination ceremony with immediate family and then coming back thome to host a big party to celebrate with all the incredible people in our lives.


Can you explain the unique professional relationship you have with one another?


We are so intertwined in each other lives and work. Ross is my number one fan and I am his. We both were each other’s push to take the risk and open our own businesses. Him Gentleman’s Boutique and Mane Alley Color & Extension Bar, my Salon, are attached in the same location in New Albany. Ross allowed me to take over the back 500 square feet of the store to open my dream salon with an entrance from the alley. Our conversations are so much about the futures and goals of where we see ourselves and and our businesses that it keeps us motivated and constantly striving for the impossible dream.

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