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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! 

 

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EnJoy the Setting

Stunning new outdoor venue in Henryville makes planning easy 

BY MANDY WOLF DETWILER | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON AND COURTESY IMAGES 

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When planning a wedding, the bride and groom have a plethora of decisions to make, from choosing date right down to selecting a guest book and designing the invitations. One of the biggest decisions, of course, is choosing where the event will take place. 

The location sets the tone for the entire event. A barn can be dressed up or down. A rented reception hall gives the bride and groom ample space with which to work. But if it’s elegance you seek, one can hardly do better than EnJoy the Venue, located off Flat Rock Road in Henryville. The picturesque setting overlooks a lake named after co-owner Sydney Higginbotham. 

But the property is more than just a dream-wedding venue. During the off season, it’s also a stunning place for yoga, CrossFit and pop-up events like canvas painting and wine events. 

“We opened July of last year in a rush for a wedding for a good friend’s daughter,” says co-owner Tracy Reardon. “There were so many bumps and tension was so high with the pressure of completing it satisfactorily for her wedding. Doing something for a friend is risky in business, and I didn’t want it to affect that relationship. We got it finished in time. There were over 300 people, and it was the worst storm of the year with tornado warnings and lightning. Total disaster. Talk about trial by fire! It turned into the best wedding ever. People left soaking wet but with so much joy it was amazing. There are stories online about the wedding.” 

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Reardon, is a CPA, and business partner and long-time friend Lee Sweeney actually took Reardon to see the property 20 years ago to get an opinion about making it a housing development. Sweeney had built two beautiful lakes on the property and did all of the infrastructure himself. 


“The sun sets right over the lake. It’s incredible.” – EnJoy the Venue co-owner Tracy Reardon


“He is a true visionary,” Reardon says. “I actually purchased a lot for a house back then across the lake from the venue but never built there, so it’s vacant across from the venue. One day, we were just talking casually, and I said I have always thought about opening a spa or a wedding venue, and just wanted his professional opinion. He surprised me and said he has always wanted to do [a wedding venue, too]. I asked where, and he said right here, and that’s where it started. 

“My daughter Sydney is partner as well. She went to Sullivan University and has an event planning degree, so it’s a great fit for her. Flat Rock Estates is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places you’ll find.” 

Initially, the team wanted to “make it simple, and see what direction it organically grew,” Reardon says. “We considered a large indoor building and may do that in the future. There is space for retreat cabins so we could do corporate retreats or a place for people to come in the fall to just relax and enjoy nature. 

“We have an Amish-built pavilion that is 2,800 square feet. It is open air. We are considering enclosing it in the near future in case of weather. It’s a beautiful space and the lighting makes it magical at night.” 

The team built stadium seating going up a hill, with no obstructed view of the event participants and the large lake, dubbed Sydney Lake after Reardon’s daughter, as the stunning backdrop. 

“The sun sets right over the lake,” Reardon says. “It’s incredible.” 

That setting is something many other wedding venues just can’t boast. 

“The setting is unlike any place around,” Reardon says. “When you come in the entrance, there is a feel of relaxation (that) immediately everyone tells us. It is so quiet and peaceful. We hear over and over there isn’t a need for much decor because you can’t outdo what is naturally there already when you look around. To be able to enjoy your family and friends in such a relaxed quiet setting is irreplaceable. 

“We like to say we don’t just hold events, we help create experiences to last a lifetime. It’s truly why we got into this business. Watching people react to the space and the comments about the setting make us so happy. Then to see the love and laughter people share is the biggest reward for us. We work hard to make sure our couples have the experience for their guests that isn’t just a wedding. Instead, it’s one of those memories when people think back they smile because of the experience they had here with us.” 

In the off season, the setting provides plenty of opportunities for other events, making good use of a stunning location. 

“We are starting to organize pop-up events, such as yoga and fitness classes,” Reardon says. “This is so exciting, and the response we have had is heart-warming. I think there is a craving for people to have a place to come and do the things they love to do but in a unique setting once in a while. 

“We have a couple of artists who would like to do art classes by the lake. Yoga and fitness in a setting such as this is perfect. We want to host EnJoy Yoga, EnJoy Art etc. at the venue. I’ve spoken with a couple of musicians and would love to have a place music students could come and share their talents. Dinner under the stars is an idea we have knocked around as well. Sitting with friends enjoying the sounds of tree frogs and crickets and unwinding doing what you EnJoy is what we want to offer.” 


Choosing Your Setting

When choosing a wedding venue, EnJoy the Venue coowner Tracy Reardon offers some advice:

“Of course an outdoor venue is not for everyone,” she says. “You won’t get the same setting or feel, but the flip side is the uncertainty of the weather. One of the best weddings we had was in the middle of a storm. You have to be able to let that go upfront and roll with it in those cases. So asking yourself if you accept that uncertainty is important.”

Reardon continued: “I think couples need to list the most important things for their special day and choose the best fit based on their own list. Couples should ask venues their policies on outside vendors, times they will have access to the venue, cancellation policies and what is included with the rental.”


Learn more about EnJoy the Venue, which is located at 13967 E. Flatrock Trail in Henryville, by visiting enjoythevenue.com or calling 812.595.2168.

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Shelby and Jamison Valvano

May 11, 2019 

PHOTOS COURTESY ALEXANDRIA KAY PHOTOGRAPHY ALEXANDRIAKAYPHOTOGRAPHY.COM 


REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE: Noah’s Event Venue 

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERING: Susie Phelps and Sue Ann Everitt were the caterers. They used to have a catering company but don’t anymore and are friends of the family. 

WEDDING VENUE: Noah’s Event Venue 

WEDDING DRESS: Sher’s Bridal Boutique 

HAIR/MAKEUP: Molly Johnson at Tranz4mationz Salon 

GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse 

CAKE/BAKERY: Sweet Treats by Jennifer (Jennifer Schindler) 

FLORIST: Bride’s grandmother, Deborah Bartley, did all of the flowers throughout the wedding and reception 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alexandria Kay Photography 

VIDEOGRAPHY: Braden Lee Renfro 

MUSIC: Spin Around Sound (John Cortie)


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HOW WE MET: Jamie (Jamison) and I have been best friends since we met in the fourth grade and remained friends all throughout elementary, middle and high school until we finally started dating junior year of high school – and the rest was history. I always knew he was the one. 

Our wedding was…filled with so much love and happiness. It was a dream come true and I truly have my incredible parents to thank for that. 

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Marriage is…about becoming a team. You’re going to spend the rest of your life learning about each other, and every now and then, things blow up. But the beauty of marriage is that if you picked the right person, and you both love each other, you’ll always find a way to get through it. Marriage is commitment and never-ending love. It’s the most special kind of friendship. 

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Jamie and Michael Deerr

June 15, 2019 

PHOTOS COURTESY KRIECH-HIGDON PHOTOGRAPHY KRIECH-HIGDONPHOTO.COM 


REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE: The Loft on Spring in New Albany 

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERING: Stumler Catering 

WEDDING VENUE: The Frazier History Museum 

WEDDING DRESS: Sher’s Bridal 

HAIR: Kelsey Shaugnessey (Downtown Style) & Kelly Gedling 

MAKEUP: Kadey Welch 

NAIL SALON: Diva Nails 

GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse 

WEDDING CATERING: Masterson’s Catering 

CAKE/BAKERY: Sweet Stuff 

FLORIST: The Desired Effect, LLC 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kriech-Higdon Photography 

VIDEOGRAPHY: Colburn Video 

MUSIC: A Class Act DJ 

TRANSPORTATION: Xtreme Transportation 

RECEPTION CHAIRS: Fifty Chairs 


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HOW WE MET: We went to middle school and high school together but were introduced by some mutual friends our junior year of high school at Floyd Central in 2010, when Michael was on the football team and Jamie was on the volleyball team. Our first date was to Harvest Homecoming, and the rest just fell into place from there. We dated all through high school and college, when Michael went to Purdue University and Jamie attended the University of Indianapolis. We then both pursued our doctorate degrees: Michael obtaining his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Sullivan University, and Jamie earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis this past May. 

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Our wedding was…a weekend we will always remember, thanks to everyone who celebrated with us. From the rehearsal dinner at the Loft on Spring to the picturesque rooftop at the Frazier History Museum. We were surrounded by family and friends who had watched us grow over the last nine years into the couple we are today. Although we worried about rain, the clouds parted after a few sprinkles earlier in the afternoon for an absolutely perfect outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking the Ohio River. 

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Marriage is…a new adventure with your best friend every day. We both spent many years in different cities dating long distance, so getting to finally live in the same city/house makes all the years leading up to this point worth it. It’s falling more in love with the little things each and every day, learning to enjoy the phase of life you are in right now, and overcoming each new challenge together. 

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Aaron & RuthAnne Burns

May 11, 2019 

PHOTOS COURTESY KATIE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHIE KATIEMARIEPHOTOGRAPHIE.COM 


REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE: Groom’s grandmother’s house, Ruth Kaiser 

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERING: Groom’s mother’s cooking: DeAnn Burns 

WEDDING VENUE: St Louis Bertrand Catholic Church 

RECEPTION VENUE: Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown 

WEDDING DRESS: Essence of Australia purchased at Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique with alterations by Therese Grant 

CUSTOM WEDDING VEIL : Made with fabric from the bride’s mother’s wedding dress by The Hat Girls 

HAIR: Jessica Kelley with Creations Hair Design 

MAKEUP: Charolette de la Torre 

GROOM’S ATTIRE: Bonobos suit with alterations by Ace Custom Tailors and Johnston & Murphy shoes 

WEDDING CATERING: Breakfast buffet catered by The Hyatt’s culinary staff and donuts by Adrienne’s & Co 

CAKE/BAKERY: Fun-fetti cake from Winnie’s Decadent Desserts & Deli 

FLORIST: Top Knots Florals 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Katie Marie Photographie 

MUSIC: The Cincinnati Sinatra 

TRANSPORTATION: Kentuckiana Express Shuttle-Limo, LLC 


HOW WE MET: In February of 2017, RuthAnne was brought on as an administrative assistant at Neace Ventures. She was warned that Aaron was a know-it-all and a bit of a jerk and that their personalities would clash; however, the two quickly bonded, if for no other reason because their desks were 5 feet from each other. Although they thought, without ever even talking about it, they would never date the other, they were both smitten. 

 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_036_image_0001After several months of working together, Aaron was convinced he must pursue RuthAnne. He awkwardly revealed his feelings for RuthAnne at her favorite lunch spot – Chic-fil-A. Eleven months later, they were engaged. Twelve months after that, they were married. 

Our wedding was… Beautiful. We had hoped for everything to go perfectly, but we couldn’t have anticipated just how great everything went. The Mass was solemn and respectful of the sacrament taking place. The sermon pulled no punches in communicating the significance of the contract we were entering into with each other. The weather was perfect. The food was delicious. The music was both classy and fun. Friends, family and benefactors alike all had an amazing time celebrating with us. The only bump in the road was that the wedding rings were left at the hotel, and one of the groomsmen and bridesmaids drove like maniacs between the church and the hotel in order to make it back in time for Aaron to get to the sacristy behind the altar. 

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Marriage is… a sacrament. First and foremost we hope to help make each other holier and more virtuous people. We want to get each other to heaven. We pray we will have many children. We hope to avoid some of the trappings of modern life. We would like to spend less of our lives in front of screens and more time in good books, nature and prayer.

 

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Letter from the Editor | August/September 2019

I love my husband so much.

It’s that “when I see him across a room talking to other people and watch how he makes others feel good and laugh, I am so proud he’s my partner and grateful that he makes me feel that good, too” kind of love. 

On the other hand, I also – just before writing this letter – blocked my husband from calling or texting me because we were having a text-based parenting disagreement that was quickly escalating, and we both needed to focus on work. 

Before you judge, keep in mind that he knew where I was and how to reach me if there had been an emergency. And I have no qualms about the fact that I essentially put us both in the penalty box by disabling his ability to contact me and eliminating my ability to reach out to him. 

We both needed to take a breather, rethink how we were acting toward one another and, most importantly for the moment, get back to work. 

Then, a few hours later, I removed the block, he called and I said, “Hey honey. What’s up?” And we talked about what was up, which included business, our daughter and who would grab a gallon of milk and kitty litter. Eventually, that night we both apologized, got on the same parenting page and we’re back to being happy husband and wife. 

That is marriage – at least it’s ours: an imperfect relationship of highs and lows that always comes back to knowing we have each other’s backs and love one another to our cores…even if that sometimes means quarrels and heat-of-the-moment fights that later seem silly and futile. There’s no one I’d rather have by my side than Jason. I am eternally grateful to have met my match in love and in life. 

Extol’s Wedding Issue is a celebration of marriage — but it’s also an edition dedicated to the vendors who help couples celebrate the special day as uniquely as they are. It’s one of my favorite annual issues we publish as a magazine because it’s a reminder that life is precious and fleeting and not to be taken for granted, whether you’re married or not. 

As always, thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol. Your support means everything to us as we continue our goal of being a magazine on a mission and celebrating Southern Indiana.

Truly,

Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief

angie@extolmag.com

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More Than Meets The Eye

PC Home Center is a perfect place to pick up gifts and home accents

BY ANGIE FENTON

Summer is the season for relaxing, but it’s also an opportune time to make a few improvements on your home. PC Home Center in New Albany is one of my favorite places to find inspiration, experts and a host of products and services for renovations, remodels and new building projects. It’s also one of my top secret (until now) locales for finding unique home accents and gifts. Here’s an array of items for every budget.


Real Root Console, $1,499.99

Real Root Console, $1,499.99

Bird house, $49.99

Bird house, $49.99

Cutting boards, $16.99 and $29.99

Cutting boards, $16.99 and $29.99

Bird house, $54.99

Bird house, $54.99

Cloth wine bags and trays, $4.99

Cloth wine bags
and trays, $4.99

I Love You Like Biscuits & Gravy Tray, $5.99

I Love You Like Biscuits
& Gravy Tray, $5.99

Hand-Carved Wood Labrador, $89.99

Hand-Carved Wood
Labrador, $89.99

36” Mirror, $324.99

36” Mirror, $324.99

Voluspa Crisp Champagne Candle, $27.99

Voluspa Crisp Champagne Candle, $27.99

Cycle Gathering Table, $599.99 (stools $99.99 each)

Cycle Gathering Table,
$599.99 (stools $99.99 each)

Three Amigos Canvas Art, $49.99

Three Amigos Canvas Art, $49.99

She’s Whiskey In A Teacup Sign, $12.99

She’s Whiskey In A Teacup Sign, $12.99

Don’t Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle Sign, $8.99

Don’t Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle Sign, $8.99

Metal Rabbit Clipboard, $5.99

Metal Rabbit Clipboard,
$5.99


PC Home Center

123 Cherry St.

New Albany

812.944.4444

pchomestores.com

@PCHomeCenter

*PC Lumber & Hardware is located at 150 Hunter Station Road in Sellersburg


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Regional Pitch Competition – Fueled by Elevate Ventures and 1804

Thursday, June 13, 2019

PHOTOS BT CHRISTIAN WATSON

The Root
110 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150

 

 

 

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A Dream come True

The river home where Leslie Lewis-Sheets and Tommy Sheets reside in Rose Hill 

BY JANICE CARTER LEVITCH | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

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LESLIE LEWIS-SHEETS and her husband Tommy Sheets always dreamt of living on the river. Leslie shared the dream with her mother, Patty McManus, and her husband, Don McManus. Together, the four were able to purchase a special piece of property overlooking the Ohio River that had been an empty lot since the 1970s. _mg_0621

Originally zoned for multi-family purposes, they were able to have it re-zoned for single-family homes. This enabled the property to be split, and each of the two couples purchased their own lots to design and create their homes. With the idea of two homes sharing a common courtyard between them in the historic Rose Hill district in Jeffersonville, their dream soon became a reality._mg_0894

“We created our own plans for the exterior and interior. Then, we acted as our own general contractors and all of us played a very active role,” Leslie explained. “Don took our project from dirt to the drywall stage. I handled it from that point to completion. Patty acted as our (Chief Financial Officer) and Tommy now acts as our (Chief of Facilities).”_mg_0879-hdr

When the quartet purchased the lot, “the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge had just begun its fabulous renovation, and we feel so fortunate to be where we are. We absolutely love it,” Leslie said.

LL&A Interior Design is Leslie’s interior design business, and to add more magic to her personal fairy tale, it is only one block away — located at 247 Spring St. _mg_0549


“the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge had just begun its fabulous renovation, and we feel so fortunate to be where we are. We absolutely love it,” -Leslie Lewis Sheets


“This is the fifth property we have owned and renovated within downtown Jeffersonville area,” Leslie stated.
_mg_0645-hdrThe breathtaking view of the river has been the focus of the design intent from the beginning of the project. Season to season and sun up to sun down, the ever-changing view is captivating and changes daily. A soothing, neutral color palette was crucial and refrains from competing with the view of the outdoors. Complementing what the homeowners can see from the interior to the exterior bucolic view of the river, the neutral palette also has a pop of color to provide an energizing, positive vibe.

_mg_0775-hdrThe kitchen is washed in soft shades of white, and the countertops are Danby marble, which add a touch of sparkle as the sunshine reflects from the windows that allow an abundance of natural light to enter the room. Wood floors have a warm driftwood finish that adds texture against the polished chrome accents. 

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A master bathroom filled with natural light offers an invitation for relaxation and a spa retreat. Adjacent is the master bedroom that has been carefully curated with quality furnishings that provide a tranquil atmosphere. Touches of gray, ivory and a splash of azul — which means blue in Spanish and Portuguese — make the master suite perfect for a restful place to read a favorite novel or nap during the lazy days of summer._mg_0702


“Our windows act as our art,” -Leslie Lewis Sheets


_mg_0534-hdrThe perfect home for entertaining, the residence also includes an outdoor living space that opens up to a bar and patio area. A large covered balcony is the absolute ‘piece de resistance’ and commands a masterful view of the mighty Ohio River.


Leslie Lewis Sheets

LL&A Interior Design

247 Spring St.

Jeffersonville

812.282.6606 

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Rising and Render

An update on LouCity’s stadium progress 

 

Louisville City FC soccer stadium is rising and will be ready to host the first game in March 2020. 

Located near Louisville’s Waterfront Park, the $65 million stadium will seat 11,300 and include 18 luxury suites, numerous bars and a massive 40-by-72-foot video board. 

Keep up with the pro soccer club by visiting louisvillecityfc.com.