The County Line Orchard
Wedding Experience First
Let me start at the end. The perfect wedding. Bold Statement I suppose, but we could not be happier with the way things turned out. There isn’t a thing I would change. Of course there was a sick groomsman or two, and a handful of guests we missed not having there, but beyond that I have nothing but the purest of memories. Now, to back up a little bit. We began planning our wedding to be in Chicago. That’s where we were living at the time and we absolutely love Chi-town. As we began looking for wedding locations, we quickly realized the huge increase in the expense of having a wedding in the city vs. somewhere, perhaps, in Indiana. So we started looking at a handful of options across the border, and that is when we stumbled upon the quaint, but not small, County Line Orchard. We knew we liked it right away. That is not to say we signed the papers that day, but it instantly became a front-runner for wedding locations. I’ve personally always wanted to get married outside just as my folks had done before me. After learning that their food/drink packages were exactly half the price of the ones we had been quoted in Chicago our decision edged ever closer to ‘the barn’ as it became known. A couple weeks later and we decided it was right for us. The only draw back on a pro’s and con’s list was that it is kind of in the middle of nowhere; but nothing that a shuttle to/from the hotel couldn’t solve.
About County Line Orchard and their Services
We began the planning work with the staff at County Line Orchard. I would be lying if I said that was a perfect experience, but then wedding planning is stressful. There were times when I felt like we had to pull teeth to get the help we needed, but at the end of the day, months later all I can think is, Hakuna-Matata. Perhaps the planning process, missed calls, and forgotten e-mails make the bitter even more sweet. So that’s that. Moreover, on the big day, the help at County Line Orchard delivered. Any worries we had during planning disappeared the day of our wedding. Our planning continued and we booked our date and all our other vendors and did all the other necessary things you have to do. Save-the-dates, invitations, shopping, you know the drill. Speaking of all the graphic projects, Jamie did all of ours herself, obviously. She is a very talented graphic designer; you can see the invitations for our wedding designed by Jamie. Getting the venue set was a huge relief. If you are considering the barn for your wedding, you are one clear sky day away from bliss.
Other Vendors, LOLA Event Productions and Infinite Design
Planning is a lot of work. I cannot say enough good about our wedding planner at Lola Event Productions. Kristy Diana worked wonders for us. She went beyond what I thought was the traditional call of duty for a wedding planner. She’s totally hands on. She got dirty for us; setting up and tearing down and then storing our decor for weeks while we honeymooned carefree. I can’t stop gushing about all the wonderful help we had and couldn’t finish this paragraph without giving a shutout to the wickedly talented and diligent Chris Gaumer. I almost wrote florist, but he’s so much more than that. Chris was our florist, our designer, our decorator, our assistant, then our guest, but first our friend. If you are anywhere in Indiana and don’t know a florist, let me make that part of your wedding planning really easy. Hire his floral company, Infinite Design.
The Big Red Barn
This thing has more character than can be put into words. It’s a functioning barn half the year that sees thousands of apple pickers walk its length. We ended up taking the North end of the barn because it was July. We figured if we were lucky enough to be outside, we would be in the shade. We wanted our cocktail hour to be outdoors. We loved that the ends of the barn opened; it changes the entire dynamic of the space. We also opted to take our chances and booked the outdoor ceremony space known as “the room of trees.” You can see that space in the orchard in the video starting around the 7:00 minute mark. It’s magical and intimate and completely in shade by five o’clock in the afternoon. Back to the barn, it is a perfect blend of rustic and chic. I hate that I just wrote those words in one sentence, but it’s true. It’s got the rustic charm of an old farm house, but it clean, modern, and in some ways contemporary.
Also have to give props for the Photo Credits Below to Bowersock Photography, INDIANAPOLIS. Check out their work, like Jamie and I, they are a husband and wife photography duo!