Trip to Magnolia Market for Silobration 2017!

Hi there! I'm so excited you are here to experience a little piece of the magic of Magnolia Market and Silobration 2017 through the eye of my camera. It really is like Adult Disney Land!! 

A little back story before we get started for those who may not know me personally (because you will see photos of us peppered throughout the post!) - I am a 29 year old Wedding Photographer based out of Indianapolis IN, and mama to 2 kiddos, a three year old and a one year old! This past summer, my husband, his brother and their dad all got together for a boys weekend and went to a Yankees Baseball game (I married into a HUGE Yankee loving family and it's fun to experience their love for the game with them!) So when the boys trip idea came up, us wives said "yes of course! IF WE GET TO GO TO WACO!" Muahhaha! And Silobration was the perfect time to come since we were coming all the way from Indianapolis, we knew we wanted plenty to do while we were visiting. So my sister in Law Chelsea, and my Mother in Law, Maria, booked the trip! We were so excited! 

So, fast forward to the week of our trip, and as I was packing I had the horrible realization that I could only bring home what fit in my carry on?! NOOOO! So I packed a tiny pair of leggings and a T'shirt, some blush and toothbrush and called it a day, leaving plenty of space for Magnolia goodies ;) We set our alarms for 3am to catch our flight to Waco but to be honest, I was so excited the night before we left I couldn't sleep. With Camera in tow, we finally arrived in Waco by 10am, picked up our rental car and headed straight to you know where! The Silos and Silobarion! 

Silobration is the Anniversary Party of the Silos Opening, and 2017 was the third annual Silobration with 99 vendors (all with AMAZING products, all Jojo approved!) and even more delicious food trucks than normal. Like I said before, adult Disneyland!! 

Enjoy the photos below from our trip. I would like to add that we did a majority of our shopping on the first day of Silobration, which was a Thursday and waited no longer than 10 minutes for anything, including the bakery which can be quite a long wait some days. When we went back on Friday, we got there before the store opened at 8:45 and the line was insane to get in. We stayed for about an hour after opening on Friday and everything was so much more crowded than Thursday and the lines to check out were 45 min at least. So, we are very glad we went on Thursday for most of the shopping. 

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Myself and my sister-in-law Chelsea!

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My mother and sister-in-law waiting in line for the bakery. 

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This Airstream food truck had all of the same goodies that the bakery had, just with a much smaller line! 

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There were two streets lined with amazing vendors, all selling beautiful products! We got lots of Christmas Shopping done! 

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We have a photo of us under this "Miles to Magnolia" sign, and we figured out we had traveled 1,116 miles. We also met people from Wisconsin, Alaska and Colorado. 

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Alabama Sweet Tea company was selling mason jars with $2 refills (and their tea is incredible!) With the Texas heat in the 90's while we were there, you bet we go good use of these!! 

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Ok, the gardens are incredible! On Friday morning we arrived at about 8:45am (15min before the store opened) and I snapped these in the golden morning light. So so pretty and beautifully maintained.

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Thank you for stopping by and looking through these photos! I'd love to answer any questions so please feel free to leave a comment and/or share the post with friends! And I hope to see you all there Next year! (I can only hope to convince the boys to let us go back again! Lol) 

Becca and Cheney's Indiana University Autumn Wedding

Becca and Cheney tied the knot on October 7th, in Bloomington IN - Where they met at IU in College. THIS DAY WAS AMAZING!!! But, a couple of weeks ago things hit a screeching halt on the perfect Wedding planning when the University had to reschedule a football game because of the recent hurricanes, and used what was supposed to be that week's bye week as the reschedule date. This meant that Becca and Cheney could not have their Wedding in Henke Hall where they had been planning to use as their venue for over a year. Everyone was a little emotional when they heard this news just three weeks before the Wedding. Well, what should have been a really crappy situation turned out to be one of the coolest experiences I have had the honor of shooting! The university offered up, and I quote "for the first and last time ever" the University's Auditorium Stage to hold the reception. Sounds crazy right, but with the help of their amazing Wedding Planner Lynette, from Social Butterfly Weddings and Events, they pulled off magic! Pure, beautiful, magic!!! IT WAS SO AMAZING! And so incredibly unique! 

Also, I'd like to add for those reading this that do not know Becca and Cheney, they were both college athletes at IU, so when you see the very last photo on this post, you can imagine the crowd just erupting in applause with their skills! Please enjoy the sneak peek of Becca and Cheney's Wedding! 

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Planner: Social Butterfly Weddings and Events
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
Florist: Linda Chapman - Harvet Moon
Second Shooter: Teresa Schmidt Photography
Video: FUHS Video
DJ: Muzik and Memories
Cake: Sugar Daddy's
Hair and Makeup: Mardon


 

Henok and Aster's Eritrean Indianapolis Wedding

If you are like me, you probably don't know much about the Eritrean Culture, so I was so so excited when Henok and Aster asked me to be a part of their Eritrean Wedding here in Indianapolis. I definitely had some research ahead of me so I could be on top of what was happening throughout the day, as not much of it was not in English. This beautiful Northeast African culture was incredible to witness. The traditions and rituals all included lots of singing, dancing, laughing and kissing. Lots of kissing! When I say it was beautiful, I mean it was BEAUTIFUL! 

The day started out at Aster's family home in Indianapolis, where the family shared a traditional meal and did a traditional coffee ceremony, meant to show hospitality. The coffee was served and popcorn flew through the air as women danced around the room and sang to the drum. When the bride is ready, she proceeds to the living room where both families and bridal parties are gathered to wait for the groom to enter. In a big dance, the groom is ushered into the house, to the beat of the drum, and dances toward his bride while everyone sings and dances around them. This is the "first look" in the Eritrean Culture. From there, all of the guests and family members proceed outside and all head to the church at the same time for the Wedding Ceremony. 

This Eritrean Wedding was Coptic Christian, so once all the guests arrived together to the church, everyone entered together, took off their shoes, and found their seats for the ceremony, which included so many beautiful traditions that are pictured below. 

I was so truly honored to be asked to be a part of this day, and had so much fun learning about this amazing culture and meeting these beautiful people. Please enjoy the photos from Aster and Henok's Wedding! 

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Planner: Debora Yemane-Ghaim
DJ: Event One DJ
Venue: The Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion
Florals: Gillespie Florist
Tux: Top Shop
Dress: Heart to Heart
Band: Live Band Tekleet

 

Daniyal and Soha's Indianapolis Pakistani Wedding

I was honored when Daniyal and Soha invited me to be a part of their Four Day Wedding event in Indianapolis! I was there documenting two days of the big event, in three different parts.

Friday Morning I met the family at Soha's Parent's house for the Nikkah Ceremony. The Nikkah Ceremony is the "offical" signing of the marriage certificate that is done in a beautiful, intimate, setting with just family and close friends there to witness. From there the Bride, Groom, and their families had a big lunch and then started getting ready for the Friday Night Festivities, The Mendhi Party. 

Mendhi Night is a big Pre-Wedding ceremony where henna is applied to the women of the family and to the Bride to represent Joy, Beauty, Spiritual Awakening and Offering. Soha had her Henna done the previous evening so she was able to enjoy the events of the night more freely, which included big elaborate entrances, choreographed dances, and lots of music and food. It is definitely a super fun party!! 

Finally, Saturday was the official Wedding Celebration and Soha looked AMAZING!! Since we already did the ceremony the day before, we went starlight from first look to portraits to cocktail hour and entrances. The Barat, or entrance into the Wedding is a big deal. First the Groom enters with his family and big troop of dancers and drums. After a big performance by the dancers, the Bride enters with her escort. Soha was escorted in by her Dad and Brother. They take her to her Groom and she lifts her veil. It is truly beautiful. The whole day was streaming live to Pakistan so the family that was not able to get travel visas could tune in and feel like a part of the day. 

Part 1 - Nikkah Ceremony

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Part 2 - The Mendhi Party

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Part 3 - Wedding Day!

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A tradition they did for fun was a "buy the bride" negotiation. It was Epic, and so so fun to capture!! 

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We have a deal! ;) 

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The last tradition of the night is the Rukhsati, which is when the Bride "offically" leaves her family and exits with the Groom and his family. As you can imagine, this can get emotional. The following photos are the Rukhsati. 

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Vendors: 

Planner: Plum and Poppy Weddings
Videographer: Unique Heart Productions
Second Shooter: Mike Belschner
Florist: McNamara Florists
Cake: The Cake Hole
Hair and Makeup: Brushworks by Dima
DJ: Naveen Sharma
Mendhi Night Venue: 502 Event Center
Wedding Venue: JW Marriott Indianapolis
Atmospheres Indy
Karen Hall and Co.
Anmol Barbeque