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Fall Wedding and Event Inspiration

Hello, Fall! The leaves are changing here in Indiana and we are gushing over the beautiful colors. Here’s a little inspiration on incorporating these fabulous autumn hues into your wedding.




Wedding Planner Magazine

“Be the Driving Force for Tented Success” is the title of our feature article published in Wedding Planner Magazine, for the May/June 2012 issue.  We thank the Association of Bridal Consultants for asking us to write this article for their national wedding publication and we thank our many friends who contributed information and pictures. 

Deer Park Wedding: Bloomington Destination for Chicago Couple

 Rain on your wedding day is considered a gift of fortune.  Our Bloomington Indiana outdoor wedding marked fortune at the historic Sarkes Tarzan Estate, Deer Park.  Sarkes Tarzan, an Armenian immigrant,  owned and founded WTTV Channel 4 in Indianapolis plus manufactured and developed the FM broadcast thus making it popular. His estate is a landmark of rolling hillside, deer and gorgeous gardens- wonderful for a wedding!

Chicago residents, Lindsay and Joe, wanted to come “home” Indiana University, to celebrate their much anticipated wedding.  Deer Park Manor was the choice for their outdoor wedding. Outdoor weddings are always sunny and mild, right?  Nowhere had wedding plans been made for rain.

Their wedding day at the historic park like setting began sunny and warm until minutes before the guests began to arrive.
With the guests, came showers of rain and some would claim fortune.   Old wive’s tales claim that rain on your wedding day symbolizes blessings and fortune in your married life together.  At the momen,t our fortune was having enough umbrellas to protect guests as they scurried to their seats for the processional.  Hopes were high and smiles remained bright. A wedding was going to take place; and it couldn’t happen to anyone nicer.

Ivory rose petals tossed on the grassy aisle now filled their tiny cups with raindrops  as guests popped umbrellas and sat near the huge
sprawling branched maple, our altar site.   Nothing could have been sunnier than when our bride, Lindsay, walked
down the aisle with her father to the beaming groom, Joe. We will never forget the violinists playing their classical selections under the protection of several men with umbrellas and a mirage of rain coats.  The honorable John Gregg was the officiate and possibly next governor of Indiana.

After the ceremony, guests scurried into Deer Park’s atrium for cocktails and hors d oeuvres, while the couple posed for pictures amongst the rolling hills and gently blowing grasses of the estate, guests enjoyed the ambiance of this once former indoor pool room, now a special gathering area for event guests.

Soon our Chicago based band, Josh and the Empty Pockets, lured guests into the tented reception site for dinner and dancing.  Guests tables were creations of crisp white linens, gilded chivari chairs and soft pink flora all displayed in multitudes
of crystal vases, domes and bowls amongst mercury glassed votives which gave a warm glow to the evening affair.  The
tent captured more elegance with floral chandeliers of satin ribbon, orchids, hydrangea and roses that hung from the tent’s center; a stunning focal accent.  The couple’s Wish Tree, a creation our floral designer made, with its multitude of golden branches, offered guests the opportunity to author personal handwritten wishes for blessings and fortune to the couple.

As the evening ended the showers stopped too.  Nothing remained but a deep navy sky and the hand fulls of scattered starlight showering our couple and the gorgeous glow of the venue.

Thank you to:

Coordination: Kim King Smith Events

Floral: Jim Sims,Kim King Smith Events Floral Divisions

Venue:  Deer Park

Photography:  Wendi Chitwood, Inbloom Photo,

Video:  Smashed Productions

Catering:  Carla’s Catering

Bar:  Big Red Liquor

Band:  Josh and the Empty Pockets

Violinists: IU School of Music

Tent and Rentals: Perfect Parties

Chairs and Linens: AClassic Party Rentals

Stationery: Lemonseed and Co

Gourmet Chocolates:  Nate’s Candy Jar

Tents and Rentals: Perfect Parties



Fall’s Best Beauty: Day One Hair Accessories

Headbands are back!  One of our staff’s favorite accessories from a few years ago is the next hot trend this season.   This time they are definitely more for the fashion look rather than  function.  Fendi has been showing a variety of colored Jennifer Behr Dinosaur headbands on the runway.  If you aren’t looking for such a bright way to draw attention to your head, you could try other headbands in black or more neutral colors that not only compliment your outfit, but your hair color, too.  Another not-so-recent yet ongoing wave of big-hair-accessories is sheer flower bloom headbands.  In order to pull off the headband look, experts say to gently place your choice of headband over loosely tied back hair for an effortless, yet pulled together appearance.  What’s your favorite?

A big thank you to Fendi and Jennifer Behr for the fabulous designs and images.

Fall’s Best Beauty

The Trendsetting Team here at Kim King Smith Events just had to let you all in on the latest beauty trends for this fall.  Our friends at InStyle magazine just published their August 2011 issue (with the always-fabulous Katie Holmes on the cover) and it is full of fresh looks. These trends will make the fall season bright and beautiful.  The staff here at Kim King Smith Events was ecstatic to get a sneak peak at these new fashion do’s and we will be featuring our favorites right here for the next few posts.  Check back for a new trend every day!

Thanks to our friends at InStyle Magazine for the sneak peak.  Thank you to Ralph Lauren for these gorgeous designs and images.

Brown County Wedding

This fall, we had the privilege to escape to one of the most beautiful and secluded areas in Brown County for a wedding.  This wasn’t our typical wedding and we loved it!  We began with inspiration from the historic barn;washed with old red, faded paint.  It was a gem!  We ordered LOTS of sunshine, vibrant blue skies and beautiful leaves for Heather and Ricky too.

The setting was far down a one lane gravel road, with a big old barn, a flowing creek and a landscape you only see in pictures.  There, we set up rows of freshly cut straw, covered them with handmade quilts and set up a small altar for our couple.  It couldn’t have been prettier!  We loved the denim on the guys and the cowboy boots on our bridesmaids!  Everyone loved photo shots in and out of the barn.  We especially loved the picture of our bride and groom walking down the road to “happily ever after”.  What’s your favorite?

By Kim