There is something very romantic about eloping or having only immediate family and closest friends witnessing such a beautiful moment. If your heart is pointing you in the direction of a small wedding, check out these regional treasures.
To be honest, I may be a bit biased as I was the Sales & Event Coordinator here, however roses are the epitome of elegance and romance. This gem is located in the heart of Muncie, IN. Minnetrista is a 40 acre campus just touching the perimeter of Ball State University. It offers eight outdoor garden spaces, and the Rose Garden is at the top of the list!
The name itself leads you to believe the roses are the star of the show, however the rod-iron gazebo is truly the iconic centerpiece. The circular shape of the garden and paved brick pathways create an enchanting atmosphere which is perfect for an intimate gathering. For a ceremony, the space can actually accommodate 160 people, but I always loved when it was set for 75 or less.
Roses buds appear toward the end of May. By mid-June the flowers are in full bloom and with the tender care by the horticultural staff, they remain in bloom through October. Minnetrista is truly a one-stop-shop as you can pick and choose from several ceremony and reception spaces, both indoor and outdoors. Host cocktail hour under the breathtaking sculpture, Catalyst during sunset to add even more of a "wowzah" factor! Honestly, the entire campus is a photographer's dream!
When I heard about the rustic charm of the Little Cathedral, I had to check it out for myself. Owner, Valerie Wilcox, was kind enough to showcase this beautiful space.
Tucked in the middle of main street Roann, the Little Cathedral sits on the corner of Chippewa and Beamer streets. The brick exterior is undeniably an old church and the inside has a timeless, rustic charm. Chandeliers line the hall which are dim-able to create a romantic atmosphere for a ceremony and/or for dancing the night away. The cathedral windows draw in the natural light. I envision capturing brides standing in the tall windows, with their veils and flowers, a vision of grace and elegance.
Once the church closed, the town used the building as a community center and added basketball goals (which have been removed). The holes on the walls mark where they ripped the balcony off in order to install the basketball rims. I love the industrial vibe!
The building only can accommodate 60 people. It is such a unique venue that it would be difficult to choose between utilizing it as a romantic ceremony or charming reception space. The versatile stage in the front can adjust in size based on your needs. It serves as a perfect platform for ceremonies or for head tables.
This charming manor is quietly nestled in the heart of Wabash, Indiana. Renovated by the late Eugenia Honeywell whose style and class has stood the test of time. She chose classic French design elements. Brides and Grooms have their own spaces to get ready in one of the gorgeous spare bedrooms on the second floor. Ivy climbs the brick exterior of the home and softens the space.
The luscious backyard is ideal for a private and intimate engagement. Utilize the paved terrace for cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres whipped up by Executive Chef, David Ericisson for a truly elegant experience. Follow your ceremony with a indoor reception. The interior of the house can be set for 16 or take advantage of the beautiful backyard and host a tent reception.
Roann makes my list twice and for good reason, the Roann covered bridge is not only a vintage piece of history, it's a dream for a shabby chic background. Imagine your closest friends and family witnesses your exchange of vows in the quiet small town. The gentle hum of the river in the background creates a nature lover's dream.
Up the road is the Stockdale Mill which is a perfect place for photos to piggy back off the Roann Covered Bridge. Inside is a small rustic rental space to accommodate about 50 people. It's an ideal setting for a shabby chic wedding but with a twist!
*Photo credit: Jake Dials Photography
There are so many cute options in our area! We know, whatever you decide your style will shine through. Be well and happy planning!