Lauren Maus and Benjamin Kaufman met through their church youth group in Indianapolis when they were 17. They clicked over their shared love of music (she played the harp and he played the violin), and shortly thereafter went on their first date -- swing dancing and root beer floats at the Fountain Square Diner. Their romance continued through college in Nashville (where they currently live) and a year before graduating, Benjamin popped the question. Fourteen months later, on October 29, 2011, they tied the knot in their hometown, with an event full of vintage touches and autumnal elements.
The bride, an artist and graphic designer, created the invitation suite herself, using various textures (the save-the-date was rubber-stamped linen sewn onto recycled paper), materials (twine and paper), and tools (paper punches and a wax seal). The multipiece invite -- assembled with help from Lauren’s mom -- introduced the wedding’s autumnal color palette.
Laurel Hall, a 1916 Jacobean Revival mansion just outside downtown Indianapolis, boasts a dark wooden staircase that leads up to the white chapel, spacious ballrooms, and checkered-floor solarium perfect for dancing. “The moment we stepped inside, we knew it was where we were going to get married,” Lauren says.
Lauren and her great-aunt, a former wedding-dress maker, designed her gown using muslin and vintage lace found at a yard sale. The bride accessorized it with a cotton sash and a headpiece from Posie Patch Bridal Superstore. Her "something borrowed" was an opal necklace her dad had given her mom on their wedding day.
The fashionable couple posed for photographer Austin Gros before and after the ceremony.
On the morning of the wedding, the bride’s friends helped arrange baby's breath (ordered in bulk from Sam's Club) and ivy and ferns from the mother of the bride's garden into bouquets. Lauren finished hers off with burlap ribbon and her maternal great-great-grandmother’s brooch, which served as her “something old.”
Once all guests were seated, a violinist, cellist, and hammer-dulcimer player performed "Gymnopedie No.1" by Erik Satie to set the mood. The bridesmaids entered to the groom’s arrangement of "Staralflur" by Sigur Ros, one of the bride’s favorite songs. And for Lauren's walk down the aisle with her father, the trio played "The Gravel Road" by James Newton Howard from "The Village," the first movie she and Benjamin watched together.
With help from her mother, Lauren scoured stores for inexpensive vases and jars to fill with autumnal details like white pumpkins, twigs, acorns, nests, mosses, and pinecones. Leaf-shaped confetti, punched out by hand, was scattered across the burlap-covered tabletops.
The pair's 200 guests dined on an array of hors d'oeuvres prepared by Hoaglin Fine Catering. The menu included sliders with avocado crema and bacon, mini chopped salads served in baby cucumber cups, six-cheese ravioli with roasted red peppers, and shooters filled with cream of roasted-garlic soup.
The newlyweds started dancing to “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones, and segued into Europe’s "The Final Countdown" -- a fun reference to their favorite show, "Arrested Development." After their initial spin on the dance floor, the guests’ favorite songs ruled the night (Lauren and Benjamin created a Dropbox account and had friends contribute their most-wanted tunes).