7 Jul

Fine Day for a White Wedding

When you dream of your wedding day, visions of white often come to mind – although not always due to a gorgeous white dress. We were stunned and amazed at the elegant all-white transformation of Randolph H. Deer Special Events Pavilion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Beautiful cascading fabric took the grandeur of the ballroom to a completely new venue that dreams are made of.


With the assistance of Eventful Planning, represented by planner Teresa Gift, both Kathleen and Andy certainly had the wedding of a lifetime. Beginning the party with a cocktail hour in the Randolph H. Deer Special Events Pavilion foyer before moving in the pavilion for dinner and dancing, with the last stop of the evening being Pulliam Great Hall for an after party with late-night snacks!


Settled in a cloud of lush white, tables were decorated in light pink and gold. Centerpieces were both tall and short with a mix of flowers including hydrangeas, roses and orchids. Each table circled with a gold chiavari chair and decorated with white tulle and pink roses. Tea candle created an ambient glow against the menu card providing the evenings menu.

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The focal point of the dance floor was the wedding cake. Four tall, buttercream layers with gold beading which proudly sat behind a large gold ‘R’ – the initial of the newlyweds. Something we don’t see often (but wished we saw more of) is a groom’s cake! We love the design of this two tier cake topped with a tractor. Not only is a groom’s cake a great way to honor your groom with something of his own on his wedding day, but it also helps celebrating him by displaying something he loves.

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Before guests could enjoy the absolute splendor of Randolph H. Deer Special Events Pavilion, they witnessed the marriage of Kathleen and Andy at St. John’s Catholic Church. Shuttles were available to take guests from the church to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as well as pick-up and drop off at guest hotels. As they arrived, hors d’oeuvres were available along with an open bar.

Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres
Fingerling potatoes, camembert, truffle oil, asparagus tip
Peking duck eggrolls with orange ginger marmalade
Pan seared crab cakes with red pepper remoulade sauce
Shrimp cocktail shooter, Kahn’s signature cocktail sauce
Strawberry goat cheese bruschetta with basil balsamic reduction
Cherry tomato caprese, mozzarella, basil with balsamic reduction

We love large weddings and this wedding was on the larger side. With that comes a bit of operational savvy to keep things running smoothly and on time. For example, while guests were enjoying cocktail hour and the bridal party made their arrival – the bride and groom had an opportunity to view their reception space for the first time as our team began pre-pouring champagne for the toast.
Guests were welcomed into the reception space and were asked to take their seats. Andy’s father provided a welcome to all guests and then the maid of honor and best man took turns giving speeches to the bride and groom. The happy couple cut their cake and Father Richard gave a blessing and the meal service began.

First Course
Baby boston butter leaf wedge, cherry tomatoes, bacon, crumbled goat cheese, champagne vinaigrette dressing
Assorted breads, house-made lemon rosemary flatbread, French butter and sundried tomato butter

Second Course
Choice of:
Porcini crusted filet of beef, pink peppercorn demi glace
Pistachio crusted grouper with orange ginger butter sauce
Lentil cassoulet napa cabbage roll, stacked vegetables with mushroom risotto
Each served with asparagus, red and yellow peppers, and garlic white cheddar mashed potatoes

Third Course
Wedding Cake
Chocolate cake with vanilla butter cream filling
Vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese filling

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Guests danced until nearly midnight to the sounds of a 13 piece band before moving to Pulliam Great Hall for an after-party. Music was provided by a DJ, the bars were open, and late-night snacks were served.

Late-Night Snack
Mini all-beef corn dogs
Wagyu beef sliders
Each served on brioche buns
Condiments and toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, pickle, bacon and mayonnaise
Artisan pepperoni pizza with garlic oregano crust
Four cheese & pesto pizza with garlic oregano crust
Mozzarella stick with marinara dipping sauce

Wedding Professionals:
Wedding Planner: Eventful Planning
Tenting: Evans
Band: The Sly Band
Florist: Posh Petals
Video: Indy Visual
Photographer: Carpenter Photography (We can’t wait to see photos!)
Late Night DJ: GNO Universe
Photo Booth: Indy Photo Booth

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