She Couldn’t Wait to Marry Her Best Friend

Sep 14, 2019 | Wedding Celebrations

This past May, Stefanie Villajuan and Michael Whitpan, had a small and intimate Friday night ceremony at a family friend’s property with their immediate family members. They had a brunch reception on Sunday morning at the Ice House for 100 guests. 

The bride’s favorite memory was exchanging private vows. “The vows read during the actual ceremony were different than what was read in private between the two.” She added her own personal touches as well. Stefanie’s ceremony dress fit her personal style of elegant but boho feel, and was very light and comfortable for their outdoor wedding. She wore custom made earrings from the Philippines and a pearl necklace from the Groom’s family, gifted by the groom’s mother. Her reception dress was very classy and elegant, which fit the style of the Ice House. “The entire look [for the reception] was completely different from the ceremony look. Since the reception was brunch-style, I wanted to go with a more dramatic look for the event,” she says. 

It was the groom’s birthday was on the day of the reception so a special birthday cake for the groom – white chocolate, peanut butter flavored – was made by a friend of the bride. The ceremony food was hors d’oeuvre style, which was more feasible for 20 people, and had cake pops and brownies for dessert. The reception was brunch-style, which included Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, along with the bride’s favorite brunch item — donuts. 

Her best planning tip is “remember that things may not go as planned and that’s okay. The important thing to remember is that at the end of the day, you still get to marry your best friend.” To save money, they bought used decorations, paperless save the dates, and mass-produced their invitations from a template bought on Etsy. 

The Details

Ceremony Site family friend’s property in Borden, IN Reception Site The Ice House, Louisville, KY Photographer Naomi Ruth Photography Videographer White Owl Weddings Coordinator friends of bride Flowers Bloominous Wedding Flowers Ceremony Dress Dreamers & Lovers, Torrance California Ceremony Accessories headpiece, Etsy-blueorchidcreations; earrings, Oak and Stone Reception Dress BHLDN Reception Accessories headpiece,BHLDN; shoes, Kate Spade; earrings and bracelet, Bettie Jane Jewelry  Ceremony Food Custom Foods Catering, New Albany, IN Ceremony Dessert cake pops and brownies, Sweets by Morgan, Jeffersonville, IN Ceremony Drinks Costco; Total Wine Reception Food Crushed Ice Catering, Louisville, KY Reception Dessert donuts, Nord’s Bakery; crepes, Crushed Ice Catering Ceremony and Reception Music played on an iPod through Bluetooth speaker; equipment for reception, Doo Wop Shop Décor purchased from a friend, borrowed from a friend, or rented from The Ice House Rings Koerber’s Fine Jewelry, Inc. Stationery Etsy-cardsetcetera, printed at Staples Makeup and Hair Celia Striegel and Allison Peck, friend of bride.


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