Skating the line between vintage elegance and boho charm, Claire and Jesse created an unforgettable wedding at The Benton House! The couple softened the vintage feel of the venue with boho florals designed by Homegrown Florist, an autumnal color palette, and a handmade A-frame ceremony arch that woodland wedding dreams are made of. The bride’s own style, which featured a long-sleeved lace gown from Flora & Lane and flower crown, fit the vibe perfectly, as well. From first look to first dance, and all the intimate moments in between, Eight31 Photography captured this beautiful fall wedding with the care and artistry it deserved!
Claire and Jesse
The Benton House, Indianapolis, Indiana
The most important thing to us was remembering that it was our day. We didn’t want to do things for the sake of “that’s just how things are done.” We’re both private and low key, so from deciding to have a very intimate ceremony to choosing to not have a wedding party, we wanted the day to reflect who we are as a couple. Our wedding had a lot of nontraditional aspects to it, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Our favorite part of the day was our first look before the ceremony. It was just the two of us. We read our wedding vows to each other for the first time and then popped our favorite bottle of Cantillon, a Belgian-style beer.
Whenever anyone asked what the theme of our wedding was, I always answered with, “It’s a little vintage and a little boho.” When we decided on The Benton House, I used that as inspiration for everything else. From the flower crown and my wedding dress to the triangle arch and the rented vintage furniture for guests to sit on during the ceremony, I tried to compliment the vintage setting with a laid back and soft bohemian vibe.
One of the most special DIY items was our wedding arch, which my dad built and stained himself. Our florist decorated it with cascading greenery and flowers, and it was pure magic.
Our photographer was the best, and I’m not just saying that. She is calm, confident, and, while she has a vision for her art, she also has a way of letting moments unfold as intended. She let us just be us, capturing the sweetest, most intimate, and candid moments of our wedding day.
Processional – “Love Is All (Instrumental)” by Tallest Man on Earth
Recessional – “Dawned On Me” by Wilco
First Dance – “Beautiful Thing” by Grace VanderWaal
During the reception, our DJ — who is a very close friend of ours — surprised everyone with a fog machine and played “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Everyone screamed and rushed onto the dance floor. The photos our photographer took are moody, a little spooky, but most of all, so cool!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Eight31 Photography
Second Shooter – Cate Robeson-Pickens of Babe Denny Photography
Venue – The Benton House
Floral Design – Homegrown Florist
Catering – Elena Ruz Cuban Cuisine
Cake – Taylor’s Bakery
Videography – Steven Van Elk of Jennifer Van Elk Photography
Stationery – Minted
Hair and Makeup Artist – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Salon
Wedding Dress – Flora & Lane
Bridal Accessories – H&M and Nordstrom
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings – Diamonds Direct
Rentals – Violet Vintage Rentals
Congratulations to Claire and Jesse, and a huge thanks to Junebug member Eight31 Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding at The Benton House! If this vibe speaks to your soul, then you have to see this vintage boho meadow wedding along Little Smoky River in Alberta!