Emma Earns Grand Champion!

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We are so very roud of our youngest Bay Horse Inn Staffer.  Emma Jean DeJong, was awarded the Grand Champion of Western Type Equine and Champion of Western Mare Division in the Horse and Pony for Johnson County Fair 2017.  Prior winner Scott Sledge has held this title the previous 3 years.  At 11 years old this is quite the accomplishment for Emma.  Her horse, Elegant Sophistication, (Also known as Cassadee in our stables) is a 4 year old with her first appearance at the fair.  This was Emma's 3rd year in 4H and currently is an officer for the club.  

Emma, the daughter of Bay Horse Inn owner Amanda Cottingham, loves working with animals and often joins barn events as the animal handler with the horses, dog and even our donkey named Toby as seen below. 

 

Emma and Toby share a moment before an event.

Emma and Toby share a moment before an event.

 

(Photo Elegant Sophistication, Emma Jean Dejong and Sable Marie from the Queens Court.)

Indy's Finest Wedding Professionals Joined us at the Barn.

It was a perfect day to host the Perfect Wedding Guide July Luncheon.  We were thrilled when asked to host this luncheon and for the opportunity to share our new venue with industry friends.  These wedding industry professional luncheons have the best of the best in local talent across the Indianapolis area.  Photographers, wedding officiants, planners, florists, venues, DJ's, etc. all meet and connect in order to share and refer business to help support one another.  It's such a great community of partners. 

 So many great local businesses helped make this event a success. Amy, from A Cut Above Catering created a delicious menu featuring a variety of fresh and delicious options.  Nicole and Brandon, from The Marshmallow Monkey, filled the space with beautiful and fragrant arrangements. Chris, from Linen Hero, supplied all of the table linens.   Glenn, of Complete Indy, created an atmosphere with just the right music and showcased his video talents on the Saloon TV's.   Our newest industry friend, Dauss Miller, of DaussFoto, shared a few photographs he took during the event, and we're happy to share below. 

If you, or someone you know is getting married join us at the Perfect Wedding Guide Summer Bridal Show on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from noon to 4:00 p.m.  $7.00 online or $10.00 at the door.

502 East Event Centre, 
502 East Carmel Drive
Carmel , IN 46032

Call PWG at (317)607-8738 or email indy@pwg.com

Welcome Cynthia Williams to the Team!

Please join us in welcoming Cynthia Williams, as Manager, of Bay Horse Inn.  We are thrilled to have her talent and experience on our team!

Cynthia Williams Bay Horse Inn

As the General Manager, of Johnny Carino's for over 3 years, Cynthia was instrumental in increasing their catering events for weddings, corporate events and fundraisers.   She has over 30 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry and is no stranger to event management. 

Cynthia is extremely connected through the community. You'll often see her at Chamber events, fundraisers and networking events. She volunteers for the Johnson County Convention and Visitors Tourism Board and even won Greater Greenwood Chamber Member of the Year in 2015 and has served on both the Greenwood and Franklin Chambers as an Ambassador helping new members make the most of their Chamber memberships.

As the Manager of Bay Horse Inn Cynthia looks forward to making sure your event runs as smooth as possible and she will play a critical role in bringing in corporate accounts for team building events, training sessions as well as holiday parties. 

We are very excited to have Cynthia on the team and look forward to working with her. Contact Cynthia at (317) 478-7559 or via email at Cynthia@BarnatBayHorseInn.com

Meet Katelynn, our Summer Intern

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The Barn at Bay Horse Inn has added an intern to our summer staff.  We look forward to getting to know Katelynn and feel confident our guests will adore her as much as we do! 

Katelynn is currently a senior at IUPUI in the Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management program.  She is also completing her business certificate through the Kelley School of Business. When asked what her goal after graduation is, Katelynn replied, "to be working in the event and wedding planning industry for a local business that has a passion for making an impact in the community, and it is evident in each event that they have."  

When asked what she liked best about her Barn at Bay Horse Inn internship, Katelynn responded, "So far my favorite part of the internship, with Barn at Bay Horse Inn, has been working closely with the bride, groom, and their families on the day of the wedding and making everything come together better than they ever imagined. My second favorite part would be working with all of the staff at the barn. Their #1 goal is to do everything they can to be sure that each and every event goes off without a hitch and it truly shows with the success that they've had."  You can see why we chose this passionate young lady to join our summer team.

We asked Katelynn what she hoped to gain from this experience.  Her reply, "I hope to gain hands on experience with events and everything that goes into implementing them from beginning to end.   As well as effective ways to communicate with everyone putting on each event including barn staff, brides/grooms and their families, event hosts, and vendors. My internship with Barn at Bay Horse Inn has been everything I could imagine and more."

We are thrilled to have Katelynn here for the summer and know she will go far in her career!  Her willingness to help wherever needed, passion for planning events and constant smile are a welcome addition to the team.  

Please join us in welcoming Katelynn! Her email is Katelynn@BarnatBayHorse.com.

 

Top Wedding Colors Summer 2017

Bay Horse Inn partnered with Linen Hero to handle all of our personal linens and they are the only linen company in our Preferred Partner list. With a HUGE selection of fabrics, textures and styles they are sure to have what you are looking for.  Also, we love the variety of choices for any budget and of course how easy they are to work with! Linens are shipped straight to the barn and our staff puts them on for you and we also remove and return after your event. How easy is that?  We asked our representative Chris Lamar, of Linen Hero, to share a few trends she is seeing with colors and style this season.  Here is her response.

Color Trends Summer 2017, by Chris Lamar

This wedding season is all about femininity, understated elegance and romance.  We are seeing the use of blush, ivory and gold with lots of greenery on the tables this summer.   Shades of blues and greens can be found paired with bright florals and are also making an appearance!  Don't let that trend sway you from your favorite colors and the vision you have for your perfect reception though.  Your wedding reception is where you can let your personality shine with all the colors of the rainbow and hundreds of texture combinations.  If you can dream it, we can make it happen for you.

During wedding season you will want to get your colors selected and reserved early to assure availability.  We all know counts will change, but reserving the exact linens you want, well in advance of your wedding, assures you a stress-free check on your to-do list for your wedding. 

Order fabric swatches so you can compare them with dresses and cake ribbons as well as feel the texture and how colors and textures can be paired to create the memories you want for yourselves and your guests.

Just in!  Lace Overlay is perfect for a barn wedding. (Image from LinenHero.com) 

Just in!  Lace Overlay is perfect for a barn wedding.
(Image from LinenHero.com) 

While our Event Specialists meets with you 6-8 weeks prior to your event please don't miss out on ordering your favorite linens. Contact Chris directly at chris.lamar@linenhero.com  www.linenhero.com  to ensure what you envision is available. (Note: Burlap and Lace are top choices and often not available if you wait until 8 weeks prior.)

5 Twists to Wedding Traditions

There are so many details that go into a wedding (and different family members/friends with their opinions.)  We are seeing a trend in couples customizing their wedding to reflect THEIR personality.  I'm sure a few Great Aunts and Uncles are still talking about the unbelievable tradition that was messed with. Bottom line - the wedding is about the union of two in love and joining of friends and family to support this new couple as they tackle life together.  Make it a meaningful day for you. YOU get to choose what traditions to carry over and special elements to include and honor your two and special friends and family.  

Below are a few twists on traditional elements we've seen or heard our couples talk about while planning their wedding at the Barn at Bay Horse Inn.

Maria McKenzie Photography

Maria McKenzie Photography

1.) Forego the traditional cake!

If you both aren't huge cake fans, perhaps consider an alternative. Many are opting for cupcakes, pie, fondue fountains, doughnuts, cotton candy, waffles and even pizza!  

Another change to the cake we are seeing is the variety of toppers. Sarah and Derek chose this custom made copper arrow instead of the typical bride and groom.

Photograph by Complete Indy

Photograph by Complete Indy

 

2.) A Modern take on the Unity Candle!

A great way to show the blending of your lives and family over the candle is a photo box frame filled with sand.  We love this alternative (especially since candles are hard to light outside).  Ashley and Spencer added this new tradition into their ceremony.  

We've also heard of having guests hold onto a small stone during the ceremony and then combining them into an arrangement afterwards. You can also search for planting a tree and even rope knoting to include. 

We love that these new traditions are then displayed in the home vs. stored in a box like most unity candles are.
 

Photograph by Complete Indy

Photograph by Complete Indy

3.) Something blue under the shoe!

Most of our brides include something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Ashley had a hidden message for Mike.  We've also heard of bridesmaids signing the bottom of the shoes for a keepsake or even part of her wedding vows.  (I guess if she faints a cheat sheet is nearby.) 

Photograph by Complete Indy

Photograph by Complete Indy

4.) Toss the Guest Book!

Turn your guest book into a keepsake art piece!  Collect notes from your guests to display in your home.  Ashley and Mike used this vintage wood with paint markers. We've also seen frames with matt boards to sign around a favorite wedding photograph or even a globe.   You can also create an art piece and have each guest contribute to the painting. 

5.) A Sunday Brunch Wedding!

Sunday weddings are growing in popularity. Not only are the budget friendly but they can include many unique details for a memorable experience. Include a waffle bar or omelet station. Hand out Mimosa's for the traditional toast.  You'll often save money on the venue fee along with many of the other vendors.   You'll even have a greater chance of hiring your favorite photographer, DJ, band, etc. as Sundays book last. 

Final Thoughts:

Remember brides and grooms this day is about YOU TWO. You'll drive yourself crazy trying to please everyone and add even more stress. So, pick what you two want to include and stand firm. Aunt Bertha will survive without her cake, making her own waffle, or whatever else you have planned. In fact, she'll be talking about your UNIQUE twist to others. 

Wedding Day Magazine March Cover: Part 4 of 4

Here are the final photographs from the Wedding Day Magazine Photo Shoot for the March 2017 cover. View past blogs to see additional photographs. 

Wedding Day Magazine
WeddingD
ay-online.com
Pinterest/Twitter
@WeddingDayMag
Instagram/Facebook
@WeddingDayMagazine

Venue: 
Barn at Bay Horse Inn
BarnatBayHorseInn.com
Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest/Google
@BarnatBayHorse

Photographer: 
Gabrielle Cheikh Photography
GabrielleCheikh.com

Wedding Dress: 
The Wedding Studios
TheWeddingStudios.net
@WeddingStudioCarmel
Facebook/ @theweddingstudios
Instagram/ @WeddingStudioCarmel
Pinterest/Twitter/ @Weddingstudio

Makeup:
Karen Hall
KarenHallandco.com

Floral:
Wildwood Floral Co
WildwoodFloralCo.com
FB/@WildwoodFloralCo
Insta/@Wildwood_floral_co

Cake: 
Classic Cakes
ClassicCakesCarmel.com 
@ClassicCakesCarmel

Event Planner
Aisle Ready
AisleReadyEvents.com
Facebook/Instagram
@AisleReadyEvents
Twitter
@AisleReadyEvnts

Calligraphy
Love Notes Calligraphy
LoveNotesCalligraphy.com
@LoveNotesCalligraphy

Model
Khristian Hildreth
Insta/@Khristian_hil
FB/@KhristianHildreth

View additional photographs from this session.
 

Part 1: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p1

Part 2: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p2

Part 3: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycoverp3

Part 4: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p4

Wedding Day Magazine Cover Shoot: Part 3 of 4

Wedding Day Magazine March 2017 Cover Photo shoot part 3 of 4. 

Wedding Day Magazine
WeddingD
ay-online.com
Pinterest/Twitter
@WeddingDayMag
Instagram/Facebook
@WeddingDayMagazine

Venue: 
Barn at Bay Horse Inn
BarnatBayHorseInn.com
Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest/Google
@BarnatBayHorse

Photographer: 
Gabrielle Cheikh Photography
GabrielleCheikh.com

Wedding Dress: 
The Wedding Studios
TheWeddingStudios.net
@WeddingStudioCarmel
Facebook/ @theweddingstudios
Instagram/ @WeddingStudioCarmel
Pinterest/Twitter/ @Weddingstudio

Makeup:
Karen Hall
KarenHallandco.com

Floral:
Wildwood Floral Co
WildwoodFloralCo.com
FB/@WildwoodFloralCo
Insta/@Wildwood_floral_co

Cake: 
Classic Cakes
ClassicCakesCarmel.com 
@ClassicCakesCarmel

Event Planner
Aisle Ready
AisleReadyEvents.com
Facebook/Instagram
@AisleReadyEvents
Twitter
@AisleReadyEvnts

Calligraphy
Love Notes Calligraphy
LoveNotesCalligraphy.com
@LoveNotesCalligraphy

Model
Khristian Hildreth
Insta/@Khristian_hil
FB/@KhristianHildreth

View additional photographs from this session.
 

Part 1: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p1

Part 2: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p2

Part 3: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycoverp3

Part 4: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p4

Wedding Day Magazine March Cover Shoot: Part 2 of 4

Part 2 of our Wedding Day Magazine cover shoot. 

Wedding Day Magazine
WeddingD
ay-online.com
Pinterest/Twitter
@WeddingDayMag
Instagram/Facebook
@WeddingDayMagazine

Venue: 
Barn at Bay Horse Inn
BarnatBayHorseInn.com
Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest/Google
@BarnatBayHorse

Photographer: 
Gabrielle Cheikh Photography
GabrielleCheikh.com

Wedding Dress: 
The Wedding Studios
TheWeddingStudios.net
@WeddingStudioCarmel
Facebook/ @theweddingstudios
Instagram/ @WeddingStudioCarmel
Pinterest/Twitter/ @Weddingstudio

Makeup:
Karen Hall
KarenHallandco.com

Floral:
Wildwood Floral Co
WildwoodFloralCo.com
FB/@WildwoodFloralCo
Insta/@Wildwood_floral_co

Cake: 
Classic Cakes
ClassicCakesCarmel.com 
@ClassicCakesCarmel

Event Planner
Aisle Ready
AisleReadyEvents.com
Facebook/Instagram
@AisleReadyEvents
Twitter
@AisleReadyEvnts

Calligraphy
Love Notes Calligraphy
LoveNotesCalligraphy.com
@LoveNotesCalligraphy

Model
Khristian Hildreth
Insta/@Khristian_hil
FB/@KhristianHildreth
 

View additional photographs from this session.
 

Part 1: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p1

Part 2: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p2

Part 3: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycoverp3

Part 4: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p4

Wedding Day Magazine March 2017 Issue - Part 1 of 4

The Barn at Bay Horse Inn was thrilled when approached to host a stylized session for the March cover of Wedding Day Magazine.  It took a team of many talented individuals to put together this incredibly beautiful photo shoot.  Here are the results!  Our farm table was set by the window on a sunny snow filled day. You'd never know how cool it was outside with the warmth of the setting and the fireplace nearby. Be sure and read below for the talent behind these images. Part 2 and 3 will be published soon!

 

Wedding Day Magazine
WeddingD
ay-online.com
Pinterest/Twitter
@WeddingDayMag
Instagram/Facebook
@WeddingDayMagazine

Venue:
Barn at Bay Horse Inn
BarnatBayHorseInn.com
Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest/Google
@BarnatBayHorse

Photographer:
Gabrielle Cheikh Photography
GabrielleCheikh.com

Wedding Dress:
The Wedding Studios
TheWeddingStudios.net
@WeddingStudioCarmel
Facebook/ @theweddingstudios
Instagram/ @WeddingStudioCarmel
Pinterest/Twitter/ @Weddingstudio

Makeup:
Karen Hall
KarenHallandco.com

Floral:
Wildwood Floral Co
WildwoodFloralCo.com
FB/@WildwoodFloralCo
Insta/@Wildwood_floral_co

Cake:
Classic Cakes
ClassicCakesCarmel.com 
@ClassicCakesCarmel

Event Planner
Aisle Ready
AisleReadyEvents.com
Facebook/Instagram
@AisleReadyEvents
Twitter
@AisleReadyEvnts

Calligraphy
Love Notes Calligraphy
LoveNotesCalligraphy.com
@LoveNotesCalligraphy

Model
Khristian Hildreth
Insta/@Khristian_hil
FB/@KhristianHildreth
 

View additional photographs from this session.
 

Part 1: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p1

Part 2: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p2

Part 3: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycoverp3

Part 4: http://barnatbayhorse.com/blog/weddingdaycover2017p4

 

We have you covered.

Bay Horse Inn has added a linen rental service to our preferred partners list. You'll find a huge selection of colors, textures and prints that will coordinate with your event. 

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Contact Chris to discuss your event and she will be happy to assist you.  Your linens will ship directly to the barn and our team will place them on your tables. Be sure and mentioned Barn at Bay Horse Inn so you get your 15% off. 

Linen Hero
Chris.Lamar@linenhero.com
317.414.1988
View their website. 

 

"As you wish!" was our response.

When Mutual Savings Bank called us to see if we would be interested in helping them, of course our response was "As you wish".  They had sponsored the movie The Princess Bride at The Historic Artcraft Theatre here in Johnson County and hoped we could add a few touches.   Taking cues from The Princess Bride movie we looked to bring nature into the display.  Our team didn't have to go far as the property is filled with lots of branches this time of year.  Browse through the photos below to see the project come to life.  (Mac even donated a stick or two of his own and offered to supervised.)  Go see The Princess Bride this weekend! Support this terrific local theatre, The Historic Artcraft Theatre and our favorite local bank Mutual Savings Bank.  If you are getting married in the barn and want a custom twig display we can do that too! Contact Nicole to get started at (317) 760-8778.

Artcraft

Meredith Rogers Photography

You may recall as we shared these engagement photographs several months ago.  In fact we used both of these images in a few print advertisements you may have seen.  We want to share a few of the wedding photographs below. We simply LOVE them. 

Contact Meredith:
Meredith Rogers Photography
(765) 744-0371
http://www.meredithrogers.com/
Please 'like' on facebook. 

Extra, Extra Items for Your Event

The Barn at Bay Horse Inn has a few extra items available for your event. Most are free of charge or available at a nominal fee. Simply let Jennifer know which items you are interested in during your design meeting. She will provide any additional information needed to secure these items for your event. 

  • Vintage Truck
  • Cake Cart: 33" by 57"
  • Cake/Cupcake Stands
  • Farm Tables: 8 feet by 40 inches (6 total)
  • Barrel Cooler
  • Satellite Bar
  • Entry Table 
  • Single or Double Arbor(s)
  • Lanterns
  • Lace Runners for Farm Tables
  • Horses
  • Donkey
  • Pergola: 16x11 and 10 feet high
  • Donkey 
  • Podium

Mr. and Mrs. Reed by Casey and Her Camera

The beautiful Mr. & Mrs. Reed tied the knot shortly after the barn opened.  We are so thankful to Casey and Her Camera for sharing these gorgeous photographs capturing a few moments of their day. 

Please visit Casey and Her Camera's website here. Like Casey and Her Camera on Facebook here

Wedding Day Magazine Favorites of 2016

Thanks Wedding Day Magazine for include the Bay Horse Inn as one of your favorite moments in 2016!  We had so much fun working with these great local businesses and LOVE the results too.  Check out #3 in their list here

Thanks to all who contributed to this style session this fall.

Venue: Barn at Bay Horse Inn

Florals: The Marshmallow Monkey

Bridal Gown: Sophia’s Bridal

Papers/Stationary: Athena Street Creative

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Ashley Neu

Hair Stylist: Allison McNabb, EM Studio

Models: Shane + Alyssa

Be sure and check out all Wedding Day Magazine online and subscribe so you don't miss out.