• Maggie O'Heran

Leah & Justin

Switchyard Park Pavilion | Bloomington, Indiana

floral arrangements and bride and groom at switchyard park pavilion

Most planners have been at it since the end of March, catching up from last year and moving forward to our new "normal" annnnddd then there's me. Kicking off the year at the end of May. But it was a beautiful kickoff at Switchyard Park's Pavilion here in Bloomington, Indiana!

wedding welcome table at switchyard park pavilion

But hey, that's a-okay because it wasn't too long ago that all I could do was sit in bed. Some know, some don't, but I had a major knee reconstruction less than 12 weeks ago. Think knee replacement with my own parts + 2 (huge) screws and about 5 other things thrown in to make it work. But, that's a story for a different day. Time between surgery and Justin & Leah's big day? 100 days exactly. Time spent in bed prior to their big day? 6 months, 17 days. Which was time well spent because I could take all my excess energy and pour it into making 5/29/21 the.best.day.ever for Justin & Leah.

I will admit, I would have been pretty hurt if they had someone else help them on their big day. Not that I am competitive, there's plenty of couples out there for all of us planners, but I've known Justin for well over a decade now. Spending some formative years in the same circle and, surprisingly, not going to jail from some of the shenanigans we've had in the group (I was a good kid, I promise 😂).

When Leah reached out for help back before the knee saga began, I was ecstatic. I am also so thankful, because they stuck with me knowing full well I was starting the journey to fixing my knee. You see, it was two stages of surgery. The first in Nov 2020, an easy peasy scope, and the 2nd for sometime way later this year, like next fall. So doc and I agreed it'd work out just fine and I could get through this wedding season before rehabbing my knee again. But, life doesn't always go as planned and the easy peasy scope turned into the 6 months in bed, not being able to bend my knee/walk well or for very long/being completely disabled. By the grace of God, they stuck with me and the doc moved the stars and moon to get me fixed up in time for their big day. And what a big day it was!

AND now that's all out in the open, let's talk about that big day!

It was surprisingly COLD for Memorial Day weekend and the day dawned a lovely shade of grey. But you know what they say about Indiana weather, wait 5 mins and it'll change. Eventually, it did warm up a bit and the sun made an appearance, but it was no match for the light Leah & Justin radiated. Their love and the love for them from their guests warmed Switchyard Park Pavilion and made the sun shine brighter (wait, when did this turn so sappy?!). Jenn Williams (Hamm) with EyeMuse Photography captured it perfectly. Could they be any more photogenic??!! AND Jenn found the perfect spots in the park for them to take photos. Which just tickles me pink since as a couple, and individually, they love being outdoors.

Their love for the outdoors came through in their centerpieces too. From the beginning, Leah knew she wanted to use Sola Wood flowers, which while new to me, was something I could totally get behind. We found the perfect ones, but where stuck on greenery after some mock ups showed us what we didn't want to see. When Leah originally brought up the idea of cut greenery from their homestead, I baulked if I am being honest. Wildflowers & greenery don't usually last that long once cut, but she did her due diligence and found greenery that lasted. And well, I am up for anything if I c