A Formal Black-and-Gold Wedding Outdoors in Indiana

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Sarah and Tom


Renowned sculptor Tom Sachs proposed to Sarah Hoover on a deserted Mexican beach in true artist's fashion. The ring box was carved from a Con Edison (the NYC electric company) construction barrier, a longtime favorite "found" medium of the artist's. Inside the box, on which he'd inscribed "cartier," was a memento-mori ring from 1750s England.

To achieve the look the couple wanted for their nuptials in Indianapolis, Sarah's hometown, she watched Stanley Kubrick's film "Barry Lyndon" for lighting schemes, studied 16th-century dutch still-life paintings for décor inspiration, and looked to John Singer Sargent portraits for dress ideas.

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The Museum Venue

Sarah Newgent

The wedding venue was a natural choice for the artsy couple. The 26-acre Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is tucked away on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Burnished Landscape

Sarah Newgent

Scattered arrangements of fall foliage and flowers echoed the autumnal tones outside. "I wanted the special evening fall light as a backdrop for the ceremony," says Sarah.

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Heartfelt Ceremomy

Sarah Newgent

Sarah's father officiated—with the help of the rabbi—after walking his daughter down the aisle to a Bach cello suite. "It was played in honor of my grandfather, who not only took me to the museum every weekend as a kid, but was a classical music aficionado."

For the ceremony, the bride wore a Carolina Herrera gown accented with Stone Fox Bride veil, using Solstiss lace.

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Dog of Honor


Sarah's dynamite French bulldog, Napoleon, pulled double duty as train-holder.

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The Reception Entryway


Moss "S" and "T" letters, suspended by wide gold ribbons, welcomed guests.

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The Bride's Family


Sarah's sister, Rachael (left), who has a master's degree in sustainable food practices, selected the day's cheeses. Their mom, Martha, a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, co-hosted the rehearsal dinner at Petite Chou, one of her eateries.

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The Tablescape


Décor included silver candelabras and arrangements of gardenias, ranunculus, and dahlias

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True Love Weights

Sarah Newgent

In lieu of traditional place cards, each guest's name was calligraphed in gold and displayed in a black paperweight.

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Personalized Linens

Sarah Newgent

A white linen napkin monogrammed in gold by Caroline Brackenridge of Monogram Inc. graced each place setting except for the bride's. Hers was monogrammed in white with gold accents.

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Bountiful Wedding Cake


Lauren Bohl-White adorned the couple's wedding confection with marzipan and sugar pomegranates and foliage.

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The Stylish Couple


The new Mrs. in her second ensemble for the evening: an Azzedine Alaïa gown and a crown of magnolia leaves and roses.

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Location: Oldfields-Lillyhouse and Gardens

Event planning: Detail + Design

Catering: Hoaglin Catering

Flowers: The Empty Vase

Photography: Stacy Newgent, with Austin Warnock

Stationery and calligraphy: Bernard Maisner

Cake: Lauren Bohl-White

Groom's suit: Prada

Videography: Van Neistat

Music: The Inception; Lockerbie String Quartet and Slim Pickin's (both leonardscorp.com)

Rentals: A Classic Party Rental; Cloth Connection; Eventsource; Vintage Plate Rental

Hair: Bryce Scarlett with deFacto

Makeup: Ashley Thompson

Bridesmaid dress: Balenciaga

Groomsmen attire: J.Crew

Transportation: Lew White Tours

Photo Booth: Stacy Newgent

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