A Glamorous Wedding at Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana

Sarah Watts (28 and an events director) and Ian Lobe (28 and in medical sales) met during their freshman year of college and got married nearly a deca

Sarah Watts (28 and an events director) and Ian Lobe (28 and in medical sales) met during their freshman year of college and got married nearly a decade later. Ian proposed during "Sara Smile" at a Daryl Hall & John Oates concert, so the song was incorporated into their wedding in two ways: It was the name of Ian's signature drink at the reception and the couple's first-dance song. (The recessional was "You Make My Dreams," another one by their favorite band.) As with the carefully selected music, every detail of the wedding was planned as a reflection of the couple's personalities or incorporated as part of the gold palette (from the invitations to the icing on the cake). 

The ceremony site—the Indiana State Capitol—was already adorned with brass chandeliers and gold walls, perfectly in keeping with the theme. (The only decor necessary was gold pillars down the aisle and two large gold candelabras.) "It matched our theme perfectly," Sarah says of the venue. The ballroom of the majestic Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the reception was held, featured dramatic gold chandeliers and intricate warm woodwork, exuding elegance and glamour. Gold accents were added to the tablescapes, chairs, flowers, bridesmaid gowns and bridal shoes. “There was so much golden goodness, it was like a golden heaven,” Sarah says. There was even a gold-colored confetti drop at the end of the evening, the perfect end to a perfect day. —Chrissy Sorenson

Gold typeface on cream invitations set the tone for the wedding; Sarah's antique-looking rose gold flower-shaped ring just happened to match the theme.
The most challenging part of the process was finding the right dress. Sarah wanted a traditional cathedral-length veil but didn’t want to look outdated. Known for taking fashion risks, she also wanted her gown to be original. She looked for four months before finding the dress. The winner was a modern mermaid style with vintage-looking lace and a mocha liner under the lace. “As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one,” Sarah says.
After finding the dress, other details fell into place—including accessorizing with a gold crown headpiece, a vintage fur stole and bright red lipstick for the old Hollywood glamour look.
Ian added personality to his classic look with polka-dot suspenders.
Why mess with the tried-and-true? “Everyone looks good in a traditional black tux,” Sarah says.
Wild patterns and colorful socks added a little something funky to the groomsmen wardrobe.
Sarah knew she wanted big ivory roses in her bouquet, but couldn’t decide whether to add a colored flower for visual interest. In the end, she decided against it. “My florist helped by spray-painting and adding gold greenery to the bouquet to give it something special,” she says.
The bridesmaids, Sarah’s “golden goddesses,” wore floor-length gold dresses with satin on top and chiffon on the bottom.
The ceremony was in the rotunda of the Indiana State Capitol, a “remarkably beautiful” building. There wasn’t much decorating required, since the building—with marble floors, grand pillars and intricate architecture—was gorgeous on its own.
The bride and bridesmaids completed their glamorous gold look with faux fur.
The reception was held at the neo-Gothic  Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. “The building was beyond stunning,” Sarah says. Ornate carved woodwork, a dazzling gold chandelier, patterned ceilings and stained glass windows added to the historic, romantic vibe. The grand entrance of the building resembles a church, but it's actually a fraternal building.
Vintage vinyl records, in lieu of a traditional guest book, added a little flair to the wedding.
The couple had his-and-hers ice-luge drinks: the Sarah Smile for his, the Maneater for hers (Sarah and Ian got engaged at a Hall & Oates concert).
The goal of creating a classy, elegant celebration was accomplished through gold chargers, candelabras, linens, centerpieces and party favors.
The goal in creating a classy, elegant celebration was accomplished through gold chargers, candelabras, linens, centerpieces and party favors. “There was so much golden goodness, it was like a golden heaven,” Sarah says.
The metallic gold icing was what sold Sarah on this elaborate wedding cake. “It was the perfect complement to our theme,” she says. And the spice flavor “was to die for.”