When high school sweethearts Austin and Julia Dewig were married on June 4, 2022, they invited “just about the entire town of Haubstadt,” Julia says. The couple met through mutual friends while attending Gibson Southern High School and dated more than four years.
Austin proposed at the top of a hill, and candles lit Julia’s path toward her friends, family, and fiancé-to-be. When it came time to start planning, Julia enlisted the help of spreadsheets and planners. To make sure everyone involved in the ceremony is on the same page, she recommends creating a “day of the wedding” planning document to hand out, as well as emergency kits for bridesmaids and groomsmen.
The wedding at St. James Catholic Church was presided over by three priests who the couple each knew. The church was well attended with around 650 guests. The nearby Vanderburgh County 4-H Center auditorium was the perfect venue for the couple’s large reception.
OBJ Design helped make Julia’s design vision come to life, as she has always dreamed of a pink sparkly wedding. The venue was covered in flowers, chandeliers, lights, draping, and plenty of sparkles.
The wedding food was a familial labor of love. Austin’s family owns Dewig Meats, and their catering company Pappa Bear’s provided two whole hogs, steamboat round, barbecued chicken, and plenty of sides. The couple also asked each of their aunts to bake a different type of cookie for the cookie bar. And instead of walking around to guests’ dinner tables, Austin and Julia greeted each guest as they entered the buffet line.
From the ceremony to the reception, Austin and Julia’s wedding was full of celebratory personalized touches as a testament to their love for family and one another.
“When I was walking up the aisle, I looked out into the pews, and the church was packed with all our friends and family,” Julia says. “This was so special! It made me tear up looking at both of our parents as well. They were so helpful during the entire wedding process, and we will be forever grateful for having such loving parents as well as friends.”
Jesse and Gena Photographers
Florist and Decor
Lights and Draping
T.R.U. Event Rental
House of White
Pappa Bear’s Catering