Indiana summers are beautiful, and can sometimes be a bit toasty. But, we tend to think just looking at water can have a cooling effect, so choosing a wedding venue on the shore of Lake Wawasee is a perfect choice!

For us, a perfect lakeside venue near Goshen is Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana! Great minds think alike and we love that Stephanie and PJ chose Oakwood Resort’s Hilltop Banquet space because it’s indoors (with air conditioning!) but still has a panoramic view of Lake Wawasee.

After meeting with Stephanie and PJ during their free consultation, they decided that the ceremony package combined with the DJ Sticky Boots Platinum wedding package was the best combination for their wedding day entertainment. We couldn’t agree more - the two-story Hilltop Banquet Center can accommodate up to 250 guests (on each floor), and this package choice has the best sound coverage for a room that size, plus the enhancements that come with the Platinum wedding package add a super fun vibe to the space.

The weather was that of an Indiana summer - a bit unpredictable. Stephanie and PJ were prepared with a backup plan, but thankfully Mother Nature took a backseat and the outdoor ceremony went off without a hitch.

The weather also cooperated juuuuuuust enough so that Jason Bryant from Jason Bryant: Photographer could grab a couple of lakeside photos. After the newlyweds finished up these photos, the party really got started! (And so did the rain - see the video below!)

We L.O.V.E when couples choose to add unique and personal features to their reception. Stephanie and PJ didn't disappoint and had a cookie table, which is a Pittsburgh tradition! With everything from classic chocolate chip to ladylocks and Bourbon balls, guests enjoyed these made-with-love-by-family-member cookies and really enjoyed the doggy bags to take the treats home. Seriously though, these cookies were delish!

Like a lot of weddings, this group had their dancing shoes on and had a blast all night ... for nearly 4 hours!

Picking a wedding date can sometimes be a difficult choice for couples. Stephanie and PJ chose an early July wedding date for several reasons, but one of the big benefits of their specific date was fireworks over Lake Wawasee! Literally, their wedding reception ended with oohs, ahhs and a dazzling display of color.

Another benefit of hosting an event at Oakwood Resort? The Resort itself! It has 77 rooms, a couple of restaurants, a spa, a private beach and more. Your guests will love the opportunity for this getaway, too!


Stephanie · married on 07/06/2019

 5.0 Stars

Best Wedding DJ in Northern Indiana!

Blake (aka DJ StickyBoots) was awesome! Blake was the DJ for both our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception music. Not only did he do an amazing job the day of the wedding, he was also great to work with during the planning phase. He was very professional, quick to respond to any questions or idea we had, and easy to work with. He kept the party going for hours, and we got so many compliments from our guests about how great the DJ was! We would definitely recommend Blake!


Ceremony song selections:
Seating of Mother’s: Beethoven’s 5 Secrets – The Piano Guys
Bridal Processional:  Perfect – The Piano Guys
Bride’s Entrance:   A Thousand Years – The Piano Guys
Recessional:  Woman, Amen – Dierks Bentley

Reception song selections:
Grand Entrance:  Timber – Pitbull f. Ke$ha
Cake Cutting: Everything – Michael Buble
First Dance:  From the Ground Up – Dan + Shay
Parent Dance:  My Wish – Rascal Flatts
Anniversary Dance:  Speechless – Dan + Shay

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