Bride- Amber Spitznogle

Groom- Michael DeFabis


Ceremony location:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: 10655 Haverstick Road, Carmel, IN

Reception location: Highland Country Club: 1050 West 52nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46228

Honeymoon location: Rivera Maya, Mexico


Wedding date: April 13th, 2013


When did you first meet: Mutual friend, Michael had a training class with Kathleen, Kathleen was an old friend of mine. Michael contacted me through Facebook.  After a few failed attempts to hang out and me even standing Michael up, we finally went out on an AMAZING first date.

Where did you first meet: Our first date was at Rick’s Boatyard on April 14th, 2010.  The date was perfect, it was a warm spring day we sat out on the deck and had drinks and appetizers.  I laughed at all Michael’s jokes and Michael says he was fixated on my beauty. :)  The rest is history.

When did you know you were going to marry him: After meeting his family- I went to his parent’s house for their annual bocce tournament.  I knew Michael was a keeper when I saw how he interacted with his family and friends.  He is very family oriented and it really showed that day.

How did he propose: Almost 2 years after we met on leap day; February 29th, 2012.  I thought it was just a normal Wednesday but Michael had other plans.  He proposed at our condo and had arranged a celebration dinner with both of our families at Rick’s Boatyard, where we had our first date. It was the perfect proposal.

Favorite thing to do together:  I love lazy Sundays when we get to hang out all day together watching our favorite TV shows.  I enjoy every moment I get to spend with Michael, there’s never a dull moment and we’re always laughing.



Wedding colors: Coral, grey, gold

Number of guests: 210

Number in wedding party: 16

Wedding Style: Party! Simple but elegant and FUN!

Beauty style: Vintage

Dress style: A-line lace with cap sleeves

Most unique wedding personalization: Fish in centerpieces? When we first started dating Michael got a salt-water fish tank and one of the first gifts I got him was 2 Nemo fish.

Something you did very different: No guarder/ boutique toss, danced with my Mom

Something you did very traditional: Catholic ceremony

Something you would do all over again: I would absolutely have my wedding at Highland Country Club, the food was great, the drinks were stiff and the staff was A-mazing! I would also hire the Walk-ins again; the dance floor was packed the whole night because of the them.

Something you would never do again: Flowers in the bubble bowl arrangements.  Since the flowers couldn’t breathe there was condensation in the bowls.

Most memorable wedding moment: Our first dance, the Harlem shake, Michael singing Third Eye Blind, all of our friends and family dancing.

Best wedding decision: Band- The Walk-ins

Best wedding overall advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff…. At the end of the day people will not remember the fogged up bubble bowls but they will remember they had a great time.



Ceremony– St Elizabeth Ann Seton

Reception– Highland Country Club

Dress-Maggie Sottero-Chiffons- Lafayette, IN

Shoes– Steven by Steve Madden- Nordstroms

Accessories– GThrapp- vintage necklace, pearl earrings, rings

Hair– Rebecca Willis

Make-up– Dawne Thompson

Suits– Tommy Hilfiger- Macy’s

Invitations– Elegant Events- Leslie Swathwood

Flowers– Jan Hosp Design

Cake– Heavenly Sweets

Entertainment– The Walk-ins

Photographer– Joe DeFabis :)

DeFabis Photography

3901 Kessler Blvd. N. Dr.

Indianapolis, IN 46228


Videographer– Spot On Filmworks

Transportation– Carey Limo


Many Thanks to our Bride of the Month, Amber! Happily Ever After to you and Michael!

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