I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a strange year. But, on Saturday, September 5, 2020, the world felt all as it should during Bret and Leslie Ulyat’s Rensseler, Indiana wedding.
I mean, family and friends were together, toasts were made, guests danced and danced, and Bret and Leslie—who were clearly destined to be together—became husband and wife!
While they didn’t officially meet until their late teens and early 20’s and didn’t start dating until Leslie was in college, Bret and Leslie grew up in neighboring small towns—Rensselaer and Remington, Indiana.
At different points in their lives, Bret and Leslie both had plans to leave their small communities, but after being away (Bret for a few years and Leslie just for a night according to her dad’s speech), they both realized that it’s a beautiful thing to do life with the people you’ve loved and known the longest. And, as a result, they both moved back to the Jasper County area—which led them to dating! (You can read more of their story and see their engagement photos here!)
Today, Bret and Leslie have a home not far from either set of their parents; Bret runs the family business with his dad (Ulyat Trucking); they host pool parties at their house regularly; and they clearly value their friends and family above all else.
In fact, their wedding day was a testament to how well Bret and Leslie prioritize relationships. I mean, their families were clearly nothing short of elated to be gaining a new son and daughter. Bret and Leslie’s bridal party was made up of friends they met as toddlers and have managed to maintain decade-long friendships with. And, although their wedding was big, it was obvious that Bret and Leslie have a personal relationship with every guest that was in attendance.
Long story short, Bret and Leslie understand how to love others well and prioritize relationships, and it was a beautiful thing to see these two people become husband and wife and be celebrated by the people they love most.
While Bret and Leslie’s ceremony and reception were in Rensselaer, Indiana, they started their wedding day getting ready at their home in Remington. (Well, the girls did. The guys joined a bit later.)
Bret and Leslie love their house and wanted to do their first look in their backyard—which is gorgeous! So, after getting ready, Bret saw his bride on their property just behind their home. (I hope that as long as Bret and Leslie live in their house, they always think of their wedding day when they look at their backyard!)
After their first look, their bridal party joined us outside for photos, and I have to say that this was a really great bridal party! I mean, Bret and Leslie have known most of their bridesmaids and groomsmen since they were babes, giving them a special, lifelong bond.
After bridal party photos, Bret and Leslie became husband and wife at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rensselaer, Indiana—the church Leslie grew up in and where she happened to meet her maid and matron of honor in Sunday school.
Then, after their grand exit from the church, Mr. and Mrs. Ulyat and their family and friends headed to the Jasper County Fairgrounds to party the night away! And, guys, the dance floor was packed! In fact, it was such a great time that Garrett—Leslie’s twin brother and a groomsman in the wedding—ripped his pants while dancing!
Basically, it was an incredible celebration, and I think it’s safe to say that Bret and Leslie’s guests loved every minute!
Bret and Leslie, I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for the two of you or how honored I was that you trusted me to be your wedding photographer.
I hope your wedding day was everything you dreamed it would be and that you love your wedding photo previews. But, I hope you’re loving being married even more!
Cheers to you, Mr. and Mrs. Ulyat! Enjoy your honeymoon!
Want to see more of Bret and Leslie? Check out their engagement photos in Remington, Indiana!
Reception Venue: Jasper County Fair Association
Event Decorator: Wilson Events by Design
Florist: Shadow Box Flower Market
Tuxedo: Gretchen’s Bridal Gallery
Bridal Gown: Gretchen’s Bridal Gallery
Bridesmaids Dresses: AZAZIE
Makeup Artist: Susan Cross
DJ: DJ Chad Wynn
Caterer: Bob & Connie’s R & P
Baker: Darcy Pampel
Invitation’s Designer: Top Knot Designs
Wedding Bands: Steffens Jewelry
Photographer: Victoria Rayburn Photography