Serendipity: Dreams Come True

tremblay-weddingPhillip + Heather Tremblay

Every bride dreams of a magical day. There’s lengthy lists of behind-the-scenes work that goes on to make sure the ‘Big Day’ goes off without a hitch. Fortunately for Heather (Fausnaugh) Tremblay, she had a team of professionals working on her behalf.


Heather met her husband-to-be, Phillip Tremblay, at a friend’s wedding in Cleveland. As she recalls, it was a moment of serendipity.

“I was out on the dance floor with co-workers having a good time when he came up and we started dancing the night away,” she said. “It was one of those moments when love finds you when you are not looking for it.”

The relationship developed from there and before they knew it, two and a half years had passed. As Heather would find out, Phillip had something up his sleeve.

“I went to the Capitol and he had some excuse for us to go inside,” she said. “He led me to the Speaker of the House’s balcony, overlooking the National Mall, where he proposed. It was perfect!”

Tremblay Bridesmaids

~•~ The Vendors ~•~
Band and Jazz Trio: Bluewater Kings Band,
Bridal Gown: Custom Lea-Ann Belter,;
M.H. Pomanders,
Bridal Jewelry: Paris by Debra Moreland,
Bridal Party Photo Location:Well Street Bridge
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka,
Bridesmaid Dresses: EdenBridals, and
The Bride to Be,
Cake: Sassie Cakes,
Calligrapher: Meghan Short, Moonlit Design Company,
Church: Cathedral of Immaculate Conception,
Florist: Renee Miner, Empyrean Events and Catering,
Bridegroom and Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse,
Hair: Ramon Alonso, Hairdressing by Ramon, and Linda Armstrong & Garth Crittendon,
Sizzorworks Style Studios,
Invitations: The Monogram Shoppe,
Makeup: Brianna Schaab & Katie Sturgill, Sizzorworks Style Studios,
Photo Booth: Lucktech Photobooths,
Photographer: Jessica Strickland
Prep Location: Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Jennifer Bell,
Reception and Reception Decor: Renee Miner, Empyrean Events and Catering,
Rehearsal Dinner: Club Soda,
Trolley: Club Car Limousine & Trolley,

Yes to the dress

the-wedding-dressIt wasn’t long before the wedding planning began in earnest. What bride doesn’t dream of finding the perfect wedding gown? As Heather explained, finding “the one,” was a group effort.

“My mom, future mother-in-law, brother (man of honor) and cousin (matron of honor) flew out to D.C. one weekend to help me find my gown,” she said. “We went to three shops and I tried on approximately 30 dresses before I finally found what I thought was my gown. “

However, Heather had a change of heart and ended up going with a custom-made gown.

She worked with MH Pomanders in Indianapolis to create a piece that combined elements of the gown from D.C. and the ones from MH Pomanders.

Heather said she was nervous about the experience at first, but the staff at MH Pomanders proved to be comforting.

“When the time came to try on my dress, I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement,” she said. “It was at that moment that I realized I was getting married to the man I loved!”

As for the end product, Heather said it suited her perfectly: “classic, romantic, lace, a little bit of sparkle and a blush undertone to celebrate my Nana’s fight against breast cancer.”

The Wedding

Another milestone in the wedding planning was fleshing out the details of the ceremony. Phillip, a Catholic, wanted to honor his faith in the ceremony. The couple chose the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. The ceremony was “traditional,” in Heather’s words, but they personalized it by selecting the readings and music that told their story.

Similarly, the wedding party selection reflected their lives, both past and present. Phillip’s best man was his brother, Jeff, and his groomsmen were friends he grew up with in Michigan. Heather’s brother, Ryan, was her man of honor and cousin, Jill, was matron of honor. The bridesmaids were made up of friends from across the country from different periods in her life.

The Reception

After the church ceremony it was time to party at the Empyrean, a high-end venue located in downtown Fort Wayne. Heather speaks highly of the staff there, noting, “They paid attention to every detail of our vision from the décor, theme, flowers, layout, design, etc.”

Heather said Renee Miner, chief event designer, was especially instrumental in the positive experience, from planning to execution. “After meeting with Renee, I felt like she and I connected and she really understood my vision,” she said.

During the 19 months of planning, Miner worked closely with Heather to ensure that vision was brought to reality. For example, Miner approached her about the Empyrean’s floral service. Heather admitted she was a little nervous about taking the plunge, as this was a new service, but Miner quelled her fears by creating mock-up bouquets.

“With a couple tweaks, the Empyrean team created the most beautiful bouquets, corsages and floral designs for both our wedding and reception,” she said. “It was one of the best decisions I made because they were able to create a theme and flow throughout the whole day, not just the reception.”

Another way Miner and her staff went above and beyond was by managing all of the vendors so the couple could focus on celebrating, not on the details. “The Empyrean was a perfect venue for our reception and the Empyrean team made it an amazing experience for us and our guests,” she said.

Photography by Jessica Strickland

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