Mr. and Mrs. Clark – May 5, 2018

The Grand Ballroom at The Waterford Estates Lodge in South Bend Indiana was pleased to host the ceremony and reception of DeeAnna and James Clark

DeeAnna is the daughter of one of our most loved employees, she is like one of our family members and it was such an honor getting to be a part of her special day.

The wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful and there was not a dry eye in the house. The bride and groom went with coral and grey accents around the room with beautiful handmade decorations made with love by the mother of the groom including hand wrapped Clark bars (how cute is that?!).

The reception kicked off at 6 pm with the arrival of the wedding party.  The Waterford Servers acted quickly to get dinner ready for 100 guests immediately following the ceremony. The night was filled with great food, awesome service, great music to dance to and more. The smiles filled the room and a great feeling of joy and love was present throughout the evening.



Prepared by The Waterford Estates Lodge Food and Beverage Manager, Doug Schultz


  • Sausage and Florentine Stuffed Mushrooms
  • BBQ Meatballs



#Oncloudnadolny– Mr. and Mrs. Nadolny – April 28, 2018

Planning a wedding requires a lot of organization and attention to detail… Planning a wedding from a distance is twice as complicated but I think it is fair to say that Sarah and Brandon did a wonderful job planning a reception to remember at the Waterford Estates Lodge. This delightful couple got married on April 28, 2018 and it was certainly an event their guest will be talking about for years to come!

Sarah and Brandon kicked off their reception at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour featuring a cheese and vegetable display and an open bar for their guests as they arrived and found their seats. As the bridal party was introduced by their fantastic DJ, Jared, of Wagner DJ Services, the guests had the surprise of their life as the maid of honor and best man came out as dinosaurs!

Mint, Coral, and Silver were the highlights of this gorgeous reception with elegant accents and unique personal touches from the bride and groom.



Prepared by the Waterford Estates Lodge Food and Beverage manager, Doug Schultz


Old World Polish Buffet

  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Kluski Noodles
  • Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy
  • Polish Sausage
  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage
  • Fried Chicken
  • Garden Lodge salad
  • Rolls with handmade whipped butter

This day could not have been possible without all of the wonderful venues the couple put in place to help make everything run smoothly!

Ceremony Venue: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Reception Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge

Event Coordinators: Katie Mast and Rebecca Bohn

DJ: Wagner DJ Services

Photographer: a La Kaat Portraiture

Cake: Hoosier Mama Confections

Photobooth: S and S Photobooth

Wedding Coordinator: Shelby Nelson

#Finallyrobertsons – Mr. and Mrs. Robertson – March 25, 2018

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, The Grand Ballroom at The Waterford Estates Lodge in South Bend Indiana was pleased to host the ceremony and reception of Brandy Logan and Michael Robertson!

One of our favorite parts of working with brides and groom is just watching the way that they interact. Michael and Brandy were always so fun loving towards each other! The couple enjoys doing adventurous things together, like their first date, that was at Cedar Point.

The day of the wedding was a long day beginning early in the morning with hair and make-up appointments. Michael took the lead and allowed Brandy the time she needed to become a gorgeous bride. He handled all the final details and kept everybody on task. The wedding ceremony was beautiful. They were blessed to share this moment of their life with friends and family from all over. The ceremony was sweet and loving following with the couple “Jumping The Broom” together. How Fun??

After the ceremony, it was time for the Waterford team to ACT. We must completely transformation of the Grand Ballroom into a reception set-up to die for from the ceremony set-up in just one hour.  During this time Mr & Mrs Robertson took to pictures with friends and family all over the city. 3…2….1….whew we made it!!! Time to have a Party!!

The reception started at 5 pm with cocktail hour. The Waterford Servers passed appetizers to the arriving guests and allowed them to find their seats. Brandy and Michael entered the room with their wedding party in style. DJ Danny Mac led the party and introductions. The night was filled with great food, awesome service, great music, dancing and more.


Prepared by The Waterford Estates Lodge Food and Beverage manager, Doug Schultz.


  • Sausage and Florentine Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Beef Satay



  • Roasted Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce
  • Herb Roasted Chicken
  • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Garden Lodge Salad
  • Rolls with Handmade Whipped Butter

A Special thank you to all of the wonderful vendors that made this day possible!

Ceremony Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge

Reception Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge

Event Coordinators: Katie Mast and Rebecca Bohn

Photographer: Japheth-Essence of Portraits- Photography

Cake Artist: Specialty Cakes by Erica

DJ: Danny Mac with 99.9

Officiant: Patrick – Elder at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Nashville, TN

2018 Wedding Trends Unveiled

On average, 2018 couples are focusing on EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCE!

Although the average guest size is going down, the amount spent per guest is increasing with more interactive experiences and details that couples want their guests to notice!

Some wedding trends come and go, while others have remained consistent for years and years, but the great thing about trends is that you can pick and choose what is right for you!!

We are excited to provide some of our insight on what’s going to be “IN” for 2018. So before you continue to plan your big day, here are 8 wedding trends that are set to be HOT this year courtesy of WeddingWire!

Color, Color, and more Color

Color is the easiest way to bring your personality into your wedding. Choosing the right color palette is a huge part of the overall style and theme for your wedding and will be represented throughout your entire day. We have noticed that brides are selecting Bold, vibrant colors and tend to be avoiding traditional pastels in 2018. Colors like Burgundy, Ultra Violet, Plum, Apricot and Butter Yellow will be everywhere this season.

Ultra Violet was chosen to be the 2018 COLOR of the Year by Pantone. (see article here) We expecting to see hints of Ultra Violet all over the place this year at The Waterford.

Greenery and Hanging Flowers

Hanging floral and greenery displays began to appear in 2017 and continue to be a popular choice in 2018. These displays have been more elaborate and creative than last year and are an awesome way to add height or levels to your decor. They can also help to eliminate clutter on the tables and allow for open and unblocked views and conversations amongst your guests.

{Brooklyn Bride} Photo Credit: Stacey Simpson for Levi Stolve Photography

Low Centeripices and Cascading Bouquets

intimate floral arrangements have made an impact on the 2018 wedding season. These lower, full arrangements allow for easy conservation among guests, as well as the opportunity to bring more of the bride’s personality to the table through these displays. 2018 brides are wanting a more intimate feel among the guests.

{Budget Bride}

For 2018 when it comes to bouquets, bigger is definitely better.  The 80’s trend has returned to the wedding scene in the form of large beautiful cascading bouquets. They achieve a look of effortless beauty and are a great addition to any wedding.

Themed Food Displays and Quirky Dessert Tables

Whether it be a late night snack or doughnuts for dessert, in 2018 we will see brides leaning towards more comfort items when it comes to food and awesome displays. In 2018 brides are opting for more of a dessert table over the traditional wedding cake. Cheesecake bars, Doughnut towers, cookies, pies, let your imagination run wild!! YUM!


Casual Groom Attire

Patterned socks, cool sneakers, cowboy boots, funky wingtips, the options are endless for grooms to pick their shoes and socks that best represents their style on their wedding day!

Metallic and Geometric Accents

The 2018 wedding season will be full of new ideas and needs for brides. 2018 brides want to push the boundaries and wow their guests and are exploring and experimenting with new shapes and materials in their decor. Metallic details have already proven popular in 2017 and will continue in 2018 with an emphasis on gold and copper.


Geometric accents are a new, modern, and edgy twist that has recently become popular among bridal decor. 2018 brides have incorporated these geometric shapes into all aspects of their big day, from circle or triangle shaped arches when they say I DO, to quirky candle holders. Look out for this HOT new Trend.


Adding textures into weddings can help create depth and visual interest for the guests. Textures have always been important when it comes to the bridal gown (lace, sequins, and jewels) and with the wedding cake (petal frosting, flowers and pearls, and ruffles)but now we will be seeing this trend more in the decor itself with ruched chair covers, crinkle or petal taffeta tablecloths, and different greens in the bouquet and centerpieces

Natural Hair and Make-up

2018 wedding trends are going for the overall more natural feel and this is applying directly to the brides’ themselves. They are opting out of the layered on makeup and overdone hair and choosing to go for a more natural look.


We are excited to see what wedding trends will come to The Waterford Estates Lodge Grand Ballroom in 2018. Are you??

Crop for a Cure

Last weekend we were blessed to host some awesome people who came together to HELP FIGHT cancer and raise money for the Kelly Cares Foundation!

The goal of the weekend was to increase awareness and fundraising through scrapbooking, crafting, education, and friends We spoke to a few ladies on the Committee that stated that this event takes the whole year to plan, lots of phone calls, meetings, organizing, and fundraising. They also stated that every year they count the days down to the retreat to have a few days to be stress-free and relaxed, among great friends. A chance to catch up on past plans for crafts and old friends.

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. Over the past decade, there has been a gradual decrease in female breast cancer because of research, education, awareness and early detection.


FACTS about Breast Cancer in the United States

  • One in Eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the US today!!

The Waterford Estates Lodge has been the proud host of CROP for the CURE-South Bend for over 10 years. A wonderful weekend with wonderful people!! The event includes a variety of vendors, a silent auction, and a chance to get to know some great crafty people.

This year was a great success….

Over $21,000!!!! That is what we raised for the Kelly Cares Foundation!! Thank you for helping Crop Out Cancer and fight this horrible disease while creating memories with amazing friends!…FACEBOOK POST (Crop for the Cure-South Bend)