Katelin and Dustin

Ahhh... a breath of fresh air, a color filled evening at Avon Gardens, and a pair of sweethearts promising the rest of their lives together.  I loved everything about this wedding, but above all, the laughter and throw your head back kind of smiles.  Dustin and Katelin planned a simple evening letting their romance and treasured relationships with others shine the brightest. Even the little roses were dancing in delight, and the big beautiful sun played with the trees in that oh so perfect way.  A luscious green setting followed by a beautiful blue night ~ I honestly could photograph this day all over again.  Such a pleasure!  Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Cruz, may all the seeds you plant in life inspire as much happiness as you do in one another. 

Avon Gardens

Aly and Eli

   What a great day, and even better night!  City lights ended our evening with Aly and Eli, preceded by the one of a kind Scottish Rite ballroom scene and a dance party where I think nearly everyone in attendance dipped their toe in at some point.  Aly and Eli enjoyed their first dance as their guests looked over the balcony from the cocktail hour, and as you can see, the moment was theirs completely.  I love the excitement these two showed one another in saying "I do" and acknowledging the many special moments of their day. I could feel the anticipation in our email exchanges leading up to the big day, and it was so fun to see it come to life as the day began.  From pearls to pumps, classic details were perfect with the grand beauty of the Scottish Rite, and just look at those amazing flowers by Meg Catharine.  In love!   Aly looked so comfortable and happy, and I know Eli could see this the moment he watched her enter the theater.  Friendship and romance, it was all there, all day.  Thank you for sharing this with us Aly and Eli, I know your lives together will be equally as rich in laughter and love. 

Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral    Flowers: Meg Catherine Flowers       DJ: Elite Sounds      Hotel: Sheraton             

preparing at the Sheraton Hotel Indianapolis
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Meg Catharine Floral
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Scottish Rith Cathedral
Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater
Scottish Rite Tyler's Room
Scottish Rite Ballroom

Courtney and Ben

   I'm starting this blog off with a photo that has become one of my favorites.  It's not a perfect photograph, but what it reveals tells this couples wedding day story in just the way I remember it.  He loves her dearly, she gracefully and beautifully loves him back. And every bit of it is real.  The way Ben looks at Courtney is so full, just as their wedding eve and day was.  The setting of St. Mary's and the Columbia Club Friday evening for the official ceremony, followed by the gorgeous Regions Tower decor and drama the next day were nothing short of perfect.  A gorgeous bride, a romantic groom, the beautiful sunset followed by a night lit by the city... I can't think of a better story for this sweet couple.  Cheers to the life they will build together.  I have no doubt the world is a better place with the two of them as one. 

Thanks to a great team, especially John and Carolina!!

Venue: St. Mary's, Columbia Club, Regions Tower   Make up: True Colors    Music: Shawn Liller   Hair: Rachel Campbell- Bang A Salon       Cake: Cake Bake     Flowers: Oasis Events

st.mary's cathedral and Columbia Club Indianapolis
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Indianapolis War Memorial
Indianapolis War Memorial
Indianapolis War Memorial
Indianapolis War Memorial
wedding party Indianapolis War Memorial

Mel and Rachel

   What a great wedding day for Mel and Rachel. Their ease and comfort with one another set the tone for the day right down to the sparkling end.  We started off with the setting of home, a gorgeous one at that.  Rachel and her mother shared some beautiful moments of getting ready before heading out to the reveal.  Rachel was such a beaming bride, and the personality that comes out of Mel's excitement as he see's her for the first time is priceless.  Sweet and romantic moments, pairing naturally with the sillier, lighter side of things.  The Ceremony was equally full of heart and laughter, and we loved returning to our favorite Saint Mary's Cathedral.  Certainly the most popular church for us.  After a pleasant stop off at Lockerbie, we headed to The Ritz Charles.  Alan of Mcnamara Florist really brought out the beauty and more subtle qualities of the space with an antique, feminine feeling ideal for Mel and Rachel to enjoy their first meal as husband and wife.  By the end of the night, Jim Cerone had entire pavilion of guests feeling quite at home with their dancing shoes on.  It wouldn't be complete without the sparkler send off... perfectly orchestrated by Christa of Blissfully Simple Events.  Such a great team to be a part of, and a family we were so pleased to reunite with {Andrea and Ben from 2014}.  Wishing Mel and Rachel a wonderful life together, I have a feeling it will definitely be a fun adventure. 

Floral: Mcnamara Florist    Planning: Blissfully Simple Events   DJ: Jim Cerone   Stylist: David and Mary  Venue: Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion   Church: Saint Mary's Cathedral

Source: Ritz Charles and Saint Mary's wedding

Chelsea and Alex

  I've wanted to post this wedding since the night I looked over their images and began to edit... as sweet a couple as is their love for one another.  When Chelsea told me where she was to be married, I couldn't help but hope and pray that we'd work together, and so grateful I am that we did.  So much down to earth affection and emotion was shared on this wedding day.  Genuine from their head to their toes, in their words, and even in song!  It was absolutely our pleasure to document Alex and Chelsea's wedding day, and a warm reminder of our own marriage here under this gorgeous roof almost ten years ago.  John and I chose the location for the light streaming in during the hour of our ceremony. As I photographed Alex gleaming at his bride, holding her head in the palm of his hands for their first kiss, sending his arm up in the air with excitement, I let that feeling of that moment you step off the alter as husband and wife rush over my soul.  How grand it truly was, just as the pipes declare.  My appreciation and admiration for this couple continued to grow as they shared their own very special day with us.  And the rain, well... it couldn't have fallen on a more perfect spring day for a couple with big lives ahead and even bigger hearts blooming.

Many, many thanks to the staff of The Indiana Landmarks Center , the beautiful flowers by Lily Lane and the very talented musicians of the Impalas.   

indiana landmarks center
Such a beauty, inside and out.

Such a beauty, inside and out.

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of course, I'm partial... but perhaps one of the most ideal locations for a wedding ceremony.

of course, I'm partial... but perhaps one of the most ideal locations for a wedding ceremony.

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