It is flattering, exciting and admittedly a little nerve-wracking when our clients make our films a key part of their reception entertainment.  So imagine how I felt when Priya & Kashyap told me they would want me to create THREE films that would be featured as part of their epic wedding reception last night at the JW Marriott.  While I was able to create two of the films prior to the weekend, the Same Day Edit would be a particular challenge since it would be played prior to the couple’s introduction into the reception…just three hours following the end of the ceremony.  We pulled it off thanks to the help of a great team, and the crowd loved it!

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Meredith & Jamie were such a fun couple to work with throughout their wedding weekend at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, from their ketubah signing at the rehearsal through their beautiful ceremony behind the Lilly House & Gardens, culminating with an amazing reception in the Deer Zink Pavilion.  Overseeing all the details was planner Anne Rogers, and the decor by Alan Thompson AIFD of McNamara Florists, especially around the chuppah, gave photographer Jennifer Driscoll (who referred us) and me a lot of eye candy to work with.  Dinner service by Kahn’s Catering was perfect as always, as was the entertainment by “The Perfect Host” himself, Jim Cerone.

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Image by Jennifer Driscoll Photography

When the Detail + Design team contacted me about filming some decor for a corporate event over the course of three days, I knew it would be spectacular and that I couldn’t pass it up.  The events took place in and around the JW Marriott, and other than the moment part of me was hanging over the edge of a 14-story building’s roof for a shot, I had a great time capturing the razzle dazzle alongside photographer Kristin Hornberger.

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Asha & Tyrone have been a very fun couple to work with, from their wedding in St. Lucia to their baby shower last year in New Jersey.  This time around their adorable baby girl Iayah celebrated her first birthday at the Mesa Convention Center in Arizona.  Asha is emerging as a brilliant event designer, and the Candy Shoppe theme was not only right in her colorful wheelhouse, but also literally a treat to all the friends & family (and especially their kids) who came.  It was a blast to be reunited with so many familiar faces and to be part of another special life event with this wonderful family.

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Lauren & Tom’s storybook wedding day took place on her grandparents’ farm property in Franklin, and what a day it was!  After capturing their preparations and first look alongside photographer Jennifer Driscoll, we had fun exploring the many beautiful corners of the property throughout the day for photos.  The ceremony amid the trees was right out of a movie, with cool details like “Mimi’s lemonade” greeting the guests, wedding programs by Pink Poppy Ink printed onto brown bags containing rose petals to throw, and a towering fabric backdrop pointing up to the sky.

The tented reception featured more amazing decor & details provided by A Classic Party Rental, The Empty Vase, Wow Factors, Thomas Caterers & Classic Cakes among others.  But it was the magical moments between Lauren & Tom that made the night, from their spirited dancing with music provided by Colby Beserra & The Party Faithful through their fireworks surprise for their guests.  Overseeing all this spectacle was Monica Richard of Mon Amie Events, who referred this unforgettable event to us.
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Chandra & Kevin enjoyed a beautiful, music-filled wedding ceremony in the Artsgarden, followed by a rousing reception at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.  Chandra’s mom is a music teacher, so she took advantage of the Artsgarden’s ideal acoustics and arranged half an hour’s worth of amazing prelude music, all of which we captured.  Then we went to Monument Circle with photographer Jessica Strickland for some fun photos before heading to the Roof (who referred Chandra & Kevin to us) for more surprises.  I loved the guest book “puzzle,” as well the many more musical surprises including the choir performance during the cutting of Heavenly Sweets‘ delicious cake.  The decor by The Empty Vase was spectacular, and DJ Ben Schreiber provided some fun music throughout the evening.

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Videographer Brandon New captured the magical moments as Maggie & Rafael enjoyed a gorgeous wedding day at the Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens.  Following picture time with photographer Tessa Tillett, the elegant ceremony took place in the north garden amid lovely florals by The Empty Vase.  The reception in the adjacent tent was a blast for everyone, with wonderful dinner service by Jacquie’s Catering followed by formalities and fun with music by Pro Sound Entertainment.  Overseeing the day to perfection was Jessica from Leslie Jones Weddings, who referred this beautiful couple to us.

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Jill & Joe’s wedding day was so much fun, with a ceremony and reception at the beautiful Indiana History Center.  Coverage started with their preparations at the JW Marriott alongside photographer Jamie Sangar, followed by their first meeting at the IHC.   My favorite ceremony moment was when the two adorable ring bearers each tossed a football to the groom (a nod to his NFL job) after walking down the aisle.  After a nice cocktail hour on the canal, the festivities continued with a reception featuring elegant decor by Alley Flowers, excellent service by MBP Catering, nonstop party music by Jeremy Gearries of DJs Direct, and pies…lots of pies.  It was great to work with such a fun team and catch up with so many former clients on this gorgeous day!

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Sara & Curtis enjoyed a blast of a wedding day with a ceremony at St. Barnabus Catholic Church followed by a lively reception at D’Amore Indianapolis.  After preparations with JW Salon and Makeup by Sparkle, a sweet first look in the Hilton Garden Inn lobby, and a few quick shots on monument Circle with photographer Jessica Strickland, we headed to the same church where we filmed Curtis’ sister Kristen’s wedding just last fall for their beautiful ceremony.

After some more photos around White River State Park, we all settled into D’Amore, where planner Monica Richard (who referred Sara & Curtis to us), The Empty Vase, Wow Factors, Pomp & Polish and the rest of the design team created a vibrant, sparkly atmosphere accentuated by the setting sun.  Dinner & dessert by Thomas Caterers and Classic Cakes was amazing as usual, and Wedding Entertainment Director Jim Cerone kept the energetic crowd on its feet all night.

Additional vendors: Antique Limo, BBJ Linen, Indy Photo Booths, LaTavola Linens

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I had been anxiously awaiting this day ever since I got the scoop that our friends at Thomas Caterers were going to buy the former Buggs Temple and convert it into Canal 337, a cool new event space at the end of the canal downtown.  Even though I was able to sneak in a couple of shoots the week prior, this opening event was so special given all the unthinkable amount of work that had gone into this labor of love.  Needless to say, everything looked spectacular, and it was a pleasure to film and experience Canal 337 alongside so many industry friends while collaborating with Erin Hession, Jessica Strickland, Detail + Design, Evans Audio Visual, Encore Entertainment and of course Thomas Caterers to make this opening event so grand!

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