Although I was still aching from the previous day’s wedding, I was very excited to get started on Ann Marie & Michael’s big day for many reasons. First, this would be my first wedding and reception at the Crowne Plaza Union Station shot in HD, so it was stimulating to capture the gorgeous architecture of the historic Grand Hall from a whole new (widescreen) perspective. Second, it meant that I would be working with my good friend and photographer extraordinaire Angela Talley, who had referred the couple to me. But mostly, there was the super-nice couple themselves, who booked us a looong time ago and have been very excited this whole time about having me there, which has only made me feel more the same in return.
We all started the day by hopping onto a shuttle for some photos on Monument Circle with Angela and her ace assistant Whitney. Then we went to the RCA Dome, and for good measure, Lucas Oil Field for some more shots. I was impressed by the groom’s pop-culture savvy when he asked me to capture the guys doing a “Resevoir Dogs” walk. (Angela’s “Rese-what?” reaction cracked me up. Definitely a guy movie!) The ceremony itself looked gorgeous in the north end of the Grand Hall with the huge, round stained-glass window overhead and the awesome floral arrangements by Sara Thompson of McNamara Florist dotting the aisle.
A long cocktail hour combined with a spread-out dinner schedule with formalities mixed in throughout gave me plenty of time to catch my breath and get ready for the next great moment, of which Ann Marie and Michael provided many. Larry Sauer and his band etc., enhanced by a killer brass section, played some popular standards throughout dinner, but the exciting part was seeing everyone’s reaction once they kicked in with the REALLY great stuff afterwards. And I don’t know what it is about us when we get together, but Angela, Whitney and I spent so much time in a constant state of hysterics, cracking up for no apparent reason all night, that it’s really amazing we got any work done. But indeed we did, and I can’t wait to share it with this wonderful couple.