Sara & Michael – 8/11/07

Anytime consultant Leslie Jones refers a wedding to us (thanks, Leslie!), I know we’re in for an adventure together, and Sara & Michael’s big weekend was no different. The fun started a day earlier, as Michael’s family hired us to cover the rehearsal dinner at the gorgeous Eiteljorg Museum. One comment that I kept hearing throughout the evening was that this event was being given the level of attention normally reserved for a reception, and my good friend Sarah Bean and her staff pulled it all off beautifully. The crowd enjoyed the video slideshow I put together, the speeches were plentiful but concise and often hilarious, and the huge tub of ice cream had to rank among the best dessert experiences ever. (Haagen Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s or Handel’s Pops? I had to sample all three in order to decide!)

Laurie covered most of the events on the wedding day, including a beautiful ketubah-signing ceremony prior to the couple’s traditional Jewish ceremony under a lovely chuppah at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. The reception marked our fourth trip to the posh Conrad Hotel this year, where Leslie (with much help from her awesome assistant Marjan) took an already magnificent ballroom to a whole new level with her unerring sense of style. I wish I could describe the scene, but let’s just say that the band etc. had a backdrop that they just had to LOVE playing in front of. I stopped by late to say “hi” to Laurie, Leslie, Marjan, the Conrad’s Liz Mok and photographer Hether Miles, only to be hired on the spot to cover the swanky after-party outside the ballroom until 1 a.m. This group sure knows how to throw a party!

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