A couple of years after videotaping her sister Elizabeth’s wedding at the same location, I had the privilege of being there to capture Julia tying the knot with John at Meridian Street United Methodist Church. It was a treat to work again with consultant Gloria Boyden of Events by Design (who had originally referred Elizabeth to me), and to be joined this time around by super-fun photographer Jessica Strickland and her hubby/assistant Mark. Julia was the rare bride who always seemed to be having more fun than everyone else in the room, and her enthusiasm was contagious.
The reception was held once again at the beautiful Woodstock Club, where we enjoyed some great photo ops under the huge, peak-color maple tree out front. The decor inside provided by McNamara Florist was fabulous, just as it was earlier at the church. As it often goes in this business, after working with the band etc. maybe once every other year for several years, this evening marked our fourth event together this summer. As always, they rocked the house all night. Even when the guests were being lured en masse to the bar area for drinks or large group photos, they kept coming back to dance, often led by the bride and groom themselves.
After seeing Chris and the boys off at the airport Sunday for our fall break vacation in Orlando, I drove downtown to cover Megan & James’ wedding and reception at the Omni Severin Hotel. I was already exhausted from the previous day’s shoot, but the familiar smiling faces of the Omni’s Amanda Coffey (thanks for the referral!), photographers Kevin & Alicia Monahan and DJ Sunny Moon (on hand early to provide ceremony music) were all I needed to hit the ground running. James has a video production background himself, so that was also motivation enough to make sure my “A” game didn’t hop on that plane with the wife and kids.
The ceremony went perfectly as expected, and Sunny used his expertise to keep the guests up and dancing throughout the Sunday night reception. As he bid the couple farewell accompanied by the “Mickey Mouse” theme at the end of the evening, Sunny quipped that I would be joining them on the plane the next morning for their honeymoon coverage. He was half right – I took the same airline to Orlando the next morning two hours before they did, but it was to join the rest of my family for a much-needed vacation. I didn’t spot Megan & James at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where they were honeymooning, but I’m sure they had a great time without me!

Laurie has been getting some pretty ritzy affairs to cover for us lately, and Susannah & Eric’s wedding and reception at the Eiteljorg Museum was nothing short of jaw-dropping. Consultant Rayna Traylor, who kindly referred the couple to us, created a very unique configuration for the event, even for this versatile venue. The Clowes Sculpture Court, a big round “ballroom” normally used for dining and dancing, was completely filled with dinner tables, expertly serviced as always by Kahn’s Katering. Meanwhile, the Eagle Commons area, normally a wider “hallway” used for cocktails, provided the setting for both the traditional Jewish ceremony and the dancing later in the evening. When I stopped by to say “hi” to Laurie, Rayna and photographer Hether Miles, I was stopped in my tracks at the entrance to the commons by the huge cake under the beautifully lit chuppah that I assume stood over the couple at the other end of the space only hours earlier. Based on what little I saw in my few minutes there, this should be a fun edit!

Consultant Mark Mattingly of Formalities referred Amie & Justin to me about a year ago, and I had been looking forward to this event ever since. This fun couple started dating when they were sixteen, so this day was a long time coming. After a brief rehearsal Friday at the Columbia Club, we walked over to the Skyline Club for a marvelous buffet and a stunning view of the city.

Saturday’s coverage started with hair and makeup at Salon 2000 overlooking Monument Circle, then back to the Columbia Club for preparations. We had plenty of time, so I used this time to get some fun shots of the ladies getting ready, to break in a third new HD camera, and to capture the amazing transformation of the club’s lobby level by the talented ladies of BoKay Florist. Photographers Jim & Lois Wyant, with whom I had also worked two weekends earlier, joined the party in time to stage a tender first meeting of the couple and then some fun shots on the Circle.

For all the extravagance, the ceremony itself was a short and sweet ten-minute affair, after which Amie & Justin hopped on a horse carriage ride while the guests moved to the 10th floor for cocktails. The reception featured the usual great hospitality by A.J. Ploughe’s staff (the apple martini bar with the monogrammed ice sculpture was my favorite touch) and sublime dance music provided by the band Sequel.

Julie & David kicked off their video coverage with a fun and unique rehearsal dinner Thursday at Easley’s Winery downtown. The evening started with an enlightening tour of the facility (I had never been to a winery before), then continued with wine-tasting and a buffet dinner. It was a treat to see my friend Mary Means of Stacy & Mary Photography (who referred the couple to me – thanks, Mary!) there sans camera as a guest with her husband Derek, who was in the wedding party.

The next day, I joined another very talented friend, Nate Rowe of Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, alongside Shelly Valentine outside St. Mary Catholic Church for some fun shots with the whole wedding party and their families. (Nate took some great shots of our kids earlier this year, ironically the day before David booked us and asked what I thought of Nate, whom he was considering hiring. How fortuitous!) Ceremonies can be by-the-numbers sometimes, but this one felt so much more personal due to the genuine warmth of the couple and their relationship with the parish and officiants.

The reception was my second in a week at the elegant Bridgewater Club, where we finally had some perfect fall weather for cocktails and additional photos outside. (Hard to believe it was 30 degrees warmer just six days earlier!) The ballroom was tastefully decorated by Flowers by Tiffany, with each table named after a location significant to the couple’s relationship. It was a joy as always to work with my good friend and neighbour Jim Cerone, who MC’d with his usual classly, personalized touch and kept the dance floor hopping throughout the evening with kids and grownups alike.

What a busy week! In addition to being involved in open houses at the Eiteljorg Museum and Mavris Arts & Event Center, plus the usual weekly editing routine, we had TWO weddings to cover on Friday – a first for us in a year of many firsts. The same team that covered the spectacular Lauth wedding back in May was reunited with us for Brandy & Craig’s big day, including event designer Gary Bravard (thanks for the referral, Gary!), photographers Dan & Brooke of Brand Photo & Design and the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Laurie covered all the festivities this time around, beginning with an intimate ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in the Meridian Kessler area, noting that Brandy was one of the most stunning brides she had ever seen. The reception at the Roof was truly amazing with unique touches everywhere, including a way-cool Maui photo guestbook, Gary’s trademark extravagant decor, the ballroom’s signature light show introduction, and a huge tower of custard-filled rolls held together by chocolate, for lack of a technical term. Yum!

After a couple of weekends off, we kicked off our fall season on a summer-like day for Marie & Kamal’s wedding at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. They were referred to me by the Hilton’s Michelle Strong, who hit it off with the couple and stayed on as an excellent day-of consultant after they switched their reception venue to the Bridgewater Club. Once there, master photographers Jim and Lois Wyant of were able to get some great shots of the couple at a covered bridge on the property. The reception was a fairly casual affair with no formal introductions or speeches, just friends and family having a great time. DJ Sunny Moon did a splendid job of mixing the dance floor classics with peppy Sri Lankan music to keep guests of all ages and cultures happy and on their feet. Later in the evening, Marie surprised the guests by switching from her white gown to a stunning sari.