After a romantic first meeting and some photos with Rich Walton, Christa & Kevin exchanged vows Saturday morning at Zionsville Presbyterian Church. The Victorian colors of the roses in Christa’s bouquet, provided by Nana’s Village House, were very unique and cool, and the crayons for the kids during the ceremony was a clever touch that I had not seen before. The reception followed at the Oak Hill Mansion, whose Erin Barriento had referred the couple to me. DJ Sunny Moon ran the show with his usual proficiency, and we shared a good laugh when we suddenly realized that we would be working together again…that night!

Bob & Chris Ridge – 6/26/93

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Chris and I exchanged vows at Whitefish Bay United Methodist Church north of Milwaukee, followed by an awesome reception at Boder’s restaurant on the Milwaukee River in Mequon. We celebrated last night with one of our most amazing dinners ever at the Melting Pot fondue restaurant in Castleton. Reality being what it is, we had to get Matthew to a birthday party at the same time and find something for the twins to do. So I decided to surprise everyone with a limo from Antique Limousines of Indianapolis and let Jack Gambs drive us in style to the restaurant, Matthew to his friend’s party (the limo REALLY upped his coolness factor), and the twins plus their Uncle Todd & Aunt Julie to Chuck E. Cheese. Needless to say, an unforgettable time was had by all. Chris is an incredible wife, mother and friend, and I’m already looking forward to the next 15 years!

Our busiest weekend yet kicked off Thursday night with Erin & Eric’s rehearsal dinner at Buca Di Beppo’s downtown. Even though the Holmes family has been through so much, this was a weekend of celebration, and it was great to see everybody so upbeat and positive. Friday’s ceremony and reception both took place at Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station, where the couple’s cute little canine attendant Zoe walked down the aisle right before Erin. I loved the showtunes used throughout the ceremony, including a song from one of my favorite musicals, “Little Shop of Horrors,” which the couple had once starred in together onstage.

Another Erin, photographer Erin Hession and I captured a lot of fun moments with the fun-loving couple around the station before and after the ceremony. A dear friend of Erin & Eric who had had married them earlier surprised us by joining the Cool City Swing Band for a performance of their first dance song “Night and Day.” Deborah & Cassie, the mother-daughter team of A Touch of Elegance, did a superb job in a “day of” capacity coordinating the many unique details of the day, and my neighbors at the Florist at Allisonville Nursery provided the tasteful decor.

Photo by Erin Hession Photography

Befitting the couple’s married name, Qin & David Joy’s wedding day was full of joy, beginning with a lovely, intimate ceremony at Christ Community Church in Carmel. Afterwards, I accompanied photographer Dave Takayoshi of Line 11 Images and the couple for some fun shots outside the Montage on Allison Pointe. The banquet room inside was beautifully transformed by J.P. Parker Flowers, with the usual outstanding service by Kahn’s Catering. The music provided by DJ Kevin Miller was classy throughout, and a traditional wedding dance by a Chinese dance ensemble was the highlight of the evening. Special thanks to coordinator and former client Shelly Elias for this and many other referrals!

When Sarah & John’s dating siblings introduced them to each other years ago, I’m sure they had no idea at the time that they were creating a match that would one day culminate in last weekend’s beautiful wedding at St. Luke Catholic Church. Some awful overnight weather made things interesting on Saturday morning, but the day couldn’t have turned out any lovelier. It was nice to return to this church for the first time in over ten years.

I tagged along with photographer Kevin Swan and his crew (including Geno, an old friend) for some fun shots at the Ball residence before the ceremony and Meridian Hills Country Club afterwards. My favorite moment was Sarah teeing off on a golf ball – a first for me. Posh Petals filled the ballroom with glorious centerpieces, and DJ Sunny Moon filled the dance floor with an energetic young crowd who seemingly never left the floor. Special thanks to family friend Carlie Oakley for referring this wonderful couple to me!

Photo by Kevin Swan

Aparna & Ajay were married a few months ago in India, but they still had that just-got-married glow at their reception last weekend at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, which Laurie covered. Their introduction was fun, with each one waving from a spotlit turret on either side of the stage before joining on the balcony and entering from the back of the ballroom. I also liked their first dance surprise, starting with a slow song, then surprising their guests with an uptempo Bollywood dance number. There was plenty of elegant decor to match all the colorful clothing, courtesy of Bokay Florist, whose Angela Kenley referred the couple to us.