Our busiest weekend of the year came to an elegant conclusion with Nicole & Ari’s wedding & reception at the Conrad in downtown Indianapolis. After a few traditional Jewish customs behind the scenes, the couple exchanged rings, wine & blessings under the chuppah. Then we strolled around downtown with photographers bobbi+mike for some fun photos while the guests enjoyed cocktails and snapshots with Indy Photo Booth. The reception was highlighted by Nicole’s cousin’s performance of a Beatles tune, followed by classy entertainment courtesy of the First Impression Band. The Vienna Ballroom looked amazing throughout thanks to consultant Casey Scott of Etcetera and Flowers by Tiffany. Big thanks the Conrad’s Amanda Coffey and bobbi+mike for referring such a fun-loving couple to us!
Photo by bobbi+mike
(Check out bobbi+mike’s blog for more images!)

Two years after covering Kelly & Tim’s wedding, I was thrilled to rejoin the Gavaghan family for Emily & Tim’s (Kelly’s brother) wedding at Holy Cross Parish, followed by a rousing reception at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. After preparations including makeup by Kiralee, Emily and the gals took some fun photos downtown with Danny Iskandar while I set up at the church for their beautiful ceremony, which concluded with the couple being escorted out by a bagpiper. The reception looked stunning thanks to Flowers on the Square and consultant Marie Frey of Fashions & Custom Creations. Everyone loved the authentic R&B grooves of Chicago’s Mike Dangeroux Orchestra, but it was the bridal party’s performance of a ditty called “The Bobbarino” during the best man’s toast that Emily & Tim will never forget.

(See the slideshow at Danny Iskandar’s website!)

It was the day I had been looking forward to for ten years, as IndyVisual’s own Laurie Buschmann became Mrs. Matthew Foster on August 22, 2009 at St. Paul Episcopal Church. I was crushed not to be able to attend due to a couple of other weddings we had booked for that day, but I did make it to their rehearsal dinner and the last hour of the reception at the Columbia Club. Seeing Laurie in her wedding dress was a vision I’ll never forget – a culmination of MANY hours of late night chats about her sometimes frustrating search for happiness. I knew Matt was “the one” a whole year before Laurie did – in fact, I took a picture of them on the night they met for exactly that reason. So to see them finally unite has been a longtime dream come true. Well, again, I wasn’t actually there – but thanks to Kevin & Alicia Monahan‘s cool slideshow, I finally feel like I made it to the church on time. Check it out, and keep an eye out for Part 2!

Laura & Richard exchanged vows in the Scottish Rite Cathedral‘s theater before celebrating in style in the grand ballroom. I enjoyed following the early preparations, emotional gift exchange, first meeting and photos with Angela Talley (who referred the couple to us) at the Westin. Videographer Rich Johnson captured all the beautiful details and moments at the Scottish Rite, including decor by McNamara Florist, service by Thomas Catering, and entertainment by DJs Direct, and consultant Stephanie Burke of Fete Event Planning came all the way from St. Louis to run Laura & Richard’s special day to perfection.

Large balloons and elegant sandalwood fans set the scene for Julia & Beau’s picturesque wedding in the formal garden of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, followed by a spirited reception in the IMA’s Deer Zink Pavilion. I liked the use of a symbolic key during the ceremony, and the huge candy station at the reception complete with personalized toothbrushes (they’re dentists) that my kids still use. The Weekenders Team of Circle City Planners, along with McNamara Florist, expertly brought Julia’s vision to life, all captured beautifully by Dave Mason of Image Source Photographic. Kahn’s Catering provided their usual spectacular service, and the Souled Out Band provided some killer rock & R&B for the evening. Big thanks to Kahn’s, the IMA, B&C Digital Media & Northernlight Filmworks for the referral, and congrats to Julia & Beau!
(Check out the Circle City Planners blog for more details of the day, and Dave Mason’s blog for a great slideshow!)

I couldn’t have asked for a more fun-loving couple than Deardra & Pat, which was obvious from the first shot at the rehearsal dinner at Mo’s through their wedding at St. John’s Catholic Church and reception at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. After Deardra surprised Pat with a bagpiper at the end of the ceremony, photographer Rich Bradbury and I captured some fun poses at the IMA while Adrienne Henn of Eventfull Planning, Kahn’s Catering and the IMA staff got the Deer Zink Pavilion ready for an evening to remember, with smokin’ R&B entertainment provided by Living Proof.

Photo by Bradbury Photography

From a prom to a promise. Jennie & John, one-time prom dates who lost touch for seven years, found each other again on Facebook two years ago and finally exchanged vows at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, followed by a lavish celebration at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The rehearsal dinner at the Eiteljorg Museum was quite a party in itself, with lots of great food by Kahn’s Catering, music and dancing.

The next day, Jennie transformed into a princess right out of a storybook, and the guys were stylin’ in their hats and canes. An all-star team of vendors including Circle City Planners (who referred the couple to us), McNamara Florist, Thomas Catering, Evans Audio Visual, EyeMAX by Kiralee and Antique Limo all outdid themselves to make this fairytale wedding day come true. Photographer Dawn Fisher of Galleria Studios and videographer Rich Johnson captured the timeless moments as everyone danced into happily ever after courtesy of music by the Endless Summer Band.

When the perfect couple gets married, sometimes one celebration isn’t enough. On the heels of a couple of other receptions, including one at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Barri & David celebrated in style with local family and friends at the Broadmoor Country Club. Guests were welcomed by a life-sized cardboard cutout of the couple from their wedding day, along with elegant decor by Coby Palmer and the jazzy sounds by the Wendy Reed Band. I enjoyed catching up with the largest collection of former clients I have ever seen at one event. Special thanks to Dave Cohen of Goldberg Photography for getting some impromptu headshots of yours truly, as well as Leslie Jones for the referral.

I just spent four head-spinning days at my first WEVA Expo in 13 years, delivering what turned out to be a very well-received presentation on marketing and learning about new tools and techniques that I cannot wait to put to use.
I was invited a couple of months ago to give this seminar to videographers from around the world at WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association) Expo 2009 at the new Orlando Hilton. Having never spoken in public before, I was fairly nervous heading into my Tuesday time slot. The room was packed, and despite a few glitches early, I could sense that the content was resonating with the audience, which gave me the energy to keep going. It was such a relief to see them laughing, participating, taking notes throughout – as far as I could tell, no one was checking e-mails or zoning out.
A nice-sized crowd came up to me afterwards (20 or so compared to the usual 5-10 at the other seminars), some of whom stayed around to chat for another half-hour, and a lot of people stopped me throughout the day to ask questions or give wonderful feedback. (One frequent Expo attendee even wrote “best WEVA seminar ever” on her Facebook wall – blush!) It was clear that they were hungry for information that they could use right away to help their businesses in these tricky times, and I’m so glad that my objective of packing the presentation with as much of it as possible paid off for them.
In addition, I attended many other presentations that reinvigorated me creatively, and I played with a lot of “toys” in the trade show that I will be making room for in my budget. So I overcame a lifelong fear, gained some cool ideas, hopefully helped a lot of people, and made many new friends in the process. What a rush! Needless to say, I’ll be back for WEVA Expo 2010…

My fourth out-of-town wedding in a month brought me to beautiful Valparaiso for Ashley & James’ wedding at Calvary Church and reception at Sand Creek Country Club. The ceremony was a nice testament to the couple’s faith. After some fun photos on the way with the photographers of Kindle & Foster, we headed to the club, which was magnificently decorated by Jeffery Walter and later magnificently rocked out by The Connexion Band. The surprise groom’s cake was a highlight of the evening, as was James’ showstopping turn on the drums. Special thanks to Valpo Mayor Jon Costas & his gifted wife Sharon (who played beautiful cocktail & dinner music on the keys, and whose daughter Ashley’s wedding I shot in May) for referring their wonderful neighbors to me!

Photo by Jamie Carlson Photography