Elaine & Brent could not have asked for better weather for their outdoor wedding and fun reception at the Mansion at Oak Hill. Coverage started with a rehearsal dinner at Maggiano’s, where Brent’s mother and I conspired to sneak a few photos of their earlier rehearsal into their slideshow. Videographer Rich Johnson then took over to cover the many heartfelt and often hilarious speeches.

On Saturday, Randi of Circle City Planners (who along with Oak Hill referred this couple to us) and the Circle City Designers team got everything in place for what turned out to be a short but very sweet ceremony. After some cool photos with Stefanie & Brock of SB Childs Photography, we all headed inside for an emotion-filled reception, highlighted by an emotional welcome by Elaine’s father and a serenade by her brother of a song he had written for her. Zanna-doo took it from there, and the party was on.

Photo by SB Childs Photography

Videographer Laurie Foster captured Kristen & Jake’s special day as they exchanged vows in a lovely ceremony at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church before celebrating at the Renaissance Hotel.  Photographer Jennifer Driscoll (who referred the couple to us) snapped some great images at the Carmel Civic Center in between events as well as throughout the day.  The reception looked great courtesy of Meridian Floral Design‘s flowers mixed with the ballroom’s contemporary look, and the crowd could not resist the dance floor-packing music provided by DJ Jason Hiemstra of J Ryan Entertainment.

Photo by Jennifer Driscoll Photography

Tiffany & Ed are one of the most fun couples I’ve ever gotten to know, and they brought a unique element of excitement to every aspect of their wedding day, from their ceremony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral to their reception at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station. The guys started the day with shaves at Red’s Classic Barber Shop while the gals got ready at Crowne Plaza. After a beautiful ceremony in the Scottish Rite theater, plus a YouTube worthy recessional by the bridal party, we all headed to Monument Circle for photos with Dawn Fisher of Galleria Studios.

This airline pilot & hostess knew just how to make the party “take off,” with their “Top Gun” intro leading into a hilarious fake first dance. A candy station, cigar bar and late night McDoubles were nice touches as well throughout the evening. The Grand Hall looked splendid thanks to lighting by Evans Audio Visual and decor by Circle City Designers, and Randi Neukam of Circle City Planners (who referred Tiff & Ed to us) was there as well to oversee all of the day’s events.

Jenni & Bob wanted their residential wedding to feel like a cozy, personal gathering of their closest family and friends, so consultant Monica Richard and designer Gene Huddleson (both of Detail+Design) delivered an eye-popping experience that was intimate, unique and spectacular all at the same time. The guests arrived for a pre-ceremony cocktail hour and were greeted by a tent filled with elegant designer furniture, which created a comfortable atmosphere in which they could mingle and then witness the ceremony featuring classic rock music and lyrics by Neil Young, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

The reception tent design was a tour de force effort, spreading the same living room vibe around the most unbelievable dance floor I have ever seen or heard of – a detailed replica of the couple’s favorite Monet painting, with “rippling” water courtesy of BMG Productions. Add some energetic funk/R&B by the Chicago Catz and a few onstage appearances by the groom himself (his serenade to the bride with “867-5309/Jenny” was a definite highlight), and you have one extraordinary evening that no one there will ever forget.

Huge thanks to John & Angela Deaver of Main Street Productions for traveling 11 hours to film this event for us, Jenni’s sister Rachel (whose very different yet equally stunning wedding we filmed last fall) for putting in a good word for us, and especially Monica for bringing us into an incredibly talented team that also included photographer Hether Miles, Hoaglin Fine Catering, A Classic Party Rental, KB Designs, Elite Management Services Valet Parking and Classic Cakes among many others.

(Note: Out of respect for the client’s privacy, this version of the video focuses solely on the magnificent decor provided by Detail+Design.)

This was no ordinary wedding day for Heather & Justin – motorcycle accident injury, jet ski joyriding, heavy rain, groom’s entrance by boat, bride’s entrance by Cinderella carriage, traffic citations and a blacked out reception among other crazy happenings – it was “for better or worse” all in one day.  But Heather & Justin, who are clearly built to last, weathered it all with a great attitude.  The skies cleared up just in time for a most memorable lakeside ceremony and fun & sexy shots with photographers Brandy & Sticky Rammel.

The reception at the snazzy Philmore on Broadway in Fort Wayne was the picture of perfection…until the whole neighborhood lost power right before the first dance.  Thankfully, the very resourceful band Naked Karate Girls hooked up their bass to their van parked outside and used a prop megaphone for a mic, delivering an unplugged (and unlit, other than my camera light) set of party songs with amazing energy that had the crowd fired up and oblivious to the darkness and heat.  All this while Leah & Adrienne of Eventfull Planning scrambled behind the scenes to deliver as much of a “reception” experience as possible.  In the end, everyone had a blast, and Heather & Justin will have some great stories to tell – AND the video to prove it!

Photo by Brandy J Photography

(Check out the slideshow from Brandy J Photography!)

My friends at Circle City Planners had been anticipating this weekend with excitement and some nervousness all year with good reason – six weddings, with FIVE on June 26! I spent a couple of hours running around guerrilla-style to each of their reception venues (Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station twice, Laurel Hall, Scottish Rite Cathedral and two residences) to capture some of the preparations and decor behind the scenes. It was a little crazy, but Team CCP pulled it all off with style to spare.

With the Indy 500 just around the corner, Kaitie & Richie brought plenty of Race Day cheer to their wedding at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and reception at the Westin.  Coverage started with a rehearsal dinner fiesta at Adobo Grill, then continued the next morning as the guys gathered for some old school shaves & cuts at Red’s Classic Barber Shop, while the gals got ready at the Westin.  After a sweet gift exchange in which the firefighter groom scored a cool new helmet, everyone headed to St. Mary’s for the beautiful ceremony.

After photos on a classic firetruck, we headed to Monument Circle for some photos with Kevin & Alicia Monahan, then returned to the Westin (who referred Kaitie & Richie to us), where some incredible race-themed decor by Kathy’s Kloset awaited us.  A bagpiper led guests into the ballroom, and the band Living Proof took over from there, tearing it up with some killer rock/R&B while the guests hammed it up for Indy Photo Booths.

Liza & Nick enjoyed a Hoosierific wedding and reception on the Indiana University campus, starting with a beautiful ceremony at St. Charles Catholic Church, and finishing with a bang at the new Henke Hall of Champions at Memorial Stadium, all captured beautifully by videographer Laurie Foster.  From the rehearsal through their first meeting and photo moments around campus, and even during the ceremony, this was a hilarious couple who truly loved to make each other laugh. Special thanks to Cathy Teeters, who referred this amazing couple to us, and whose staff provided the superb decor while keeping the show running flawlessly.

After a first meeting at the Renaissance Hotel, Kim & John enjoyed a fantastic wedding and reception at the Bridgewater Club.  Kim looked fabulous sporting makeup by Kiralee, and Anthony Wilson of On3 Photography was on hand to capture the first meeting as well as some fun shots around Carmel.  The ceremony was performed “in the round” by Dr. Scott Toussaint as the couple exchanged vows under a stunning floral chandelier created by designer Jim Holland.  Jim also helped transform the crystal-filled reception room alongside consultant Gloria Boyden (who referred this wedding to us), Evans Audio/Visual and the mother of the bride, who handled much of the amazing stationery and paper products herself.  I got to enjoy seeing Dave and Rae rock the Bridgewater for the second time in a month, while the guests hammed it up for Chad Franz and his Freezeframez photo booth.

Photo by Freezeframez

(See more fun photos on the Freezeframez Photobooth Blog!)

Lauren & Val’s enjoyed an intimate wedding in the chapel of Meridian Street United Methodist Church, followed by a fun reception at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Val and the guys started the day with some competitive soccer at Sports of All Sorts, and I was in the perfect spot to capture one of the groom’s goals. After the ceremony, everyone hopped on a trolley as we headed out to the IMA and dodged the rain for some photos with Morgan Matters.  The Deer Zink Pavilion was beautifully decorated by Circle City Designers, and Kahn’s Catering (who referred this wedding to us) provided their usual outstanding service throughout the evening. Wes Adkins of Event One DJs had no trouble keeping the dance floor packed despite the smaller crowd.

Photo by Morgan Matters Photography

(See more photos from this wedding at Morgan Matters’ blog!)