Keelin & Brad found me at the top of the A-List, and I’m so glad they did. This super-spunky couple exchanged vows at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church before celebrating at the Sheraton City Centre. Katie of Katie & Kristin Photography was great to work with, and I loved their photo booth setup. The decor provided by JP Parker Flowers was wonderful as always. And DJ Greg Binder (a.k.a. Dr. Dance) gave the couple’s colorful sneakers as well as the rest of the crowd a good workout on the dance floor. As I type this, Keelin & Brad are honeymooning in the very same St. Lucia resort where I filmed a wedding a few weekends ago. Lucky them!

Photo by Katie & Kristin Photography

Tracy and Jeff brought a laid-back attitude as well as a great sense of humor to their wedding day, which included a ceremony at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and reception at the Bridgewater Club. Photographer Maya Laurent was right there (on a broken foot, no less) along with me for preparations at their home, their first meeting at the church, and some fun shots at the clubhouse. Consultant Leah McFarland of Eventfull Planning, who referred the couple to us, did a spectacular job throughout the day, with amazing decor by Sweet Pea Floral to work with. Dave & Rae rocked the house with their full band with an emphasis on 80’s rock music.

Photo by Maya Laurent Photography

(More photos at Maya Laurent’s blog!)

Just days following an epic wedding weekend in St. Lucia, Asha & Tyrone celebrated their union once again at the Conrad Indianapolis. The extended highlight clip of our big weekend that I put together in two days was planned as the focal point of the evening’s entertainment, and we couldn’t have been happier with the crowd’s reaction to it.

It was a treat to see everyone again, and to work for the first time with great vendors like makeup artist Abby Prather, Megan W Photography, DJ Indiana Jones and Yanni Design Studio out of Chicago, who executed Asha’s stunning event design. I’ve seen many incredible room transformations at the Conrad, but this one will be nearly impossible to top.

I don’t know how I can keep this short and do this spectacular event justice, but suffice it to say that Asha & Tyrone’s wedding weekend in St. Lucia was truly an experience of a lifetime. Thursday was spent traveling with Tyrone and his family from Chicago, meeting up with Asha in Atlanta, and settling in at the Windjammer Landing Resort in St. Lucia. Some of our Friday activities got rained out, but we still enjoyed a superb breakfast to start the day and a fun fish fry dinner in the streets of Anse la Raye. Saturday was especially fun, as we took an all-day cruise around the island, making stops to explore a waterfall, volcano, plantation, swimming & snorkeling.

Sunday was the big day, with “big” being the operative word here. There were over 150 guests, including the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, seated for the ceremony under a huge private tent on the resort’s beach, with fantastic decor and plenty of time devoted to music, readings and other formalities involving the couple’s many loved ones. After some photos with Dianna Hart, the four of us hopped on a boat ride to the reception at The Edge Restaurant, where we were greeted by more amazing decor, mouthwatering food, lively music and lots of happy faces ready to help the Asha & Tyrone celebrate in style.

I arrived back in Indy on Tuesday morning, but my work was just beginning, as I now had two days to assemble the previous four days’ worth of footage from four different cameras into an extended highlight video to be shown to the couple Thursday, and then their guests at the local reception on Friday. I’m not usually around to see our clients’ reactions to our videos, so Asha & Tyrone’s stunned, tearful response was a moment I’ll never forget. The reception at the Conrad provided a chance for many friends and family members who could not travel to St. Lucia to celebrate with the couple, and for me to work with Megan W Photography, DJ Indiana Jones and event designer Yanni Design Studio for the first time.

A special shout out goes to the Omni Severin’s Rebecca Raymond for referring this adventure of a lifetime to me. Thanks as well to the couple’s guests for the hospitality, companionship and ample helpings of laughter while in St. Lucia. Finally, a huge thank you to Asha & Tyrone for letting me be part of your incredible week, and for your military service to our country.

Photo by Dianna Hart Photography

Our spring wedding season kicked off in style as Marie & Jay tied the knot at the Conrad. The day started with a visit to Red’s Barber Shop for the guys and makeup by Kiralee for the gals. After a heart-tugging first meeting, Marie & Jay headed out for some fun photo ops with bobbi+mike, eventually joined by their “Best Dog” Tater.

The beautiful ceremony and reception were overseen by consultant Kim King Smith and her staff, with splendid decor throughout by Bokay Florist. When the guests weren’t crowding one of the Indy Photo Booths, they were either glued to the dance floor thanks to great music by DJ Jason Ryan of AMS Entertainment or trying out bobbi+mike’s new “unboxed photobooth.” Thanks to all of the above for the referral, thanks to Jet Kaiser for helping me out at the last minute, and big thanks to Marie & Jay for being such an awesome couple to work for!

Photo by bobbi+mike

(Check out bobbi+mike’s slideshow!)

Our first wedding of 2010 brought me back to the town of Haubstadt, Indiana, where Lindsay & Mark exchanged vows at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church before celebrating at Madden Hall of St. James Catholic Church. I covered Mark’s twin brother Matthew’s wedding there a few years ago, and it was a treat to see many familiar faces and elements like the venues, pre-ceremony music, communal beer bucket, and most hilariously, Matthew’s return of the present that the groom had given him a few years back during the toast. It was a pleasure to work with Elizabeth Vincent Photography as well as Jones DJ Service throughout Lindsay & Mark’s special day.
(Check out Elizabeth & Vincent’s blog for more images!)

Art of the Table is a showcase of designer tablescapes sponsored by the Association of Bridal Consultants Indiana Chapter to benefit the Betty Jackson Memorial Education Fund, the Dorothy Penner Memorial Scholarship, and the American Cancer Society. Here are the highlights from this year’s amazing showcase at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Stephanie & Chauncey’s holiday wedding brought me back for the first time in ages to Roberts Park United Methodist Church, the site of one of my first shoots 17 years ago. It was great to see some familiar faces from WRTV-6 (where I got my start) play key roles in the ceremony, and the sparkler/fireworks combo was an awesome send-off. The reception at the Rathskeller was a riot, as photographer Charley Green could attest. This was a crowd who knew how to party, and the “worm-off” had me in stitches (not to mention one of the participants in the hospital later). Thanks to Jet Kaiser for the referral!

Laura & Eric enjoyed a beautiful wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, followed by a lively reception with the city’s best view at the Skyline Club. In between, we stopped by Monument Circle for some fun photos with photographer Kurtis Bowersock (who referred Laura & Eric to us). The newly remodeled interior of the Skyline Club blended perfectly with both the holiday decor and the beautiful work by Union Street Flowers & Gifts, and the Endless Summer Band had the dance floor rocking from the very first song.

In a year filled with some truly spectacular events, Abbie & Gabe’s wedding at the Indiana State House and reception at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station was definitely among the biggest we have ever covered. Tonya Shadoan of Circle City Planners was given two months to put it all together and did a masterful job, bringing together a dream team of vendors to help her fulfill the couple’s unique vision. (Abbie wanted lots of purple, Gabe wanted lots of guitars – done!)
Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, Circle City Designers, KB Design, Evans Audio/Visual, Flying Toasters and Indy Photo Booths all contributed to an award-worthy event, which was outshined only by the love that Abbie and Gabe had for each other. In fact, for all the extravagance that went into the event, and all the amazing details that I would love to write about (hopefully the video and links below will suffice), what struck me most was the way all of it seemed to disappear when Gabe serenaded Abbie. Oh, and they wanted to exit through snow, so we made snow!
Read more about this rockin’ event on the Circle City Planners blog, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography blog, and KB Design blog!