I was only at Charles & Oksana’s wedding at their new home for a few hours, but in that time, I was blessed to witness a lot of love, tradition, and good times shared with those closest to them. Oksana’s Ukrainian heritage was woven into the festivities, from the beautifully embroidered rushnyk that they stood on during the ceremony to the korovai bread that they shared and later tore apart during the dinner, which was served by Great Cooks and Company. Their guests came from all over the world, and the best man hilariously used this blending of cultures as an excuse for the guests to toast (and drink to) the couple in many different languages. “Dyakuju” to Kiralee of EyeMAX Makeup and photographer Angela Talley for the referral!
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.
Photo by Elizabeth Vincent Photography
(Check out Elizabeth & Vincent’s blog for more images!)
We were honored to be hand-picked to be part of a select group of vendors at the Perfect Wedding Guide‘s Platinum Gala at the Conrad Indianapolis. This event featured displays by Indy’s top wedding pros, eye-popping table design by Lee Johnson and David Strohmeyer, and stunning Vera Wang dresses. Thanks to Ryan Hendrickson and Amanda Coffey for including IndyVisual in this spectacular gala.
It was an extravagant spectacle right out of Hollywood with the coolest, most down to earth couple at the center of it all. Ten years after shooting Rachel’s 16th birthday party, I had the pleasure of being there for another milestone as she and Hale became one at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station.
Coverage started with a superb rehearsal dinner at the Indianapolis Museum of Art the night before, then continued in the 14 West penthouse the following morning as Leslie Jones helped Rachel get ready for the big day. Meanwhile, the amazing team of Premier Events‘ David Jackson, Palmer Kelly Design and Evans Audio-Visual all topped themselves in completely transforming the Grand Hall at Union Station.
After an eloquent ceremony officiated by spiritual author Marianne Williamson, the guests were treated to fabulous dinner entertainment by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indiana Ballet Company. Then New York party band Starlight Orchestra took the stage and simply blew us all away. It was a treat of a lifetime to work with so much talent, along with friends like Jennifer Driscoll, Sunny Moon and Indy Photo Booths.
I won’t be posting a video clip, so hopefully these fabulous detail and decor shots from Jennifer’s blog post will convey at least a taste of the beauty and magnitude of this most unforgettable day in celebration of a wonderful couple.