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!

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!

On the night before Halloween, Alicia and Robert treated their guests to a spectacular wedding and reception at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, complete with masks, pumpkins, and spirit to spare. Kiralee of EyeMAX Makeup and photographer Jessica Strickland made sure Alicia looked fabulous for some fun photos outside the Roof with Robert, while the Weekenders team of Circle City Planners made sure the day ran smoothly and the ballroom looked amazing, with some gorgeous florals added by Add Love Flowers. Cousin of the bride and IndyVisual friend (and former groom) DJ Gene Ott set the tone for the reception with some hilarious introductions, and Zanna-Doo rocked the Roof like they always do, with this super-fun couple inevitably joining them onstage. Big thanks to Jess and the Roof for the referral!
(Check out more of Alicia & Robert’s photos on Jess’ blog.)

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!)

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.

Darcie & Jon are such a fun, spirited couple who enjoyed a fun fall wedding and lively reception in the Grand Hall at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station. After their first meeting, we took a trolley to White River State Park with photographer Troy Hill for some fun shots while designer Debbie Watson of Distinctive Designs put her final touches on the gorgeous decor in the Grand Hall for the ceremony. In addition to providing beautiful uplighting for the room, DJ Brian Whitis presided over a fantastic reception in which Jon & Darcie were glued to the dance floor the entire evening. Big thanks to the Crowne Plaza folks and Jessica & Mark Andres for introducing me to this awesome couple!
(Check out Darcie & Jon’s photo slideshow at Troy’s website!)

I could write a book about Vanessa & Eric’s beautiful wedding at Holy Rosary Parish and wild reception at the Montage, but I’ll keep it short by listing some of the many unique things I loved about this weekend: Scroll invitations. Luau rehearsal dinner. A perfect miniature replica of the wedding dress. The coin exchange. Doves. M&Ms personalized with the couple’s faces. Ribbon pulls in the wedding cake. Accordion player. Belly dancers. Fireworks. And especially the Mardi Gras-like “Crazy Hour.” Add a fun couple who’s all about having a great time, service by Kahn’s Catering (thanks for the referral!), decor by McNamara Florist, music by Lakeside Entertainment and transportation by Antique Limo of Indy, and you’ve got one very unforgettable evening. This photo by Joe Defabis sums it up nicely.