Jamie & Matt exchanged vows in a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Christopher Parish in Speedway before celebrating at the Conrad Indianapolis. Their first meeting took place in the stunning Kite condo on the top floor of the Conrad, which offered an unparalleled view and backdrops for photographs by Erin Hession’s team.  (Check out the amazing photos on Erin’s blog!)  After the ceremony, we all proceeded to the newly restored Monument Circle for more shots before settling in at the Conrad.

The reception featured gorgeous decor by The Empty Vase, an elegant cake by Heavenly Sweets, and great party music by the band Groove Essential. All of these details were expertly overseen by Deborah & Cassie of A Touch of Elegance. Special thanks to the Conrad’s Amanda Spicer for referring such a fun couple to us!

I had the pleasure of filming Thomas Caterers of Distinction‘s annual tasting event at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, where many of their (and my) favorite industry friends and clients gathered to sample and evaluate the latest innovations in tasty goodness by the amazing Thomas culinary team under the guidance of PACE Lifetime Achievement Award-winning co-owner Kelly Early.  Half the fun was hanging out with so many great friends throughout the night, and the other half was sampling the menu items myself after shooting them along with photographer Amanda Fales.  (Check our her blog post for more detailed descriptions of these yummy creations.)

Image by Amanda Fales Photography

I had a wonderful time filming Braca & Rob’s beautiful wedding and reception at the gorgeous Indiana Roof Ballroom.  Coordinator Rayna Traylor (who referred Braca & Rob to us) did a marvelous job of overseeing the evening’s events, and J.P. Parker Flowers did their usual amazing work at the Roof.  Photographer Morgan Matters, sporting a sparkling new ring from her own engagement the previous night, was a blast to work with as always.  It’s not easy to fill the sizable dance floor there, let alone for a one man band, but keyboardist Matt Roush pulled it off wonderfully.  The musical highlight of the evening, however, belonged to the stunning bride herself, who surprised the groom with a pre-recorded rendition of her singing “Hallelujah,” which played as they cut their cake.

Image by Morgan Matters Photography

When Leslie & Matthew first booked the new JW Marriott for their wedding & reception venue, they had to wear hard hats during their site visits as the construction continued.  The JW was more than ready for their wedding day, however, and what a day it was.  Following preparations with help from planner Leslie Jones (who referred this wedding to us) and a sweet first meeting, they took lots of family pictures with Nate & Tiffany of Nathaniel Edmunds Photography before heading into the ketubah signing.

After a beautiful ceremony under a stunning chuppah and a cocktail hour overlooking Victory Field, everyone made their way into the enormous Grand Ballroom as Tim Kelley‘s gorgeous decor and Endless Summer‘s music welcomed them.  My favorite moments of the evening were when Leslie’s father surprised her with a “Glee”-style mash-up created especially for their dance, and when Matthew fulfilled a promise to his cancer-surviving grandmother that they would one day dance together at his wedding.

Photo by Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Bridget & Chad are a fun couple who love a good party, so it was only fitting that their wedding day at the Scottish Rite Cathedral was more than just an occasion for two to become one – it was also the party of the year.  After a first look in the Tilers Room, the couple went off for photos with Hether Miles and then returned to preview the spectacular ballroom and practice their first dance.  After exchanging vows in the beautifully transformed theater, they returned to the ballroom for the first dance as their surprised guests looked down from their cocktail hour on the mezzanine level.

Everyone had a blast during the reception, which was filled with a lots of sweet family moments, personal touches, superb service by Thomas Caterers of Distinction and great music by DJ Freddie Lockett with percussionist Joe Melton amping up the beats while some guests made their way to one of the Indy Photo Booths.  But that was merely the warm-up, as the South Lounge was converted into a virtual nightclub for a wild afterparty (vodka snow cones, cotton candy & caricatures were among the surprises) with music by DJ Orion that kept everyone hopping until 2 a.m.

Bridget’s brother J Scot Reid, himself an event planner, entrusted the day’s events & decor to the Detail+Design team of Gene Huddleson and Monica Richard, who did an amazing job transforming not just one but three separate spaces.  I was honored to be included with this A team, which gave me a lot of spectacular sights – and memories – to film.

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!)

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!

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!