Elizabeth & David – 6/27/09

Beth & David brought a dream team of Indy vendors down to Lexington, Kentucky for their big wedding weekend, culminating in a spectacular reception on Beth’s family farm. I’ve gotten to know Beth & David, owners of Indy Photo Booths, through many mutual bridal and networking events, and more recently as new neighbors in my office building, so it was an honor to be invited to be part of their wedding weekend as well.

I drove down on Friday with Tiffany Stoner of Nathaniel Edmunds Photography to attend the rehearsal and capture some moments at the rehearsal dinner at the Thoroughbred Club. We all stayed at the Marriott Griffin Gate, where photographer Nate Rowe joined us on Saturday morning to cover the couple’s preparations and emotional first meeting before braving the heat for more fun shots around the town prior to the ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral.

Afterwards, we arrived at Beth’s family farm, where Monica Richard, Gene Huddleson and the rest of the amazing Detail + Design team had set up a huge tent and transformed it into party central, complete with couches, dancing flip-flops (for “stallions, mares and foals”), and bold splashes of pink. The R&B band Familiar Faces put on a rockin’ show, only to have it stolen by Beth’s dad when he joined them for a few songs on the keys. The sparkler send-off was a perfect capper to an incredible weekend.

Lindsey & Nate were married in the cool shade of the pavilion at the Bridgewater Club before moving inside for a raucous reception filled with nonstop dancing by guests of all ages.

I joined photographers Kelly & Justin Wiard for some shots of the couple inside prior to the ceremony. Lindsey’s sister provided an early highlight by lending her soaring vocals to the final prelude song before the processional. The ceremony was short but very sweet, and Lindsey & Nate graciously hung out in the heat to greet all their guests afterwards.

The colorful splashes of decor in the pavilion only hinted at the tremendous display of raised centerpieces in the ballroom supplied by Bokay Florist. I liked the simple groom’s cake, and I loved the flourless chocolate cake that was served in lieu of a traditional cake. Mark Beecher of Grapevine Entertainment took it from there, executing an awesome playlist to perfection that had everyone from 9 to 90 dancing all night.

Abby & Eric tied the knot at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and stopped for some fun photos around the Butler University campus before celebrating in the Grand Hall of Crowne Plaza at Union Station.

I had been looking forward to this date for a long time, as I have learned at a couple of prior events that working for the Seger family means lots of warm smiles, energy and fun. After a wedding mass that featured the cutest collection of flower girls and ring bearers, we all hopped in a trolley with photographer Shelly Valentine to capture some images around the Butler campus. The clever couple used this opportunity to get some photos snapped for “thank you” and holiday cards – complete with a Santa hat.

We managed to beat the rain to Union Station, which was beautifully set up by the Crowne Plaza staff with decor by Our Backyard Flowers. After some formalities and funny toasts (loved the one pointing out how much they spoil their “Dog of Honor”), Wendy Reed and her awesome namesake band took the stage and kept the crowd glued to the dance floor the rest of the night.

Keep an eye on Shelly Valentine’s blog for more images from Abby & Eric’s big day!

Cassie & Chase enjoyed a beautiful wedding ceremony at Meridian Street United Methodist Church before partying it up under the sea at the Indianapolis Zoo‘s Dolphin Adventure.

When I arrived at the church, photos with Erin Hession were underway, the fantastic florals provided by Kathy’s Kloset were in place, and church coordinator David Otto was there to greet me with his usual warm welcome. I liked how the couple had a memorial candle separate from the unity candle near the front of the altar area, which they lit prior to their vows in honor of their loved ones.

By the time they pulled up to the zoo in a nifty ride courtesy of Antique Limousines of Indianapolis, consultant April Foster had the room beautifully decked out with Kathy’s flowers and other nice touches, and their guests (and a few dolphins) were more than ready to greet them and have a great time, with party music and lots of energy (“Bam!”) provided by the DJs of Hipnotik Sounds of Indy.

iPhone photo by Erin Hession Photography

A day after videotaping Megan & Kevin’s fun rehearsal dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, I joined them at the Ritz Charles chapel to capture the preparations, some fun photos with Megan King of Megelaine Images, and the splendid decor provided by the designers of Black Tie Events (thanks for the referral, Sara!) and The Painted Daisy. The framed photos of dearly missed family members in the front row were a poignant touch for ceremony, and the couple’s lively recessional set to “Life Is a Highway” was an upbeat surprise.

I’ve never seen a couple kiss and cuddle as much as Megan & Kevin – they were so completely in love with each other and inseparable for the rest of evening. Megan surprised Kevin with a cute Snoopy groom’s cake, and his reaction was priceless. Wedding entertainment director Jim Cerone, in addition to providing music for the ceremony, added many personalized touches to the formalities at the reception in the pavilion while expertly keeping the older-skewing crowd glued to the dance floor.

On a beautiful spring day with a little bit of rain early for good luck, Sabrina & Brock enjoyed an elegant ceremony at St. Mary Catholic Church, followed by a lively reception at the Marriott North.

I arrived at the church in time to capture some preparations, lots of beautiful decor by Kathy’s Kloset, and some fun photos with Kiera Dubach. After the full mass, the photos continued at Monument Circle and Holcomb Gardens, and this bridal party was clearly ready to party.

At the reception, DJ Wes Adkins of Event One DJs kept the formalities moving along, with many special touches along the way. My favorite was when Sabrina & Brock invited both sets of parents to dance to the same song that, coincidentally, each set of parents had first-danced to at their own respective weddings.

Photo by Kiera Photo

Brittany & Luke exchanged vows in front of 600 guests at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church before celebrating under a massive tent on her family’s residence, with recording artist Jon McLaughlin providing the formal dance music.

Coverage began the night before at an amazing Carmel lodge nicknamed “The Barn,” where 80 guests were treated to a fantastic meal by Great Cooks and Company and a hilarious series of skits by the couple’s friends and family.

On the big day, videographer Laurie Buschmann captured all the stunning details of the ceremony and reception, coordinated by Premier Event‘s David Jackson and designed by Enflora‘s Toomie Farris. Following dinner service by Kahn’s Catering and the Jon McLaughlin-led formalities, the Nashville-based Pat Patrick Band brought a blast of old-school rock and soul, keeping the huge dance floor packed the rest of the night.

Special thanks to former clients Melody & Dylan Gandy as well as photographer Kevin Swan for referring Brittany & Luke to us! For more great shots, check out Kevin’s blog.

Photo by Swan: Photography for Luxury Weddings

Ashley & Chris exchanged vows at my church, St. Luke’s United Methodist, then celebrated their union at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It was a day filled with many surprises, some planned and some not – Chris appropriately calls it the “Blood, Sweat & Tears Wedding.” But by the time it was all over, this resilient couple enjoyed a fantastic day with many stories to tell.

Their first meeting took place on the beautiful grounds of the IMA, followed by photos with Angela Talley (who along with the IMA referred them to me). Then it was off to the Robertson Chapel in St. Luke’s, beautifully decorated by Eventful Florals, for a most eventful ceremony. By the time Ashley & Chris shared their first kiss as husband and wife, the rousing applause was well-earned.

As they returned to the IMA for more pictures, their guests lined up for their own snapshots courtesy of Indy Photo Booth. The reception was abuzz with stories of the day, splendid food by Kahn’s Catering and music provided by the Souled Out Band, highlighted by a surprise performance by the father of the bride. Capping a crazy day, even the IMA’s Vanessa Chavez got into the act, channeling McGyver to help give Ashley & Chris the final photo op in front of the fountain that they had long hoped for.

Whitney & Wes, which much help from Circle City Planners (thanks for the referral, Tonya!) and Royal Creations, pulled out all the stops for a spectacular wedding and reception in the Crowne Plaza at Union Station‘s Grand Hall.

After an emotional first meeting between the bride and groom, we all went outside for some shots with photographer Jessica Strickland while some amazing finishing floral touches were put in place. In addition to a ginormous ball of flowers hanging over the aisle, an even greater number of petals were meticulously arranged on the aisle runner, matching a pattern in their decor. Just before the recessional, I had this crazy idea of tossing some of these petals at the couple as they walked out, which I texted to Tonya, who then made it happen.

Whit’s reaction to the room after it was transformed for the reception was priceless. I had a similar reaction to the individual chocolate concoctions that were served up for dessert in lieu of the traditional wedding cake. DJ Brian Whitis, already in place from his ceremony music duties, presided over a fun-filled and unpredictable evening, the highlight of which was a classic cat-fight over Whitney’s tossed bouquet.

See the details of this wedding on Circle City Planners’ blog!
Enjoy some of the amazing images on Jessica Strickland’s blog!

Four years after covering Heather & Kevin‘s beautiful wedding at St. Pius X Parish, I returned to capture another special day for the Curtis clan as Kevin’s sister Kelli exchanged vows with Patrick on a mild January day. Angela and Chris from The Painted Daisy and Bloomz combined their floral talents to create a spectacular aisle for Kelli to walk down. The highlight of the ceremony outside of the couple themselves was an enchanting vocal performance provided by Barbara Curtis, the proud mother of the bride.

The reception took place afterwards at the Grand Hall of the Crowne Plaza at Union Station. With the always reliable Flip Miller Band rocking the house and consultant Sue Guyton running the show, Kelli & Patrick were able to enjoy a stress-free evening of fun and fellowship. It was nice to see Indy Photo Booth there, whose owners’ wedding I will be shooting in June. And it was a kick to work with photographer Angela Talley, especially since we didn’t even realize until our last day in Mexico a week earlier that we would be working together this evening.