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!)

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!)