Grace & Graham kicked off the fall season in style with a beautiful wedding at the Indiana Landmarks Center and IU homecoming-themed reception at the JW Marriott.  Coverage started at the JW with the couple’s preparations (I loved the scrapbook Grace made for her parents) and first look before heading out for some fun photos with Cassie Conforti.  Following a gorgeous ceremony at the Landmarks Center, we were greeted back at the JW by an absolutely stunning display of fall-themed floral splendor by The Empty Vase and overall design by planner Monica Richard of Mon Amie Events (who referred this wedding to us).  With an IU groom’s cake by Classic Cakes, personalized Pizza Express-style cups, Mother Bear’s late-night pizza snack, and an amazing party band in Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press that had the crowd rocking all night, I felt like I was right back on campus during homecoming surrounded by fun and friends.

Additional vendors: A Classic Party Rental, Bella Bridesmaids, LGi Linens, Markey’s AV, TLW Entertainment, Pink Poppy Ink

Mon Amie blog: http://monamieeventsinc.com/wedding-highlight-grace-and-graham/

Conforti Photography blog: http://confortiphoto.com/blog/2014/10/6/graham-and-graces-wedding

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Image by Conforti Photography

Frances & Phil shared an emotional, faith-filled wedding ceremony at the Indiana Landmarks Center, followed by a reception at the stunningly decorated Indianapolis Museum of Art. Our coverage started with a fun rehearsal dinner Friday night at the Westin, then resumed Saturday at the ceremony site as Jim & Lois Wyant were capturing group photos. The ceremony including several unique spiritual touches such as a group prayer among the bridal party, communion and a sand ceremony where the sand filled an actual picture frame of the couple.

The guests gathered in the Pulliam Hall at the IMA for cocktail service by Kahn’s Catering before proceeding to Deer Zink Pavilion, which was stunningly lit only by the glow of Chinese lanterns overhead, installed by Scott Evans and the Wow Factors crew. Sweet Pea Floral Design‘s beautiful work completed the transformation, and Wedding Entertainment Director Jim Cerone (who referred Frances & Phil to us) presided over the rest of this amazing evening, which was executed to perfection by Laura Lim of Eventfull Planning.

(Hair & Makeup: Karen Hall & Company, Transportation: Antique Limousine of Indianapolis)

For a second straight year, I was honored to film the Blissful Wishes Ball, an annual fundraising extravaganza benefiting the Indianapolis chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding, which is a non-profit organization that provides weddings to couples facing terminal illness or life-altering circumstances.  The festivities took place at the Landmarks Center, which was stunningly transformed into an eye-popping “Arabian Nights” experience by a supremely talented team of event pros.  From the early formalities to the food, music & many other surprises, it was truly a magical evening surrounded by so many great friends, which made the footage even more fun to put together.  Best of all, the gala raised well over $20,000, ensuring that couples who truly understand the meaning of “in sickness and in health” can enjoy a beautiful wedding provided by Wish Upon a Wedding’s dedicated team of wish-granters.

To learn more about this great organization, visit http://wishuponawedding.org.

I’ll never forget my dear friend Amanda’s giddiness when she first told me she started dating Alex during their days at the Omni Severin Hotel, or the day we hung out in the Conrad Indianapolis lobby for an hour talking at length about their wedding day…a whole year before they got engaged.  So it was truly an honor finally to be there to witness and film their big day.  After preparations in Amanda’s suite at the Conrad followed by an emotional first meeting in the penthouse, I joined photographer Andrew Scalini for some stunning pictures on the rooftop and around downtown before heading to the ceremony in the Indiana Landmarks Center, a former church that has been transformed into an incredible event space.

The reception took place down the hall in a dramatic two-story rotunda, tastefully appointed by Paul’s Flowers with setup help by Gene Huddleson of Detail+Design, with intimate spaces on both levels for the guests to savor the many delightful surprises served by Hoaglin Fine Catering.  After many tearful speeches (“It runs in the family,” joked her brother as he broke down), the celebration was on, led by the Endless Summer Band with a memorable appearance onstage by Amanda’s godmother.  Planner Monica Richard of Detail+Design was with all of us every step of the way to make sure everything ran perfectly, and it was such a treat to spend a fun evening with so many industry friends among the guests and vendor team.

Photo by Andrew Scalini