Sijia & Matt enjoyed a picture-perfect fall day for their wedding and reception at the Mansion at Oak Hill.  Along with Dawn & Mike Fisher of Galleria Studios (who referred the couple to us), we captured some nice shots under the canopy of trees which later became the backdrop for their beautiful and emotional ceremony, highlighted by a unique rose ceremony that Sijia & Matt will recreate on their anniversaries.  The bride looked stunning in her dress as well as makeup by Karen Hall.  The flowers by Jan Johnson of Belle Fleur added elegance to the ballroom for the reception, which was expertly presided over by Jeremy Gearries of DJs Direct.  The big day concluded in style with Sijia & Matt’s grand exit in an Antique Limousine provided by Jack Gambs.

Photo by Galleria Studios

Nancy & Brian couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for a wedding and reception at the Meridian Hills Country Club.  Coverage began with Nancy’s preparations at the Marriott North as coordinator Rachel Dillow tended to her every need, followed by her first meeting with Brian.  Then we all headed to MHCC for more photos on the links with Nate & Tiffany from Nathaniel Edmunds Photography before settling in for a picture perfect outdoor ceremony on the club’s huge back patio.

The ballroom for the reception looked stunning with decor by The Empty Vase’s David Strohmeyer.  Nancy’s father provided nice personalized introductions for the whole bridal party, humorously nearly forgetting to introduce the newly married couple.  The live music provided by First Impression was jazzy and engaging as usual, leading to a crowded dance floor and fun night for all.

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Image by Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Despite a rainy forecast, Lezley & Kyle enjoyed a perfectly beautiful day for their wedding & reception at the Montage on Allison Pointe.  The reverse layout of the wedding pavilion area gave the ceremony a real garden feel, with stunning decor throughout by Julie Acheson of Royal Creations.  Lezley’s adorable dog Layla made a very cute “Dog of Honor” for the ceremony.  The reception inside was a blast for everyone, highlighted by Kahn’s Catering‘s amazing service (thanks to Joe Husar for the referral!), the Endless Summer Band‘s great party tunes, photographer Braden Jones‘ “photo booth,” the most thorough face-smashing of wedding cake I’ve ever witnessed and a sweet thank you favor for the guests.

Image by Braden Jones Photography

Laurie captured the moments as Ashley & Lee exchanged vows at St. Mary’s Catholic Church before celebrating as the marquee attraction at their Fountain Square Theatre reception.  Ryan Kimberly Shui of Sweet Beginnings kept the day running smoothly, Kathy’s Kloset provided the elegant floral decor, and DJ Alex Graessle kept the dance floor packed.  As amazing as the theatre looked on the inside, the best view was up on the roof, where Laurie accompanied the couple as well as photographers Ian & Cecilia Borgerhoff for some shots with a stunning view of the downtown skyline as the backdrop.  Eight years after filming Ashley’s brother Jerad’s wedding, it was a pleasure to work with the Dalton family once again.

Marissa & J.W. shared an elegant, music-filled ceremony at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church before celebrating during a high-energy reception at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Marissa looked amazing, and J.W. is simply one of the most free-spirited grooms I have ever met, which became clear when I had to dodge Nerf darts just to say hello to him.  The ceremony included a large share of music beautifully sung by a choir that included many members I recognized from my own church.

Antique Limo brought the couple to the IMA, where we spent a good amount of time roaming the grounds of the IMA for photos with Turtle Pond Photography before heading into Deer Zink for a superb dinner by Kahn’s Catering.  The decor by Circle City Designers was fabulous as usual, but one only had to look up to see the true focal point of the room – dozens of paper stars from India modified by Scott Evans into stunning lanterns.  With the band Groove Essential leading the way, J.W. set the tone for the evening by twisting, turning and twirling Marissa to the point that they both ended up dizzy on the ground at the end of the first dance – seeing stars, of course.  Kudos to Darcie Kornmeyer of Circle City Planners (who referred us) for coordinating such a memorable occasion to perfection.

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Image by Turtle Pond Photography

Sarah & Jonathan got married in a full mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, a beautiful ceremony in which they were the first couple I’d ever seen do the presenting of the gifts themselves, which was a nice touch.  Afterwards, we all headed downtown for a rocking reception at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station.  My favorite moment was when in lieu of a traditional blessing, the father of the bride led the whole crowd in a spirited rendition of “God Bless America.”  A Bride’s Choice Florist provided an elegant variety of looks for the tables, and the band The Rumors came up from Louisville to keep the crowd on their toes all night.  Huge thanks to photographer Jennifer Driscoll for referring Sarah & Jonathan to us!

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