From her extravagant wedding in St. Lucia through her daughter’s baby shower and first birthday party, Asha’s events have been a blast to film and always a treat for the senses.  But nothing prepared me for what she had in store for Valentine’s Day at Tre Bella in Mesa, Arizona.  This upscale event strictly for adults was filled with sexy entertainment, delicious cuisine and naughty favors, all surrounded by Asha’s signature stunning decor.

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In one of our most whirlwind weekends ever, we squeezed in three weddings into the three days sandwiched in between my Thailand and Hawaii trips, the most epic of which was Rita & Dennis’ three-day Indian wedding extravaganza at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.  Many amazingly talented vendors including Weddings InStyle II by Sima Patel, Masala Entertainment and Rue de Fleurs (who referred us) completely transformed the spaces into completely different worlds spanning the Thanksgiving evening mendhi all the way through the Saturday reception.  In addition to all of the jaw-dropping Indian decor, I loved the USMC-themed cocktail hour lounge, which was a wonderful tribute to Dennis’ service to our country.  Working with photographer Jessica Strickland made this whole event even more fun to capture, and I cannot thank Brandon New enough for helping me with filming throughout the weekend.

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The holiday season was kicked off in style with Abby & Anatoli’s winter wonderland wedding at Christ Church Cathedral and the Columbia Club, with the newly-lit “World’s Largest Christmas Tree” towering over the proceedings.  I arrived at the club just as Karen Hall & Company were putting the finishing touches on the beautiful bride, and then joined Nathaniel Edmunds Photography as the couple greeted each other in the lobby and headed outside for photos.  Following the wedding, Monument Circle formed a panoramic backdrop for the reception in the Crystal Terrace, which was beautifully decorated by The Empty Vase along with a cake by Taylor’s Bakery.  After a few formalities including the traditional Russian bread and salt ceremony, Jim Cerone‘s music led the way for a fun evening of celebration.

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Image by Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Didi & Fabian celebrated their union in spectacular fashion with a wedding ceremony at St. John Catholic Church followed by a lively reception at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, who referred this wedding to us.  I captured footage of Didi’s preparations at the Omni Severin along with planner April Stegeman and Kevin Monahan Photography, while Brandon captured some moments with Fabian at the Hyatt Regency before taking over for the ceremony.  The reception was a sight to behold, with lovely decor by Bokay Florist, an elegant cake by Classic Cakes, and a roomful of guests dressed in colorful traditional Igbo Nigerian attire.

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Image by Kevin Monahan Photography

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, along came Sarah & Bill’s epic wedding day, starting with a ceremony at St. Mary Catholic Church and finishing in grand fashion at Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station.  Following the ceremony, photographer Angel Canary and I captured some fun moments with the bridal party downtown, then headed to the Grand Hall, where a stunning display of eye candy awaited us.  Planner Leslie Jones (who referred us to Sarah & Bill) combined table linens, flowers by Design Group, stationery by Pink Poppy Ink, cake by Classic Cakes and lighting by Evans Audio Visual/Wow Factors to create a spectacular gradient “ombre” effect from one end of the room to the other with the couple’s favorite colors.  Wedding Entertainment Director Jim Cerone was on hand to ensure a packed dance floor and amazing party for all.  But just in case the guests needed an extra chuckle, Angel’s photo booth included props from their favorite movie “Dumb and Dumber,” and even their hashtag #WeaverPartyOfTo” got in on the fun with “Dumb and Dumber To” opening the same weekend.

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Image by Angel Canary Photography

Jessica & Calvin’s wedding day was a blast, from their lovely ceremony at Carmel Lutheran Church through their fantastic reception at the Bridgewater Club.  Following the ceremony, we scooted around on golf carts at the club for photos with Jennifer Driscoll.  The reception events were divided between the Legacy Room where a tasty creation by Classic Cakes greeted the guests, the banquet room where David Stromeyer made his magic happen, and the tented outdoor pavilion where Jason Fritz entertained the guests.  Expertly overseeing every detail of this fabulosity was planner Leslie Jones, who referred Jessica & Calvin to us.

Additional vendors: Atmospheres Indy & Antique Limousine

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Image by Jennifer Driscoll Photography

”I Kicked Cancer’s Ass!” Tonya Shadoan of Circle City Planners organized a very special gathering of friends & family to surprise her daughter Katelyn in celebration of her triumph over cancer. How an entire high school kept this event a secret was a mystery, but Kate was indeed surprised, and she & her friends had the time of their lives. It was honor to be there among friends to help celebrate the start of a healthy new chapter in Katelyn’s life.

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I had such a great time helping my friends at Posh Petals celebrate 10 years of awesomeness, along with a fun vendor team of some of my favorite people including Eventfull Planning, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, Jim Cerone, MBP Catering, A Classic Party Rental & KB Design.  Congrats, Meredith & Erika, and here’s to the next 10 years!

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I had so much fun with Carrie & Marc on their wedding day at the Indiana State Museum, from their first look at the top of the INDIANA statue and photo time with the Bello Romance Photography team through their lovely ceremony setup courtesy of Wow Factors/Evans Audio Visual.  The reception rocked as well with dinner service (and epic dessert spread) by Kahn’s Catering and music by Living Proof, while planner Jeanne Milan did a fantastic job overseeing all of the day’s details. Mazel Tov, Carrie & Marc!

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Filming a wedding for fellow vendors is an honor and a piece of cake.  Filming one for the family of the guy who normally shoots for ME…now that’s pressure!  Thankfully, Brandon’s brother-in-law Josh and his beautiful bride Brittany had a wedding & reception that was a gorgeous feast for the eyes at Morgan Acres, not to mention so many moments that touched the heart as well.  From the emotional gift exchange through the first look, beautiful ceremony outside and joyous celebration inside the barn, their love for each other, God, and loved ones who had passed on was always front and center.  It’s been fun getting to know this amazing family over the years, and it’s always a blast working with so many friends like Randy Baughn, Rich Miller, Joel Nowacki and of course Cybil & Brandon!

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Image by Cybil & Brandon Photography