Photo by Nantz Photography

Christin exchanged vows with Kyle yesterday in her hometown of New Castle at First Baptist Church Family Life Center, a huge state-of-the-art worship facility that used to be, surprisingly, a Wal-Mart! Christin is one of the sweetest brides I have ever worked with, and that lovely spirit was reflected as well in her groom, family, friends and over 350 guests. The photomontage I created for her was shown immediately before the processional, which was unusual but set the perfect tone for the rest of the ceremony.

Afterwards, photographer David Nantz (who referred the couple to me – thanks Dave!), the wedding party and I headed out to Memorial Park for some fun photos. I rarely suggest ideas for poses, but this group was so fun, and Dave so accomodating, that I couldn’t resist throwing some wacky ideas out there that I hope worked out well. (By the way, Dave’s residential loft, which was converted from a three-story brick lodge, is going to be featured on HGTV’s “reZONED” this Wednesday night – too cool!)

Then we drove up S.R. 3 to the Cornerstone Center for the Arts (which was beautifully converted from a Masonic Temple – I’m sensing a renovation theme here) in Muncie for a fun reception catered by MCL Catering. The chicken-over-stuffing thingy was one of the tastiest creations I’ve ever had, and the family-style serving of the food was a unique touch that added to the sense of community. My good friend, DJ Jim Cerone presided over the formalities with his usual spot-on class and professionalism, and everyone, including the many kids in the crowd, had a terrific time.

While I was on the road in New Castle and Muncie, Laurie videotaped Camille & Daniel’s wedding and reception right up the street at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and Oak Hill Mansion. Laurie said that the couple was so much in love and so into each other that they sometimes seemed to forget that she was in the room with them. The happy couple and their wedding party went downtown after the ceremony for some fun photos at Victory Field with photographer Ed Lausch, who was one of the people who kindly referred Camille & Daniel to us. The reception got off to a rocky start when the DJ failed to show up, but a replacement (ironically from Muncie, where I was at the time) was eventually brought in, and the couple and their guests were ready to party and seemed to be in great spirits by the time I dropped in to wish them well.

Photo by Richard Spahr Photography
After many prayers and crossed fingers, the weather held up beautifully for Emily & John’s wedding day, which kicked off a very busy month of June for us. The ceremony took place at Meridian Street United Methodist Church, which was adorned spectacularly by McNamara’s. The sequence of arches that welcomed the guests down the aisle was amazing, but the same designer did the unbelievable arrangements for the Lauth reception I covered a couple of weeks ago at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, so I’m not surprised. Church coordinator David Otto did his customary great job keeping such a big wedding with so many attendants and guests running smoothly and right on time. The music throughout was terrific, and fortunately, I was able to debut some new audio accessories at this wedding to capture it all.
The 300 or so guests then packed the Woodstock Club for a lively outdoor cocktail hour and indoor reception. With the Flip Miller Band providing the music as they usually do for this crowd, I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me with everyone wanting to dance to all that great music in a limited area, but the smaller HD camera that I used made navigation much easier and gave me some fun shots. My good friend Leslie Jones did a superb job throughout the day, right up until the couple exited in a shower of rose petals at midnight. Photographer Richard Spahr hung in there with me until the very end as well, and it was a joy for me to work with him for the first time. (Laurie enjoyed working him recently, too.)

The Meridian St. UMC/Woodstock combination has become an annual tradition for us, as a lot of our clients who are members of those venues use pretty much the same vendors every time a daughter gets married, and IndyVisual has been a lucky beneficiary of that for years now. The real fun part of these events is catching up with the many former clients in the crowd every time. But it was Emily’s family who kickstarted this whole run of weddings for us after we covered her sister Sarah’s wedding years ago, and I can’t thank the Neighbours family enough for their incredible support throughout the years.

Photo by Karen Bowling Photography

While I was covering Emily & Andrew’s wedding a mile away, Laurie was at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for Virginia & Lars’ beautiful wedding ceremony. I can’t help but think about the song “Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole as I write this, because the couple met through eHarmony, whose commercials prominently feature that tune. After getting ready at her sister’s house, Virginia arrived just in time ten minutes before the ceremony. This has been a very unique and refreshing couple to work with since day one, and true to form, the bride surprised everyone with a change into a red dress prior to the reception at Meridian Hills Country Club. Karen Bowling and Platinum DJs provided the photography and music, respectively, and Laurie enjoyed their company throughout the day. June 2 has been by far the most inquired-about date this year (even more than 7/7/07), so I’m really glad we were able to accomodate Virginia & Lars’ unforgettable big day, and I’m looking forward to editing this into a very fun video soon.