Kristen & Rob – 7/7/07

Photo by Jessica Strickland

Kristen & Rob had the foresight to recognize what a popular date 7/7/07 would be and booked us 18 months in advance, disappointing the countless brides who contacted us since then about that date. A few months later, Kristen also hired me to shoot her brother Jim’s wedding in their home town of South Bend, during which time I quickly realized what a fun and colorful family I would be working for this weekend.
The weekend they planned was as big as the date itself, starting with an informal rehearsal and dinner at the Indianapolis Zoo‘s newly renovated Oceans building. Kristen surprised Rob with a pinata for his birthday before everyone went inside to enjoy a tasty fajita bar. The dinner tables were arranged around the new shark-petting pool, which was a big hit. (Even though my friends from Stacy & Mary Photography caught me trying to pet the wrong shark.)

Once the “lucky” day arrived, another talented friend, photographer Jessica Strickland, joined me to cover Kristen’s preparations in her suite at the Conrad Hotel. After a nice private moment on the staircase downstairs with the groom (see top photo), we got to spend a lot of time with the couple for photos in the lobby, the Artsgarden, a photo booth, and outside the Indiana Roof Ballroom, where the ceremony and reception took place. The ceremony was officiated by former Lt. Governor Joe Kernan, and the music-loving couple cleverly had their friends choose song lyrics for their readings.

Photo by Jessica Strickland

The reception was every bit as colorful as the couple’s personalities, with lots of unique little touches everywhere, like chocolate favors from the South Bend Chocolate Company and Lucky Seven lottery tickets (Kristen won $2 that night – and a husband!) on a wide palette of brightly colored tables. Consultant Tonya Shadoan of Circle City Planners (who referred the couple to me) and her staff did a great job of transforming Kristen’s many ideas into a single, colorful presentation, as well as keeping this very laid-back group on track. Cynthia Layne and her tight band capped the evening with some great jazz and R&B classics.
Check out more great images from the weekend on Jessica Strickland’s blog, and coming soon (once Stacy gets the film back) on Stacy & Mary’s blog!

Trere are 2 comments on this post

  1. Mary July 12, 2007, 1:51 pm

    Bob, I am sooo glad you were able to post the photo with the shark- that was a close call!
    Fun fun fun working with you, as always!!!!

  2. bobbi+ July 18, 2007, 11:49 am

    🙂 What GREAT images!

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