Kelle & John – 8/23/08

The Lazzara name is synonymous with the Ritz Charles, and I’m so thankful that the folks there thought of us to cover this very special day in the Ritz Charles family. Kelle & John’s coverage began with an elegant rehearsal dinner in the Wood Room at the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle. (Ironically, the last time I shot there, Kelle’s father Chuck and his staff catered a rehearsal dinner for a Hilbert wedding a dozen years ago.) The following morning, I joined the ladies in the penthouse bridal suite at the Omni Severin for some preparation coverage and a stunning rooftop view of downtown.

Laurie took over at St. John Catholic Church, where Kelle & John exchanged vows before heading off to the Canal and the Indianapolis Museum of Art for some great shots with photographer Angela Talley (who also referred the couple to us). Meanwhile, the huge group of guests filled the pavillion at the Ritz Charles for the most extravagant cocktail hour I’ve ever seen before taking over the entire main building for the reception. The jaw-dropping decor was highlighted by the arrangements of McNamara Florist‘s Alan Thompson, and the ballroom (which I had never seen opened to full capacity) was a sight to behold. A great time was had by all, especially once the Chicago band Front of House took over for the rest of the evening.

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