Erin & Enrique were a very fun and energetic couple who tied the knot in one of downtown Indy’s newest (so new it’s not really open until 2012) and most unique venues, the Sanctuary on Penn.   Following the ceremony in the former church’s old sanctuary space, we went out for photos with the venue’s new owner, Captured Art Photography‘s Scott Wheeler.  Meanwhile, the guests mingled in the cocktail plaza while the main space was flipped into a nice reception setup.

David Boyce of Platinum DJ Productions pumped up the crowd with boxing announcer style introductions, and the energy never waned throughout the night.  My favorite moment was the first dance, which featured not one but two surprise song switches that showed off the couple’s considerable dancing abilities.  I was thrilled to be one of the few “outside” vendors to get an early inside preview of this unique full-service wedding venue, where brides have the flexibility of either having all of their wedding services arranged by the venue or bringing in outside vendors other than the caterer.  Best wishes to the Sanctuary on Penn as well as to Erin & Enrique!

Olivia & Andrew enjoyed a gorgeous and emotional wedding ceremony at the Ritz Charles chapel before celebrating in an epic reception in the adjacent pavilion.  Laurie captured all the special moments alongside photographer Jennifer Clark as the bride and groom incorporated a couple of unique touches like the sand ceremony and private communion into the ceremony.  The chapel was beautifully transformed by David Strohmeyer of The Empty Vase, which only hinted at his complete reinvention of the pavilion for the reception, including the draped ceiling and the tall trees and centerpieces that filled the space.  AMS Entertainment filled the evening with music that kept the crowd going strong right through Olivia & Andrew’s farewell.

Lindsey & Danny are one of the most hilarious couples I’ve ever worked with, and their wedding day at my old stomping grounds of Bloomington, Indiana was full of fun, laughter and perfect weather.  After a sweet first meeting at the Wells House, a popular Indiana University hotspot filled with romantic tradition, we headed around campus for photos with Lisa Walker Photography‘s team on the way to the ceremony at First United Methodist Church.
The reception took place inside the Indiana Memorial Union‘s Alumni Hall, which was amazingly adorned by consultant and designer Cathy Teeters, who referred Lindsey & Danny to us.  For the second time in two years, we got to see a Bloomington reception get rocked by the terrific band Stretta out of Nashville, who nearly had the show stolen from them by the happy couple when they got onstage for a couple of showstoppers.

Caitlin & Preston exchanged vows at the beautiful St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Westfield before heading to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for an amazing reception. The Disney fairy tale-themed tables mixed in nicely with touches by Knox Flower Shop located in Frankfort, Indiana. The guests were entertained throughout the evening with dinner service by Nourish Cafe, a slideshow by Astra Creative, music by Lakeside Entertainment and a photo booth by Strike a Pose. We had the pleasure of filming Caitlin’s brother Andrew’s wedding a few years ago, so it was great to catch up with this wonderful family. Congratulations!

Photo by Astra Creative

Stephanie and Anthony had a lovely ceremony and a gorgeous reception at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Our day started alongside great friend and photographer, Angela Talley (who referred the couple to us), capturing the bride and groom getting ready, their first look and shots all around downtown Indy at locations that mean a lot to the couple. Kiralee and Irina from EyeMAX Makeup did a wonderful job on makeup and hair for the bridal party, as always.

The theatre and ballroom looked fabulous thanks to McNamara Florist, Evans Audio Visual (who also came through with the DJ last minute!), Classic Cakes, and of course, Thomas Caterers of Distinction provided the delicious food, including the unique rose sorbet. The fun-filled reception included the bride and groom doing lots of flips during dancing, and the groom even led his mom in a polka. Their Polish family tradition of putting an apron on the bride got all of the guests up and dancing around her, and guests stayed on their feet all night long.

Best wishes, Stephanie and Anthony! Thank you so much for having us capture your special day!

Photo by Angela R. Talley Studio

Chrissy and Ryan exchanged vows at Central Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Indiana before celebrating in style at the Purdue Memorial Union.  Prior to the ceremony, they enjoyed a romantic first look in the sanctuary, followed by photos with Studio Blue Photography‘s Sami Abu-Rumman.  After  the ceremony, a huge Purdue bus escorted the party around campus, moments before a “Boilermaker Special” train car ushered the wedding party into the South Ballroom.  The reception looked and sounded fantastic, courtesy of decor by Alley Flowers and music by The Music Factory‘s Brian Kearnaghan.  This was our fourth wedding for Ryan’s family and friends, so it was a joy to be surrounded by so many familiar faces celebrating Chrissy & Ryan’s big day.

Shekema & Matthew enjoyed a beautiful wedding in the Ritz Charles chapel, followed by a lively reception in the main building. Coverage started with the bride’s preparations in the Renaissance Hotel across the street, while the hilarious groom kept his friends in stitches at the chapel. The ceremony was short and sweet, concluding with the traditional jumping of the broom. Photographers Kevin & Alicia Monahan captured some fun moments after the ceremony while coordinator April Foster & McNamara Florist put the finishing touches on the ballroom. Wes Adkins of Event One DJs guided the couple guests through the formalities as well as a funny “Newlywed Game” before packing the floor with some great tunes.

Photo by Kevin Monahan Photography

Cayla and Ben had a spectacular ceremony and reception at Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station! Wedding planners, Deborah and Cassie of A Touch of Elegance (who referred the couple to us), did an absolutely amazing job transforming the space with the help of Bokay Florist, A Classic Party Rental Company, Sweet Seductions and of course, the Crowne Plaza staff. Karen Hall & Company provided the awesome makeup and hair styles, and Erin Hession took fabulous photos of the stunning bride and groom.

Tony from Event One DJs kept the dance floor packed, and guests filled themselves with delicious sweets from the candy bar. The night ended with a sparkler exit, and a horse and carriage took the couple away as family and friends waved goodbye.

Best wishes always, Cayla and Ben! Thanks for letting us be a part of your unforgettable day!

Photo by Erin Hession Photography

Courtney and Lyle enjoyed a beautiful wedding ceremony and terrific reception at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station. Courtney looked amazing thanks to our good friend Kiralee of EyeMAX Makeup. The ceremony included many beautiful Filipino traditions, including a coin exchange as well as veil and cord ceremonies.

Afterwards, we wandered around the station for some photos with Jeremy and Vickie while the Crowne Plaza staff (who referred Courtney and Lyle to us) and JP Parker Flowers flipped the Grand Hall for the reception. Everyone enjoyed dancing to the tunes played by DJ Dennis Furr, and I particularly enjoyed the delicious treats that Lyle’s mother Lilia sent home with me.

Congratulations Courtney and Lyle!

Photo by Jeremy and Vickie Photography

Elena and Ryan enjoyed an elegant wedding ceremony at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church before celebrating with a surprise-filled reception at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Following the ceremony, the bridal party took off in a trolley for photos with Jamie Owens of J. Scott Photography at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The reception setup looked fabulous thanks to the efforts of Royal Creations, Thomas Caterers of Distinction and Classic Cakes. Rick of DJs Direct kept the crowd going all night and helped execute the highlight of the evening to perfection, as Elena and her father “interrupted” their own father-daughter dance to surprise their guests with an epic Greek dance.

Congratulations Elena and Ryan!

Photo by J. Scott Photography