The reception at the Columbia Club downtown was a lively affair perfectly orchestrated by catering manager A.J. Ploughe. There were delicious cakes on each table with different flavors, encouraging guests to visit other tables to compare cakes and mingle. The Flip Miller Band (who along with photographer Dawn Fisher of Galleria Studios referred the couple to me – thanks, guys!) provided their signature great music, keeping the dance floor so packed that I could barely navigate the crowd. The nice thing about having worked with Flip for so long is that when the couple was naming potential first dance songs a month earlier, I was able to recommend one that I recognized from the band’s lesser-used repertoire, and so it was a kick to learn they had ultimately chosen it. The groom saved the best for last, performing “Walking in Memphis” with the band as his friends from his days with the Carmel H.S. Ambassadors backed him up. The couple’s sendoff amid sparklers was a perfect and holiday-appropriate way to cap off the evening.
It’s hard to believe, but Chris and I have now been married for 14 years! I told her last night that she must have broken two mirrors before we got married to be stuck with me this long. She has been such a saint, putting up with my crazy hours and wrangling three nutty boys while I’ve been off doing such fun “work.” She has been my very best friend for nearly 21 years now (maybe she broke THREE mirrors), and I wouldn’t be where I am without the unconditional love and support she has given me all those years. I love you, Chris!
Although I was still aching from the previous day’s wedding, I was very excited to get started on Ann Marie & Michael’s big day for many reasons. First, this would be my first wedding and reception at the Crowne Plaza Union Station shot in HD, so it was stimulating to capture the gorgeous architecture of the historic Grand Hall from a whole new (widescreen) perspective. Second, it meant that I would be working with my good friend and photographer extraordinaire Angela Talley, who had referred the couple to me. But mostly, there was the super-nice couple themselves, who booked us a looong time ago and have been very excited this whole time about having me there, which has only made me feel more the same in return.
We all started the day by hopping onto a shuttle for some photos on Monument Circle with Angela and her ace assistant Whitney. Then we went to the RCA Dome, and for good measure, Lucas Oil Field for some more shots. I was impressed by the groom’s pop-culture savvy when he asked me to capture the guys doing a “Resevoir Dogs” walk. (Angela’s “Rese-what?” reaction cracked me up. Definitely a guy movie!) The ceremony itself looked gorgeous in the north end of the Grand Hall with the huge, round stained-glass window overhead and the awesome floral arrangements by Sara Thompson of McNamara Florist dotting the aisle.
A long cocktail hour combined with a spread-out dinner schedule with formalities mixed in throughout gave me plenty of time to catch my breath and get ready for the next great moment, of which Ann Marie and Michael provided many. Larry Sauer and his band etc., enhanced by a killer brass section, played some popular standards throughout dinner, but the exciting part was seeing everyone’s reaction once they kicked in with the REALLY great stuff afterwards. And I don’t know what it is about us when we get together, but Angela, Whitney and I spent so much time in a constant state of hysterics, cracking up for no apparent reason all night, that it’s really amazing we got any work done. But indeed we did, and I can’t wait to share it with this wonderful couple.
The ceremony took place in Eli Lilly Hall, a beautiful space that was transformed even more by Alan Thompson of McNamara Florist and the IHC staff under the detailed eye of consultant Tonya Shadoan of Circle City Planners. We scurried off to the canal for some fun photos afterwards with Dawn Fisher of Galleria Studios. (When the guys wanted to do an “Abbey Road” shot walking across the street, who was the Beatles nut who insisted that one of them go barefoot a la McCartney on that album cover? Yep, yours truly!)
In an interesting twist, the couple chose to be introduced and cut their cake in the Stardust Terrace during the cocktail hour before sending all their guests through a receiving line back into the Eli Lilly Hall for the rest of the dinner and reception. By the time the formalities were out of the way, there was only an hour remaining for open dancing before the couple’s scheduled departure by horse carriage, so DJ Sunny Moon took his usual all-killer-no-filler approach to another level and kept the dance floor packed with some great singalong classics before the couple departed through a blizzard of finger-flinger streamers.
I loved Emily’s immediate response via e-mail upon seeing the clip: “I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!! I ABSOLUTELY love it! My mom and I just watched over the phone today and she went crazy too! She had to get off the phone so that she could forward it to all her friends…hahaha! Thanks so much!” The pleasure was all mine, Emily. Can’t wait for you to enjoy the rest of the video this weekend…
Kim & Adam brought me all the way out to the beautiful rolling hills of Ashland, Kentucky to cover their wedding ceremony at First Baptist Church. I had missed out on an opportunity to videotape Kim’s sister’s wedding at the same venue last fall, so I’m glad they kept me in mind again this time around. Adam and his groomsmen were hard to videotape, as they had me cracking up almost the entire time. They were just about the funniest group of guys I’ve ever covered. The couple added a uniquely sentimental touch by displaying a slideshow of the groom’s photos set to a song as his parents walked down the aisle and lit their candle, followed by the same for the bride’s side.
The reception at nearby Bellefonte Country Club was a great time in a classy locale, with lots of sunset photo ops with chiropractor-turned-photographer Reece Booth (I could use a chiropractor after every wedding!) on the golf course and great tunes spun by DJ Bobby Leach. Consultant Donna Graham did a great job staying on top of all the details and communicating with the vendors. My own personal non-wedding highlight was being served the tastiest sweet tea throughout the evening, status quo down there according to Reece. Even all the McDonald’s drive-thrus sell large sweet teas for a buck, so I was happy to partake there many times as well. I LOVE Kentucky!
Here are the video highlights from Virginia & Lars’ very unique 6/2/07 wedding at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and reception at Meridian Hills Country Club. Ironically, the Barry Manilow song Virginia wanted for this video was the very first song I sang in high school choir many years ago, and I had never heard the real version until putting these highlights together:
So many interesting stories emerged from this day as I looked through Laurie’s footage, not the least of were the masquerade masks, the ubiquitous animal-couple figurines, and Lars’ Norwegian heritage (check out the groom’s cake). But I was most intrigued by Virginia’s use of an excerpt from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Snow-White and Rose-Red” in their programs, as Virginia is the first bride I’ve ever seen wear both a white AND a red wedding gown, the latter one for the reception. Coincidence? I even suspect that the wedding and reception venues might have been designed to reflect the duality of the title characters, but I’ll have to run that theory by the couple when they return from their honeymoon in Longboat Key, FL.
We just got the following wonderful feedback via e-mail from Anna & Michael about the video of their 5/19/07 wedding and reception at the luxurious Conrad Hotel, which Laurie videotaped: “We love the wedding video!! It was so great to be able to see all the things that we missed during the day while we were doing other things! It was great working with you!” Here are the highlights from their video: