Married like champions at Notre Dame basilica and Dahnke ballroom wedding. Here come the Eckert's!

Andrew & Elizabeth Married like champions! | here come the eckert’s!

We enjoyed filming with Andrew and Elizabeth as they married like champions! From the moment I arrived and the ladies were dancing to the classic tune everlasting love, I knew it was going to be great. I think there was some pent up energy since the wedding had been delayed for over a year. Andrew and Elizabeth were married in a small civil ceremony in 2021 when they had to cancel their plans due to covid. They never gave up on their dream of a big Notre Dame wedding though and their persistence paid off! As the best man said in his speech Notre Dame has a history of winning and often takes three years of planning to pull off the championship. Or in their case three years to pull off the dream wedding!

The day began and ended on campus. We started filming at the Morris Inn, a short walk from the Basilica and ceremony site. Getting ready was really fun. Andrew showed us his jacket with special lining portraying the Dome and brought along his collection of ND football helmets to see. Of course the ladies were super pumped for Elizabeth and loved prepping with her. The ceremony was beautiful with a very full room of guests. And after the ceremony we filmed all around campus in the snow and cold! Kudos to the wedding party for braving that wind chill. Although we didn’t linger long outdoors we filmed beautiful scenes with the couple. All followed up by a picture perfect wedding reception with dances and speeches at the stadium in the beautiful Dahnke Ballroom. I think it’s safe to say Andrew and Elizabeth married like champions! Check out their short film!!

Blog page photo credit: Katie Whitcomb Photography

Wedding Team:

Cake | C’est La Vie Cakes

Catering | LaSalle Catering

Ceremony | The Basilica

Decor Florist & Planning | Merry Me Events

Entertainment | 27 Entertainment

Makeup | Beauty & Bliss

Photography | Katie Whitcomb Photography

Reception Dahnke Ballroom

beautiful day for Carly and Nick at Mavris Arts and Events Center in Indianapolis, IN. A baby gender reveal and epic dance celebration.

incredible Indianapolis wedding day at mavris arts & event center for carly & nick!

It was a beautiful day for Carly and Nick’s wedding at Mavris Arts and Events Center in Indianapolis, IN. I’ve filmed at the The Mavris several times before but I’d never seen the space so fully used as I did for Carly and Nick’s wedding. In all there were 4 floor location changes throughout the day all within the venue. Ceremony was on the 1st floor. Cocktail hour on the third floor. The grand entrance and speeches on the 2nd followed by dinner with three unique serving stations. And last but maybe most incredible an epic baby gender reveal, and a raging dance party back on the 3rd floor!

Back up to the ceremony. It was hosted on the first floor which is normally the lobby. I wasn’t fully sure how that would work at first but it was absolutely great. There’s actually more space for the guests, an elegant stairwell for the bride’s entrance and plenty of what makes the Mavris shine, original wood and brick surfaces. Their ceremony was great. Carly and Nick said their vows and pledged devotion to one another from the heart. The minister joked it’s usually the bride who cries from being overcome with emotion but in their case it was Nick. It’s really cool to see a groom confident enough to share his feelings and so passionate about his bride. I’m happy we were there to capture it all for them.

All this came together smoothly for an awesome wedding at Mavris Arts and many amazing memories for the bride and groom, their family and friends. Check out their wedding day story!

A great celebration of love and life together. Getting ready, ceremony and reception. Wedding celebration at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN

A great wedding celebration || at Swan Lake resort in plymouth, IN

A great celebration

When I first spoke with Steve he laid out his vision for their wedding very articulately. It was to be a great wedding celebration of his and Meredith’s love and life together so far and their future. Celebration being a key word for them. I thought this made a lot of sense. With a wedding we tend to look toward the future naturally as it’s a beginning but we should remember we’re also celebrating the past. People that helped raise us, friends and experiences that helped shape us. Even the time, memories and accomplishments made together as a couple. Some couples have more experience together than others based on the length of their engagement and courtship. I’ve filmed for couples who met literally a few months before the day and those who have been dating for 9 years or more!

swan lake resort

Meredith and Steve are a couple who had a rich history together already. They’ve been dating several years, have a son together and naturally wanted to make him a big part of their day. What was originally planned to be a big city wedding in Chicago because of stifling covid restrictions became a wedding in the countryside of Plymouth, IN at Swan Lake Resort. And it was great. Swan Lake is a premiere wedding resort location. We’ve enjoyed filming there several times before and actually filmed our first ever wedding film there as a company. The resort is located on a golf course, has lodging on site including some rustic log cabins as well as traditional hotel rooms. The couple took advantage of both with Steve staying in the hotel and Meredith in a cabin. Steve and Meredith chose to have their ceremony in a nearby church and hosted the reception at Swan Lake.

The wedding

It was a beautiful event full of incredible speeches and moments. Meredith and Steve were genuinely wonderful to work with throughout the process. They were very intentional and made everyone feel welcome and appreciated on the day. Our best to them and their family. May they make many new memories and celebrate many more life milestones together. Thanks Jacob and Mary Kate for filming the day!

Vendors:

Photography Beth Anderson Venue Swan Lake Resort Planners Big City Bride Makeup Merakisds Dj DJ Rock City Decor Merry Me Transportation Gladwell

Megan and Bob Married In South Bend Indiana. Lovely wedding day. Elegant Palais Royale Ballroom near St. Joseph River. Beautiful wedding day!

Megan & Bob | Married on a lovely South Bend, Indiana wedding day!

location

Megan and Bob were married in South Bend Indiana at the historic St. Joseph Church by Rev. Matt Fase. They hosted their wedding reception just down the road at the lovely Palais Royale Ballroom, also in South Bend. Both locations were really perfect for their day. With close proximity to the one another and the city of South Bend it made commuting a snap. We were also in walking distance to the St. Joseph River and had some great views there for photos. The Palais is in my opinion one of the most elegant ballrooms in the city and didn’t fail to impress for Megan and Bob. With beautiful white, yellow and gold tones, pin lighting, and floral arrangements it looked amazing. I’ve had a wonderful history filming at the Palais in past years. Check out some of our other favorite Palais wedding couples here!

The Wedding Day

We began the day getting ready in Megan’s beautiful family home. Lots of natural light for details and makeup with the talented Stephanie Jean were key. Following were the couples heartfelt vows at the church. Speeches by maid of honor and best man and Megan’s fathers hilarious speech. He candidly portrayed the similarities he and Bob shared which helped them get along well. I actually overheard him joke with Bob as he handed off Megan that he would touch his nose during the ceremony if Bob’s team scored, lol.

Vendors

After all this they packed the dance floor with family and friends for their rocking wedding reception. This lovely evening was made possible by the efforts of many including: event planning by the bride! Room lighting by Pro-Show, catering & coordinating for the reception was Navarre catering, floral arrangements by Poppies By Polly, photography by Kirsten Wray. Cinematography by Vibe Video Productions. Entertainment was provided by the amazing and energizing My Yellow Rickshaw Band