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A champagne spray and toast to start the wedding day! A Notre Dame wedding at The Basilica and Downes ballroom. Cheers to the newlyweds!

A Champagne spray to start the wedding day! Notre Dame, Indiana

When I first arrived to the air bnb Shannon and her ladies were at Shannon was readying for the champagne spray and toast. I grabbed my camera jumped out of the car and yelled wait for me! I’m glad I was there to catch it as it was an awesome scene to begin the day with.

After cleaning any excess champagne off of their hands Shannon and the bridesmaids began getting ready as we went into filming the details! Shannon’s mother helped her into the dress and it was time for the big reveal. Katie from OMG photography did a great job positioning the bridesmaids at the bottom of the stairs while Shannon walked down to them. All the ladies swooned over seeing her in the dress the first time. It was definitely a highlight of the morning!

Meanwhile Christopher was getting prepped and hanging at the Morris Inn on campus with his guys. He graciously read the letter Shannon had wrote him on camera as Shannon had done with his letter earlier. I always encourage couples to write and read a note from one another if they’re comfortable doing so. It’s a great way to hear in their own words how they feel. Shannon and Christopher’s notes were very sweet.

After all the prep Christopher took one last stroll as a single man along with his guys across the quad over to the Basilica for the wedding mass. Shannon arrived shortly thereafter and was soon coming through those beautiful medieval double doors. All eyes fixed on her as she made her way down that long basilica isle to the man of her dreams.

The reception was on campus at Downes Ballroom overlooking the football stadium. There was speeches, dinner, dancing and a surprise video appearance from the former women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw! For all family and friends who couldn’t join Shannon and Christopher asked us to provide live streaming of the reception. It was a really thoughtful way to include everyone they cared about and really showed their character. Our best to the newlyweds!

Vendors include

flowers: Country Florist– wedding dress designer: Sassi Holford– bridesmaid dresses: Dear Cleo– Groomsmen tux’s: Louie’s Tux Shop – hair and makeup: Blown Away Dry Bar– cake: Sweet Em’s Photography- OMG photography dj: In-tune DJ service venue: venuend

puzzle picture perfect wedding day love story for Bryan and Kathryn. Married at Hidden Hollow Farm in Crawfordsville, IN

Composing a puzzle picture perfect wedding day story!! | Filmed at Hidden Hollow Farm

kathryn & Bryan’s story

Composing Bryan and Kathryn’s wedding film was like putting together a puzzle picture! Bryan said during his vows that after their first date he knew a future love with Kathryn was inevitable. Kathryn replied that she couldn’t put adequately put words to her love, it was easier to describe it with moments or pictures if you will. Glances, laughs, winks, long hikes together etc.

I hope when you watch the video you will better understand that means. That’s what I love about making wedding films. It’s like painting a picture it starts very undefined and through the process of refining becomes a complete picture.

editing or composing?

I never know what direction the film or story may take until I arrive on the wedding day. I still don’t really know when the filming is done. The discovery mostly happens during the process of editing. I might say selection and arranging is a more appropriate description than editing. Editing sounds so mechanical and removed. When making a wedding film you have to compose the video. Like a music composer a good video editor must feel the work.

putting the pieces together!

With the help of God I take on the composition process with great care, a few ideas and a desire to achieve the best result. I take the many parts of the wedding day and piece them together until I see the puzzle completed. Bryan and Kathryn’s puzzle began from their first meeting or before in their life journey which prepared them for meeting. Our puzzle began with a hundred beautiful little pieces of video and memories from their wedding. Speeches and memories shared by family and friends. Things the couple shared in their own words. Pictures of them interacting, images of the things they chose to include in the day.

When I first met Bryan and Kathryn I could tell they were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed getting to know them. They hosted a beautiful wedding at Hidden Hollow Farm. Check out some other beautiful weddings we’ve filmed at wedding barn venues. Cheers to the the newlyweds!

Julie and Ryan's Sycamore at Mallow Run wedding. Intimate micro wedding with giant size feel. Fireside winter, intimate micro wedding.

Clear and crisp winter wedding | Julie & Ryan | Sycamore at Mallow Run

The Day

Julie and Ryan’s Sycamore at Mallow Run wedding was a beautiful way to start out the new year! It was great to start 2021 with a beautiful clear, crisp and sunny January day for them. Their reception event had to be downsized from 250 all the way down to 25! But no worry, they planned accordingly and made it awesome. They used an intimate fireside space in the venue to host the dinner and had all the guests sit around a single large table. Plus the bar was just a few steps from the dining room!

All this to say a micro wedding doesn’t have to feel small when it’s planned right. Even in a huge venue like the Sycamore, it’s all about adjusting and matching the space in the venue to fit the group. And when there’s a small group the staff can provide a better experience for those guests. That said this was a fun group, excited for the couple and the energy level was high!

This was our second time working with the family of the bride. The first was with Josh and Kelly Julie’s older sister and brother in law. It was special to be invited back to spend the day with this wonderful group again and get to know Ryan’s family as well.

THE TRAILER film!

To be continued…

Ryan and Julie are planning to host another large Sycamore at Mallow run wedding reception in January 2022. We have a full length feature film for them coming soon but it will have to wait till next January to premiere it publicly. Cheers to the new Mr. & Mrs!!

notre dame wedding day film. Winter Wedding, cool and grey. Ethereal beauty brotherly love and family.

A winter wedding day | Notre Dame, IN | Katie & Brad

the wedding day

I may be daydreaming reflecting on Katie and Brad’s ethereal winter wedding. White and bright, cold and grey but hospitable. Subtle cool tones. These are some of the adjectives I’d use to describe the campus of Notre Dame in winter. At least the campus on the kind of day that Katie and Brad had. It was beautiful to say the least. Warm enough we were able to film outside without gloves. But our ears and hands reminded us it was still winter after a half hour or so. Katie Whitcomb and I had a blast taking photos & filming while Katie & Brad did their part looking great and braving the cold. Kudos to them!

We began the day filming with Katie and her bridal crew getting glammed up at their suite in Hilton Garden Inn. We even got a few of Brad getting suited up with his bro’s. Then it was time for Katie’s big reveal with her father as they shared a first look moments before heading to the church. Their Basilica ceremony was beautiful. The priest shared a some memories from Katie’s time taking his “tree class”. Then he even shared some of Katie’s reflections from her time in class. He incorporated those reflections into their ceremony homily in a beautiful way. Their reception followed at the Gillespie conference center nearby which is perfect for large or intimate events such at theirs.

Their winter wedding film has certain attributes of heavenly grace and sublime beauty. Perhaps a good reflection of Katie and Brad’s married life together!

Vendors

Dress Christina Wu Bridal Reception Venue Gillespie Conference Center Ceremony Venue The Basilica Hotel Hilton Garden Inn South Bend Cake Macri’s Italian Bakery Hair and Makeup Nicholas J Salon Floral Pollies by Poppy Dj ProShow Photography Katie Whitcomb photography Videography Vibrant Video Productions