When I first spoke with Ashlynn and Logan they were living in sunny San Diego and planning their private wedding event near Lake Wawasee in Ashlynn’s hometown Syracuse, Indiana. I was psyched at the opportunity to work in my own neck of the woods. I grew up here moved away and recently returned with my family. I’ve always enjoyed the beauty of the lakes area. It’s a beautiful area to plan a summer or fall wedding, especially with new venues offering public access to events on the lake.
location. location. location.
Hosting a outdoor home wedding event can be financially beneficial and convenient especially during a pandemic year. Ashlynn & Logan hosted their wedding at a family friends home near Lake Wawasee. It was a beautiful private spot set deep back a long drive with a pond and large lawn. Of course hosting at a private residence isn’t all fun and games there are some things to work out as they did. You must make special considerations for parking, seating, tent space, seating space for guests. It’s important to choose a location with plenty of room for parking and lots of surrounding space so the noise of the music dissipates at the reception. This location had all that and created a spacious and very private experience. Side note, if hosting a private event don’t forget to notify close neighbors ahead of time about the noise and traffic!
get to work!
The truth is doing it yourself is a lot of work so be prepared to roll up your sleeves. Logan and Ashlynn were up to this challenge and with lots of hard work provided a beautiful wedding experience for their guests. They made custom wood benches and wedding arches for the ceremony overlooking the pond. For the reception they made a custom dance floor and portrait wall decorated with flowers. Also beautiful table arrangements for the wedding cake and head table. For the cocktail hour and dinner they provided a delicious self serve food truck from Ziffles Zip N Go plus tasty specialty drinks pre-mixed for convenience. For activity there was corn hole and giant sized Jenga lawn games available. All of which are in the film.
With lots of hard work and much love in their hearts Ashlynn and Logan pulled off their dream wedding. And they did it their way. They enjoyed the heck out of it and had beautiful weather. I would call that a great success!
Emily and Evan’s wedding was hosted in Elkhart, Indiana otherwise referred to as Heart City. Emily and Evan were fun, easygoing and very in love with one another. It’s also easy to tell they are both very loved by their many friends and family who joined them on their day.
Our time started with Emily and her ladies at the Blown Away hair and makeup salon in South Bend, Indiana. I can never overstate the importance of getting ready time for our films and we were fortunate to have plenty of that thanks to Emily’s mother who was so helpful with the wedding plans. It’s true what they say you know mother knows best! There was a great vibe that morning as the ladies got prepped and pretty. Those moments are important as getting ready is when the wedding experience really starts to kick in for the bride. She can physically see her transformation beginning and the excitement becomes palpable. I’ve often filmed brides prepping with just a friend or two but it’s especially fun when a bride’s full squad is there to support her! In addition to being fun it helps ease tension by bringing normalcy to the days events..
Evan at the same time was getting ready and hanging with his groomsmen while waiting for the days events to begin. With the guys it’s always less about appearance and more about jokes and camaraderie. The camaraderie was awesome and seemed to keep Evan chill. He was relaxed and enjoying his last moments of singleness, giving gifts to his groomsmen, writing a letter to Emily and suiting up for the day. Some of his closest confidants were there for him as they had been through the years. As a bride and groom you want those you trust and are comfortable with there at this crucial point of the day.
Our best to the new Mr and Mrs! May you have many years of wedded success together.
Thanks for watching Lauren and Steven’s Wedding Day Film. It was a pleasure to be the wedding videographers for this beautiful couple and their family. Lauren and Steven hosted their wedding ceremony at St. Pius X catholic church in Granger, Indiana with their reception event following at Morris Park Country Club in South Bend, Indiana.
The day started at Lauren’s parents home where we had a blast hanging with the ladies filming Lauren’s wedding details plus hair & makeup. I love how chill Lauren was. She wasn’t worried about all the details. She said and I quote “I’m just doing my bride thing today”.
Sometimes we can forget the bride has a lot of pressure on her during the day. How to look, how to act, making sure to include everyone and not miss any details. The groom has a lot of pressure too. There’s ceremony elements such as procession, vows, kiss, and recession that need to go smoothly. Friends and family to meet and impress. Not to mention all the emotional buildup that comes to fruition in a wedding day. Believe me no groom wants to sob uncontrollably while saying his wedding vows but it’s often appreciated by the bride when it happens:) All this to say give respect to the bride & groom!! Their role is the most important and the most difficult. So yes, props to you Lauren and Steven you did your bride and groom thing, you did a great job and it was cool!
Sometimes in order to create something beautiful you need to have a vision before you create. Lexi’s dad mentioned in his father of the bride speech that when they walked into the barn for the first time to visit it was a cold winter day and he had a hard time envisioning how it would look and feel for the wedding but was he was blown away by the outcome on the wedding day! Lexi and her mother along with their vendors & St. Joe Farm had that vision and left no stone unturned with creating the picture perfect wedding day!
Lexi chose a lovely earth tone color palette of navy, cinnamon, orange and gold accented with their floral that suited the venue and season. The bridesmaids dresses were cinnamon orange which was a hard color to describe but looked amazing! Although they hosted their wedding ceremony off site at St. Puis X Catholic Church they did their wedding prep at St. Joe Farm in an adjacent structure designated for a bride/groom suite. After the ceremony we returned directly to the farm for their wedding pictures and reception celebration.
St. Joe farm is really special as it’s a barn space but a massive space, with lot’s of room overhead not interrupted by a loft. It’s also an original wood structure dating back 100 plus years. And in addition there’s plenty of unique spaces around the farm for your photography sessions. One location that really jumps out is a hay mow that can open up for a photo in another small barn on the property. You can see this in the very last scene of Lexi and Brock’s film. Having great photo settings is huge when you’re looking at a rural venue where you will be all day and won’t have time to travel to another photo site because you’re out in the country and there isn’t other options. So if you’re looking for a barn wedding venue to host a good sized crowd it’s definitely one to look at.
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