I just don’t have the words after listening to and editing the speeches from Anna and John’s wedding. Anna’s mother, John’s dad and their other family and friends delivered some beautiful heartfelt toasts. Most of which I didn’t have time to include in the highlights. But all of which were wonderful and are included in their full length documentary. There’s just something really special about a wedding speech that comes from the heart. And they all did for Anna and John. In fact I challenge you to watch this film and not get misty eyed at Lisa’s remarks for her daughter. I must warn you though if you’re feeling a little extra emotional maybe grab a Kleenex or two because it may bring you to tears! Yes there are packets of those specially for weddings 🙂
Anna’s grandfather also officiated a beautiful ceremony that culminated with the hilarious “ok that’s enough” after the first kiss. It was also pretty dang sweet to witness Ana and her grandfather’s first look. I heard him whisper during their first look “I’m nervous” to which Anna replied “but you’ve preached many weddings right”? He replied “yes but it’s different when you get to marry your granddaughter”. Super sweet, but if granddad was still nervous during the actual ceremony we couldn’t tell. It very beautiful and went off without a hitch.
Another highlight for me was filming the interaction between John and Anna’s brother. They enjoyed some bonding time horsing around and sparring before the ceremony. This was really indicative of the ease with which everyone had with us which helped make our time a blast! So I’d like to say thanks to the bride and groom for being so easy to work with. And a huge thank you to MOB Lisa for doing an amazing job planning and pulling off a beautiful wedding in the midst of a pandemic. And for generously hosting us there.
Cheers to Anna and John, we hope you all enjoy the film!
Oh the urgency of love! We were so happy to share Carrie and Mark’s Wedding Film. It took a lot for them to keep their wedding plans intact during the pandemic but they pulled it off! Carrie and Mark were our first clients back from the extended shut down. Their wedding was early in June when no one really knew what was going on in the pandemic. And there was no definitely no road map for hosting a wedding in a pandemic. When the whole world was hiding inside from fear and there wasn’t even any mask wearing yet because no-one knew about that. Pretty much all my weddings that year had been postponed and I was just looking at my schedule like really? Carrie and Mark haven’t postponed? Wow! I emailed to be sure and yes they were getting married!
It was uncharted territory but God gave us all courage and showed us the way. From large last minute changes like a new wedding venue to small adjustments such as seating arrangements and elbows rather than handshakes they made it work. The best part is they made the best of every minute! Carrie said “now that I’ve found the one I love I don’t want to put off getting married any longer. Now more than ever I realize how important it is to spend time with the people we love. ”
The biggest take away for me is I was really struck by the beauty of Carrie’s words. We should all be impacted by the urgency of love. Don’t put off until tomorrow the chance to love. What a beautiful take away from all this. Congrats Carrie and Mark!
Check out some of our other films we’ve done at Avon gardens if you’re here reading and interested in the space!
The Vendors! Venue Avon Gardens Catering Kahn’s Catering Photography Nate Crouch Entertainment Grapevine Productions Lodging Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center… Cinematography Vibrant Video Productions
Wow, a picture perfect union station wedding for the perfect couple! We got to know Joe and Natasha through our friends Amanda and Greg. We filmed for Amanda & Greg several years ago and then for Greg’s sister and her husband. Come to find out Joe works with Greg, so it was great to make the circle of friends larger!
When I met Joe and Natasha a year before their wedding at a Starbucks in Castleton Square it didn’t take long to realize they have a beautiful chemistry. And just hearing about their wedding day plans I could tell it would amazing. Natasha is a wedding planner professionally. She wasn’t overbearing at all as you might think a planner/bride would be. She naturally had a clear vision for what her day and what it would look like. And Joe bless him wasn’t slack he was right there with her working hard on the planning! When they told me their wedding was at one of my all time favorite venues Union Station – I seriously couldn’t wait to secure the date for them.
the wedding day
We were present to film starting with the wedding party getting ready at the nearby Omni Hotel. Once ready Natasha & Joe had their first look then all the bridesmaids and groomsmen piled in the party bus. We took video downtown at monument circle and the nearby Memorial Park. Both were beautiful locations. We filmed beautiful candid’s and formals alongside Sami of Sami Renee Photography who was great as ever. After the first look and pictures we headed back to Union Station for the entire day. The ceremony was beautiful and included music by a 4 piece ensemble. Surrounded by friends and family Joe and Natasha said their vows, exchanged rings, kissed and we got their party started! Cocktails were in the adjoining room while the staff at Union Station flipped the ballroom to reveal a beautiful set up. After followed dinner, speeches, cake cutting, toasts, and of course dancing! It was an evening and event to remember!
With their wedding being in December it had romantic Christmas wedding vibe built in. The weather was nice with perfect light for cinematography. Add to that the storybook appeal of the historic Union Station. Did I mention we love Union Station? There aren’t many places like it. Beautiful candles and warm gold light inside gave the grand hall at Historic Union Station it’s signature guided age glow. All this to say Natasha and Joe had a very epic, very beautiful Indianapolis wedding day. Working with these two was an absolute joy! We wish them all best!
If you’re reading this and interested in hosting a Union Station wedding check out some of these other weddings we’ve filmed there for inspiration:)
VenueGrand Hall at the Historic Union Station Photography Sami Renee Photography Planning Natasha Esselborn Cinematography Vibrant Video Productions Cake Classic Cakes Catering Union Station Entertainment DJ Willie Matis Florist Meg Catherine Flowers Bride’sDress Marie Gabriel Couture Jewelry Shane Co. Tux Men’s Wearhouse Cake Classic Cakes Coordinator Jessica Dum Invitations Pickle Prints Calligraphy Alysha Johnson Stationary Dana Osborne Designs
The right vows, rings, dresses and flowers, these are some of the keys wedding elements that make up a perfect day. There of course are many many more details for your average bride and groom to consider. Some things require much debate and research. Who to hire as your photographer and videographer? Check out this blog for advice finding your videographer! Will we have a planner? Who should we invite and when do we send those invites out?
This is why the words “wedding planning” sometimes bring with them some level fear and stress! But the most crucial element and one that shouldn’t bring much stress or need much debate I believe is the love the couple shares. Without that love all the other elements seem pretty silly don’t they?
Although every key wedding element of Matt and Lauren’s day was skillfully accounted for by Plum and Poppy resulting in a beautiful ceremony and reception. Their love for and appreciation of one another seemed to take center stage! From tears when they saw each other for the first time on the grand stairway of the Omni Hotel. To the kindness they showed one another in the small ways throughout the day. They clearly made one another the priority. So engaged couples when you’re working hard on your wedding lists and start to hit some stress buttons don’t forget to relax and remember the reason you’re doing this. Take some time to keep your relationship healthy, prioritize caring, kindness and love. Because these are the key wedding elements to your day!
Ceremony Venue Saints Francis and Claire Catholic Church