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. I do thing they made the right choice. Not only did they avoid Chicago restrictions on guest count and big city rates, 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!

Katie and Tony hosted their wedding at St. Alphonsus Church in Zionsville and the reception at The Bluffs at Conner Prairie

The Bluffs at Conner Prairie wedding | Katie & tony

Katie and Tony had a beautiful August wedding surrounded by friends and family at The Bluffs at Conner Prairie.

This couple had a blast and were awesome to film with! I wasn’t personally available for their date but fortunately it worked to have our team film for them and I was able to do the editing. Katie later gave a special shout out to our videographer Zarah for being the hype girl she didn’t know she needed. Although a little hype is fun for pictures and video I don’t think they really needed it much. Just being themselves and letting their personalities shine through was more than enough. Their genuineness and affection for one another and their guests came through beautifully.

Katie and Tony hosted their wedding at St. Alphonsus Church in Zionsville and the reception at The Bluffs at Conner Prairie. If you haven’t heard of it the Bluffs is a newish venue. It’s the outcome of a partnership between Ritz Charles and Conner Prairie to renovate the historic Eli Lilly Chinese house plus build a new venue in the woods – the Bluffs making both available for special events. It’s interesting that they didn’t create a separate social media pages for the venues. I think they would benefit from doing that because they’re really cool spots. If you’re looking for more pictures of the space social media for the Bluffs is currently under @ritzcharles for Instagram & Facebook.

Katie and Tony’s Feature Film!

vendors include ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Rings: James Allen ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Hair: Monica Michelle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Makeup: Abby Prather ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Invitation: Bailey Marie Studio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Florals: JP Parker ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Ceremony Venue: St. Alphonsus Liguori⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Reception Venue: The Bluffs at Conner Prairie⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Entertainment: DJ Connection ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Video: Vibrant Video Productions ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Catering & Cake: Ritz Charles

Dress: Bridal Rack Indy ⠀

Wedding day sparkle. Fun film vibe with lots of sparkle in dress and style.

Wedding Sparkle! | Haley and George married at The Basilica & Palais Royale

Haley’s brother said in his speech it was always his sister’s dream growing up to have tons of that wedding sparkle! I think it’s safe to say Haley and Gary had plenty of sparkle in their wedding day. But sparkle isn’t just a fun way to dress or decorate, it’s an attitude. It’s an outlook on life. Gary and Haley are a beautiful couple and together they have a wonderful positive energy. Seriously try and watch their film without a smile!

The day began at The Doubletree in South Bend. We began filming the ladies and guys prepping. After this Gary and Haley exchanged notes and gifts to one another. They did a beautiful job expressing themselves and reading on camera. I always encourage our couples to read a note aloud if they write one to make their film more personal. So after all the prep of hair, makeup and dress. Haley gave her bridesmaids and father a first look at her in the dress. She also shared a gift of a fine wedding dress drawing with her mother in a very special moments.

Haley and Gary chose to host their ceremony at the Notre Dame Basilica. This was fitting as they met and began dating during their time at Notre Dame University. Their story came full circle 7 years later with their wedding on campus. It was a lovely event and came just days after the mask restrictions were lifted on guests indoors and outside so cheers to that!

The reception was at Palais Royale also in South Bend. The design and decor by Merry Me Events was top notch. Just check out all lovely in the table settings! I think Haley did her younger self proud and it was beautiful and sparkling event indeed.

Our best to the newlyweds! May you continue to sparkle together in the light of one another and of heaven. Check out their wedding film!

Vendors

Venue Notre Dame Basilica

Reception Venue Palais Royale

Accommodations Doubletree Hotel South Bend

Planner Belle Behind the Ball

Beauty Bridal Artistry Team

Dj Intunedjservice

Cake C’est La Vie

Decor Merry Me Events

Photo Traci & Troy

Wedding adventure at Rock Creek Barn in Goshen, IN. Beautiful love story. From friends to dating and married. Journey this heartwarming film.

A Wedding adventure | filmed at Rock Creek Barn in Goshen, Indiana

What a wedding adventure of sights, sounds and all the feels. I often think of a wedding day as an adventure. It’s fun, it’s a step into the unknown. It starts with much excitement and expectation. It has unexpected twists and turns. It teaches us things we didn’t know, we meet new people along the way. And it’s always about making new memories.

We followed Rachelle and Brooks down memory lane in their own words learning about how everything began with a “non date” date to a Chicago cubs game. We heard how they went from friends going to a baseball game together to their wedding day. We head and couldn’t stop singing a heart warming song sung by Brook’s father to the couple. Spoiler alert it’s in the feature film below!

Brooks and Rachelle celebrated well with awesome vows, notes, speeches, dances. The location Rock Run Creek Barn was perfect for their event. Not to mention it allowed them to be outdoors when the pandemic was shutting everything down. They began the day there. Hosted the ceremony there outdoors and the reception inside. They ended the night with an epic sparkler send off and drove away in a classic car at sunset. Wow, what a wedding adventure! And the adventure is really just getting started for them. Join us in celebrating Rachelle and Brooks and journey through their day via their wedding film. Thanks to Zarah and Sam for filming their beautiful love story for us.