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Prepped for wedding day success! Emily and Evan | Married in Elkhart, IN

We could tell right away Emily and Evan were prepped for wedding day success. They had a lovely Heart City wedding all ready to roll and a fun wedding party to hang with. It was easy to tell they are both very loved by their many friends and family who joined them on their day.

Thanks mom!

We were fortunate to have plenty of help in planning from Emily’s mother who was so on it. I love working with a mother of the bride like Julie. She didn’t fret about the details she just planned and got it done! And things went great. I think a bride can be her own worst enemy with overthinking details. It’s not her fault but because the wedding day is so important to her she can over think the small stuff. Sometimes a bride needs to just let her mom run with it. Mom’s are usually right and have way more life experience making tough choices. Plus they aren’t as emotionally attached to the decisions. They know a good deal when they see it and don’t hesitate!

Bride prep

Our time started with Emily and her ladies at the Blown Away hair and makeup salon in South Bend. It was here they prepped for wedding day success. I can never overstate the importance of getting ready time for your wedding filmmaker and photographer. Bottom line not only is it the most artistic opportunity for your filmmaking. It’s also when the wedding day starts becoming real for the bride. She can physically see the transformation beginning and the excitement becomes palpable. There was a great vibe that morning as the ladies got their pretty on. I’ve often filmed brides prepping with just a friend but it’s especially fun when a bride’s full squad is there to support her. In addition to being fun having more support helps ease tension by bringing normalcy to the days events.

groom prep

Evan 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 calm. 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 I’m sure they had been through the years. As a groom of course you want friends you trust there at this crucial point of the day.

Our best to the new Mr and Mrs! May you have many years of post wedding day success together.

Vows, rings, dresses, vendors and flowers. These are some of the keys wedding elements for a perfect day. Don't forget love and kindness!

The right stuff! | Omni Severin Wedding Indianapolis, IN

The right stuff! 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 post 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!

Key Vendors

Ceremony Venue Saints Francis and Claire Catholic Church

Reception Venue The Omni Severin Hotel

Planning Plum and Poppy

Cinematography Vibrant Video Productions

Cake Simply Perfection Cakes

Flowers McNamara Florist

Photography Traci & Troy

Band The Sly Band

Hair and Makeup Something Blue Stylists

Tyler and Kelly’s Stylish Wedding Day

It’s not very often we get to shoot video for multiple weddings from within the same family but this was the case with Kelly and Tyler!

Kelly contacted me early on about her August wedding day. I was excited to hear she had been looking forward to having me film her wedding since seeing her sisters video several years ago!

Kelly and Tyler, it was a privilege to film the beauty of your wedding day and see you let loose and enjoy yourselves as the day unfolded. The two of you are a beautiful couple. Thank you for having us tell the story of your day. Congratulations!

 

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A Beautiful, Blustery Indiana State Museum Wedding Day for Stacey & Taylor

Nice day for a walk

Smiling at Indiana State Museum

Stacey and Taylor had a beautiful, wistful wedding day at the Indiana State Museum. We love weddings at the ISM. It’s a unique location right on the Canal Walk with fantastic photo opportunities and amazing views of Indianapolis. The grounds are especially great on a nice day when there’s people walking, running, paddle-boating or bicycle riding. That kinetic energy between people, nature and space creates an almost magical atmosphere. The kind which I think embodies the spirit of a wedding. Maybe a way to describe it is like stepping into the scene from (La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat) one of my favorite paintings 🙂

Well enough from me, check out this sweet couples wedding film!!