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!
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!
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
Molly and Adam’s vow renewal wedding was another story of triumph over adversity in the midst of a very goofy, disruptive wedding season. Molly and Adam were married in a scaled back ceremony on their original wedding day in May. We attended their second celebration including their vow renewal and reception at Trinity Banquet Hall later in September. It was a beautiful, fun wedding day which turned out perfectly. We had a great time filming alongside Soul Creations Photography, real professionals at their craft. Molly and Adam did just a couple of things differently with their ceremony being a vow renewal which was fun. See if you can spot them!
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