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!
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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.
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!
This is maybe the third New Years Eve wedding I’ve filmed in my career and I have great memories of them all. I mean what’s not to like about a New Years Eve wedding? Lot’s of champagne, glitter & noisemakers, plus guests who are ready to celebrate! The latest, Kaley and Sean’s wedding may be one of our most memorable yet.
I’ve gotten to know Sean’s family over the years filming his siblings weddings so it was great to see them all again. It was a perfect wedding day. Wintery white & brisk but not too cold. The locations they chose were on point from the getting ready session at Knownover Farmstead to the reception at The Armory in South Bend. But the main reason the day was an amazing success was Sean, Kaley and their families. They were all very happy for the couple, supportive and a joy to work with.
I mentioned locations. I always find locations are key to any event. Sean’s mother Gail actually discovered the Knownover farmstead in Granger for her daughter Heathers & Ryan’s wedding a couple years back. I had never heard of it before then but was very impressed. Sean and Kaley like Heather and Ryan rented the whole house for the weekend and it was again a perfect choice. We filmed Kaley getting ready in the main level of the house with the oak floors and bay windows. And filmed the guys hanging out in the rustic (pub like) basement. The results were stunning. Not to mention the cozy front yard photo session for their first look plus wedding party photos.
Kaley & Sean hosted a beautiful ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church. Their reception venue choice was the Armory in South Bend. The Armory had that perfect vibe for a New Years Eve event. Bustling wine bar in the front. Crystal chandeliers, large dance floor and a sweet cocktail and bar area for guests. Bride/groom and their guests got busy drinking champagne and danced the night away. We were all having such a great time midnight snuck right up on us. I forgot all about the ball drop until the dj started counting down the seconds and soon we were out of 2020 and into 2021! It was a beautiful New Years Eve wedding topped with a Kiss at midnight and sparkler exit for the bride and groom!
Congrats to the newlyweds may your lives be full of blessing, love and joy!
When I first talked to Kyle about filming his and Allison’s wedding he said their friends and family love to party and dance when they get together. He was correct. They did have an epic wedding celebration which was awesome to capture for them on film.
We got started filming the day with Allison at the Nicholas j salon on Eddy street. Always a great choice for brides in the South Bend, Notre Dame area. Following from that we filmed with Kyle, Allison and friends at their hotel capturing all the special details. Rings, shoes dress and more. Allison was super excited to get into the dress as any bride should be.. so when the dress did go on it was time for some celebratory dance moves, also caught on film:) The transformation was complete and it was time to show it off to the special men in her life!
All this time Kyle was busy with the task of getting himself and his groomsmen all suited up. This involved some finesse to get the details just right. Fortunately Kyle had an ace up his sleeve. A groomsman his friends jokingly referred to as Men’s Wearhouse:) There’s several scenes where our star groomsman comes through folding pocket squares and adjusting cufflinks in a pinch. I’ll say it’s nice to have a guy in the group who gets it and can help his bros out. I’m sure Kyle would agree. But my favorite scene from the guys getting ready is Kyle lovingly adjusting his son’s shirt and jacket getting him all ready for day. What a great dad.
Married at Last
After all the preps there were emotional first looks for Allison with her dad, her son and of course Kyle. Following was a short but beautiful outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing all at the Gillespie Conference Center. All said we had a magical day filming the event. Special thanks to Angie from Belle Behind the Ball for planning & coordinating the event and contacting us on behalf of her friends Kyle and Allison.