I think Abbi’s dad said it best at their reception. In marriage don’t find that someone you think you can live with but find the someone you can’t live without. Isn’t that a beautiful statement? I believe it’s definitely the case for Abbi and Dom. They go together like like salt and pepper. 🙂
Abbi and Dom were introduced to me through our mutual friend and their photographer Sarah Sage. She said I’ve got this great couple I’d like you to meet, I love me some Abbi and Dom! So we met over zoom chat and hit it off really well. They described a kind of carefree special event focused on their love for one another and for those people special to them. Naturally I said of course, that sounds great let’s do it!
We wound up having a beautiful day with Abbi and Dom. The weather cooperated and all went according to schedule. The day began at DoubleTree Hotel in South Bend, IN. The guys and girls were getting ready in nearly conjoining conference rooms there. We moved Abbi up to her hotel room to take advantage of the natural light for her dress shots. All the ladies and guys did a cheers together and the stage was set for their ceremony. Their ceremony was at the Basilica at Notre Dame. We did photos all over Notre Dame campus then circled back to the DoubleTree in the atrium for their reception. Abbi and Dom and their party where so chill and easy to film all day. They all did an amazing job. At sunset we went out and filmed them showcasing their newly married together glam in front of the reflective wall there. Let me tell you they killed it! Cheers to the new couple.
George and Nicole had to wait an extra year to celebrate their wedding day due to 2020 but their persistence paid off! It was a beautiful day for them at St. Joe Farm in Granger. It was sunny and warm and the barn looked amazing with a constellation of lanterns hung in the center by the Events by Proshow team. George and Nicole chose to have both their ceremony and reception at the farm. Their ceremony was on site under the “tree of life” on the west side of the barn. The tree and surrounding structure created a scenic background for their vows and was just a short walk from where the cocktail hour was.
Post ceremony we walked around the campus getting shots with the couple and their awesome wedding party! It seems like there’s an endless amount of photo spots on the farm and you really can’t pick a bad one. Their planner Beth McHugh had George and Nicole ring the dinner bells from the loft and call their guests in for dinner. After cocktails everyone was ready to celebrate and happy to enter the conditioned space! We had an excellent dinner by Navarre Catering and enjoyed the dancing and toasts that followed.
A micro wedding, mini wedding or minimony. Call it what you will the idea is pretty cool. It was a nice alternative for Melanie and Aj, the other option being to postpone their wedding day. Going mini meant they could still have the wedding ceremony of their dreams with their closest friends and family in attendance. They could plan it, live it, photograph it with Conforti Photo and of course Vibrant Productions to film it! And they could still host a big party later.
benefits of going mini
There are several benefits to a scaled back micro wedding. Who wants to narrow their guest list down to 30 or 40? Not many couples but it does mean a more intimate group. There’s a different atmosphere in a room of 40 than a room of 300. Fewer guests may mean more flexibility and there’s less pressure to impress extended family and social circles. Going micro shouldn’t necessarily mean going cheap. I like the way Melanie and AJ didn’t skimp on having the things they wanted. They had all the details of their choosing and it showed. Of course, mini weddings can also be a great money saver as many vendors and venues offer special rates for those asking. For example we offered them a modified ceremony only plan with half the usual coverage time and a shortened highlight film.
The day was all about Melanie and AJ and they enjoyed every minute together. There was lots of quality time spent and wonderful memories made. They incorporated a close friend to preside over the ceremony and included their two dogs in the procession. The weather cooperated and we were able to get some amazing footage with them outdoors. Their locations were The Hilton Garden Inn for prep and ceremony at The Sanctuary on Penn in Indianapolis, Indiana.
It’s hard to believe but Erica and Greg were high school sweethearts married after some nine years dating! They met in high school, attended Notre Dame together, graduated and began their careers together. All while maintaining a healthy relationship and deferring marriage until the time was right. Wow, that’s incredible!
I can’t imagine waiting 9 years to get married but due to shutdowns they had to wait even longer than planned. Their wedding was planned for spring and got postponed to late summer. fortunately we were free on their new date and could still film for them. Then just two weeks before their new wedding date the venue they were planning to host at had a big scare and mandatory lockdown go in effect. This left their wedding venue and guest hotel shuttered just two weeks prior to the event. Whelp, what terrible timing! But they didn’t give up and went to work on planning for the 3rd time!
With only 8 days to go before the wedding Erica’s mother aka (rockstar) wedding planner went into high gear searching out and booking a new venue. This included updates with vendors. Changing the lighting, food service, flowers and room design. Not to mention updating all the guests to accommodations! The university event professionals were so gracious and so helpful as always through it all. They assisted with free transportation and other services to help facilitate Erica and Greg’s location switch.
It was all such a big and challenging process Erica’s dad got emotional during his speech thanking the vendors. To which he quipped he’s probably the first fob to cry while thanking the vendor teams 🙂 Long story short Erica and Greg were able to have their day and hosted a really breathtaking wedding at Gillespie conference center. If you’re looking at the venue check out this other great film we did there for Molly & Jake!
We couldn’t have been more happy to be there for Erica & Greg to see their day unfold. It was a privilege to create a beautiful film to describe their wedding day. Congrats to you Erica and Greg you’ve come along way, from high school sweethearts to married professionals. We celebrate you guys!