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 was a pleasure to create one of the sweetest wedding films for one of the sweetest couples Jacob and Annie! They came to us through another wonderful couple we filmed for years ago Sarah & Daniel. Throughout Jacob and Annie’s wedding day everyone around them were just so happy for them. It may have been a bit embarrassing but whenever they showed affection the whole party would start cheering and egging them on.
Jacob’s sister Mckenzie told a really sweet story about them at their reception. On a family vacation together Mckenzie and her sister observed the couple sitting on a dock overlooking a lake at sunset. According to her it was like a moment you see in the movies. She said and I quote “they were looking at one another kinda bashful then looking again doing that whole in love thing.” McKenzie then turned to her sister and said “if they don’t get married then there is no hope for anyone else!” Lol, as it turns out there is hope for the rest of us. It was at that exact same time Jacob and Annie were thinking the same thing. It was at that was the moment they knew they wanted to be married.
Isn’t that cool? It’s more than a coincidence but destiny. Jacob’s two sisters were witness to a life changing moment for their brother and Annie. Not only were they witnesses but they were taking part by thinking the same thing at the same time. So another thing we noticed is Jacob and Annie are not only one of the sweetest couples but a lot of fun! We had a blast filming portraits of them and their wedding party. It was a cold wintery day in December but we all braved the weather. Soul Creations wedding photography and I got great results filming their candid session. This because Jacob, Annie, us and wedding party forgot the cold and just had a great time! The results were stunning, fun beautiful shots to help create one of the sweetest wedding films.
We wrapped up the day with dinner, speeches and dancing. Then sent them on their way in a surprise getaway near the end of the reception. Our best to the new Mr. and Mrs Bohannon! Keep showing us a wonderful example of love. Continue to embody the beauty of love and life. Stay true to one another and keep the flame of your affection alive. And to Jacob’s sister. There is hope for all of us!
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!
Wow, a picture perfect union station wedding for the perfect couple! We got to know Joe and Natasha through our friends Amanda and Greg. We filmed for Amanda & Greg several years ago and then for Greg’s sister and her husband. Come to find out Joe works with Greg, so it was great to make the circle of friends larger!
When I met Joe and Natasha a year before their wedding at a Starbucks in Castleton Square it didn’t take long to realize they have a beautiful chemistry. And just hearing about their wedding day plans I could tell it would amazing. Natasha is a wedding planner professionally. She wasn’t overbearing at all as you might think a planner/bride would be. She naturally had a clear vision for what her day and what it would look like. And Joe bless him wasn’t slack he was right there with her working hard on the planning! When they told me their wedding was at one of my all time favorite venues Union Station – I seriously couldn’t wait to secure the date for them.
the wedding day
We were present to film starting with the wedding party getting ready at the nearby Omni Hotel. Once ready Natasha & Joe had their first look then all the bridesmaids and groomsmen piled in the party bus. We took video downtown at monument circle and the nearby Memorial Park. Both were beautiful locations. We filmed beautiful candid’s and formals alongside Sami of Sami Renee Photography who was great as ever. After the first look and pictures we headed back to Union Station for the entire day. The ceremony was beautiful and included music by a 4 piece ensemble. Surrounded by friends and family Joe and Natasha said their vows, exchanged rings, kissed and we got their party started! Cocktails were in the adjoining room while the staff at Union Station flipped the ballroom to reveal a beautiful set up. After followed dinner, speeches, cake cutting, toasts, and of course dancing! It was an evening and event to remember!
With their wedding being in December it had romantic Christmas wedding vibe built in. The weather was nice with perfect light for cinematography. Add to that the storybook appeal of the historic Union Station. Did I mention we love Union Station? There aren’t many places like it. Beautiful candles and warm gold light inside gave the grand hall at Historic Union Station it’s signature guided age glow. All this to say Natasha and Joe had a very epic, very beautiful Indianapolis wedding day. Working with these two was an absolute joy! We wish them all best!
If you’re reading this and interested in hosting a Union Station wedding check out some of these other weddings we’ve filmed there for inspiration:)
VenueGrand Hall at the Historic Union Station Photography Sami Renee Photography Planning Natasha Esselborn Cinematography Vibrant Video Productions Cake Classic Cakes Catering Union Station Entertainment DJ Willie Matis Florist Meg Catherine Flowers Bride’sDress Marie Gabriel Couture Jewelry Shane Co. Tux Men’s Wearhouse Cake Classic Cakes Coordinator Jessica Dum Invitations Pickle Prints Calligraphy Alysha Johnson Stationary Dana Osborne Designs