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
I may be daydreaming reflecting on Katie and Brad’s ethereal winter wedding. White and bright, cold and grey but hospitable. Subtle cool tones. These are some of the adjectives I’d use to describe the campus of Notre Dame in winter. At least the campus on the kind of day that Katie and Brad had. It was beautiful to say the least. Warm enough we were able to film outside without gloves. But our ears and hands reminded us it was still winter after a half hour or so. Katie Whitcomb and I had a blast taking photos & filming while Katie & Brad did their part looking great and braving the cold. Kudos to them!
We began the day filming with Katie and her bridal crew getting glammed up at their suite in Hilton Garden Inn. We even got a few of Brad getting suited up with his bro’s. Then it was time for Katie’s big reveal with her father as they shared a first look moments before heading to the church. Their Basilica ceremony was beautiful. The priest shared a some memories from Katie’s time taking his “tree class”. Then he even shared some of Katie’s reflections from her time in class. He incorporated those reflections into their ceremony homily in a beautiful way. Their reception followed at the Gillespie conference center nearby which is perfect for large or intimate events such at theirs.
Their winter wedding film has certain attributes of heavenly grace and sublime beauty. Perhaps a good reflection of Katie and Brad’s married life together!
Dress Christina Wu BridalReception Venue Gillespie Conference Center Ceremony Venue The Basilica Hotel Hilton Garden Inn South Bend Cake Macri’s Italian Bakery Hair and MakeupNicholas J Salon Floral Pollies by PoppyDj ProShow Photography Katie Whitcomb photography Videography Vibrant Video Productions
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!
We were delighted to film Ken and Mami’s Indiana destination wedding reception at Morris Inn on the campus of Notre Dame. When you think of South Bend, IN you don’t typically think of destination wedding right? South Bend is actually a very popular destination for weddings. This isn’t because of the weather for sure or the city. It’s for one reason alone Notre Dame. Couples come from all over the US and abroad to be married here at that storied Basilica on campus. Many students come here from out of state. They meet on campus during their undergrad and either get married while still students or come back years later to be married there bringing family and friends from all over!
Ken and Mami were legally married in their home country of Japan. However they both had ties to the US and especially South Bend, IN. Ken’s grandfather had immigrated to South Bend, Indiana many years ago and started their family business there which has grown to a large Japanese corporation Nachi America. He became part of the Notre Dame community and the family has enjoyed a special relationship with the university since. So this was a beautiful way for them to honor this heritage. Not only that but Ken attended ND and it holds a special place in his heart.
Mami was the sweetest bride and her family and friends were very endearing. Many came all the way from Tokyo to celebrate with Ken and Mami. Others came from Pennsylvania where Ken had worked for the Corning glass company. they wanted to have a special event at Notre Dame to honor their many friends and associates from the US.
The university venue nd staff provided a smaller size banquet room at Morris Inn as the party didn’t exceed 100. It was a really nice intimate evening with wine, speeches, dancing and vow renewals. Check out our short film of their reception!