A great celebration of love and life together. Getting ready, ceremony and reception. Wedding celebration at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN

A great wedding celebration || at Swan Lake resort in plymouth, IN

A great celebration

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!

swan lake resort

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.

The wedding

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!

Marriage is about finding the someone you can't live without. Abbi and Dom married at The DoubleTree and The Basilica at Notre Dame

Finding the someone you can’t live without | Abbi and Dom Married at the Doubletree

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.

Beautiful wedding day celebration at St. Joe Farm in Granger, IN. Celebrate their wedding day with them by watching this wedding film!

George and Nicole Celebrate their wedding day at St. Joe Farm!

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.

Key Vendors

Wedding Coordinator Plum & Poppy

Photography Maike Rinaye

St. Joe Farm coordinator Laney Smous

Florist Poppies by Polly

Catering Navarre

Hair Bangs Salon & Spa

Make up Lips & lLashes by Crazy Aimee

Men’s Suits Macy’s

Bride’s Dress Studio I Do

Wedding Cake Macri’s Bakery

Dj Rufus Ayres

Videography Vibrant Video Productions

A champagne spray and toast to start the wedding day! A Notre Dame wedding at The Basilica and Downes ballroom. Cheers to the newlyweds!

A Champagne spray to start the wedding day! Notre Dame, Indiana

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!

Vendors include

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