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

high school sweethearts married. Wedding plans, venue, locations and vendors changed last minute. shutdown and rescheduled wedding day.

Erica & Greg | High school sweethearts married! | The University of Notre Dame

The wait

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!

The wedding

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!

beautiful Muncie, Indiana wedding day original love story Hiring a wedding videographer is important tell your story trust Loft on isanogel

Caitlin and Ryan’s Muncie, Indiana Wedding | The Loft on Isanogel

The story

Caitlin & Ryan had a beautiful Muncie, Indiana wedding day. Telling their original love story was a matter of putting the pieces together from speeches and from their own words that they wrote to one another. One common thread through the stories was that Ryan knew the first time he saw Caitlin that she would be his wife one day. He even said this aloud to his friend at that moment, wow! Maybe Caitlin wasn’t as sure as Ryan was right out the gate. But she was soon to realize she had found Mr. right and the rest.. after several years of dating was history!

groom speech!

I loved all the speeches and although I don’t usually include the groom thank you speech in the highlights film Ryan’s speech was special. I like that he didn’t feel the need to thank Caitlin’s parents for the wedding. What he did thank them for is more important. That’s how they raised their daughter and for accepting him into their family as a son-in-law. Hosting a wedding is a huge gift of resources. But raising a child to enable them as a healthy adult and a blessing to their spouse is more important than financing. Then giving your child to that spouse is the greatest gift.

Congrats!

Hiring a wedding videographer is important, and we have written about it many times! But we believe hiring the videographer who knows how to tell your story is even more crucial. We know how fast the day goes by and in the end you want to remember it through the eyes of an expert storyteller that you can trust! And I’m so glad Ryan and Caitlin trusted us to expertly tell their wedding story. So congrats Ryan and Caitlin on your beautiful Muncie, Indiana wedding day. We loved filming for you at The Loft and wish you many happy years!

Journeyman Distillery wedding. Whiskey, whips, corsets and weddings. Grainery, Warren Hall are beautiful events venues.

Journeyman Distillery wedding | Three Oaks, MI | Natalie and Eric

The journeyman!

What a space! Natalie and Eric hosted their Journeyman Distillery wedding in Three Oaks, Michigan. We love Michigan weddings Journeyman is actually a distillery, restaurant and event venue all under one roof. The wedding and reception took place in Warren Hall one of three event spaces on the third floor. The upstairs event areas are full of natural light which are perfect for cinematography. Everything about the space was warm, inviting and full of character. The building space was originally the feather bone factory, a corset and buggy whip maker some 100 years ago and still bears old industrial remnants as reminders of that. The bottom floor of the space is the Staymaker restaurant, whiskey distillery and store. If you enjoy the sweet smell of hash brewing and the savory aroma of food on the grill you’ll love this place. I liked the chill vibe of the restaurant and whiskey bar with tasting tours going on. You might think a wedding wouldn’t want to share a building with a restaurant full of strangers but that’s kind of the culture of an up scale distillery. People, food and drink and social interaction. The Journeyman is known for it’s excellent whiskey and having special drinks & whiskey on site is a boon for many wedding guests.

The wedding!

Bride and groom got prepped on site, did their first look in an empty bar on the 1st floor. Then we went upstairs to the venue where we enjoyed their photo session in the Grainery. They had a beautiful ceremony right at sunset we could watch through the windows. Then it was a room flip from ceremony to reception while guests enjoyed cocktails nearby. Floral and event design by Snapdragon designs and Cyndi Basker from Celebrated Events. Guests enjoyed day of party favors, catering and drinks by Journeyman. A nice advantage of having a restaurant/distillery in house! The sights and sounds of Natalie and Eric’s wedding were absolutely lovely. We had a fantastic time seeing their event unfold in before our eyes and our cameras! Eric was a former professional soccer player and he and his friends put some of the energy and endurance required for soccer towards their dancing! It was a wild dance floor let me tell you.

From their first look when we arrived to getting down on the dance floor Natalie & Eric’s energy and chemistry together was amazing. Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs. Gehrig!

Snapdragon Designs Flowers  

Celebrated Events Planning & Design

DJ Entertainment Toast & Jam Dj’s 

Cinematography Vibrant Video Productions