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Allison and Kyle’s epic wedding celebration | filmed at The Gillespie

Let’s Party!

When I first talked to Kyle about filming his and Allison’s wedding he said their friends and family love to party and dance when they get together. He was correct. They did have an epic wedding celebration which was awesome to capture for them on film.

Bride Prep

We got started filming the day with Allison at the Nicholas j salon on Eddy street. Always a great choice for brides in the South Bend, Notre Dame area. Following from that we filmed with Kyle, Allison and friends at their hotel capturing all the special details. Rings, shoes dress and more. Allison was super excited to get into the dress as any bride should be.. so when the dress did go on it was time for some celebratory dance moves, also caught on film:) The transformation was complete and it was time to show it off to the special men in her life!

Groom Prep

All this time Kyle was busy with the task of getting himself and his groomsmen all suited up. This involved some finesse to get the details just right. Fortunately Kyle had an ace up his sleeve. A groomsman his friends jokingly referred to as Men’s Wearhouse:) There’s several scenes where our star groomsman comes through folding pocket squares and adjusting cufflinks in a pinch. I’ll say it’s nice to have a guy in the group who gets it and can help his bros out. I’m sure Kyle would agree. But my favorite scene from the guys getting ready is Kyle lovingly adjusting his son’s shirt and jacket getting him all ready for day. What a great dad.

Married at Last

After all the preps there were emotional first looks for Allison with her dad, her son and of course Kyle. Following was a short but beautiful outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing all at the Gillespie Conference Center. All said we had a magical day filming the event. Special thanks to Angie from Belle Behind the Ball for planning & coordinating the event and contacting us on behalf of her friends Kyle and Allison.

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Lindsay & Stephen’s Morris Park Country Club wedding in South Bend, IN

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Thanks for watching Lauren and Steven’s Morris Park Country Club wedding! What a fun packed wedding day. It was a pleasure to be the videographers for this beautiful couple and to be guests at the newly remodeled Morris Park Country Club in South Bend, Indiana. We’ve filmed at Morris Park several times over the years (check out one of our favs here). We always love coming back to work with Elena and her team plus this wedding was an added bonus. It was one of the first time anyone had the privilege to film a wedding at the newly remodeled ballroom and I believe only the second wedding hosted since the updates. I always love being the first ones:) It was so fresh I think some of the paint was still drying and let me tell you it is fab!

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The day started at Lauren’s parents home where we had a blast hanging with the ladies filming Lauren’s details plus hair & makeup. I love how chill Lauren was. She wasn’t worried about all the details. She said and I quote “I’m just doing my bride thing today” and do her bride thing she did. From the makeup to the vows and dancing she rocked it.

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Sometimes we can forget the bride has a lot of pressure on her during the day. How to look, how to act, making sure to include everyone and not miss any details. The groom has a lot of pressure too. There’s ceremony elements such as procession, vows, kiss, and recession that need to go smoothly. Friends and family to meet and impress. Not to mention all the emotional buildup that comes to fruition in a wedding day. Believe me no groom wants to sob uncontrollably while saying his wedding vows but it’s often appreciated by the bride when it happens:) All this to say give respect to the bride & groom!! Their role is the most important and the most difficult. So yes, props to you Lauren and Steven you did your bride and groom thing, you had a fun wedding day and enjoyed every minute!

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Erica & Greg | High school sweethearts finally married at 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!

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Rosemary & Greg’s Pitch Perfect Wedding | The Basilica at Notre Dame and Palais Royale!

Rosemary and Greg hosted their pitch perfect wedding day at the University of Notre Dame where they both attended school. The day began with Rosemary getting ready fine tuning all the details hair, make up etc. Rosemary and her ladies had a chill attitude and enjoyed all the moments and laughs with the cameras rolling. After Rosemary’s first look with her dad we scuttled over to the Basilica to get some coverage of the main man (the groom) Greg getting prepped for the ceremony. There wasn’t much time to get shots in the Basilica due to the current restrictions in place. Fortunately for us we work at the Basilica often see more of our ND weddings here! and have an efficient routine to get ready there. We were able to get all set up in time and got great looks with Greg!

As Greg and Rosemary met one another singing in the choir at ND they wanted to make a special nod to that by singing a song together on campus. They also included members of their wedding party and friends who were in choir with them. The group sang at the famed Grotto on campus while onlookers stood around and admired them. It was a beautiful moment and a perfect, emotive score to begin their film with. So kudos to the couple for trying something different on their wedding day, and for doing a beautiful job with it!! Check out their short film.

Key Vendors that helped make the day a complete success include.

Planner and Coordinator Angie with Belle Behind the Ball Photographer Sarah Sage Photography Reception Venue Richelle with Palais Royale Dj Jim Rnner In-Tune DJ Service Videographer Vibrant Productions Catering Navarre Hospitality Church Venue Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame Hair Tiaras & Veils Hair Artistry Cake C’est La Vie