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!

Bride and groom say I do at Notre Dame and Carnegie Library Events center in Mishawaka, IN. Reminder that marriage is real friendship

James and Mary say I do! Notre Dame Basilica wedding day

Building Friendship

You make me want to say I do! All kidding aside we were blessed to witness James and Mary say their vows. And we were so happy to tell their wedding story. A story that began with many years of friendship and ultimately culminated in a wedding day. James and Mary were reminded by the best man in his speech how important friendship is. He said being a great friend to others before finding your spouse is the best practice for marriage. His belief like mine is that before couples say I do, they should work on the details of friendship. Having a successful marriage depends not so much on emotions but on building and nurturing sustainable relationship. I think James and Mary have this down pat. Just watching them it’s easy to see the joy they have being together. Over years of practice their friendship just flows effortlessly.

Say I do!

Our team began the day with James and Mary at the Basilica bright and early for the 9am ceremony time slot. Mary wore her mothers wedding dress in a touching tribute to her. It was early but the sun was out and the campus was exceptionally beautiful. Outside the Basilica doors Mary and her father had a touching first look before he walked her down the church isle. James and Mary said I do! in touching vows to one another. You don’t often find a couple as sincere as these two and their video shows it.. It was a beautiful ceremony followed by an intimate brunch style reception at the recently renovated Carnegie library events venue in Mishawaka, IN.

Venders Include

Coordinator BelleBehindtheBall Ceremony Venue The Basilica of the Sacred Heart Reception Venue Carnegie Special Events Floral Poppies Cake C’est La Vie Video Vibrant Video Productions Photography Arielle Peters

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!