We could tell right away Emily and Evan were prepped for wedding day success. They had a lovely Heart City wedding all ready to roll and a fun wedding party to hang with. It was easy to tell they are both very loved by their many friends and family who joined them on their day.
We were fortunate to have plenty of help in planning from Emily’s mother who was so on it. I love working with a mother of the bride like Julie. She didn’t fret about the details she just planned and got it done! And things went great. I think a bride can be her own worst enemy with overthinking details. It’s not her fault but because the wedding day is so important to her she can over think the small stuff. Sometimes a bride needs to just let her mom run with it. Mom’s are usually right and have way more life experience making tough choices. Plus they aren’t as emotionally attached to the decisions. They know a good deal when they see it and don’t hesitate!
Our time started with Emily and her ladies at the Blown Away hair and makeup salon in South Bend. It was here they prepped for wedding day success. I can never overstate the importance of getting ready time for your wedding filmmaker and photographer. Bottom line not only is it the most artistic opportunity for your filmmaking. It’s also when the wedding day starts becoming real for the bride. She can physically see the transformation beginning and the excitement becomes palpable. There was a great vibe that morning as the ladies got their pretty on. I’ve often filmed brides prepping with just a friend but it’s especially fun when a bride’s full squad is there to support her. In addition to being fun having more support helps ease tension by bringing normalcy to the days events.
Evan was getting ready and hanging with his groomsmen while waiting for the days events to begin. With the guys it’s always less about appearance and more about jokes and camaraderie. The camaraderie was awesome and seemed to keep Evan calm. He was relaxed and enjoying his last moments of singleness, giving gifts to his groomsmen, writing a letter to Emily and suiting up for the day. Some of his closest confidants were there for him as I’m sure they had been through the years. As a groom of course you want friends you trust there at this crucial point of the day.
Our best to the new Mr and Mrs! May you have many years of post wedding day success together.
Sometimes the weather is just perfect and you have a blissful wedding day the likes of Lexi & Brocks! I can still recall the sweat at midday being outside flying my drone. But you know in September if it’s too warm in the afternoon it’s going to cool off just fine by evening for cocktails and dancing later. Add a little breeze and you have a picture perfect golden hour photo session. Ahh I’m getting sentimental just thinking about it.
While the weather is fun to talk it’s really the things you have control over that matter most. Things like selecting the right venue, vendors and making the day you! To really create a blissful wedding day you need to have vision. Rather than pulling together a hodgepodge of Pinterest ideas and hoping they work it’s best to have a unique plan and unified vision. Lexi’s dad mentioned in his speech that when they walked into the barn at St. Joe farm for the first time he didn’t have the vision:) When they saw it first it was winter. It was cold, dark and empty inside the barn. He said he couldn’t imagine how it would look and feel like a wedding space. But was he was blown away by the outcome on the wedding day. Thank goodness Lexi, her mother and their vendors had the vision and left no stone unturned as you can see in the film.
Lexi chose a lovely earth tone color palette of navy, cinnamon, orange and gold. This accented with their floral selections suited the venue and season well. The bridesmaids dresses were cinnamon orange which was a cool fall color. Lexi & Brock along with their wedding party did their wedding preparations at St. Joe Farm in an adjacent structure designated for a bride/groom suite. They hosted their wedding ceremony off site at St. Puis X Catholic Church. After the ceremony we returned to the farm for the cocktail hour, wedding photo and video candid session and the reception celebration.
St. Joe farm is really special for a number of reasons. One it’s a massive space that still feels intimate. It’s spacious overhead not interrupted by a loft. Most big barns have a loft or some kind of upper level which takes away from the spacious feel. It’s also an original wood structure at least 100 years old. In addition there’s plenty of unique spaces around the farm for your photography sessions. Having great photo settings is huge when you’re looking at a rural venue where you will likely be all day. So if you’re looking for a barn wedding venue with great photo locations that will host a large crowd it may be for you. After watching Lexi and Brocks film also check another fun wedding we filmed at the Farm!
Vendors who helped make the day a success!
Cake Macri’s Italian Bakery Catering Navarre Catering Hair Kellie Mullins Brides Dress Something Blue Bridal Makeup Four Lady Events Photography Katie Whitcomb Photography Brides Shoes Nina Shoes Florist Poppies by Polly Brides Jewelry Simply Yours Bridal
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