Bride doing makeup in a salon before her wedding, getting eyelashes done

Getting prepped for wedding success! Emily and Evan | Married in Elkhart, IN

Emily and Evan’s wedding was hosted in Elkhart, Indiana otherwise referred to as Heart City. Emily and Evan were fun, easygoing and very in love with one another. It’s also easy to tell they are both very loved by their many friends and family who joined them on their day.

Our time started with Emily and her ladies at the Blown Away hair and makeup salon in South Bend, Indiana. I can never overstate the importance of getting ready time for our films and we were fortunate to have plenty of that thanks to Emily’s mother who was so helpful with the wedding plans. It’s true what they say you know mother knows best! There was a great vibe that morning as the ladies got prepped and pretty. Those moments are important as getting ready is when the wedding experience really starts to kick in for the bride. She can physically see her transformation beginning and the excitement becomes palpable. I’ve often filmed brides prepping with just a friend or two but it’s especially fun when a bride’s full squad is there to support her! In addition to being fun it helps ease tension by bringing normalcy to the days events..

Evan at the same time 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 chill. 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 they had been through the years. As a bride and groom you want those you trust and are comfortable with there at this crucial point of the day.

Our best to the new Mr and Mrs! May you have many years of wedded success together.

Newlywed, couple, Married, photo, next to a barn, in the sunset, looking, eyes

A Blissful Day | Brock and Lexi’s Wedding at St. Joe Farm in Granger, Indiana

Sometimes in order to create something beautiful you need to have a vision before you create. Lexi’s dad mentioned in his father of the bride speech that when they walked into the barn for the first time to visit it was a cold winter day and he had a hard time envisioning how it would look and feel for the wedding but was he was blown away by the outcome on the wedding day! Lexi and her mother along with their vendors & St. Joe Farm had that vision and left no stone unturned with creating the picture perfect wedding day!

Lexi chose a lovely earth tone color palette of navy, cinnamon, orange and gold accented with their floral that suited the venue and season. The bridesmaids dresses were cinnamon orange which was a hard color to describe but looked amazing! Although they hosted their wedding ceremony off site at St. Puis X Catholic Church they did their wedding prep at St. Joe Farm in an adjacent structure designated for a bride/groom suite. After the ceremony we returned directly to the farm for their wedding pictures and reception celebration.

St. Joe farm is really special as it’s a barn space but a massive space, with lot’s of room overhead not interrupted by a loft. It’s also an original wood structure dating back 100 plus years. And in addition there’s plenty of unique spaces around the farm for your photography sessions. One location that really jumps out is a hay mow that can open up for a photo in another small barn on the property. You can see this in the very last scene of Lexi and Brock’s film. Having great photo settings is huge when you’re looking at a rural venue where you will be all day and won’t have time to travel to another photo site because you’re out in the country and there isn’t other options. So if you’re looking for a barn wedding venue to host a good sized crowd it’s definitely one to look at.

Vendors

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

Rosemary and Greg hosted their fairytale 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 an awesome 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 (and groom) Greg and prep for the ceremony. There wasn’t much time to get shots in the Basilica due to the current restrictions in place but we work at the Basilica often and have an efficient routine to get ready there so we did our best and got great looks with Greg! As Greg and Rosemary met one another singing in the choir at ND they wanted to make a nod to that by singing a song on campus with other member of their wedding party and friends who were also in choir. They sang at the Grotto on campus and we were right there to record it all. It was a beautiful moment and a perfect, emotive score to begin their film with. So kudos to the couple for trying something a bit 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