Katie and Tony hosted their wedding at St. Alphonsus Church in Zionsville and the reception at The Bluffs at Conner Prairie

The Bluffs at Conner Prairie wedding | Katie & tony

Katie and Tony had a beautiful August wedding surrounded by friends and family at The Bluffs at Conner Prairie.

This couple had a blast and were awesome to film with! I wasn’t personally available for their date but fortunately it worked to have our team film for them and I was able to do the editing. Katie later gave a special shout out to our videographer Zarah for being the hype girl she didn’t know she needed. Although a little hype is fun for pictures and video I don’t think they really needed it much. Just being themselves and letting their personalities shine through was more than enough. Their genuineness and affection for one another and their guests came through beautifully.

Katie and Tony hosted their wedding at St. Alphonsus Church in Zionsville and the reception at The Bluffs at Conner Prairie. If you haven’t heard of it the Bluffs is a newish venue. It’s the outcome of a partnership between Ritz Charles and Conner Prairie to renovate the historic Eli Lilly Chinese house plus build a new venue in the woods – the Bluffs making both available for special events. It’s interesting that they didn’t create a separate social media pages for the venues. I think they would benefit from doing that because they’re really cool spots. If you’re looking for more pictures of the space social media for the Bluffs is currently under @ritzcharles for Instagram & Facebook.

Katie and Tony’s Feature Film!

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Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Rings: James Allen ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Hair: Monica Michelle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Makeup: Abby Prather ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Invitation: Bailey Marie Studio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Florals: JP Parker ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Ceremony Venue: St. Alphonsus Liguori⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Reception Venue: The Bluffs at Conner Prairie⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Entertainment: DJ Connection ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Video: Vibrant Video Productions ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Catering & Cake: Ritz Charles

Dress: Bridal Rack Indy ⠀

All the sparkle and glitter at Palais Royale Wedding for Casey + Michelle.

All the rhinestones, glitter, and pink! | Michelle & Casey’s palais Royale Wedding

Michelle’s father joked in his speech that soon all the rhinestones, glitter and pink would be arriving at their house by the truckload! That got a good laugh but Michelle really did get the wedding of her dreams. She had amazing details, sparkle and her favorite colors. Plus, she had the perfect venue in the Palais Royale to showcase all the glitter and warm, pink tones. The room sparkles without much help (exhibit A, giant ceiling chandeliers) but add in special lighting, floral, glass and table coverings and it really shines. It’s great when a couple can include all their favorites into the wedding day and I think Michelle & Casey did a great job with taste and excellence!

getting prepped

Michelle and her ladies were bustling when we arrived at Aloft Hotel that morning. They were eating Jimmy Johns (a wedding day favorite) and drinking champagne drinks with pretty straws and matching attire. We enjoyed shooting alongside Jessica Strickland to capture all the details and makeup. Casey and his guys were at the family home hanging in the basement and doing their thing. As a videographer, I find lighting in a basement is always so low and flat so I had Casey move outdoors to open his gifts from Michelle and read a letter she wrote him. Michelle also read a letter from Casey and opened gifts which was fun. It’s one of the hidden treats of ceremony prep and gives me insight into what the couple loves.

wedding bells

The wedding ceremony was at Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend. Everything was going right to schedule until we got stuck there waiting out a tornado warning after the service. No worries, Michelle and Casey and their party took it in stride! The guys even played a little basketball in the church gym while we waited. Bride and groom got pictures together under the church carport overhang and later under the entrance of the Morris performing arts theatre. It’s amazing all the beautiful bright footage we got while rain pounded in the background (thanks to great waterproof 4K cameras!). We also filmed beautiful scenes with them inside the Morris Inn lobby area. The gold tones and exquisite architecture provided a romantic background for their portraits. A little rain couldn’t chase the smiles away from this couple. It was a big, beautiful, sparkling wedding day! We’re happy to have added Michelle & Casey to our amazing repertoire of couples married at the Palais Royale.

To view in amazing 4K click Watch on Youtube above and the 4K quality setting.

credits

Ceremony Grace United Methodist Church

Reception Palais Royale

Planner/Coordinators Angie, Katherine & Becca, Belle Behind the Ball

Photography Jessica Strickland Photography

Video Vibrant Video Productions

Hair & Makeup Marie Fulkerson

Invitations Olivers Twist

Photo Booth EA Pro Music

Dj entertainment Events by Proshow

Catering Navarre Hospitality

Cake Macri’s Italian bakery

Florist Poppies by Polly

Late Night Snack Chick-Fil-A

Wedding day sparkle. Fun film vibe with lots of sparkle in dress and style.

Wedding Sparkle! | Haley and George married at The Basilica & Palais Royale

Haley’s brother said in his speech it was always his sister’s dream growing up to have tons of that wedding sparkle! I think it’s safe to say Haley and Gary had plenty of sparkle in their wedding day. But sparkle isn’t just a fun way to dress or decorate, it’s an attitude. It’s an outlook on life. Gary and Haley are a beautiful couple and together they have a wonderful positive energy. Seriously try and watch their film without a smile!

The day began at The Doubletree in South Bend. We began filming the ladies and guys prepping. After this Gary and Haley exchanged notes and gifts to one another. They did a beautiful job expressing themselves and reading on camera. I always encourage our couples to read a note aloud if they write one to make their film more personal. So after all the prep of hair, makeup and dress. Haley gave her bridesmaids and father a first look at her in the dress. She also shared a gift of a fine wedding dress drawing with her mother in a very special moments.

Haley and Gary chose to host their ceremony at the Notre Dame Basilica. This was fitting as they met and began dating during their time at Notre Dame University. Their story came full circle 7 years later with their wedding on campus. It was a lovely event and came just days after the mask restrictions were lifted on guests indoors and outside so cheers to that!

The reception was at Palais Royale also in South Bend. The design and decor by Merry Me Events was top notch. Just check out all lovely in the table settings! I think Haley did her younger self proud and it was beautiful and sparkling event indeed.

Our best to the newlyweds! May you continue to sparkle together in the light of one another and of heaven. Check out their wedding film!

Vendors

Venue Notre Dame Basilica

Reception Venue Palais Royale

Accommodations Doubletree Hotel South Bend

Planner Belle Behind the Ball

Beauty Bridal Artistry Team

Dj Intunedjservice

Cake C’est La Vie

Decor Merry Me Events

Photo Traci & Troy

puzzle picture perfect wedding day love story for Bryan and Kathryn. Married at Hidden Hollow Farm in Crawfordsville, IN

Composing a puzzle picture perfect wedding day story!! | Filmed at Hidden Hollow Farm

kathryn & Bryan’s story

Composing Bryan and Kathryn’s wedding film was like putting together a puzzle picture! Bryan said during his vows that after their first date he knew a future love with Kathryn was inevitable. Kathryn replied that she couldn’t put adequately put words to her love, it was easier to describe it with moments or pictures if you will. Glances, laughs, winks, long hikes together etc.

I hope when you watch the video you will better understand that means. That’s what I love about making wedding films. It’s like painting a picture it starts very undefined and through the process of refining becomes a complete picture.

editing or composing?

I never know what direction the film or story may take until I arrive on the wedding day. I still don’t really know when the filming is done. The discovery mostly happens during the process of editing. I might say selection and arranging is a more appropriate description than editing. Editing sounds so mechanical and removed. When making a wedding film you have to compose the video. Like a music composer a good video editor must feel the work.

putting the pieces together!

With the help of God I take on the composition process with great care, a few ideas and a desire to achieve the best result. I take the many parts of the wedding day and piece them together until I see the puzzle completed. Bryan and Kathryn’s puzzle began from their first meeting or before in their life journey which prepared them for meeting. Our puzzle began with a hundred beautiful little pieces of video and memories from their wedding. Speeches and memories shared by family and friends. Things the couple shared in their own words. Pictures of them interacting, images of the things they chose to include in the day.

When I first met Bryan and Kathryn I could tell they were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed getting to know them. They hosted a beautiful wedding at Hidden Hollow Farm. Check out some other beautiful weddings we’ve filmed at wedding barn venues. Cheers to the the newlyweds!