Wedding Flashback Wednesday – Katie & Mathew’s 9th Anniversary

Groomsmen reservoir dogs walk

This spring and summer have been rich with celebrations, milestones, and joy. Last week we looked back a decade while marking an anniversary, today we go back 9 years for Katie & Mathew. 

These are just a few of my favorite images and moments from their beautiful ceremony at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. 

Bride enters Notre Dame Basilica

Katie and Mathew’s smiles say it all when they saw each other during Katie’s procession to the altar.

flower girl at Basilica of the Sacred Heart altar

Rings Exchange Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica wedding Lady Chapel

Despite storms brewing outside the Lady Chapel had a beautiful glow during their wedding ceremony.

ND Basilica Wedding first kiss

recessional Notre Dame basilica wedding

The newlyweds beaming all the way down the aisle, brighter than July sunlight. The summer storms outside could not dampen their spirits.

And this, friends, is a key part I believe we all need for successful relationships. To realize life will not always be perfect, that rain will fall, and you’ve got to make the best of each moment. When life gives you thunderstorms and humid haze, you have a choice: You can run for cover or… go make diffused light portraits.

We made a short drive from Notre Dame to Saint Mary’s College for bridal party portraits under ivy covered arched walkways. 

Saint Mary's College LeMans Hall Arch and Ivy Portraits

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay dry, stay cool, and wait for sunny skies. There is something to be admired about couples who are determined to make the best of each moment, together, and will go out in the rain and weather the storms. Once these storms have passed may you look back on ordinary moments that become an extraordinary story together.

Newlyweds under umbrella candid

rainy wedding day puddle reflection portrait

Even in a puddle reflection portrait the bride and groom were full of smiles throughout their wedding celebration!

Congrats, Katie & Mathew!

Flashback Friday – Natalia & Jeff’s 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary to newlyweds Natalia & Jeff!

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding ceremony at Saint Michael’s Church and reception at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth, Indiana.

Bride enters Saint Michael's Church Plymouth Indiana

Saint Michael's wedding altar runner

Newlyweds wedding recessional Saint Michael's Church Plymouth Indiana

newlyweds_hug-sq

Full disclosure: I was a far less choosy editor and far less technically proficient photographer in 2006 and digging through the archives showed a lot of images that made me question my decision to proof them. The “artistic soft focus” image above and below were ones that lacked sharpness but conveyed an unedited, unscripted emotion in the moments after the newlyweds made their exit. I debated these candid images again in 2016, and when they appeared in my Instagram feed as some of Natalia’s favorites… I knew I kept these shots for a reason. They show a moment few others saw, and only two present felt the full elation of being pronounced husband and wife.

Bridal candid

Ccentennial Park Plymouth Indiana newlyweds portraits

Centennail Park wedding portrait Plymouth Indiana

Wedding Reception first dance dip

Newlyweds portraits Plymouth Country Club Indiana

bride and groom kiss candid portraits

It remains an honor to have told their wedding day story and celebrated with family and friends. Congrats, newlyweds, on your first decade, and to the decades ahead! -eB

Lindsey and Alex – 10 Year Throwback Thursday

Disclaimer: This is what happens when I let my couples design their own engagement portrait session. Authenticity ahead.

Dropkick Murphys guitarist engagement portrait

Back in 2004, two of my most talented musician friends helped me expand my ideas of what Engagement Portraits were supposed to look like when they put aside their acoustic guitar and baby grand piano and stepped outside wearing black Dropkick Murphy’s shirts. This photo of Lindsey & Alex has sparked a conversation with each prospective client with whom I shared it and stirred many a portfolio reviewing professor. It’s still a favorite shot and a fond memory creating it for the newlyweds.

Then in May, 10 years ago today, they got married, and had a kid still learning what his camera’s buttons all did tell their wedding story. I was lucky enough to be that kid.

bride candid portrait while waiting

bride and flower girl photo idea

wedding ceremony Newton Center Lakeville Indiana

Unity candle and marriage license

Just married recessional

groom with the bloom

black and white wedding cake

newlyweds first dance

bride and groom first dance black and white

Congrats newlyweds! Happy 10th Anniversary!

Congrats Rachelle and Josh – 10th Anniversary Flashback!

On a sunny April Saturday 10 years ago today I joined Rachelle & Josh for their springtime wedding celebration at the Morris Estate Chapel in Niles, Michigan. Colorful tulips were in bloom outside the former Centre Meeting House, now a country chapel where the newlyweds were married. As they celebrate their anniversary today, here are some of my favorites from their wedding day story. Enjoy! Congrats, newlyweds!

Bride and groom inside the Morris Estate Chapel
Bride and groom inside the Chapel
Bride, Groom and Bouquet in the Morris Farms Chapel
Bride, Groom and Bouquet & pearls
Bride and Groom with the Father of the Bride officiating the wedding at Morris Farms Estate
Bride and Groom with the Father of the Bride officiating the wedding at Morris Farms Chapel
Newlyweds outside the Morris Farms Estate Chapel
Newlyweds Rachelle and Josh greet guests outside the Morris Estate Chapel, tulips in bloom on their April wedding day
Morris Estate chapel wedding guests
Guests congratulating the newlyweds outside the chapel at the Morris Estate
Bride and groom wedding portrait ideas with bench
A quiet moment between the newlyweds
Groom and Groomsmen Country Club Portrait ideas
Groom and Groomsmen on the Country Club Green
Newlyweds wedding portrait by fireplace ideas
Congrats to the newlyweds!
Bridal party portrait ideas Morris Farms Estate Chapel
Newlyweds and their bridal party on the steps of the Morris Estate Chapel
Morris Estate Chapel spring wedding newlywed portraits outdoors
Newlyweds Rachelle and Josh on the country road alongside the Morris Estate Chapel

 

Check out The Morris Estate and Chapel here or see more Wedding Day Stories here. eB

 

Fall, in Love – 10 Septembers Ago – Rose and Jeremiah

Today marks the first decade milestone for this photo hobby venture turned career move as I began telling wedding day stories through digital images and design. But enough about me…

Happy 10th Anniversary Rose & Jeremiah!

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding couple

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding dress

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding gmen

My slanted hip shot of the father of the bride and two groomsmen. I hoped to catch them candidly but the expressions, body language,  and camera tilt turned out an intimidating snapshot of this rather imposing trio.

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding bride enters

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding bride and father

(One serious time warp I noticed looking back 10 years is that while there are guests holding cameras as the bride enters, there are not swarms of illuminated phone, tablet, and small television sized screens at arm’s length capturing her every step to be tweeted, live streamed, and hashtagged. Those were the days…)

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding altar

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding recessional

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding cutting cake

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding first dance

Congrats again, newlyweds, on your first decade! Here’s to all the years ahead!

Fall, In Love – September Wedding on a Lake Michigan Beach

lake michigan silver beach wedding dune grass

The time machine is still churning, back to before this blog was up and running.

Eight years back I joined Emily and Drew as they celebrated their September wedding day at Silver Beach along Lake Michigan in Saint Joseph, Michigan. A stormy day may have dampened the dunes but it didn’t stop the Newlyweds and their guests from having an unforgettable time along the lake shore.

lake michigan silver beach wedding warning sign

lake michigan silver beach wedding tiki torch

Tiki torches lined the aisle to their ceremony in the sand.

lake michigan silver beach wedding altar

lake michigan silver beach wedding rings

lake michigan silver beach wedding recessional

Congratulations, Emily & Drew, and happy anniversary!

BONUS – the nontraditional wedding ceremony runner.

This guy was making tracks along the shore during the ceremony and made his way back during portraits. “Runner” shirt, running shorts, headband, headphones, sunglasses, knee wrap, high socks, gleaming smile… He was way too accessorized NOT to get a photo with the groom & groomsmen.

lake michigan silver beach wedding runner

Fall, in Love – Outdoor September Autumn Wedding with Handmade Decorations

Autumn has been in the air around here since at least last weekend. Warm jackets are out, the colors on the trees are starting to turn, and apple cider is a regular beverage. My favorite season has begun.

Meredith and Chris’ wedding day was full of beautiful handmade personalized decorations, sculptures, pottery and floral arrangements. Some of my favorites are below…

September outdoor autumn wedding date stone

September outdoor autumn wedding seating sign

handmade sunflower pavers love honor cherish

September outdoor autumn-wedding-metal sculpture couple sunflower

September autumn wedding bouquet grandparent photo charms

September autumn wedding custom rings pottery plate

September outdoor autumn wedding tent ceremony

September outdoor autumn wedding tent in well landscaped yard

September outdoor autumn wedding rings exchange

I’ve enjoyed seeing so many different takes on the traditional unity candle symbolism in wedding ceremonies and this unity tree planting was the first of its kind for me. The bride, groom, and their parents joined in planting a tree during the outdoor wedding ceremony.

September outdoor autumn wedding tree planting soil pail

September outdoor autumn wedding unity tree planting

September outdoor autumn wedding in a tent, couple's first kiss

September outdoor autumn wedding tent recessional

September outdoor autumn wedding just married floral sign

September outdoor autumn wedding sunflower bouquet and rings

September outdoor autumn wedding newlyweds by the river at dusk

The morning’s rain stayed away for the outdoor wedding ceremony, gave overcast lighting and a glimmer of moisture to all the lovely floral decor. (Photo tip: rainy days yield saturated colors and contrast!)

IU Indiana University Logo cake topper

Finalizing the list of personalized decorations is this Indiana University IU monogram cake table piece, complete with the newlyweds’ wedding date. Go Hoosiers! Congrats, again, newlyweds, and happy anniversary!

 

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Throwback Thursday – Zoo Safari Wedding 2005

Earlier this week I posted on my social media feeds a link to something new to me – Flash Weddings. I’m a fan of nontraditional, offbeat wedding day celebrations that incorporate elements of the newlyweds’ interests, back story, and dreams into the day’s festivities. This wedding was the first such “offbeat” ceremony I photographed for a couple who brought together handmade fashion and floral creations, South African wedding traditions, and a safari exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. It was during my first full year of digital photography in 2005 – years before I had kids of my own to take to the zoo to see -and sometimes behave like- wild animals. Without further rambling, allow me to present a selection of my favorites from this South African safari themed wedding celebration for this Throwback Thursday. Enjoy! -eB

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Bride

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Faerie Flower Girls

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Couple

Safari Wedding ring ribbon traditions

Safari Wedding flower girl bouquet

Safari Wedding shawl covering couple

Safari wedding newlyweds Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Safari Wedding South African drum performance at zoo

Safari Wedding reception dove release

Safari Wedding reception South African dance

Safari Wedding reception floral candle South African decorations

Safari themed wedding faerie flowergirls by pond