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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November Outdoor Engagement Session at Notre Dame Campus – Emily and Tomas

After a busy Thanksgiving week it was a great treat to spend a holiday weekend afternoon out for a very leisurely engagement session with Emily and Tomas. Between an away football game day and Thanksgiving travels, Notre Dame University campus was unusually quiet this afternoon. Even with occasional wind gusts it was an unseasonably nice late November afternoon to start telling a wedding story with an Engagement Session.

I’m looking forward to their wintry wedding in December! Congrats, Soonly-weds!

Notre Dame campus outdoor Grotto engagement portrait

Notre Dame campus outdoor engagement portrait Basilica Golden Dome


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Children’s Outdoor Autumn Portraits – Stella

It’s been a while since I overloaded the blog wrote about our First Friday Fashion (fail) contest from September, or the free photo shoot prize our winner received.

In late October I joined our contest winner Aim for the free photo shoot giveaway. She contrived a clever and generous plan to enlist the help of Facebook friends to vote for her photo entries to win the shoot for her daughter Stella.

Here are a few favorites from Stella’s outdoor fall photo shoot around Beutter Park and Battell Park in downtown Mishawaka, Indiana.

Mishawaka Indiana Children's Portrait Photographer

Indiana Children's Portrait Photographer Beutter Park Mishawaka

Indiana Children's Portrait River Walk Ideas Photographer

Battell Park Mishawaka Child Portrait Photography Ideas Photographer

Congrats Newlyweds Anne & Marty!

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding Couple Photography

If you find yourself dancing along to the reception music after 12 hours of wedding day photography… you’re doing it right.

We had a way fun day celebrating with Anne & Marty, their families, the West Side Porpoise Club, and enjoyed the non stop laughs from start to finish! Congrats, Newlyweds!

Autumn Engagement Portraits at Notre Dame – Anne & Marty

This weekend kicks off my favorite season in Indiana – autumn! It’s also jam packed with great photo shoots, today’s celebrating Anne & Marty’s wedding at Notre Dame University’s Basilica of the Sacred heart, fun around town and a swinging reception at the Palais Royale Ballroom downtown!

Here are some favorite photos from their October engagement portraits on Notre Dame campus last fall. Enjoy!

Coffee at LaFun before Notre Dame campus autumn engagement portraits
8am portraits after a Fighting Irish football game? Better start with coffee.

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits Washington Hall

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits near Basilica

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits near Basilica

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits Clarke Memorial Fountain

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits near Golden Dome

Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for a sneak preview of the wedding day celebration!

Congrats, newlyweds!