Dianna and Brian’s 5th Anniversary! Congrats!

South Bend Indiana Country Club Wedding Couple

Happy 5th anniversary newlyweds Dianna & Brian! We get lots of compliments on the red trimmed wedding dress Dianna styled in her May 2006 wedding! Very vibrant day out on the greens at South Bend Country Club.

South Bend Indiana Country Club Reception Cake Cutting

The newlyweds cut one of the first wedding cakes we photographed with custom topper (or middler) – a model of Brian’s Grand National used the lower tier for parking.

South Bend Indiana Country Club Reception Dance

Did I mention we loved the red trimmed wedding dress the bride picked for the big day? 😀 The new Mr & Mrs out for a first dance sent it spinning!

Congrats newlyweds!

Joy and David’s Swan Lake Summer Outdoor Wedding

We had a fabulous time with Joy and David, the Kroemer & Dulen families, and all their guests out at Swan Lake Country Club for a wonderful outdoor summer evening wedding celebration!

During their engagement session I heard a little more about their love story and how they met while serving in the Army in Iraq. For their wedding, David planned to wear his Army dress blue uniform and Joy’s father asked if she’d be wearing her kevlars. (It would have been a wedding first for us, but her beautiful bridal gown was very flattering!)

Bride and groom met in Army in Iraq

Swan Lake Outdoor Wedding Bride Enters

David is by far the most decorated serviceman I have met and photographed. As he greeted guests before the wedding more than once he described the many medals and awards from his 21+ years of service and travels in the US Army. His bride Joy also has quite a list of accomplishments both before and during the Army service.

Swan Lake Outdoor Gazebo Wedding Indiana

The rain cleared up and the sun came out just in time for a sunny August evening outdoor wedding at Swan Lake Country Club. Not much better than beautiful weather to top off a wonderful day for wedding celebrations!

Swan Lake Outdoor Gazebo Wedding Indiana

A remote camera provided a unique view from inside the gazebo at Swan Lake.

Swan Lake Outdoor Wedding Rings Exchange

I loved Joy’s reaction after the ring exchange!

Unity Sand Ceremony Swan Lake Outdoor Wedding Indiana

Unity sand vase wedding art

The couple included a unity sand ceremony as part of the outdoor wedding.

Swan Lake Country Club Outdoor Wedding Indiana

Joy’s father Jim, far left, was part of an 8 man singing group that performed during the ceremony.

Swan Lake Country Club wedding in Army uniform

Swan Lake Outdoor Gazebo Wedding First Kiss

Follow up that rings exchange reaction with high fives passed down the row of bridesmaids after the couple was announced husband and wife.

Swan Lake Outdoor Gazebo Wedding Newlyweds

Swan Lake Country Club Outdoor Wedding Newlyweds

I’ve liked Chicago Cubs baseball since I was a little league infielder. After retirement David and Joy spent time following the Cubs’ season, including a proposal at Wrigley Field. If that didn’t make Cubs fans jealous, they entered the reception to a clip of Harry Caray’s famous “it might, be, it could be, it is! Cubs win! Cubs win!” followed by “Go Cubs Go!” – holy cow!

Wedding reception first dance remix

Joy and David switched up their first dance’s tempo with a lively dance mixed in their slow dance. Great way to kick off the party! The newlyweds had a great time celebrating the night away with family and friends.

Congrats newlyweds!

Great thanks to the great Vendors that helped in the celebration!

Jill and Brad’s Outdoor Wedding at Orchard Hills

It’s always a treat to photograph weddings for siblings, cousins, coworkers and friends when you get to see familiar faces when you go “to work.” Jill and Brad’s wedding on Saturday was the continuation of a great celebration with Brad’s family when his sister Amanda married last June.

You know the bouquet and garter toss that you see at most receptions? At Amanda & Justin’s wedding last June Jill caught the bouquet and Brad caught the garter. Continue reading “Jill and Brad’s Outdoor Wedding at Orchard Hills”