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!
Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for a sneak preview of the wedding day celebration!
It’s Labor Day in the US and a busy Monday morning at the Bu household.
College football season’s here and with it my ideal autumn morning weather today – nice and cool and sunny, I’ve got my favorite hoodie sweatshirt on and a rather well-made coffee to start the week.
This weather always reminds me of autumn in Scandinavia when I spent a school year there from autumn 1999 to early summer 2000. My first experience living abroad, first away from home, cool weather, writing on paper, watercolor painting for a while even. A small fortune on film photography processing and postage. Walking and wandering. Coffee and the Swedish art / custom of fika. Warm clothes and wonderful gatherings with new friends.
Autumn makes me nostalgic for time in Sweden. I’ll get my head out of the clouds once I finish this coffee.
We kicked off October with Alexandra’s autumn senior portrait session around the Notre Dame University campus here in Northern Indiana. It was a great evening session with a colorful dusk sky to wrap it up! Here are some favorites to enjoy!
You’re invited to pick a date and time of your choice for a great shoot with us! No pre-set backgrounds, banks of deer-in-the-headlight lighting, or giant number props, just location of your choice and an easygoing session!
Tonight I wrapped up my third full-time photography year with a superb finale celebrating with Nicole and Scott.
Believe it or not, I (Eric) love shooting salon photos. Lots of color, shapes, fun with the bride and her friends, time to test out ideas, coffee… and today, numbers. The numbered containers of Redken styling products at Ken’s Studio Hair sparked an idea. Guesses?
(Answer: it’s the wedding date)
My compliments to Nicole ans Scott for the all the forethought and planning that went into your wedding day timeline. Everything moved along perfectly without feeling rushed and there was never a dull moment in between all the fun! They had planned to photograph nearly all portraits before the ceremony, and when I heard footsteps in the balcony above me I looked up to see Nicole catch a glimpse of Scott in his tux.
Scott’s reaction when Nicole walked the aisle to meet him? All smiles!
Today brought a first for us – celebrating a Latin wedding mass. The traditional Latin ceremony was wonderfully beautiful. From the balcony the acapella voices of five men singing resonated through the sanctuary in serene worship. A thundering organ played out notes that superseded all but the voices that joined it in song. Two lives joined to become one.
Click a photo above or CLICK HERE to see the Newlyweds’ Instant Album Slideshow where you can relive the celebration, get a reminder when the photos are ready, and even pick up a copy of the slideshow.
This last week and weekend was a whirlwind of fun with great couples!
Saturday we celebrated with Ragan and Scott to wrap up an awesome October. The day started off with the girls at Ancilla Domini Chapel on the campus of Ancilla College outside Plymouth, Indiana.
Scott getting ready – the guys were having a laugh warming up to roast him! Gotta have good laughs!
Ragan and her father ready to enter the chapel
Scott when he first saw his bride
Ragan enters Ancilla Chapel
I loved the architecture and ambiance – such an amazing chapel to photograph such a great couple!
Newlyweds outside catching the best of the last October weekend.
(Technical note, I loved this shot with the 85mm lens wide open at f/1.8 – see how the grass and trees fall out of focus? Superb bokeh!)
Second version of it – the newlywed fall portrait
(50mm wide open at f/1.8 also has a painterly look to the background)
If my incredible wedding Saturday wasn’t enough to make me want to visit Grand Rapids again, spending an afternoon with the Noto family and seeing their breathtaking restaurant me consider relocating north. 🙂 I’m convinced I was spoiled to have perfect weather, two amazing couples and such fantastic celebrations to photograph.
The restaurant is rich with family history, and is an exceptionally special place for Nicole and Scott. It was an amazing honor to photograph these November newlyweds in the very spot where their engagement and wedding story began after Scott’s proposal during dinner in the wine cellar.
Thanks again to Nicole and Scott and the Noto family for the laughs, conversation and hospitality during our photo session. We look forward to celebrating with you soon in November!