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!


Labor Day & Autumn on the Way

Early Autumn Sun Grass Backlight Nature Details

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.

Melissa & Jim’s Back to School IU Bloomington Engagement

Indiana University Bloomington Engagement Couple Portraits

What a great back to school weekend heading to the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana with Melissa and Jim.

Indiana University IU Bloomington Rose Engagement Portraits

We started off where the wedding story started where Jim asked Melissa to be his wife.

Indiana University IU Bloomington Engagement portraits

Indiana University Campus fountain engagement portraits

Melissa and Jim were into the fountain before I knew it, couldn’t blame them on such a sunny summer afternoon!

Indiana University Football Stadium Engagement Photographer Lots of Cream and Crimson around the football stadium! We lucked out and walked right into the stadium and had live entertainment from a band camp on the field as we wrapped up the engagement session.

Congrats Melissa & Jim! We’re looking forward to joining your wedding celebration next summer!

Indiana University Football Stadium Engagement Photographer

Check out more engagement portrait sessions here – enjoy!

Season 4 Finale – Nicole and Scott!

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?

hair product calendar

(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.

Nicole sees Scott in his tux

Nicole on her way to meet her Groom

Scott’s reaction when Nicole walked the aisle to meet him? All smiles!

Scott sees Nicole in her dress

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.

Latin Wedding Mass

Wedding Photography in Saint Josephs Church, Mishawaka, Indiana

Newlyweds Scott and Nicole

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.


Congrats Ragan and Scott!

Fall wedding newlyweds portrait kiss

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.

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Scott getting ready – the guys were having a laugh warming up to roast him! Gotta have good laughs!

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Ragan and her father ready to enter the chapel

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Scott when he first saw his bride

Ancilla Domini Chapel wedding groom


Ragan enters Ancilla Chapel

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

I loved the architecture and ambiance – such an amazing chapel to photograph such a great couple!

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

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!)

Ancilla Domini Chapel wedding couple on capmus

Second version of it – the newlywed fall portrait
(50mm wide open at f/1.8 also has a painterly look to the background)

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Newlyweds outside Ancilla Domini Chapel

Ancilla Domini Chapel wedding doorway

Just married! Off to the celebration!

Limo Leaving Ancilla College - Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Congrats again, Ragan and Scott!

Sweetest Weekend – Wine Cellar Engagement Portarit Session – Nicole and Scott

wine cellar engagement portraits staircaseMy weekend of awesome couples in Grand Rapids, Michigan concluded with a perfect afternoon Engagement Session with Nicole and Scott at Scott’s family’s restaurant – Noto’s Old World Italian.

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.

wine cellar engagement portraits candles

wine cellar engagement portraits with old bricks

wine cellar engagement portraits brick arches

wine cellar engagement portraits vino

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!

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Sweetest Weekend – Jaclyn and Tim

Saturday was Sweetest Day, and it was the kickoff of my Sweetest Weekend of celebrations.

It was by far sweetest day for a wedding celebration for Jaclyn and Tim! We started at the salon, went to the church, put the guys aboard ship, the Newlyweds were married, walked on to old stones, were off to the Lake, wobbled out into the water, then out to the Woods, danced up a storm, played out in traffic, hopped in a pedicab, over the bridge and back to the Bob. Recollecting the day’s story was like jumping into a sidewalk chalk drawing with Mary Poppins! If nothing else it showed how there’s always a great photo around each corner when you let loose and go with spontaneous creativity.

Jaclyn and Tim VanOeffelen!

Thanks again, Jaclyn ad Tim, for inviting me to share this incredible day (and weekend!) with you two, your terrific friends and welcoming families!