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

Summer Wedding Album Design – Melissa and Jim

Can’t wait to get the printed version of Melissa & Jim’s album back soon! Here’s a sneak preview of their wedding album designs including a Catholic wedding mass at Saint Monica’s Church, colorful outdoor wedding portraits at Battell Park and Beutter Park along the Saint Joseph River, and reception to celebrate the evening away at Knights of Columbus just across the river.

Check out the album in full screen here.

June Wedding Album Cover Beutter Park Mishawaka Indiana

Check out our updated Wedding Album Design gallery

Just Married! Katie & Brian

Palais Royale ballroom South Bend Indiana wedding dance 01

Congrats newlyweds Katie & Brian!

It finally feels like a summer weekend, and just in time for Katie & Brian’s wedding celebration! We started off in Plymouth while everyone prepared then headed to Saint Michael’s church where the newlyweds were married. After a drive north to South Bend it was time to celebrate the night away at the Palais Royale ballroom downtown.

Thanks to the Sikorski & Nifong families for inviting us to join your celebration and tell Katie & Brian’s wedding day story!

Check out their stunning summer wedding album designs here!

June Wedding Palais Royale Ballroom Reception Album

 

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Brandi & Matt’s Metallica Wedding

And now for something completely different.

Punk goth rock wedding bridal party offbeat wedding photographer

I met Brandi and Matt through rock concerts so it’s no surprise their customized, personalized wedding was nothing shy of ROCKING too. Elements of Alice in Wonderland, goth, punk, vintage pin-up styles, rock shows graced their celebration at the theatrical auditorium in the Scottish Rite building in downtown South Bend, Indiana.

I got a special backstage passes to this rock show wedding and helped plan this extraordinary celebration.

Pinup punk goth bride red black hair tophat veil

Red and black were featured in everything from Brandi’s wedding dress, hairstyle, the gents’ tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories.

Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” rang out and the bridal party paired up and made their way to the front. Brandi entered with her parents to join Matt.

Punk Goth Rock Red & Black Theater Wedding

The lush red velvet stage curtain and wooden tones fit Brandi’s ideas perfectly.

Goth metal rock boots wedding accessories

I’ve seen a variety of different shoes for weddings, and think the groom and guys should have a little fun with their tuxes too. Matt had the first pair or buckle boots I’ve seen at a wedding.

Black and red wedding dress, top hat and tux

Coffin wedding podium prop artwork - Offbeat wedding photographer

‘Til Death – Custom coffin podium by the Father of the Bride.

Goth rock offbeat wedding handfasting ceremony photographer

Handfasting Ceremony, black Unity candle with skeleton hands. Love it.

Skeleton black unity candle offbeat wedding photographer

Punk goth lolita bridesmaid dresses offbeat wedding photographer

Red and black ribbons, plaid, zippers, buckles, studded, heart patches… the bridesmaids styled them all. Great snap by JR.

Goth punk rock rockabilly metallica wedding groom in top hat

 

Easygoing snap of Matt greeting the guests, window light does the trick. Red podium uplight for a little more sinister look, devious was an easy expression.

Goth rock rockabilly Metallica wedding groom skeleton

 

Pinup Bride Hairstyle First Dance

First dance to Green Day’s “Last Night on Earth”

Custom red & black painted goth rock offbeat wedding cake topper

Personalized & painted wedding cake topper couple and blood red drip frosting. Delicious.

Offbeat nontraditional Wedding headbanging photographer

Groom and groomsmen headbanging to Metallica with the Father of the Bride: priceless. Rocking reception soundtrack!

Favorite quote of the day – “It really WAS a rock show – we had mic feedback, wardrobe malfunctions fixed with gaff tape, a big stage…” – and a rocking couple, I might add. Congrats newlyweds!

 

Whether it’s traditional or something a little different, I’d love to tell your story – drop me a line to see how I can tell your wedding story!

 

(PS, if you’re a fan on Facebook we’ve got more rockin’ wedding photos to enjoy! Come see!)

Celebrating with Amanda and Justin

While we’re out celebrating with Amanda and Justin, enjoy some of our favorites from their Engagement Session earlier this month! Form the Engagement Session there is a link to the wedding day gallery. Enjoy!

Quiet moments

On our way down the beach Justin saw this sand bar and he and Amanda were awesome sports and walked out into knee deep Lake Michigan water to stand on the sandbar.

Click a photo or CLICK HERE to view the Engagement Session and Wedding Day galleries!

Congrats Bridget & Doug!

We celebrated a great wedding day with Bridget & Doug on Saturday. What a fantastic day with the Purdue and Ridell families celebrating at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and taking an easygoing afternoon’s portraits around the Notre Dame campus. (Huge thanks to the folks who let us all into the football stadium too!)

Bridget gets ready with the gals at the salon

Bridget and the ladies started off at Nicholas J salon downtown

Doug heads down to meet the groomsmen

Doug heads down to meet the groomsmen

Bridget and her father enter the Basilica

Bridget and her father enter the Basilica

The bridal party

Bride, Groom and wedding party in the Basilica

Bridget & Doug in the Lady Chapel

Newlyweds in the Lady Chapel

Newlyweds outside the Basilica

Just married!

Doug and the gents at the ND stadium tunnel

Doug and the gents at the ND Stadium tunnel

Parent Dances

Parent dances as the celebration begins

Click on the photos above or click here to view the slideshow! Enjoy!