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!

Thank you, veterans

Grandpa's WWII US Navy Portrait

I thought about it this morning, but I can’t count the friends, former schoolmates, and acquaintances I know that have served in the armed forces in the last decade. More names keep coming to mind. You know who each of you are, and your service and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for serving.

The veteran closest to my family is by far Grandpa “Joe” Bucholtz, United States Navy, USS Blue. He returned from Naval service in World War II to his sweetheart Eleanor to start a family, serve in civil defense, work at Studebaker, and of course, find a free way to watch Notre Dame football home games by ushering in the stadium. 🙂 (My dad and one uncle picked up that last tradition too!)

My Grandmother’s eyes light up to this day talking about him, even though he passed away when my dad was only 6 years old. His nephew’s family I met a few years ago through wedding photography had nothing but the best to say about him too. Our family would not be what it is today without his love for his family, country, and Fighting Irish football.

Thank you to all those who have served and who serve today. I cannot sing the National Anthem without thinking of all you have done for our country. May God bless and keep you and bring you home swiftly and safely to your loved ones.