Flashback Friday – Natalia & Jeff’s 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary to newlyweds Natalia & Jeff!

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding ceremony at Saint Michael’s Church and reception at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth, Indiana.

Bride enters Saint Michael's Church Plymouth Indiana

Saint Michael's wedding altar runner

Newlyweds wedding recessional Saint Michael's Church Plymouth Indiana

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Full disclosure: I was a far less choosy editor and far less technically proficient photographer in 2006 and digging through the archives showed a lot of images that made me question my decision to proof them. The “artistic soft focus” image above and below were ones that lacked sharpness but conveyed an unedited, unscripted emotion in the moments after the newlyweds made their exit. I debated these candid images again in 2016, and when they appeared in my Instagram feed as some of Natalia’s favorites… I knew I kept these shots for a reason. They show a moment few others saw, and only two present felt the full elation of being pronounced husband and wife.

Bridal candid

Ccentennial Park Plymouth Indiana newlyweds portraits

Centennail Park wedding portrait Plymouth Indiana

Wedding Reception first dance dip

Newlyweds portraits Plymouth Country Club Indiana

bride and groom kiss candid portraits

It remains an honor to have told their wedding day story and celebrated with family and friends. Congrats, newlyweds, on your first decade, and to the decades ahead! -eB

Lindsey and Alex – 10 Year Throwback Thursday

Disclaimer: This is what happens when I let my couples design their own engagement portrait session. Authenticity ahead.

Dropkick Murphys guitarist engagement portrait

Back in 2004, two of my most talented musician friends helped me expand my ideas of what Engagement Portraits were supposed to look like when they put aside their acoustic guitar and baby grand piano and stepped outside wearing black Dropkick Murphy’s shirts. This photo of Lindsey & Alex has sparked a conversation with each prospective client with whom I shared it and stirred many a portfolio reviewing professor. It’s still a favorite shot and a fond memory creating it for the newlyweds.

Then in May, 10 years ago today, they got married, and had a kid still learning what his camera’s buttons all did tell their wedding story. I was lucky enough to be that kid.

bride candid portrait while waiting

bride and flower girl photo idea

wedding ceremony Newton Center Lakeville Indiana

Unity candle and marriage license

Just married recessional

groom with the bloom

black and white wedding cake

newlyweds first dance

bride and groom first dance black and white

Congrats newlyweds! Happy 10th Anniversary!

Congrats Rachelle and Josh – 10th Anniversary Flashback!

On a sunny April Saturday 10 years ago today I joined Rachelle & Josh for their springtime wedding celebration at the Morris Estate Chapel in Niles, Michigan. Colorful tulips were in bloom outside the former Centre Meeting House, now a country chapel where the newlyweds were married. As they celebrate their anniversary today, here are some of my favorites from their wedding day story. Enjoy! Congrats, newlyweds!

Bride and groom inside the Morris Estate Chapel
Bride and groom inside the Chapel
Bride, Groom and Bouquet in the Morris Farms Chapel
Bride, Groom and Bouquet & pearls
Bride and Groom with the Father of the Bride officiating the wedding at Morris Farms Estate
Bride and Groom with the Father of the Bride officiating the wedding at Morris Farms Chapel
Newlyweds outside the Morris Farms Estate Chapel
Newlyweds Rachelle and Josh greet guests outside the Morris Estate Chapel, tulips in bloom on their April wedding day
Morris Estate chapel wedding guests
Guests congratulating the newlyweds outside the chapel at the Morris Estate
Bride and groom wedding portrait ideas with bench
A quiet moment between the newlyweds
Groom and Groomsmen Country Club Portrait ideas
Groom and Groomsmen on the Country Club Green
Newlyweds wedding portrait by fireplace ideas
Congrats to the newlyweds!
Bridal party portrait ideas Morris Farms Estate Chapel
Newlyweds and their bridal party on the steps of the Morris Estate Chapel
Morris Estate Chapel spring wedding newlywed portraits outdoors
Newlyweds Rachelle and Josh on the country road alongside the Morris Estate Chapel

 

Check out The Morris Estate and Chapel here or see more Wedding Day Stories here. eB

 

Fall, In Love – September Wedding on a Lake Michigan Beach

lake michigan silver beach wedding dune grass

The time machine is still churning, back to before this blog was up and running.

Eight years back I joined Emily and Drew as they celebrated their September wedding day at Silver Beach along Lake Michigan in Saint Joseph, Michigan. A stormy day may have dampened the dunes but it didn’t stop the Newlyweds and their guests from having an unforgettable time along the lake shore.

lake michigan silver beach wedding warning sign

lake michigan silver beach wedding tiki torch

Tiki torches lined the aisle to their ceremony in the sand.

lake michigan silver beach wedding altar

lake michigan silver beach wedding rings

lake michigan silver beach wedding recessional

Congratulations, Emily & Drew, and happy anniversary!

BONUS – the nontraditional wedding ceremony runner.

This guy was making tracks along the shore during the ceremony and made his way back during portraits. “Runner” shirt, running shorts, headband, headphones, sunglasses, knee wrap, high socks, gleaming smile… He was way too accessorized NOT to get a photo with the groom & groomsmen.

lake michigan silver beach wedding runner

Fall, in Love – Outdoor September Autumn Wedding with Handmade Decorations

Autumn has been in the air around here since at least last weekend. Warm jackets are out, the colors on the trees are starting to turn, and apple cider is a regular beverage. My favorite season has begun.

Meredith and Chris’ wedding day was full of beautiful handmade personalized decorations, sculptures, pottery and floral arrangements. Some of my favorites are below…

September outdoor autumn wedding date stone

September outdoor autumn wedding seating sign

handmade sunflower pavers love honor cherish

September outdoor autumn-wedding-metal sculpture couple sunflower

September autumn wedding bouquet grandparent photo charms

September autumn wedding custom rings pottery plate

September outdoor autumn wedding tent ceremony

September outdoor autumn wedding tent in well landscaped yard

September outdoor autumn wedding rings exchange

I’ve enjoyed seeing so many different takes on the traditional unity candle symbolism in wedding ceremonies and this unity tree planting was the first of its kind for me. The bride, groom, and their parents joined in planting a tree during the outdoor wedding ceremony.

September outdoor autumn wedding tree planting soil pail

September outdoor autumn wedding unity tree planting

September outdoor autumn wedding in a tent, couple's first kiss

September outdoor autumn wedding tent recessional

September outdoor autumn wedding just married floral sign

September outdoor autumn wedding sunflower bouquet and rings

September outdoor autumn wedding newlyweds by the river at dusk

The morning’s rain stayed away for the outdoor wedding ceremony, gave overcast lighting and a glimmer of moisture to all the lovely floral decor. (Photo tip: rainy days yield saturated colors and contrast!)

IU Indiana University Logo cake topper

Finalizing the list of personalized decorations is this Indiana University IU monogram cake table piece, complete with the newlyweds’ wedding date. Go Hoosiers! Congrats, again, newlyweds, and happy anniversary!

 

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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

Tracy and Andrew – Seven Seven OH! Seven Revisited

On a day equally hot as today in July 7 years ago I joined Tracy and Andrew for one of my favorite celebrations of 2007. It was a day brimming with smiles, laughs, and humor that spanned from start at Holy Cross Church to the finish in the wee hours the following day at the Century Center Great Hall. On a wedding date like 7-7-07 there’s bound to be some luck, and I considered myself lucky to have spent it with these newlyweds, their families and guests! Congrats, again, newlyweds!

Holy Cross Church wedding mass bride enters

Holy Cross Church wedding mass groom

Holy Cross Church Wedding South Bend Indiana

Holy Cross Church wedding newlyweds

large Bridal Party Jumping Photo fun portraits

Quite possibly the most coordinated 21-person bridal party in a group photo, and some pretty sweet air on the classic jumping portrait!

Century Center Wedding Reception Newlyweds StaircaseNewlyweds making an entrance to cheers at the Century Center Great Hall

Century Center Wedding Toasts in Great Hall

South Bend Century Center Great Hall First Dance

South Bend Indiana Century Center Island Wedding Portraits

Editor’s note: Although my camera gear & techniques have changed over the last seven years, these smiles shared in 2007 are timeless.

May The Fourth – Star Wars Wedding Details

As one of my favorite months begins, so does the countdown to International Star Wars Day, May 4th. To kick things off, here’s a handful of my favorite details from Kelli & Phil’s very memorable wedding day.

Enjoy, and May the Fourth be with you! -eB

Star Wars Wedding Details handmade DIY stationary bridal bouquet

Star Wars Wedding Details R2D2 tattoo

The bride’s R2D2 back tattoo

Star Wars Wedding Details ring set and handfasting cord

Handmade stationery bouquet, wedding rings with a braided handfasting ceremony cord.

Star Wars Wedding Details rings handfasting cord

Star Wars Wedding Details handmade DIY stationary bouquet

And what’s a Star Wars day celebration without some small, hard to understand, colorful characters stealing a few scenes? Yoda & Wicket joined in as ring bearer and flower Ewok. Too cute, they were.

Star Wars Wedding Details yoda cosplay ringbearer

Star Wars Wedding Details cosplay flowergirl Ewok Wicket

The ladies wore shoes adorned in decoupage of comics, superheroes, My Little Pony to go with Kelli’s pair of Star Trek Comicon.

Star Wars Wedding Details Bridesmaid Decoupage Shoes

Bonus – Kelli showing off her bridal R2D2 nail art

Star Wars Wedding Details bride R2D2 nail art

…and a bit of nail art from the groomsmen

Groomsmen shoe detail photo