Fall, in Love – 10 Septembers Ago – Rose and Jeremiah

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Today marks the first decade milestone for this photo hobby venture turned career move as I began telling wedding day stories through digital images and design. But enough about me…

Happy 10th Anniversary Rose & Jeremiah!

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding couple

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding dress

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding gmen

My slanted hip shot of the father of the bride and two groomsmen. I hoped to catch them candidly but the expressions, body language,  and camera tilt turned out an intimidating snapshot of this rather imposing trio.

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding bride enters

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding bride and father

(One serious time warp I noticed looking back 10 years is that while there are guests holding cameras as the bride enters, there are not swarms of illuminated phone, tablet, and small television sized screens at arm’s length capturing her every step to be tweeted, live streamed, and hashtagged. Those were the days…)

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding altar

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Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding cutting cake

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding first dance

Congrats again, newlyweds, on your first decade! Here’s to all the years ahead!

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

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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!

Congrats Stacie and Bryan!

Saturday I had an absolute blast with newlyweds Stacie and Bryan and their families. We started off at the Hair Connection salon where both Stacie and her mom Brenda do some excellent cut, color and styling!

Hair Connection Salon

I love the colors and textures found in salons.

Makeup colors

Stacie’s classy veil

Stacie\'s Veil

Stacie and Bryan at the altar at Saint Stanislaus. A beautiful day for lots of natural light streaming in the windows, second in brightness only to the beaming couple.

Stacie and Bryan at the altar

Husband and Wife!

First Kiss

Keeping with her 1940s Movie theme we shot around down by the Morris Performing Arts center and what would we find… a nice poster for the Marriage Counselor. 🙂

Marriage Counselor

The party people!

Bridal party

Loads of fun at the Woodward downtown kicked off with the couple’s first dance.

First Dance

One of the centerpieces designed by Stacie’s mom Brenda.

Reception Decor

Click on any of the photos or CLICK HERE to see the Instant Album Slideshow from the reception and to get a reminder when the full gallery is ready. Enjoy!

Congrats Melanie and Mark!

Saturday was a downpour in South Bend. Leftovers from recent hurricanes have kept everything soggy around here for the past 2 days. Good thing we headed south to Culver to celebrate Melanie and Mark’s wedding day!

While getting ready in Argos you would have never guessed that it had been raining for the past 2 days. It was partly cloudy and the sun kept peeking out to remind us Summer’s not over just yet! There were great beams of sunshine in the Culver Academy Chapel for the wedding ceremony and not a drop of rain till late in the evening when we packed up to head home.

Plus… these two newlyweds couldn’t stop smiling. 😀

Congrats Melanie and Mark Dean

Click the photo above or CLICK HERE to see the Instant Album Slideshow from the reception celebration! You can also sign up for a reminder so you’ll know when all the wedding day potos are ready.

Enjoy! (And if you’re around South Bend, good luck staying dry.)