Alyssa and Jon’s wedding was so amazing! The getting ready, ceremony time, and reception were all held at the beautiful, historic Embassy Theatre of downtown Fort Wayne. We had all hands on deck making this one special wedding! Read all about Alyssa and Jon’s story and engagement here (CLICK ME).
Alyssa and all of the beautiful women in her life got ready for the day in a gorgeous room of the Embassy, with a great view of downtown Fort Wayne… with no rain! Even though rain was forecasted all day, it managed to hide away until evening and stopped again at the end of the night. That gave us the perfect opportunity for some epic rooftop shots of Alyssa and Jon over downtown Fort Wayne. Alyssa was helped in to her beautiful white dress by her bridesmaids. Alyssa’s dress was mermaid style with multiple layers of lace and beautiful beading. The sweetheart neckline and open back design of the dress made Alyssa a show stopper… and a beautiful bride! Her bridesmaids wore one of two selected styles of long black dresses; one off-the-shoulder and the other a two-strap style. The black gowns paired with gold, sparkly jewelry made for one glam look (and was one of Alyssa’s only opportunities to make her friends were Black and gold – She’s a huge Purdue fan).
Alyssa and Jon had their first look on the first floor of the Embassy. They wanted to capture the first look and the beautiful architecture of the Embassy all in one moment. After the tearful and very happy first look, it was ceremony time! Alyssa and Jon’s marriage was so sweet. After a sweet message from their officiant/friend, rings and vows were exchanged, a cord of three was tied, and the two were married! Needless to say, it was a beautiful ceremony!
After happily greeting to each of their guests, we took family portraits on the beautiful staircase of the Embassy. From there, we went to different spots around downtown with the bridal party for some sweet group shots and shots of the bride and groom!
The reception was beautiful as well. Held on the 6th and 7th floors of the Embassy, the view of downtown Fort Wayne was stunning! There were so many elements that made the night as special as it was: the live music by Casual Friday (they were amazing), ice cream sandwiches, photo booth station, dancing, toasts, rooftop views, and so much more. We had the wonderful opportunity to witness the love of both Jon and Alyssa’s families. We are so honored to have shot this sweet wedding. We wish you guys a happy marriage!
-Dustin & Corynn
Introducing Alexis and Joel, some of our newest newlyweds! These two met while attending college in Michigan. Joel, originally from Finland, came to the US to play collegiate soccer! From there, they just hit it off… and now they’re married! We loved being a part of their big day.
This day was all smiles from beginning to end. (You can tell 100% just by looking at the pictures!) Ask anyone who was at the wedding, you could truly see the love they have for each other. Joel was emotional at the first look and when he saw Alexis walk down the aisle. It was a sweet day filled with many smiles and happy tears. Including ours!
Both Alexis and Joel’s families were very sweet – They made us feel like part of the family, down to the people we sat with at dinner. Just one incredible family!
The girls got ready in a hotel room at the Homewood Suites. Alexis was so happy to get in her dress. She looked absolutely stunning! After getting ready with her girls, Alexis and Joel had their first look at the Orchard Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne. It was so sweet! So many smiles and laughs. We were so happy to capture these moments. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Landmark Gardens! It was so hot this day. Not enough to hinder the day, but enough to make one of the bridesmaids (also the groom’s sister) pass out during the ceremony! Luckily it happened at a point in the ceremony where people could easily get to her and she could be helped. Alexis and Joel continued the ceremony with their foot washing ceremony, a very unique and different tradition!
After the very hot outdoor ceremony, family and friends headed over to the (air conditioned and indoor) reception at the Orchid Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne. Each member of the bridal party had a special entrance with all kinds of dance moves. The best man speech was very notable. He had nothing but kind words to say about Joel. By the end of it, we wanted the groom to be OUR best friend – what a guy! After cake cutting, dancing, and toasts, we headed outside to get some epic sunset photos. These two ended the night with a beautiful sparkler send off.
This was such a fun wedding to photograph (even with the super hot weather)! Thanks Alexis and Joel for a fun day. We wish you guys the happiest marriage!
-Dustin & Corynn
Check out all of their wedding photos here (CLICK ME)!
Amara and Jay’s wedding was so sweet! We have known these guys since high school, so we were so excited to be their photographers at their downtown Fort Wayne Empyrean wedding!
Family is very important to Amara and Jay. It seemed every moment of the day somehow included a family member, making it a very, very special day. The bridal party included family only and one very close friend! These two wanted a fun day – and it was! Everyone danced their way up and down the aisle and all the way through the reception. It seemed the dancing never stopped… and we were SO okay with that!
The ceremony was very sweet – as family members walked down the aisle, each carried a flower to place in vases near the altar in remembrance of family members who passed away and could not join them on this special day. During the vows and exchange of rings, Amara gifted Jay with a completely custom comic book telling their story. These two are the sweetest nerdy couple we’ve worked with, and it was so cool watching them make promises together and celebrate with an awesome party.
The forecast was not looking the best going into the wedding day, however, we had the perfect window of dry weather for pictures outside! After pictures of the bridal party outside, we headed upstairs to the top floor of the Empyrean for the reception!
Speaking of reception, WHAT A PARTY! After hearing a very touching prayer done by Amara’s brother and eating a delicious Empyrean meal, guests enjoyed the dance floor…. All evening long! We saw a side of Jay we had never seen before. Any time we had spoken to Jay in the past, he seemed like a quiet, reserved person. While this may have appeared to be true, let us tell you that this guy is an animal on the dance floor! In fact, nearly every guest was on their feet and dancing the whole night. For those who didn’t want to dance as much, Amara and Jay provided board games at every table and an entire other room filled with board games to entertain other guests. It was awesome seeing all the personal touches Amara and Jay put into their wedding! During the reception, Amara’s brother sang at the reception. It was a very special moment for their whole family and made for a memorable day!
CHECK OUT ALL THE PHOTO HERE (CLICK ME)
Because their wedding day was at the tailend of Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival, Amara, Jay, and guests were treated to a beautiful firework show at the end of the night. We loved being a part of Amara and Jay’s Empyrean wedding. Best of luck to you both!
-Dustin & Corynn
Hey everyone! We had a blast at Brooke and Matt’s wedding. We enjoyed their engagement session so much, but somehow we enjoyed their wedding even more! Click here to view their awesome engagement photos…
These two held their wedding at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. In fact, not only did everyone get ready at the Coliseum, but the ceremony and reception were there too! While we love jumping around all over town with our couples, we also love when everything is in one place. It makes things simple for the day and seems to make everyone a little more relaxed – including us!
Brooke’s bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses while the groomsmen wore light grey suits. Everyone looked amazing head to toe thanks to the Red Stiletto and their fabulous hair and makeup team! Bouquets and other floral arrangements for the day were hand made by none other than Trista Rose from Rose’s bouquets!
Brooke and Matt’s ceremony was sweet and made the atmosphere for the day relaxed. These two just wanted a gathering of their close friends and family to celebrate their big day. This definitely added to the love and closeness of it all! An old friend of Matt’s, who is a baseball coach, was the officiant of their wedding! The message was for sure unique and made for a memorable ceremony! It was great to see Matt’s family for the second time too! We were her sister’s wedding photographers as well, so we had a blast all over again!
We went outside after the ceremony for some photos of the bridal party. While this may not sound like a big deal, you should know that it was ridiculously hot outside on this particularly weekend – probably our hottest weekend yet! Want to know the best part about it? Nobody complained. Everyone was just happy to be celebrating Brooke and Matt – It was awesome. A big thanks to Summit City Rentals for the chiavari chairs during our group shots. These two had a large bridal party so the chairs were great to have! After snapping some awesome shots, we headed back inside for the reception. There were some funny toasts, yummy cake cutting, and some sick dance moves. Alomar Entertainment provided all the tunes for the evening, ending the night with dancing and celebration.
We have loved getting to know you both through the process of your engagement and wedding. We hope you guys have a great life together and enjoy your photos for years to come. Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day!
If you would like to see Brooke and Matt’s photos from their engagement and Coliseum wedding, click here (CLICK ME)!
-Dustin & Corynn
Meet one of our lovely couples, Brenna and Brandon! These two had their wedding and reception at the Empyrean of downtown Fort Wayne. This was for sure a daddy-daughter kind of day. Brenna had many sweet moments with her father. After being helped into her dress by her mother and bridesmaids, Brenna stepped out to see her father. This first look was one of the sweetest we’ve captured. When her father turned around, he was just radiating with pride and joy – his little girl was getting married! It was a very touching and emotional first look and we were so happy to capture it. Seriously, just look at that smile (see photos below)!
After one touching first look came another! This time with her groom, Brandon. Brandon waited at the altar where they would later be wed. Brenna walked down the aisle towards him, tapped gently on his shoulder, and the two locked eyes. Brandon was so happy! He was in complete awe at the beauty of his bride. And hey, so were we! She looked so beautiful on their big day!
After all the tears and the first looks, we hit the town! We went to all the hotspot locations of downtown Fort Wayne with their bridal party… and had a blast while doing it! After taking some sweet pictures, we all headed up to the Empyrean once again for the wedding. Brenna’s father gave her away, Brenna and Brandon did a soil ceremony together symbolizing unity and the joining of families, and the two became husband and wife! The best part of this job is seeing so many beautiful beginnings. It’s the best!
After taking some more photos, the reception began. With that, so did the speeches, cake cutting, and dancing. Brenna’s father had a wonderful toast – I wish I had gotten it on video, but I was too busy taking pictures! Brenna and her father had a special surprise for the guests – a choreographed first dance. It was unique and definitely a memorable moment for all in attendance. We loved being a part of this awesome day and wish you guys a happy marriage. Enjoy life together!
-Dustin & Corynn
Meet Vanessa and Brent! It was pure fate when these two met for the first time. Vanessa walked into the car dealership that Brent owns looking to buy a new car, and Brent’s salesman charm convinced her to make a deal. She drove off with the car and Brent’s number. We first met this great couple during their engagement session (see their engagement album here) and couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding as well!
The bride and groom chose the Empyrean in Fort Wayne for their wedding. The day began getting ready at the venue. The bride and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done while dressed in luxurious matching robes. Brent and his groomsmen stayed relaxed as they competed in a few rounds of ping-pong while they waited for the ladies to finish glamorizing. Vanessa’s gift to her future husband was an elegant watch, chosen specifically so Brent wouldn’t wear his less-than-formal Apple watch on the big day. Attached to the watch was a playful note saying “don’t be late.”
Dressed in varying shades of teal and blue Vanessa’s bridal party led the way to the altar. Since the family is especially important to both Vanessa and Brent, Vanessa’s brother, Father Mario officiated the wedding. He was overwhelmed with happiness at the first look of his sister in her wedding dress. Making the day truly a family affair, McKenzie, the daughter of our bride and groom served as flower girl. It was an emotional ceremony filled with love and tears of joy.
The reception was also held at the Empyrean. The venue’s large windows gave a wonderful view of downtown Fort Wayne as guests danced the night away. The couple took some romantic photos underneath a giant flower ring with the stunning evening sky as their backdrop. This wedding was filled with love, laughter, and celebration. The whole event was breathtaking and a pleasure to photograph.
Check out the rest of their photos here… (CLICK ME)
-Dustin & Corynn