Meet Sara and Austin! These two are getting married next year at Union 12. Because these two work most evenings, we decided to do an early morning engagement session at good ol’ Metea Park in Fort Wayne.
This sunrise session was beautiful! We started at the tall grass which looked golden in the morning. From there, we walked to all sides of the park to capture a lot of variety for Sara and Austin. Sara wore a long sleeve, burgundy colored dress will accent belle sleeves, paired with tall brown boots! Austin matched with a plain grey quarter zip pullover, dark blue jeans, and brown shoes. These two rocked it!
Typically with our couples, the gals are way more excited for the photos then their partners. Austin on the other hand had a great attitude about it! He didn’t need any warm up time in front of the camera. These two were natural with each other from the beginning to the end of their session with us.
This sunrise session went great – These two were a piece of cake to photograph! We are excited to share Sara and Austin’s beautiful engagement session and are even more excited for their wedding next year at Union 12! Until then, happy planning!
-Dustin & Corynn
When Groovy Guy Gifts reached out to us, we were super excited! As wedding photographers, we really love to support small businesses, especially ones that help take the stress off wedding planning for our brides and grooms. This company does just that! We’ve even had to opportunity to see first hand the quality of their products. We picked what we thought some of our groomsmen would like, which is the personalized box with a unique engraved flask and pocket knife. We are really excited to share this service with our couples because of the ease and convenience of the process. One of the best parts about Groovy Guy Gifts is that all of the customization is free – There is also free shipping! Some other gifts that stood out to us were the personalized wallet, the caricature iron flask, and the combat travel bag! So why don’t you head over their website and save yourself some wedding stress? Not planning a wedding? Well, this company does more than groomsmen gifts… They also have an awesome selection of Christmas gifts. Go check them out (CLICK ME)!
Olivia and Austin are married! You may remember them from their super sweet Clear Lake engagement session with us. You can see all of those photos and read about their session here (CLICK ME)! We are so excited to share their awesome wedding day details and photos. Here’s their big day…
The day started at Olivia’s family home. Her and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting the hair and makeup done while sipping on mimosas. Olivia gifted each of her bridesmaids a custom tote with different phrases on them describing everyone uniquely and shirts monogrammed with everyone’s initials. Even their little dog was dressed to par in his little Velcro tux! After getting ready, everyone headed over to the church. Once everyone was at the church, Olivia was helped in to bed dress by her mom, and her bridesmaids helped with jewelry and shoes – beautiful details! Olivia and her girls hung out in a different part of the church while the guys arrived (couldn’t spoil that first look down the aisle), then it was ceremony time!
The ceremony was held at St. jude Catholic Church. Once everyone was seated, Olivia and her dad made their way down the aisle. After a super sweet ceremony, these two were married! They were just smitten and so happy!
The best part is that the rain for the day held off for awhile! This poor couple went through a lot of unfortunate weather while scheduling their engagement session with us – rain rain and more rain! Because of all their trouble with the weather while scheduling their engagement session, we were sure there would be good weather on the wedding day! We were half right! A lot of the day was sunny, but it poured rain at one point! Luckily, the weather was beautiful and sunny leading up to the ceremony and some of the time after. After the ceremony, everyone hopped in to the trolly. Our first stop was Olivia’s grandma’s house. She had passed away recently and Olivia wanted to incorporate her into their big day! Given the incoming weather, we ended up doing all of the bridal party photos there. After it started raining, everyone hopped back in the trolly where we stopped at the Deerpark Irish Pub! Since we couldn’t take photos in the rain, we could at least take pictures in the bar! Olivia and Austin has great spirits about the weather too. They made the most out of the situation! After enjoying some quality time with each other and a few beers, it was time for the reception!
The reception was at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. There were wild flowers and greenery decorating everything and a beautiful cake covered in florals. This wedding reception was just down right beautiful! Olivia’s dad gave a wonderful toast, as did the best man and maid of honor. Lots and lots of happy tears! Family is very important to Olivia and Austin. You may recognize Olivia’s now maiden name, Henry! She is Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry’s niece. This wedding was so awesome to be apart of. Every detail was so thought through and unique to them as a couple. We have enjoyed getting to know you guys through this awesome and happy part of your lives – We wish you a happy marriage!
-Dustin & Corynn
Samantha and Josh are married! It was a beautiful fall day for a wedding. Everything about their big day was calm, fun, and unique to them as a family. Here are some more details about their special day and photos to match! Just wait until you see pictures of their adorable 1 year old son…
The whole day was at Pokagon State Park and the beautiful Potawatomi Inn on Lake James. The trees were already turning colors and the air was chilly – perfect weather for Samatha! She didn’t want a hot wedding day. Samantha was one of the best brides we’ve had the pleasure to work with – laid back, not worried about every detail of the day, and just happy to be around the people she loves. That said, we thought it was so special when Samantha got excited about her wedding dress. She LOVED it. It was sweet to see her “bride out” about this one-of-kind detail! After getting ready and spending some time with her bridesmaids and adorable flower girl, Samantha and Josh had there first look (in the beautiful autumn woods, of course). It was as sweet as it can get folks, especially when they brought their 1-year old son Liam into the moment. Gah. This made us miss our babies that were with our family for the day!
After a super sweet first look and some bridal party photos, it was ceremony time! These guys got married on the patio of the Potawatomi Inn overlooking the lake – It was beautiful. After Samantha walked down the aisle, she and Josh completed a sand ceremony to symbolize their unity in marriage. The two kissed and were married! We shot some family portraits after the ceremony than took Samantha and Josh for the most epic sunset portrait on the dock. It was chilly, but these two persevered and stuck with us! What happened next? Reception time!
Once everyone was seated in the reception hall at the Inn, Samantha, Josh, and their bridal party made their entrances! There were succulent themed cupcakes and little succulent wedding favors for guests – they were so cute! The night included sweet toasts, yummy cake (the kids were very excited about that), and a lot of dancing (the kids were also very excited about this). We loved having the opportunity to capture all of the moments of your wedding day. We wish you guys the happiest marriage!
-Dustin & Corynn
Grace and Aaron are married! It seems like just yesterday when we were at Valparaiso University shooting their engagement session. Check out our other blog post to read all about the fun time we had with them at Valparaiso (CLICK ME)!
We’d like to start this by saying a what a pleasure it has been to work with Aaron and Grace. Everything about the day was sweet, nice, quirky, and special to them. Both of their families were so genuine and welcoming. Needless to say, we had a blast shooting their big day and couldn’t be more happy with how their photos came out. Here are all the sweet highlights of their wedding day with pictures and more!
The whole day started off awesome. We arrived at the church and all of sudden, Grace pulls up with her dad in his bright red corvette! Talk about an epic arrival. While grace entered the church at a different door (couldn’t spoil that first look down the aisle), Aaron greeted his family members before the ceremony. Boutineers and corsages were also passed out at this time. Grace twirled and smiled on her way into the church. First, this made for some adorable photos and secondly, showed us how fun loving and awesome this day was going to be. Grace’s bridesmaids wore beautiful sage green dresses – They finished their wedding day look with low, curly buns and smokey eye makeup. At the church, Grace added the veil and some accessories to her beautiful ensemble. All flowers for the day were provided by Rose’s Bouquets, a Fort Wayne wedding-only florist (and they did a stunning job on Grace and Aaron’s flowers). Aaron laughed and hung out with his groomsmen and family before the day’s events began – Nothing but excitement from both Grace and Aaron. Oh! We can’t leave out the fact that there were several “dabs” throughout the day – one of the many fun sides we saw while working with these these two.
The ceremony was held at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. After bow ties were straightened, bouquets distributed, and dresses fluffed, it was ceremony time! One by one, Grace’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle and Aaron and his groomsmen got in position. Then Grace and her father made their walk towards the altar. The ceremony sweet simply because of the amount of love Grace and Aaron exuded. This ceremony in particular had an interesting metaphor of ships and captains that kept us hooked in a listening the whole time – We had never heard a ceremony quite like this in our 11 years as wedding photographers. Unique and fun, just like Grace and Aaron! After the ceremony, we did family portraits.
We were watching the weather all day – It was supposed to rain, but it kept getting pushed back so we were able to go to downtown Fort Wayne and take bridal party photos. We were so thankful for the change of weather! After photos downtown, we all headed to the reception! The reception was at the beautiful Fort Wayne Country Club. These two engineers know how to party! Just as we got inside after taking some pictures at the country club, rain started to pour… talk about good timing. After everyone made it inside to be seated, the bridal party made their fun entrances. There were toasts, a Debrands chocolate giveaway, a rainbow after the storms, cake, dancing, really really good food, laughs, and more laughs. We had such a fun day and evening spent with these two and their families. It was an honor taking photos on your guys’ wedding day – We hope you enjoy them for a lifetime!
-Dustin & Corynn
P.S. Can we be best friends? Cool, thanks.
Taylor and Cory are married! You may remember them from their awesome engagement session with us a while back – You can read all about our fun time with them here (CLICK ME)! Taylor is a fellow wedding photographer! When she asked us to shoot their own wedding, we were ecstatic! Working with another photographer is just the best, especially when they are on the other side of the camera for a change.
Taylor and Cory have a special family connection to the lake. Lake Wawasee in Syracuse Indiana was the location for both their engagement session and their wedding! These two started the day getting ready at Taylor’s family lake home. Everything was so pretty and cozy! Taylor and her girls had her condo, while the guys got ready at the Ford estate. The girls shared laughs and some yummy mimosas. After the final getting ready touches were complete, Taylor put on her dress! She was helped in the beautiful a-line dress from Anthropologie. Taylor and Cory had a smaller bridal party, but they were as awesome as ever.
After getting ready, Taylor and Cory their first look in the beautiful woods around the lake. Cory was in complete awe at the beauty of his bride! Because of the smaller wedding party, we had plenty of time for photos of just Taylor and Cory! After a little walking and photo taking, we found a little bench where the two exchanged gifts. Taylor was given a beautiful ring with their wedding date engraved on it. Cory was given cufflinks with his initials on them. After a few more pictures of these two, it was ceremony time! The ceremony was under a beautiful covered pavilion decorated with fall accents for the wedding. Taylor walked down the aisle with her dad (so did their adorable pup) and Taylor and Cory were married! The ceremony was followed by family and bridal party photos. Then it was party time!
The reception was on the S.S. Lillypad, a sweet banquet hall on the waters of Lake Wawasee! There were home videos shown, touching toasts made, and lots of loved shared. This boat was filled with nothing but happiness for Taylor and Cory. The night ended in s’mores and a cozy fire. We had such a fun time with Taylor, Cory, and their friends and family. Thank you for trusting us with your big day! Best of wishes to you guys.
-Dustin & Corynn