Valerie & Josh // Orchard Ridge Country Club Wedding

Valerie & Josh // Orchard Ridge Country Club Wedding

Valerie and Josh are finally married! Despite planning their wedding during COVID-19, these two planned a super fun and safe day for family and guests. Read on to learn more about this Orchard Ridge Country Club wedding and see some (a lot) of our favorite photos!

The wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. This is where Valerie and her bridesmaids got ready for the big day! Valerie’s bridesmaids helped her get into her dress and helped her get ready for walking down the aisle! Josh and his groomsmen arrived to the church a little before the ceremony and hung out in a different part of the church! Valerie and Josh wanted to wait until the ceremony to see each other, so there was no first look! Before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony.

Guests found their seats, then the wedding party walked down the aisle one by one. Josh patiently waited for his bride! Valerie and her dad walked down the aisle towards Josh. Valerie’s dad joined her and Josh’s hands and gave her away. After a real and sweet message of love and unity from Father Jay, Valerie and Josh exchanged vows, rings, and a kiss! The two were officially married!

After the ceremony, we took a family portraits inside the church and then a few outside of the church as well. We headed to the beautiful Lakeside Rose Gardens for more photos after. It was so beautiful and sunny on their wedding day – We could not have asked for more beautiful weather! After spending some time at the gardens, Valerie and Josh wanted to take a moment to see Valerie’s mom’s grave. She passed away a few years ago. They took time to say hi to her and pray. It was bitter sweet and meant the world to them to do this on their wedding day.

The reception was held at the awesome Orchard Ridge Country Club. While dinner and toasts were on the inside, the reception itself was outside under a tent on the patio! After toasts, dinner, and cake cutting, everyone headed outside for music, dancing, and fun! Around sunset, we took Valerie and Josh out on to the golf course for some dreamy golden hour photos! Those are probably some of our favorites from the day.

We loved capturing this sweet Orchard Ridge Country Club wedding. To Valerie and Josh, we wish you guys good health and happiness on this new path of marriage! We love you guys!

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn

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Alex & Chris // Backyard Fort Wayne Wedding

Alex & Chris // Backyard Fort Wayne Wedding

Wow! What a day. Alex and Chris are married. Due to COVID-19, these two had less than a month and a half to replan their entire wedding. Despite all the challenges that came with that, these two and their awesome families threw one heck of a wedding. Read of for more details from their sweet backyard Fort Wayne wedding and see some of our favorite photos… We can’t get enough of this wedding!

For Alex and her bridesmaids, the day started at the Warehouse Salon and Spa! One of Alex’s bridesmaids owns this salon, so of course they had to get ready there. Everyone spent the morning laughing and getting glam for the day. Once everyone was done getting their hair and makeup done, we headed over to Alex’s family home where she grew up and where the wedding ceremony and reception would later be held.

By the time we all arrived to Alex’s family home, the amazing crew at Empyrean Events and Catering were already busy setting up for the wedding day. We can all thank Alex the stellar wedding planner for that (Alex at the Empyrean, not Alex our bride)! After relaxing for a bit and enjoying a mimosa or two, Alex got into her dress and her mom and bridesmaids helped add all the final getting ready details. Alex did a first look with her dad on the back patio once she was all ready. His reaction was something along the lines of “Well this is the prettiest sight my eyes ever did see” and meant it will all his heart. It was so sweet. Around this time, Empyrean Designs delivered the most beautiful bouquets! The work magic on flowers.

After the first look with her dad, Alex and Chris had their first look! There was a beautiful waterfall feature in the backyard going to the pond, so that’s where we did it. These two were all smiles and beyond excited. Chris could not get enough of his soon to be bride! From here, we moved into some sweet portrait time and knocked out family portraits and wedding party photos. Before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony!

The ceremony area was in the front yard, with the front path creating the aisle. There was a tall wooden arch decorated in silk flowers, surrounded by beautiful landscaping and lush, green trees. This location was quite picture perfect! Guests began to arrive and eventually found their seats, then the ceremony began. Alex’s step dad and mom walked her outside around the house and met Alex’s dad to walk her the rest of the way. It’s so sweet when family can share those precious moments. Alex and her dad met Chris at the end of the aisle, where hugs and blessings were exchanged. Alex and Chris exchanged vows, laughed joyously often, exchanged rings, and kissed! They were officially husband and wife!

After the ceremony, Alex and Chris visited with friends and family for a bit, then we snuck them away for a few more portraits. The Empyrean catering staff kept guests fed and happy during cocktail hour, then everyone headed inside the tent up the hill for the reception. This reception was so fun! Not only were their some hilarious toasts, including one from Alex’s little nephew, the Sweetwater All Stars band was there for entertainment and music all night long! It was a rocking reception with great food, fun toasts, and lots and lots of sweet moments. Oh, and a ton of dancing too!

Capturing Alex and Chris’ wedding day was so much fun. This was a one of a kind day and we are so thankful for the opportunity to photograph this sweet backyard Fort Wayne wedding. To Alex and Chris, we wish you two good luck back home in Denver Colorado as you start this new path of marriage!

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn

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Tori & Derrek // Indianapolis Wedding at the Willows

Tori & Derrek // Indianapolis Wedding at the Willows

Tori and Derrek are married! This Indianapolis Wedding at the Willows Event Center was beyond stunning. From gorgeous floral arrangements to a warm sunny outdoor ceremony, this wedding was so sweet. Read on for more details from their big day and see some our favorite photos!

Tori and Derrek’s day started at the beautiful Willows Event Center in Indianapolis. We’ve photographer here in the past, but never in the ballroom. It was set up so beautifully, with light blue and white decor, and centerpieces made by Tori’s dad! Behind the ballroom reception hall were two getting ready spaces with a TON of natural light. These spaces are where the wedding party got ready for the day! After hair and makeup, Tori and her bridesmaids got dressed. Tori’s mom helped her into her dress. Then Tori did a first look with all of her beautiful bridesmaids, which naturally led into a sweet group hug and a bunch of “awww”s. Tori added her final getting ready details of shoes, jewelry, and other accessories, then she was ready for the ceremony! Derrek and his guys got ready in the other getting ready space. Once everyone was ready, we took each group out for some bridesmaids photos and groomsmen photos, then rested until the ceremony!

The ceremony had live musicians singing and playing instruments, making the outdoor ceremony so romantic. Tori’s dad even sang a song before the ceremony started. It was awesome. Once guests and family found their seats, pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down the aisle to their places. Then Tori’s dad escorted her down the aisle. Tori and Derrek’s eyes met and the rest.. well, was super super sweet. They were nothing but excited and over joyed with emotion and love. They put together a cross, took communion together, said their vows, exchanged rings, and kissed! Then they were officially husband and wife.

After the ceremony, we knocked out family photos and some wedding party photos, then had an awesome golden hour moment with sun peeking through the trees when we did the veil shots. They are pure magic! Check them out below.

The reception was great. The toasts were sweet and funny, the photo booth was poppin’, and the dancing went all evening long. We got to see one of our past couples at the wedding too, Danielle and Bernie (click here to see their sweet wedding day). While guests made their way outside to get sparklers for the sparkler exit, Tori and Derrek had one last dance, just the two of them in their empty reception hall. It was a sweet moment for the two of them to share at the end of their wedding day. After the song ended, they ran outside through the sparklers and got in Derrek’s dad’s yellow Corvette. Yeah, it was awesome!

We loved capturing Tori and Derrek’s Indianapolis Willows Event Center wedding day! It was a warm, sunny day filled with a lot of love and a lot of awesome people. We wish you two nothing but happiness as you start this new road of marriage together. We love you guys!

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn (and Lily)

 

Victoria & Brennan // Orchid Event Center Wedding

Victoria & Brennan // Orchid Event Center Wedding

Victoria and brennen are married! These two tied the knot at the beautiful Victory Life Church in New Haven, Indiana. Read on to learn more about this sweet Orchid Event Center wedding and see some of our favorite photos and moments from the day!

The day started at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. This is where everyone got ready for the big day and where Victoria and Brennen had their first look! After Victoria’s bridal look was complete, we took her and Brennen outside for their first look. It was so sweet! Naturally, this led into a portrait session with the soon-to-be newlyweds! Before leaving for Victory Life Church, we photographed the wedding party and were even able to take some beautiful family photos in this time (The property of the seminary is so beautiful. There is so much to photograph including some gorgeous weeping willows and tree lined paths and ponds too! It’s seriously awesome.) After photos at the seminary, we headed to the church to get ready for the ceremony!

The ceremony was stunning, and that’s an understatement. The aisle was lined with beautiful greenery and candles, while the ceremony stage had a geometric arch decked out with fresh jewel toned florals by the amazing crew at Bridal Blooms in Fort Wayne (Instagram: @BridalBloomsFW). It was probably one of the most beautiful floral arch we’ve seen! After family and guests found their seats, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, and ring bearers made their way down the aisle. Before you knew it, Victoria and her dad were walking down the aisle! During the ceremony, a video of Victoria’s Grandpa, Grandpa Love, was shared. Because of the virus, he couldn’t be at the wedding for risk of getting it. So rather, he shared a sweet message to his Granddaughter Victoria and his new Grandson Brennen. He could not have been more proud of the two of them. After the sweet video, Victoria and Brennen tied a cord of three strands, exchanged vows and rings, and kissed! They were officially husband and wife.

After the ceremony, we moved the gorgeous floral arch outside the church for more family photos! It was too pretty not to photograph with. Then we headed to the reception at the awesome Orchid Event Center, just minutes away. When guests arrived, they all headed to the outdoor pavilion for cocktail hour. A little while later, the hall was opened to guests and family. Everyone found their seats inside the event center and the wedding party made their entrances! The toasts were sweet as can be and dinner was delicious. The tables were also decked out in stunning florals and sweet modern decor. It really was picture perfect! Victoria worked at the Orchid Event Center, so both Victoria and Brennen are super close with the owners family (photographed below)! It was so special for them to have their wedding at a place so important to them.

After dinner, everyone headed outside to the pavilion again for the remainder of the reception. There was a fun donut wall, a ton of beautifully decorated cupcakes, and a stunning cake with flowers! Guests found seats and watched the first dances. The most memorable part of the first dances was that Victoria’s sister got to dance with their dad. She never got to dance with her dad at her wedding, so this was an incredibly emotional surprise for her. Half way through Victoria’s dance with her dad, she pulled her sister out to the dance floor. It was so sweet!

This Orchid Event Center Wedding was absolutely beautiful. We loved capturing Victoria and Brennen’s big day and witnessing the two of them get married. We wish you both nothing but good healthy and lots of happiness as you start this new path of marriage together.

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn

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Rachel & Patrick // Fountain Square Theatre Wedding

Rachel & Patrick // Fountain Square Theatre Wedding

Rachel and Patrick are married! You might remember these two from their epic lake James engagement session over the summer. If not, click here to learn more about Rachel and Patrick and see some of their beautiful engagement photos (CLICK ME)! Now that you’ve seen their engagement blog, then it’s time to hear all about their beautiful Fountain Square Theatre wedding…

The day started at a gorgeous, newly renovated airbnb! When we pulled up to the house, we were absolutely shocked… The home was just recently renovated and restored by HGTV’s Good Bones. Corynn literally saw that house on TV earlier in the week. It was such a one-of-a-kind experience and a huge surprise. We spent some time capturing Rachel getting into her dress and adding final details of jewelry and shoes, then photographed the sweetest first look with her bridesmaids. Then we all headed to the beautiful Saint Joan of Arc Church near Butler’s campus for the ceremony!

While Rachel and her bridesmaids got ready at that sweet airbnb, Patrick and his groomsmen got ready at the Church. Patrick wore these awesome boots and had a special pocket watch to wear with his suit throughout the day. When he was finished getting ready, we set Rachel and Patrick up in a sweet stained glass room in the church so they could read their letters to each other (with no peeking), then everyone waited for the ceremony to begin!

The ceremony was so sweet. Once guests found their seats, the groomsmen made their way to their places and family and bridesmaids walked down the aisle. Before we knew it, Rachel and her dad were making their way down the aisle towards Patrick. Needless to say, Patrick’s face was nothing but pure joy! The ceremony commenced, and Rachel and Patrick were officially husband and wife! After the ceremony, we snapped some family photos at the church. Since church is very important to both Rachel and Patrick, we made sure to allow for plenty of time for photos inside and outside of the church. After capturing the newlyweds there, we headed to the Holcomb Gardens on Butler’s campus where we took fun photos on a bridge and got some epic veil shots. Rachel and Patrick memorialized their covid-19 wedding with two Corona beers! It was awesome!

After portrait time, everyone headed to the insanely beautiful Fountain Square Theatre for the reception! The historic theatre had been fully restored and the ceiling had been painted to look like the sky. Walking into the space, you can’t help but feel like you’re in Italy! There were toasts, first dances, and a very special dance by our bride and groom which was by far the biggest highlight from the wedding day. Rachel and Patrick changed clothes and recreated the classic dancing scene in the finale of Dirty Dancing. It was so memorable and fun! Guests and family danced the night away and spent the evening laughing, sharing, and celebrating Rachel and Patrick’s awesome new union.

Rachel and Patrick’s entire wedding day was picture perfect and so sweet and fun. They truly made our jobs easy (and made the day so memorable)! It was our first time at the Fountain Square Theatre in Indianapolis, and we hope it’s not our last. Thank you guys for choosing us to capture your most special day. We hope to work with you guys in the future and capturing more memories for you guys! Best wishes on your new journey of marriage.

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn

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Josilyn & Brandon // Empyrean Wedding

Josilyn & Brandon // Empyrean Wedding

Josilyn & Brandon are married! Their Empyrean wedding was an absolutely dream. Read on to learn more about these two awesome people and see some of our favorite photos!

The days events were held at the Empyrean Event Center in the beautiful city of Fort Wayne. It is such a good space to hold weddings! There are a ton of getting ready spaces with gorgeous natural lighting and even a space to hold a ceremony. The multi-level venue is an amazing place to host a wedding!

Josilyn and all of her special ladies got ready at the Empyrean and spent the morning hanging out and doing their hair and makeup! Once they were all ready, Josilyn’s mom helped her into her dress, then she did a first look with her bridesmaids – Yes, it was adorable! Brandon and his guys got ready in another room on the other side of the venue! Once everyone was ready, it was ceremony time!

The ceremony space is stunning – There are near floor to ceiling windows all around the whole space with gorgeous views of downtown Fort Wayne. Guests and family found their seats, then pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen made their way down the aisle. Moments later, Josilyn and her dad walked through the double doors leading in the space, turned the corner, and walked down the aisle to her soon to be husband. Josilyn and Brandon exchanged vows and rings, then kissed! They were officially husband and wife.

After the ceremony, we headed over with the newlyweds and wedding party near the old General Electric buildings! The brick paved streets and golden lighting were so charming and made for some super sweet photos. After photos, we headed back to the Empyrean for dinner, toasts, cake cutting, and lots and lots of dancing! It was a super fun night filled with awesome people celebrating two more awesome people!

We loved capturing this gorgeous Empyrean wedding. We especially loved working with these two amazing people and their families. To Josilyn and Brandon, we wish you guys nothing but happiness and good health as you start your new marriage! Looking forward to capture you two in the future.

Cheers,
– Dustin & Corynn

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