Carmel Ritz Charles Romantic Blush + Mixed Metals Summer Wedding // Kelsey & Drew

“I surrender who I’ve been for who you are. Nothing makes me stronger than your fragile heart.” // Sleeping At Last

Last weekend I had the fortune of spending my Saturday with two extraordinarily fun, loving, silly, and amazing people. Kelsey + Drew’s romantic blush, silver, and gold wedding at The Ritz Charles in Carmel was an absolute blast. It was a hot day in late June in Indiana, so it was also a sweaty day, but we made it all work. (Find all the shade!)

If you never had a chance to read Kelsey + Drew’s engagement session blog post, I definitely urge you to check it out. Not only was their engagement session super colorful and fun but their story of how they came together was also pretty great. These two musicians came together in December of 2013 and then got engaged the following December were definitely made for each other. Balancing each other out and bringing light to all those around them. It definitely made spending their special day with them even more special. I had so much fun working with them!

From a bright and sunny first look at West Park in Carmel, to beautiful portraits with their fun wedding party by a big shady tree, to a touching ceremony, to beautiful toasts and first dances, ending the evening in dancing and a cloud of confetti to say I left their wedding with my heart full is an understatement, it was overflowing.

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Colorful Downtown Indianapolis Fall Engagement Session // Kelsey & Drew

“If hope is life, then we’re the living... Here with you, the path has meaning.” // Worth the Wait by Milo

So today must be a Throwback... Tuesday? Because today I’m gonna show y’all some colorful magic I captured from last November of Kelsey + Drew in Downtown Indianapolis. We traveled all around City Way, around The Alexander Hotel, and Fountain Square capturing their love.

It was a snowy night in December of 2013 when Kelsey and Drew shared their first date. A first date perfect for two musicians Drew invited Kelsey to a show he was drumming in. Before the show they had dinner but it was during the show where Kelsey felt the magic. While Drew performed she watched in awe feeling like she was the only person in the crowd and he was performing just for her. Their love only grew over the next year and after a wonderful dinner at Eddie Merlot’s Drew brought Kelsey back to a white rose lined hallway to the presidential suite of The Alexander Hotel. It was here that Drew got down on one knee and proposed to Kelsey. After she said yes, Kelsey’s family joined them for celebratory drinks. After all of the anniversary and proposal festivities that evening were complete they had an engagement party at Kelsey’s parent’s house the next day!

These two have had such a fun and wonderful beginning that it was hard to top all of that with their engagement photos. It was a brisk day in November and Downtown Indianapolis was full of Colts fans. We worked our way through the crowds and made the best of what we had and I think we did a pretty darn good job. They said they liked color... they got color!! We started off their engagement session at a really cool record art display at The Alexander where they got engaged. Record art display for two musicians at the hotel they were engaged at?! Awwww yeeeeah!

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Zionsville Fall Engagement Session // Cara & Nick

Brisk air, fall colors, a sweet pup, and an adorable couple in love.

Last fall I had got to have a blast in the cold Midwestern air photographing two amazing people! I figured before I blog Cara + Nick’s wedding from last Saturday I would share their engagement session on the blog! First, they’re just too adorable to NOT share the blog. Secondly, its a nice way to reminisce on our first meeting last year before we look at their full wedding blog!

So there’s not MUCH to talk about because I’m gonna have PLENTY to say about these two tomorrow but I’m so excited to show you how adorable these two are.

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Noblesville Mill Top Glam Fall Wedding // Kim & Matt

“Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you.” // How Falling in Love Is Like Owning A Dog by Taylor Mali

Last October I had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the sweetest people ever at their big day at The Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center in Noblesville. It was a fun day full of friends and family celebrating Kim + Matt coming together at a beautiful fall wedding surrounded by exposed brick, gorgeous flowers, and twinkle lights. I met Kim + Matt through my past bride and groom Laura + Jon. I remember Kim’s red hair swinging around on the dance floor at their wedding and her own wedding was no exception. These two adorable gingers tied must be well loved because they tied the knot to a packed house and danced the night away surrounded by tons of people!

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Downtown Indianapolis Regions Tower Fall Wedding // Lindsey & Dave

“Tell me that you want me, and I’ll be yours completely, for better or for worse.” // Kodaline

My oh my, oh my, oh my! This wedding ladies and gentleman. This wedding is definitely up there in like top five favorite weddings from last year. Not to say anything bad AT ALL about my other weddings from 2015. I love each and every one of my clients. They are all amazing and beautiful people committing themselves to each other for life. That in itself is the reason why I do what I do. To tell love stories. But when you have a super fun loving couple paired with an equally fun wedding party, more time for photos than I’ve ever known what to do with, delicious food, heart warming toasts, a sunset, AND a beautiful rainbow come together into one amazing wedding. Well it’s every photographers dream.

Lindsey + Dave are possibly some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met! One of my favorite things is when my clients become my friends and I feel like Lindsey and I are sisters from another mister! (P.S. She sends the best snapchats of usually one of three things: her/her & Dave at a sporting event, her super sweet pup, or whatever alcoholic drink she is enjoying at that time. Needless to say, I love her and her snaps.) But I digress... Lindsey and Dave tied the knot on what appeared to be a cold, windy, overcast day in our beautiful capital city Indianapolis. On the fifth floor of the Region’s Tower they exchanged vows, shed tears, danced, laughed, and had the best of times celebrating their nuptials. By the end of their ceremony we thought we weren’t going to have much more than some orangey clouds in the distance for a sunset. But low and behold the clouds cleared and not only did we have an exquisite sunset but a rainbow! A flippin’ rainbow y’all. It was great. Aside from all of the amazing things any photographer would dream of having on a wedding day, I was absolutely honored to be there and witness and document their memories. I feel lucky to have met and been chosen by them and working with them has truly reminded me of why I love what I do.

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Indianapolis Geeks In Love Gaming Convention Wedding // Lisa & Dave

“What Does That Make Us?” “Big Damn Lovebirds, Sir.” “Ain’t We Just?” // Firefly (modified)

What happens when you put two big damn lovebirds (tee hee), an engagement session, elephants, a gaming convention, a LARP, and a wedding all in one weekend? You get a big damn blog post of the whole shindig!

Lisa + Dave chose to wed surrounded by all of their friends and family at the local FREE gaming convention Whosyer Con at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. It’s only fitting since the two of them met in convention scene. These two have some of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. They volunteer their time and work incredibly hard at several conventions every year in order to support their friends, chosen family, and the fandoms they love so much. It’s no wonder that there wasn’t an empty seat in the house at their ceremony, there were even people even standing in the back just to watch them tie the knot! So buckle your seat belts kids and hold on for the ride because this blog post is going to be a long one but I promise it will be full of happiness and two people crazy in love surrounded by amazing friends and family!

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Cicero Bright & Fun Backyard Wedding // Mackenzie & Casey

"Nothing can bring a real sense of security into a home except true love." // Billy Graham

My most favorite thing about Mackenzie and Casey's wedding is it started at home. Held on Mackenzie's parents property, where the couple spent a lot of their time. The couple exchanged vows on the bride's parents' front porch surrounded by 200 of their closest family and friends. Yes, two. hundred. Trust me, if you knew this amazing couple, you would understand why 200 people would want to see them tie the knot. They're the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met.

After their ceremony everyone joined for a tented reception in the backyard with food, music and dancing. It was definitely a fun time!

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2015 Favorite Images of the Year // Wedding Portraits

“Goin' to the chapel and we're, gonna get married.” // The Dixie Cups

The wedding day is a crazy day of fun. Mostly photojournalistic with moments and documentation but I do have time to create some portraits for people. Of the bride, the groom, the wedding party, all of the people involved. These are the chances I get to be creative with the people involved on the wedding day. I love working with real people which creates challeneges but that's the best part! Most of these photos are bride and groom individuals with a few wedding party photos that I just love. Let’s ch-ch-check them out!

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