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June 5, 2018

Intimate Wedding at The Ruins in Indianapolis


Last month I had the opportunity to capture an intimate, elopement style wedding in Indianapolis for some family friends. Though I love big, traditional weddings (and had one myself), there was something so pure and beautiful about the simplicity of this occasion. There weren’t any first looks or getting ready photos–just images of the family members helping each other pin on flowers as they arrived for the ceremony at the Ruins at Holliday Park.

This was my first time visiting the Ruins, and I loved the concept of repurposing famous sculptures in this new design. As we made some portraits, families with children dipped their feet in the fountain and played in the grass, and we all enjoyed the sunshine and crystalline blue skies.

When everyone had arrived, family members gathered around Danielle and Mark as they said their wedding vows, and gave them big hugs after they were announced as husband and wife. Since everyone in attendance was a close family member, Danielle and Mark signed their marriage license right then and there on the stones of the fountain.

After we finished up at The Ruins, we headed down to Monument Circle for some photos on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. As I know from my years in DC, white stone in the sunshine makes for truly magical light, and it felt so great to be shooting in the heart of my new city in those familiar conditions. We wrapped up with a quick walk to St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, another classic Indy landmark.

This was my first chance to shoot at some of the most famous places in Indianapolis, and I think it’s safe to say that I’m falling for my new city.

Mark and Danielle, thank you for inviting me along to capture your wedding! I had so much fun getting to know you and some of your favorite spots in Indianapolis.

  1. Connie Morris says:

    Rachel I loved the pictures! Beautiful! You caught some very beautiful and unique backgrounds that just made it look elegant but not stuffy. Very much family! Just what Danielle and Mark wanted. Connie

    • Rachael Foster says:

      Thank you, Connie! I’m so glad that you loved the photos–it was my pleasure to capture this day!

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