I'm so glad you're here! This is where you can keep up with my latest weddings, engagements, and family sessions as well as my personal artistic projects and paleo-ish recipe hacks. It's a great way to get to know me and my work, and I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas for future posts in the comments.
It’s been a long time since I updated the blog regularly. Fall of 2020 was a bit of a blur for our family after Griffin and I came back from our tenth anniversary trip, and I had a big surge of work at the end of December.
By the time I finished editing and delivering everything, I was in the midst of a home renovation project that sucked up all of my free time. And then a global pandemic arrived and I lost all of my childcare.
Like all of you, I have been struggling to find my new normal in these crazy times. And I’ve discovered that as much as I love my children and my home, I miss my work.
All of that to say, I have not forgotten all of my wonderful weddings, engagements, and family sessions from the last six-plus months, and I’ll be slowly adding them to blog as I have time.
I can’t say there will be much rhyme or reason to the order of these posts, but I wanted to share this wedding first since it was such an epic celebration, and I think we all need a bit of bright light these days! Emily Ventura Designs did an amazing job planning this day and overseeing the all-star vendor team.
We started our day with Providence and her bridal party at the Westin and I got to photograph a gorgeous gold-embossed invitation suite created by Oliver Twist Paper. Of course, I was also lucky to be working with Gina at Pomp and Bloom, who sent me extra ribbon and florals for styling this beauty.
I also loved the details of Prov’s dress, shoes, and jewelry. They had the perfect amount of old world glamor for a New Year’s Eve wedding!
One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is seeing the bride go from her robe and pajamas to her gown (and capturing the reaction of her family and friends!) Prov and her ladies really soaked up these moments and I loved capturing all of the laughter and tears.
While I was at the Westin, I visited Nate and his groomsmen to capture a little of their morning. It was a much smaller space (as the groom’s room often is) and it was hard to fit all the guys in one spot. After I had taken some of my details and portraits, Emily and I looked at each other and said, “What if we asked the guys to get on the bed like the girls?”
Honestly, I have never done this before, but this group of guys seemed like they would rock something slightly off-book, and they totally did.
Fortunately, Prov ended up loving the photos of the guys and posted them to Instagram to ask, “Who did it better?” I thought I’d do the same. What do you think?
Once everyone was dressed and ready, we traveled to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Old Southside for the wedding ceremony. The interior of the church was still decorated from Christmas with evergreens and twinkle lights, and I loved how they were softly glowing in the background as Prov and Nate exchanged vows.
As you scroll through the ceremony, be on the lookout for the little ring bearer sprinting up and down the aisle–probably one of my favorite moments.
After the ceremony, we headed to Monument Circle for portraits of the wedding party. Outdoor portraits at a winter wedding in Indy call for capes and hand warmers no matter what, but we had a particularly cold and blustery day.
We worked as fast as we could and stopped for several breaks to warm up the ladies (not to mention the photographers!) But I’m so happy we braved the cold. After getting portraits of the bridal party, we staged a sparkler exit and made a few portraits of Prov and Nate by themselves.
We also wanted to photograph the wedding party inside so we could capture all the details of the ladies’ attire. I love the windows overlooking the Circle at The Columbia Club, so we set up some off-camera lights and got to work.
I love how the soft flash brings out the textures in Prov’s bouquet and the sparkles on her gown!
While the wedding party took a break, we got to photograph all the details of the reception spaces before the party started. I was so impressed with mixed height staging and decor by A Classic Party Rental and the floral centerpieces and table runners by Pomp and Bloom. Since the Columbia Club already goes above and beyond in decorating for the holidays, there were lights and greenery everywhere. And while you’re scrolling, make sure you appreciate that modern masterpiece of a wedding cake by Heavenly Sweets!
This celebration was one for the books. If you want to host a New Year’s Eve wedding, take notes from Prov and Nate and hire an amazing entertainer (like DJ Lockstar), who will keep the party going all night. With plenty of fun props and a balloon drop at midnight, this is one New Year’s Eve that absolutely lived up to the hype.
Thank you so much to Prov and Nate and their families for inviting me along on this adventure. There were so many beautiful and touching moments in this day that I couldn’t even include in this already long blog post, but I am honored to have been there to capture them. I hope they bring back happy memories over a lifetime of love and happiness.
And thank you to my wonderful team of vendors who made everything so beautiful and so seamless.
Planning and Design: Emily Ventura Designs
Photography: Rachael Foster Photography
Florals: Pomp and Bloom
Reception: The Columbia Club
Ceremony: Sacred Heart
Cake: Heavenly Sweets
Beauty: Kate Shaw
Videography: Fiat Films
Entertainment: DJ Lockstar
Rentals and Decor: A Classic Party Rental
Rentals and Decor: Roots
Stationary: Oliver Twist Paper
Bride’s Fashion: Lazaro Bridal
Groom and Groomsman Attire: The Black Tux
Transportation: Antique Limousine of Indianapolis