To say that we were destined to photograph Jackie and Paul’s wedding would be an understatement. Jackie and Paul met on match.com… so did we. They had sushi on their first date… so did we. They adore Friends (real life friends and the TV show) and… so do we! A long story short and it brought us to their gorgeous wedding at Allure on the Lake in Chesterton, IN.
Their wedding day was full of personal little details including an engraved padlock which has become tradition to lock and leave on the patio fence. Their lock is now placed with all the others who have come before them in a very special tradition.
Colors and Decor
Jackie chose the perfect venue for their wedding. Allure has a great subtle classic look that can be transformed and works with any color. The bridesmaids’ dresses and the flowers gave the perfect pop of color against the grey toned walls and floors of the venue.
Paul is quite talented! He made the altar used during the wedding. He also made the ring box, and many of the other decorations. Together they decorated everything the perfect amount.
A Personal Connection
We have a great personal connection to this family. Chris went to college with the Paul’s brother and sister-in-law and they have been friends for over 20 years. To say exactly how many would date us and we won’t go into those specifics. Paul also went to Purdue University and many of his fellow Boilermakers were at the wedding with them to celebrate.
At sunset we took them out for a few more photos by the pond and gazebo. The light was absolutely perfect and they had an amazing few minutes to themselves.
We are so excited for Jackie and Paul and we can tell that their love for each other, and their passion for Friends, will help them enjoy life together forever.
It has been so great working with Chelsea and Zach! Their engagement session on the streets of Lafayette was really awesome. They were one of the first to be photographed in our new studio as well, and were totally patient and understanding with our big mess. The great thing is we were able to finish up our new studio and Chelsea was able to be our first bride to use the space to get ready in.
I just knew their wedding day was going to be incredible. When Chelsea showed me a photo of her dress, my jaw dropped! It was so stunning! I love all of the colors they chose and their decor was beautiful! The family came together to create the decor, florals, and the cake. A storm had come through the area a month before and destroyed the arbor at The Trails. Chelsea’s grandpa saved the day, building an entire new one from scratch.
We’re so excited to share some (well, a bunch really) of our favorites from this gorgeous fall day!
Things happen for a reason. In the fall of 2017 I was looking for a venue for a special event I organize in Lafayette, called Help Portrait, when I asked my friend Nick at the Rat Pak Venue if his new venue was available. He graciously let us use his space for our event in exchange for me taking photos of his renovation scheduled at the end of the year. And wow, what a transformation he made! Not only did he let us use his space, but he let me tag along in his booth at the Midwest Rentals Bridal Affair, as well as at his open house that night.
It was at RatPak that evening that I met Lindsey and George who were touring the newly renovated space, along with their parents. I had some canvases and albums out, and Lindsey stopped by and started talking to me about our work. I distinctly remember Lindsey saying, “I just love your color, it’s real.” It was that moment I knew we had to work with each other, no matter what, and my dream came true.
Working with these two has been so incredible. Their “real color” is love. Everything they do is love. They balance each other. They are both educators. He’s the planner, she’s the artist. He’s caring, she’s fun. He’s silly, she’s sweet. The words they use to describe each other… and everything I see is their love.
A humongous congratulations to you two! Your wedding day was incredible! Your families were so gracious. You two are amazing!
P.S. Make sure you scroll down to the ring bearer! Epic dancer!
Sarah and Ryan, what an amazing day! Everything was so gorgeous! The time you put into planning your wedding day was well worth it. All of the detail, all of the beauty. I don’t think anything could have been any more incredible!
We so loved being with you and your wedding party! All of the bridesmaids and groomsmen were so fun. We could really tell how much they all love you, and that’s so special. All of your special additions to your day were so sweet. We had never seen a caricature artist at any of our weddings! And the dog treats for your guests’ fur babies was too sweet! We were just honored to spend your day with you and your lovely friends and family. Congratulations to you guys!!!
Sometimes you just know when you meet a couple planning their wedding that there is just something special there. Avery and Wes have been so amazing to work with! They both have truly genuine character and have treated us like family. Avery and her mom, Kathy, planned a gorgeous day at Arborwood with a wedding on the patio, a full dining room of their favorite guests, and a traditional grog to share with everyone.
Avery and Wes’s wedding day was incredible! They always say a little bit of rain on the wedding day is good luck. We certainly had more than a little rain, but the skies cleared just in time to get everything dried off, the sun came out, and everything turned out like a dream.
I met Sarah this year at the Midwest Bridal Affair. She had already booked a wedding photographer but was really interested in doing a fun boudoir session for herself and her fiancé. A few weeks later she called me up and let me know she needed to make new wedding photography arrangements because her photographer was due with her next baby right around the wedding. So better to be safe than in a pinch, she booked us immediately.
These two are so fun! They speak to my heart because they are avid motorcycle riders. While I’m taking a little hiatus from the bike while the kids grow, I do get to envy them a bit. These two met serving up cheeseburgers and chocolate milkshakes. Sometimes Ryan would sneak a few cheeseburgers to Sarah and she’d repay him with chocolate milkshakes.
I can’t wait for their wedding in just a week and a half! It’s going to be an incredible outdoor wedding at Purdue with reception to follow in the Union ballroom.
I had the pleasure of spending another wedding day with McCaela and Jake. I first met them at Jake’s brother’s wedding last fall. When they asked me if I was available to photograph their wedding as well, I couldn’t pass it up. Such amazing people in this family and I’m truly blessed to have spent another day with them.
This day is certainly memorable, and you’ll see in the photos below. All week it was predicted that rain would start during the ceremony and we would have no outdoor time. We reworked the schedule as best we could to accommodate the weather and added a first look. Even the day of, the forecast kept changing and, despite the intense wind all day, it looked like the storm was going to hold off just long enough for us to get all of our photos in. We finished up just as the storm came in.
A first crush, a long time friendship, and college sweethearts. No other words are really needed to describe Madison and Jarrid because their story is perfect!
Their day was a beautiful one! From their first look on, the sparkle in both of their eyes and the love they have for each other could have been seen from across the room. Congratulations to you both! We’re so thankful to have gotten to know you over this last year!