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ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER WEDDING | ORLANDO | LAUREN AND VALENTIN

The best man stood at the center of the dance floor. The microphone sat solidly in his hands. The room was dimly lit for Lauren and Valentin’s Orange County Regional History Center Wedding. The bride and groom were seated at the sweetheart table behind him. The audience sat before him. And all eagerly awaited what he would say. The maid of honor’s speech had already left so many eyes tear-filled. With sweet words to her sister, she recited a beautiful poem that touched her family and the crowd. And, now, it was his turn.

 

He took a deep breath. With a smile across his face, he began to tell of his adventures with Valentin in the Navy. He laughed as he described how they met. But, then, he quickly shifted. “Valentin always had a glow,” he said. He explained that he was puzzled by this. And until he visited Florida, he could never figure out why Valentin had such a glow. He took a breath. The room was silent. The audience was entranced.

Waiting for him to continue. He smiled. After another breath, he described how he knew that Lauren, Valentin’s new bride, was the reason for the glow. He could tell by “the way he smiled and laughed around her.” He beautifully described the ways that he could tell that Valentin and Lauren had found true love. Tears started falling and hearts started melting. Smiles radiated from every corner of the room. 

 

“He described how he knew that Lauren, Valentin’s new bride, was the reason for the glow.”

 

“I have a surprise for the bride and groom…” he said. “Will the bride and groom please come to the dance floor.” Everyone looked around. Trying to figure out what would happen next. Lauren and Valentin looked quizzical as they stepped out onto the dance floor. And, then, the best man, Valentin’s best friend, started to sing. 

 

Lauren and Valentin,

I loved being apart of your wedding day. Watching the two of you laugh, cry, and be overjoyed together. It was an honor to witness your marriage and to be entrusted to capture every moment. Your “glow” throughout the day was evident to everyone. I wish you the absolute best as you begin your life as husband and wife!! And as you begin this journey, remember to let your friendship continue to grow and strengthen for the rest of your lives. Here’s to the next 50 years!!

 

Wedding Invitation suite sits on table.
Bridal party toasts while wearing personalized silk robes.
Orlando Engagement ring on wedding invitation
Bride and Bridesmaids laugh while sitting on hotel bed.
Bridesmaids gifts sit on table.
Bridal party holds personalized wine glasses
Wedding rings sit next to invitations
Bridal party wears personalized Silk robes
Orlando Wedding Dress hangs from Grand Bohemian Hotel Chandelier
Invitation suite for Orlando Wedding
Wedding Party Gifts sit on table.
Bridal party laughs while wearing personalized silk robes.
Wedding rings sit on table.
Bridal Party Smiles at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Wedding Dress hangs from Grand Bohemian Hotel Chandelier
Wedding Details sit on table.
Groomsmen stand on brick path
Groom smiles at camera
Groomsmen stand in front of Orange County Regional History Center
Bride smiles off camera in front of white wall.
Bridal bouquet of red, pink, and white flowers.
Bridal Party Stands next to white wall and laughs.
Bride and Bridesmaids hold boquets.
Bridal party walks along path.
Bride looks down over shoulder.
Orlando bride closes eyes and looks over shoulder.
Bridal party walks towards camera while laughing.
Bride smiles while walking with bridesmaids.
Bride shows off back of dress.
Bridal party looks at camera and smiles.
Orange County Regional History Center Wedding
Bride and groom kiss as they leave wedding ceremony.
Bride and Groom walk beside Lake Eola.
Bride puts in earring on wedding day.
Groom Twirsl bride beside Lake Eola
Bride and groom kiss at sunset.
Bride and groom hug during Lake Eola Wedding Pictures
Bride and groom snuggle during wedding pictures
Bride and groom kiss at sunset overlooking Lake Eola.
Closeup of Wedding Gown
Bride and groom cuddle at sunset.
Bride and groom walk next to Lake Eola.
Bride and groom snuggle next to Lake Eola
Bride laughs as couple walks next to Lake Eola.
Bride and Groom kiss during Lake Eola wedding portraits.
Groom hols bride during wedding portraits
Groom holds bride during portraits
Bride and groom kiss at sunset.

 

Design Team:

Venue | Orange County Regional History Center

Bridal Suite | Grand Bohemian Hotel

Wedding Gown Designer | Bonny Bridal

Second Photographer | Liz Cowie Photography

Make-Up Artist & Hair Salon | Kristy’s Artistry Design Team

Floral Artist | Fashions and Flowers

Cake Artist | Sugar Divas Cakery

DJ | Mr. P’s D.J.

Photo Booth |

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COTTON FIELD ANNIVERSARY SESSION AND ANNIVERSARY LETTER | SAMANTHA AND JOSH

This wasn’t just any cotton field anniversary session. It just so happened to be OUR cotton field anniversary session!! During our move from Indiana to Florida, we spend quite a few days with my parents in Southern Tennessee. While there, Josh and I stumbled across a giant cotton field right down the road! I excitedly asked Josh if we could take pictures in the cotton field, and he, being a good husband, said yes!!!

But, in reality, this shoot almost didn’t happen! When we arrived at the cotton field, I got all of my equipment set up before i realized that I had forgotten my automatic trigger!! Ya know, the thing that I could push to take the pictures!!! I have never used it for a session before, so it didn’t cross my radar when I was going through my usual checklist before we left. And with the prickly cotton field, a self timer was not an option!! So, Josh saved the day!! He drove back to my parents house to retrieve the trigger, so we could take our pictures!!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until he left that I realized…. I’m all alone. In some random person’s cotton field. In the middle of no where Tennessee. Without a cell phone. Or a car…. It was then that I decided that we had not thought this plan through. So, basically, my imagination ran wild for 10 minutes!!

Happy to see him, I finished setting up my camera, and we started shooting!!! It was a lot of fun to try and pose ourselves! And I think the images turned out pretty well considering the light was fading fast and we couldn’t change the camera angle!! Haha!

 

So, today, on our anniversary, we will continue our traditions that we have held over the past five years.

  1. We always travel on or around our anniversary. So, we spent the past two days in St. Augustine.
  2. We will have an Italian meal on the day of our anniversary to remind us of our honeymoon in Italy! {Extra Challenge: We have never eaten our anniversary dinner in the same state. So, our tradition continues this year since we now live in Florida!}
  3. We will watch our wedding video and/or our wedding trailer from the gracious and talented Abby and Morgan from The Story is Told! And since, I have now told you about it, I might as well include it in here!!! WARNING: It might make you bawl like a small child.

 

And, finally, I want to say thank you to the man that made this all happen.

 

Josh,

5 years later, we are still best friends. We travel the world together, watch chick flicks together, interpretive dance together, and go on adventures together. And of all the things we do together, I’m glad that I get to do them with my best friend.

This year has been a whirlwind. Non-stop traveling, working 80-hours a week, health problems, moving across the country… But, thankfully, I can always count on you to be a constant in my life. I don’t have to worry if you will be there for me or support me. Even through crazy times, your devotion and loyalty is so prominent. I never waiver because I know you will be there loving me. Even when I don’t deserve it. 

I’m amazed by how much I have learned from you in these past 5 years. I think you are most proud of my mastery of puns. {This is a big improvement from the eye-roll that I would give you at the beginning of our marriage!!} I have also learned to appreciate history, embrace adventure, and try new foods. However, the most important thing that I have gleaned from our marriage is how to be a leader and to love others. I am thankful that I am able to see the inside workings of how much you lead and love those around you.

Thank you for these past five years. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for loving me so intensely. 

Happy Anniversary Josh!!

 

Man straightens bow tie in cotton field at sunset.
Couple laughs at sunset in cotton field.
Couple laughs standing in cotton field.
Couple smiles at camera in cotton field.
Couple almost kisses in cotton field.
Couple touches foreheads at sunset in cotton field.
Couple leans on each other in cotton field.
Couple laughs in cotton field.
Man blows cotton out of hands.
Woman smiles while holding hands with husband in cotton field.
Man and woman snuggle in cotton field at sunset.
Man and woman laugh at sunset in cotton field.
Man and woman laugh in sunset cotton field.
Couple kisses at sunset in cotton field.
Couple almost kisses while standing in cotton field.
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BEST OF WEDDINGS AND COUPLES 2017 | SAMANTHA WEBBER PHOTOGRAPHY

This is one of my FAVORITE blog posts all year!!! The Best of Weddings and Couples 2017 is here!!! All the laughter, all the details, all the sweet moments!!! And even though it takes a long time to go through all the images, I have so much fun doing it!!!

This year, I was able to shoot at so many of my favorite venues like Pipers at the Marott, Guthrie Meadows Bed & Breakfast, The Cardinal Room!!! And, of course, so many sessions took place in various downtowns, parks, historic sites, and gorgeous venues!! I was also able to do quite a bit of traveling this year!! The highlight of my travels was getting to take various portraits and engagementstwo weeks straight in North Alabama!!

But, best of all, every single one of my couples were beyond fabulous! I am blessed to be able to work with the most joyful and real couples throughout the year. Their thoughtfulness, adventure, and adoration really blew me away this year. I feel incredibly thankful to have been able to serve and to love on these couples!!!

I hope you enjoy this year’s recap!!

Man lifts girl in front of purple door.
Wedding Ceremony at the Marott in downtown Indianapolis
Husband and wife stand next to riverbank in Indianapolis.
Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Bridal Veil.
Indianapolis coupld smiles at the Carmel Palladium.
Engagement Ring sitting inside pink flower.
Indianapolis couple snuggles at Coxhall Gardens.
Bride's wedding dress and jewelry
Indianapolis couple walks next to Carmel Palladium.
Blush and Gold Wedding Details.
Wedding Dress Hangs on White Wall.
Huntsville Couple kisses in front of white door.
Wedding Invitation Suite sits on white cloth along with shoes, veil, and rings.
Bride and groom touch foreheads.
Bride plays with dress.
Rose gold engagement ring and wedding bands sit on brides shoes.
Bride and Groom Kiss
Personalized Wedding Invitations
Bridal boquet during bride and groom portraits.
The Cardinal Room White Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom Kiss while veil blows in wind.
Couple stands at the front of amphitheater at Coxhall Gardens in Indiana
Bridge looks over shoulder and laughs while hugging fiance.
Bride wears engagement ring and holds scarf during session.
Groom gets excited during first look.
Sunset Engagement Session in Carmel, IN
Couple hugs and laughs together.
Plum Floral Wedding Invitation sweet on white cloth
Bridesmaids help bride get ready.
Bride's earring on wedding day.
Bride looks down while underneath veil.
Glitter Rose Gold Ballet Flats
Bride and groom laugh during urban engagement pictures.
Engagement Ring and Wedding bands sit on wedding program.
Bride looks over her shoulder.
Personalized Bridal Robe with new last name embroidered.
Bride looks down and smiles.
Engaged couple stand on a pier and smile.
Indianapolis Bride and groom kiss on wedding day during portraits
Wedding Details and a Ralph Lauren Polo Watch sit on white fabric.
Bridal earrings and wedding bands sit on lace.
Hunsband kisses wife on forehead for first anniversary
Butler students kiss at Coxhall Gardens.
Silver Sparkle Kate Spade Wedding Keds on Pink Background
Table Number and Decorations
Bride Laughs While Hugging Groom
Mr. and Mrs. Cake Topper
Mr. and Mrs. Champagne glasses on wedding day .
Engaged couple kiss at sunset.
Engaged couple kiss on downtown brick street.
Grooms reads vows to bride.
Indianapolis Wedding Cake with Pastel Flowers
Bride's Embroidered Pink Keds on top of veil.
Wedding Dress Hangs at The Cardinal Room.
Bride and Groom Kiss at Sunset
Bride laughs towards camera while groom holds umbrella.
Alabama couple snuggles in front of purple door.
Buttons on hanging Wedding Dress
Engagement ring on bride's finger
Wedding Rings and Sapphire Engagement Ring on Wedding Veil.
Engaged couple puts foreheads together under umbrella.
Closeup of wedding and engagement rings on wedding day in Indianapolis
Groom kisses bride on forehead during wedding portraits.
Bridesmaid buttons bride's lace dress.
Wedding Cake Sits on Silver Stand
Bride and groom hold and and kiss under pergola.
Buttons on ivory lace wedding dress.
Closeup of engaged bride's makeup while hugging fiance.
Man kisses woman's cheek in cotton field.
Wedding Details on White sheet
Engaged couple walk in front of large reflecting pool.
Engaged couple kisses under umbrella.
Bride puts on her earrings on her wedding day.
Couple snuggles under tree beside Alabama river during engagement pictures
Brick mansion with large tree in front at wedding venue.
Bride and Groom Smile at Each Other During Sunset Portraits
Bride and Bridesmaid's Wedding Dresses Hang during fall.
Solitaire engagement ring on gray background.
Bride looks over shoulder while getting ready.
Bride looks over shoulder at white wedding venue.
Wedding Invitation suite, veil, and shoes are all arranged for pictures.
Rose gold ballet flats and wedding makeup bag.
Couple laughs in field.
Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Topper
Bride smiles off camera for wedding photos
Wedding invitation sits on pink bridesmaids dress with white ribbon.
Engaged groom twirls bride during pictures.
Huntsville couple snuggles next to lake.
Couple giggles at McFarland Park in Florence Alabama during engagement session
Husband dips wife in ampitheatre.
Bride and groom pose in front of large window
Couple laughs in front of the Carmel Palladium.
Bride and Groom say vows during Indianapolis Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Invitation Suite Styled During Wedding
Bride's wedding gown is hung from arbor
Husband and wife laugh while walking by rivers.
Couple laughs in front of concrete wall.
Couple touches foreheads at sunset in cotton field.
Tiara on Veil and Blush Background
Belt detail on blush wedding gown in Indianapolis
Florence bride smiles at McFarland Park
Groom dips bride on wedding day.
Husband and wife kiss next to Tennessee River.
Couple laughs during Coxhall Gardens engagement session in Carmel, Indiana
Engagement ring is placed on wedding program.
Couple snuggles at sunset.
Brownsburg Bride Holds Bridal Bouquet
Bride and groom smile and lean foreheads together.
Couple Stand in Front of Downtown Building
Groom kisses bride on forehead at Carmel's Coxhall Gardens
Bridal party toasts in getting ready room.
Neckline Detail on blush wedding gown in Indianapolis
Bride holding Bouquet of Red Roses
Bride and Groom kiss while the wedding party cheers!
Alabama couple walks away from camera.

NAVY AND GRAY WEDDING AT THE CARDINAL ROOM | SHELBY AND JARED

AUTUMN RAIN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN ZIONSVILLE | TAYLOR AND LUIS

HUMMEL PARK ANNIVERSARY SESSION | ABBY AND THOMAS

ROSE GOLD AND BURGUNDY WEDDING IN BEDFORD, IN | TROI AND JOHN

CARMEL CITY CENTER ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JESSICA AND CODY

ROMANTIC ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN MCFARLAND PARK | BRITNEY AND AJ

WINTER WEDDING AT THE PURGATORY GOLF CLUB | JENNA AND ROBBIE

BLUSH AND BLUE HOLCOMB GARDENS COUPLES SESSION | PAIGE AND EVAN

AUTUMN SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JENNA AND ROBBIE

INDIANAPOLIS ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT WEST PARK | SHELBY AND JARED

EAGLE CREEK STATE PARK ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JENA AND AUSTIN

PASTEL SUMMER WEDDING IN BROWNSBURG, INDIANA | MEICHI AND CHAD

SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN ZIONSVILLE | RACHEL AND ERIC

HUNDRED ACRE WOOD ENGAGEMENT SESSION | LINDSEY AND JOEY

MILITARY ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT COXHALL GARDENS | ANDIE AND DREW

RAILROAD BRIDGE ANNIVERSARY SESSION IN FLORENCE, AL | KAYLA AND TOMMY

COTTON FIELD ANNIVERSARY SESSION | SAMANTHA AND JOSH

FALL ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT HERITAGE LAKE | KRYSTYNA AND JOHN

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FALL ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT HERITAGE LAKE | KRYSTYNA AND JOHN

Our fingers and toes were numb. Each of our legs were shaking. Our bodies wanted desperately to find warmth. And still, laughter filled the at during Krystyna and John’s Fall Engagement Session at Heritage Lake. Along with the beautiful sunset, Krystyna and John were glowing with joy. They cuddled for warmth as we finished our session. They talked about how much fun the night had been.

 

“Along with the beautiful sunset, Krystyna and John were glowing with joy.”

 

Krystyna and John’s session felt so bright and so warm even though it was 30 degrees! They chose to have their session at Heritage Lake in Coatsville, IN. I had never been to Heritage Lake, but it was worth the drive!!! The lake is huge and dotted with cute lake houses. Plus, it was the perfect foreground during the sunset.

Since this session fell at the end of the fall season, John and Krystyna picked classic fall outfits. John’s plaid shirts perfectly complimented Krystyna’s scarf and chic, black attire. Krystyna also rocked some awesome boots with both of her outfits!!! And since the trees still had colored leaves, we got a pop of color in the shots!

 

Krystyna and John, I am so excited for your wedding next year! It is going to be amazing (and hopefully warmer!) Your love for each other was so evident during your session! Your laughter and kindness reassures me that your marriage will be so wonderful! I pray that your friendship continues to flourish and grow during your engagement and marriage! I can’t wait to witness capture your big day!

 

Engaged couple smile at each other near lake.
Engaged bride looks at camera while groom smiles at her.
Engaged couple snuggle under tree.
Engaged bride and groom hold each other on balcony.
Engaged bride smiles at camera while groom smiles at her.
Bride and groom smile at each other while standing under tree.
Engaged couple smiles at camera during fall.
Engaged bride and groom smile at each other near lake during fall.
Bride-to-be looks at camera and smiles while cuddling with groom.
Engaged couple almos kiss at susnet.
Engaged couple laughs next to lake during fall.
Bride and groom smile at each other under fall tree.
Bride and groom-to-be lean foreheads together.
Engaged couple stands in field of tall grass at sunset.
Engaged couple cuddles in field of tall grass.
Engaged bride and groom smile at each other on beach.
Engaged couple stand on dock at sunset.
Engaged couple stand on beach at sunset.
Bride and groom smile at each other at sunset.
Bride-to-be looks down and smiles.
Engaged bride and groom smile at each other at sunset on beach.
Engaged couple stand on a pier and smile.
Engaged bride and groom smile and hug on a sunset beach.
Engaged couple cuddle at the end of a pier.
Engaged couple lean foreheads together.
Engaged couple smiles at the camera on a beach.
Engaged couple kisses at sunset on beach.
Bride looks over shoulder while couple stands on dock.
Engaged bride and groom laugh as they snuggle.
Engaged couple stand on beach and smile.
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HUNDRED ACRE WOOD ENGAGEMENT SESSION | LINDSEY AND JOEY

I was thrilled to spend Saturday afternoon with Lindsey and Joey for their Hundred Acre Wood Engagement Session. To prevent any confusion, we did not travel to the magic land of “Winnie the Pooh!” (I wish!!) The Hundred Acre Wood is a large, wooded park connected to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Lindsey and Joey actually picked this location because they love it the forest and the art that is placed throughout the park!
By chance, Saturday was one of the first cold days in Indianapolis this fall. And we were definitely not use to it! We shivered as we got out of our cars, but, thankfully, we soon became acclimated.  However, a huge plus of the cold was their classic fall attire!! They wore adorable jackets, and Lindsey wore a chunky scarf that was perfect for their session!! She even got her makeup professionally done by the Paul Mitchell Team in Indianapolis!
Once our session started, we walked to each location for their portraits! During our walks, conversation flowed freely and our laughter filled the cold air! And, to be honest, Lindsey and Joey are hilarious!! Their jokes were only slightly topped by the sweet glances and stolen kisses that they exchanged!! You could tell that they were truly enjoying themselves, and it showed in their images!!
Lindsey and Joey’s Hundred Acre Wood Engagement Session was perfect! Even though it was cold, I wouldn’t want it any other way! The images turned out beautifully, and we really enjoyed the session!! Lindsey and Joey aren’t getting married until next September, but I am so looking forward to capturing their big day!!
Engaged couple laughs while hugging.
Engaged couple holds hands while touching noses.
Closeup of engaged bride's makeup while hugging fiance.
Groom kisses fiancee on forehead.
Engaged couple smiles at camera during fall session.
Close up of engagement ring and scarf during session.
Engaged couple walks along riverbank duirng fall.
Bride and her fiance snuggle during engagement session.
Couple touches noses and holds hands.
Engaged couple leans in for kiss.
Engaged couple laughs while walking along riverbank.
Engaged couple laughs as they cuddle.
Bride wears engagement ring and holds scarf during session.
Bride-to-be looks over shoulder while holding hands with fiance.
Engaged couple stands on riverbank next to trees.
Bride-to-be smiles at camera while hugging fiance.
Bride-to-be looks down as fiance hugs her.
Engaged couple holds hands and kisses.
Bride and groom walk along riverbank during engagement pictures.
Engaged bride and groom cuddle during session.
Bride smiles at camera and fiance snuggles with her.
Couple cuddles during engagement session.
Engaged couple touches foreheads and laughs.
Engaged couple stands on red bridge.
Engaged couple stands on red bridge during fall.
Engaged couple kisses on riverbank.
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EAGLE CREEK STATE PARK ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JENA AND AUSTIN

It was a unusually warm fall day. The leaves were hues of yellow and red. And Jena and Austin were adorable during their Eagle Creek State Park Engagement Session….
Between the fall foliage and their cute outfits, Jena and Austin’s engagement session was colorful and bright! We arrived at the park when the sun was still high, so we concentrated our session under the beautiful changing leaves! Jena’s beautiful burgundy sweater matched her matted lips perfectly, and Austin was rocking his plaid shirt. But, friends, Jena and Austin truly made this session wonderful!! Despite the beauty around us, their personalities gave life and breath to their images.
Jena and Austin love to laugh together. It was evident from the moment we met at a Starbucks for our first meeting! Their joy and giggles fill a room with so much life, so I was ready to get them in front of the camera!!! Their images are a true testament to their love and enjoyable personalities.
However, the end of the session was the most interesting part of the session…. As we were about to make our way back to the main parking lot, I realized that my parking brake was stuck. Panicked, we kept trying to undo it. But every time we tried to release it, it was get farther stuck. Finally, thanks to some ingenuity and a lint roller (Yes, I am serious!!!), we were able to release the parking brake and drive safely back to their car!
Overall, Jena and Austin’s inside jokes and playfulness truly made our session such a lovely afternoon! They are so much fun, and I cannot wait for their wedding next year!!!
Couple walks during Eagle Creek State Park Engagement Session
Couple smiles at camera.
Couple laughs as they walk on forest path.
Couple almost kisses on forest path.
Couple laughs during fall engagement session.
Couple hugs and laughs together.
Couple walks on forest path during fall.
Couple laughs while walking during fall.
Couple smiles at each other during engagement session.
Couple stands on forest path and looks at each other.
Couple kisses on forest path.
Couple kisses during engagement session.
Couple touches foreheads together.
Couple smiles while sitting in field.
Couple laughs in field.
Couple looks at each other and laughs in fall field.
Couple smiles at camera in field.
Couple kisses in field.
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ROSE GOLD AND BURGUNDY WEDDING IN BEDFORD, IN | TROI AND JOHN

 

Troi and John’s Rose Gold and Burgundy Wedding at Guthrie Meadows B&B in Bedford, Indiana was a pure autumn delight! The ceremony and reception were both located on the property {which is unbelievable!!!!} When you first arrive at the venue, you are greeted by a large brick mansion with white accents and a lovely barn! The property alone is breathtaking, but the decor of the venue is beyond gorgeous. I am so glad that Troi picked this venue because it fit the style and atmosphere of their wedding perfectly!

 

Troi and John first met while attending high school together. Although they were in some of the same classes, they did not speak often. He even sat right in front of her in precalculus, and they still only spoke once!!! It wasn’t until after high school that they started dating. During their relationship, they have enjoyed hiking together with their dogs and going to the movies. They even developed some unique, annual traditions that they still enjoy.

 

One tradition is that John always surprises Troi with a special present at the bottom of her Christmas stocking. So, on Christmas Eve in 2016, Troi excitedly dug through her stocking. She knew there would be something special at the bottom, but she did not know how special. Once she reached the bottom, she pulled out a ring box!!!! It was then that John proposed and asked her to be his wife!!! What a way to celebrate Christmas and their love!!

 

Not only are Troi and John in love with each other, but they are also in love with laughter!! Their giggles could be heard the entire wedding day, and it was contagious!! You can truly tell that they are best friends!!! You only needed to see them together for a few minutes before knowing that their marriage would be filled with the same kind of joy!

 

Troi also loves to DIY, so she used her skills for her wedding! She designed and made her own bouquets and centerpieces. She also used her skills to embroider her own wedding Keds, and they are adorable!! Finally, the most meaningful design was her wedding dress. Her dress was her mother’s, and it perfectly complimented her big day!

 

Their big day started when the wedding party arrived at the B&B! When the bride arrived, she slipped into her gown while the rest of the wedding party put finishing details on the ceremony and reception site. After she was ready, we took a few portraits of the groom’s party and the bridal party before the first look!!! When we were prepping for the first look, I could feel the anticipation as John prepared to see his bride in her dress! And he did not disappoint!!! John’s face lit up with the sweetest smile when he first saw Troi! The adoration between the two easily led into bride and groom portraits before the ceremony.

 

The ceremony was very special to the couple. John’s brother, David, was the best man and the officiant, and Troi’s brother, Derrike, was the man of honor! The rest of the wedding party consisted of John and Troi’s best friends! After the ceremony, I snuck off with the bride and groom to take some sunset portraits!! This is one of my favorite traditions with my brides!! The images are always amazing and so sweet with the newly married couple!

 

Troi and John, thank you so much for letting me be apart of your wedding day!! It was an amazing experience, and I loved every second!! It is obvious that you are each other’s best friend. And I pray that your joy and laughter will continue throughout your marriage!!!

 

Wedding Program, Favor, and Veil lying on pink cloth.
Bride looks down and smiles.
Bride's earring on wedding day.
Old Barn Decorated for a Wedding
Wedding dress with personalized hanger hung on door.
Wedding dress with personalized hanger on door.
Groom straightens tie and looks down.
Groomsmen walk across lawn with sunglasses on.
Groom smiles at camera on wedding day.
Bride's Embroidered Pink Keds on top of veil.
Brick mansion with large tree in front at wedding venue.
Bride shows off her long train on her mother's gown.
Buttons on back of Wedding Dress
Closeup of Groom's shirt, tie, and suspenders.
Bridal Party Smiles at Camera while Dressed in Burgundy
Bride walks towards groom during first look.
Bride and Groom kiss at sunset.
Bride Laughs While Hugging Groom
Bride and groom pose for wedding pictures.
Bride and Groom Touch Foreheads and Smile
Bride looks at camera and groom looks at her.
Bride and Groom laugh on green lawn.
Bride and Groom walk on lawn at wedding.
Bride Smiles at Camera while Groom Hugs Her
Bride and Groom walk across lawn at Wedding
Engagement Ring and Wedding bands sit on wedding program.
Bride and groom touch foreheads.
Engagement ring is placed on wedding program.
Wedding Matchbook favor sits on wedding program.
Bride and Groom Look at each other while facing away from camera.
Bride and groom laugh as the kiss at sunset.
Wedding Invitation suite, veil, and shoes are all arranged for pictures.
Bride and Groom Touch Noses and smile.
Bride and Groom Kiss at Sunset
Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Bridal Veil.
Bride and Groom Kiss at sunset on lawn.
Bride and groom laugh at sunset.
Mr. and Mrs. Cake Topper
Florals: LDFloral Design
Jeweler: Kay Jewelers
Invitations: CreatifDesigns4You
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AUTUMN SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JENNA AND ROBBIE

Jenna and Robbie’s autumn sunset engagement session was so gorgeous! The unique The sunset was worth the wait, the weather was wonderful, and Jenna and Robbie were excited!
The two arrived for their session dressed to impress!! And I loved it! They looked soooo good! We started our session in downtown Carmel, Indiana. The cute and sophisticated area was the perfect backdrop for their polished appearance. The adorable building and the grand, white palladium accented their outfits perfected!
After taking pictures downtown, we drove to Coxhall Gardens for the rest of their session! Coxhall Gardens is filled with open fields and the most amazing willow trees! Since sunset was in full swing, we decided to take some portraits with the sunset and willows in the background. And they are beautiful! I love the glow that it gives Jennifer and Robby!
After taking a few images in their dressy attire, they changed into cute fall outfits. We spent the rest of the time taking portraits in these outfits around the Gardens. We ended the night there, as the sun was well beneath the horizon.
BONUS: One of the most unique parts of this autumn sunset engagement session is Jenna’s engagement ring!! It is a lovely blue sapphire center stone with a diamond halo!!! And it is completely GORGEOUS! You have to check it out {and drool a little 😉 }!!
Engaged Couple Walking Down Urban Path
Bride-to-be looks at camera and groom looks at her.
Engaged Couple Kissing in front of large white building
Engaged couple stand in front of white building.
Man and woman laugh while sitting on fountain.
Engaged man and woman kiss in front of white building.
Engaged couple laughs in urban setting.
Blue sapphire ring sitting on white cloth.
Engaged couple smiles while sitting at a cafe table.
Engaged man and woman hold eachother in urban setting.
Engaged Couple laughing together while sitting
Engaged couple kiss at sunset.
Engaged Couple smiles at camera during sunset.
Man and woman smile at each other at sunset.
Couple during Autumn Sunset Engagement Session
Man and Woman kiss in from of lake at sunset.
Engagement ring closeup while bride and groom hold hands.
Engaged couple stands in grass field at sunset.
Engaged couple stands in field at susnet.
Engaged man and woman touch foreheads and smile.
Woman looks at fiance and smiles.
Engagement ring on bride's hand.
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AUTUMN RAIN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN ZIONSVILLE | TAYLOR AND LUIS

The light rain hit the pavement as we walked through downtown Zionsville. Everything seemed to shimmer as the light reflected off of the rain. The anticipation of the session grew and grew as we arrived at our first location. We stood under an awning to talk about our plan before we stepped out to start the session…..
Taylor and Luis’ Autumn Rain Engagement Session in Zionsville was anything but ordinary. The calm rain throughout the downtown area provided a unique opportunity for a lot of laughs and a cute, clear umbrella! Taylor’s best friend, Brooke, also joined us for the session, and, friends, it was a blast!
Downtown Zionsville was our first location for Taylor and Luis’ Engagement Session. If you have not been to downtown Zionsville, it is a must. Cute shops and restaurants line the brick pavement of Main Street, and the majority of the shops and houses are also adorned with adorable picket fences. Taylor and Luis specifically picked this location because of its’ quaint charm and character.
During the shoot, our first priority was to keep Taylor and Luis dry! So the clear umbrella was our go-to accessory!!! The umbrella was passed between Luis and Taylor’s best friend, Brooke, throughout the session. In many of the images, Brooke is holding the umbrella right outside of the frame, so Taylor and Luis wouldn’t get wet! {And she did an AWESOME job! I really don’t know what we would have done without her help!}
Despite the rain continuing, we spent most of our session in the downtown area because it was so perfect. And these images are some of my favorite engagement pictures to date!!! Taylor and Luis had to stay close while under the umbrella, and it made the images so romantic and dreamy!!! Plus, the extra shine on the streets added such an airy effect to the town!!!
After such a fun time in Zionsville, we decided to go ahead and drive to our second location, Coxhall Gardens. On our way there, it started to rain a little heavier. As a result, we decided to head to the amphitheatre at the gardens and take portraits under the beautiful stone gazebo. However, there was a surprise engagement happening at the gazebo when we arrived!!! We decided to let them have some time alone, and we walked to the Coxhall Mansion to take a few portraits in the meantime. After the surprise engagement was complete {Yay for them!!!}, we finished our session at the stone gazebo!
This autumn rain engagement session in Zionsville proved to be so much better than any of us anticipated!!! Taylor and Luis laughed so much during this session, and Brooke brought the music and the jokes! Overall, I am in love with these pictures and this couple!!!! I cannot wait to shoot their wedding next year!!! They are so incredibly sweet to one another, and I am so glad that I was able to capture this special time for them!!!
Engaged couple smiles under umbrella in downtown.
Engaged couple look down while smiling.
Engaged couple kisses under umbrella.
Bride and groom hug on brick street.
Bride smiles at camera and groom leans on her.
Bride softly smiles during engagement pictures.
Engaged couple face away from camera on downtown street.
Engagd couple puts foreheads together under unbrella.
Bride smiles at camera during engagement pictures.
Engagement ring on bride's finger.
Engaged couple snuggles on downtown street.
Engaged couple kiss while in ampitheatre.
Engaged couple touches forheads while facing away from camera.
Engaged couple holds each other and laughs.
Engaged couple kiss on downtown brick street.
Engaged couple smile at camera while in ampitheatre.
Groom leans bride back and kisses her.
Bride and groom smile while looking down.
Groom leans bride back during engagement pictures.
Engaged couple kisses on downtown brick street.
Bride smiles while groom holds umbrella.
Bride and groom laugh during urban engagement pictures.
Bride smiles at camera while groom smiles at her.
Bride-to-be faces away from camera as couple hugs.
Engaged couple kiss on downtown street.
Bride and groom laugh under umbrella.
Bride and groom look down as they cuddle.
Bride laughs towards camera while groom holds umbrella.
Bride and groom kiss under umbrella on downtown street.
Bride holds onto groom as they snuggle.
Hair Artist: Brooke Wilson Hair
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CARMEL CITY CENTER ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JESSICA AND CODY

During their Carmel city center engagement session, I found out that Jessica and Cody are models in disguise! The two are so natural in front of the camera. Plus, they are so adorable when interacting with each other. Jessica’s giggly personality brought so much life and movement to our session, and Cody’s soft smiles added personable and sincere moments.

We started at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel for their cloudy and cool engagement session. Frequently called the Palladium, the Center for Performing Arts had gorgeous white walls and gardens that surround the property. The gardens seemed to be a natural place to start as we walked, talked, and laughed through the beginning of our shoot. After shooting in the gardens, we walked across the street to the reflecting pool directly behind the Veteran’s Memorial. I love shooting next to water, so the reflecting pool was perfect for our session. We walked all the way around it, shooting at various angles as we went.

After a quick wardrobe change, we headed West to Coxhall Gardens. This is one of the loveliest places to shoot, and it didn’t disappoint. The willows, lakes, and the amphitheatre are some of my favorite things about the Gardens. So after making sure we had pictures next to the willows, we took some twirling shots at the amphitheatre to end our night!! <3

Jessica and Cody, it was such a blessing to get to know you two better and capture your love story! I loved seeing your distinct personalities shine through in your engagement images! I am so excited for you two, and I cannot wait for your February wedding!

 

Engaged bride smiles at camera in front of white building.
Couple laughs in front of the Carmel Palladium.
Solitaire engagement ring on gray background.
Indianapolis couple walks next to Carmel Palladium.
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Bride and groom smile in from of Carmel Palladium.
Bride and groom kiss during engagement session.
Bride and groom smile and lean foreheads together.
Engaged couple leans in for giggly kiss.
Engaged couple touch foreheads in front of reflecting pool.
Engaged couple walk in front of large reflecting pool.
Indianapolis couple smile at the camera during engagement pictures.
Bride and groom smile and touch foreheads during engagement pictures.
Engaged couple smiles during engagement pictures.
Bride and groom smiles as they hug in front of reflecting pool.
Engaged bride and groom lean in for a kiss under a pergola.
Engaged couple kisses in front of reflecting pool.
Engaged bride and groom walk in front of large building and water.
Bride smiles at camera while groom snuggles.
Bride and groom hold and and kiss under pergola.
Man and woman smile and lean heads together.
Engagement ring sits on concrete background.
Engaged couple smiles at the camera by lake.
Engaged couple hold hands by willow tree.
Indianapolis Groom twirls bride for engagement pictures at ampitheatre.
Man and woman lean heads together
Bride hugs groom and shows off engagement ring.
Engaged bride and groom stand under willow tree.
Man and woman smile and lean heads together at park.
Groom twirls bride at Coxhall Gardens Amphitheatre.
Bride puts her arms around groom and shows off engagement ring.
Engaged bride and groom smiles while leaning foreheads together.