Avon Gardens Wedding

This small October wedding took place at Avon Gardens in Avon, IN. In early October the leaves on the trees in Indiana are typically still green as was the case for this wedding day. The ceremony site is a secluded lawn, a pond sits behind a wooden arbor decorated with burgundy and pink flowers to match the couple’s wedding colors. The bride and groom stand atop a cobblestone platform to exchange their vows in front of their closest friends and family. Burgundy ribbons are tied around the white guest chairs lining the aisle and pink flower petals created a defined path for the bridal party’s processional.

The bride wore her step mom’s wedding dress, the train of which spills over the platform. The groom wore a handsome Burgundy suit and sage green shoes. The bride had four bridesmaids who all wore burgundy floral printed dresses, the maid of honor was the bride’s sister. The groom had three groomsmen in charcoal gray suits as well as one dog handler who can be seen standing with the groomsman although the couple’s dog is not visible in this photo, he was there. As evidenced by guests holding up their cell phones this was clearly not an unplugged ceremony.

The couple chose to have a first look at the bridge on the property. As the bride was walking down the stone pathway towards her groom I couldn’t help but notice that she passed directly under the “and they lived happily ever after sign” hanging from the archway and I knew I had to capture the moment. Her groom can be seen standing on the bridge in the distance with his back facing the camera. The first look allowed the couple time to walk the gardens and photograph couples portraits prior to their ceremony.

Avon Gardens sprawls across more than five acres located at the corner of North County Road 625 East and East County Road 91 North. We chose the winding paths throughout the gardens to capture the couple’s portraits and the tree swing makes for the sweetest photo op.

The property was decorated perfectly for October with pumpkins and gourds with many of the flowers still in bloom. You can see white candles lining the winding path to the bridge, they are lit and attended to by the venue’s staff as night falls over the gardens creating beautiful backdrops for photos.

The flower girl at this October wedding was the bride’s three year old niece. When the little girl saw her aunt she ran over to show her the pretty dress she was wearing for her wedding day and leaned in to give her a kiss.

The flower girl was completely mesmerized by all the wedding day festivities and bebopped between the bridesmaids and her aunt during the ceremony. When it came time for the couple’s first kiss the little flower girl happily watched from the aisle.

Wedding day first kiss at Avon Gardens. The groom's wedding band now viable on his finger. The flower girl watches fro the aisle.

We are honored to have captured this very special day for this lovely couple. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Stone Creek Lodge Wedding

This couple met in a Blockbuster in 2001, they were friends for years but later lost touch. Thanks to Facebook, their friendship was rekindled and they started seriously dating in August 2012. Donny proposed to Kim in their dining room one Sunday night five years ago. Kim jokingly refers to their engagement as the sequel to the movie The Five Year Engagement. Their journey to “I do” may be longer than most, but it was well worth the wait.

The wedding and reception took place at Stone Creek Lodge in Crawfordsville, Indiana on 8.18.18. The venue seats 200 people for ceremonies and this couple had a packed house. This venue sprawls across 25 acres and is gorgeous both indoors and out. The details are stunning, just look at this chandelier.

The couple’s English Bulldog Modey was part of the celebration all day long, he even dressed the part in a doggie tuxedo.
The couple wanted to have a first look and they wanted Modey to be able to be a part of it. There is a bridge at the back of the property is where the groom waited for his bride. The coordinators arranged for the bride to be brought to the bridge via a golf cart. The bride walked the length of the bridge to her groom, he turned and saw her in her wedding dress. Modey happily stood by, happy to be wherever the couple was.

Modey rode down the aisle with Donny in his little red wagon with a sign that read “My humans are getting married” on the front and “I do” on the back. He went back to collect Kim and then tried to nab a front row seat before he had to be ushered away.

The rest of the day went off without a hitch! Kim and Donny said “I do,” cut the cake, and danced the night away.

I have to show you the wedding cake! This chocolate cake featured chocolate ganache was accented with strawberries. On top of the cake were two little pigs.

We are so happy to be able to document this couple’s wedding day for them. We wish them a marriage full of love and laughter.

Indianapolis Zoo Wedding

Alyssa and Chase met while they were in college eight years ago and have been together ever since. Chase popped the question, Alyssa said yes and within six months they had planned a beautiful wedding at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Bridal Prep for the big day started and the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The soundtrack included 90’s alternative and The Backstreet Boys which was Alyssa’s favorite boy band growing up.  Alyssa was surrounded by her mom, her tribe and pink champagne. Eye-Do provided stunning on-site hair and make-up.

The Indianapolis Zoo one of the most unique and memorable wedding venues in Indianapolis. Alyssa and Chase chose the Efroymson Wedding Garden for their ceremony and the reception was in the Hulman Riverhouse. Before it was time to say “I do” we took some time to explore the Zoo and visited with the elephants and giraffes. 

This couple opted not to do a first look because they wanted to see each other for the first time as Alyssa was coming down the aisle. She was escorted by both of of her dads.

It was worth the wait. I cannot put words to Chase and Alyssa’s reactions seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, thankfully my camera can tell that story.

We took some time to do the couple’s portraits after the ceremony and receiving line. It gave Alyssa and Chase some time to catch their breath and just be alone together for the first time as husband and wife in the Zoo’s gorgeous gardens. They were able to catch their breath and just be together as a married couple for the first time.

When you step outside of the Zoo you enter White River State Park which provides breathtaking views of downtown Indianapolis. The couple looked so forward to taking photos there and even though the timeline was running tight we made it happen.

To tell the story of the wedding day, I have to show you the wedding cake. This simple but elegant cake was made by Indy Cakes and was adorned with flowers. Alyssa and Chase are not really “cake people” but they did not deprive their guests of the traditional treat. The layers were strawberry, red velvet, and vanilla with a white buttercream icing.

The bride and groom danced their first dance to Jamie Lawson’s Don’t Let Me Let You Go. 

To end the night Chase and all of his fraternity brothers serenaded Alyssa.

Alyssa and Chase are lovely, down to earth people who were surrounded by so many who so obviously adore them and it was an honor to capture their wedding day. The couple left the next morning for their honeymoon in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida. 

Send your congratulations to Chase and Alyssa in the comments and tell us what zoo animal would you want in your wedding photos!