Clark, Michelle, & Gizmo: Columbus, Indiana Engagement Photography

How did you two meet? We met at a local restaurant, Bistro 310, here in Columbus, IN.  We had dinner and then ended up watching a West Virginia basketball game and having a few more drinks.  The next day we had planned to go for a hike in Brown County, but it ended up raining, so we made a pizza and watched the Colt’s play. From that point on, we have been inseparatable!

Proposal Story? On our “one year anniversary” of dating, we had planned to go back to Bistro 310 for dinner.  It happened to be a Saturday around lunch time, so we went to Chili’s and had some lunch.  When we came back to the house, we decided to just take it easy and relax. Little did I know what was about to happen!  I could tell Clark wasn’t acting himself, but didn’t think much about it.  We decided to buy each other something small to celebrate, so we went on and exchanged gifts.  I got a little emotional when I read Clark’s card and lost one of my contacts in my eye.  I went to fix that little problem and put my glasses on. When I came back in to the living room, my favorite song by Rascal Flatts was playing.

I had always wanted a “first dance” with Clark and we had never been to an event to have that moment.  Clark decided that today was the day!  We had our first dance to “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts.  After the song was over, I noticed that it was playing again.  Clark started talking and said a lot of stuff and ended up on one knee.  I was a historical mess at this point and heard the two most important words, marry me?  It took me a minute, but I finally managed to get YES out!

Saturday, September 24, 2011 is one day that I will never forget!  I said YES to the most amazing man and can not wait to walk down the aisle to his smiling face on November 10!

Who picked the ring? We were shopping one Saturday in Greenwood, IN and Clark decided that he wanted to take me to look at rings to get an idea of what I might like.  We looked in several stores, but there was one ring that I REALLY liked and got a little teary eyed when I put it on.  Clark noticed but didn’t say anything!  We looked at some others and just went on about our day.  Clark had a business trip to Mexico planned in a few weeks, and it happen to be a Friday before he was suppose to leave, that he had a “conference call with Mexico!”  His “conference call with Mexico” actually turned out to be his trip to Greenwood, IN to finish the final details on the setting and diamond for my ring that he designed on his own!!  It is absolutely perfect!!

Wedding Plans? Our wedding day is Saturday, November 10, 2012!  The ceremony will be at Asbury United Methodist Church with a cocktail hour and reception following at The Commons.  Wedding colors are chocolate brown and champagne with accents of deep red and bronze.  My dress is from Brides by Demetrio’s and the bridesmaid’s dresses will be strapless and chocolate brown.  Our wonderful wedding planner is Katina Kreps Kaisher from Detail+Design and our delicious cake we be from Icing on the Cake by Kristina Taylor!  After the wedding we will be taking our honeymoon to The Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort in St. Lucia!!!

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June 1, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Becky Brown - love this shoot! and love that the dog is named Gizmo!

June 5, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Randi Marie - UM… I loveeee bulldogs! Classic shots, just so adorable!

June 7, 2012 - 10:42 pm

cambrie -

love these photos!!!!

June 13, 2012 - 2:53 am

Jessika Feltz - The pup is beyond cute!! Columbus has such great locations downtown! Great selections!

June 13, 2012 - 6:21 pm

White Daisy Photography - I love it when couples bring their dog! Such a gorgeous session!

Mary and Chidu’s Midwest elegant wedding | Inn at Irwin Gardens in Columbus Indiana

Inn at Irwin Gardens Elegant Midwest Wedding with Indian Cultural Elements

Mary and Chidu’s outdoor Irwin Garden wedding in Columbus, Indiana had a lovely mix of culture and elegance. Mary’s sublime taste was evident in every last detail. I was in wedding photographer heaven as Mary’s sari, stunning wedding gown, Emily Riggs Bridal garter, and several other details were beautiful to capture.

The intimate group that gathered for Mary and Chidu’s nuptials were lovely as well. Many flew from all over, including some of Chidu’s family from India, to partake in this special day.

For me, to see Mary in her Sari as well as see part of the process in how a Sari is wrapped, pleated, and arranged, was amazing. Then, the Crump announcing Mary and Chidu’s nuptials was such a unique and adorable idea. I was honored to document their big day and all the unforgettable  details it entailed.

Q&A with the Bride and Groom:

Favorite moment of the day?
My Mother officiating our ceremony
Groom: So many. All day, in fact. From waking up in the morning heart welling with happiness on the big day, to the fact that we kept smiling and laughing and remained unstressed through all the minor wrinkles, till the day pretty much went smoothly and according to plans, with nary a hiccup or crisis (most Indian weddings have some kinds crisis or drama!) Just loved how everyone was at ease, loved the way our small gathering transcended ethnicity and age and work and background — and embraced plurality. Was delighted there was no race or religion involved and was happy how secular it was. I didn’t see a trace of awkwardness or self-consciousness and it was marvelous to see how easily and comfortably India and Indiana embraced each other. All said, the absolute favorite moment was when we said “I Do” in voices that were strong, clear, and resonant.

Funniest moment? Bride: Rajesh (Best Man’s) long toast and kids waiting for the cake
Your mom, my mom-in-law, Sue Breeding, after saying “you may kiss the bride now,” follows up a few moments later while we are still kissing, with, “You guys want to save some for later?” Cracked me up.

Funniest moment 2: Just before we cut the wedding cake… Rajesh Kalra makes a long, rambling speech and all the while there are four kids right in front of us with plates and forks who can’t wait for the talk to end and the cake to be cut. Their expressions were a sight to behold. My heart melted and I had to cut Rajesh short:)))

Favorite detail?
Bride:Toss up between the Crump theater and the Maribelle wedding favors
Again, many. But I loved how easily we agreed on the inscription inside our rings — “Higher Ideals” — the sanctity and pursuit of which will infuse our life and spirit. Loved the wedding cake. And your bridal gown and veil — it was worth the endless trips to the boutiques and tailors and fitters, while all the while being denied a preview!

India wedding plans? We’ll be having our ceremony at our home in Bangalore home in July.

Wedding Details:
Catering: Geithin Thomas / Venue: Inn at Irwin Gardens in Columbus, Indiana / Flower: Claudia’s Florabunda / Cake: Icing on the Cake by Kristina Taylor / Wedding Favors: Mirabelle Chocolates /  Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade /  Bridesmaid dress: Jcrew / Garter: Emily Riggs Bridal/ Photography: Stacy Able Photography / Wedding Rings: Deepak Jain / Hair: Red Lips Spa / Violinist: Sam / Organizational Assistance: Mona Wirth Interiors

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May 18, 2012 - 9:25 am

Anya - Stacy, I love how you captured all of the details of their wedding! It looks absolutely beautiful! Great job!

Midwest Rock the Dress: Alyssa and Macon in Columbus, Indiana

Alyssa and Macon are from Florida and were married 3 years ago. They moved to Indianapolis for Macon to finish his law degree. Next week they are moving back to Florida and before they go, Alyssa wanted to do a “Rock the Dress” or “Trash the Dress” session.

Many ask me what a Rock the Dress/Trash the Dress session means and essentially it’s a way to get creative photos of the couple in their wedding dress. Often the wedding dress is not “trashed” rather the couple or just the bride put into a unique location. Also, often times on the wedding day the couple is pressed for time and may not get as many photos together as they’d like. A Rock the Dress session is perfect for that as well as to infuse more of the couples personality into their wedding photos together.

Red Lips Salon Spa Stylist, Leslie White, curled and braided Alyssa’s hair into the soft, romantic look Alyssa was going for. The light on Thursday evening was sublime as it could have been straight from my home state California. We wandered around Columbus capitalizing on all the great architecture as well as the green spaces in town.

Safe travels Alyssa and Macon to Florida– I greatly enjoyed chatting with you on the various things and hope you love the photos as much as I do!

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May 14, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Jessika Feltz - They look like a fun couple!! I love the shot of the bride alone by the ivy… So beautiful. I wish more couples would have these kinds of sessions! There just never seems to be enough time on the wedding day to do super creative stuff!

May 15, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Taffy - Love this session! Gorgeous couple and great setting! Awesome job!

May 18, 2012 - 10:57 am

angelcanary - oh how fun are rock the dress sessions!?! i love that chair!!!!

Midwest Maternity Photography: Baby Liam coming soon!

I met Desiree last summer at Janice and Nick’s wedding. She contacted me early in 2012 to plan her maternity session as she has baby Liam on the way this summer. She and family, drove to Columbus, Indiana from Chicago as she wanted the soft, natural light, and outdoorsy feel that Brown County offers. What I learned during our session was Desiree and family hadn’t had photos done together in nearly 12 years! Knowing that, I was completely honored they had me capture their family/maternity session.

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Coming soon: JR & Jenna’s Rowan

Jenna is a fellow Clemson Grad and works at Factory 12 loft, one of my favorite modern event spaces in Columbus, Indiana. She and her husband JR are expecting their first, Rowan in a few weeks. We started their session in  Rowan’s adorable nursery, which Jenna creatively decorated and DIY’d full of Giraffe and animal details. We then headed out to Brown County to get some natural lit outdoor portraits (my favorite!). We barely missed the thunderstorms but Jenna and JR were troopers in the 85+ degree, humid as anything weather which resulted in their gorgeous maternity images you can see above.

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