Avery is my darling niece in Alexandria, Virginia. I photographed her older brother Ryan a few years back around Alexandria as well. I can not believe how fast time flies as now Avery is a senior in high school as well. For her senior photos, we wandered around Old Town Alexandria, Virginia using the plethora of great textures and colors that is Old Town. We also included Georgii, the families beloved Barbet.
Inn at Irwin Gardens Elopement: Bianca and Adam’s Summer Wedding
When Bianca contacted me for her elopement Inn at Irwin Gardens wedding, I was ecstatic. I could tell from our emails that Bianca and Adam are one of those adorable, fun, gregarious couples that love to have fun. Both are city planners and remind me much of the characters from the NBC show Park’s and Rec.
Bianca’s peach ruffled gown was the perfect hue in the always beautiful setting of the Inn at Irwin Gardens in Columbus Indiana. Their ceremony took place in the gardens behind the elephant statue. From the adorable glances, smiles, and happy tears it was a beautiful meaningful ceremony. Concluding the ceremony and formalities we wandered around Columbus taking portraits of the newlyweds. After we concluded their portraits, they went to the new winery Pacheo on third and later friends were telling me they saw the love birds around town. Thank you Bianca and Adam in having me photograph your beautiful day.
Here are some film out takes from a very special spring styled shoot with Detail and Design in Indianapolis this past May. You can see the full spread in Wedding Day’s Summer 2013 issue out now. All of these images below are shot with medium format film with my contax 645 developed and scanned by Pro Photo Irvine.
Q&A with Drew and Leanna:
On March 10, 2012 the groom, Drew, asked the bride to marry him in Brown County state park by carving on the tree “Will you marry me?” in the tree that they had carved their initials in 3 years prior. Soon after our engagement, June 29th was decided as the date because Drew was graduating in early May and Leanna’s first year of teaching would be complete. It was a great idea to leave a month after we were both finished to pull together last minute details. After deciding on the venue and caterer, the wedding began to come together last fall. Our wedding colors were navy and pale pink because they were classy and elegant together. We wanted to do something that wasn’t overused at the time but still in a classic color combination. The bridesmaids were in pale pink strapless dresses and the groomsmen wore navy blue suits with navy and pink ties.
We wouldn’t change a thing about how our wedding turned out and are so blessed to have such great families and friends to give us the wedding of our dreams. The groomsmen and bridesmaids all stayed with the bride and groom the night before the wedding. The groomsmen stayed at the lakehouse and woke up to a lavished breakfast made by the best man and the bridesmaids started their early morning breakfast at the hair salon. By the time the entire wedding party made it to the church, it had stormed twice! During the 15 month planning of our wedding, not once did RAIN cross my mind on our big day. With it being the last weekend in June in Southern Indiana, I was not expecting the forecast to go as it did. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were so helpful in keeping spirits up about the weather by reminding us that it was more of a blessing than a curse. They could not have been more right. Without the exhausting heat, our groomsmen and bridesmaids weren’t sweating through their long clothing and uncomfortable. The bridesmaids were able to go see Celebrations around 1pm before anyone else! It was a total surprise even to the bride and mothers. More than we could have ever imagined in our minds! Our decorator Bobby Eldridge and his team did an amazing job and WOWED everyone. Drew and I both knew that it would be amazing, and we couldn’t have been more pleased. The entire rest of the day and evening fell right into place and even through the many different pop up storms, it was the most perfect day of our lives!
Favorite moment(s): Saying Vows, Book put together by the Maid of Honor for the bride with letters from the entire wedding party
Funniest moment(s): Groomsmen garter toss dance
First Dance Songs: Bride&Groom: Lady Antebellum- When you’ve got a good thing, Father-Daughter: Darius Rucker- It won’t be like this for long, Groom-Mother- Scott Keo- All to you
Vendor List: Dress Designer: Private Collection from That Special Touch Columbus Indiana, florals: Prestigious Affairs (Bobby Eldridge) , venue(s): Redeemer Lutheran Church Seymour, Celebrations Seymour, Caterer: Lucielle’s Seymour, invitations: Etsy Julie Hanan Design, bridesmaid dresses: Forever Yours, Party Bus: Extreme Limousine, DJ: Primer DJ’s (Drew Story), hair: The Buzz- Sarah Reecer & Sarah Fouts, makeup: Simply Chic- Kelli Jo Stuckwisch & Leslie White, wedding cake: Take the Cake , Brides Shoes: Audrey Brooke, Garter Etsy: The HoneyBee Shop. Special thanks to the Photographer Assistant: Jessica