When I was growing up…my brother and I weren’t exactly the best of friends.  He liked to pretend to be a ninja and I was too busy playing Dreamphone to care what he was doing.  We drove my parents crazy because if we were interacting…it was in the form of some sort of wrestling match.  I can’t tell you exactly when it happened…but at some point Josh stopped being the nerdy gamer and became someone I actually enjoyed hanging out with (who are we kidding…he’s still a nerdy gamer but at least he hides it well).  I think turning 21 helped.  We spent what seemed like every weekend partying it up in Broadripple…and hanging out with my brother meant hanging out with his friends too.

 

Most of which I’d known for what seemed like my whole life.  When Josh was beating me up…they were too.  And as I made the transition from annoying little sister into Josh’s fun sister who could drink you under the table…most everyone made the transition well.  Except one.  Brian wasn’t exactly on board with the whole family and friends become one thing.  While most people would have just brushed it off…I took it as a challenge.  Little by little I inched my way into Brian’s good graces and I as I sit here now…I am pretty proud that I at least **think** he considers me a friend.  🙂  Against all of the odds.

 

Fast forward a decade or so and Brian introduced Alexis into the mix.  I remember the first time he brought her to the annual holiday dinner.  I sat at the table watching Brian smile like I had never seen him smile before.  As I sat at the end trying very hard not to be the annoying little sister…I could just tell she was it.  The way they looked at each other.  The little glances that literally made their eyes light up.  While this was the first time meeting Alexis…I knew without a doubt it wouldn’t be the last.

 

A few weeks ago I had the insane privilege of flying out to Lake Tahoe to document Alexis and Brian’s wedding.  It was an unbelievable weekend that was so incredibly fun.  Breathtaking views…impeccable weather…amazing food…great company.  It was perfect in every way possible.  And while I shoot a lot of weddings…this one was so special to me.  For one because they asked me in the first place.  Which, see above story…is a big deal!  But also because these two are like family to me (sorry Brian…just let it happen 😉 ) and getting the chance to bring their love story to life is something I will always be grateful for.

 

Alexis and Brian….you know I love you guys so much.  Thank you for letting me be such a big part of your day.  It will always be one of my favorites and a trip I will never forget.  Also…thank you for introducing me to the magic of Wheel of Fortune slots.  My life is forever changed.  🙂  xo

 

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0001 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0002 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0003 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0004 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0005 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0006 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0007 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0008 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0009 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0010 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0011 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0012 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0013 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0014 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0015 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0016 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0017 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0018 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0019 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0020 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0021 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0022 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0023 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0024 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0025 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0026 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0027

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0034

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0028 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0029 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0030 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0031 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0032 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0033 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0035 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0036 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0037 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0038 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0039 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0040 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0041 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0042 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0043 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0044 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0045 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0046 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0047 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0048 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0049 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0050 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0051 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0052 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0053 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0054 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0055 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0056 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0057 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0058 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0059 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0060 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0061 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0062 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0063 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0064 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0065 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0066 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0067 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0068 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0069 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0070 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0071 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0072 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0073 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0074 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0075 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0076 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0077 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0078

<3 this photo so much.

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0079 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0080 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0081 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0082 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0083 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0084 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0085 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0086 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0087 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0088 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0089 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0090 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0091 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0092 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0093 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0094 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0095 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0096 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0097 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0098 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0099 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0100 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0101 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0102 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0103 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0104 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0105 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0106 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0107 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0108 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0109 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0110 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0111 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0112 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0113 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0114 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0115 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0116 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0117 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0118 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0119 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0120 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0121 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0122

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Lauren Lindley.  I seriously could not have done it without her!!

And another enormous thank you to all the vendors that made this magical day happen:

Planner: Once Upon a Time Events  |  Venue: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe  |  Florist: Petal to the Metal   |  Videographer: Kyle Matheney |  Hair/Makeup: Edin Carpenter Makeup Artistry  |  DJ: Jeff Jones Band

 

 

A lot of people throw around that word…tribe.  Your vibe attracts your tribe.  Find your tribe.  Be thy tribe.  I always thought it was such a strange word to describe the people who you are close to in your life.  That foundation you have spent an entire lifetime creating.  One that you have handpicked because those people would do anything for you or die trying…and you would do the same ten times over.  The people who show up.  Don’t ask questions.  And are there for you in ways that you didn’t even know was possible.  The people that love you unconditionally…and not in the cliche form of the word.  Actual unconditional love.  So maybe that’s a tribe.  But I call it family.

 

Sometimes I get incredibly overwhelmed at the amount of love I have in my life.  Like if I stop to think about it I get this pit in my stomach because I don’t know how it happened…but I know I am so inexplicably lucky.  I’m sort of an unemotional person and yet I’m surrounded by people who encompass every single part of me.  People who give me permission to be myself.  To cry even though I hate it and laugh when it’s really inappropriate.  People who know what I need before I do.  Who literally hold me up when every ounce of me wants to crumble.  Who get drunk with me because sometimes that’s just necessary.  Or have virtual dance parties because sometimes that’s just necessary too.  People who will forgo sleep and convenience (and their opinion I’m sure) to be there.  Because showing up is my love language.  Friends who are my family and family I couldn’t function without.  No matter how you look at it…as I sit here now I am grateful.  Grateful to have a “tribe” that fills me up in every way possible and a group of truly epic people I get to call family.

 

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photoggrapher

 

I don’t even know where to start because I have so many great things to say about this wedding and even moreso…Sam and Scott.  I seriously have to pinch myself sometimes because I get to work with such kind, caring, genuine people who make my job so much more than I ever thought it could be.  I knew about three seconds into their engagement session that they were something special.  Constantly laughing and each a perfect compliment to the other.  And I knew their wedding day was going to be even more incredible.  Take away the sweeping views, gorgeous florals, impeccable design, stunning bridal party and delicious food…and you are left with a room full of people who were overflowing with love for Sam and Scott.  From start to finish every person there (including me) knew these two were exactly where they were meant to be.  Together.  So much laughter and a few tears…this day was exploding with love.  And if you ask me…was absolutely perfect.

 

Sam and Scott…thank you for being such incredible people and inviting me to be part of your big day.  It was perfect.  I love you guys to death and have no doubt your life will just get better and better from here!  Congrats again!!!!!

 

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0001 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0002 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0003 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0004 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0005 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0006 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0007 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0008 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0009 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0010 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0011 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0012 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0013 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0014 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0015 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0016 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0017 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0018 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0019 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0020 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0021 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0022 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0023 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0024 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0025 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0026 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0027 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0028 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0029 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0030 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0031 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0032 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0033 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0034 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0035 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0036 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0037 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0038 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0039 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0040 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0041 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0042 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0043 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0044 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0045 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0046 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0047 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0048 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0049 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0050 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0051 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0052 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0053 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0054 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0055 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0056 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0057 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0058 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0059 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0060 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0061 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0062 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0063 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0064 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0065 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0066 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0067 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0068 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0069 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0070 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0071 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0072 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0073 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0074 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0075 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0076 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0077 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0078 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0079 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0080 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-chicago-athletic-association-hotel_0081

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter Audrey Simper!  I couldn’t have done it without her!

And another giant thank you to all the vendors who made this day truly incredible!

Planner: Engaging Events by Ali – Ali Phillips (Brides to be…she’s amazing!  Hire her!!!) |  Venue: The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel  |  Hair/makeup: Rosemary Monica  |  Flowers: The Flower Firm – Colette Clancy  |  Dress: Monique Lhuillier  |  Cake: Cake Chicago  |  Videographer: Polo Weddings  

 

So…in case you haven’t notice it’s been a little crazy around here.  I apologize for the blog being a tad neglected but I promise it’s been for good reason!  Last week I headed to Lake Tahoe for one of my favorite weddings ever (just wait…it was out of this world).  My brother’s best friend got married and it was such an incredibly fun weekend.  Tahoe is so gorgeous I can’t even tell you.  The wedding was unreal.  And overall it was a weekend spent with so many of my favorite people having way too much fun.  A full wedding post is coming soon but in the meantime here is a little look at my work/play vacay.

***

Driving in from Reno we had to stop because it was just so damn pretty.

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0001

Rehearsal dinner up in the trees…

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0002 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0003

Wedding day!  These are just a taste of the absolute epic-ness that was Alexis and Brian’s wedding!

whenametb_0002 whenametb_0003
indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0025
whenametb_0007 whenametb_0008 whenametb_0011

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0026 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0027

Look who made it in a photo!!!

whenametb_0012 whenametb_0013 whenametb_0014

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0004

Headed to breakfast on the beach.  (Left photo credit: Kevin Gallagher)

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0005

(Photo credit: Kevin Gallagher)

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0006

Not too shabby…

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0008 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0009

We rented a boat and spent the day on the water and it was so. much. fun.  The water is incredible.  A color blue that you just can’t describe.  Such an amazing place…

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0010 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0011 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0012

It was also freezing…so I chose to take pictures of everyone jumping in rather than doing it myself.  🙂

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0013 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0014 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0015

This doesn’t even do it justice…but the blue was insane.

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0016 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0017 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0018 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0019 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0020 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0021

Then up to Alexis and Brian’s house for a cookout and some more epic views.

indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0022 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0023 indianapolis-wedding-photographer-indianapolis-photographer-indy-wedding-photographer-indy-photographer-lake-tahoe-wedding_0024

I never knew Lake Tahoe was such an amazing place.  So it’s safe to say I will definitely be back.  🙂

 

So…I bought a pink couch.  And not just a pink couch.  A pink velvet couch.  I know what you must be thinking, but let me back up…

 

Gary and I love our new house.  I literally feel giddy every time I pull in the driveway.  But we love entertaining people and it’s not the most ideal for that.  We had to get a smaller couch so there is less seating in our living room area.  Our kitchen is sort of cut off so it’s hard for me to be cooking and hosting people at the same time…which is something I love.  All fixable in the future but for now we are making it work.  Right off the dining room there is a “formal” living room where my “office” is.  Or at least my desk is in a corner.  But it’s a huge room and as of two days ago it was just empty.  Kind of sad.  🙁  We have been racking our brains trying to figure out how to fix the seating issue and decided that the dead space in the formal living room could be a sitting area off the dining room.  So when we have people over for dinner we can eat and then there would be lots of seating to hang out/play games/etc.  I had this vision for a fun colored couch with upholstered chairs and my marble coffee table that I will one day fix.  But once we moved in and got the main stuff done we decided all the furniture buying would be on hold for a while.

 

But in true Lauren fashion…I’m very impatient.  I knew we didn’t have the budget to be furnishing a whole room (several rooms actually) the old fashioned way so I had been scouring Craigslist every day waiting for the perfect pieces to appear.  Then it happened.  I was scrolling though and boom….a vintage, pink, velvet couch right down the street.  I looked at the listing 10 times wondering if I was crazy because who buys a pink couch but I just knew I had to have it.  I sent the listing to Gary who responded with…”do you like it?”  (No offense hun…but obviously I like it, that’s why I sent you the listing!!!)  But one of the five million reasons I love Gary…if I love something…so does he.  And he made it happen.  We rented a pickup truck.  Met some stranger in a grocery store parking lot and followed him to a questionable apartment.  I stood there crawling in my skin (I hate all things money related) while Gary negotiated.  And we walked out with my perfect couch for ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!  It was a magical night.

 

All in all…here are the lessons I learned from this couch buying experience:

 

  • Husbands who are on board with pink couches are few and far between.  Wife em’ up.
  • Craigslist is like a black whole of amazing deals and incredibly annoying logistics.
  • It’s possible I’m losing my mind in my old age.  #pinkisin

 

My vision isn’t quite complete, so for now I’m only going to give you a little sneak of this beauty.  But stay tuned for the finished product and then you can tell me (be honest) if I’m nuts for buying a pink couch.

 

indianapolis wedding photographer, indianapolis photographer, indy wedding photographer, indy photographer, RM champagne salon wedding_0001

  • Sam - September 1, 2016 - 9:30 am

    Love. and my whole house is filled with Craigslist treasures. you are up cycling!ReplyCancel