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    Three Years.

    Three years.  I was talking to this lady the other day and telling her about how Gary and I were going on aView full post »

 

We were sitting at a table, sipping wine, trying to decide what to order for dinner.  Her wedding was just around the corner and we were commiserating about the carb-free life (why can’t carbs be good for you?!??!).  We were finalizing timelines and details and making sure everything was perfectly in place for her big day.  As we finished up the “business” end of things she went on to tell me that she wanted to wear Healing Heels as her something blue in honor of the people in her life who have been touched by cancer.  I remember sitting there in that moment amazed at how thoughtful and outright incredible it was for her to even think about Healing Heels when it came to her wedding day.  But that’s who Julie is.  She so full of kindness and even on a day that should be about nothing but her – she finds a way to make it about others.  I still get all the feels when I think about it because it’s people like Julie and Jim that constantly remind me how lucky I am to do what I do.  For people like them who are so selfless and genuine.  And their day was a perfect reflection of that.  From start to finish it was effortless and so full of love.  Not to mention a total blast.

 

Julie and Jim – Your day was so perfect.  Every single part.  I am so grateful that we have gotten the chance to become such great friends over the last year.  I have no doubt there will be lots of outings and Sushi Bar nights (whether we mean to be there at the same time or not) and lots of fun times ahead.  Thank you for being such great people and including me in your absolutely perfect day.  I love you guys so much!!!! xoxo

 

 

 

Oh you know, that one time 15 wedding guests got stuck in the elevator and the Fire Department had to come.  Obviously it needed to be documented because…best story ever.

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Lane Lewis!  I couldn’t have done it without her!

And another giant thank you to all the vendors that made this day happen!

 

Let me start this by explaining just how important the Indy 500 is to Hoosiers.  Ok…maybe not all of them – but most of them.  It’s a tradition that we take very seriously and when you step foot in Indy, Race Day is like our own personal version of Christmas.  And if Race Day is like Christmas, the track is like Santa Claus.  This magical place where so much tradition lives.  Where endless amounts of fun has been had and memories have been made. Bottom line…it’s a very, very special place.  So when Erica emailed me that we might be doing their engagement session at the track I literally almost died.  Followed by extreme stress  because how do I document just how big and meaningful this place is?!  But I was up for the task.

 

As we pulled in we met the security guard who was going to show us around.  As we pulled onto the track (about 20 feet from where we were going to start) the security guard asked us if we wanted to get started or do a lap first.  We all tried to control ourselves and very calmly said…a lap.  A lap would be good.  So the three of us took a lap around the *$@#ing track which is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.  All while trying to remain calm because holy sh*t that just happened.  And then compose ourselves because, oh yeah, we have photos to take.  I literally was like a little kid in a candy store.  There were times I think I forgot to breathe because I was out of breath for most of our session.  It was like one cool, amazing thing after another and all three of us basically couldn’t believed this was real life.

 

We ended the night on the top of the Pagoda (like where the snipers sit, Carl to be specific) followed by some celebratory beers in Speedway.  It was truly one of the greatest days ever.  If I’m being honest, I’m still kind of on cloud nine about it all.  But enough from me…here’s just a little piece of the magic we created that night…

 

 

 

  • Julie Moeder - August 30, 2017 - 10:36 pm

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    Too cute! Great pics!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dara Jones - August 31, 2017 - 7:18 pm

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I can’t say enough good things about Micaela and Steve.  They are the most fun, laid back couple.  From start to finish their day was effortless and a total blast.  We hopped around the city taking photos and sipping mini bottles of champagne (well, not me but you get the idea).  There was some impromptu drum-line dancing and a whole lot of laughter.  And don’t even get me started on the reception.  There were literal *gasps* when people walked into that room.  It was like something out of a dream.  Between the stained glass windows and the impeccable style it was so perfectly done.  Moral of the story, from start to finish Micaela and Steve’s day was nothing short of amazing.  Not to mention so. much. fun!

 

Micaela and Steve – thank you for including me in your special day.  I’m so grateful I got to be a part of it!  I wish you guys so much happiness and can’t wait to see you the next time you’re in Indy!!!!

 

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Audrey Simper, for all her help!

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

Wedding Planner: Michelle Speight  |  Florist: Into the Woods  |  Venue: The University Club of Chicago  |  DJ/Band: TVK Orchestra  |  Dress brand: Lela Rose  |  Makeup: Cait Clark  |  Hair: Jen Hayes

 

If I had to sum up Molly and Eric in one word it would be fun.  So.  Much.  Fun.  From the second I walked in that adorable little pool house to the last epic dance move – their day was an absolute blast.  Think…champagne, horses, cowboy boots, stuffed chickens, school buses, non-stop laughing, donuts, dance moves, some more dance moves, and then some more really epic dance moves.  The whole thing was just so much fun.

Eric is so unapologetically himself and isn’t afraid to be the life of the party.  And Molly is the perfect combination of sweet and sass which just makes you love her so much.  Together they perfectly compliment everything about the other and I’d be lying if I didn’t say you instantly want to be their best friend.  And don’t even get me started on Moose…their incredible Chihuahua/Weiner dog mix.  He was just the icing on top of a truly magical cake.

 

Molly and Eric…thank you so much for including me in your day.  I’m serious when I say I want to be best friends.  Like stat.  😉  It was one of the most fun days I’ve ever been a part of and I am so, so, so grateful I got to be even a small part of it.  Love you both so much!!!!!!!!

 

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter Audrey Simper!

And another big thanks to all the vendors that made this day happen!

Venue:Northfork Farm  |  Florist: Jewel- Osco  |  Caterer:Uncle Bubs BBQ  |  Hair/Makeup:Salon Rhapsody

 

I’ve been staring at my computer screen for 30 minutes now because I can’t for the life of me think of words that would do justice to this day or just to Catherine and Andrew as people.  But I am going to try…

 

When I think of Catherine and Andrew’s day the first thing that comes to my mind is magic.  Pure magic.  I have never met two people who connect and feel more than these two.  Who love each other so much that it literally touches every person around them.  Near or far.  Every single second of their day was filled with this incredible amount of emotion.  From every person, in so many different ways.  Between the beauty of that cliff overlooking the Rhode Island coast to the love that was so obviously present between them and every single person who was there.  It was just plain magic.

 

I feel incredibly lucky to do what I do.  And I whole-heartedly believe Catherine and Andrew were meant to be in my life.  I believe they are meant to be in the lives of every person who knows them.  Their love is inspiring and genuine and something that reminds you to love harder and deeper and in a way that is so different.  But so necessary.  I’ve witnessed a lot of love stories and this one touched me in a way that I will not soon forget.  And while I know my words don’t do it justice…hopefully their photos will.

 

Catherine and Andrew…I don’t even know where to start but just know how much I love you both.  Thank you for bringing me into your lives and sharing your amazing day with me.  I assure you it is one I will never forget.  You guys are incredibly special and I am so, so grateful to have you in my life.  xoxoxoxo

 

A huge thank you to my second shooter, Marina Baklanova!

 

And thank you to all the vendors who made this day happen!

Venue: OceanCliff Hotel and Resort  |  Florist: Golden Gate Studios  |  Caterer: OceanCliff Hotel and Resort  |  DJ/Band: Evolution Entertainment  |  Dress brand: Sottero Midgley  |  Cake: Mad Hatter Bakery  |  Videographer: Artistic Wedding Films  |  Hair/Makeup: Danielle Keefe Artistry