South Bend engagement | Michael and Katherine


South Bend engagement photo session | Michael and Katherine

Location: Potato Creek State Park

Photographer: Monica Brazier Photography

Thank you Michael and Katherine for choosing me as your photographer. You guys are naturals in front of the camera and made my job super easy. The couple chose Potato Creek state park as the backdrop to their engagement session photos and this location did not disappoint. Early Fall scenery combined with a super cute couple is a recipe for greatness.  I look forward to shooting your wedding in May. Congrats to you both!



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Allure Laporte | Scott and Christine

Venue: Allure, Laporte 

Photographer: Monica Brazier Photography

Floral: Wrights Flowers and Gifts

Decor: Etsy and DIY

Makeup: Sta-Glam

Hair: Hairspray Revolution

DJ: R & S Entertainment DJ ScottyB

Cake: Macris Italian Bakery

Bride’s Dress: Amour Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Suites: Men’s Warehouse

I am truly blessed to work with such great couples! Scott and Christine are no exception! The couple is orginally from the Mishawaka area and met in high school. Currently they live in Texas with their four adorable children. I was honored that they chose me to capture their special day. I was also extremely excited to have the opportunity to shoot for the first time at the beautiful Allure in Laporte Indiana. To see the outside of this venue, one would never guess the hidden jewel on the inside of this renovated church gymnasium. The venue and staff are amazing! If you are planning nuptuials in the area I highly recommend the Allure Laporte.

It was a great day for everyone. It was sweet to learn more about the couple and how they met throughout the day. It was also very cute to see Christine try so hard to hold back tears before and during the ceremony. Hey Christine, “cry down!” Thanks again to Scott and Christine for inviting me to document your day.  I hope you enjoy this preview of your wedding photos and I pray that you have a great time on your “familymoon”. Love and Blessings!


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Tippecanoe Wedding – Felipe and Danielle

Photographer: Monica Brazier Photography
Venue: Tippecanoe Place Mansion
Brides Hair: Haley Callahan @ Nicholas J Salon and Spa

Felipe and Danielle are one of the cutest couples I have had the opportunity to photograph. It’s an easy task as a photographer to work with couples who are totally into each other. Their Tippecanoe wedding was beautiful and intimate. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when they both read their vows to each other or when the groom announced during the ceremony that they were expecting. Felipe and Danielle, thank you for allowing me to be apart of your special day. I hope you enjoy this preview of your wedding day photos. Blessings and love to you and your new family!

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Morris Estate Wedding | John & Lynn

Ceremony Venue: Morris Estate Wedding Chapel
Photographer: Monica Brazier Photography
Brides Hair: Brandi Bates @ Salon 301
Brides Make-up: Kelsie Youts @ Salon 301
Mother of the bride and bridesmaids make-up: Kayse Funkhouser @ Salon 301
Florals: The Flower Market by Martin’s
Reception Venue:
Windsor Park Conference Center 

And the adventure begins… Wow! John and Lynn are an amazing couple! I am truly blessed to work with genuinely terrific people!  I have been looking forward to John and Lynn’s wedding day for over a year. I really got to know the couple through the planning process and while shooting their adorable engagement session. I could tell early on that the bride, Lynn, was extremely nervous about her wedding day plans and wanted to ensure that every detail was thoughtfully curated.  I image that is how many brides feel when preparing for their big day which is completely understandable. In my experience as a wedding photographer, yes it is extremely helpful to be organized an prepared on the wedding, but the moment when the bride finally relaxes and starts enjoying her day is priceless. As you can tell by the photos, the guys didn’t have any problem relaxing and enjoying the day. Having a groom thrown into a pool at the start of the day was a first for me. Love it!

All of the planning paid off. John and Lynn, your day was absolutely perfect! I truly thank you for allowing me to capture and be apart of your special day. I look forward to spending time at your pool and tiki hut this summer!  Seriously, congrats and I wish you many years of happiness. Love and blessings!

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Notre Dame Wedding | Rocio and David

Ceremony Site : Our Lady of Fatima Chapel

Reception Site: Riverside Terrace

Photos By: Monica Brazier Photography

David and Rocio are hands down one of the sweetest couples I have ever worked with. I think I say that about all of my couples but there is something about these two that take the cake. Their wedding added a lot of firsts for me that I was excited about photographing. Upon meeting David and Rocio, they informed me that they were expecting and by the time the wedding rolls around they would be about 6 months pregnant. At that point I had never photographed an expecting bride so I was excited to jump right in. The groom had also planned on being dressed in his military whites for the ceremony which was another aspect of their wedding day that I was excited to photograph. David (the groom) is such a funny character and Rocio (the bride)  is his perfect better half, always being the calm and rational one. Their personalities together make them fun and great to work with.

On the wedding day I got a chance to meet the rest of David and Rocio’s friends and family. Rocco, you and your sisters are all gorgeous and share such a special bond. Even though I was hired to be with you to document these moments with my camera, I felt honored to be in the getting ready room with you, your mom, and your sisters. These moments were the most impactful for me because I could truly feel the love and happiness that everyone in the room felt for you. Thank you.

After the wedding ceremony the couple opted to have the rest of their Notre Dame wedding photos taken at St. Mary’s college and at the grotto on the campus of Notre Dame before we headed to the reception site. Thank you so much again David and Rocio for allowing me to be apart of your special day. Weddings are a once in a lifetime event and I do not take my responsibility lightly. God Bless you both and congrats again on your marriage and to the new bundle of joy you will be welcoming into your lives in August! Love and Blessing!


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St. Hedwig South Bend Wedding

Ceremony: Grace United Methodist Church 

Reception Venue: St. Hedwig South Bend 

After Ceremony Photos: Doubletree Hotel South Bend 


I absolutely have a blast photographing weddings and I feel so honored when couples allow me to share one of the most important days of their lives with them. Sara and Ricky wed on April 25th 2015 at the beautiful Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend. I love how Sara and Ricky incorporated the groom’s hispanic culture by adding the “coin” and “cord” traditions into the ceremony. These items symbolize  prosperity and togetherness for the new couple.

The couple and I met and started planning for their wedding day one year in advance. This allowed us to truly plan together and map out the exact plans for their wedding day. I truly believe that proper planning is the key ingredient for a successful and organized wedding day not to mention that organization relieves wedding day stress. Sara and Ricky’s wedding day went like clock work and turned out to be a beautiful day. We didn’t allow the rainy weather to stop us from creating really cute photographs in between the ceremony and reception. We even stopped for a quick photo op in front of the South Bend Cubs stadium to incorporate the Groom’s love for baseball.

The couples reception took place at the historic St. Hedwig South Bend. The decor was beautiful and the floor to ceiling up-lighting at the venue created a perfect backdrop for beautiful reception photos. If you are considering St. Hedwig South Bend  for your wedding reception, all I can say is op for the “pie package!” It will not disappoint!

Love and Blessings!





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South Bend wedding photographer | Tyler & Brittney

South Bend wedding photographer | Tyler & Brittney

Last weekend I had the honor of photographing Tyler and Brittney’s South Bend wedding and I have to say, it was one of the most sweetest ceremonies I have been apart of. The day started with hair and make-up for the ladies in the brides hotel room and groom prep in a separate suite for the fellas. The bride and groom opted to see each other before the wedding ceremony to take care of the family formal portraits that usually happen after the I do’s. I set up their “first look” photos inside of the churches sanctuary which created a private setting for the couple to have a few moments together before their ceremony.

After family formals the bride was tucked away to hide from her guests as they were entering the church. As the ceremony started, the look on Tyler’s face as Brittney walked down the aisle was just as if he was seeing her for the first time all over again. The emotion inside of the church was so high even I started to tear up behind my camera has Brittney and Tyler read their vows to one another. After the wedding ceremony the couple took a few photos in front of the “golden dome” on the campus of Notre Dame. The fall colors of the trees on Notre Dame’s campus were so pretty and tied in perfectly with the couples Fall wedding theme.

Brittney and Tyler you guys are a super sweet couple and it was a joy photographing your wedding day. I hope you and your family enjoy this preview of your wedding day photos and be sure to scroll to the very end of this post for a special preview slideshow. Enjoy! Blessings and Love!

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South Bend wedding photographer Monica Brazier offers South Bend Indiana brides the very best in South Bend wedding photography. Are you getting married in South Bend Indiana? Who will be your Indiana wedding photographer? Here is a list of some of the things you should consider when looking for a South Bend wedding photographer.

//1 Personality. When selecting a south bend wedding photographer you are selecting more than just a photographer for your wedding day. You are hiring a wedding photographer that will be with you, your family and your group all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked or discounted in any way. Your south bend wedding photographers personality can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party. Ultimately it can impact your wedding photography altogether. You will more than likely be working with your wedding photographer for a year, or longer in some cases, by the time you factor in your engagement session and post wedding photography and albums.

//2 Price. While price is always a factor when selecting your south bend wedding photographer, it should not be the only thing that matters. All too often we hear horror stories from brides who made a decision for their wedding photography based purely on price. It turns out to be foolish in the end. When its all said and done, your wedding photography will be all you have to remember your wedding day.

//3  Wedding Albums. What will you do with all your images from your south bend wedding photographer? Most people opt to place them in a beautifully designed wedding album that your wedding photographer should provide you with. Don’t underestimate the importance of a wedding album from your wedding day. This is your first family heirloom and your one keepsake you will have forever to remember your Indiana wedding. When selecting an Indiana wedding photographer you should look for an album that best represents you and your new family. Wedding albums come in all shapes and sizes. Questions you should ask. Your Indiana wedding photographer 1) How many pages come in the wedding album? 2) How many images will be in the wedding album? 3) What leather options are available for my wedding album?

//4  Coverage. Something often overlooked when selecting a South Bend wedding photographer is the number of hours that will be offered during the coverage of your South Bend wedding. Typically you will want your wedding photographer to be with you to document all the moments of your wedding day. After all, that is what you are hiring them for. That being said, typical coverage requirements for your wedding day should be about 8-10 hours. Be careful here. Some South Bend Indiana wedding photographers offer cut-rate prices by offering you less than adequate wedding coverage for your day. These become hidden costs and once you realize it, it is often too late.

//5  Number of wedding photographers. How many South Bend wedding photographers will be at your event? Most events need at least two wedding photographers. This ensures that your wedding photographer is focused on working with your group and directing the day and allows the second wedding photographer to have coverage going on at the same time. We find that by having two South Bend wedding photographers at your event, your wedding photography needs can best be met all while ensuring that nothing gets missed from your big day. Monica Brazier is a South Bend wedding photographer based in South Bend Indiana offering wedding photography in the state of Indiana, Chicago IL, and destination locations. For more information about this South Bend wedding photographer, please visit or email at