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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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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Winter Engagement Session

Indiana winters are brutally cold and snowy. Every winter I always tell myself, “Next year I’m moving to Florida!” Fortunately I am super blessed to work with amazing couples that can make a snowy winter engagement session smokin hot!

Joe and Erin are actually now Mr. and Mrs. Roe. They wed last year in August and I had the pleasure of photographing their beautiful nuptuials which I will share in a later post. Erin really wanted snow for the outdoor portion of their winter engagement session and just enough is exactly what she got. Joe and Erin were naturals in front of the camera and their winter engagement session turned out really cute! Thank you Erin and Joe for allow me to share these memories with you.

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South Bend Engagement

I am convinced that anything photography related definitely needs to take place in the Fall. The colors of the season provided a perfect backdrop for Faisah and Brian’s South Bend engagement photo session. It also helps that Faisah and Brian are super adorable together. The couple lives in Michigan but opted to travel to South Bend for their engagement photos. We started the session on the beautiful grounds of the historic Oliver mansion. I love this location because it is blocks away from my studio and is simply a gorgeous area. For a sample of wedding day photos taken at this same location click here.

The second location was also within walking distance from the studio. It might sound different but I love, love, love, shooting in alley’s and abandoned warehouses. Unconventional photo locations, even on the wedding day, can create awesome photos and also makes the wedding day more memorable.

Thank you Faisah and Brian for traveling to South Bend for your engagement photos. I look forward to shooting your wedding in September 2016.

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Congrats to Jessica and O’Ryan. Your South Bend engagement photos turned out great! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding next Fall.

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The Homestead 1835 | South Bend Wedding Photography

 

Venue: The Homestead 1835

Hair: Kalon Hair Lab (Kimmie Seely)

Makeup: Makeup by Keria

Flourist: Always n Bloom

The Homestead 1835 provided the perfect backdrop for Xavier and Haley’s South Bend wedding photography. This modern rustic barn wedding was full of details from the beautiful decor to the sweet treats of the S’more’s bar.

Exavier and Haley opted not to see each other before the wedding and chose to take what I call “first look no look photos. I love the look Xavier had on his face when he finally got a chance to see Haley for the first time. After the ceremony, when it was time for formal photos, the couple was so easy to pose because they had a genuine connection and love for one another. The wedding day ended with beautiful sunset photos and a campfire including roasted marshmallows.

Exavier and Haley, thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of your wedding day. Your planning and details made your wedding day a photographers dream. I wish you both all of the best. Love and blessings to you both!

 

 

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Engagement Photography

An engagement photography session is so much fun because it gives me a chance to work with my couples before their big day. During an engagement photography session, couples get the experience of being professionally photographed before their wedding day. When taking engagement photos my goal is to capture the natural interactions between the couple. For the most part I give minimal direction because  I love when couples laugh and smile naturally without force. That’s why it was so cute to photograph Sara and Ricky for their engagement photography session.

Sara and Ricky were great to work with. I could tell that they were both a little bit nervous at the beginning of the shoot. Ricky was actually full of giggles when we first started. The giggles were good because it allowed both of them to naturally smile and laugh without direction. By the end of the session both Sara and Ricky were relaxed and ended up having a lot of fun with the shoot.

I shot Sara and Ricky’s engagement photography session at the River Walk located in Mishawaka. We ended the session in the streets of the city’s downtown area. I loved the couples outfit choices and how the buildings in the street scene coordinated perfectly. Thank you Sara and Ricky for a great session! You guys did an awesome job and I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in April 2015. Here are a few of my favorite’s from this session. Enjoy!

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