Jesse & Erica | South Bend Wedding

Jesse and Erica | South Bend Wedding

Ceremony: Grace United Methodist Church

Reception: Double Tree Hotel; South Bend, IN.

Jesse and Erica were such  a fun couple to work with. From the very beginning, Jesse wanted to make sure his Bride – to –  be had a day that she would remember for a lifetime.  I congratulate you Jesse for surprising your bride and having her swept away in a horse and carriage. Nice touch! What an awesome fairytale ending to a beautiful wedding day!

To the new Mr. and Mrs. Brownlee, I wish you many years of happiness. Thank you for entrusting me to capture your special day and I hope that you enjoy this preview!  Love and Blessings!

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding | Jacqueline and Joseph

I seriously love all of my couples but Jacqueline and Joseph hold a special place in my heart. Jacqueline and Joseph (J&J), hired me to capture their wedding day despite the fact that this would be my first time shooting at the beautiful Basilica on the campus of Notre Dame. Shooting a Notre Dame Basilica wedding has been a career goal of mine since I started my wedding photography business. I am so thankful that J&J entrusted me and allowed me to reach this milestone in my career.

J&J’s wedding day could not have been more perfect. The whether was gorgeous and the wedding party was super fun to work with. If you are planning a Notre Dame Basilica wedding my advice would be to be on time! The Basilica books weddings back to back on Saturday’s starting at 8:00am and each family is rotated in and out of the church very systematically.

Overall shooting a Notre Dame Basilica wedding was a lot of fun and the staff at the Basilica were very friendly and helpful. After shooting a handful of family formals inside of the Basilica, the wedding party and I walked around campus to capture more fun and creative photos using the beautiful Notre Dame campus as the backdrop.

Thank you so much Jacqueline and Joseph for allowing me to capture your special day! I wish you all the best! Love and blessings to you!

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Morris Estate Wedding | Clint & Jenna

 

Photography: Monica Brazier Photography

Ceremony Venue: The Morris Estate Wedding Chapel

Makeup/Hair: Beauty and Bliss

Dress: Wedding Belles, Stevensville, Mi

Florist: Heaven and Earth Floral

Ceremony Music: Vandyke Revue (Backsliders 2 Piece Acoustic)

Reception Centerpieces: Sandys Floral Boutique- Buchanan

Cake: Martins Supermarkets

Reception Venue: St. Hedwig Event Hall

Reception DJ: Rock and Roll Show DJ service (Tod Morehead)

Clint and Jenna wed this past weekend at the beautiful Morris Estate Wedding Chapel in Niles, Michigan. The couple, their wedding party, and their families were so much fun to work with! I think my favorite part of the day was having Jenna’s dad hold up traffic for us so we could pose the wedding party in the middle of the street on the campus of Notre Dame. Jenna and Clint, I am so happy we were able to capture all of the photos on your wish list and more! I hope you enjoy these preview photos of your wedding day. May you have a lifetime of happy memories together! Once again, thank you for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding day. Love and Blessings!

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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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Engagement Photography ~ Emily and Kurt

Engagement Photography ~ Emily and Kurt

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I am reposting the engagement photography session of Emily and Kurt because their October wedding is just around the corner. The couple shared a love for Starbucks and coffee in general so they wanted to incorporate the drink into their session. I thought it was a super cute ideal and it allowed the couple to enjoy two things they love, coffee and each other, during their engagement photography session. Even though Emily and Kurt’s engagement photography session was in April, the scene outside of Emily’s parents home resembled fall. This was perfectly fine because the scenery will match perfectly with their fall October wedding. When Emily and Kurt display their engagement photos during on their wedding day, the fall themes will all tie in together.

I absolutely love shooting engagement photography sessions. It gives me a chance to work with couples before their big day and gives the couple a chance the experience being professionally photographed. Many couples are shy and nervous at the beginning of the session. The guys always express to me how much they hate being photographed. By mid session the couples usually forget I am even around with my camera and they just enjoy the experience together. My goal during an engagement session and the wedding day is to always capture natural moments and interactions. To me, a great photo captures emotions and has a little bit of mystery to it at the same time. (more on that in a different post. haha).

Here is a preview of Emily and Kurt’s engagement photography session. Congrats to you both and I can’t wait to shoot your wedding a couple of weeks. Love and Blessings!

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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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