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Hanna Family Session! Indianapolis, Indiana Extended Family Photography

September 18, 2017

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” – George Eliot

So, you’ll recognize Steven and Kristen and those little boys from their session last year [you don’t remember?  LOOK HERE].  This year, Kristin’s sister-in-law Emalee scheduled a session to include the extended family!  And although it was a bit chilly for their August session, we tried our hardest to keep moving in order to keep warm, while wandering around downtown Indianapolis.

Those little boys [Eli and Ben], were awesome during the session!  Not only did they put on their best smiles, but they also assisted in finding cool walls and helped in bringing out the best smiles in all of their family.  And it’s quite clear that they are a little bit the life of the party when hanging out with their family.  They love giving hugs out [especially to grandma], and being tickled [especially by uncle Jeff], and I’m pretty sure in many ways, they are already each others BFF’s.

Kristen, Steven, Eli and Ben, I ALWAYS love hanging out with you guys… Cathy, Jeff, Tim and Emalee, I LOVED meeting you and wandering around downtown Indy with you guys!  So glad you made time for family portraits while everyone was in town!

Cheers!
~Maike

*LOOK HERE, and scroll down to image number 4 to see the above cuties in front of a different door last year.  Maybe I need to start a series #brothersinfrontofdoors 

Emma and Derek! South Bend, Indiana Wedding Photography

August 29, 2017

“And all I know is I’m just glad to see you again.” – Nora Jones

While I might not live up in South Bend anymore, I SOOO enjoy coming back into the city [especially since I don’t have to drive through Kokomo anymore :)].  Seeing how the city keeps transforming and growing and beautifying is so lovely! [Shout out to Mayor Pete!]

And then of course, the whole photographing weddings at the Basilica on Notre Dame University’s campus is pretty delightful ;).

While wandering around campus, Emma told me her and Derek had an agreement.  Since they were getting married at her alma mater, they had to do their engagement session at his alma mater [IU, back in the fall, if you don’t remember it, CLICK HERE, you will not be disappointed].  And you guys, while there IS a lot of walking when you get married or have your engagement session on campus, campuses really are BEAUTIFUL locations for photographs.  If you’ve been following along, you know that I love me some awesome architecture to incorporate into your portraits, and what better architecture than big beautiful campus buildings!  [Of course this isn’t true of all campuses, but IU and Notre Dame definitely fit the bill].

And Emma and Derek’s wedding was exactly as I anticipated.  Beautiful, loving, warm, elegant, and just full of class.

My favorite parts of this wedding: Emma’s amazing dress [I don’t know her that well, but from what I know, it just fits her personality SOOOOO well!], Emma’s awesome jewelry borrowed from her grandmother, Emma and Derek’s super adorable first dance, the amazing and odd August weather that made hanging out on the patio at Blue Heron so delightful and the awesome/fun/laid back bridal party.

I’m so excited to share these images of your day!  Peter and I loved hanging out with you!  Hope your first few weeks of marriage are going amazing!!!

~Maike

*shout out to second shooter Peter!  He shot the above image and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  It’s seriously so cool.

*I mean, my shot isn’t too bad either :). #handsomegroomandgroomsmen

Hair : Nicholas J Salon & Spa

Make Up : Nicholas J Salon & Spa

Florist : Poppies 

Ceremony : Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Reception Venue : The Blue Heron at Blackthorn

DJ : ProShow

Cake/Desserts : Macri’s Bakery

Catering : The Blue Heron

Dress : Sophia’s Bridal (Indy), Essense of Australia

Bridesmaids Dresses : Brideside (Chicago), Wtoo by Watters

 

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : Those Sweet Words, by Nora Jones
father & daughter dance : The Way You Look Tonight, by Frank Sinatra

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

E: The doors of the church opening and seeing Derek at the end of the isle and all of our friends and family on the way down the isle.

D: For me, it was our first dance. We had taken classes and really worked at it but it was a surprise to everyone else!

Advice for future brides/grooms?

E: Try to enjoy the little moments of the day as much as possible. It goes VERY quickly!

Funniest memory?

E: We had a Catholic wedding and while Derek isn’t Catholic he did go to a Catholic grade school. At one point during our ceremony he started laughing to himself. When I ask why he said it was because he was amazed he still remembered all the words to the prayers and that it showed what a good job our grade school principle had done.

D: Same as Emma’s

If you could do it all over would you change anything?

E: I wish we had more time to spend with everyone at the reception!

D: No.

Honeymoon?

We did take a honeymoon. We went to Maui for just over a week and it was wonderful! It was the perfect mix of having plently of activities to do and also doing nothing at all.

Lastly, are there any other vendors that you LOVED and want to give a special shout out to?

Polly McCarthy at Poppies was AMAZING! I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted at our first meeting so we just talked about colors and styles I liked. By the end of the meeting she had drawn all of the centerpieces and the chandelier piece and I knew she was the right person for the job.

Caitlin & Rob! South Bend, Indiana Wedding Photography

July 25, 2017

“Beautiful morning, you’re the sun in my morning, babe.” -Kanye West

So, these two were last on my blog for their beautiful Chicago engagement session [HERE].  And since Caitlin is friends with past brides Molly and Morgan, I pretty much KNEW her and Rob’s wedding was going to be glorious!!!

And it was.  It was fantastic.

From getting ready at Bangs, to their adorable first look, their seriously awesome bridal party [totaling 18 including the bride and groom], and the amazingly fun photo booth at their reception, their wedding day was packed with so so much good!

Caitlin, I love that you teared up reading Rob’s unexpected note to you [side note, my brother and I do the same thing when we see random public art pieces: “ART!”].  Rob, I love how your smile was so wide while waiting on Caitlin to tap you on the back for your first look.  You guys are so cool.  And your friends are awesome.  And your family is so sweet.  Your wedding day was so beautiful!  The details, the people, the special moments.  Lovely.

I loved every minute of hanging out with you, your family and your bridal party on your wedding day!

Cheers to all your firsts in married life!
~Maike


*above, Caitlin’s new monogramed initials.

*Caitlin’s family has their own giant wall mural!  Loved the story behind this!  And of course, super love the photos in front of it ;).

Hair : Summer at Bangs Salon (‘made all of my bridal updo dreams come true! Soft and romantic and just enough styling!’)

Make Up : Reilley at Bangs Salon (‘made me look glowy and gorgeous! Girl knows how to work some magic with that highlighter.’)

Florist : Poppies (‘Polly took the vision of my bouquets and table settings right out of my head. They were perfect!’)

Ceremony : St. Anthony de Padua Church, South Bend IN

Reception Venue : The Brick, South Bend IN

Band : Darryl Buchanan and the Reflections (band)

DJ : Rufus Ayers

Cake/Desserts : Macri’s Bakery (wedding cake),  Buttercream Bliss , Kathy Greve (assorted desserts)

Catering : The Landing Catering

Dress : BHLDN, Chicago IL. Designer: Catherine Deane, Jolie Gown

Shoes : Sophia Webster Lilico sandals in blue from Net-A-Porter

Bridesmaids Dresses : Dessy.com (bridesmaids chose their own style from Dessy, Social Bridesmaids, and After Six)

Coordinator : Lauren, Merry Me Events

 

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : When I Get My Hands On You, by The New Basement Tapes
father & daughter dance : My Girl, by The Temptations (played live by Darryl Buchanan & the Reflections)
mother & son dance : The Way You Look Tonight,  by Frank Sinatra (played live by Darryl Buchanan & the Reflections)

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

C: The best moment for was right at the end of our ceremony when Father Dave introduced us as Mr. and Mrs. Langtry and we turned to see all of our favorite in the people in the world smiling and cheering for us. It was so great to finally make it official and have the moment we had been waiting for since we got engaged! Also walking into the reception and seeing everything we had spent months and months planning all put together and all of our closest friends and family having fun was the best feeling. It was everything we had hoped for and more!

R: Being out on the dance floor with all of our friends and family. We’ve been to some weddings where the dance floor never really gets going. From the second Darryl Buchanan & the Reflections started playing, we had a packed dance floor. We even had to move some tables back to make room for everyone out there! Very unexpected, but going up on the shoulders of a groomsmen and an usher during Who Let The Dogs Out was certainly memorable as well.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

C: Take 5 minutes to have to yourself just you and your new husband/wife. The day flies by and there are so many people you want to spend time with its easy to forget to spend a moment with each other to take it all in! Also, if it fits in your wedding budget, a day of coordinator was hands down the best money we spent. Our wonderful planner Lauren made sure our day went off without a single hitch and we didn’t have to worry about a thing except enjoying ourselves!

R: Enjoy the day – it goes by so fast!

Funniest memory?

C: Getting lifted onto the shoulders of a groomsman and an usher during Who Let the Dogs out. Its a ridiculous joke with our group of friends and I could not stop laughing while getting carried around the dance floor with everyone shouting WHO WHO WHO! Also watching our personalized snapchat story the morning after to see what everyone posted from the day was hilarious.

R: The photobooth with by dad & Grampa. My Grampa was hamming it up and you can see from the pictures – I was cracking up.

If you could do it all over would you change anything?

C: No, it was the most perfect weekend!

R: No, maybe make it a few hours longer!

Honeymoon?

We’ll be touring Croatia & the Greek Islands for two and a half weeks at the end of August.  After the wedding, we did a “mini-moon” to Saugatuck, Michigan. It is the cutest little beach town with good food, great wine, and fun little shops! A perfect way to unwind.

Lastly, are there any other vendors that you LOVED and want to give a special shout out to?

Darryl Buchanan & the Reflections were absolutely incredible! We had both said at the beginning of planning that a live band was a must have for our reception and they did not disappoint! It was also so special to have our father/daughter and mother/son songs played live.

Kellie and Jamie! Indianapolis, Indiana Wedding Photography

July 9, 2017

“I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles
And the heavens open every time she smiles” – Crazy Love

I know I say it like, every single wedding I shoot, but seriously, you guys.  I LOVE my job.  Editing and culling through wedding images, in the days after the couple says I do, I seriously sit grinning at my screen, remembering each beautiful moment.

And Jamie and Kellie’s wedding was AMAZING.  This couple.  You guys.  I LOVE them.  Jamie said something about being “the luckiest man in the universe”, and I feel like looking through their images, and remembering their perfect wedding day, I can just see that gleaming out of him the entire day.  And then beautiful Kellie!  She just radiates a glow of a woman truly in love with her man.

Their day was gorgeous.

And since most of us were in Indiana the previous two days, we know exactly what it COULD have been [crazy rain storms the day before, and crazy heat two days before].  The sun was out, and beautiful Indiana clouds, and a light breeze to cool you off when you got a bit hot.

Their wedding was held at the Historic Ambassador House of Fishers, and it was the prettiest place to get ready, and then have both the ceremony and the reception.

Favorite moments:
-All the awesome music [thanks to Garth and Jared!]
-Random dance breaks during portraits
-The Magical re-lighting unity candles
-Geeking out about Matchbox Twenty coming to town in September [they have tickets, I have tickets, it’s going to be awesome!]
-Beautiful sparkler exit to the night [I’m super proud of these beautiful images!]

Kellie and Jamie, Ashley and I so loved photographing your beautiful wedding day!  Congratulations!

Cheers!
~Maike

Hair : Amanda Price [Salon Lofts]

Make Up : Allison Zwickel

Florist : Lilly Lane

Ceremony/Reception Venue : The Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens

DJ : Jared Wade Entertainment [classic ceremony And 70s funk refreshment hour]

Cake : Classic Cakes

Catering : A Cut Above Catering

Dress : Galina Signature

Shoes : Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaids Dresses : Vera Wang

Coordinator : Becky Ruby-Wojtowicz, Lilly Lane

 

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : Crazy Love – live version by Ray Charles and Van Morrison
father & daughter dance : My Girl, by The Temptations
mother & son dance : Days Like This, by Van Morrison

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

K: Walking down the isle and saying our vows. When all three unity candles went out and then all three came back on at the same time I knew my older sister Jaclene was there with us celebrating.

J: The most memorable moment for me is doing the first look and seeing Kellie in her dress for the first time

Advice for future brides/grooms?

K: Don’t sweat the small stuff and soak up every moment you can with your friends and family. Relax and be present in each moment to truly feel the love and joy that surrounds you. No one will remember your centerpieces but everyone remembers the love they felt

J: If you find the right vendors, the investment is worth it! Also, let the bride do what she wants in the planning process.

Funniest memory?

KWhen we realized we had no idea how to cut our wedding cake and/or eat it but we stumbled through it!  

J: Watching my dad hit the dance floor

If you could do it all over would you change anything?

K: Nothing at all, everything was perfect.

J: No, wouldn’t change a thing

Honeymoon?

Key west Florida at casa marina right on the beach. It was paradise.

Lastly, are there any other vendors that you LOVED and want to give a special shout out to?
Becky Ruby-Wojtowicz with Lilly Lane did an amazing job with our flowers and day of coordinating! She’s the best!

Baby Rayna! Indianapolis, Indiana Newborn Session

June 20, 2017

“Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.” -Eric Church

Yay for babies!

You know, photographing baby sessions is just a bit different now that I have Z.  I notice different cries, I’m sensitive to parents emotions, and I just generally see the world just a bit differently than before.

Additionally, I now have first hand knowledge of how fast babies change, which makes me SO glad when people hire me to photograph them with their little ones [also, because self portraits of your family when you have a newborn are just, well… the good ones are few and far between].

Which brings me to beautiful Rayna’s session!  This was my first official session after Z was born, and I LOVED it.  Stefanie found me on a motherhood Facebook group, and I am so SO glad she did!  Rayna wasn’t quite sure she was up for photos, but in the end, we convinced her all was a-okay and got some beautiful images of this sweet girl with her mom and dad.

Stefanie and Jordan, I’m so glad you found me and loved spending time with you three!  Can’t wait to hang out again!

Cheers!
~Maike

Andrew’s 90th Birthday! South Bend, Indiana Personal Post

May 23, 2017

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” -Ausonius

There are some moments in life that as soon as they happen, you realize that moment was SO special.

Our baby boy is named after his great grandfather [on Ronald’s side of the family], Andrew.  Great grandpa Andrew has had a few strokes, wanders around mostly in a wheelchair, and has some memory issues/dementia [he knows he is familiar with his family, but can’t remember anyones names, and sometimes how they are connected to him].  He has caretakers around who hang out with him, cook for him, help him get around and chat with him.  And while he is different than pre-stroke, he definitely still has spunk to him, and that ever curious mind, thinking and creating and dreaming up possibilities.

Zander’s birth announcement is proudly displayed on a shelf at Andrews home, and family and the caretakers have talked to him about his little name sake since he was born back in February.

A couple weekends ago, to celebrate Andrew’s 90th birthday, we traveled up to South Bend, for a quick weekend trip.  Not only did Zander get to meet cousins, and aunts and uncles, but he also got to hang out with great grandpa Andrew [‘Poppy’].  And YOU GUYS!!!!

I video’d them meeting for the first time.  And it’s… well, it’s just perfect [okay, I’m not a videographer, so that part is not perfect, but THE MOMENT is perfect].

In case you didn’t catch it, in the middle Andrew says, “Don’t mark on me!” [which I’m pretty sure he’s telling Zander not to pee on him.  ha ha ha!], and then he asks if we’re scared of him [decent question ;)].

So yes, THOSE moments.  I’m grateful for moments like this in general, that I can remember.  I’m super grateful that this moment was video’d.

Hope you all are catching those moments and treasuring them in your mind forever.

Cheers!
~Maike

*four generations! Great Grandpa, Uncle, Dad and Z!

*Cousins!

Baby Zander! Indianapolis, Indiana Personal New Born Baby Session

April 8, 2017

“Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name” — “Murder in the City,” The Second Gleam, Avett Brothers

Normally I don’t publish blog posts on Saturdays, BUT, April 8th is sort of a memorable day for me, and I thought it’d be a good opportunity to share with you guys….

SURPRISE!!!  WE HAD A BABY!

If you follow my personal instagram, you already know this :).  And of course, I’ll update my M.Rinaye instagram soon with beautiful images of our baby boy as well.

Soooooo, April 8th was his due date [because obviously, he wasn’t born today… also, we’re celebrating with cupcakes]. And while most babies don’t actually come on their due date, his timing was WAY before mine -> 6 weeks early!  My water broke at 33 weeks [7 weeks early] and Ronald and I spent the following week in the hospital before being induced.

But then we welcomed beautiful Andrew Alexander on February 28th!  Our Fat Tuesday baby!

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since then.  Baby Zander spent 5 days in NICU [an incredibly short time, considering how early he was], and since bringing him home, we’ve spent a lot of time catching up on preparing everything here at home [I mean, I thought I AT LEAST had a good month before he got here!] and getting used to his premie stuff [although he was born weighing 6 lbs, so he didn’t really seem like a premie].

Now that he’s 6 weeks old though, he has officially grown out of many of his newborn clothes, we’ve established somewhat of a routine, and are more or less used to the new sleep schedule ;).

Those of you wondering about the business, I fully intended to keep it up!  My business is pretty conducive to having a baby [especially with an awesome partner like Ronald ;), and his traditional M-F, 9-5 job].  So feel free to contact me about your family session, and to continue to send referrals our way!

Happy Due Date baby Zander!

~Maike [aka: Mommy]

PS: I hope you guys are up for some small changes this year on the blog!  I’ll be mixing it up a bit with more personal posts than normal, and I have scaled back weddings.  BUT, excited to take a little different direction, and share the journey with you!

PPS: I love him a lot, and I can’t believe that Ronald and I made such an adorable creature.