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Kelly and Dan! Indianapolis, Indiana Secret Wedding

November 27, 2018

“I wanna tell the world we finally got it all right” – Sara Bareilles

I’m part of a few different Indianapolis based photography groups, and when someone was like, “My friends having a surprise wedding!” I was all “PICK ME! PICK ME!!!!”  And guys, after e-mailing back and forth a few times and chatting on the phone about her and Dan’s big day, she DID pick me!  [YAY!!!! Surprises are one of my favorite things in LIFE].

As a fellow October bride, I can attest to the fact that Indianapolis October weddings are a totally crap-shoot as far as weather is concerned [my wedding I was prepared to wear cute boots and sweaters during the weekend festivities (minus the actual day when I wore that whole big beautiful white dress ;)], but ended up sweating a lot and wishing I had on a light dress instead.  So Dan and Kelly’s October 27th wedding was a toss up.  Would it be warm?  Would it be cold?  Would the colors have changed yet?  Would we still have green everything?  All things considered, this was a DREAM wedding.  It might have been just a bit chilly, but there was no rain [or snow!], the colors were magnificent, and the day was just SO beautiful.

When Kelly said they had only been engaged for like, 2 minutes, and were going to throw this surprise wedding, I conjured up in my brain that it might be more of a backyard barbecue type wedding [which I also love, don’t get me wrong], but then I showed up and they had legit put in the time and energy for a full blown beautiful wedding.  I loved the small details they incorporated, and her color pallet fit the fall outdoor colors MAGNIFICENTLY.

So guys, just ya know… letting you know, if you’re thinking of a surprise wedding, hit me up!

Kelly and Dan, you guys were awesome!  Kelly, you were a trouper in the chilly weather, especially when I kicked you both out onto the lake so we could take some beautiful row boat imags.  I’m so excited to share these with you, and so proud of the beautiful images we created together!


ps: Also, your new big beautiful family is great, and I’ll be around next year if you’re looking for some more family photos to hang on your walls ;).

Hair : G. Michael Salon – Amilee

Make Up : Bride

Flowers : Bride [with flowers from Blooms By the Box]

Ceremony/Reception Venue : Brewski Lake

Music : Rented DJ equipment from Markey’s Audio

Cake : Taylor’s Bakery

Catering : Foxgardin

Dress : Maggie Sottero – McKenzie

Brides Shoes : DSW

Bridesmaids Dresses : Saved By The Dress

bride & groom first dance : You Make it Easy, Jason Aldean


Most memorable moment?

K : When Dan picked me up out of the rowboat, then seeing the beautiful setting and all my favorite people.

D : The vows Kelly prepared for me.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

K : Only get married if you have zero doubt that you’re making the right decision because there is someone out there who is your perfect match, and you will know it with 100% certainty.

D : Marry your second wife first.

Funniest memory?

K : The hilarious after-party hayride.

D : Our officiant kept things light and funny.

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

K : I wouldn’t change a thing. It was perfect.

D : Maybe make it a little warmer, but it was perfect otherwise .


Leaving in two weeks for the British Virgin Islands.

Any others vendors you want to give a shout out to?
Foxgardin – The food was amazing, and the staff went above and beyond! Taylor’s Bakery – Wonderful cake and cupcakes, and for a great bargain too! Many people ate more than one! Markey’s Audio – Super easy to work with, and Justin walked me through the entire setup before I left with it, and I was able to set it up all by myself!  M.Rinaye Photography – You were amazing! You were the first person to make me feel relaxed that day. So easy to work with. 

Sarah and Bobby! Indianapolis, Indiana Wedding

October 28, 2018

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” -Robert Fulghum

And they’re UP!

Welcome to the blog again Sarah and Bobby! [They had their engagement session last fall-ish, where we might have froze just a bit…. their wedding photographs outside for their labor day weekend wedding however, we did NOT freeze #allthesweat.

I’m so excited to share these wedding photos with you!  The day was filled with beautiful moments.  We had an impromptu first look with Sarah’s dad, that had everyone sniffling with how much emotion was in the air, then the couples first look on a beautiful bridge in their neighborhood [side note: if you don’t have a spot that’s important to you to incorporate into your first look, it’s totally cool.  We’ll find a perfect spot.  In this case, I love the fact that they can go and walk over this bridge and remember their first look as often as they want].

Their vows were AWESOME, and I loved that the pastor brought up a story about when Sarah and Bobby were first dating, Sarah [an actuary/numbers girl], said something along the lines of, “There’s a high probability that this guy is THE guy”.

Sarah and Bobby, you guys love each other so well.  I’m so glad we’re friends, and that I was invited to be part of your wedding day and taking this beautiful photos of your promises to each other, and your partying with your friends.

Hope you enjoy all your ‘firsts’ as husband and wife!


Hair : Evan Todd Salon

Make Up : Crystal Haffner, Beauty by Crystal

Flowers : P&D Flower Farm

Wedding Day Coordinators : Christine Kingery Events

Ceremony : Common Ground Christian Church

Reception Venue : Indianapolis ArtsGarden

Music : Jared Wade Entertainment

Cake : Ritz Charles

Catering : Ritz Charles

Dress : Morilee from Bridal Superstore

Brides Shoes : Toms :)

Bridesmaids Dresses : Azazie

bride & groom first dance : Perfect, Ed Sheeran
father & daughter dance : I Loved Her First, Heartland
mother & son dance : You’ll Be in My Heart, Phil Collins


Most memorable moment?

S: The moments I spent with my dad were most memorable. Our relationship is fine, but we aren’t close (especially like my mom and me). From the impromptu first look Maike arranged for my dad and me, to him walking me down the aisle, to him giving a welcoming speech, to our father-daughter dance, and as we danced to “Sweet Caroline” together, I will forever cherish our moments together that day.

B: 1) Discovering Sarah got the inside of my ring engraved without me knowing saying, “My Love, My Teammate, My Superman”. 2) going through the Taco Bell drive through with Sarah on our way home still wearing our fancy clothes and having the employee question why we were getting Taco Bell if we just got married.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

S: Take a deep breath, you’re doing great, everything is going to be fine (something my matron of honor told me a bunch leading up to our wedding day and even leading up to walking down the aisle).

B: Make sure wedding duties are shared so no one person gets too stressed.

Funniest memory?

S: I’ve been struggling with this one for days and still don’t have a great answer, so here are a few small ones: Watching Mr Whiskers interact with everyone getting ready at the house, Watching the bromance between Bobby and his best man (who I had never met until the day before), When Sweet Caroline played, everyone on my dad’s side of the family circled up around him and started chanting, “Ed, Ed, Ed” because he did some animated dancing to it at a wedding two weeks before, Seeing all the guys go leaping for the garter, When Bobby realized his ring was engraved, The Taco Bell story, Watching the flower boys and ring barer go down the aisle. Ok, the list is probably too long now…

B: Going through the Taco Bell drive through with Sarah on our way home still wearing our fancy clothes and having the employee question why we were getting Taco Bell if we just got married.

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

S: Nope!

B: I would help Sarah out more with wedding planning.


We’re not taking one until December, which I totally stand by because we spent the majority of the few days we took off after the wedding sleeping! We will be headed to Isla Mujeres, though.

Any others vendors you want to give a shout out to?

Jared Wade!!! [guys, I agree, if you’re searching for a DJ, give Jared a call, he’s awesome].

Beth and Sam! Delaware, Ohio Wedding Photography

October 25, 2018

“Scars and struggles on the way, but with joy our hearts can say, “Never once did we ever walk alone.” – Matt Redman

When it comes to promising to love and cherish another human by becoming husband and wife, there are so many different ways to accomplish that.  There’s elopement, there big-fat-greek-wedding type, there’s destination weddings, etc.

I super appreciate Sam and Beth took what was important to them, and stuck to it.  While I had an inkling they might choose to elope, they knew there were too many important people they wanted to share this moment, and these promises with.  BUT, that didn’t mean they had to do things the traditional way.

Beautiful moments of the day: how many people packed the church, Beth’s sparkly shoes [#imasuckerforsparkles], their beautiful alter covered with framed images of their families and friends [they asked them to bring them before the ceremony], the cookie bar [so many COOKIES!… also brought by family and friends], the little girl who drew a pictures of Beth in her dress, the general chill vibe of hanging out after they said their I DO’s.

This wedding was unlike any I’ve photographed so far.  I loved how it was built around Sam and Beth and their community.  They created a mold just for them instead of fitting into a mold of what’s expected.

Beth, I’m so glad we’re friends.  Sam, you’re super fun, I’m excited you’re now part of our friend-family.  I hope these images of your day and your community bring you joy every time you look at them.

Cheers friends!

*below, with some of my favorite girls on the planet [incase you didn’t know it, I’m the second from the right :)].

Hair : Quinn Armstrong

Make Up : Wezlynn at The Beauty Lab

Flowers : Bride’s Aunt Susan Kellner

Ceremony : Zion United Church of Christ

Reception Venue : Willow Brook at Delaware Run

Dessert : Cookie table by Aunt Peg and filled with goodies made by friends!

Dress : SGE Bridal



Most memorable moment?

B : Meeting groom at the front since we walked in at the same time down separate aisles and seeing all the people who showed up.

S : Seeing bride for the first time.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

B : Ask for help. People love to be involved.

S : Don’t stress. Only one thing has to go right!

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

B : Nope.

S : Nope.


Surfside Beach, SC (just south of Myrtle Beach) It was perfect. After the season so not at all busy but still warm enough to swim.

Any others vendors you want to give a shout out to?

Note: Enjoyed engagement photos more than expected. Appreciated Maike’s intentional confidence. Maike is funny and made us feel at ease. <- You guys… I love you.  #wordsofaffirmationgirl

Joan, Dill, and Evelyn! Family Photography Session, Indianapolis Indiana

October 2, 2018

“Let her tell stories and dance in the rain, somersault, tumble and run, her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep, let her grow like a weed in the sun.” – Neil Gaiman, Blueberry Girl

Hey friends!

Fall is here [ish]…. [hopefully]… [but you never know].  Luckily, Joan, Dill, Evelyn and I were able to grab a piece of that sweet cool weather and the warm fall colors for their Fountain Square Family Photo Shoot.  And guys, let me tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they all turned out.  There’s like 800 amazing ones from hanging out for less than two hours.  Picking which ones go on the wall is going to be terribly difficult [ha!]

We know each other because of mutual friends, and really just on facebook, so our first interaction when we met up went like this:

Me: Hi!  Yay, you’re here!
Joan: Hey!
Joan: So, how do you say your name?
Me: Ha!  It’s Mike-uh, it’s German.  Also, what name should I call you?
Joan: Our derby names are fine, Joan and Dill.

Joan and Dill are one of those people that I’m pretty sure are more well known for their derby names than their given names.  I think that might be a small indication of their awesomeness.

They own Strange Brew down on the south side of Indy, and have a collection of really awesome talents and things they’re involved in [Derby, knitting, bands, books, etc].  Joan is an author of some sweet geek knitting books [if you knit/want to knit, you should probably put them on your Christmas list ;)]. Dill is an international announcer for derby, so if you’re into the derby scene, you might have heard him announcing [ooh, which reminds me of when we went back in 2008, Valentines day, at the State Fair, and they auctioned off derby girl busts, created by artists, in order to raise money for breast cancer (I think), I wonder if he announced that derby event!  Ooh, I wonder if Joan was skating then!]

Joan and Dill are awesome humans, no doubt about it, but then there’s Evelyn Winter!  And she is SOOOO cool.  And sweet.  And squishy.  And full of happiness.  She was a rockstar at this photoshoot, and is so wonderfully loved by her momma and daddy.  Since Joan and I are Facebook friends, I’ve been following along with their Evelyn story [Evelyn is only 6 months younger than Z].  Their story is awesome, and science is so cool, and generous friends are amazing. All I’m saying is you should check out Joan’s blog.  I love reading it, you too should read it.

So yes, welcome to the blog Joan, Dill and Evelyn!


ps: In finding all the links for this blog, I once again came across this video of their gender reveal… so cool.

Sam and Beth! Columbus, Ohio Engagement Session

September 11, 2018

“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” -Misty Copeland

Sooo, it’s been a minute, but guys, GET READY!!!!  July was slow-ish, August was pretty dead [I read a lot of books and started dreaming of new businesses if I’m being honest with you (ha!)], and then towards the end of August, life was like *BAM*… and I feel like I’ve been non-stop since.  Which is delightful.

Part of the crazy, was driving over to Columbus, Ohio to photograph these two beautiful humans!

I’ve known Beth since my college days, and she has been a huge M.Rinaye fan before there even WAS an M.Rinaye.  She and her BFF Jill were the first to hire me to photograph a friends high school senior photos [hey Karissa!], and then both were in the first wedding I photographed solo [Jill = bride, Beth = bridesmaid].  In college we even did a session with just the two of them [I am totally going to find them and put it in my Insta-story].

The first interaction I had with Sam was when we were planning that surprise trip for Jill, and we were asking people if they wanted to help out and give some $.  Sam was like, “I have credit card points!”  And because you don’t get things if you don’t ask, I inquired about how he felt if we were to use them towards a convertible, to which he replied, “Convertible it is. Enjoy….”

Soooo, when Sam and Beth started dating, I was like, YES! [you can go ahead and picture me doing fist bumps in the air].

Beth, you’re an awesome human being, and I’m so glad you found Sam, another wonderful human.  I love that we’re friends and I get to be a part of your life, AND your wedding day.  I’m so excited for your future as husband and wife.

Can’t wait to photograph you again in October!

Kelsey and Chris! Indianapolis, Indiana Engagement Photography

July 3, 2018

“Life is too short to not have oysters and champagne sometimes.” -Christie Brinkley

So months and months ago, I got a message from Kelsey via Instagram [oh, you don’t follow me yet?  You can find me HERE ;)].  As an Atlanta girl living in Indy, she was dreaming up a snowy engagement photography session… but here in Indy, that can be sort of tricky.  The one day we could have done it, there was like, SO MUCH SNOW, and to top it off, the temperature was in the single digits, so it was a no-go.

BUT, then Kelsey, being a fellow creative, started dreaming up a summer shoot instead.  And while it did rain off and on the day of the shoot, and during our session, the images turned out AMAZING!!!  So, if you have photos scheduled, and the weather calls for rain, don’t fret!  I mean, don’t get me wrong, if it was pouring buckets, we would have needed to reschedule, but because of the rain, we were able to get this beautiful image of the rainbow above, and some puddle images!  Both images, you just don’t get at every shoot.  There’s also a lot to be said about having a session that embraces the rain, and uses it to play and be candid…. so ya.  Rain can suck, but it can also make your session rock.

And guys, Kelsey and Chris are my jam.  Kelsey said something along the lines of being city people, and loving downtown, and I was just like, YES!!!!  Let’s wander downtown!  We started out in Fountain Square, because I’d stumbled upon a few different places I hadn’t photographed at yet, and then we ended up at Mass Ave.  Because of the rain, the sun set pretty quick, which meant we also got a chance to play with some sweet night lighting.

Kelsey and Chris, I love your style and your vibe.  It was so fun to hang out with you, and I’m super jealous of your Atlanta wedding photographers; shooting your wedding is going to be rad.


Angie and Matt! Indianapolis, Indiana Wedding Photography

June 19, 2018

“Nuggets > Flowers”

You guys, Angie and Matt are MARRIED!!!!!  YAY!

You can see their awesome engagement session in downtown Indy HERE.  But I know you’re really here for the wedding sneak peeks, so scroll on down!

If you read through the engagement session blog words, you know I’ve known Angela for like, the last decade.  We worked together at a studio in town, and have kept in touch through the years as we both launched businesses and stepped into the world of women business owners.  When we worked together, we probably saw both the best and worst of each other… the fun kidding sides, and also the stressed out/freaking out sides.  So when we met up with her and her awesome bridesmaids at The Alexander Hotel, I was sort of shocked by how awesomely calm she was.  When we came in, I was like, “How’s it all going, are we doing good?” and Angie answered something like, “We had a minor glitter situation, but it’s been handled”.  And proceeded to tell me that she was shocked she was so chill too, BUT, and I quote, “I hired professionals to take care of all the important things, I don’t have much to be worried about”.

Ladies and gentlemen.  Words of advice.

And guys, there were some parts that were traditional, but a lot that weren’t, and it was so freakin perfect for these two.  Honestly.  Perfect.

Everyone got ready at The Alexander Hotel [which is SO cool to get ready in.  If you’re looking for a rad place to get ready, have awesome inside images, etc, you MUST check them out].  They also had rooms that were like, just a few doors down from each other, and while this might be a bit risky [seeing each other accidentally, and whatnot], it was pretty awesome for us, because we didn’t have to spend a ton of time traveling between the ladies and the gents.

SOOOO, ladies got ready, and all sparkley, dudes got dressed and all dapper looking, then we did a first look in an awesome hallway in The Alexander, and proceeded to take AMAZING images throughout the hotel.

Their ceremony was SO beautiful.  When we met up initially, Angie told me the ceremony was the most important part.  At that point they didn’t have much worked out, but they had their pastor locked in to marry them, and the church booked for their date.  I love that.  And the words and promises spoke during their ceremony totally reflected how much it meant to them to be married.

Favorite parts of this wedding: Angela’s dress [so stunning!], the conversation I had with Matt’s dad where he pretty much bragged on how much they love Angie, the fun but also laid back bridesmaids, the mini church reception that was followed by a night out at The Raskellar drinking beer and listening to live music outside in the beer garden.

Matt and Angie, you guys are so awesome.  I’m glad we’re friends, and Ashley and I were honored to photograph your wedding day.


Hair : Bride [Angie]

Make Up : Bride SeneGence [Angie]

Flowers : Bride [Angie]

Ceremony : Faith United Church of Christ

Reception Venue : Faith UCC & Rathskeller Biergarten

Music : Spotify

Catering : Circle City Catering

Dress : Von Maur

Bridesmaids Outfits : Skirts – Morning Lavender, Tops – Amazon



Most memorable moment?

A : At the end of the evening my brother, who works at the Alexander, took us to the rooftop balcony and lit a tiny little tea light candle and brought Matt and I two glasses of champagne. It was so amazing to sit and reflect on the day together! I was so overwhelmed with gratitude that I had a good little cry.

M : The first look. Seeing her in that dress and so happy made me realize that this is the best day of my life!

Advice for future brides/grooms?

A : Do you. It’s incredibly overwhelming and there are so many choices. Hire the right people to help you out, our photographer, our pastor, and our coordinator were all excellent at what they do. On the day of, I had full trust in them and so I didn’t have to worry.

M : Don’t over complicate things. This day is about you two, and the details are minuscule compared to the meaning behind why you are actually doing this….for each other.

Funniest memory?

A : When Matt tried to put his ring on my finger during the ceremony :)

M : The homily about chicken nuggets being more important than flowers.

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

A : Nope. It was perfect… I can’t imagine a better day.

M : Absolutely not.


We are headed to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to an all inclusive resort!

Any others vendors you want to give a shout out to?

You, obviously :) [awe shucks, thanks!], Scott Simmons our Pastor at Faith UCC, Brittany Peak & Circle City Catering, The Alexander Hotel