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Liz and Ryan! McCordsville, Indiana Wedding Photography

November 10, 2020

“here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) I carry your heart” – ee cummings

Have I said how much I adore these two?  I love weddings.  Period.  But there’s something so tear jerking about photographing a wedding of a decade long friend, who also asked your kid to be the ring bearer [the same kid who photobombed the proposal].

Liz and Ryan’s day was so full of meaning, and smiles, and excitement.  Second shooter Leah said she heard Liz on her way down the aisle say something like, “I just love Ryan so so much.”… and then during their vows the answer to “Do you take Ryan to be your lawfully wedded wife”, her answer was, “I do, I really really do.”…. ugh.  I’m tearing up just remembering it!

And Ryan, the one I’ve known for a decade… you guys.  I have never seen him as happy as he is when he’s with Liz.  When we were taking getting ready images, you could just see his excitement, it was glorious.  And his smile could not be contained as he looked into Liz’s eyes and said his vows.

The day of their wedding was delightful, slightly windy, yes… but a beautiful temperature, and no rain for their outdoor ceremony.  Daniels Vineyard was so delightful, and someday I have plans to come back for that wine slushy [sidenote: those looking for a date-night], this place has many outdoor grouping seating locations around tiny fires, so it’s perfect for a fall date night or if you’re brave, a winter wine night].

Favorite things of this wedding: Liz asked her close friends to dress in jewel tones, and then come early to hang out a bit before the ceremony… and ya’all.  Jewel tones are my new favorite thing.  Also loved my kiddo, Z, coming down the aisle, very proud to be a ring bearer, but knowing I had reward chocolate in my hand, which he did not use his hands to pick up, but just put his full face in my hand to scoop up with his mouth.  Ha!  Also super loved the “Mr. & Mrs. McCarty” sign with lights.  And I loved that they cared enough to ask everyone to try to remember their masks on the dance floor and when wandering around.  Also, the cake was delicious.

Mr. and Mrs. McCarty!!!  I’m so excited you found each other, and have promised to love each other the rest of your lives.  Liz, I’m so glad to welcome you into our friend-family.  You two are the best, and Z can’t stop talking about the wedding either [a week ago on the way to school, “Mom, this is the way to Ryan and Liz’s wedding”…. and “Are we going to go to Ryan and Liz’s wedding again this week?”]

Love you guys!
~Maike

Hair : Teress Furlin, Tangled Up Salon

Make Up : Abby Sparks, RedBoss Beauty

Ceremony/Reception Venue : Daniel’s Vineyard

Music : David Shuck, Audio Inferno

Cake : Rene’s Bakery

Catering : Jonathan Byrd’s Catering

Brides Dress : White Wisteria Bridal Boutique Reading Bridal District

Brides Shoes : Kate Spade and Steve Madden

Sign : Alpha-Lit 317

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : Conversations in the Dark, John Legend
father & daughter dance : There Goes My Life, Kenny Chesney
mother & son dance : Your Song, Elton John

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

L: Sharing a bite of spanakopita alone with my Groom in the Groom’s suite right after the ceremony. He was careful to not let any of it flake onto my dress as well as share his socks with me that I forgot for my Kate Spade dress shoes. 

R: Both of us reading our vows. Appreciating the courage my wife demonstrated speaking how she feels in front of all those people. 

Advice for future brides/grooms?

L: Decide on what matters most to you and do that and delegate the rest. It can be a more relaxing process if you give up control. 

R: The planning can be a stressful process. Don’t forget why you are putting in all the work in the first place. Take some nights off wedding planning and do something to strengthen your bond.

Funniest memory?

L: Relaxing we had no plan on who or how the cake will be cut. We just faked it and laughed as we went.

R: Planning our first dance while performing our first dance. 

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

L: Absolutely not, it was perfect. 

R: None.

Honeymoon?

We did not take a honeymoon. Had 2 visits stay at Air BnB in Indy, were we felt relieved of our duties for a few days, it was perfect. Planning for an international trip somewhere but with COVID, we are not really in the planning stages so it may just be a trip planned in 1-2+ years.

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

Our photographer is pretty kick ass! [Awe shucks, Thank You!]  We both loved our DJ. Made the entire process streamlined and easy. Did a nice job during the wedding.

Kendal and Ryan! Indianapolis, Indiana Engagement Photography

October 28, 2020

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” – Karl A. Menninger

Meet Kendal and Ryan!

So a few things are for sure:

  1. I don’t always know when Ryan is joking or when he is serious, I shall divert to Kendal for confirmation on what my reaction should be.  Ha!
  2. Ryan makes Kendal laugh ALWAYS [like, anytime I was like, okay, sweet smile, let’s bring it down a notch, 2 seconds later he’d be making a joke and she’d be all smiles and laughter again…. SO GREAT!]
  3. Can we talk about Kendal’s awesome dress that she bought ONLINE, and JUST FOR THIS SHOOT!  I mean, I loved tromping around Fountain Square with them in these awesome outfits, but I also sort of wanted to take Kendal back to the studio and photograph her with some awesome studio lighting and backgrounds.  LOVE this dress; she totally rocked it.

So yeah!  Welcome to the blog Ryan and Kendal!  it was so rad wandering with you guys, taking photos and getting to know you a bit better.  Super excited about your Ambassador House wedding next fall!  AND also obsessed with the beautiful fall colors we got in your engagement session.

Cheers you two!  Happy wedding planning this next year!
~Maike

Allie and Lorenzo! Carmel, Indiana Wedding Photography

October 27, 2020

“You make my heart feel like it’s summer
When the rain is pouring down
You make my whole world feel so right when it’s wrong
That’s how I know you are the one” – Kodaline

And it’s HERE!  What I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for… well, at least Allie and Lorenzo and their families and friends.  YAY!  You saw these two on the blog for the fall engagement session [with the perfect fall weather, and the lovely hat, and puppy, and all that delightfulness], and now they’re back on the blog with their wedding!

And ya’all.  This was my first Lucas Estate wedding, and it was everything I thought it would be.  Let me photograph your wedding at a mansion ANYTIME.  Every room was spectacular.  The library was my absolute favorite.  The lights draped across the outdoor reception area were the most romantic ever, and just…. just everything.

I don’t even know if I can succinctly list my favorite things… but the cigar bar, ice cream station, and late night fry station would all be on it…. along with Lorenzo’s reaction to Allison as she walked down the aisle, and her momma tearing up after Allison got in her dress.  Oh!  And the little heart that was sewn onto Allie’s dress bodice, it’s from grandma’s wedding dress.  It was all so good.

Allison and Lorenzo!  You two were so much fun to work with.  I love that you were up for anything, trusted me completely and then totally brought the party for the reception.  You’re clearly so loved by all your family and friends.  Thanks for inviting Leah and I to be part of your wedding day!  Can’t wait to share the full gallery and build your album with you.

Cheers!
~Maike

 

 

Hair : Tatiana Slaughter

Make Up : Autumn Stockton

Flowers : Oberers Flowers

Ceremony/Reception Venue : The Lucas Estate

Cocktail Hour Music : Shane Rodimel

Reception Music : Lakeside Entertainment 

Cake : Classic Cakes 

Brides Dress : The Wedding Studio- Carmel 

Wedding Planners : Magical Moments Event Planning

Lighting/Sound : Evans Audio Visual

Decor : Wow Factors Indy

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : The One, Kodaline
father & daughter dance : Half the Man, Jennifer Stemstad
mother & son dance : Mommas, The Swon Brothers

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

A: My most memorable moment is the first time I saw Lorenzo. I was so nervous to walk down the isle, I thought I was going to faint. When the doors opened and I stepped out of the house all of my nerves went away. It was like I had tunnel vision and the only person I saw was Lorenzo standing at the end of the isle.

L: My most memorable moment is when i saw Allie for the first time.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

A: Take in every single moment. Everyone will tell you the day will go by fast, and it really does.

L: Enjoy every second! Mix in a water during the reception lol

Funniest memory?

A: My funniest memory is when Lorenzo and I were introduced at the reception. We were both super excited for this moment. We practiced how we were going to walk in for our introduction so many time in front of our puppy leading up to the big day. When the time finally came we came dancing in. When we walked in we stopped for a quick kiss and Lorenzo went to dip me. Little did he know his foot was tangled in my dress and he almost dropped me in front of everyone.

L: Almost dropping Allie

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

A: We were really really lucky. Everything was so so perfect that I would not change a thing.

L: Not a thing. Perfection.

Honeymoon?

We have planned about 5 different honeymoon vacations. Our original plan was to take a long drip to Asia but then COVID happened. We thought maybe we could do a 2 week cruise so we started planning that but then COVID got even worse. We then decided that we would drive the entire pacific coast but then wildfires happened. We started to think about Hawaii but they have some pretty strict travel restriction due to COVID. After planning for what feels like forever now we have finally booked a two week honeymoon to Cancun in November. Fingers crossed this does not get canceled.

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

We loved all of our vendors, especially our super awesome photographer!! Special shout out to the most amazing videographers ever, Rhyolite Studios.