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Stefanie & Dylan Wedding!

July 2, 2014

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.  No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” – 1 John 4:11-12


Last summer, after an awesome engagement session, [where we did half down town South Bend, and half Notre Dame University, since they are both grads, who never met on campus while they were there, but met at an alumni event in Ohio], Stefanie and Dylan officially hired M.Rinaye to photograph their June 2014 Basilica wedding.  And, much like the awesome-ness of their engagement session, their wedding day was GORGEOUS! Seriously.  We were even rained on [both at their engagement session AND on their wedding day], but both of them were so easy going, and were just so happy to be marrying each other!

Stefanie is SOOOO the planner [which, being a planner/scheduler myself, I can ABSOLUTELY appreciate, especially for what can be a crazy wedding day], and Dylan is laid back, and just freakin nice!  My favorite parts of the wedding 1. When we were walking for their bride and groom portraits and Stefanie said something sweet about her husband, and Dylan’s response was “Well that’s cool”. 2. The dance off/when Dylan donned the blonde afro wig and Stefanie brought out all the dance moves! [instead of doing the traditional tossing of the garter and bouquet, they did a dance off, and the best dancer was given the prize of the bouquet/garter <-sooo AWESOME]. 3. Dylan’s tear jerking toast about his love for Stefanie [seriously, my eyes were leaking]. 4. How rocking Stefanie was in that veil!  It lasted the ENTIRE day into the reception [way impressed!]

I LOVED your wedding, Stefanie and Dylan.  Thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of it!  You were awesome to work with and so easy going. I hope our paths cross again!


ps: Special thanks to Alex who second shot with me!  You can see more of his work HERE.

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Hair : Salon Nouveau

Make Up : Salon Nouveau

Florist : MichaelAngelos

Ceremony : Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame

Reception Venue : South Bend Country Club

Sound/Lights : Band – The Whistle Pigs

Cake : C’est La Vie Cakes

Catering : South Bend Country Club

Dress : Wendy’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses : David’s Bridal


bride & groom first dance : I Won’t Give Up, Jason Mraz

father/daughter : I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack

mother/son : Our Love is Here to Stay, Eric Clapton


Most memorable moment?

S: Gazing into each other’s eyes while sitting at the altar and whispering “I Love You” throughout the ceremony. It was unplanned and made for a special moment.

D: When the church doors opened and Stefanie came walking down the aisle. That image will always stay with me. She was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.

Advice for future brides?

S: Keep it simple. I did one crafty DIY project that was special to me (bride & groom chair decorations).  For the rest, sometimes it is best just to purchase, rent, or delegate. It will save a lot of stress in the end to not try to do everything yourself. 

D: Make sure to pause throughout the day and take in all the wonderful moments that seem to fly by. It is the happiest day of your life and you don’t want to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle.

Funniest memory?

S:  Seeing Dylan’s grandmother dancing with my white feather boa from my bachelorette party. Props to Grandma Ruth (no pun intended).

D:  Seeing Stefanie nearly burn the reception place down. It is not a good idea to arm wrestle with young cousins when your centerpieces have floating candles and are susceptible to tipping over!

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

S: If you plan on buying a dress with beading on the back, make sure it doesn’t stick to your veil.  Whenever someone hugged me the veil kept catching on the dress and pulling my hair. You may want to practice hugging before you buy your dress/veil combination.

D:  Don’t be afraid to eat your cake on the dance floor. I was too busy dancing that I only got one bite of cake the whole night!


Yes, St. Lucia. It was a beautiful place with great people and lots of things to do. However, we don’t recommend climbing a mountain like we did on your honeymoon. It will only make your legs sore for the rest of the trip. Luckily, there was still a beach to relax on!

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

M. Rinaye, of course! Maike is a very talented photographer and wonderful to work with. Look no further for your photography needs, hire Maike!  If you’re looking for a wedding band, The Whistle Pigs will get your guests on the dance floor guaranteed!  South Bend Country Club, it is a beautiful place and Laurel will make everything go very smoothly for you.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2014 12:38 am

    Lovely! Adore the photo of the bride and groom are on the right side of the picture and her veil is blowing in the wind. Beautiful job!

  2. Rachel permalink
    July 3, 2014 1:44 am

    Love these! They look so, SO happy in every picture! As they should! Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple!

  3. July 3, 2014 9:50 am

    That church is amazing!!! What a beautiful wedding! Nice job!!

  4. Laura permalink
    July 3, 2014 11:04 am

    Sheer perfection! Love the joy in these moments – awesome work!

  5. July 3, 2014 1:41 pm

    I love shooting in South Bend. Great job on this wedding! The photos are great and full of joy.

  6. July 3, 2014 6:04 pm

    Wow — such a happy couple!! Great job!

  7. chrissydemingphotography permalink
    July 3, 2014 9:06 pm

    I love all of the little details you capture that most would overlook!! So many beautiful moments!! Great job!

  8. Zach and Sarah permalink
    July 3, 2014 11:33 pm

    Beautiful! I love these group shots! Great job!!

  9. July 6, 2014 9:18 am

    WOW. These are amazing. You are an incredible photographer! And the couple is stunning and planned an awesome wedding. I love these. Especially the one where they are off to the right and the water is behind them? Might be my favorite. All the ones by the water are awesome and the reception shots are just fantastic. Great lighting and technique!

  10. July 6, 2014 2:50 pm

    Aah! Love these so much! Beautiful work!

  11. July 6, 2014 10:58 pm

    girrrllll…your detail shots are fantastic!! this was a gorgeous wedding!! :)

  12. July 7, 2014 1:16 am

    So good! Your B&W’s are amazing!

  13. July 7, 2014 10:07 am

    WOW!!! First of all, love all of the images of the ceremony in the church. Just beautiful. Second, getting all those people lined up on the steps for the big group photo – kudos!!! Third, every intimate photo of the bride and groom… just awesome. You killed it.

  14. Tammy permalink
    July 7, 2014 1:21 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding! Your black and whites are phenomenal and I love the ones of them by the lake. You did an amazing job!

  15. July 7, 2014 5:13 pm


  16. July 7, 2014 7:58 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! They are obviously so incredibly happy, and every bit was stunning. I LOVE your point of view.

  17. July 8, 2014 1:00 pm

    Love the dress shot, the black and white of Stefanie putting on her shoes, that GORGEOUS church and her veil blowing in the wind by the water. These are beautiful, Maike! Congratulations, Stefanie + Dylan!

  18. July 9, 2014 12:37 pm

    So, so lovely!! Beautiful work friend. You rocked those stunning locations!

  19. July 10, 2014 3:33 pm

    What a pretty church! Love the bride and groom portraits by the water!

  20. July 16, 2014 2:47 am

    Beautiful wedding! Love all the photos in that gorgeous church! My fav is the black and white of the bridal party on the church. You did an awesome job on this wedding!!!

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