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Brittany & Justin! South Bend, Indiana Wedding Photography

July 19, 2016

“And I see colors in a different way
You make what doesn’t matter fade to grey
Life is good and that’s the way it should be.” – Echosmith


Brittany and Justin’s wedding day blog is HERE!  Yay!

And as far as weddings go, theirs was so super lovely.  Filled with smiles, tears, laughter and fun.  Their wedding party was awesome and so helpful [shout out to Katie, who was the bridesmaid go-to girl for anything that needed to be done; you were a wedding day helpful rockstar!]

You guys, summer in Indiana can be ROUGH.  Like, sweating is definitely part of my job, but in the summers, I regularly bring a completely [and I mean COMPLETELY], new outfit to change into before the reception because: sweat.  So when we signed up for shooting Brittany and Justin’s wedding at the awesome Red Barn at St Patricks Park in South Bend, in July, I was anticipating the HEAT [because outdoor ceremony and no air conditioning].  BUT, holy cow!  The weather was absolutely amazing!  Their ceremony was outdoors, and then the reception was in the Red Barn, and it could not have been a more PERFECT summer day for a wedding.  There were beautiful clouds, there was a breeze, and we were all just hanging out [not sweating much], in the beautiful St Patricks Park!

It was glorious.

I loved this wedding.  I loved how beautiful Brittany looked.  I loved her and her dad’s unique first dance [uhm, talk about tears!]  I loved how fun Justin was on the dance floor.  I love how smitten the two of them are with each other.  I loved the bridal party helping to blow bubbles on the couple when we took some gorgeous portraits.  I loved how giggly and happy Brittany was when the bubbles were completely engulfing her and Justin.

Yes please.

Speaking of who else was a rockstar, Brittany’s dad usually coasts around in a wheel chair, but he walked his beautiful daughter down the aisle like a champ!  And I already mentioned the first dance.  One of their favorite things to do [Brittany and her dad], is to sit on the beach and drink some Corona.  So for their first dance, they brought out a kiddy pool, filled it with sand, walked around it, put some lawn chairs in it, and were given some Corona to drink.  Their song of course featured Jimmy Buffet.  Not a dry eye in the house, you guys!!!  When they were given the Corona’s, Brittany’s sisters smiled the biggest smiles I’d seen from them all day, one fist pumped the air and the groomsmen all did the ‘clap’ [you know the one, where they look down, clap, nod, smile, and just recognize that THIS is a moment that is awesome.

Golly.  Just writing about it now makes me all teary eyed.

Brittany and Justin, I’m SO glad you found and hired M.Rinaye!  I have loved getting to know you and work with you and I hope these images bring you back to all the happiness of your wedding day!


ps: Special thanks to Ashley for second shooting!  If you are in the fountain square area this month, go check out her travel photos at New Day!



Hair : Sola Salon – Kelli Haines [bride’s], Pam Olson [bridesmaids’]

Make Up : Jennifer Leach at Bare Minerals

Florist : Martin’s Supermarket

Ceremony/Reception Venue : The Red Barn at St. Patrick’s County Park

Sound/Lights : Sensational Sounds

Cake : Martin’s Supermarket

Catering : Allie’s Cafe and Catering

Dress : Greta’s Bridal

Shoes : Stephenson’s of Elkhart

Bridesmaid Dresses : Greta’s Bridal [Bill Levkoff dresses]

bride & groom first dance : Bright, by Echosmith
father & daughter dance : Knee Deep, by Zac Brown Band feat. Jimmy Buffett
mother & son dance : A Mother’s Prayer, Short Country Version


Most memorable moment?

Brittany: Walking down the aisle toward Justin!

Justin: Brittany walking down the aisle.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

Brittany: Elope! : ) But really, don’t sweat the details. It all comes together, and once the day arrives it’s not worth the stress and worry to do anything but just enjoy it. [MAIKES NOTE: If you do choose to elope, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOG!!! ;)]

Justin: Have a small wedding.

Funniest memory?

Brittany: Seeing some of our guests go to town on the dance floor! We had a lot of people just having fun during the reception.

Justin: Nothing I can say publicly.

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

Brittany: Honestly I thought the day was just perfect. I might’ve given guests a clearer timeline for the reception so they could’ve known to stick around for the big exit, but it wasn’t really problem. I also would’ve liked to find more time for photos.

Justin: Have a smaller wedding.


Yes! To St. Petersburg, Florida. We stayed in a little cottage rented on Airbnb. It was a fantastic week. Lots of sunshine, beaches and good food.

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

The bartender, Town Club Catering (Kevin Hogan), was great to work with and very responsive to our requests. Jen Leach who did my makeup and the mother of the groom’s was just great and went out of her way to help us out on the big day.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristine B permalink
    July 19, 2016 11:14 am

    Beautiful wedding! Love all your gorgeous detail shots. So many lovely smiles. PERFECTION.

    Am I crazy or does the groom look a wee bit like Chandler Bing?!

  2. Abbey permalink
    July 19, 2016 12:55 pm

    These are gorgeous! Love the colors of this wedding and how happy the bride and groom are!!

  3. Keren permalink
    July 19, 2016 9:29 pm

    Such a sweet wedding! Love that cool double exposure shot. Great work!

  4. July 20, 2016 10:02 am

    Loving all the details of this wedding and of course the double exposure shot is pretty awesome <3

  5. July 20, 2016 3:26 pm

    LOVE the barn and the colors and the JOY in all of these! Great work!

  6. chrissydemingphotography permalink
    July 20, 2016 3:39 pm

    Love all of the beautiful moments you’ve captured!! Such a perfect day!

  7. Jenny permalink
    July 20, 2016 7:57 pm

    This looks every bit as special as you described. Beautiful work!

  8. Kim permalink
    July 21, 2016 7:49 am

    Beautiful – love the colors and light!!! So many gorgeous details!!!

  9. July 21, 2016 8:34 am

    LOVE the color!!!! Awesome job Maike! That barn is to die for. I LOVE their portraits too. Captured perfectly!!

  10. July 21, 2016 10:05 pm

    Ohhh these are so beautiful!! This wedding looks like it was absolutely amazing! I love all of the color and the location too!

  11. Caitlynn permalink
    July 21, 2016 11:55 pm

    Oh, Maike! This has to be one of the sweetest weddings and couples. And your work shows it. Gorgeous ceremony and I’m dying over those shots with the red barn in the background. Love the story behind the first father/daughter dance. How beautiful.

  12. lauren permalink
    July 22, 2016 12:36 pm

    the colors! the happy! the beautiful people! this wedding is incredibly beautiful and you did such a good job capturing it!

  13. Gisselle permalink
    July 22, 2016 5:14 pm

    Love these images!! The red barn is so cute!

  14. Jenny grimm permalink
    July 22, 2016 6:25 pm

    Oh my how I adore your work!! This wedding is gorgeous, and I just have a thing for red barns!! These locations are just great and you captured their love for each other just perfectly. They look so incredibly happy and so sweet together. XOXO

  15. Justina permalink
    July 22, 2016 10:17 pm

    Okay, so all weddings are special, but you can tell this one… Takes the cake! What an incredibly special story, incredibly sweet couple, and an incredibly amazing photographer. Maike, seriously amazing job.

  16. July 23, 2016 9:20 am

    Love the colors of this wedding, and how you used them in the blog! They look so happy together! Great job! Cool double exposure :)

  17. Bobbi permalink
    July 29, 2016 4:56 pm

    I love them ALL!!! Especially the over-the-shoulder peeks during the ceremony :D

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