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Katie & Owen! South Bend, Indiana Wedding Photography

August 9, 2016

“Have fun” – Everyone at the wedding [no but really, I asked probably three different people what their advice for either the bride, or the groom would be, and they looked over to Katie or Owen, and simply said, “Have fun”].

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What a great day!  I really do have all the best clients [how do I get so lucky?!?!].  Katie and Owen’s South Bend wedding was sooooo many things!  It was gorgeous, classy, colorful, emotional, full of laughter, smiles and love.

Ashley and I LOVED doing their day with them.  Being able to wander around South Bend and photograph each step of their wedding was awesome [we did this during the spring with less heat and less formal clothes ;), CLICK HERE if you missed their engagement session].

Katie is Catholic and Owen is Jewish [full discloser, this was my first Catholic/Jewish wedding], and their day was the most beautiful merging of both faiths.  The priest lead a beautiful ceremony in the afternoon, and later in the evening [after sunset] the Rabi talked about the different rituals in the Jewish ceremony part of the day.  I learned SO much!

Katie and Owen are also in the lead in M.Rinaye wedding photography for largest bridal party [I haven’t gone back and checked, but I’m 90% sure they’re currently winning].  And while there was a lot of them to get posed for photos, etc. they were all SOOO awesome and helpful and goodnatured and just wonderful.  I totally understand why Katie and Owen each ended up with 10+ attendants.  Because their bridesmaids and groomsmen were the coolest.

Favorite parts of this wedding: the incorporations of why Katie and Owen wanted to marry each other in both the Catholic and the Jewish ceremonies [oh so so sweet and genuine], the beautiful reception details, the ‘Did You Know’ signs all over The Brick with the little known facts about the couple, the makeshift Chuppah inside, because of the rain outside, held up by groomsmen [but we got photos with the Chuppah when the rain stopped!], the crazy fraternity brothers chants, the DJ playing both ND and USC’s fight songs, and the amazing ENERGY right after the jewish celebration and the dancing [woah].

This was a hot wedding, but everyone involved were such troopers!  You can’t even tell we were all sweating buckets!

Katie and Owen, I’m so glad you hired me to photograph your wedding day.  I loved every second of it.  Hope your honeymoon was amazing!!!

~Maike

ps: Second shooter Ashley shout out!  She rocked this wedding, heat and all [#sweatbabysweat].

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Hair : Sola SalonAshley White

Make Up : Sola Salon – Aimee

Florist : Poppies by Polly

Ceremony Venue : Little Flower Church

Reception Venue : The Brick

Sound/Lights : South Bend Premier Wedding and Event DJ

Cake : Country Bake Shoppe

Catering : Catering by Billie

Dress : Glamour Closet

Groom/Groomsmen Outfits : Louie’s Tux Shop

Bridesmaid Dresses : Azazie

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : Whatever It Is, by Zac Brown Band
father & daughter dance : How Sweet It Is, by James Taylor
mother & son dance : It was a mix of MANY different awesome songs, to accompany the choreographed dance

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

Katie: When we were introduced at the reception and I realized everyone in that room was there for us. The applause and cheers when we entered as Mr & Mrs Weissberg was amazing. I have never felt so much love before that moment.

Owen: Seeing Katie tear up as we took our vows truly made my heart melt and reaffirmed 10x over that this will be my best friend and life partner for eternity.  There was also something magical about our grand entrance. I have always playfully spun and dipped Katie, but getting to do it on the big stage of our special night was perfect.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

Katie: Take deep breaths throughout and remember to stay in the moment, it goes by fast!

Owen: Plan. Plan. Plan. Put in the hard work in the months leading to your big weekend so that you can soak up and enjoy every moment of your special day. Take some deep breathes, live in the moment, and don’t take a second for granted.

Funniest memory?

Katie: Dancing the hora with our chairs flying in the air.

Owen: It had to be seeing the nervousness on my best man’s face, much more so than my own, and priceless.

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

Katie: Nothing, it was perfect. I would relive the day a million times exactly as it took place.

Owen: Nothing.

Honeymoon?

We went to Kauai, HI for 1 week – it was magical.

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

Poppies by Polly – her flowers made it complete.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristine B permalink
    August 9, 2016 12:59 pm

    WOW. SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT THIS WEDDING. That dress is a dream on this bride! I love the girls’ rings. The trolley is adorable. You captured this adorable wedding flawlessly!

  2. August 9, 2016 1:19 pm

    Obsessed with this bride’s dress! GORGEOUS work my friend!! XOXO

  3. August 9, 2016 1:24 pm

    Holy wow I LOVE this wedding!! Her dress, the florals, the venue, just everything is gorgeous! The portraits of these two are stunning and you rocked that huge bridal party!! Awesome job!

  4. August 9, 2016 2:21 pm

    These are so gorgeous!!!!! Ah! I love love looooove

  5. Laurie permalink
    August 10, 2016 1:19 am

    Oh I love this wedding!!! The spaces are all gorgeous, all the details are stunning, and you images capture it perfectly! Love their portraits so much!

  6. August 10, 2016 12:10 pm

    Her dress!!!! Such an adorable couple!! Beautiful images, Maike!

  7. August 10, 2016 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout!

  8. Abbey permalink
    August 10, 2016 6:35 pm

    Man oh man these are awesome!!! LOVE all the ones on the steps… And that one on the bridge is to die for! Gorgeous day all around!

  9. Bobbi permalink
    August 11, 2016 10:30 am

    AYKM Maike?? I love all of these! Especially the portrait of the bride before the ceremony. Gorgeous!

  10. August 11, 2016 10:43 am

    Gorgeous!!! This bride and groom are stunning together!! Love, love, love their portriats!! Fab job!!

  11. Natalie permalink
    August 11, 2016 11:33 am

    These are gorgeous!!! That b&w right after the ceremony is breathtaking!!! Fabulous job!

  12. August 11, 2016 12:02 pm

    really really beautiful!!! loved them all. such a gorgeous wedding!

  13. destineeblau permalink
    August 11, 2016 12:23 pm

    Great job capturing all the beautiful details of this amazing day. From getting ready to getting married to the reception and party, you rocked it all. Great job!

  14. jennyrawson permalink
    August 11, 2016 2:17 pm

    Oh, they are the cutest couple ever! I love that second to last image. (Ok, I love them all!)

  15. August 14, 2016 1:05 pm

    Maike , your church shots are divine! Well the whole blog is devine, but love the shoot of the groomsmen and the priest! lots of love , and light! great job!

  16. August 15, 2016 12:39 pm

    Ahh the walking down the aisle shot is gorgeous!! You captured their whole day beautifully!

  17. August 15, 2016 9:08 pm

    Ahhhh! I love your use of shadows and light! Plus the colors and storytelling!! You nailed this one friend!

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