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Caitlin & Rob! Chicago, Illinois Engagement Session

November 8, 2016

“She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” – Mark Twain

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Meet Caitlin and Rob!!!  It’s hard to believe, since I lived in South Bend for almost five years, and I live in Indy now [totaling 5 years pre & post South Bend], BOTH being relatively close to Chicago, this is the FIRST session I’ve ever shot in ChiTown!

And of course with the Cubbies winning the World Series last week, it’s seems so appropriate I’m sharing my first Chicago engagement session this week on the blog!  [BTW: congrats Cubs!]

Caitlin and Rob were awesome, and had pre-scoped, and pre-walked a path for us to wander through for our session, and we were able to photograph some spectacularly awesome shots!  And while I did bundle up [scarf, layers, etc], the weather was actually really spectacular for wandering around the city [so glad we didn’t plan for the day before, because it was completely rainy and dreary out!]

Thing I love from this session [besides awesome Caitlin and Rob, of course ;)]: the great weather, the awesome skylines, the fabulous bridge, and the lovely big city Chicago atmosphere!

In case you were wondering, we walked a total of 2.7 miles during our shoot.  City session for the healthy train win!

Caitlin and Rob, I’m super excited to photograph your wedding next year!  So glad we were able to do Chicago together for your engagement session!

Cheers!

~Maike

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Morgan and Michael! South Bend, Indiana Wedding Photography

October 18, 2016

“I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were.” – James Taylor

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Morgan and Michael tied the knot!

You’ll notice a special someone in the brides awesome collection of bridesmaids, because Molly [Morgan’s maid of honor], was one of our brides last year!

And much like Molly and Jordan’s wedding, Morgan and Michael’s wedding did not disappoint!  There were so many special moments with this team of awesome people!

First, I have to say, the night before their wedding, I was scrolling through my instagram, and Molly posted a photo with the caption from the “Sisters” song, from the movie White Christmas [Ronald and I watch it every year on Christmas Eve :)], and the entire night it was in my head!  Then, while editing these images, I remembered that little tidbit and, totally in my head again!!!  So that’s my theme music for this wedding :).

Now onto the actual wedding!  Soft purple bridesmaid dresses for the WIN! Beautiful floral arrangements, and awesome wedding and reception venue [Tippecanoe Place], and awesome people and awesome party!

Newest favorite thing on a wedding dress: something called a ‘donut’, which is the shawl type thing around Morgan’s shoulders during the ceremony.  I LOVE how it made that dress look so different, glamorous and stunning!

And Morgan and Michael pointed out my two favorite moments of the day below as well: Morgan’s dad, Rufus’ speech… and Michael’s best man/brother Patrick, fluffing the tail of Michaels tux during the ceremony as Molly fixed Morgan’s train.

There were so many more beautiful moments though: the blue kiss paper [from Morgan’s first day at pre-school], and the awesome minister, who had candy treats at the end of the aisle for the flower girl and ring bearer [such a GREAT idea!], Dr./groom Michael, ready to abandon portraits to go help a dude that stumbled out of a car nearby and was laying on the ground [not to worry, after making sure there were other doctor-type people over there, we convinced him it it was handled], the beautiful tent on Tippecanoe’s grassy front lawn, the amazing weather, and just all in all an amazing beautiful day.

Morgan and Michael, thanks so much for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day!  We loved being there!  [It sort of felt like a mini-reunion since we were hanging out with your family just a year ago!]  Best of wishes for your first year of marriage!

Cheers!

~Maike

PS: Special shout out to Ashley, awesome second shooter for the day!

PPS: If you haven’t seen it yet, HERE are the Photo Booth images from the night!  They are GREAT!!!

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Hair : Bangs

Make Up : Bangs

Florist : Michael Angelo Florist

Studebaker Getaway Car : Studebaker National Museum

Planner : Plum and Poppy Weddings [Beth McHugh]

Ceremony Venue : St. Anthony Catholic Church

Reception Venue : Tippecanoe Place

Emcee : Tyler Crowley

Band : Darryl Buchanan

Tent : Mutton Rentals

Videographer : Vibrant Video Productions

Dessert : Macri’s Bakery

Catering : Tippecanoe Place

Dress : MH Pomander

Tux : Bernardos

Bridesmaids Dresses : Bella Bridesmaid

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : How Sweet It Is, by James Taylor
father & daughter dance : Glory of Love, by Keb ‘Mo
mother & son dance : Don’t Worry Be Happy, edited by Nancy Rice

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

Morgan: Seeing Michael for the first time that day when I was walking down the aisle. It felt like we were the only two people in the room.

Michael: Watching Morgan walk down the aisle

Advice for future brides/grooms?

Morgan: Take it all in and soak it up! It goes by so quickly

Michael: Enjoy the day!

Funniest memory?

Morgan: My dad’s toast! It was hilarious!

Michael: Getting my tux “fluffed” by my Best Man, Patrick

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

Morgan: Not a single thing! It was the most perfect day!

Michael: No way!

Honeymoon?

Yes, we are heading to tour Ireland for 2 weeks!

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

We really loved all of our vendors, however Beth McHugh from Plum and Poppy is the most amazing wedding coordinator! She made the day seamless and allowed us to relax and enjoy all of the love we were feeling!

Emma and Derek! Bloomington, Indiana, IU Campus Engagement Session

October 11, 2016

“In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.” -Elizabeth Ashley

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Meet Emma and Derek!

If I’m remembering right, Emma and Derek have been together since high school up in South Bend and then went to different colleges for undergrad [Emma to Notre Dame, Derek to Indiana University], and then for their grad school, went to different colleges again [Emma to Indiana University this time, and Derek to Marquette University Law School, in Milwaukee (I hope I got that right :)].

So they have been doing this long distance thing for a LONG time!!!


BUT, luckily, we found a gorgeous October weekend to meet up for their engagement session in Bloomington, Indiana!

We did some nature shots right near Emma’s apartment [where, when I was leaving for the night, I saw three deer just hanging out by the road!], then we wandered around IU campus, which happened to also be game day, and we were asked by some non-IU fans, who we were rooting for… I claimed neutrality, and thank goodness was wearing neither colors for the teams ;)…. if you don’t know, I’m not a huge sports person, so conversations about sports teams maybe gives me a little anxiety :).

All that to say though, we had a BEAUTIFUL session!  The weather held out for us, and the light was magnificent, and we just wandered around and had a ton of fun!

And, hopefully Derek, who’s not a huge fan of having his photo taken, agrees with me, that the session WAS fun and not as gruesome as anticipated.

Emma and Derek, I’m so excited about your Notre Dame Basilica wedding next year!  YAY!!!  Can’t wait!

~Maike

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*these two images [above and below], are maybe some of my favorite from the session… the words “think logically” and “act creatively” are PERFECT for these two!!!  Derek = law school, Emma = art school.  RIGHT?!?!  The image below I asked them to give me their best impression of ‘logical’ and ‘artsy’… LOVE it.ed-eng-fav-11_web-indianapolis-wedding-photographered-eng-fav-13_web-indianapolis-wedding-photographered-eng-fav-17_web-indianapolis-wedding-photographer ed-eng-fav-21_web-indianapolis-wedding-photographered-eng-fav-18_web-indianapolis-wedding-photographered-eng-fav-03_web-indianapolis-wedding-photographer

Taylor Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Portrait Session

October 4, 2016

“As soon as we saw you we knew an adventure was going to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh
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Taylor Family!

So there are certain things as an artist/portrait photographer that are just certain truths.  Like, no matter how good you are, you can always find someone better than you.  And along with those truths, sometimes it’s easy to forget the journey you’ve been on and how far you’ve come, because it’s so easy to compare yourself to all these amazing other artists out there!

All that to say, photographing the Taylor family since 2010 has been AMAZING, and it’s so good for me, every year, to sort of reflect on where I’ve come from, and how I’ve grown.  When I link up to all their past blog entries I get to SEE exactly the same people through my lens then and through my lens now.

And it’s pretty awesome.

It’s also pretty awesome to hear how each photo holds a place in their heart, even though my style has changed and I’ve grown as an artist and photographer so much in the past 6 years, the meaning in those photos, and capturing those moments holds a lot of significance for my friends.

So… the Taylor Family!  If you are a long term blog follower, you know they have been on a crazy journey the last seven + years.  First they adopted Mia from Ethiopia, and then they got pregnant with twin boys, and finally they have added Eve to their tribe, also adopted from Ethiopia!  Which means they have three 3 year olds and one 2nd grader total!

As if that wasn’t enough adventure and crazyness for one lifetime, Sarah has also been fighting breast cancer for the last year…. and winning: 8 rounds of chemo, 2 surgeries, and 25 radiation treatments.

I know it’s really cliche to say, but I feel really blessed to know these folks, and to be able to have them in front of my camera once a year and create beautiful memories of their family, at whatever stage that looks like.

Travis and Sarah, you two are rockstar parents, and just so amazing and kind and wonderful human beings.  So glad to call you friends!

Cheers to you and all the hard things you’ve done so far in 2016!

~Maike

ps: Speaking of that whole learning and growing, HERE’s the first session we did, HERE’s the second session we did, HERE’s the third session we did, HERE’s the fourth session we did, HERE’s the fifth session we did, and HERE’s the sixth session we did.  Whew!  So many beautiful memories!

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Meredith and Jeremy! Lafayette, Indiana Wedding Photography

September 27, 2016

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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Meredith and Jeremy’s wedding had Ashley and I traveling to Lafayette to shoot at their alma mater, Purdue University!

And you guys, it was gloomy looking initially… like, Ashley and I drove up in huge downpours of rain, and the night before their wedding, the wedding party was hanging out in the basement because of tornado warnings… BUT… miraculously, every single time we had scheduled to go outside and shoot, there was NO RAIN!

Like, every time.  They did a first look and it drizzled a little bit, so we went inside to do some shots, but 10 minutes later, we checked outside, and no rain… then their ceremony came, and it poured outside while we were in Fowler Hall, but then when we were ready to do family images outside immediately after, NO RAIN!

I mean, luckily, even if it had rained, the Union at Purdue isn’t a shabby place to take photographs, but I’m so glad we were able to wander around outside, ‘cause Meredith and Jeremy are self proclaimed nature lovers!

Besides the crazy weather, every other detail of their wedding was beautiful!  Their bridal party was so fun and go-with-the-flow, their reception hall was awesome, and the entire feel of genuine happiness was felt throughout the entire day.  I loved it.

My favorite part of this wedding though… MIGHT have just been the donuts… and while I’m not a donut  connoisseur [or maybe really, I’m a bit of an amateur connoisseur :)]… the best donuts I’ve ever tasted in my life come from northern Indiana… specifically from Rise’n Roll Bakery, which produces an amazingly simple awesome donut called the Cinnamon Carmel Donut [or, “Amish Crack” as the locals call it].  Uhm, you guys.  If you haven’t ever tried it, YOU MUST… also, if you’re trying to get on my good side and want to buy me a gift, in addition to massages, ThredUp and shoe gift cards, Rise’n Roll also sells their donuts from their website.  Just sayin.

But back to Meredith and Jeremy!  They really are the coolest, and we LOVED working with them!  I’m so excited for your adventure in Louisiana you two!  So glad you stumbled onto the M.Rinaye photography website and hired us for your wedding day photography!


~Maike

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Hair : Evan Todd Salon & Day Spa

Make Up : Evan Todd Salon & Day Spa

Florist : Red Fox Flowers

Ceremony Venue : Eliza Fowler Hall in Stewart Center at Purdue University

Reception Venue : South Ballroom in Purdue Memorial Union at Purdue University

Sound/Lights : DJ Connections

Dessert : Donuts – Rise N Roll in Fort Wayne, IN

Catering : Purdue Memorial Union

Dress : Justin Alexander dress from The Bride to Be [Ft Wayne, IN]

Shoes : Merona, Target

Bridesmaids Dresses : Watters, from The Bride to Be [Ft Wayne, IN]

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance :  You Are the Best Thing, by Ray LaMontagne
father & daughter dance :  The Way You Look Tonight, by Frank Sinatra
mother & son dance : Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

Meredith: Reciting our vows to each other, seeing and hearing the weight and meaning of his words to me and mine to him. c.

Jeremy: Our last dance of the evening to Closing Time by Semisonic with all our friends and family circling us as we danced.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

Meredith: Remember the real meaning of the day and put the most time and effort into the ceremony.

Jeremy: Don’t try to do everything yourself on your wedding day. Turn your phone off and ask your friends and family for help.

Funniest memory?

Meredith: Seeing everyone’s awesome dance moves on the floor, mine included.

Jeremy: My father-in-law’s toast. He is typically a man of few words but had quite a few things to say about Meredith at our reception.

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

Meredith: Eat more dessert.

Jeremy: I would have brought our cat, Puddles.

Honeymoon?

We are taking our honeymoon two weeks after the wedding in St. Lucia. We will be staying on a cocoa plantation in a small cottage in the middle of the rainforest.

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

Our flowers (Red Fox Flowers), DJ (DJ Connections), and ceremony site (Fowler Hall) were awesome to work with. Required very little time and effort to set up, communication always went smoothly, and extremely friendly to work with.

Hawaii! Maui, Hawaii Sabbatical Images Part 2

September 20, 2016

“For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars.” -Joanne Harris

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And finally, months later, Hawaii Part 2!!!

When I was a kid, I remember spending hours and hours randomly next to our shelf of photo albums, going through and looking at all the different trips, people, fashions, etc.

I loved it.

I still do.

One of my all time favorite albums is of a trip my mom took with her good friend and a dog, driving from New Mexico to New York City where she picked up her German relatives, and drove them back across the country to New Mexico.  It was in the thick of the bell bottoms, crop tops, and platform shoes era… pre-husbands and pre-babies… I LOVED looking at my young momma adventuring with her friend. So brave, and just so damn cool.

I’ll have to share an image from that album next time I’m in New Mexico visiting my family.

BUT, that short story just to say, I sort of feel like this random adventure with Jill across the ocean to adventure holds the same significance as my mom’s awesome cross country trip.  I’ve been really lucky to have these crazy traveling opportunities, and to have the courage and friendships to jump at the chance to see different cultures and experience life in a different state, country, continent.  I feel like you learn so much when you travel.

What we learned in Hawaii:

-slow down

-always drive with the top of the convertible down [if it’s chilly, turn the heater on]

-sing loud with the radio

-buy/bring a scarf to wrap your hair in so it doesn’t get tangled

-make sure your flippers fit before you go into the ocean [otherwise, you might end up with a swim suit full of sand]

-when in Hawaii eat shave ice [yum]

-best way to apply sunscreen is naked in the bathroom before you even start the day

-if you’re there in the winter, go whale watching at sunrise

-before your trip get some motion sickness ear sticker things for the whale watching

-relax

Hope you all get a chance to travel around and see new towns, cities, states, countries and continents.  Experiencing life through travel is really a gift you can’t always put a price tag on.

Aloha!
~Maike

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Lindsay and Konye! Nigerian Wedding Celebration, Indianapolis, Indiana

September 6, 2016

“You are now my African Queen. And I know that this means that, you’re the only one that I will serve, I’ll give you my heart, my love, my body , and my money, and every other thing you could think of…”

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So, remember the beautiful black and white shot back in November, of a couple walking in front of the Indianapolis capital building?  Ya, well that was Lindsay and Konye at their first wedding, and now I get to share images from their Nigerian wedding celebration!  Konye’s parents came to Indy to visit for a month from Nigeria, and while they were here, they held a Nigerian celebration with Nigerian food, Nigerian head wraps, Nigerian dancing, and this whole traditional theatrical- Nigerian wedding ceremony with a goat, and reading of scripts between the two families.

It was AMAZING.

I seriously loved loved LOVED being there.  Seeing how different cultures celebrate weddings is so SO cool!

And, you’ll notice since their last wedding, they have added a sweet little girl to the mix!  Meet Aris!  She wasn’t completely into the whole photo thing, BUT she was really adorable in her little dress, and was such a sweet baby during the whole celebration.  Taking it all in and being passed between all the aunts and uncles and grandparents that CLEARLY love her so so much.

You two!  Thanks so much for inviting me to photograph your celebrations [both of them!]  Loved celebrating with you and being a part of your party!  [In case you missed it, I posted a selfie of my own coral head wrap on my personal Instagram HERE].

You guys are the best!

~Maike

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Hair : Salon Lofts [Natalie Postma – when it was up], and Yvonne and Sinaria [Konye’s sister’s] helped place the Calabar headdress (which was heavy!)

Make Up : Becky Lee – MAC freelancer

Florist : Nigerian weddings don’t do the whole flower thing

Sound/Lights : Teeklef with Hipnavi – he kept the Nigerian music going and also MCed the event

Dessert : Shug’s Cakes [it was pretty amazing]

Catering : A local Nigerian caterer helped us, but Konye’s mom and sisters made the soups

Dress : My dresses were made in Lagos, Nigeria

Shoes : Michael Kors

Other Traditional Dresses : The dresses were all custom made in Nigeria, same with the “Geles”, the head wraps. (A HUGE credit goes to Pearl, Konye’s sister, who coordinated all the gorgeous outfits from Nigeria)

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

Lindsay: The whole day was surreal. Traditional Nigerian weddings are SO different from American weddings. We tried to re-create the events that would normally take place over the course of a few days. (Thus, the live goat that represented part of the Bride Price paid to my parents!) So I will always remember the tremendous role of family and friends in the day, the gorgeous outfits, the spicy food, and the glorious dancing. It truly was a beautiful thing to witness–the coming together of two distinct cultures. Everyone seemed to really embrace the cultural experience they were a part of. I truly loved that. On a personal note, one of my favorite moments was late in the evening Konye’s best friend Owen requested the song “African Queen” by 2Face. Konye sang every word of that song to me while our friends and family looked on. It was in that moment that we were reminded it was just us, that our lives have been winding to each other for years and years. And that is a really beautiful thing.

Konye:Wow. Dancing with my wife, singing to her, watching her find me with a glass of wine from her father, and watching her stride around in her full regal Onyon-yon dress.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

Konye: Dance, sing, and save some reception food for a late night dinner in bed with the wife. (Didn’t we have this advice last year?!?)

Funniest memory?

Lindsay: The goat was definitely the unexpected, hilarious nugget of the day. I think it really surprised the group that we had a real goat (a mature, female goat to be exact) in the ceremony. (And thanks to my hometown girl Jenni and her family for bringing the goat!)

Konye: Funniest memory was watching my Caucasian American in-laws try to figure out the traditional proceedings expected of them. It was hilarious.

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

This was a family effort. We can’t thank all the family members who helped make this truly an authentic, traditional day! From the food, to the clothes, to the music, it couldn’t have been more beautiful. Thank you to everyone who made this day a memory we will hang on to for many years to come!