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We are wedding photographers based in Indianapolis, Indiana with a focus on storytelling.  Our husband and wife team excels at capturing candids and romantic portraits to help tell the story of two people in love.

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A husband & wife lifestyle wedding photography blog, highlighting the sessions captured by the team. Located in Indianapolis and South Bend.

Alley Cat Lounge | Engagement Session | Danielle & Steve

Jennifer Van Elk

The wind was blowing cold air through Broad Ripple on an overcast day in mid-January. Taking shelter from the cold weather,  Danielle and Steve sat on the floor of the Alley Cat Lounge. With their backs against the uneven stone wall and their arms interlocked, they looked deep into each others eyes. As they gazed at one another, smiles sparkled across their faces because they were smitten with each other.

I just love that innocent and endearing love of engaged couples. I had so much fun capturing Danielle and Steve's engagement session. We captured the session in and around the Alley Cat Lounge, but mostly we stayed inside because it was so cold on the day of the shoot. We braved the cold for about ten minutes, but then had to return inside. I loved shooting inside though because the Alley Cat Lounge is such a beautiful place with lots of gorgeous window light. The Alley Cat Lounge is owned and operated by Danielle's family, which is great because it meant Danielle and Steve felt comfortable and at ease throughout the entire shoot. I just love when couples feel at home and confident in their surroundings. My husband, Steve, and I cannot wait to capture their wedding this fall.

Ritz Charles| Carmel Wedding Photography | Aly & Andy

Jennifer Van Elk

The guests at the wedding not already on the dance floor all stood up from their tables and rushed to the dance floor, confetti in hand and Happy New Year hats on their heads. 10... 9... 8... Aly and Andy met each other on the dance floor and turned to watch the clock as it counted down to midnight. 7... 6... 5... As the it grew nearer midnight Aly and Andy turned to face each other, saying the numbers as the clock counted down. 4... 3... 2... 1... "Happy New Year!" was shouted out by the guests as they threw confetti into the air. Amidst the cheering, Aly and Andy turned kissed in the middle of the dance floor while their friends and family members cheered, danced, and hugged each other all around them.

Steve and I had such a fantastic time ringing in the New Year at Aly and Andy's wedding! They were such a fun couple, and their guests partied so hard all night long. It made for excellent photos.  Aly was so caring, making sure we were having a good time as well. We could truthfully say "absolutely yes!" It was an wonderful way to start 2017.

Event Venue: Ritz Charles
Coordinator/Planner: Brooke Tichenor
Officiant: Ben Keckler
Wedding Dress (Designer & Boutique): Pronovias/Marie Gabriel
Veil/Hair Piece: Etsy
Shoes (Brand/Store): Badgley Mischka
Dress Accessories: Marie Gabriel
Bridesmaid Dresses: Various Designers/Bella Bridesmaid
Suits: Men's Warehouse
Hair Stylist: Brianne Van Hoven/EM Studio
Make-up Artist: Rachel Walker/Makeup Anywhere
Florist: Cathy Simmons/CS Accoutrements
Catering: Ritz Charles
Cake Designer/Bakery: Ritz Charles
Entertainment: Event One DJ
Save the Date Designer: Minted
Invite Designer: Kelly Promotional Products
Videographer: Unique Heart Productions
First Dance Song: Let Me - Pat Green
Father/Daughter Song: The Way You Look Tonight - Steve Tyrell
Mother/Son Song: Lady Antebellum - Never Alone

Cardinal Hills | Sursa Performance Hall | Haley & Matt Muncie Wedding

Jennifer Van Elk

The only light in the ballroom was coming through a few open windows. The light from the setting sun was dim on this winter day. Matt stood in front of one of those windows, hands in his pockets, absorbing the last rays of light on his wedding day. Haley slid her arms under his, and hugged him close from behind. Enamored, he turned his head to look at her, a small smile turning up the corners of his mouth even before her saw her as he felt the warmth of her hug.

One of the things I loved about this wedding, that made it unique, was the first look. We had planned on shooting it at Sursa Performance Hall, but Haley was very anxious to see Matt. She did not want to wait. So we did the first look right in the hotel room. I am so glad they did this. What made this so special was Haley and Matt made this time their time. It was not about the photography. It was not about the convenience of their guests. It was about Haley and Matt needing to be with one another, as if they had already become one.

Steve and I are so incredibly excited for Haley and Matt! Their wedding night was such a great night. I felt like I had been waiting forever to see the two of them marry. I cannot be happier for Haley, and her husband Matt, as they start their married life together. It was such a joy to capture the whole event and to be able to witness it all!

Ceremony & Reception Location: The Ballroom at Cardinal Hills
Wedding Colors: Rose red, navy blue, tan, and gold
Coordinator/Planner: Nicole Fehlinger
Officiant: Jim Behrendt
Wedding Dress: Rose Gate Bridal
Shoes: Liliana
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Tuxedos: JC Penney
Hair Stylist: Megan Miller
Make-up Artist: Chelsea Short
Florist: Lazy Daisy
Cake Designer: Theresa Cox
Entertainment: Matt Howell
Save the Date Designer: Scott Parkison
Invite Designer: Scott Parkison
Program Designer: Scott Parkison
Honeymoon: Gatlinburg, TN
First Dance Song : Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
Father/Daughter Song: Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Mother/Son Song : Lesson One (Boys) by Jars of Clay

Making Your Invitation Decision | Basic Invite | Beautiful Paper for a Beautiful Wedding

Jennifer Van Elk

Today, I would like to do something a little different. A lot of our couples know that I nerd out when it comes to planning (I love it). It brings me great joy to help out couples looking for wedding advice. Instead of blogging about one of our amazing couples today, we'd like to highlight an amazing vendor, Basic Invite.

One thing to consider while picking out invitations is that it is the first impression of your wedding. What you are portraying is the type of atmosphere your guests should expect. Is it a formal event or are you hoping for a more casual setting? You want the invite to be a proper reflection of your wedding day. Also, you don't want to leave out any important info. Finding invite sets that have everything you need can be aggravating.

Here are some things to consider when you are picking your paper.

Find full sets to make pre- and post-wedding mailing easy.  We worked with Basic Invite at one of our spring weddings, and we were beyond impressed. The quality was great, but it was also a perfect fit with the bride and groom's wedding decor and party. Since Basic Invite has over 200 invitation sets to choose from, our couple was able to find the perfect classic wedding invitation.  Also, the last thing you want to do after your wedding is make more wedding decisions. I love that it is easy to find matching thank you cards, since thank you sets can be added in an invite order. It is nice to get it out of the way and order thank you cards before the wedding. 

Don't be afraid of color. Receptions are full of fun and even the most formal event can be dressed up with an accent of color. If you want your invitation to be full of color or highlight one of your accents, Basic Invite has over 180 colors to choose from. Basic Invite also has 40 different colors for your envelopes. If only I knew about Basic Invite a year ago, they would have been my first choice for a baby announcement. There was a particular shade of pink I wanted to use and low and behold, "Tea Rose" was in the list of invite colors. If color isn't your thing, there is a gold or silver foil option that can give your invites the little personal touch you were wanting.

Here is one thing I cannot stress enough, custom samples are king. Basic Invite makes it easy to customize your invites so you are able to see it online. What's even more fantastic is that you can actually have a sample of the paper you are considering with your exact invitation printed on the front. You'll be holding the exact invite that your guests will be holding even before you've ordered your invitations. You'll know exactly what you'll be ordering. I love that!

Order separate save the dates and shower invites. It's always nice to receive something pretty in your mailbox. If you order your invites to fit your wedding, consider ordering save the dates to reflect your personalities. Basic invite has inexpensive save the date choices, which are gorgeous. You can also share some of your favorite bridal shower invitations with your bridesmaids, so you can have a beautiful keepsake from the party.

I think invitations can be overlooked sometimes. I hear from many couples that photography is the only thing you get to keep from your day, besides your spouse. What about your paper? Let's not forget, years from now once your little ones or nieces or nephews are running around the house, they'll be pulling out that shoe box full of your wedding paper. Why not keep something gorgeous?

If you love what you see, give Basic Invite some love by following them on social media:

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May your wedding be great, but may your marriage be even more beautiful. All the best!

Jenn

photos by Basic Invite