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Indianapolis Wedding Film | Travis + Kelsey

It was pleaser of filming Travis and Kelsey’s downtown Indianapolis wedding. We love with perfectly beautiful fall wedding days!

We started the day at the Westin downtown to meet up with Kelsey and her girls as they finished up with the initial stages of getting ready. Next it was off to Sanctuary on Penn to meet up with the guys and get detail shots of the ceremony area. The girls then arrived for final preparations.  Travis and Kelsey did not do a first look, but she did have a first look with her dad.  I love when there is a father, daughter first look.  

The ceremony was beautiful. Sanctuary on Penn used to be the First Lutheran Church and was built in 1875. Due to unfortunate circumstances the church closed its doors in in 2006. Thankfully it has been restored into a venue for both ceremony and receptions. I always love the stained glass of old churches and love that the stained glass was maintained in this gem. If you are looking for a churchy venue for your downtown Indianapolis wedding, this is worth checking out.

After Travis and Kelsey said their “i do’s” we did some photos around the property then headed off to the Indiana State Museum for the reception. The Indiana State Museum is another of our favorite downtown Indianapolis wedding locations. Make sure to go check it out! We did photos around the canal area of the museum before the reception started. While we were finishing up photo/video session the cocktail hour took place outside at the Ball Family Terrace.

The guests then moved inside to the Governor Frank and Judy O’Bannon Great Hall for dinner and dancing. Kelsey’s father Don gave a wonderful speech to start off the festivities. We also heard from both the maid and matron of honor and the best man. It is evident from the speeches not only how much Travis and Kelsey are loved, but how much both of their families mean to everyone touched by them. At the end of the reception all the guest sent Travis and Kelsey off with a sparkler exit.

After I delivered their wedding film, I found out Kelsey’s father Don passed away as well as her grandmother. It then reminds me why we do what we do. It is not just a video of the wedding day. Kelsey and her family will now have in motion Don walking her down the aisle and can hear his beautiful speech to his daughter forever. Kelsey’s mother wrote to me thanking me for starting the film off with Don’s speech and how much more this wedding film means to them. I hear all the time how much more the wedding film means after the wedding.

I want to give a shout out to our great friends and super talented photographers SB Childs Photography. We love working with them!

Indianapolis Wedding

SB Childs Photography

Posted on January 29th, 2018 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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Fifteen Years of Marriage | John + Jennifer

Today we are celebrating fifteen years of marriage.  How can it be? Fifteen years already? We thought it would be fun to reminisce and reflect on what each of us has learned in fifteen years of marriage.


January 25, 2003

1. What has been the easiest part about our marriage?
{Jen} The easiest part about being married to John has to be his unconditional support. He is always there to support my goals and dreams and is there to push me to make it happen. I would not be who or where I am without his love and support. Oh and he is ALWAYS ready for an adventure!!!

{John} the easy part is finding common interests. (travel, lake, mountains)

2. What has been the hardest part about our marriage?
{Jen} The hardest part for me was blending our family. It not only was a big adjustment for everyone, but it was at times a strain on the marriage. I can remember praying daily that my step-daughters would one day like me, and realize that I love and care for them just as my own.

{John} The hardest part was working through being a blended family.

3. What is your favorite memory in the past 15 years?
{Jen} This is a hard one because there have been so many great memories. I can’t just pick one!!! I would have to say my favorite memories are all the trips we have taken as a family and as a couple. I love that we travel and have experienced many trip from Minnesota to Florida, NYC to Las Vegas and so many in between.

My most memorable family trip would have to be the Thanksgiving weekend we went to NJ and visited Philadelphia and NYC…visiting with family, seeing historical sites we were excited about and our kids not so much, Bria breaking her tooth, walking across the Brooklyn bridge because we missed our subway stop and ended up in Brooklyn, coming out of the subway in Time Square and it being so crowded and constantly counting our kids so we didn’t lose any, getting a parking ticket for parking in a no parking zone (thankful our car was still there) and getting lost trying to get back to Mary & Don’s.  I would have to say my favorite trips with just the two of us would be our 2 big trips in 2016 with our camper van trip to Colorado then taking 2 full weeks touring the National Parks in Arizona & Utah camping. The best part…very limited cell service and it being just the two of us in the wilderness.

{John} My favorite but bitter sweet memory was how you were with Mom and Dad during their final days when I could not be there. Of course our southwest trip is right up there.

4. Where do you see our life in the next 5, 10 & 15 years?
{Jen} In the next 5 years I see us continuing to spend as much free time at the lake as possible. I can see us moving from our current home and traveling more.  We will see more if not all our children marry in the next 5 years and more grand babies. In 10 years, I think we will finally make a trip to Europe (if not sooner) and enjoying time at the lake and with our kids and grandchildren.  In 15 years I can see us retired, but not fully retired.  I think we will continue working in something we love but not full time.  I think our home base will be Indiana where our family is (if they are all still living here) and spend a lot of time traveling around in our RV ;) 

{John} Years to come. to continue to grow as a couple, keep learning exploring interests, time with grandchildren, travel and more lake time.

5. What do you hope we have shown our kids about marriage?
{Jen} It is my prayer that our kids have learned a lot from our marriage. Marriage is a choice you have to make every day. It is hard and should not be taken lightly. That loving your spouse can mean you don’t like them sometimes but you don’t give up!!! Marriage is not 50/50 you need to give 100% all the time. Loving someone sometimes means you need to step up and give more of yourself. To never leave the house, hangup the phone or go to bed without saying I love you! Looking across the room at your spouse, making eye contact and winking at them can say more that you know. Putting their spouses needs before your own. When life gets busy, make time for each other.

{John} I would like our children to realize that patience usually wins out. spÄ™nd time with each other. make moments memorable.

6. What have you learn from being married to (John/Jen)
1. Laughter is the best medicine and he can always make me laugh.
2. There is no room for negativity, look at the positives in every situation.
3. My Husband is the most patient, level headed, and sound person I know.
4. Everyone loves John Moon!!!
5. Try new things to help you grow as a person and a couple.
6. Going with the flow can lead you on a fun and unexpected adventure
7. My Husband still looks at me and makes me melt.

1. Adventures with each other is important
2. Hold hands
3. Respect and show interest in each other’s interests
4. My Wife is an awesome cook
5. PDA–who cares
6. Humor is important
7. My Wife is beautiful inside and out

Here is the video our friend Ben Poenisch did for our 10 year anniversary.  

Here is to another 15 years!!!

Posted on January 25th, 2018 in Northernlight Filmworks
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Fort Wayne Wedding Film | Joey + Jenna

I know it has been quiet on the blog lately! Between the holidays and moving our office, I am finally getting settled back into a routine and can get caught up on blogging the weddings of our fabulous couples. I am pleased to be blogging Joey and Jenna’s feature film. I posted their trailer just a couple of weeks after their wedding.

It was great to get back to my hometown to film this gorgeous Fort Wayne wedding. Joey and Jenna’s story is amazing. She is from Fort Wayne and Joey is from Miami. They met while enrolled in the Disney college program. I am a strong believe that God places circumstances and people in our lives for a reason. Sometimes when you think the plans for you life are going how you want them to go something happens and that right turn you thought you would take ends up being a left turn and everything you want is right around the corner.

We anticipated this day since they booked us 19 months before their wedding. Jenna had told us of her vision of a 20s inspired theme for her wedding. It did not disappoint!!! Their day was a beautiful early September day. The sun was shining and it was a perfect day to be outside for photos. The wedding took place at Empyrean Events located on the top 2 floors of the PNC tower in downtown Fort Wayne. The views are spectacular!!! If you are having a Fort Wayne wedding I highly suggest checking out this venue!

Joey and Jenna, thank you for having us be a part of your day. We are honored to have been there to not only capture your wedding day but to tell your story!

We worked with an amazing vendor team to make Joey and Jenna’s day perfect!
Venue + Catering ~ Empyrean Events & Catering
Photography ~ Catie Captures
Hair/Makeup ~ The Red Stiletto
Cake ~ SassieCakes
Florals ~ Empyrean Designs
DJ ~ Quattro Systems {Dean}
Trolley ~ Club Car Limo

Fort Wayne Wedding

Video Still by Northernlight Filmworks

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 in Feature Film, Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Videography
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