The week leading up to Matt and Hilary’s Indianapolis Museum of Art wedding was a bit of a roller coaster. Only because the weather forecast was crazy. It seemed every hour the forecast for their day would change from rain to no rain and back to rain. Their wedding ceremony was in the Formal Gardens with their reception under a tent at the Garden Terrace. Thankfully it turned out to be a gorgeous sunshiny day. As far as outdoor locations in the city, having an Indianapolis Museum of Art wedding is one of my favorite outdoor locations.
The day started with the girls and the guys getting ready at the Garden Terrace. I always love the buzz of the preps. The anticipation for both the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. Matt wrote the sweetest letter to Hilary and she decided to read it out loud which in turn was a great addition to their wedding film. The first look was so beautiful just outside the Garden Terrace in a wooded spot. Matt is a firefighter so it was extra special to have the antique firetruck on site for some of their wedding photo session.
I always love when the officiant has a personal connection with the couple. It really does come through in the ceremony. She had such lovely things to say and was so poetic. I’m sure you can tell I was able to use her narrative to drive their wedding film. The ceremony was stunning with the fountain of the gardens in the background. It could not have been a more perfect day for Matt and Hilary.
The cocktail hour and reception were back at the Garden Terrace. Dinner and dancing took place in the tent. It was such a great evening. The speeches were heartfelt and I loved when Hilary’s dad pointed out how he noticed Matt loves Hilary as much as he loves his wife Sherri. At the end of the night everyone gathered for a sparkler exit to send Matt and Hilary off.
Matt and Hilary thank you for having us there to capture your wedding day and create this treasured wedding film for you to watch for your lifetime.
Venue ~ A Touch of Elegance
Photography ~ Nathaniel Edmonds Photography
Hair + Makeup ~ La Dolce Salon
Florist ~ Bokay Florist
DJ ~ Diamond Production
Catering ~ Kahn’s Catering
Video still by Northernlight Filmworks
Chris and Tammy’s wedding at Hidden Hollow Farm in Crawfordsville was beautiful. Even though we (John and Jen) are on vacation this week, we wanted to get this sneak peek trailer out and share the awesomeness. This year is the year for amazing entrances to the reception. Having a T-Rex entrance is a first and we were so excited when we found out it was happening.
Chris and Tammy, thank you for having us document your wedding day and we can’t wait to dive into your full edit.
Bridal Prep Location ~ His Harvest Home
Groom Prep Location ~ Hidden Hollow Farm
Venue ~ Hidden Hollow Farm
Coordinator ~ Vanessa Rische
Photography ~ Sara Ackermann Photography
Hair & Makeup ~ Piper
Florals ~ Milligan’s Flowers
Cake ~ Cakes by Donna
DJ ~ Don Masters
Caterer ~ Pono Enos
Video Still by Northernlight Filmworks
Here is a little sneak peek wedding trailer from Nick and Katey’s wedding. It was such a beautiful wedding day. We started out at The Conrad Hotel for getting ready then the first look in the magnificat Kite Suite. Then we were off to the infamous Circle for photos before the ceremony. The ceremony took place at Christ Church Cathedral also on the Circle. After the ceremony we went down to Mass Ave for some fun bridal party photos. We ended the day back at The Conrad Hotel for the reception. The day was so much fun not only because we were working with some of our favorite friendors, but because this couple, their family and friends made it a blast to film. We hope you enjoyed this teaser. We can’t wait to jump into editing their wedding film.
Church ~ Christ Church Cathedral
Reception ~ The Conrad Hotel
Wedding Coordination ~ Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination
Photography ~ Jessica Strickland Photography
Hair + Makeup ~ HG Studio
Florals ~ Bella Sorella Floral Design
Cake ~ Heavenly Sweets
DJ ~ Jim Cerone
Wedding Dress ~ The Wedding Studio
Bridesmaids Dresses ~ Bella Bridesmaids Indy
Tuxes ~ Men’s Warehouse
Invitations ~ Minted
Rings ~ Reis Nichols
Video Still by Northernlight Filmworks
Canal 337 Wedding of Alex and Rachel by Northernlight Filmworks (Thumbnail image by Conforti Photography)
Alex and Rachel’s Canal 337 wedding was absolutely perfect. With a very rainy week leading up to the big day, the forecast seemed to keep changing every minute. When I woke up that morning and saw how dark and rainy it was I just kept praying it would pass. While they were not having an outdoor wedding, I do love being able to get outside in natural light during their photo sessions. I also didn’t want their surprise reception entrance to get rained out.
We stared the day off with the girls at the salon getting their hair and makeup done. The atmosphere as the girls were getting ready was so fun. At this point it was still raining, but just as it was time to head to Canal 337, the skies dried up and blue sky was emerging through the dark thick clouds.
It was just a hop skip and a jump over to Canal 337 where the girls finished up getting ready for the wedding. Alex and his groomsmen arrived all ready to go. As our luck would have it, it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day for their pre ceremony photo session. It was such a beautiful ceremony with a lot of heartfelt moments and moments of laughter. I love how their minister really personalized their ceremony and honored their families.
Alex and Rachel decided not to have a first look before the ceremony (which I do love just as much as a first look) we headed out around the canal for a little photo fun with the bridal party then just Alex and Rachel. What they didn’t know was we were making our way toward a gondola waiting for them to take them back to their cocktail hour. When they did their engagement photos Rachel had asked if they could get in one for a photo and she was told no. She was reliving the story as we got closer and jokingly asked if they could get in for a photo and was shocked with they said yes. Then was even more surprised when they said it was theirs waiting to take them for a ride. I love all the cheering from their wedding guests as they arrived back at Canal 337.
The rest of the evening was spectacular with an amazing dinner and dancing to one of our favorite bands. Thank you Alex and Rachel for having us film your wedding day and create your film for you to watch for years to come.
Venue ~ Canal 337
Wedding Planner ~ Betsy Eibling, Indy Gigz
Photographer ~ Conforti Photography
Wedding Dress ~ Marie Gabriel Couture
Hair ~ Katheryn’s Bridal Bar
Makeup ~ Beauty by Crystal
Paper ~ 10 Twenty-Two Designs
Florals ~ The Rusted Window
Cake ~ Classic Cakes
Caterer ~ Thomas Caterers of Distinction
Band ~ The Doo Band
Gondola ~ Old World Gondoliers
Image by Conforti Photography
We enjoyed shooting some engagement photos for Emily and Jason in and around the downtown Indianapolis area. We always enjoy meeting our couples and engagement sessions are a great way to get to know them. Jason and Emily’s wedding will be later this year and we will be doing both photo and cinema. Jason and Emily love the east coast vibe in fact Nantucket, Massachusetts holds a very special place in each of their hearts.
I first met Lyssa 3 years ago when we filmed her sister Kaylee’s wedding. So of course I was over the moon to received an email from Lyssa letting me know it was her turn to get married. I set up a meeting with Lyssa and Dan to get the particulars about the big day. It would be our first time filming a St Elizabeth Seton wedding. While we love the houses of worship we film in over and over again, it is refreshing to film somewhere new. This would also be our first time filming at Piper’s at the Marott. When Dan and Lyssa came to meet with me, I could tell instantly they are a perfect match.
One thing that struck me when I met this family three years ago was their faith. They wear their faith on their sleeve and you know instantly how important it is to them. Lyssa and Dan’s wedding was no different in that sense and knowing the Mass was the most important aspect of their wedding. I love getting to know our clients and knowing what is important to them helps me tell their story. As with many of our couples we sat down with Dan and Lyssa on camera so they could help narrate their story. Not only did their interview guide the storyline, but the homily fell right into place as did Kaylee’s speech at the reception. I hope you enjoy Dan and Lyssa’s story. For me it shows two people faithful that God will revel his perfect plan for their life in his perfect timing. That perfect plan and timing came in the form of a Catholic dating site.
Ceremony Venue ~ St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church
Reception Venue ~ Piper’s at the Marott
Bride’s Makeup ~ Becky Naylor | Salon Lofts
Bridesmaid Makeup ~ Harmony | Ciao Bella
Hair ~ Marion Rogers | Ciao Bella
Photography ~ BJLR Photography
Cake ~ Taylor’s Bakery
Transportation ~ Advanced Limousines
Music License ~ Music Bed & Soundstripe
A special thanks to our good friend Steve Zugelter for coming to help us film.
Video Still by Northernlight Filmworks
Northernlight Filmworks filmed a wedding for Danielle and Tim at a beautiful private ranch in Illinois. We learned from the couple that this ranch wedding would have special meaning for Danielle as she was the Nanny for the family for several years. We always love listening to stories of how our couples met and Tim and Danielle have a pretty cool story. One amazing thing is the number 1011. You will have to watch the film to learn why this number is special to Danielle and Tim.
This was a beautiful wedding all the way around. Congrats Danielle and Tim!
Northernlight Filmworks Photography
We received a message yesterday from Fashion Designer Berny Martin of Catou who let us know that our images were being used in a feature in Chicago Planner Magazine. Due to space limitations, they were unable to include all of the people that helped pull this shoot off. We encourage you to visit our original Blog post of Laurel Hall – Taylor +Keegan. This magazine is targeted for Chicago Wedding Planning couples but it has applicable information no matter your geographical location.
We recently attended RESET Conference, which was a photo / cinema workshop and one of the speakers was Photographer Jeff Rojas who is based out of New York. One of the things that he mentioned was that he recommends that Grooms wear a tailored suit for the wedding. This is a little more of a cost but the Groom will be much more comfortable and it will look better in photos. Another benefit is that it is a suit that he can wear after the wedding.
The online magazine of Chicago Planner Magazine provides a PDF of The Ultimate Groom Guide. Topics include; What you need to wear, How to be more involved, How to make an Old Fashion adult beverage, Ideas for Bachelor Party, Planning the Honeymoon and more.
We really like the idea of a tailored or custom made suit for the Groom. Whether you are planning a wedding in Chicago or Indianapolis, there are resources locally that you can explore for a well tailored suit. The wedding day is a long day and you might as well look good and be comfortable at the same time.
Jeremy and Emily had a beautiful Laurel Hall Wedding. You may remember their cinematic trailer we posted just a few weeks after their wedding. It was a very exciting, happy and emotional day.
The day, like many in 2016, started out very very rainy. The girls got ready downtown at the Omni Severin Hotel. It was such a chill morning and the girls sat around chatting with each other as they got their hair and make up done. Meanwhile the guys met up at Red’s Classic Barber Shop for hair cuts and shaves. They all headed for Laurel Hall to finish getting ready. The bridal suite at Laurel Hall is a gorgeous room overlooking the patio and lawn. The light coming in the windows is amazing. The guys got ready in the library and they enjoyed a game of cards while they waited. During this time the rain stopped, the clouds started to break up and peeks of sun began to shine.
Family is very important to Jeremy and Emily. For Emily, she is close to her dad and due to some health scares she did not know if he would be there to walk her down the isle. Knowing this we decided to mic her dad during the father daughter moment. And oh my goodness I am so thankful we did. That audio soundbite of when he turned and saw her was so moving and powerful, even though I have watched this probably a hundred times in the editing process I get chocked up and the tears roll down my face EVERY SINGLE TIME!
The ceremony took place in the upstairs chapel at Laurel Hall. The ceremony was very special because Emily’s brother was one of the officiants and he gave a beautiful sermon. Jeremy and Emily wrote their own vows in addition to the traditional vows. We love when couples are able to write their vows. While the traditional vows are wonderful, when couples can write their own it adds a special element and their personality to their wedding. One line that stood out from Emily’s vows, “We may not be perfect people, but we are perfect for each other”.
The reception was beautiful and the toasts so heartfelt. They ended off the night were a spectacularly dance party including glow sticks and colorful flashing glasses. I could go on and on about their day, but I feel their wedding film speaks more and encompasses their day better than I can write about it. Thank you Jeremy and Emily for having us capture your day and tell your story.
Bridal Preps ~ Omni Severin Hotel
Groom Hair cut & Shave ~ Red’s Classic Barber Shop
Ceremony & Reception ~ Laurel Hall
Wedding Film ~ Northernlight Filmworks
Photography ~ Erin Hession Photography
Wedding Coordinator/Florist ~ Heather Moschinger
Hair & Makeup ~ Karen Hall & Co
Catering ~ Thomas Caterers of Distinction
Cake ~ Heavenly Sweets Cakes
DJ ~ Track Seven DJ
Music license provided by Music Bed
Image by Erin Hession Photography
The wedding industry is filled with new creativity and ideas. The personality and brand of each couple is able to be portrayed through their big day. Many people fully dive into the new creative styles of weddings and ditch the old traditional ways. Others, however, find that tradition is something to be cherished and followed. Regardless of how you personally feel, there is value in weighing the pros and cons of the treasured first look between the bride and groom.
If you’re anything like me, you weigh the pros and cons with every situation you encounter. My wedding day will be no different. I will look at every possibility to hopefully help capture the perfect day I have always dreamed of. One of the most intimate moments of the wedding ceremony between the bride and the groom is simply when they first lay eyes on each other.
This is such an important part of the wedding as brides and grooms have both spoke of this feeling of having tunnel vision. They don’t even see anything else in the room, they only see each other. While this is sweet and charming some would rather have this deeply intimate moment between just them. The question is whether to have the first look before the ceremony or during the ceremony.
Jane & Jason 1st look from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
Ryan & Christine first look from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
Pros of “to first look”:
- One of the first pros of “to first look” is that both the bride and groom get to experience the first look moment together in privacy. This may be something that they have photographed but ultimately privacy is the main point. The couple will have the opportunity to get a lot of emotion out before the ceremony.
- A perk to seeing each other before the ceremony is that it allows for time for photos so that photos are not being done between the ceremony and the reception. This can also give the best lighting for the photographer/videographer.
- If you decide to look this can give you time to calm your excited nerves. Many people describe their significant other as one that helps to relax them or calm them down. This can be a great tool for an anxious bride or groom to comfort one another.
Cons of “to first look”:
- The ceremony may be less emotional and more practical. I am not saying that the ceremony will not be emotional but you may lose out on that “wow” moment.
- Traditions can be a con to looking at each other prior to the wedding. Not only does looking at each other follow some superstition, but also it is non-traditional.
Jake and Kristen 1st look down isle from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
John + Kaitlin 1st look down the isle from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
Pros of “not to first look”:
- Speaking of traditions, not looking at each other before the ceremony is more on the traditional side. It goes way back. I’ll let you look up the history if you feel so inclined.
- One of my favorite pros to “not to first look” is simply that there is this amazing moment between bride and groom. This is something that is not only special to the couple but also special to the friends and family who are also experiencing this day.
- Excitement follows the bride all of the way until the aisle. The excitement of finally seeing the man she will marry for the first time all day can be overwhelming (in a good way). Those who chose to “not first look” may be more excited for the actual ceremony.
Cons of “not to first look”:
- A con to not looking is certainly the issue of, “When will photos take place?” Photos may have to happen between the ceremony and the reception, which can prolong many of the other parts of the day. This can also sometimes mean risking the best lighting or light at all for that matter.
- Jitters/nervousness may be more prevalent without the comfort of seeing each other before the ceremony.
Like I said before, the world of weddings is becoming an increasingly more creative industry. This also allows for more creative approaches to the “to first look or not to first look” debate. In fact there are many alternatives within the realm of weddings that make each special day truly unique to each couple. Nothing is black or white. Weddings are not church bells or Las Vegas.
Katie + Kevin Alternative 1st Look from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
Alternatives to first looks:
- Being blindfolded where you can still touch the person but not see them. There is a lot of superstition that follows weddings that stray from traditional but there certainly are ways to get around that.
- Other brides and grooms may choose to read letters from each other. There are many ways to go about this as well.
- Some have slid the letters under doors that hold in the anxious bride/groom.
- Others have stood around a door holding hands while reading the letters that they wrote.
Ultimately the message is simple. Every bride and grooms big day is special in their own way. In the same way that the world is one’s oyster, allow your wedding to be too. Make it your own, whether you choose traditional, non-traditional or somewhere in between. This day is one that while you may obsess over the details and weigh every decision, you will truly be happy when you realize that this day is more than that.