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Emily {+} Jason – Indianapolis Engagement Photos

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.

Posted on May 4th, 2017 in Engagement, Northernlight Filmworks, Photography
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St Elizabeth Seton Wedding | Dan {+} Lyssa

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.

St Elizabeth Seton Wedding

Video Still by Northernlight Filmworks

Danielle and Tim – Ranch Wedding

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!

Wedding Dress

Posted on March 24th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Videography
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Chicago Wedding Planning

Chicago Wedding Planning


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.

Posted on March 18th, 2017 in Photography
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Laurel Hall Wedding Film | Jeremy + Emily

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

Laurel Hall Wedding

Image by Erin Hession Photography

To first look or not to first look…

To first look or not to first look

Northernlight Filmworks

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.


Posted on March 2nd, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Planning - Tips
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Northernlight Filmworks Team | Meet Paiton Moon

Northernlight Filmworks Team | Meet Paiton Moon

Photo by Caitlin Sullivan Photography

We want to introduce you all to Paiton Moon. Paiton is joining our team to help with our blogging and social media. Paiton is the youngest of John and Jennifer’s 5 children. She is in her 2nd year at IUPUI and is attending the Kelly School of Business with a major in Marketing and a minor in Non-Profit Management. She also works at the REI store in Indianapolis. Make sure to say hello to her if you are there while she is working.  

When not in school and at work Paiton loves everything outdoors. Especially camping and hiking. She has summited two 14ers in Colorado, Quandary Peak and Gray’s Peak, with her family. She is looking forward to experiencing a back country canoe trip to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota this June. She is quite the writer and loves to journal. You can follow her personal blog HERE. She is very artistic and enjoys painting, drawing and sculpting as well as playing her ukulele and singing. She has a heart for service and has been on a mission trip to Haiti, which was a very rewarding experience.  Paiton is very drawn to helping others and making an impact.   

We are very excited to have Paiton join us!

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks
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Indianapolis Engagement Photos | Jenna + Kyle

We had a great time with Jenna and Kyle for their engagement photos, which were taken at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and downtown at Lockerbie and a few at The Alexander Hotel. We will be filming and photographing their wedding in July. We will also be filming and producing a Same Day Edit for Jenna and Kyle to be show at their reception. Engagement sessions are fun because it is a great warm up to how we shoot and interact with our couples, plus we get to see their personalties surface. We are looking forward to their wedding in July.

Posted on February 10th, 2017 in Engagement, Northernlight Filmworks, Photography
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Traders Point Creamery Wedding | Christopher + Lia

It was the perfect fall day for Christopher and Lia’s Traders Point Creamery wedding. Lia and the girls got ready in The Roost at Traders Point Creamery which over looked the lawn and garden area where they were setting up the ceremony. It was so fun seeing the progress of not only the girls getting ready but the progress of the ceremony site. Autumn of Isibeal Studio is so amazingly talented and watching the progress of her magic coming alive for the wedding is awe inspiring. I absolutely loved that Lia wore her mom’s wedding dress and had her grandmother’s diamond. It was so special for them.

Chris and the guys got ready downtown at the Westin. Once they arrived at Traders Point Creamery it was time for the first look. I am sure you will absolutely love their first look. The dock at the pond was the perfect location. Seeing how nervous Christopher was prior to the first look then how calm he got as soon as he saw her was magic.

The ceremony was beautiful and having Lia’s childhood youth pastor marry them made this ceremony extra special for them. This was the first time I have seen the braiding of the rope. This will be a beautiful piece hung in their home for a constant reminder of the commitment they have made to each other and keeping God in their marriage.

The Barn at Traders Point Creamery was beautifully decorated and of course Autumn’s floral design and the candles made it so romantic. The music of The Impalas had everyone danced the night away. Thanks to The Impalas for letting us plug into their board for the audio of the speeches.

We love working with our friends Cory + Jackie. We always know it will be an amazing day when we get to work together. And a special thanks to my friend Brian for coming and filming with me.

Bridal Prep ~ The Roost at Traders Point Creamery
Groom Prep ~ Westin
Venue ~ Traders Point Creamery
Coordinator ~ Rebecca Moreland Green
Photography ~ Cory + Jackie
Cinematography ~ Northernlight Filmworks
Floral Design ~ Isibeal Studio
Cupcakes ~ The Flying Cupcake
Band ~ The Impalas

All music licensed through Music Bed

Traders Point Creamery Wedding

Cory + Jackie

Posted on February 7th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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Columbia Club Wedding | Miles + Marissa

Miles and Marissa’s Columbia Club wedding was so beautiful. Just like many other weddings this year we were worried about the rain forecasted. I had gotten a text from Molly Connor the day before that she was going to get umbrellas just in case. Well it ended up we did not need them as the rain broke right before the first look. The audio of Miles seeing Marissa for the first time was priceless. We were able to get in their photo session as well around the circle before the black clouds rolled back in.

The ceremony took place on the first floor of the Columbia Club in front of the beautiful ornate glass windows looking out onto the Soldiers and Sailor’s memorial. Miles and Marissa’s ceremony was extra special because Miles grandfather was the officiant who married them. I always love special moments like that. After the “I Do’s” it was time to head up to the cocktail hour and reception. The reception took place on the third floor in the beautiful Crystal Terrace. It was such a fun party. Thank you Miles and Marissa for having us be a part of your wedding team to document your wedding day and create your wedding film.

Vendor Team
Venue ~ The Columbia Club
Officiant ~ Les Koerselman
Photography ~ Molly Connor Photography
Hair ~ Carly Rush | Makefresh on Maple Salon and Spa
Makeup ~ Erica Foit | Makefresh on Maple Salon and Spa
Florist + Décor ~ Jeni Banker
Cake ~ Heavenly Sweets
DJ ~ Dave Guarino | Platinum DJ Productions
Paperie ~ Cari Bowersock | Interprintations

Columbia Club Wedding

Molly Connor Photography

Posted on December 30th, 2016 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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