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Conrad Hotel Wedding | Nick + Katey

We always get excited when we have a Conrad Hotel Wedding. It is one of our favorite venues downtown. We started off our day at the Conrad to get Nick and Katey getting ready for their big day. The buzz of the preps is always so fun to capture. The anticipation, nervousness, and excitement as the time gets closer to seeing each other for the first time. Nick and Katey are extremely close with their family and friends. It was so evident seeing the interactions all morning.

Nick and Katey did a first look in the fabulous Kite Suite. I loved hearing Nick’s reaction when he turned around and saw Katey for the first time that day. I am pretty sure it took his breath away. We were able to have some time there to get some wonderful shots of just the two of them before meeting up with their bridal party for more photos before the ceremony. Before leaving The Conrad Nick and Katey each had a special bracelet that was inscribed for each of their new mother-in-laws. It was so sweet and I (Jen) was for sure crying behind the camera.

Next we were off to the the infamous Circle in the very center of downtown Indianapolis for bridal party photos. One of the things I love about working with Jessica Strickland is her energy. It also carries over when I am editing and I can hear her commentary with the bridal party and bride and groom while she is shooting their photos. Once photos were finished it was time for their lovely ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral. Dating back to 1837 Christ Church Cathedral has a long history right in the heart of downtown. Dean Steve Carslen performed a beautiful ceremony for Nick and Katey.

It was time to head back to The Conrad Hotel for the reception. As Katey’s dad Mike got up to give his welcome speech you can tell the guests were so excited and ready to have a good time. It was a wonderful party with the dance floor packed all night (thanks Jim Cerone)!!!

Thank you Nick and Katey (and your amazing families) for having us document one of the most important days in your life.

You may remember their TRAILER we posted right after their wedding.

Getting Ready Location ~ The Conrad Hotel
Ceremony ~ Christ Church Cathedral
Reception ~ The Conrad Hotel
Wedding Coordination ~ Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination
Photogray ~ Jessica Strickland Photography
Hair & Makeup ~ HG Studio
Florist ~ Bella Sorella Floral Design
Caterer ~ The Conrad Hotel
Cake ~ Heavenly Sweets
DJ ~ Jim Cerone
Officiant ~ Dean Steve Carlsen
Transportation ~ Antique Limousine

Conrad Hotel Wedding

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Strickland Photography

Posted on August 17th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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Arjun + Kelly | Same Day Edit

It was an honor to again be filming for this family. This video is a same day edit, which was shown at the reception. We started filming 2 days before the wedding at the Henna party, which we saw many familiar faces. The Henna designs are always amazing and so detailed, intricate and beautiful. It took about 1 hour to do the tops of Kelly’s hands and then another hour for the palms and then yet another hour for the tops of the feet. Kelly’s soon to be husband had a free hand Henna design on the back of his neck. On Day 2 we filmed the Sangeet, which is one of our favorite things to film. There is so much color and the dancing is fun to watch. It is truly a display of excitement and celebration from family and friends to the couple. We love Indian food and we started our fix of the much anticipated cuisine at the Sangeet. Shaadi Entertainment was pivotal in keeping the dance floor active and inviting.

Day 3 the wedding day, we had perfect weather, which allowed us to also shoot some aerial drone footage. Kelly was so pretty and she had the most infectious smile. Kelly dressed for the Hindu ceremony and her Sari looked gorgeous but you can’t imaging how heavy the Sari is with the cloth thickness and jewels. Non the less, Kelly carried it very well. The Hindu ceremony is full of symbolism based on centuries of cultural influence and it is always great to witness. After the Hindu ceremony they had a Christian ceremony. It was quite evident that Kelly and Arjun have not only a romantic relationship but a spiritual connection with each other.

Congratulations Kelly and Arjun and thank you to your entire family for their hospitality and making us feel welcomed.

Venue ~ Horizon Convention Center
Photography ~ Jennifer Van Elk Wedding Photographers
Florists ~ Millers Flower Shop
~ Hand Tied Memories
Cake ~ Conannon Bakery
Catering ~ Shalimar Indian Restaurant
DJ ~ Shaadi Entertainment

Same Day Edit

Video still by Northernlight Filmworks

Posted on August 14th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Same Day Edit, Wedding Videography
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Indianapolis Wedding | Kyle + Jenna

Kyle and Jenna had a downtown Indianapolis wedding this past Saturday. This is the Same Day Edit shown at their reception. It turned out to be the most perfect day for their wedding. Not only was it a gorgeous sunny day, it was cool and low humidity. Which is very rare for Indiana at the end of July. They have an amazing family and group of friends. We hope you enjoyed their same day edit. I can’t wait to start editing the full wedding film.

I want to thank our team for doing an amazing job on filming, editing and photographing their special day. A special thanks to our friend Brian Mercer for coming over from Ohio to help us.

Bride/Groom Prep ~ The Westin
Ceremony ~ Indiana State House
Reception ~ Sahm’s Atrium
Photography ~ Northerlight Filmworks
Videography ~ Northernlight Filmworks
Hair ~ Cait Albaugh
Makeup ~ Mandy Odle
Wedding Dress ~ Marie Gabriel Couture {Designer Hayley Paige}
Florals ~ VS Design
Cake ~ Taylor’s Bakery
DJ ~ Joel of Track Seven DJ

Indianapolis Wedding

Northernlight Filmworks

Indianapolis Museum of Art Wedding | Matt + Hilary

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

Indianapolis Museum of Art Wedding

Video still by Northernlight Filmworks

Hidden Hollow Farm Trailer | Chris + Tammy

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

Hidden Hollow Farm

Video Still by Northernlight Filmworks

Posted on July 6th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Trailer, Wedding Videography
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Nick + Katey | Wedding Trailer

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

Wedding Trailer

Video Still by Northernlight Filmworks

Posted on June 29th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Trailer, Wedding Videography
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Canal 337 Wedding Film | Alex + Rachel

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

Canal 337 Wedding

Image by Conforti Photography

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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