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Scottish Rite Wedding Film | Karissa + Ryan

We were so excited for Karissa and Ryan’s Scottish Rite wedding. It is one of our favorite reception venues in Indianapolis. This was probably one of the longest bookings we have had to date. I remember when Karissa contacted us about filming her wedding in January of 2016. We don’t typically book out 2 years in advance and told her to contact me in July as I would be opening up the 2nd half of 2017 dates for booking then. About a week later she wrote back telling me she absolutely loved our work and wanted to book asap if possible because she did not want to miss out on having us film her wedding. So of course I loved her organization and drive and booked her!

The day was was perfect. We started off at The Alexander Hotel for getting ready and interviewed both Karissa and Ryan’s parents. What a special addition to their film. They had a private first look without photo or video in the room, then we had a ball filming the bridal party photo session around The Alexander Lobby.

The ceremony took place in the beautiful St. Mary’s Church in downtown Indianapolis. Then it was off to the Scottish Rite for the reception. They did some photos at the front steps before going inside. The hall has a wonderful second story balcony around the entire room where cocktail hour was held. Karissa and Ryan decided to be introduced and do their first dance with all their guests looking down from the balcony. After their first dance the guests were escorted down lead by the bagpiper where they received a glass of champagne with their table assignment. It was a perfect evening with amazing toasts and dancing the night away by the fabulous The Doo Band.

Karissa and Ryan, thank you for having us document your beautiful wedding and create a film for you to watch for many many years to come.

Vendor Team
Getting Ready Location ~ The Alexander Hotel
Ceremony Location ~ St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Location ~ Scottish Rite Cathedral
Wedding Planner ~ Lori Solomon of Boldly Chic Events
Photographer ~ Jessica Strickland Photography
Hair ~ Abby of Bobby Cooper Salon
Makeup ~ Annette of Trish McAvoy
Cake ~ Simply Perfection
Florals ~ Bokay Florist
Catering ~ Thomas Catering
Bagpiper ~ Robert Wood
Transportation ~ Antique Limo

Scottish Rite Wedding

Jessica Strickland Photography

Carmel, Indiana Wedding Film | JD + Emily

I don’t know what it is like in other states, but here in Indiana the rivalry between Indiana University and Purdue University is a big deal. So when a Purdue family welcomes an IU graduate as their new son or daughter-in-law or visa versa it is usually mentioned at some point in the wedding day. I just loved how Emily’s dad incorporated it into his speech when talking about the qualities they hoped for in a husband for Emily.

The day could not have been more perfect for JD and Emily’s Carmel, Indiana wedding day. Emily and the girls started off their day at Emily’s parents home. It was a buzz of excitement and a lot of laughter. The guys met at JD and Emily’s home and enjoyed hanging out and watching football while they prepared for the day. Their ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Fr O’Connor gave a beautiful homily on how the creating story lives out even today and God’s love in creating this new family of JD and Emily. After the ceremony we headed to downtown Carmel for some photos around the Monon Trail and Main Street then the Government Center. Then it was time to head to the party at the Ritz Charles. It was a fabulous reception with great speeches, an amazing choreographed first dance and a rocking party!

I always love learning about how people meet. I am also a true believer that things happen for a reason. JD was homesick and trying to find a job back in Indiana and met up with friends from his hometown while interviewing for a job in Indianapolis. Emily just so happened to be going out with friends from college that same night. They were the same friends and that night is when they met!!! JD says, he knew from the moment he saw her. For Emily, she knew after just a few months.

Wedding Coordinator ~ Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination
Ceremony ~ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Reception ~ Ritz Charles
Photography ~ Jessica Strickland Photography
Hair Stylist ~ Kortney Norris Salon One Four
Makeup ~ Tara Dumser Salon One Four
Florist ~ Bella Sorella Floral Design
Catering + Cake ~ Ritz Charles Catering
Transportation ~ Antique Limousine of Indianapolis
DJ ~ Sound Advice DJ Service
Invitations ~ Blue3 Designs
Bridal Boutique ~ Marie Gabriel Couture Bridal
Groom Tux ~ Joseph A Bank

Carmel, Indiana Wedding

(c) Jessica Strickland Photography

Fishers, Indiana Wedding Film | Jason + Emily

I had a thought about 10 years ago that I would marry an Emily. So every Emily I came across I thought, is she the one? Not until I met Emily Somers.” ~ Jason

It was the perfect day for Jason and Emily’s Fishers, Indiana wedding. Our team started off with Emily and the girls getting ready at their brand new home, then joined the guys getting ready at The Hawthorns Country Club. Jason and Emily had a first look before the ceremony. I love how he said “it’s you” when Emily asked what he though of her dress. The ceremony took place at Holy Spirit at Geist. After the ceremony they had a streamer send off!!! Then it was time for the party to start back at The Hawthorns Country Club.

Wedding Vendors
Ceremony ~ Holy Spirit at Geist
Reception ~ The Hawthorns Country Club
Photographer ~ Chloe Luka Photography
Hair & Makeup ~ Dawne Thompson (DM The Salon)
Florist ~ Lily Lane
Catering ~ The Hawthorns Country Club
Cake ~ Heavenly Sweets
DJ ~ Nate Bennett Entertainment
Bridal Boutique ~ Marie Gabriel Couture
Dress Designer ~ Hayley Paige

Fishers, Indiana Wedding

(c) Northernlight Filmworks

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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Eiteljorg Wedding Film | Kyle + Ashley

Kyle and Ashley had a gorgeous Eiteljorg wedding reception celebrating with family and friends. It was a perfect and warm day at the end of September and the trees were still green. We started off the day with the guys getting ready at Kyle and Ashley’s home and met up with the girls at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

We love sitting down with our couples to get their story. How sweet to find out that Kyle and Ashley have known each other since the 2nd grade but a homecoming dance in high school was what brought them together as a couple. And how a beer fest put a few kinks in Kyle’s plans for proposing.

After Kyle and the guys arrived at St. Christoper Kyle and Ashley shared a private moment for their first look. If you listen closely in the film, you can hear Kyle’s heart beating when they hug. Kyle still got emotional when he saw his bride coming down the aisle toward him. Their ceremony was beautiful and I loved the story Father Matt told about the painting by Michelangelo “Creation of Adam”.

When the ceremony was over they had a bubble send off before heading downtown for photos. The guests enjoyed the cocktail hour outside on the Terrace before moving inside for the formalities.

It was a pleasure and honor to be a part of Kyle and Ashley’s wedding team. Thank you for having us there to film your day and tell your story.

Ceremony ~ St Christopher Catholic Church
Reception ~ Eiteljorg Museum
Day of Coordinator ~ Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination {Jessica Mattingly}
Photography ~ Kirsten Wray
Catering ~ Kahn’s Catering
Cake ~ Kahn’s Catering
Florist ~ Gillespie Florist
Invitations ~ Interprintations
DJ ~ Lights Out Entertainment {Mike Nickolich}
Hair Stylist ~ Katheryn’s Bridal Bar
Makeup Artist ~ Kate Shaw
Ceremony Organist ~ Nancy Links
Ceremony Singer ~ Dana Shook
Transportation ~ Indy Trolley
Photo Booth ~ Dappy Hays
Wedding Dress Boutique ~ Marie Gabriel Couture
Bride’s Shoes ~ Keds for Kate Spade New York
Bridesmaid Dresses ~ Kennedy Blue
Groom’s Suit ~ Bonobos
Groomsmen Suits ~ Express
Rings ~ Reis-Nichols

Eiteljorg Wedding

(c) Northernlight Filmworks

Posted on February 14th, 2018 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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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.

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)
{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.

{John}
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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Lake Wawasee Wedding Film | Tyler + Alyssa

Having a Lake Wawasee Wedding was perfect for Tyler and Alyssa. Not only is the lake special to Alyssa and her family, but it is where she met Tyler. We love learning about how the couple meets and their back story. As Tyler tells it, it might not have happened as his buddies he was hanging with were not up to heading to the Frog that night, but they finally came around. Not only was that night when they met but also their two best friends who got married just a few weeks before Tyler and Alyssa. I am such a firm believer in fate and you are to meet the right people at just the right time.

As lake people ourselves it was extra special to be able to film at the lake! We started off the day with Alyssa at her family’s home. Of course John fell in love with her father’s vintage Chris-Craft, which makes a few appearances in the film. We also got to hang out with Tyler at the Oakwood Resort right on the water of Lake Wawasee. This was also the location for their ceremony and reception. As soon as the guys were ready, Tyler and the groomsmen headed over to Alyssa’s home for their first look and some photos along the lake before heading to the ceremony.

The ceremony was lovely and I absolutely love when couples write their own vows. While the traditional vows are wonderful, personal vows add such a personal touch and create a film that much more unique from anyone. After the ceremony their get away was in that vintage Chris-Craft!!!
After the ceremony was time for the party! Their reception was up the hill from the lake with gorgeous views. For anyone thinking about having a Lake Wawasee Wedding, I highly recommend it!

Thank you Tyler and Alyssa for having us film your amazing wedding day. It is a pleasure and honor you chose us to capture your day and create your wedding film for you to watch over and over again for years to come.

Here is their wedding trailer we posted right after their wedding!

The steller vendor team!

Venue ~ Oakwood Resort
Planner & Designer ~ Plum & Poppy Weddings
Photographer ~ Conforti Photoraphy
Hair & Makeup ~ Something Blue Stylists
Florist ~ Accent Floral Design
Cake ~ SassieCakes
DJ ~ Jim Cerone
Stationary ~ Nicole Mae Paper Design
Tent & Decor ~ A Party Apart
Ceremony Music ~ The Innocenti Strings

Lake Wawasee

Photo Courtesy of Conforti Photography

Posted on November 29th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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Sahm’s Atrium Wedding | Kyle + Jenna

We posted some of our favorites of Kyle and Jenna’s wedding photos last week. This week their wedding film is complete! We loved getting to know Kyle and Jenna and it was an honor to capture their wedding day with both videography and photography. The day started off the day at The Westin downtown for both bride and groom prep. Next we were able to do their first look in the beautiful park just east of The Westin. We went to the Indiana War Memorial as well as the Canal area around the Indiana State and Eiteljorg Museums. Then it was off to the Indiana State House for their wedding ceremony. Sahm’s Atrium was the location for their wedding reception. Sahm’s is just a quick 2 blocks from the Indiana State House so it was perfect for guest to walk on the beautiful July evening we had.

What I loved most about this wedding film was hearing their story. Hearing about how Kyle and Jenna met, how she was trying to get him to ask her out on a date, and the proposal she didn’t think would ever happen. Their personalities remind me so much of John and I.

Thank you Kyle and Jenna for having our team be a part of our amazing wedding day!!!

If you missed it you can see their Same Day Edit and their photo gallery.

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

Sahm's Atrium

Image by Northernlight Filmworks.

Posted on November 1st, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Wedding Movie, Wedding Videography
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Indiana State House Wedding | Jenna + Kyle

Jenna and Kyle, what can we say…. we loved spending time with you and looking back through these images puts a smile on our face. Just look at the smiles on their face. Northernlight Filmworks did both photography and cinema for Jenna and Kyle. We produced a Same Day Edit, which was previously posted but you can see it here SDE-Jenna & Kyle. We had a great team as always and they were instrumental in pulling this all together seamlessly. We dont want to fill this up with too much commentary as the images speak for themselves. Such a great couple, great personalities and a fabulous family. Gotta say Haley Paige dresses are one of our favorite wedding dresses.

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

Posted on October 27th, 2017 in Northernlight Filmworks, Photography
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