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
Photo Courtesy of Jessica Strickland Photography
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
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
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
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
Cory + Jackie
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.
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
Molly Connor Photography
Indianapolis Artsgarden + Conrad Wedding | AJ & Taylor from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
AJ and Taylor’s Indianapolis Artsgarden + Conrad wedding was amazing. As you can see from their wedding film, family and friends are very important to them, and they have touched the lives of so many. We are very honored to have been able to capture and create not only their wedding day, but their story.
There were so many moments of the day that stood out, but I just keep coming back to the fun, laughter and love. We started out the day capturing the fun of the girls getting hair and makeup and ready for the day. The guys were a little more chill but still had fun hanging out and being goofy. Before the ceremony AJ and Taylor did their first look and we were able to capture some great shots of just the two of them. Next it was off to meet up with their bridal party in Tastings for a quick cheers before getting bridal party photos. It was such a beautiful and perfect day. Their ceremony was spectacular and my favorite part is their personal vows to each other. While traditional vows are so very important, when our couples write and read personal vows it makes their wedding just that more personal and really helps to drive the story line of their film. After AJ and Taylor were pronounced husband and wife, there was a fun surprise waiting for them. The chairs along the isle had confetti streamers. The reaction on their faces was priceless.
Right after the ceremony we moved back to the Conrad for the reception and all I can say is WOW!!!! The decor was amazing, the speeches were so heart felt (which was hard to pick just a few soundbites for their film by the way) and the party was so much fun. Thanks to Jessica Strickland for capturing that last confetti cannon surprise at the end of the night for us to include in their film. Again their reaction was priceless.
You can check out the blog post of their wedding photos from Jessica Strickland Photography
Thank you AJ and Taylor for having us be apart of your team.
We had the honor of being included in the stellar vendor team.
Ceremony ~ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Reception ~ Conrad
Event Planner ~ Mon Amie Events, Inc
Photography ~ Jessica Strickland Photography
Hair & Makeup ~ JW Salon
Ceremony Entertainment ~ TLW
Floral Design ~ The Empty Vase
Cake ~ Classic Cakes of Carmel
Lighting Décor ~ Evans AV
Calligraphy ~ Manayunk Calligraphy
Paperie ~ Events by Design
Pink Poppy Ink
Band ~ Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press
Confetti ~ Flutter Fetti
Music license provided by Music Bed
Photo by Jessica Strickland Photography
The day could not have been more perfect for John and Kaitlin’s Indianapolis wedding. It was a beautiful sunny day and for July it wasn’t unbearably hot like it could have been. Kaitlin and the girls started off their day at the Conrad downtown to get ready for the big day. John and his guys got ready at their new home in Indianapolis. The ceremony was at the beautiful North United Methodist Church just north of downtown and the reception was at the amazing Indiana Roof Ballroom.
John and Kaitlin’s story is pretty spectacular. They met just 3 years ago at the wedding for their mutual friends Billy and Jenna. They did not know each other prior to the wedding. At the reception, John, who was a groomsman for Billy, decided to approach Kaitlin. Kaitlin was a reader at the wedding, and she was on the dance floor. They hit it off from that moment on the dance floor and the rest is history.
It was a very happy and emotional day for everyone. Everything from Kaitlin’s special moment with her Mom before getting her dress on to seeing her Dad for the first time after getting in her wedding dress, to the emotion of both John and Kaitlin when seeing each other for the first time as Kaitlin walked down the isle toward John. It was hard for me (Jen) to keep back the happy tears for this amazing couple and their family. The speeches at the reception were authentic, from the heart, and impactful. The best part was the covert flash mob dance her sister Kristen planned, which John and Kaitlin were surprised with.
John, Kaitlin and the Hines and Pennington families, thank you for having us document and preserve this day for you.
Ceremony ~ North United Methodist Church
Reception ~ Indiana Roof Ballroom
Bridal Prep ~ Conrad
Planner ~ Christine – Boldly Chic Events
Photography ~ Nathaniel Edmunds
Hair & Makeup ~ Evan Todd
Florist ~ McNamera
Cake ~ Classic Cakes
Linens ~ Nuage & Elite
String Quartet ~ Emily Ann Thompson
Ceremony Vocalist ~ Jerry Hacker
Reception Band ~ Endless Summer
Ice Sculpture ~ Indiana Ice Studio
Transportation ~ LX Limo & Indy Trolley
Antique Rolls Royce ~ Antique Limo
Music license provided by Music Bed.
Photo by Nathaniel Edmunds Photography
Kokomo Wedding Film | Dan + Sadie from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
We had the pleasure of filming Dan and Sadie’s Kokomo wedding. Sadie went to high school with our very own Felicia so she had been following our work for some time. We loved getting to know Dan and Sadie and learning about their story. It was a very unique story about how they met and the proposal. One of our favorite things about filming weddings is finding the story about the couple because each of our clients is unique and their story is not like anyone else.
Like many of our weddings this summer we kept our eye on the radar as we had a very rainy summer. Luckily it was just overcast all day, which is actually good for photography and video. It can be a challenge shooting in very bright sun. We were excited to see there would not be any rain for Dan and Sadie’s big day. The entire day was very relaxed and ran so smoothly. It was very sweet to see how Dan lights up when he looks at Sadie. The way he smiled as she was coming down the isle as she approached him was made me smile as I edited their film. Of course Sadie’s smile is contagious too.
Thank you Dan and Sadie for having us there to film your wedding and create your wedding film.
Ceremony ~ Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
Reception ~ Bel Air Events
Photography ~ Hive and Honey Photography
Hair ~ Sunburst Salon
Flowers ~ Bowden Flowers
Cake ~ Classic Cakes
DJ ~ Grapevine DJ
Music License provided by Music Bed
Photo by Hive and Honey Photography
Indiana Backyard Wedding | Chris + Megan from Northernlight Filmworks on Vimeo.
I (Jen) was so incredible excited when Megan contacted us about filming her wedding. We filmed her sister Jenny’s wedding to Pete three years prior. It is always an honor when a family comes back to us for future weddings. I was even more excited to find out Megan and Chris were having their wedding in the backyard of Megan’s parents home in Columbus, Indiana.
The entire week leading up to the wedding I kept looking at the weather forecast. The percentages kept jumping from one extreme to another. Knowing how much Megan wanted this intimate backyard wedding at her childhood home I kept praying and doing my Anti-Rain dance. On the way we ran into a few spots of rain and we all kept looking at the radar all morning. They had a back up tent just in case but Megan really wanted to get married by the old tree with the rope swing. Luckily there was a break in the rain and everyone pitched in to move the chairs to the original ceremony spot.
The ceremony was so beautiful. The theme of the ceremony was about soul mates. I loved the reading about soul mates and how their officiant tied that theme into her message to Chris and Megan. It really is funny how just being in the right place at the right time can change your life forever. Had Chris not gone to visit his friend on that particular weekend and Megan hadn’t needed someone to sail with her their paths may have never crossed. I am so happy for Chris and Megan, that their paths crossed and they found each other. Just as the ceremony was wrapping up it starting raining again. Everyone ran to the reception tent to stay dry. Luckily the rain didn’t last long and the sun came out for the rest of the evening. It turned out to be an amazing evening. The Impala’s keep the dance floor rocking all evening.
Chris and Megan’s exit from the reception was a first for us, they left on a tandem bicycle! How cool is that? And yes they actually rode it to their hotel.
Make sure to check out Chris and Megan’s wedding photos by Carpenter Photo
Day of Coordinator ~ Jennifer Walls
Hair ~ Adrianne Willoughby
Makeup ~ Beauty by Crystal
Photography ~ Carpenter Photo
Flowers ~ Your Farmer’s Daughter
Catering + Cake ~ Kahn’s Catering
Band ~ The Impala’s
Photo Credit: Carpenter Photo