Cara & Sean’s wedding was absolutely beautiful, intimate, and unique! Deer Park Manor in Bloomington, IN did a fabulous job of making the event special from beginning to end.
Breakfast of champions to start the morning off right…
There are a few photographers who are really into textured overlays, which is really cool and trendy right now, but I’m undecided if it will stand the test of time, so I choose to avoid them and stick to a more clean and classic processing style that I know will be timeless. After all, weddings are trendy enough as it is! However, this next image really has the feeling of being textured, but it’s just hairspray being the focal point with the hair slightly out of focus in the background. Pretty neat, huh? Best part of all- no photoshop required! (I can just see it now… people spraying hairspray in front of their cameras whenever they want the look… he he he)
I usually suggest that brides try to get everything done a week before the wedding so that they can really spend time reflecting on marriage and enjoying time with their future hubby. Well, let’s just say that I have yet to see it happen- so don’t feel bad if it doesn’t happen! There are always things that are left until the last minute, or forgotten about entirely until someone asks you about something that just didn’t cross your mind. For Cara, it was her entire seating chart. Even if you’re just selecting who gets to sit at one table.. this is not an easy task!! It’s easy to underestimate how much time these things take… after all, when have you had to plan seating for this many people before?! It took several people and the entire morning to get the seating chart done in time for the wedding. For most people, I would just say, if it’s not done that morning- it’s not getting done!! C’est la vie! But Cara was determined to get it done…
Cara & Sean had a beautiful wedding palette of aqua/turquoise, yellow, and green. It was such a beautiful combination- and when combined with the guy’s khaki suits, created a casual but elegant look. There were all sorts of fun little details like the wooden fans and fresh sweet tea in mason jar glasses (not pictured).
I don’t think I had seen a sand ceremony where the mothers combined the sand at the beginning, but it was an interesting idea, since there were no candles to light.
I love outdoor ceremonies because it gives me the greatest freedom to get in close or to really step back and take it all in. You also can’t beat the beauty of natural light and nature’s scenery. If you’re on the fence about outdoor vs. indoor… just go for the outdoor wedding. I would care to say that 90% of the time it works out with beautiful weather during the appropriate times of year.
Unfortunately the flower girl wasn’t interested in having fun OR being silly on the wedding day. But she did enjoy this little boy’s company, and I even caught a picture of him kissing her by the fountain! Here she is telling us how she’s not going to get her picture taken… too late!
Before everything got underway with the reception, there was a private little taste testing of the chocolate fountain… yummmmay.
I’m guessing the wedding dress isn’t quite as tasty as the chocolate. Actually, she’s trying to get those really little strings sewn into the dress to pop out so she can bustle the train. Knitting needles usually work best for this, but hey, a bridesmaid’s gotta work with whatever she’s got!
I love the monochromatic look of this detail shot, especially with the shadow creating a strong graphic element and line toward the veil and coat hanging on the chairs. In my eyes, anything can be art.
Watch out! Here comes the bouquet and garter! I think these are some of the best bouquet/garter group shots I’ve ever captured! I’m pretty sure it’s mostly because of the enthusiasm you see- they actually REALLY want them!!
Notice how differently girls and guys prefer to party…
Cara accidentally poured the champagne a wee bit too quickly- and what did I see? A cool ring shot! Now, isn’t this much more interesting than posing your hand over a bouquet of flowers? I’m always on the lookout for candid details!
Just before dusk, when the light was perfect, Cara & Sean gathered all of their guests out front for a large group shot and Deer Park Manor has this tiny little balcony that makes for a perfect set-up in the front!
Cara & Sean.. thank you SO much for inviting me to be a part of your day! Everyone was so nice that I totally felt like I was just hanging out with family and friends all day. I hope we get a chance to hang out and have beer again at that little bar in Lincoln Park! Keep in touch!!
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