Lauren + John
September 29th, 2018
Admittedly, I’ve been looking forward to Lauren and John’s wedding for months and months. When I first met Lauren and John we enjoyed cupcakes and a fun, relaxed conversation. It was during this conversation that I learned how much they love comics, superheroes, board games, and the color purple. Needless to say, I was smitten with them.
What completely took me by surprise, was Lauren’s eye for detail and how she incorporated the most beautiful “little things” to create a uniquely magical wedding. Of course, no event can be planned and pulled off without a little help. Lauren and John had a LOT of help from the amazing Megan Adams of Arbor and Bloom Events and a team of incredible vendors and crafters.
Upon my arrival at Embassy Suites downtown Indy, Lauren was settled in nicely with her makeup completed by Domonique Phelps of Your Glow Artistry and hair curled and braided by Annette Gidley. A beautiful finishing touch to Lauren’s hair was a birdcage veil- my favorite kind! When the time came to get in her gown, I couldn’t wait to see how the layers of pink and blue tulle on her Brides by Young dress created the purple hue Lauren was so excited about. It was stunning!
The men arrived around the time Lauren was getting into her gown, so we took the guys out to the hotel room balcony for some fun shots with the Indianapolis skyline. I don’t know about you, but that view never gets old! Making it even better-looking were five handsome men in their Men’s Warehouse suits. It was soon time for us to catch the Hippo Party Bus (spoiler alert: it’s purple) for some photos downtown before the ceremony.
When we arrived at their venue (Garfield Park Art Center) I was BLOWN AWAY by the centerpieces. Each table was curated by Lauren and John to be a pop-culture theme that is important to them. There was a Muppets table, a Princess Bride table, a Star Wars table, and my very favorite… the Harry Potter table. So much thought went into all the decor and I know the guests had to love and appreciate each one.
The bride’s brother officiated, walking down in his Darth Vader mask. But when the time came for Lauren’s dad to walk her down to John- you could see John’s eyes sparkle from the back of the room. I’m so thankful they skipped the “first look” and kept with tradition. A wedding this full of magic and mysticism was only enhanced by John’s giddy face as he was captivated by their own magic… love.
After a witty and charming ceremony we headed back downtown on the Hippo Bus for some fun portraits. We had such a blast photographing this group and our time flew by too quickly before it was time to head back to the Art Center. Awaiting us was one of the best meals I have ever enjoyed- catered by the groom’s father. Everything made from scratch- from the noodles to the croutons on the salad.
Soon it was time for the photo booth and first dances, as well as toasts. Lauren’s dad shared some sweet and kind words about the couple and I’m pretty sure a quiet tear or two escaped his eyes. The DJ kept things rocking all night and my second shooter Hannah (Hannah Bergman Photography) kept things rocking and fun in the photo booth! Lauren and John provided the best unique props for their guests and we brought a colorful and sparkly backdrop for the equally colorful bride and groom.
I’m incredibly thankful that I was invited to capture this important day for Lauren and John and even more grateful for the kindness and friendship I was shown. I know they will have a lifetime of “fun and games” ahead of them and I can’t wait to see where their adventure of marriage takes them!