Miles’ Bar Mitzvah :: Fort Wayne Bar Mitzvah Photography

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This was my first time photographing a Bar Mitzvah, and I had so much fun. It’s great to step out of your comfort zone and try something different. And let me tell you, the party following the service had to be the party of the year! The staff at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and TriGetty did an amazing job getting creative with the movie theme. From the red carpet entrance to the popcorn centerpieces and unique place settings, they didn’t overlook a single detail. Even the buffet stations were themed according to different movies! The evening wrapped up across the street at the Arts Lab black box theater, which had a Willy Wonka theme. Children and adults alike enjoyed ping pong, pinball, dancing, and a Willy Wonka ice luge.

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bar mitzvah reading from the torah scroll

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bar mitzvah carrying the torah scroll

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parents speak during bar mitzvah

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Fort Wayne Museum of Art movie themed with red carpet

movie themed escort cards and centerpieces

FWMOA decorated for movie themed reception

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movie themed reception with popcorn floral centerpieces

movie themed tables with popcorn floral centerpieces

movie themed buffet

guests using the Shutter Bomb Photo Booth

Teenagers hanging out at FWMOA

FWMOA lobby decorated in movie theme

outside of Fort Wayne black box theater with willy wonka theme

willy wonka ice luge at bar mitzvah reception party

Fort Wayne block box theater decored in Willy Wonka theme

ping pong, pinball, and ice luge at bar mitzvah reception

teenagers dancing at FWMOA black box theater

Service: Congregation Achduth Vesholom in Fort Wayne, IN

Cocktail Hour & Dinner Venue: Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN

Party Venue: ArtsLab Black Box Theater in Fort Wayne, IN

Coordinator: TriGetty Designs and Erin Friend at FWMOA

Catering: Catablu

Service Music: Alan Goodis

Photo Booth: Shutter Bomb

Rentals: A Party Apart

Heather & Danny :: Northeast Indiana Rural Engagement Photography

Heather was sort of lonely. Being a single mom in a town where she didn’t know too many people was rough.

That is, until she met Danny.

Danny moved here from Mexico a few years ago, and this duo was instant perfection. Add in an adorable little boy, and you’ve got three people who are excited to become a family in October.

So the four of us ventured out of town and hit up two of my favorite rural spots: Metea County Park and the Spencerville covered bridge.

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couple and boy goofing around sitting in a field of grass engaged couple standing in the woods together engaged couple sitting on a wooden fence engaged couple standing underneath a covered bridge

engaged couple laughing and holding each other in the woods woman kissing man on the cheek engaged couple standing in front of Spencerville covered bridge engaged couple kissing on a steel bridge engaged couple holding hands as the sun sets behind them engagement ring on a flower

I can’t wait for Heather and Danny’s wedding in October. They’re working hard to infuse a good dose of Mexican culture and food into the festivities, which I’m sure Danny’s family will appreciate.

If you’re interested in having engagement photos taken, send me a message on my contact page!

Kimberley & Derek :: Swan Lake Wedding Photography

On my way east to Kimberley and Derek’s wedding, I drove through a torrential downpour. With my weather app saying it would be iffy all day long, I knew an outdoor ceremony at their Swan Lake wedding might not happen.

But Kimberley took the news in stride, and Grace’s team at Whalen Creative Group did a stellar job keeping up with all the last-minute changes.

Thankfully, the rain cleared up just in time for bridal party portraits, and some fun nighttime shots with the Bride and Groom.

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Bride's mom helping her zip up her dress Bride standing by the window in her wedding dress Bride's mom tying a belt on her wedding dress Bridesmaids helping Bride get into her dress

Bride cries as she presents a gift to a friend Woman and girl look through old photo album

Cabin at Swan Lake Resort Groom getting dressed while watching football Groomsmen getting dressed and looking in the mirror

Groom and Groomsmen laughing

Groom and Groomsmen striking a pose in the woods Bride walks down the hall at Swan Lake towards the ceremony Bride and her coordinator, Grace Whalen, check the weather on a phone The Bride and Bridesmaids get ready in the private bathroom at Swan Lake

The Bride sitting with her bouquet

Bride and Flower Girl looking at bouquet

Bride and Bridesmaids under gazebo

Bride looking at ceremony program

Silhouette of Bride with her parents

Bride walking down the aisle with her parents as Groom watches

Bride and Groom hugging Bride's parents at ceremony

Bride and Groom standing in front of guests

Bride smiling at Groom during ceremony

Flower Girl smirking during wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom's first kiss during ceremony

Bride and Groom exiting ceremony Bride's flowers and the back of her dress in a gazebo The bride's bouquet

Bridal Party standing in courtyard at Swan Lake Resort Groomsman taking an iphone photo

Bridal bouquet and wedding rings

Reception escort cards with flowers by Whalen Creative Group

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Tables and centerpieces at reception Cupcake on cupcake stand at reception

Guests mingling and laughing during cocktail hour Groomsmen fiddling with computer and slideshow at reception

Bridesmaid carries Groomsman into reception Bride and Groom enter reception

Bride, Groom, and Bridal Party laughs and talks during dinner Bride looks back at cupcake table Little girls dance and play during reception Bridal Party at harvest table Bridesmaid gives funny toast during reception Bride smiles at Groom during Bridesmaid's toast

Best Man giving toast with champagne in his hand

Bride and Groom laugh during Best Man toast

Bride and Groom laugh during Best Man toast The Best Man embarrasses the Groom during his toast Bride and Groom cut their cupcake and feed it to each other Bride and Groom kiss in front of their cupcake Cupcake on stand by Bride and Groom Bride and Groom's first dance Bride and Groom's first dance Father/Daughter dance at wedding reception Bridesmaids watch Groom dance with his mom Bride watches the Groom dancing with his mom Parents watch on as children dance

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Guests fight over Bride's bouquet Flower Girl holds the toss bouquet guests dancing at reception

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night time portraits of Bride and Groom in gazebo

Their wedding day was so full of laughter and people who love them, I know Kimberley and Derek can weather anything that comes their way (cheesy pun shamefully intended).

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Ceremony/Reception: Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN

Coordinator: Whalen Creative Group

DJ: Miller’s Mobile Music

Flowers: Anderson Greenhouse

Cake & Pie: Maple Lane Bakery

Lighting: Swan Lake Resort

Videography (live web-streaming of ceremony): Tommy Vance Productions

Hair & Makeup: Swan Lake Resort

I’m currently booking weddings for all of 2014, so contact me today to inquire about your date!