Courtney & Matt at the Allen County Courthouse :: Fort Wayne Wedding Photography

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You never know what you’re going to get when you show up to a wedding having never met the Bride or Groom. Have they seen my work? Are they laid back? Type A? Emotional? Goofy?

But I completely lucked out with Courtney and Matt. The vibe of their wedding day was one of “let’s have fun and enjoy it,” which is the best attitude for most important day of your life.

I enjoyed hanging out with them and their bridal party, and loved shooting my first wedding at the Courthouse. What a gorgeous venue! The weather cooperated (finally!), and their day was absolute perfection.

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Ceremony Venue: St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, IN

Reception Venue: Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne, IN

Florist: Armstrong Flowers

Catering: Club Soda

Cake: Hall’s Takes the Cake

Music: Marino Brothers

Invitations: The Monogram Shoppe

Hair: InTouch Salon

Wedding Gown: Catan Fashion

Wedding Shoes: David’s Bridal

Lyndi & Drew at Ceruti's :: Fort Wayne Wedding Photography

Bride and Groom smiling at each other

It sleeted on Lyndi and Drew’s wedding day.

But what the day lacked in cheery weather, it made up for in an enthusiastic bridal party, some very emotional toasts, and a venue filled with 350 people, just thrilled to celebrate Lyndi and Drew’s new marriage.

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It was such an honor being a part of Lyndi and Drew’s big day. They were a pleasure to be around, and really made the most of this special moment in time.

Ceremony: Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, IN

Reception: Ceruti’s in Fort Wayne, IN

Coordinator: Blaise Moore with Creative Occasions

Flowers: Blaise Moore with Creative Occasions

Catering: Ceruti’s

Cake: Hall’s Takes the Cake

Music: Kenny K the DJ

Invitations: Louie’s Tux Shop

Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Katie Zaremba with Sizzorworks

Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Erika Shipp & Katie Andrews with 6002 the Salon

Transportation: Club Car Limo

Dress: Touma’s Bridal

Shoes: Tom’s

Photo Booth: All Star Photo Booths

Lauren & Anthony at Empyrean :: Fort Wayne Wedding Photography

Back when we were planning Lauren and Anthony’s engagement session last fall, Lauren told me about their wedding venue… an exciting new location on the top two floors of the PNC building. At the time, it was called Three Sixty, referencing the amazing views of Fort Wayne. We were lucky enough to get a few photos there in October, and even though they weren’t open yet, I knew it was something special.

Flash forward to now, and all my assumptions were correct about Empyrean. But it wasn’t just the outstanding food and breathtaking views that made this wedding a hit… it was all the little touches that Lauren and Anthony infused into their day to make it 100% them.

From the way they included Anthony’s daughter in the ceremony, to the Samoan bridal dance Lauren performed at the reception as a tribute to Anthony’s heritage… it was sheer perfection.

But stick around until the end for the grand finale…

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ceremony space, flowers, and view of Fort Wayne from Empyrean

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Lauren & Anthony Wedding 2014

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It was such a pleasure being a part of Lauren and Anthony’s wedding day. I wish them many happy years with their new family!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Empyrean Events & Catering in Fort Wayne, IN

Florist: Rose’s Bouquets

Catering: Empyrean Events & Catering

Cake: Hall’s Takes the Cake

Music: Quattro Systems

Lighting: Empyrean Events & Catering

Invitations: The Monogram Shoppe

Hair: Halie Harris, In Touch Salon

Makeup: Deedra Roy Morris, MAC cosmetics

Decor/Rentals: Empyrean Events & Catering

Wedding Gown: Eden Bridals, The Bride to Be

Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson, Von Maur

Officiant: Marry Me

I’m currently booking for all of 2015, and starting to fill up, so contact me today if you want to chat about wedding photography!