Take a tour of our Space - Where living and loving happens!

Welcome! I am glad you are here and are interested in taking a photo tour of our home! It's so fun to get inspired from other people's spaces and you know as soon as a friend lists their house on zillow you immediately click through the photos, am I right?! I know I do! It's intriguing. I love design and getting inspired by walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby and binge watching Fixer Upper. 

We built our very first home a year and a half ago while my son was a year and half old, I was pregnant with my daughter and we had all of stuff in storage (including the gorgeous baby grand piano that was passed down from my parents a few years ago) and somehow we survived the building process. We crammed our little family into a 500 sq/ft apartment and literally slept on a mattress on the floor for 6.5 months. I was in the middle of a very busy Wedding season, my pregnancy with my daughter was filled with LOTS of vomiting (probably one reason I have so many awful feelings toward that apartment) and my husband and I both worked from home with our crazy toddler man at home with us. There were days where my husband would take calls in the bathroom to get away from my son's babbling and I would edit with my computer on the stove. This place had NO SPACE. None. BUT....we saved lots of money! And we just kept telling ourselves that the whole summer while our dream home was being built. Once we moved in, we realized our college furniture and mismatched stuff from garage sales as broke newlyweds all of a sudden looked very tiny and very mismatched in our new gorgeous house. Shortly after we moved in, baby girl was born and decorating our big empty space was put on the back burner, so for almost a year we lived in a very empty house. Our first big purchase was the couch. Our living room couch is HUGE, and we wanted it that way becuase we love hosting and we love filling our house with people. Seating was always an issue so when looking at couches we just decided to bite the bullet and save up for what we really wanted...a BIG couch to fit everyone! From there we hit up IKEA a couple of times with the kids (not ideal with a toddler and baby but we needed furniture! lol). It's taken a year and half but we have slowly started to fill the space, and since we were starting from scratch we got to buy everything in our colors and coordinate it all. 

Joanna Gaines is my girl....I love her so much and every time I watch one of her shows my husband has to talk me down from the ledge of shiplapping the whole house (it's still on my list though!) But I am so inspired in the neutral spaces with lots of greenery. I feel happy in it, and isn't that what decorating is supposed to do...make you feel happy in a space?!

We have so much growing space in this house and there are rooms (and floors) we haven't even touched yet so our list of things we want to do is long, but for now I can say *most* of the main floor is finally finished. Happy Dance! (Still haven't done anything to the home office but in time we'll get there). 

We are so in love with our home, but most importantly we are grateful for a space to safely raise our babies and make memories of living room dance parties, pizza making nights in the kitchen and bubble baths in the bathroom. 

Hopefully you can find inspiration and a little solidarity in the fact that it takes TIME to get your house to where you want it and room by room it gets there. Maybe in another year and half I can update this post with some updates on our back patio, basement, home office and upstairs loft ;) 

Lastly, leave a comment to find out where something is from! We are happy to share all our great finds!!

Have to end with our playroom - which is currently occupying our Formal Dining Room - in it's natural state ;) 

Have to end with our playroom - which is currently occupying our Formal Dining Room - in it's natural state ;) 

Craig and Tori's Wedding

I met Craig and Tori when they drove down to Indianapolis last Summer/Fall for their engagement photos!! We had a blast walking around Zionsville, IN taking photos, getting to know each other, and we even included their cute little pup in some of photos! Fast Forward to June 17th, 2017 and it was Wedding Day for them! They tied the knot up in South Bend, IN at Our Lady Loretto on the campus of St. Mary's, which happens to be next door to Notre Dame. So you know the campus is just gorgeous! We stayed right around the building while we did photos because there were so many picturesque photo spots so close. Yay, a photographers dream! 
Besides Tori (She looked beautiful!!!) her flowers were the focal point of the day as far as color goes. Every bloom was perfectly opened and I couldn't stop staring at the bouquets! Shout out to their florist - Country Florals and Gifts - for a job well done on them! Just gorgeous! 
After the Ceremony, we made out way to Knollwood Country Club where the reception took place, and golf carts were waiting for everyone to drive around and finish up photos. Driving around with them was so much fun. The day was amazing, no rain (which all week it was calling for an 80% chance) and everything was perfect! Congrats Tori and Craig! Enjoy their Wedding Day Sneak Peek!! 

Photography: Conforti Photography
Second Shooter: Brynn Kristin Photography
Church: Our Lady Loretto - St. Mary's College
Reception Venue: Knollwood Country Club
Flowers: Country Florists and Gifts
Cake: Ciest La Vie
DJ: In Tune DJ Services
Dress: Martellin's Bridal Boutique
Tux: Loui's Tux Shop
Bridesmaids Dresses: Emmy's Bridal
 

Chris and Natalie's Wedding

Chris and Natalie's Wedding took place in Indianapolis, IN on June 11th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency. I met Natalie at the hotel downtown for the getting ready portion of the day and she greeted me with the biggest smile and was so excited to get the day started and get down to her first look to see Chris. You guys, their first look was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever had the honor of capturing. (See Photos below so you can all cry along too!) They read letters from each other and then turned around to face each other, with tears rolling and hearts exploding. It took my breath away to see the emotion and love in that moment. 

From there, the day was flawless, and I had the best time capturing all of Chris and Natalie's family and friends having the best day together while they were celebrating them! (They also are both Boilermaker Alum...Boiler Up!!!) I love a good Purdue Wedding ;) 

I hope you enjoy the sneak peek from Chris and Natalie's gorgeous Indianapolis Wedding, and smile along with Natalie's contagious laughter and light. It was such a joy to be a part of this day. 

Natalie and her Mama! 

This First Look photo is one of my favorite! 

Some of my favorite photos from the day are the stole moments! Chris and Natalie were stuffed tight into a stifling hot limo and we were all sitting on top of one another, the music was blaring and we were making our way back to the Hotel for the reception and I caught this beautiful moment between them. 

Planner: Plum and Poppy
Florist: Accent Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: Something Blue Stylists
Venue: The Hyatt Regency - Indianapolis
DJ: Track Seven DJ
Wedding Dress: Marie Gabriel Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Videography: Unique Heart Productions
Cake: Classic Cakes

 

Jennifer and Josiah's Wedding

Jennifer and Josiah got married on June 3rd, 2017 at Parkview United Methodist Church Peru, IN, followed by a reception in Wabash, IN at Charley Creek Inn. The whole day was filled with so much excitement and emotion. They opted to wait to see each other until they walked down the aisle, but wanted to hold hands and pray before they said 'I do' in front of everyone. The prayer they prayed together around a corner (without seeing each other!) was so beautiful and intimate. They had me choked up! 

My favorite part of their entire day was Josiah's face while Jennifer walked toward him down the aisle. Not a dry eye in the entire building I tell ya! Their love for one another and the excitement they shared about getting married radiated out of them. All the smiling and happy tears were contagious! 

Also Jennifer's dance with her daddy was one of my all time favorites. I'm serious when I tell you that I cry at every Wedding I shoot, but for real, this dance was ugly cry material. It was so incredibly beautiful to witness so much love in one room. Also now that I'm a mama of a little boy I have a soft spot for the mother/son dances. So after I pulled myself together following the father/daughter dance, the tears started rolling again for Josiah and his mama. 

I am honored to share these photos with you, and I hope they give you happy feels like they give me when you see them. So much love radiates from them! 

Lastly, a big thank you to Jennifer's mom, Karen, for all of her hard work in accommodating me throughout the day and making everything smooth and easy! 

Jennifer wanted a photo of their rings on the family Bible, open to the beautiful 1 Corinthians. 

Jennifer and Josiah decided to not see each other before the ceremony, but they wanted to pray together, so (without) seeing each other, they held hands around a corner and prayed a beautiful and emotional prayer together in those long minutes before the ceremony.

Jennifer and Josiah decided to not see each other before the ceremony, but they wanted to pray together, so (without) seeing each other, they held hands around a corner and prayed a beautiful and emotional prayer together in those long minutes before the ceremony.

Photographer: Conforti Photography
Church: Parkview United Methodist Church
Photo Location: Honeywell House
Reception: Charley Creek Inn
DJ: Quattro Systems
Florist: Marelli's of Wabash
Videographer: Jennifer Ash
Cake: Dreams of Reality
Dress: David's Bridal
Bridemaids Dresses: Demetrio's
Tux's: Mens Wearhouse
 

Jordan and Maddison's Wedding

This is a special blog post for me to get to write becuase the beautiful bride in this post is my SISTER! I come from a large family and I am the oldest of six girls and another sister and brother on my Dad's side, so I have LOTS of siblings! Well Maddison is #3 in the lineup of sisters (there is a photo of us all in age order below). So to say that I was honored to capture her special day is definitely an understatement. I was thrilled! And she could not have been more beautiful and radiant and I may have taken WAY too many photos of her by herself becuase she's my little sister and I just couldn't get over how gorgeous she looked. My son Enzo was pretty excited he was in charge of carrying the rings down the aisle and he did a great job (and also carried them above his head like he was delivering a pizza lol), and our little Evie girl kept the dance floor occupied the entire night with her adorable baby dancing. 
Jordan and his family hosted the Wedding on their property in northern Indiana and between Maddi, Jordan's sisters and his mom, they pulled the whole Wedding off by themselves, food and all. It was an impressive feat and we are so grateful that she is marrying into such a wonderful family! 

Their day was filled with lots of family, laughter, tears, love, (amazing BBQ chicken) and a beautiful firework show after the sun went down. The perfect end to such a perfect day. 

We are so happy for you Maddi and Jordan and wish you all the best with all of the exciting things happening in your lives right now as newlyweds! 

My sweet grandparents on their Wedding Day back in the 50's. My Grandfather, who we called Papa, passed away a few years ago and was a Korean War Vet, and my Grandmother, who we call Nana, was unable to make it to the Wedding due to health issues, so Maddi honored them with this photo in her bouquet. 

This is all of us sisters in age order, me being the oldest on the far left.