Reem and Nibal's Arabic Wedding at the Omni in Indianapolis

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Venue: Omni Severin Hotel
Church: St. George's Greek Orthodox Church
Flowers: Oberer's
Cake: Classic Cake
Assistant: Chloe Scheele

Kevin and Daphne's Indiana University Memorial Union Wedding

Kevin and Daphne got married on Labor Day weekend (Day 1 of a double Wedding weekend for me!) at the always beautiful Indiana University - where they met! I think I have shot a Wedding at IU in every season now and it is so gorgeous all year round. 

Kevin and Daphne's Wedding was so special because they had people fly in from all over the world to be with them and celebrate, including Daphne's Parents from Taiwan! 

We had a super fun day togteher and even escaped the heat for a bit and made a stop at the famous IU bar, Kilroy's, for a drink and some fun with the bridal Party. 

Here is a small sneak peek of their gorgeous (and HOT) Wedding day! 

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Venue: Indiana University Memorial Union
Makeup: Andie Cumber
Hair: Idohairbydanie
Florals: Cathy Teeters
DJ: Matt Englebert
Assistant: Chloe Scheele
 

How to see Paris in 2 days!

We visited Paris in August, 2018, for a quick 48 hour trip! We had never been to Paris so we were determined to see all the touristy sights, and we had to be quick! Our favorite things we are so glad we spent the extra money on were:

1. Booking our hotel through Costco! We stayed at the Sofitel Paris le Faubourg (right in the center of the city) - and Costco included airport shuttle for us, an amazing breakfast each morning at the hotel, a room upgrade, and complimentary drinks from the bar! A fun preface to dinner in Paris! 

2. Seine River Cruise during the day AND night! We did two river cruises and each experience was totally different. The day time cruise we did as soon as we got to Paris, and we basically got to see the whole city from the water. It was amazing! Then the next day we did a night cruise and got to see the city of lights all lit up! 

3. Pay to go into Saint Chapelle. I studied abroad in Italy back in college, and we visited A LOT of churches, including the Sistine Chapel....But Saint Chapelle is the only church that literally took my breath away upon entering. The church is floor to ceiling stained glass and the light in there is something from a storybook. I am so glad we spent the extra time and money to go in. It was worth it x100! 

4. Pay to go to the top of the Arch de Triumph. We were given the advice to skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower and spend time to go to the top of the Arch. I am so glad we followed this advice becuase when you want to see the Paris skyline...you want to see the Eiffel tower right?! And the views at the top of the Arch are amazing! I would suggest going around sunset! 

5. Listen to the Concierge when it comes to food! We had two AMAZING dinners, both suggested by the Concierge. The first night we ate at Flottes and had amazing roasted chicken, French Onion Soup, and a delicious dry Rose. We sat nice and close to another couple from Seattle (as you do in Paris) - and made friends quickly. We spent three hours drinking, eating and laughing. The second night we ate at Fontaine de Mars (right by the Champ de Mars where the Eiffel Tower is located). This is a small, open air restaurant that President Obama dined at when he visited Paris during his presidency. Again, it was relaxed but the food was amazing! 

6. Lastly, find a good croissant and order 5 of them. Then sit, people watch, take in the sights and sounds and enjoy that amazing flakey goodness with a hot cappuccino.  

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Our perfect little hotel for two nights! Right in the center of everything! 

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I had an espresso in my hand most of the day! How else can you see Pais in 48 hours?!

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It has not rained in Paris for months! THE DUST was insane! So much dust! 

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It was weird how August felt and looked like mid-October. We were there on two abnormally cool days and the leaves were already turning colors. 

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We visited the Luvre on a Tuesday (the day it's closed) and even on the closed day, the crows are abundant. 

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our picnic! 

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The Art Nouveau metro signs were fun to spot! 

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Neelan and Carey's downtown Kansas City Wedding

Kansas City, Kansas - My step-brother, Neelan, got married this past weekend in Kansas City! We made it a weekend and got in late Thursday night. Kansas City is a cool city, one I haven't ever visited, but while we were there we found some really cool restaurants for two awesome brunch's, ate some delicious BBQ, got to try some local craft beer and saw the city lit up in rainbow lights at night. It was beautiful! 

Neelan and I grew up together (as most siblings do lol) so this was a special Wedding to get to be a part of! After a fun weekend together last December, doing all things Christmas, we really got to know Carey and grew to love her so much, so I was so excited for them to tie the knot and start their lives together. It was a super fun weekend and I am excited to share the photos with everyone of their big day at The Berg Event Space. 

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Sarah and Gordon's Wedding in Erbach, Germany

So I guess you might be wondering how I got connected with Sarah and Gordon, and how it came to be that we went all the way to Germany to shoot their Wedding?! Well, years ago, when Sarah and I were kids, her mom and my uncle dated. They lived in Germany and would come home to the states every summer and stay with our family. I remember those summers with such fondness and we always had so much fun showing them around the states and driving up to Lake Michigan to climb the dunes and play in the waves. Sarah and I were buddies and our moms loved to dress us alike in the most hilariously 90's outfits you can imagine (which we reminisced and laughed about the whole weekend!) Well, life happened, and the last time Sarah and I saw each other was when we were 9 years old! 21 YEARS AGO!! But thanks to technology, we have kept in touch over the years. So now, rewind to last year, and her and her mom reached out to me with the idea to come to Germany for her Wedding. To say I was excited was an understatement! I couldn't wait!!! So, without further ado, here are the sneak peek photos, and a slight back story to their beautiful Wedding in Germany! 

Day 1:

German culture, when it comes to Weddings, is a little different than here in the States. Many Weddings take place over two days. The first day is for the "official" part - the portion where you sign your marriage license with the government - and this is the day that you use as your anniversary date. For us, we do this months before the Wedding and it's no big deal, but there, this is the big day! The official day! And this day for me was straight out of a movie scene. Our flight was scheduled to land at 10am, with the ceremony starting at noon. We knew it would be tight, but we didn't have much choice with the flight schedule. Well, of course, when you have to be somewhere promptly, your flight is guaranteed to be late. And it was. We were delayed in Dublin and landed 30 min late, putting us at 10:40 when we landed. I was in panic mode. We jogged to baggage claim (of course our bag was dead last to come out), and I was having trouble getting my phone switched over to international calling, making it impossible to get ahold of our driver. I finally got wifi to work in the airport - but only if I stood in the dead center of the lobby - and was able to send him our location for pickup. Thank goodness he found us quickly and we loaded up. At this point it was 11:35 (and we were 20 min. from the town where the Wedding was happening). But....Germany has no speed limits....so we hauled it! We pulled into this tiny village that I swear could have been a village in Epcot, and just like in a movie scene, I see Sarah and her mom, Susanne, waving to us from the street, all dressed up. We pulled in as the bell tower was chiming, exchanged tearful hugs and kisses and went right up the winding staircase and into the ceremony. My heart was racing and I was standing there, in the clothes I had been wearing for 30 hours, shooting a wedding in the most adorable German village with the bells tolling, the breeze gently filling up the warm room, in a foreign language where I had no idea what they were saying but somehow I was still teary eyed. This was moment that was so sureal for me, I will never forget it. 

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After the ceremony, there was a champagne reception outside to celebrate. Susanne, Sarah's mom, is the kindest, most loving person you will ever meet, and we were finally able to sit down and catch our breath for minute. She got us a wifi hostspot so we could let our kids know we landed safely, got some water in us, and gave us her car to drive back to the hotel so we could change our clothes and freshen up before lunch. And when I say "she let us drive her car" - I mean she lent us her Audi convertible....to drive.....in Germany....for the weekend. Andrew was in HEAVAN! So we were able to go back and grab a quick shower before we headed to a 3:00 lunch reception at a beautiful vineyard overlooking the Rhine River. It was breathtaking! After lunch, we passed out for night at 6pm, and slept for 13 hours. We were exhausted! 

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Day 2: The church Wedding! 

Day two is the church Wedding day! The day started at 9:30 with Sarah getting ready at the Inn (Parkhotel Tillman's in Erbach), in a room just down the hall from ours. From there we headed to Monastery for photos. This Monastery was gorgeous!! And full of amazing photo spots and gorgeous view of the vineyards that were all around this part of Germany. We had so much fun taking photos, joking around and communicating through the language barrier. But you don't need language to capture love <3 It was perfect!! After photos, we headed to church for a 1pm ceremony, followed by champagne on the Rhine River, then dessert, coffee and games at the hotel, followed by dinner, toasts and then dancing into the night! I called it a night by 12:30, but the party went until 4am! 

 

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This is the german tradition of sawing a log together. 

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It was such an honor, and I truly mean honor, that they had me all the way out to Germany to be a part of their Wedding. And not only for the Wedding, we were a part of the family the whole time were there and we felt so loved!! And we made a pact that it would NOT be 20 years before we saw each other again! 

Hair and Makeup: Anika Smith
Hotel: Parkhotel Tillman's
Church: Evangelische Johanneskirche
Florals: Kreativ Im Hof