Shaunda and Nate’s downtown Botanical Garden session was unlike any engagement session I’ve done before and it was such a blast! Since they knew they wanted to get their engagement photos done fairly quickly so that they could use the photos for their invitations, but it was still fairly cold and bleak in Indiana, they asked if I would be up for doing the session at the Botanical Gardens, to which I happily agreed!
If you’ve never been to the Botanical Gardens, (then first of all, you’re missing out, but) the landscape inside is divided into three sections. The first is a classic garden with more of the typical plants you might see growing in Indiana during the summertime, the second is a tropical oasis (complete with waterfalls, which you’ll see in these pictures) and the third is a very hot and dry desert (complete with cactus plants and succulents, which you’ll also see!). I’m very grateful for a venue like the Botanical Gardens in Fort Wayne where it’s possible to capture some colorful and lively photos, even in the dead of winter! I’m also grateful for couples like Shaunda and Nate that are so flexible and willing to work with the surroundings in order to get some really fun and candid photos! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from this session!
Shaunda & Nate,
It was so much fun capturing your engagement photos at the Botanical Gardens! I’m so excited for your wedding and to be able to photograph it as well!
Since Gabrielle and Duncan are planning a July wedding, they wanted to do their engagement photos in the winter, so we planned to do this session while they were both in Fort Wayne, Indiana from Indiana University over Christmas Break! We talked about trying to schedule this session to be in the snow, but it didn’t seem to be in the forecast for the always-unpredictable Fort Wayne weather. Lo and behold (and to my pleasant surprise) the day of our session, there was a little bit of snow falling from the sky and just enough on the ground to make the world look a little more…whimsical. BUT, it was veeerrry cold that day as well, so I called ahead and we decided to hold most of our session inside the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Downtown Fort Waynehich has a lot of windows and natural daylight (win! Natural light is my favorite kind for photographs). I’ve done a few photo shoots at the Grand Wayne center, but never because it’s been too cold to comfortably do a full session outside. I became even more grateful for such great architecture in the Downtown Fort Wayne area! As you’ll see near the end of the gallery, Gabrielle and Duncan were great sports and we did end up going outside for a few photos where I got to take advantage of the snow, buildings and streets as our backdrop!
I hope you’ll enjoy Gabrielle and Duncan’s Engagement photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them!
Duncan & Gabrielle,
Thank you for spending the afternoon with me and bringing such a relaxed and warm atmosphere to this session! Your love and playfulness with each other is sweet, and I’m so excited to capture your wedding day later this year!
Grace and Jesse’s sweet summer wedding was a mix of Country, Vineyard, and Chic. Although it wasn’t actually held on a vineyard, Stillwater Retreat in Yoder, Indiana’s wide open field in which they held their ceremony, beautiful little clearings surrounded by trees where we took our bride and groom portrait photos, and stonework in the lodge where the reception was held was a really beautiful adaptation of the photos Grace shared of her vision for their wedding. As stressful as it can be to plan a wedding, Grace and Jesse’s family rose to the occasion to see that every possible detail was taken care of and made beautiful.
Jesse and Grace’s ceremony was scheduled to begin at 2:00 and since I had talked them into doing a first look (and I’m so glad they trusted me and did it!), we had to take most of our photos in the middle of the day in 90 degree weather with very few clouds in the sky. Fortunately, most of the super harsh light was diffused by trees and the heat we just tried to ignore as much as possible. Guys. Their first look was goose-bump inducing. I shared a photo on Instagram about how even editing their first look photos was making me emotional! The moment of seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day was so powerful, genuine and priceless. It’s such an honor to get an up-close view of first looks through my lens. Of course the rest of Jesse and Grace’s wedding was delightful too! Here are some of my favorite shots from their wedding day! Enjoy!