Noblesville Mustard Seed Gardens Vintage Elegance Wedding // Sarah & Steffan

“Cause all of me, loves all of you. Love all your curves and all your edges. All your perfect imperfections.” // John Legend

Honestly... all of me... loves all of this wedding. Sarah + Steffan’s wedding at Mustard Seed Gardens earlier this October was a wedding I had been waiting on all year. Not to mention that I’ve been waiting for them to get engaged for like five years since I photographed them when they first started dating. But that’s another story for another day. I’m just thrilled that I was able to document their beautiful vintage elegance wedding at hands down one of the prettiest barns I’ve had the pleasure of working in! #AllTheTwinkleLights

Sarah + Steffan are the absolute sweetest. Sarah and Steffan met while attending Ball State in 2010 after Sarah returned from studying abroad in Japan. They bonded over a mutual love for Japanese culture and all things nerdy. Eventually they were engaged on a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see the cherry blossoms and now here we are... wedding day! And Sarah is just like, the perfect balance of nerdy and stylish so I knew the wedding day was going to go swimmingly. She’s so stylish she has a style blog called Indy Dressed! And you should follow her on her website blog and Instagram in all of her Hoosier fashion and style adventures! As for the wedding day... it did go swimmingly, despite a little bit of rain! (Yes that was a water pun!) And we got some pretty stellar images.

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Indianapolis Biltwell Event Center Wedding // Julia & Andrew

“And if you want, we'll share this life. Anytime you need a friend I'm gonna be by your side” // Matchbox 20

This past Saturday I spent the most amazing day with a couple, their family, and friends documenting the moment they committed their lives to one another at The Biltwell Event Center in Downtown Indianapolis.

Julia and Andrew met at a golf event the summer before their freshman year at Butler University. They spent many years as friends, but EVERYONE else knew they were perfect for each other. They just didn’t seem to see it themselves. You can see it in the way they act around each other... the way they look at each other... they really are perfect for each other. Whether it’s golfing together or Netflix binging with their pup to exploring different Indianapolis breweries together the two of them are always in it together.

Seriously, this wedding was gorgeous. You should just see for yourself!

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Indianapolis Vietnamese White River Gardens and Union Station Wedding // Jane & Sean

“I’ll love you more with every breath, truly, madly, deeply do.” // Savage Garden

This past Saturday I spent my day with two high school sweethearts at White River Gardens and Historic Union Station in Downtown Indianapolis as they finally tied the night starting a new chapter in their life that’s been over ten years in the making. Jane, Sean, and I all attended the same high school... you know... way back when. They have been dating literally ever since I can remember. It was wonderful to get the chance to document their big day, especially since I photographed their engagement session two years ago! But they’ve been busy becoming big, fancy, doctors in Kansas City!

With Jane being of Vietnamese decent the duo opted to have a traditional Vietnamese ceremony in the morning with close family and then a Western ceremony following in the afternoon at White River Gardens. After a big break in the day for photos and relaxing they joined their guests at Historic Union Station for dinner, drinks, and dancing as they sealed off the night with tons of fun before they had to pack their bags again to return home.

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Venice Canals Walkway and Malibu El Matador Beach Sunset Engagement Session // Anna & Zach

"I'll be here by the ocean just waiting for proof that there's sunsets in silhouette dreams." // Mayday Parade

I am so excited to finally get the chance to share this engagement session that I hopped on a plane and traveled ALL the way to California for! And trust me, it was worth every single cross country mile because this engagement session is for the books! Venice Canals Walkway and El Matador Beach are seriously TO. DIE. FOR. Throw some sunset light and one gorgeous couple and a sweet pup in there and you’ve got one killer engagement session.

Anna + Zach are freaking adorable and so stinking sweet. They met when they were working together in Chicago back in 2010. They were in the same orientation group together and then their cubicles were right next to each other! I guess it was love at first sight because they’ve been together ever since! Including moving out to California so Zach could finish school!

Seriously, you just need to keep on scrolling down and looking at these amazing photos. Because these two are pretty fabulous! I can’t wait for their wedding next year!!

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Sharpsville Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum Blush Rustic Wedding // Toni & Miah

“Yeah we’re home. That’s what you feel like, home. Yeah girl, you’re the only one who gets me.” // Charles Kelley

Toni + Miah’s big day at The Kelley Agricultural Historical Museum was one heckuva day! I only wish I could have spent the whole day with them myself! Thanks to the amazing work of Rachel Law and Robin Shannon I was able to photograph another wedding on the same day as Toni and Miah’s while these two gals took the utmost care of documenting this duo’s memories! Their sweet, simple, and fun blush rustic wedding definitely looked like a good time! When I finally got to go through all of their photos and edit them!

I met Toni + Miah last year at Mackenzie + Casey’s wedding. Toni was Mackenzie’s maid of honor while I’m pretty sure I met Miah while he was driving a golf cart! :-D Throughout the night I watched the two of them interact, dancing together and having fun at the wedding. Already knowing that they owned a house together I knew it wouldn’t be long before they got engaged. It was only a couple weeks later when Miah proposed to Toni at what she thought was her birthday dinner. I’m so glad I met them at the wedding because even though I was already booked for the wedding date the ultimately picked we found a way to make it work and we got to work together at least in some capacity!

These two are just so sweet and fun loving. I loved spending the time I did get to spend with them and I am so happy I was able to help them out to the best of my abilities for their super fun big day!

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Carmel Lutheran Garden Flower Wedding // Rachel & Matt

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” // 1 John 4:7

Rachel and Matt’s wedding was one amazing wedding that I just can’t even begin to explain! There was seriously so much love surrounding this couple throughout the entirety of the day. They were not only surrounded by love but they were surrounded by 300 amazing friends and family at a gorgeous ceremony at Advent Lutheran Church followed by a fun reception at University High School of Indiana, where Rachel attended high school. I’m pretty sure this duo had three things in mind when planning their wedding day:

  1. Spend time with the amazing people in their lives.
  2. Have so much fun.
  3. Oh yeah, and get married cause they’re crazy in love!

Personally, I feel like they successfully accomplished all three of these goals (that I kind of made up...) and so many more! This day was definitely one to remember! I hope their friends and family had as much fun as I did!

So hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen because this wedding of two Butler grads is about to blow. you. away. with all of their love, fun, color, and special moments. I mean, I’m still trying to catch my breath and it’s been a week!

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Indianapolis Willows on Westfield Garden Inspired Wedding // Kaitlin & Nick

“And I'm here wishing you could stay a little longer.” // Brothers Osborne

Over Fourth of July weekend I was lucky to photograph not only one, but two, weddings! Kaitlin + Nick’s garden inspired wedding at The Lodge at The Willows on Westfield was absolutely perfect. A mantle dripping in candles, candelabras, greenery, and flower crowns. I am absolutely obsessed with flower crowns, so when I walked into Kaitlin’s bridal suite and saw that her and most of her bridesmaids were wearing flower crowns I’m pretty sure I squealed a little.

Kaitlin + Nick are a delightfully fun and sweet couple that met in the recreation center while attending Ball State University. (Gotta love my fellow BSU alums! Chirp Chirp!) Over five years later the two of them can now be found at home with their cats typically binge watching television series’ on Netflix. These people, ladies and gentlemen, are my kind of people. I mean they admitted was one of their favorite things to do is pizza. Pizza is life people. LIFE!

It was wonderful to spend the day with people who are so wonderfully chill. The day was so relaxed and easy-going. Such a calm way to spend the day working! Also, did I mention they were sweet?! Cause they SO are!

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Carmel Cool Creek Park Fall Sunset Engagement Session // Toni & Miah

“Come live with me and be my love, and we will all the pleasures prove. That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, woods or step mountain yields.” // Christopher Marlowe

Toni + Miah’s engagement session at Cool Creek Park in Carmel last fall was a dream come true! Gorgeous fall colors, a stunning sunset, and a beautiful couple in love. I met Toni + Miah through my past clients Mackenzie + Casey where Toni was a maid of honor and Miah so graciously helped and drove a golf cart to help guests!

Miah took Toni to a restaurant in Cicero last September for her birthday. Or so she thought it was just for her birthday. It was there, surrounded by family and friends down by the water Miah got down on one knee and proposed to Toni. There were tears, hugs, laughter, cheers, and clapping. It was pretty sweet, I saw the video!

It was a magical engagement session and since I was already booked for their wedding day Toni + Miah decided to do an associate shooting package where I will have the beautiful, amazing, and talented Rachel Law of Rachel Susanna Photography come in and photograph their big day and I will edit them. I also photographed their engagement session but Rachel so graciously assisted me! It was a fun evening!

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Indianapolis Mavris Colorful and Elegant Wedding // Heather & Obi

“So don’t ever think I need more. I’ve got the one to live for. No one else will do, I’m tellin’ you. Just put your heart in my hands and I promise it won’t get broken.” // Nathan Sykes

Last Friday’s wedding was definitely one for the books! I spent the day at The Mavris Arts + Event Center in Downtown Indianapolis with two absolutely amazing, loving, and sweet people. Heather + Obi tied the knot on a gorgeous day in July surrounded by wonderful friends and family and backed by a stellar vendor team.

The two of them, technically, met on the bus at Purdue. Heather was immediately drawn to the cute guy with dimples. However it wasn’t until after formally meeting at a party through mutual friends that their relationship blossomed, grew, and flourished through their common sweet demeanor and faith in God. Years later we were brought to this wonderful day and I am just so happy I was able to be part of it! Trust me you guys... this wedding has got me all heart eyes everywhere!! I can’t even stop thinking about it all!!

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Butler University + Eagle Creek Fall Engagement Session // Rachel & Matt

“We love because he loved us first.” // 1 John 4:19

When your clients are as adorable as these two and you have the beautiful fall leaves of Butler University’s campus you’re bound to have an amazing engagement session. And that’s exactly what happened when Rachel, Matt, + I spent an evening together last fall documenting their love. We walked all around Butler’s campus where they both were not only students but they were heavily involved in. Rachel an RA and double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish was quite popular on the campus. Matt however, was also a double major in Bio Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry was also pretty popular that day. It seemed like everywhere we turned there was someone that the two of them knew that was waving to them and saying “hello.” It was actually pretty cool.

It’s no surprise the two of them have tons of friends and people that know them. They’re quite possibly some of the nicest people you would ever meet. So sweet and so friendly. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a nicer couple! I’m so excited to photograph their wedding day coming up NEXT WEEK! (I know, I’m behind on blogging their engagement session.)

Also, can we take a moment to talk about these fall leaves and colors?

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Carmel Ritz Charles Romantic Blush + Mixed Metals Summer Wedding // Kelsey & Drew

“I surrender who I’ve been for who you are. Nothing makes me stronger than your fragile heart.” // Sleeping At Last

Last weekend I had the fortune of spending my Saturday with two extraordinarily fun, loving, silly, and amazing people. Kelsey + Drew’s romantic blush, silver, and gold wedding at The Ritz Charles in Carmel was an absolute blast. It was a hot day in late June in Indiana, so it was also a sweaty day, but we made it all work. (Find all the shade!)

If you never had a chance to read Kelsey + Drew’s engagement session blog post, I definitely urge you to check it out. Not only was their engagement session super colorful and fun but their story of how they came together was also pretty great. These two musicians came together in December of 2013 and then got engaged the following December were definitely made for each other. Balancing each other out and bringing light to all those around them. It definitely made spending their special day with them even more special. I had so much fun working with them!

From a bright and sunny first look at West Park in Carmel, to beautiful portraits with their fun wedding party by a big shady tree, to a touching ceremony, to beautiful toasts and first dances, ending the evening in dancing and a cloud of confetti to say I left their wedding with my heart full is an understatement, it was overflowing.

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Colorful Downtown Indianapolis Fall Engagement Session // Kelsey & Drew

“If hope is life, then we’re the living... Here with you, the path has meaning.” // Worth the Wait by Milo

So today must be a Throwback... Tuesday? Because today I’m gonna show y’all some colorful magic I captured from last November of Kelsey + Drew in Downtown Indianapolis. We traveled all around City Way, around The Alexander Hotel, and Fountain Square capturing their love.

It was a snowy night in December of 2013 when Kelsey and Drew shared their first date. A first date perfect for two musicians Drew invited Kelsey to a show he was drumming in. Before the show they had dinner but it was during the show where Kelsey felt the magic. While Drew performed she watched in awe feeling like she was the only person in the crowd and he was performing just for her. Their love only grew over the next year and after a wonderful dinner at Eddie Merlot’s Drew brought Kelsey back to a white rose lined hallway to the presidential suite of The Alexander Hotel. It was here that Drew got down on one knee and proposed to Kelsey. After she said yes, Kelsey’s family joined them for celebratory drinks. After all of the anniversary and proposal festivities that evening were complete they had an engagement party at Kelsey’s parent’s house the next day!

These two have had such a fun and wonderful beginning that it was hard to top all of that with their engagement photos. It was a brisk day in November and Downtown Indianapolis was full of Colts fans. We worked our way through the crowds and made the best of what we had and I think we did a pretty darn good job. They said they liked color... they got color!! We started off their engagement session at a really cool record art display at The Alexander where they got engaged. Record art display for two musicians at the hotel they were engaged at?! Awwww yeeeeah!

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Carmel High School 2017 Seniors :: Kristin + Phoebe

We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” - J.K. Rowling

A couple weekends ago I spent a magical Saturday with two very amazing high school seniors photographing their senior portraits. We had a wonderful time traveling all around Carmel from the Arts + Design district to Cool Creek Park. The two of them came prepared with two absolutely adorable outfits and fun props. Including a yellow vintage VW Bug convertible! When you have two step-sisters that have birthdays only a month apart it only made sense to have their photo session together. Despite the heat these two gals rocked out some amazing portraits and I’m so excited to share them with you!

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Zionsville Greek Orthodox Palomino Ballroom Wedding // Cara & Nick

“Been more smiles than there's been tears, been more good than bad years. Ain’t it crazy baby how we got here, and it all started with a beer.” // Frankie Ballard 

Opa!! I’m so excited to share with you guys Cara + Nick’s big, fat, fun, crazy, super fun, and awesome Greek wedding! It was so cool to be part of this interesting ceremony for this duo. I loved all of the traditions of Cara + Nick’s Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. I had never photographed a Greek Orthodox wedding but I was thrilled and honored to be at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church in Carmel last Saturday. We had some undesirable rain up until the end of the ceremony but once the ceremony commenced the rain cleared, the sun came out, the sky was blue and it was a gorgeous evening from then on out! The weather here in Indiana this spring has definitely given me a run for my money with all of it’s ups and downs but we’ve made it work every time!!

Cara + Nick were surrounded by amazing friends and family from all over the United States and Worldwide! Intertwining Nick’s rich Greek culture with both of their love for friends, family, and a good time the wedding resulted in a wonderful event with smiles, laughter, and happy tears. So pour a shot of Mystique and cheer OPA because it’s about to get real Greek up in here on the Team JSP blog!

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Zionsville Fall Engagement Session // Cara & Nick

Brisk air, fall colors, a sweet pup, and an adorable couple in love.

Last fall I had got to have a blast in the cold Midwestern air photographing two amazing people! I figured before I blog Cara + Nick’s wedding from last Saturday I would share their engagement session on the blog! First, they’re just too adorable to NOT share the blog. Secondly, its a nice way to reminisce on our first meeting last year before we look at their full wedding blog!

So there’s not MUCH to talk about because I’m gonna have PLENTY to say about these two tomorrow but I’m so excited to show you how adorable these two are.

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Indianapolis Mass Ave + Canal Engagement Session // Kelly & Brian

“Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested.” // Hunter S. Thompson

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing another engagement session winner from the Indianapolis Bride Expo! It was a wonderful evening hanging out with Kelly + Brian and their sweet pup, Chewie, and documenting their love! We went around to lots of fun places in Downtown Indianapolis. After a swipe right on Tinder turned into a date turned into a relationship this couple can definitely be considered a dating app success story!

While visiting Kelly’s hometown of Muskegon, MI the duo took Chewie for a walk in the woods along Lake Michigan. While on their walk they decided a selfie with the Chewster (that’s my new nickname for him...) was definite must. After they kneeled down to snap a photo with their dog Kelly stood up and Brian stayed on one knee. Kelly’s emotions were pretty apparent from the start. Out of shock and excitement she started crying and once Brian began to speak she immediately said, “I DO!” She didn’t even let the poor guy finish! One can just hope he finally got to say what he wanted to once the ring was on and all of the emotions died down!

Although their life together began downtown Kelly and Brian can now be found shopping for things for their new home in Broad Ripple, spending time with Chewie, or sitting on their deck dreaming of Lake Michigan, Nashville, Ireland, and cocktails!

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Falls Park Pendleton Spring Sunset Engagement Session // Kaitlin & Nick

“We’re all a little weird. And life’s a little weird. And when we find someone who’s weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” // Dr. Seuss

I’m pretty sure mutual weirdness is the common factor that the three of us all bonded over during Kaitlin + Nick’s engagement session through Falls Park and Downtown Pendleton. (#WeirdosForLife!) It was so much fun hanging out with them on that crisp and cold Sunday. The weather had a chill but the sun drenched the town in beautiful, golden, warm light. And you wouldn’t know it was cold because Kaitlin and Nick snuggled up in each other’s arms and made it look like one effortless evening.

Kaitlin and Nick met in the recreation center at Ball State University back when they were in college. Admittedly, Kaitlin said she was excited to have engagement photos done because they hadn’t had any photos taken of the two of them since college! As a photographer... I’m sure they saw my jaw hit the floor. I probably take photos of my hubs and I once a week! Either way we had a wonderful time walking around together and taking photos. And I think the proof is in the photographic pudding.

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Noblesville Mill Top Glam Fall Wedding // Kim & Matt

“Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you.” // How Falling in Love Is Like Owning A Dog by Taylor Mali

Last October I had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the sweetest people ever at their big day at The Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center in Noblesville. It was a fun day full of friends and family celebrating Kim + Matt coming together at a beautiful fall wedding surrounded by exposed brick, gorgeous flowers, and twinkle lights. I met Kim + Matt through my past bride and groom Laura + Jon. I remember Kim’s red hair swinging around on the dance floor at their wedding and her own wedding was no exception. These two adorable gingers tied must be well loved because they tied the knot to a packed house and danced the night away surrounded by tons of people!

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Pendleton Family Session // Siegrist Family

“Run with a child, like a child, through a field.” // Heather Cahoon

As most of you may know, I don’t frequently photograph families and I especially don’t frequently photograph children. There are, however, a few exceptions. One is when they’re already close friends and/or family. The other, like in this situation, is when they have been clients of yours since the very beginning. Trusting their faith in your skill, even when you didn’t really have any! I’ve been photographing Amanda and Tony since they were just a couple. They got engaged and I photographed them again. And then although I didn’t photograph their wedding, they still came to me to photograph their sweet little family. I didn’t photograph their wedding because when they lived in Ohio. Which is the even better, most amazing, thing about them. THEY TRAVEL FROM OHIO TO HAVE MY PHOTOGRAPH THEM EVERY TIME! They’re absolutely the sweetest people I’ve ever met, so it was obvious when they had their little girl I was absolutely thrilled to photograph their family. So while, no, I am not a children’s and family photographer... sometimes, you make exceptions. This family is an exception.

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Butler University and Mass Avenue Spring Engagement Session // Julia & Andrew

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must first smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” // Ben Hogan

A couple weekends ago I was fortunate enough to spend a cold and windy Saturday with my lovely clients Julia + Andrew for their engagement session at Butler University and downtown Indianapolis. Despite the chill in the air it was a wonderful time for the three of us to spend together as we walked around Hinkle Fieldhouse, Holcomb Gardens, and Mass Avenue for their engagement photos.

Julia and Andrew met the summer before freshman year of college at Butler. They both have a love of golf and were about to be on the golf team their freshman year. They met at a golf event and it was history from there! They dated all through college and now that they’re graduated and living together with their sweet beagle pup, Lilly, they’re about to start the rest of their lives together!

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