I told Mallory earlier tonight I was going to get her wedding posted this evening and even though I know it’s WAY late, I still wanted to keep my promise! (Plus I’m just too excited to go to bed NOT having posted these images!) What a wonderful day these two had on September 20—perfect weather, surrounded by all their beautiful friends and family. Mallory is a sweetheart to the core and I could see the way she wanted everyone to feel taken care of throughout the day (including her photographer!). With that in mind, I’m so hoping she loves these images as much as I do, because I’d hate to disappoint a gal who has to be one of my sweetest, most considerate brides! Mallory and Ben, it was a PLEASURE to meet and work with you both! Congrats on your status as newlyweds and here’s to loving marriage now as Mr. and Mrs! — Gail
Of all the getting ready photos, this image made me smile the most. Mallory’s getting help slipping into those high heels of hers from her new sister-in-law, Anita (Ben’s brother, Andrew, and Anita got married earlier this summer). It’s fun to see a couple at that age where they’re in that season of going to one another’s weddings, supporting each other through one of the biggest days of their lives. I love it! So grateful to have my second shooter, April, there with me on this day! She captured this B&W shot of Ben and Mallory’s sweet first look and I think it’s my favorite from that special moment! HELLLOOOOO BEAUTIFUL BRIDE! Mallory was stunning — her hair, her makeup, her dress, that bouquet! I was also extremely smitten with a great patch of light I found for us to shoot our first round of portraits in. WOW to these! What great (and good looking!) families they both have! Now that’s a GOOD looking wedding party! Also, I absolutely LOVED the colors of this wedding! I told Mallory she did such a wonderful job on the color of her bridesmaids’ dresses and their bouquets were just incredible! The colors popped! Oh, and what photographer DOESN’T love a group of guys wearing socks as cool as these?! Mallory, STOP IT. I mean, seriously, STOP. YOU ARE STRAIGHT UP GORGEOUS. This photo is maybe my favorite of these two — such a photogenic pair! Ceremony time! From Huntertown (where they got hitched), and on to downtown Fort Wayne for a few more bridal and wedding party photos (these guys were troopers too — their limo got a flat tire, so they found themselves walking everywhere!)
Mallory and Ben had their reception at the Freemason Hall in downtown Fort Wayne. I’d never shot there before but it was a great space for a party! I’d never seen this idea before but I thought it was clever: Ben set up a 50/50 drawing for their honeymoon. Guests could pay a $1 to vote, and as the night went on, he eliminated the options. The winning choice? The Caribbean! And Mallory and Ben split the $150 (or so, I think?) with Ben’s little brother who had the winning ticket. What a fun way to snag some extra honeymoon cash, right?! Oh this is fun: Ben is a detective and his dad is the sheriff of Allen County (and yes, that’s slightly intimidating). But I loved that Mallory and Ben also had a “donut cake”. Here are all the cops digging in. That’s not stereotypical at ALL right? ;) If you couldn’t tell, there was a LOT of fun and dancing and FUN and DANCING that went down at this reception. I definitely wanted to be a guest! And finally, because it never gets old, a few behind-the-scene shots in the photo booth! SO FUN! Mallory and Ben, THANK YOU again for trusting me to document your big day! It was an honor and it’s been a blast getting to relive it through your post!