I could think of NO better way to return to wedding photography after having my son than to start off my 2013 shooting season with a couple VERY near and dear to my heart.
I’ve written about Chanel before (here and here), but for those new(ish) to the blog, she has spent the past five years working for me at Ball State University, where I work in the marketing and communications office. (I do public relations for Ball State, help manage the university’s social media presences and maintain our internal communications system).
Chanel started in my office at 19, and, in a lot of ways, I’ve watched her grow up. She is finishg up her degree in speech pathology and is an incredible person—driven, passionate and oozing enthusiasm for the people and hobbies she loves. Somewhere in the time since I hired her and the time I had to say goodbye to her as my graduate assistant last month, she became the kid sister I never had.
Chanel and Kyle are high school sweethearts. Everybody in that church on Saturday who watched them wed knew they were watching a couple in it for the long haul, so in sync are they with one another. It was an honor for me to document this day they’d been looking forward to for so long.
While their wedding story is on its way, I couldn’t resist giving one of my favorite people in my life an extended sneak peek of what I’m sure (based on the giant dimpled smile that never left her face) was one of the happiest of her life. Chanel, I adore you (and that sweet fella of yours). Don’t be a stranger now, all right? :)
Chanel and Kyle got married in Kyle’s home church (Irvington Presbyterian) with a reception that followed at the Bona Thompson Memorial Building. The building was once Butler University’s library—which made it only fitting for these two to add a bit of romantic literary flair to their tablescapes. The couple furnished all of the florals and decorations themselves and Kyle did all the graphic design (for those who know how crafty these two are, that comes as no surprise!) Chanel’s FABULOUS shoes were from Anthropologie. As for the photo on the right and below, it was meant to be for us to take pictures in front of this green door. This building is Midland Arts and Antiques Market in Indianapolis, where Chanel and Kyle have a booth and sell furniture they refurbish. It was totally serendipitous that we ended up here during portrait hour, but I was so grateful we did! And finally, I have to end with my FAVORITE portrait from the day. Though they’ve all gone on and graduated on me, these four ladies are some of the greatest student workers I’ve ever had. That’s Samantha on my left, (me), Chanel, Kenzie and Aly. I love that my day job lets me mentor young college students, but I love even more that, along the way, so many of them have become close friends. Ending the night at the wedding out on the dance floor with all of these girls will definitely be one of the highlights of my 2013! Love you girls SO much!