Every once in a while a backyard wedding fits me so well I feel like Cinderella, just a photographer version of her, and the wedding is my glass slipper. So much of this job is about communication starting from the very first inquiry down to those final exchanges as the gallery is delivered, and with these two I knew from those initial exchanged words that we were meant to come together for their celebrations. It was solidified when we met over video for the first time and to say I was over the moon to finally meet them in person for their engagement session (6 days before their wedding) would be a drastic understatement.
Erika and Jack are they type of people who can make you feel like you’re centerstage and they’re your biggest fans (in the front row) from only just moments together. It was clear to me that the relationships they’ve built with their family and friends throughout the years are ones that are filled with tight embraces, endless smiles and laughter, and a type of connection we don’t often experience in our current culture. They expressed to me that while this day was a celebration of their marriage, it was the celebratory end of their quarantine era and seeing (and squeezing) their guests would be one of the highlights of their day. As I captured them greeting their guests as they found their way down the hill to the picturesque ceremony spot on Erika’s parents’ land my hunch came to life before my own eyes and I was filled with emotion as it radiated off of those around me.
There was magic in every little nook and cranny of their day – Erika’s mother sewing her into the dress that she made by hand for her daughter, the ceremony spot down the hill in the backyard of Erika’s parents’ home, a spot that yielded to the winding, ribbon-like creek that gracefully wove its way through the backyard, Eva, their dog, wandering about in the background during our portrait time, and dancing under the open sky on the deck. The audible gasp that escaped my mouth as I came up the driveway and looked out to their ceremony site took even me by surprise. They had described everything to me in advance, and even shown me diagrams to get a feel for everything, but no word could’ve truly helped me paint this picture in my mind.
Erika and Jack. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this day, these moments. It is a treasure simply to have met you. Congratulations to you both.
VENDORS & GOODS
Venue | Family Home
Coordinator | Becky Wilson
Hair & Makeup | The Studio Suite (Katie Hall)
Gown | Made by the Mother of the Bride
Florals | Purchased from Fifty Flowers, Arranged by Family & Friends
Catering | Juniper Spoon
Bar Service | Poured to Perfection
Donuts | Wheelhouse Donuts
Ceremony Music | Jenn Romero
DJ | DJ Cliqs
Rentals | Big Bounce Fun House Rentals
Restrooms | Baker’s
Officiant | Brother of the Bride
casey and her camera is an Indianapolis Wedding Photographer specializing in family, couple, lifestyle, elopement and wedding photography for Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas.
Oct 24, 2022