It’s not very often that I book a wedding or an elopement prior to meeting a couple. I love to meet with brides and grooms in advance because it gives us a chance to talk through their vision and planning and see if we’re compatible stylistically and personally. Laura and Tony’s Indiana State House elopement was an exception to that for me. I first met Laura and Tony at their Newfields engagement session, but I knew we were a good fit far before that. Laura and I had emailed in the very early stages of their wedding planning when she stumbled across my images while browsing elopements and weddings at the Indiana State House. I found out at their ceremony that she actually found the State House by a stroke of luck, as well, while looking at images of glass ceilings and impressive architecture from around the globe. She was surprised to find that this hidden gem lay right in our own city, not far from their home and the pieces began to fall into place from there.
I’ve shot quite a few elopements at the Indiana State House over the last couple of years and each one brings me to love the building more and more. There’s just nothing quite like saying vows under a huge open ceiling in a space that should echo sound, but somehow keeps all sounds quiet and together, perfect for these intimate ceremonies. It’s just part of the magic of the space and place.
Laura and Tony got ready at Le Méredien in downtown Indianapolis. The weather was surprisingly mild for our July heat wave and we made the walk over to the State House together as a group after a sweet first look and some special portraits with Stella, their pup that Laura has had for 11 years. They wrapped up their celebrations with a cocktail hour at Le Méredien and a dinner at Spoke and Steele, but not before my favorite ever cake cutting moment happened.
The plan was to faux-cut the cake for photos, but that quickly turned into a real cutting because how can you resist!? And as Tony took a quick taste of the cake he immediately spit it back out in a hilarious moment that will live on only in our memories as the split-second was too quick to capture, but Laura’s reaction tells the whole story and makes it all worth while. Turns out the cake was delicious and Tony is hilarious, so alls well that ends well… especially if it ends with cake.
Laura and Tony, congratulations to you both – your celebrations were beautiful and perfect. Enjoy your honeymoon travels!
VENDORS & GOODS
Ceremony | Indiana State House
Reception | Le Meridien & Spoke & Steele
Gown | Luxe Redux Bridal Boutique by Tara Keely
Bouquet | George Thomas Florist
Makeup | Andrew Elliot
Suit | Jos. A Bank
Cake | Gallery Pastry Shop
Invitations | Minted
Officiant | Victoria Meyer (Marry Me In Indy)
casey and her camera is an Indianapolis Elopement Photographer specializing in family, ouple, lifestyle, elopement, wedding and elopement photography for Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas.