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Once finished there, we walked a couple blocks back and wrapped up some final portraits in the middle of downtown South Bend! Once Mikayla and Matthew came down the aisle a married couple, they greeted some of their guests, then promptly made it back to the front of the church. We only had about a half hour for all of the portraits downtown, so we worked quickly to capture some lovely portraits of the bridal party as well as Matthew and Mikayla in there alone before we met back up with the bridal party in the Double Tree, then headed back outside.
Guests started arriving to the ceremony and you could hear everyone chatting away near the entryway right next to where Mikayla and the bridesmaids were getting ready. Once Open Dance started, there were over 3 hours of dancing!
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There were various beautiful jars of high end candies so that people could take clear candy bags and fill them with their favorite candies! The same weekend last year was a whopping 97 degrees and humid and the following weekend was 98 degrees and humid- both fully sunny days with 8 hour outdoor weddings for us to capture both weekends-!
There were anniversary dances, slow dances, and of course some traditional wedding dances thrown in.
The hall was beautiful for their reception! Their wedding will start off our already filling up wedding season and we absolutely cannot wait to plan things with them! Mikayla is originally from the area, so the choice to have their wedding in South Bend, Indiana meant that many of their guests came in from all over including their new home state of Minnesota! Mikayla got a little misty-eyed as she walked down the aisle to Matthew and was handed off by her dad. View fullsize.
We started back at the Double Tree Hilton hotel again and headed into the Century Center where we were able to capture some photos of the entire bridal party. The weather was absolutely perfect outside which made for some easy walking and portraiture downtown within our half hour span of wedding portraits!
During dinner Jason headed off to photograph their rings up close and we both enjoyed the Polish-esque dinner after having photographed for about 6 or 7 hours straight!
One of our favorite things of the reception was that they on top of cake for everyone also had a candy station! There was also a huge anime convention happening in the Century Center, so we did get a few funny photos of anime characters walking through the portraits which was funny! The ceremony itself was unique as the couple chose to sit at the front of the church accompanied by their maid of honor and best man, who kept them company for the entirety of the ceremony.
We have to have all of that edited before Thanksgiving and then will be creating all of the physically printed photos throughout December for all of our awesome clients! We may have snuck a piece of candy or two while photographing the end of the reception.
It was truly the best night and we even caught Mikayla getting a photo taken with another bride also in her wedding gown! September 26, by Jenny Johns.
After dinner Mikayla and Matthew enjoyed their first dance. Luckily though the week had started out nearly 90 degrees with unpredicted rain throughout the week, the rain held off for their wedding and it was perfect fall weather with a few clouds and the temperature being a little below 70 degrees-!
The ceremony included a meaningful homily by the priest officiating the ceremony, as well as a Eucharist presentation after the exchanging of the rings. These two went with a traditional full Catholic Nuptial Mass to make their marriage official.
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There were about 7 weddings that we passed in downtown South Bend earlier in the day, so you could definitely tell that it was the first non-Notre Dame game weekend in a while-! Mikayla greeted a few who came to visit her, snuck some peeks into the church from the Cry Room, and soon it was ready for their Wedding Ceremony! Mikayla and Matthew kindly invited us to stay an extra half hour after we packed up to enjoy a bit of the tail end of the reception.
After we finished up the formal portraits in downtown South Bend, we headed over in the trolly to the the reception hall: St. As Jenny can attest to, St. The bridal party and then Mikayla and Matthew were announced into the reception and the festivities began immediately!
We always love when the weather suddenly switches from 90 degrees and rainy earlier in the week to 66 degrees and partly cloudy out because with all of those heavy formal clothes, no one wants to stand outside and sweat on their wedding day! We had a blast photographing you two again and are so happy for you!
During the dancing we also heard Sweet Caroline to the tune of a Purdue fight song and in it may have bashed their rivals Indiana University. After their First Dance was the father-daughter and mother-son dances. Another surprise showed up there as well: Mikayla and Matthew!
These two threw in many dips, spins, and some nifty swing dancing moves before their first dance was up! After all the formalities of the ceremony were taken care of, the two shared their first kiss as a married couple before being announced as man and wife and walking down the aisle hand-in-hand.
All of their friends danced along, and then the parents flooded the floor even mouthing the words to current fun pop songs-!
It was a beautiful time and we definitely caught Mikayla choking back tears as well as Matthew and his mom crying together a tiny bit. Once we got outside we headed over a block to the Morris Performing Arts Center and captured some more portraits of Mikayla and her bridesmaids.
Throughout the mass they were seated together with the 4 of them by the altar facing the priest. Once the speeches were made, it was time to cut the cake! After their reception ended they also randomly showed up at The Exchange!
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Mikayla and Matthew also played the infamous Shoe Game and of course threw their garter and bouquet to a couple of their lucky friends! There were about 45 minutes to get all of their formal family portraits and couple portraits within the church, so we made it through the list of formal portraits one-by-one to make sure that we captured all of their desired photos of family! Congratulations again, Matthew and Mikayla on your gorgeous, fun wedding day!
Matthew and Mikayla sweetly fed each other a bit of cake, then it was time for dinner! These two already headed out to their honeymoon at 9 a.
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Matthew also gave a Thank You speech on behalf of he and Mikayla saying that though it had been a little bit of a whirlwind coming in from Minnesota, heading to Michigan, then coming down to Indiana for their wedding, that they were filled with extreme gratitude for everything and everyone who helped make things so wonderful. We were excited to finally be at St. Instead of large stained glass Biblical murals lining the sidewalls like many of the 21 Catholic churches in South Bend, the walls are lined with unique long, narrow colored pieces of glass which make a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony.
We hopped in and headed 10 minutes into downtown South Bend again: This time for formal portraits of the bridal party, individual portraits, and the couple photos within the city! Mikayla and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup professionally done up on the 8th floor of the Double Tree while Matthew and his groomsmen headed over to St. Once everyone was at the church over an hour before the ceremonythe bridesmaids helped Mikayla get her dress on and got dressed themselves.