Downtown Fort Wayne Engagement Session // Kristina + Brandon

Downtown Fort Wayne Engagement Session // Kristina + Brandon

They passed each other through the aisles of the busy restaurant and occasionally helped with each other with table refills and food running. But as time passed, they realized that they weren't just coworkers. Their humor bounced off of one another and you could hear Kristina's bubbly laugh ring out through the restaurant as Brandon's witty humor entered the smooth cadence of their conversations. They became fast friends and soon their inseparable friendship transformed into a lasting relationship. 

Time passed and before he knew it, Brandon was picking out a ring. He could hardly imagine his life without the woman who gave him a daughter, a new perspective on life, and an amazing friendship. As fireworks lit up the night sky at the end of a baseball game, Brandon got down on one knee and slid a diamond on to Kristina's finger. 

They'll be married in just a few short weeks, surrounded by the family and friends who have experienced the journey to husband and wife with them. Kristina and Brandon, exploring downtown with you was such a blast and I can't wait till your big day where I can witness your extraordinary love once more - xx, M

Romantic Bohemian Chic Wedding at Goegliens Homestead // Kassie + Kris

Romantic Bohemian Chic Wedding at Goegliens Homestead // Kassie + Kris

Maybe it's the fact that they were both music majors and naturally live in a certain rhythm. Or maybe its the fact that they started out as friends and they learned and grew with each other to reach synonymous movement as a couple. Whatever it is, Kassie and Kris are perfectly in tune with one another and their wedding day represented their one-ness most of all. When Kris reached down to fix his tie, Kassie's hand was already there. When Kassie started to walk, Kris was already lifting the hem of her dress. He knew just the things to whisper in her ear to ease the tension of the wedding day and make her laugh, and she knew just the songs to drag him onto the dance floor to party too. 

From tacos on the plates of their guests to tacos on the socks of the groom, Kassie and Kris strived to make their wedding day uniquely them. Notes of lavender from the flower crowns and boutonnieres wafted through the air the entire day. Disney and Broadway echoed from the limo and the dance floor. Every little detail was carefully thought out to represent their relationship in the most perfect of ways, and even during the busiest times of the day, they only thought of each other.

Kassie and Kris, documenting your day was the greatest privilege and I still get goosebumps thinking of you two beautiful souls and the love you share. I hope you're recovering from your greatest day with lots of Pina Coladas on that beach of yours ;)  All the love - M&M

DRESS: One Fine Day - Hailey Paige
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David's Bridal
HAIR: The Beehive Salon and Blow Dry Bar - Christie Brenn
FLOWERS: Be Married Events
VENUE & CATERING: Goegleins Homestead

Three Rivers Festival Engagement Session // Alexis and Adam

Three Rivers Festival Engagement Session // Alexis and Adam

It was one of those moments where Alexis hoped she might say something clever or funny in passing when she saw the cute guy at her new job. But as they passed each other and she attempted to greet him, words didn't come out quite the way she expected. Nevertheless, as weeks passed by, conversations became easier and Adam and Alexis transitioned from coworkers to friends. Summer ended and the day after Christmas, they decided to start dating. Years passed and jobs started to change. The possibility of a long-distance relationship loomed in the future, but as fate would have it, they found themselves accepting jobs in the same city. 

Shortly after the move, Adam found himself making plans to propose on New Year's Eve. But when the ring arrived in the mail, Adam was too impatient and anxious to wait. He woke up Alexis with a ring, a coffee, and the most exciting question Alexis could hear. 

They'll be married this winter, surrounded by snow, loved ones, and lots of champagne. With the humor and laughter that constantly emirate from Alexis and Adam, it's no doubt going to be an absolute blast of a wedding day. Alexis and Adam, exploring Three Rivers Festival was so much fun and I'm counting down the days until your celebration as husband and wife! xx- M

Orchard Ridge Country Club Summer Wedding // Allison + Dustin

Orchard Ridge Country Club Summer Wedding // Allison + Dustin

Allison is a girl who sets her mind to something and gets what she wants. A girl who rules the world with an iron fist but is loyal and loving to those close to her heart. Dustin is the man who keeps her grounded, calm, and holds her independent heart. After years of good Mexican food, comic books, traveling, and creating a life together, they finally were at their wedding day. 

Allison and Dustin strived to make their wedding day uniquely them. Between light sabers framing the aisle as they ran down it as husband and wife, to the millenium falcon gracing the wedding cake, they kept their wedding day rooted in what they loved most - the little quirks that made their relationship so wonderfully special. 

Allison and Dustin, you're wedding was so full of joy, fun, and so much laughter. Documenting it was an incredible honor and we are forever grateful for treating us as one of the family. Have an absolute blast in Cuba and all the blessings to your new life in Indianapolis - xx, M&M

Indianapolis Museum of Art Engagement Session // Yecenia and Samson

Indianapolis Museum of Art Engagement Session // Yecenia and Samson

If you ask Yecenia, it was Samson that kept showing up across the room at the local bars and restaurants every time she went out. But if you ask Samson, he is convinced that it was Decennia following him. Every time they'd give a friendly wave to their work colleague and be on their way, dining and drinking separately. But eventually, after numerous run-ins, a conversation started and they bonded over good beer, the love of travel, and laid-back adventures

It was their love of travel that led them to Austin, where they planned to have few easy-going days of exploration. When Samson insisted that they make it to the top of a mountain that morning, Yecenia couldn't quite figure out why. But as they rewarded themselves with donuts after the hike on top of the mountain, Samson pulled out his phone to take a selfie, and instead of holding a donut like Yecenia, he held a ring. 

They'll be married this August surrounded by loads of friends and families in a two day celebration to merge the two cultures - Mexican Catholic and Ethiopian - into one stunning wedding. Yecenia and Samson, thank you for exploring downtown Indianapolis with me and I can't wait to celebrate with you in just a short month! xx- M

Clear Lake Island Engagement Session // Melissa + Andrew

Clear Lake Island Engagement Session // Melissa + Andrew

She didn't see him coming. As he rounded the corner during their shared shifts at the local restaurants, they ran right into each other. After hurried apologies, even in the midst of the busy shift, Melissa's heart stopped for a second. And since Melissa is a girl who chases after what she wants, she and Andrew started dating a few months later. 

Years passed and once again, Melissa didn't see Andrew coming. As he pulled her off the boat onto their favorite little lake island for a picture, Melissa thought nothing of it. Even when he handed her a crisp new Harry Potter book, she gave him a confused look and opened it. But when she opened the book to the Unbreakable Vow and a ring, she looked up and knew exactly what was happening.  On one knee was the man who swept her off her feet (almost literally) years ago. The man who became her best friend, her boyfriend, and now her future. 

We celebrated their engagement by exploring the very island where Andrew asked Melissa to be his wife. They reminisced about their past summers spent at the lake and the memories they had made. They'll finish off this summer by getting married in a gorgeous cathedral in Fort Wayne. Andrew and Melissa, you two were an absolute blast to spend the evening with and I cannot wait to document your day in just a few short months. I will see you soon! xx - M

Elegant Embassy Theatre Wedding // Taylor + Andrew

Elegant Embassy Theatre Wedding // Taylor + Andrew

If you ask Andrew how they met, his face lights up and he tells the most animated story. Just a few years ago a pretty brunette walked into his dealership looking for a car. Something between them sparked immediately, and try as he might to keep it professional, they ended up on a dinner date when Taylor arrived back at the dealership with a car issue. The dinner dates continued, and before Taylor knew it, she witnessed the man of her dreams lead her out of a carriage ride to get down on one knee with a puppy and a diamond. 

As they sat in rooms across the hall from one another, waiting for the ceremony to start, Taylor drank champagne and begged to get into her dress while Andrew prepped his tux and laughed with his guys. But while they were surrounded by people who loved them and were there to fully support them on their wedding day, Taylor and Andrew were only focused on one thing - seeing each other at the end of the aisle. 

The sun shined over the downtown Fort Wayne as Taylor and Andrew promised to be each other's partners for life. Tears fell as they embraced, finally husband and wife. Finally together. They had spent their entire lives searching for that person that they could share the moment of Forever with, and they were finally sharing it with the one who held their heart. 

Taylor and Andrew, documenting your love was the most incredible honor. I can't wait to watch your lives unfold as you support each other , love each other, and adventure with each other. Have fun sipping margs on the beach in Mexico, you two deserve it - xx, M&M

Huntington Sunken Gardens Engagement Session // Amber + Logan

Huntington Sunken Gardens Engagement Session // Amber + Logan

His friend begged and begged him to set him up on a blind date with the "perfect girl." Finally, Logan agreed. And as the blind date commenced, he left feeling indifferent and with his mind on the girl that sat behind him in the classroom at the local university. The bubbly hazel-eyed girl seemed fun, bright, and driven. So he made the move. But as much as Amber knew she wanted to date the man that made her laugh until her sides hurt, she knew it wasn't time.  As months progressed, they became good friends who met up for coffee, a good movie at the theater, and exploring Fort Wayne.

Friendship progressed to dating, and dating progressed to Amber getting a phone call one morning from Logan, explaining the rules and guidelines for the surprise he had planned on the unexpected Saturday. And as Amber explored Fort Wayne on the scavenger hunt, revisiting all their favorite spots that they frequented throughout the years, she knew something was up. When she finally reached Logan - standing in the middle of a garden at Goeglein's Homestead - he had a ring in his hand and a question on his lips. 

They'll celebrate their wedding day this fall at the same place where they became engaged, surrounded by the family and friends that have supported them on this wonderful journey to marriage. Amber and Logan, thank you a ton for exploring Huntington with me, suffering through mosquitos and the heat. You are the best souls and I can't wait to celebrate with you in October! xx- M

Elegant Romantic Decatur Wedding // Kalie and Lance

Elegant Romantic Decatur Wedding // Kalie and Lance

It was the day that they had waited for for years. The day that Kalie didn't even imagine happening when she first whispered to her friend that the boy was cute and hoped that her friend would keep the secret. The day that Kalie didn't see coming, even when her friend spilled the beans to the cute boy and they started talking. But as conversations grew into dates and dates grew into a serious relationship, that "day" became more real in the back of Kalie's mind. 

Years passed and just as her family and best friends witnessed the gorgeous beach proposal a year earlier, they stood and witnessed Kalie walk down the aisle with a look of pure joy as she met Lance at the altar.  After almost five years of being by each others side, they celebrated their everlasting promise by celebrating with the best friends and family the world could provide. 

Kalie + Lance, celebrating with you on your greatest day was such an honor and beyond fun. Your family and friends welcomed us like long-time friends and we could not be more grateful. You two are the brightest souls. Thank you so much and have fun at Hogwarts this week! You could not have picked a more magical soulmate or honeymoon. xx- M+M

Whimsical Latin American Wedding at Salomon Farms // Kathleen + Santiago

Whimsical Latin American Wedding at Salomon Farms // Kathleen + Santiago

They fell in love amongst the colorful streets of Cartegena, Columbia. They were both studying abroad and caught each others eye one day in the middle of class. You could almost say it was love at first sight- something about the romance of the foreign city, the gorgeous sunsets on the beach, the brightly colored Columbian buildings and ability to explore and adventure together made Kathleen and Santiago's fall into a fast friendship, then into love, then into a proposal. 

It was only fitting that Kathleen and Santiago's wedding represented the roots of their relationship. Kathleen and Santiago dropped little hints of Columbia, their love for Latin-American culture, and their love of travel into their day. But most importantly, their day represented them in the most pure and honest way. They weren't overwhelmed by tradition or fuss. They simply focused on their relationship and the family and friends that had supported them through the journey of being together. 

Kathleen and Santiago, witnessing your pure and simple love was such a privilege. I can't wait to see where your wanderlusting hearts take you in life and the journeys you will go on. Eat your hearts out on that delicious Puerto Rican food for me - xx, M

Purdue Engagement Session // Dan and Jess

Purdue Engagement Session // Dan and Jess

She was the girl next door, sort of. They lived on the same block during their time at college and Dan would watch the bubbly education student from across the room and developed a crush. A big one. But Dan knew the timing wasn't right, and they graduated, parted ways, and fell out of touch. And as a few years passed, Jess looked down at her phone one day to discover a Tinder match and a message from the boy who used to live down the street. A few weeks later they sat at their favorite restaurant and talked the night away, bonding over sports, good beers, travel, and their Purdue school spirit. 

As they stood underneath Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona a year and a half later, Dan knelt down and pulled out a ring. He had known for so long that Jess was the one, and now the timing was right. They spent the next three weeks celebrating by touring Europe, dining at local European restaurants and dreaming of their life together. 

Jess and Dan, it was so wonderful exploring Purdue with you and I'm so excited for your day in just a few short months! Excitedly counting down - xx, M

 

Fairytale Spring Wedding at Goeglein's Homestead // Megan and Nathan

Fairytale Spring Wedding at Goeglein's Homestead // Megan and Nathan

To say their souls collided when they first met would be an understatement. She was a student still grasping the ropes of the bustling hospital chaos when she walked out the door with a medical cart a little too fast. Before she knew it, she was helping a handsome brown-eyed nurse off the floor, apologizing profusely. And while the medical cart knocked the wind out of Nathan, it was the flustered blonde girl who caused his heart to skip a beat. 

Over the next few weeks, Nathan picked up all the extra shifts he could in hopes that he would run into (not be run over) Megan again. And as he investigated further, they finally crossed paths again. As one thing led to another, they started talking, then dating, then falling in love. And the moment Megan watched her little girl run into Nathan's arms, seeking comfort and love, Megan knew that there would never be another man to hold her heart. 

They envisioned their wedding day as a perfect fairytale and that's exactly what it was. Friends and family cheered and toasted as Megan and Nathan made their way to the dance floor, finally husband and wife, with the story of their fairytale just beginning. Megan and Nathan, it was the biggest joy documenting your day and I adore watching you light up eachothers lives. Drink a margarita in Florida for me. xx, M

Vengue: Goeglein's Homestead
Dress: Wendy's Bridal
Florist: Goegleins (centerpieces) & Rose’s Bouquet (for bridesmaids and bride) 
Cake: Betty’s Cake and Candy Shop
DJ: Quattro Systems
Officiant: Trevor Maggert
H&M: Amy Miller
Tux: Louie's Tux Shop

Salomon Farms Spring Wedding // Rachel and Kenny

Salomon Farms Spring Wedding // Rachel and Kenny

It was the kind of day that called for a good classic novel and a cozy blanket. As rain drizzled down the windows, most brides would be beside themselves with worry. But not Rachel. As she watched the cool spring rain hit the pavement, she could only think of Kenny. The 7th grade classmate that turned from a boy she passed in the hallway, to friend, to her soulmate. 

And as Kenny stood just a few hundred yards away, he could hardly believe that the girl who stole his heart in the hallways all those years ago was standing before him, soon to be his wife. As the thunder rolled in, Rachel and Kenny stood before their family and friends who had been trying to get them together since high-school and promised to support and cherish each other for the rest of time. 

Kenny and Rachel, documenting your day was such an incredible blessing and privilege. I adored watching how deep your love was for one another, and I can't wait to see where life takes you. Thank you for being troopers through the rain and the mud! xx - M

Proposal Session at Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs // Josh and Phoenix

Proposal Session at Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs // Josh and Phoenix

He stood at the top of the mountain, looking out over the incredible view and was in awe. Josh, the man that claimed he could never be tied down, suddenly thought to himself that if he ever managed to find the perfect girl, that this would be the place where he would propose. 

Five years later, he stood in the same spot with the girl that had stolen his heart just a short while after that first Colorado trip. And as they planned their Colorado vacation, Phoenix couldn't figure out why Josh kept insisting to make the long journey to the top of the mountain. But as they stood on the rocks overlooking the Colorado mountains, recreating a picture Josh had taken half a decade before (of just himself) he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. 

Josh and Phoenix, I'm ever so grateful and blessed to call you two friends and am so thankful that I was able to document this amazing moment. I can't wait to crack open the wedding magazines and the Pinterest boards, but even more so, I can't wait to see where life takes you. All the love, M. 

Rustic Glam Wedding at Ceruti's Summit Park // Madison + Rodney

Rustic Glam Wedding at Ceruti's Summit Park // Madison + Rodney

She took a deep breath and closed her eyes as tears rolled down her cheeks. In just a few moments, she would walk up to the man she shared hallways with in high school, tap him on the shoulder, and they would see each others faces for the first time on their wedding day. As Rodney stood waiting to meet his bride, he mentioned his nerves and how he was just focused on the gorgeous blue-eyed girl. With her in his mind and in his heart, everything else melted away. And as the sun shone for the first time in weeks, Rodney watched the girl that stole his heart in the snowy winter evening all those years ago walk down the aisle to become his wife. 

As champagne was poured and toasts were made, Madison and Rodney's family and friends spoke volumes on how Madison and Rodney were perfect for each other. It couldn't be more true. Rodney's calm, quieter demeanor balances Madison's bubbly and detailed personality. Rodney's heart and soul are completely dedicated to Madison and Madison looks at Rodney like he holds the world in the palm of his hands. 

Rodney and Madison, documenting your love was the greatest honor and I feel so blessed to witness the relationship that you two have built. I cannot wait to see where your life takes you and I hope you ate your fill of Key Lime Pie in those gorgeous Florida Keys. xx- M & M

Indianapolis Rooftop Boho Chic Wedding at JPS Events // Elise + Ryan

Indianapolis Rooftop Boho Chic Wedding at JPS Events // Elise + Ryan

Elise described their relationship, finding each other, and knowing each other as soulmates to be incredibly calming. No anxiety, no agitation. And from the moment she first saw Ryan, this is how she would describe their relationship. She has never questioned that he was the person she wanted to spend her life with, and was more sure of it everyday. 

During their vows, Ryan looked at her with the softest gaze and told her that this was just another day. Another day that he got to hold her in her arms, another day he got to see her smile, and another day he got to share his life with her. And while their wedding day was special because of the significance it held, today was the same as every other day because it was one more day that he got to love her with all of his heart and soul. 

Everyone you asked on that day said the same thing: Ryan and Elise had a heart for others. They poured themselves selflessly into their work, friendships, family, and their own relationship. Even on their wedding day, it was about the people that surrounded them - from the love notes they wrote eachother that were read mid-ceremony, to sitting with their parents and grandparents at the head table, toasting the night away, they focused on being together and in the midst of the closest family and friends one could have. 

Elise and Ryan, I could not be more grateful for the privilege of documenting your day, and more importantly, witnessing the incredible bond that you two have. I can't wait to see where life takes you, and enjoy that tropical sun for me! xx - M & M

Fairytale Wedding at The Philmore on Broadway // Fairren & Mason

Fairytale Wedding at The Philmore on Broadway // Fairren & Mason

If one word needed to be used to describe Fairren and Mason, it would be laughter. And that's exactly what rung throughout The Philmore rainy Saturday morning as Fairren and Mason prepared to spend their lives together. After years of creating a life together and two years of planning, their wedding day was finally here. The once upon a time classmates were about to see each other from across the aisle, surrounded by family and friends who had supported them through their journey. 

Fairren and Mason envisioned a fairytale day for their wedding and that's exactly what it was. They read their own vows as tears streamed down their faces. Friends and family toasted their life together, talking about how Mason's calm demeanor, gentle laugh, and comforting temperament complimented Fairren's bright, bubbly and warm personality. They promised to spend their lives together, even though that's what they've already done for so many years. 

Fairren and Mason, your wedding day made my heart so warm and I cannot thank you enough for giving me the honor of documenting your day. I can't wait to see where your lives take you - xx, M

Downtown Cincinnati Engagement Session // Shelby and Stephen

Downtown Cincinnati Engagement Session // Shelby and Stephen

They explore the city, trying all the latest breweries, eclectic speak-easies, and restaurants. They travel. They run marathons. They started dating in high-school, but everyone around them knew this wasn't a typical high-school relationship. This was different. Stephens humor balances out Shelby's more serious personality, while Shelby keeps Stephen grounded. Since high school, they've supported each other through a long-distance relationship through college, to job changes, to relocating just to be with one another.

 In true explorer fashion, Stephen proposed to Shelby as they were exploring Nashville on a February evening.  As he got to one knee on the pedestrian bridge over the water, Shelby couldn't imagine saying yes to anyone else other than her best friend and high school sweetheart. 

 As we roamed Cincinnati, Shelby and Stephen pointed out their favorite hole-in-the-wall eateries and pubs and where they met up with friends. They'll get married in their hometown, Fort Wayne, this fall, surrounded by humans who have supported them through the near decade of being with one another. Shelby and Stephen, I had an absolute blast exploring Cincinnati with you and I'm so excited for documenting your first day as husband + wife. xx - M

The Old Bag Factory Whimsical Romantic Wedding // Sarah + Alex

The Old Bag Factory Whimsical Romantic Wedding // Sarah + Alex

She's the girl who puts her heart and soul into everything she does - from who she loves, to her job, to planning the wedding day of her dreams. No detail was left untouched. As the sun rose on their wedding day- as the bridesmaids had their dresses pressed and arranged on personalized hangers, as the ceremony and reception rooms were adorned with pictures, love quotes, flowers and candles, as her garter (made from generations of wedding gowns and inscripted with their own wedding date) lay with her jewelry and custom-made wedding dress (that she designed when she was ten)- Sarah told me, "I'm just trying to focus on marrying Alex."   And as the sunny spring morning rolled into a breezy warm afternoon, Sarah walked down the petal covered aisle to the man who held her heart for all these years. 

When Sarah and I first met, she told me that their wedding day would feel like finishing the first leg of a triathlon. And as they stood at the alter with Sarah's father marrying them, that's exactly what it was. After all of the years of school, the military, long-distance dating and uprooting their lives to finally be together, they were finally married. And it's safe to say, as they finished the first leg of that race, there was not a dry eye in the room. 

Sarah and Alex, oh boy. My heart is so warm for you and I cannot thank you enough for letting me document your day. Alex, you treat Sarah with such devotion and Sarah, you constantly affirm him with love, praise, and affection. You two make love so real and beautiful. I can't wait to see where life takes you, and I hope you're soaking in the sun on that Hawaiian beach - you deserve it! xx, M+C

Urban Fort Wayne Sunrise Engagement Session // Samantha and Trevon

Urban Fort Wayne Sunrise Engagement Session // Samantha and Trevon

They were close friends who connected through youth group at their church. That was, untill one day when Trevon found a love note addressed to him on Samantha's iPad. After a "just friends" conversation, they found themselves dating just a few months later. Trevon's palpable energy matched Samantha's dimples that broke just as she was on the edge of a smile. They were just teenagers, but immediately started growing up together hand-in-hand. 

We opted for an urban warehouse vibe for their engagement session to match their vision for the wedding, and they spend the session hand-in-hand, talking about careers and personal stories like they had just recently met. After spending nearly a decade together, going through personal trials, college, career, and building a family, they'll get married this fall with an intimate urban setting surrounded by close family and friends. Samantha and Trevon, thank you for granting me the pleasure of getting to know you more and exploring the city with me on a cold (and early) morning! I can't wait to see what October and so many years ahead has in store for you - xx, M