Mooney Family | The History Museum {Downtown South Bend}

I met this beautiful family last fall. It was a gorgeous day, with lots of warmth - and lots of laughs with this crew!

We met at The History Museum in downtown South Bend, in the Historic Oliver Gardens that surround one of the historic mansions, Copshaholm. It's quite the beautiful backdrop for some family moments!

These three little ladies, and their momma and dad, were so much fun to adventure around with! Their sense of wonder to everything that surrounded them was such a wonderful thing to see! Grateful for these memories made with them!

And it's so true ... Family time is DEFINITELY the best time. :)

Alex & Gina | The Patrick Haley Mansion

Alex and Gina first met in college. They both attended The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and over the next four years, they became the best of friends. They even studied abroad together in Rome, and decided in their senior year of college that there was something more than a friendship. 

Fast forward to November 6th, 2016. That's when we first met Alex and Gina. He surprised the love of his life with the most romantic proposal, EVER! And we were privileged to be a part of the surprise! CLICK HERE to check out how it all began ... and then be sure to come back here to check out their gorgeous wedding day! :)

Alex and Gina were married on January 13th, 2018 in Gina's hometown, Joliet, Illinois. It was a beautiful winter day and they married at the beautiful St. Joesph Catholic Church in Downtown Joliet. It was the kind of church that reminds you of the cathedrals in Europe. When you walk in, you're taken to another place; It truly was breathtaking.

The reception was held at The Patrick Haley Mansion. It is one of the most beautiful venues; it's full of such nostalgia and wonderful details. Not to mention the staff were incredibly kind, and awesome to work alongside of.

There were many beautiful details that Gina and Alex included in this beautiful celebration, that highlighted not only their time together, but also Gina's Italian heritage.

They chose the black beauty rose as their main flower, to pay tribute to Gina's late grandmother. She also wrapped her grandmother's rosary around the bouquet, which is an Italian tradition.

Once you get down to the reception photos, you'll see a beautiful, amazing tower of cannoli, and small cake, which when we saw that, I'm pretty sure my sister and I (and maybe everyone there) said "Holy Cannoli"! HAHA, but really. It was an amazing and creative take on a traditional wedding cake. The small cake that sat on top of the tower read: “Ti amo da qui ... alla fine del mondo ... di nuove qui ... all infinito”, which translates to: “I love you from here ... to the end of the world ... here again ... to infinity”. Both Gina and Alex studied in Rome, and while there, they came across graffiti along the Tiber River, which had this beautiful quote. We love that they included this on their beautiful day. 

When it was time for Alex and Gina to dance their first dance, as husband and wife, Gina's dad, Mike and four of her cousins played "Pistol" by Dustin Kensrue. It was so beautifully played and wow! They are quite the musicians! And for the father/daughter dance, Gina and Mike choreographed the most epic dance and they absolutely killed it! 

EVERYONE got on the dance floor during the Tarantella, which is a beautiful, Italian folk-dance! It got the dance party lifted off with a bang! Which brings us to the amazing entertainment for the evening ... The Walk-ins! These guys were so incredibly talented, entertaining and so kind! We loved working with them and hope that our paths cross again.

We cannot say enough good things about this special day, and these special people. Some of the kindest souls you could ever meet. Congratulations Alex and Gina! We are so humbled to have been able to be a part of your amazing day!

{If you'd like to check out Alex & Gina's wedding day slideshow, CLICK HERE!}

Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Reception: The Patrick C. Haley Mansion
Caterer: The Patrick C. Haley Mansion
Photographers: Hey Sisters! Photography | Emily Allison & Erin Elliott
Videographers: Frank Slow Films
The Dress: Bella Sposa Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Sposa Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Salon: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry
Tuxedos: The Black Tux
Florist: Petals, Custom Wedding Flowers
Invitations: PS: I Love You
Wedding Cake: Creative Cakes
Reception Band: The Walk-ins




Knesek Family {Notre Dame}

Ok, so this family. They are WONDERFUL! And I've had such a wonderful time getting to know all of them over the past 3+ years! We get together at least once a year for some quality time and family photos! And this year, we ventured back to Notre Dame, where we first met when sweet little dude Paxton was just 7 months, and sweet little lady Avalynn was 2! They've grown so much and what a joy it's been to watch them grow up!

The weather was quite the up and down roller coaster, as most fall days are in good ole' South Bend, Indiana! The great thing about the campus of Notre Dame is, you can find little corners and beautiful architecture to hide from the elements, and sometimes, if you're lucky, the sun decides to come out for a brief moment! 

Always love my time with this family!!!

Scott & Jen | Four Winds Field

Scott and Jen were married on a crisp fall day in October. The day started with a torrential downpour and ended with an equally impressive torrential downpour.

Their ceremony was meant to be outdoors, but as the day transpired, there was some certainty that an outdoor wedding just wasn’t going to be possible on this day.

To most couples, this would be devastating, but Scott and Jen, and the rest of their family and friends embraced it all. They embraced the rain. They embraced the changes they had to make for their ceremony. But more so, they embraced every last moment. And despite the gloomy day, nothing could diminish the love that shined so BRIGHT between these two wonderful humans, who managed to find each other in this crazy world.

It was a perfectly, imperfect day, and we were so darn grateful to be a part of it.

Click HERE to check out their wedding day slideshow!