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June 20, 2012
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What a great wedding!  I was thrilled when Michael and Rachel asked me to be their wedding photographer a little over a year ago, I have known them for a long time.  Michael is my brother in law, so I have seen him and Rachel together for quite a while, and they make a great fit together.  This did present one small problem though, Ann, my wife/second photographer was now in the wedding as a bridesmaid, so I had to fine someone else to help shoot with me.  Lucky I knew just the person to call to help me shoot the wedding.  Denise is an up and coming photographer on the south side of Indianapolis and I had the pleasure to have her in one of my Indy Photo Coach classes and have kept in touch since.  Denise did a great job shooting with me and helping out!  Our morning started out bright and early at Studio 135 in Greenwood for hair do’s for the I do’s’.   After all the bridesmaids and both mothers had their hair done we moved over to St. Johns United Church of Christ on the south side of Indianapolis for getting ready shots and the actual wedding.  Michale and Rachel didn’t want to see each other before the wedding so we kept them separated and did portraits of them and their attendants separately until it was wedding time.  The sanctuary at St. Johns is beautiful, lots of large stained glass windows and great light, Rachel liked it for its looooong isle way :)  The ceremony was fantastic and had lots of personal touches.  When  all was said and done at the church we packed up and headed down town to the Indiana State Museum for the reception.  The museum again had great light and was a fantastic place to hold a wedding reception, I hope to get to shoot there again soon!  The bridal party was introduced and came down a large stair case before a delicious dinner was served.  One of the best features of the museum as a location for the reception is its location right on the canal downtown.  During dinner we snuck out to the canal with the bridal party while everyone else was still eating for some fun portraits.  I did my second ever flash composite of the bridal party, and it turned out great, I am really starting to like this technique!  When we returned inside it was time for the first dance and the toasts.  Michael’s best man was unable to attend due to serving our country over seas, but that was not going to stop him from giving a toast!  As a surprise to Michael and most of the people in attendance he sent a video toast for the couple, and after there wasn’t a dry eye in the building!  The DJ kept the tunes pumping all night and the dance floor steadily filled up and was rocking until the reception was over!  Make sure you check out the slide show of the days events below and then be sure to head over to my facebook fan page to see even more from their wedding!  Michael and Rachel, I hope you enjoy these images for years to come and look at them to see how much love your friends and family have for you!

Dustin