We had suspicions that Mel + Charles would be fun to work with and those suspicions were confirmed immediately upon arriving at their home. It was there where they showed us a very hilarious old-timey photo of the two of them. The details are blurry but let’s just say the image certainly contained shotguns and Charles wearing only his underwear. The first shots you see below are not from some rad Bloomington park. Nope. This is their backyard. Awesome. They both are very outdoorsy and love camping and letting their dog run around (which it is wont to do). Oh, by the way, this session just happened. It’s not from an old, end-of-summer-in-Bloomington day. This was in January! The unseasonably warm weather had us feeling great but we were even more excited when Mel told us they wanted pics with her El Camino. The perfect car/truck. Utility and beauty combined. Later, we popped over to Bloomington Antique Mall and took some pics in Mel’s friend’s shop: A-Z Vintage . (BTW locals, some pretty great deals on sweet vintage hats and pearl button shirts there!). Then, as with many nights for these two, they ended up at their favorite Bloomington bar, Atlas, where we really got to see them in their element. Their summer, picnic-style Louisville wedding has us hungry and happy already. Congrats Mel + Charles!
2011 was sweet. A sincere thanks to all of the people we’ve photographed and met as well as our friends, fams, and fans. We are so happy to know you.
There were adorable couples:
The occasional animal guest:
Things that made us smile:
Things that made us boogie:
And reasons we love this gig:
Thanks again, friends. See you in 2012!
We have had an extremely fun year getting to be a part of such a wide variety of weddings. Take a peek HERE to see some of those. Planning weddings involve lots of external pressures. The wedding industry, family members, friends, and media like to throw out a lot of “shoulds” when it comes to having a wedding. You should wear this. Eat this. Take pictures of this. Invite these specific people. This can become overwhelming and for good reason. While we’re fans of traditional, big, party-time, and all-day weddings, we’re equally fans of small, intimate, and brief ceremonies and elopements. We’re the biggest fans of couples who sit back and think through what’s most important to them, first, and then work out the particulars. We like coming in at this point and helping to document what it is they want, and keeping our eyes open for those little things that otherwise would go unseen. The end of the year has brought us the opportunity to document several small ceremonies. Here are a few sneak peeks from some recent Bloomington ceremonies. The first took us back to Beck Chapel where we’ve been a few times this year, each unique. Next, to the county courthouse, where we broke our record of fewest people at a ceremony with a total of six including the officiant’s young daughter and us. Finally, to a home on Thanksgiving day where we were offered lots of food and drink and had to sadly refuse it so as not to spoil our own huge meal (Tall baked five pies). Sincere congrats to all of you.
Emily + Adrian | Beck Chapel
Jeff + Lisa | County Courthouse
Jeremy + McKenzie | Their Home