I met with Justin and Stephanie several times to plan out the photographs for their big day. We settled on bringing a little Crown Point hometown flavor to their wedding day with a first look at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
I positioned Stephanie deep inside The Old Covered Bridge with Justin facing out. We would have her slowly make her way to him and let the anticipation build. The groomsmen and bridesmaids were cheering them on behind me.
This was my second day in a row with a first look involving a bridge. They were both special moments and I think we got some really unique wedding photos from both days.
Stephanie's day started with getting ready at her parent's home in Schererville, Indiana. I spent the morning with her family taking detail shots and documentary style wedding photography.
Her family was very welcoming to myself and my assistant. We had a great time interacting with everyone and could have hung around all day, but soon it was time for Stephanie to get into her wedding dress and we would then meet the wedding party in Crown Point.
After the first look we gathered up the wedding party for some group shots in front of The Old Covered Bridge and all around the Lake County Fairgrounds.
Stephanie is an avid runner and often would use the fairgrounds for her workouts. She wanted to use the various piers and gazebos within the grounds. This one overlooking the lake is one of my favorites.
Our final stop before going to the ceremony was the downtown Crown Point Square where we took this beautiful portrait of the bride in front of the old courthouse.
The outdoor wedding ceremony took place at the Halls of St. George in Schererville, Indiana. Rain was threatening, but stayed away as Stephanie and her Dad walked down the aisle with friends and family looking on.
The outdoor ceremony had many fun moments with the Reverend Doug Kluuken once again presiding over the nuptials. One of my favorite moments was when the bride and groom were walking out and the music kicked in with Crazy Little Thing Called Love from Queen. The newly married couple were bouncing their way back down the aisle.
Dancing in the spacious reception hall had the guests and the bride and groom moving all night long.
A great impromptu wedding moment was when Stephanie's grandfather surprised her with a dance out on the floor. She rewarded him with a kiss...
I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek detailing Justin and Stephanie's first look at Lake County Fairgrounds as well as their outdoor wedding at the Halls of St. George. Stay tuned here and at the SBV Photography Facebook Page for more images and updates.
The last image I will leave you with goes along with our 4th of July celebrations today. We struggled to get the sparklers lit and the bridesmaids worked like crazy against the wind, but we ended up with the word love written out in sparklers anyway...