The Uptown Center in Michigan City is one of the most unique wedding venues in the area. Christina and Melvin brought their own bit of unique flavor to their wedding day at this prestigious building off of Franklin Street. From the bride's elegant dress to the groom's super stylish paisley shirt to the back and forth of gifts to the heart tugging first look of bride and son, I had plenty to photograph and I loved every minute of it.
As you can see from the images above, the ballroom at The Uptown Center is simply spectacular. Let me take you through the entire venue and then some as we relive Christina and Mel's emotion packed wedding day.
When I arrived the nervous bride (yes, she was shaking) was getting hair done and I got to photograph all of her wonderful details. Her dress fit in perfectly at The Uptown Center's elegant bridal suite. As I was there and she was getting ready the gifts kept going back and forth between groom and her.
I love mirror shots and the window light combined with Christina's beauty and elegance seemed the perfect combination for a classic, sepia toned vintage bride portrait. Much like the Uptown Center - modern meets classic.
We had time for a quick hug with mom and then it was time for bride and bridesmaid photos followed by the groom.
I was glad I was able to take Christina into the ballroom before any guests had arrived. The room looked spectacular for the ceremony and we put it to use for some portraits as well.
Second photographer Lauren took the guy's shots in the adjacent room to the bridal suite. Melvin received a gift from his son Aiden who would soon be on the way to the courtyard for a first look / reveal with his mom.
The staff at The Uptown Center do an amazing jog of setting up the ballroom for wedding ceremonies and then quickly and precisely turning the room over during cocktail hour in the bar area for the reception and a totally different look.
After the ceremony ended and the staff was working their magic inside, I took family photos, wedding party photos and then took the newly married couple around the venue and outside for bride and groom pictures.
This area around the venue in Michigan City has a real urban flavor to it and we wanted to capture some of that along with some classic bride and groom pictures.
Mr. and Mrs. Collazo had a rocking reception as the room they had been married in morphed into a colorful scene of partygoers, dancers and delicous deserts.