I had been looking forward to covering Kelly & Tim's wedding for quite a while, since they were one of the first couples to book us for 2007, and since they were planning to do a first dance fake out similar to Kevin & Jill's, which they first saw on this blog. The day was every bit as hot as advertised, but even without air conditioning, the ceremony at Holy Cross Parish was a beautiful affair enjoyed by their 250 guests. Afterwards, we all snuck onto the railroad tracks outside the Mavris Arts & Event Center for some cool photos in front of the downtown skyline with super photographer and friend Jessica Strickland (who referred the couple to me - thanks, Jess!).
The reception inside the Mavris was a welcome reprieve from the heat, and the artsy loft atmosphere added the perfect ambiance to the couple's colorful decor. My favorite touch was the monogrammed decals on all the doors, a simple but effective way for Kelly & Tim to put their own personal stamp on the venue. The first dance surprise was a hit set the tone for rest the evening, and Dave & Rae had no problem maintaining that energy among the lively crowd for the rest of the night. Consultant Carlie Oakley did a great job throughout the day staying a step ahead of everyone, and I'm looking forward to watching her run the show at many more events. My only regret was having to leave before this fellow IU couple had breadsticks from Pizza Express delivered. I've been craving them ever since!