I've recently launched my new, updated website as of July 2018. I've completely overhauled the website and updated my services and prices. I made an official decision to no longer use personal photography on my website and to limit it a lot more on social media. As a full time, professional, wedding officiant I deal with couples from all walks of life. While a wedding, is a celebration of a marriage, not all marriages involve a wedding. I perform many simple, legal, discreet weddings that prefer to stay discreet. There are also couples that are happy to share their pictures one day and they realize they really don't want those pictures posted the next, for whatever reason. I'm always happy to use your phone or camera to take informal pictures for your use or take them with my phone and send them to you.
I've done by best to provide accurate pictures of public places where I perform budget elopements and given suggestions of places that may or may not require reservations and/or deposits or fees for small weddings and elopements. Sometimes, couples have seen pictures of weddings I've performed and want the same thing not realizing they are from someone else's formal wedding and I was just there performing the ceremony. I decided it's easier to eliminate the misunderstanding. I am a mobile wedding officiant and I'm happy to go just about anywhere you would like to get married and do my part as part in your overall wedding day. I help plan wedding ceremonies, not weddings. I don't have a venue or office and stopped performing weddings in my home in early 2017.
I am happy to suggest professional photographers I've worked with and you are welcome to contact them directly for their list of services and prices.
A big thing in the wedding industry is pictures. It's not necessarily a big thing. More like a HUGE thing. Your wedding photographer is, like, EVERYTHING!! When you are researching vendors you are looking at everything in pictures first. You want your wedding to be beautiful! Even if you are planning a small, intimate elopement, you want it to be beautiful. Not to mention romantic and perfect!
I'm a wedding officiant. What kind of pictures can I possible have to use on my website to express what I do and entice you to look further? I've taken thousands of pictures with my phone for the thousand of couples I've married. They captured the moment for what it was but camera phone pictures really don't translate into a pretty website. I don't have pretty cakes or flowers to show or even pretty dresses or table linens. I have words. That's my job. Other then signing marriage licenses, I find the right words and deliver the right words in the right way at the right time. It makes it difficult to put together a website that realistically expresses what I do in pictures.
It's a photograph that catches the attention of a reader. And it has to be the right photograph. When I was in third grade I had to do a report on Benjamin Franklin. I took the easy way out, and instead of reading what the children's encyclopedia actually wrote about Franklin I reported that Benjamin Franklin invented the kite, instead of experimenting with electricity, because the picture had him flying a kite. My father quickly corrected me, I think. Or maybe he helped me after my teacher told me to go home and do it again. It was too many years ago to remember!
I've collected some great single pictures from some great photographers who have shared their work with me. Otherwise, I've gotten creative with Google Images to fill in the gaps. A picture of a civil ceremony is different from a formal wedding which is different from an elopement. I do all those things. Sometimes I do all of those things in one day. Sometimes, I marry couples in secret, so I have to be careful with pictures too. I might marry you today, but everyone you know may think you are actually getting married next June. Oh, the secrets I keep!
Last year, I was absolutely blown away by the gift of the photographs currently all over the top of my website. I had a Small Family Wedding at the Indiana State House on a Saturday afternoon in September. I often never know what to expect, having only communicated by email or phone or text before a wedding. I just hope I wear the right outfit for the occasion. That can be more complicated that it sounds. Sometimes the couple is in jeans or shorts on a Saturday evening and don't want a ceremony, just their marriage license signed. (I got dressed up for this?) And sometimes they are in a formal wedding dress and a suit, on a Thursday afternoon. You just never know unless you ask and sometimes it just seems too obvious to ask! This particular Saturday I met Casey and her Camera. She was running around taking care of a beautiful bride, capturing all the perfect pictures. She even had particular instructions for me so she could get the best shot. I always welcome instruction!
I didn't get to know Casey better until a few months later she sent me all these wonderful pictures! I was blown away! I was so excited to have pictures to market all the wonderful small weddings I do. 8 years and over 2500 weddings later, my business is about small weddings. Civil Ceremonies and elopements happen just about every day. You can't get married at the courthouse so I fill the need. Over the past few years, as couples have realized they can't just run to the courthouse and get married, this new kind of elopement, or small family wedding has started to become popular. Just immediate family as guests, if there are any guests at all, a fabulous dinner or weekend in a fancy hotel, and an AMAZING photographer!! Brides are still going dress shopping and getting their hair and makeup professionally done. There are still emotional first looks with their bride or groom, and/or father. The iconic Indy wedding photo's are still taken on Monument Circle or any of Indy's other popular spots. It's all just being done on a small, more intimate and more affordable scale.
Casey and I have done several of these elopements. One was all scheduled and performed within a few days just last week. The couple found the pictures and the idea won them over immediately! We have more being scheduled as January, and all out wedding planning season, gets into full swing. When I say the pictures are EVERYTHING, I really mean it. I know my job as a wedding officiant is important and what I do is different for everyone. Some people choose me for me and others choose me because they simply need to hire someone to fill the need. Hire a photographer who is passionate about photographs and capturing your moments. Casey recently said that she just considers herself a fly on the wall capturing the moment.
I know there are a lot of camera's out there and many people who know how to use them. But, a professional photographer is something different. They have a whole different perspective of what makes a great photo and great photo shoot. They plan ahead, they scout out the area. They take into consideration the time of day and where the sun will be at that time. They've already purchased a photography pass to have access to some of the prettiest private gardens. They can suggest photo's you didn't even think of that will be the perfect memories for years to come. I highly recommend Casey and her camera. Check her out on her website. You can read about her here. She loves exclamation points as much as I do!!!!!! You can contact here here.
Elopements are a big part of my business as a wedding officiant in Indy. Some couples just want something simple instead of a big, formal, wedding. Some couples want both! An elopement to make your marriage legal today, either with friends or very privately, and then a large, formal wedding with family and friends later. A new trend I'm seeing is couples who just want a small, elopement-style wedding with very close family and a great photographer. Later, they may have a party with more family and friends. There are a LOT of virtues to the small wedding and elopements. There is less stress and a huge reduction in cost. It's also a very, sweet, intimate, memorable exchange between the couple being married.
The one thing that is really important in these small weddings is pictures. I've worked with several photographers recently and want to share their pictures and services to give you some great ideas for an intimate wedding where you can still wear the dress , carry the bouquet, and have the first look. You can say "I do" and record it all in pictures. Seeing the pictures after the wedding really puts your wedding, no matter the size, in a whole different light. It takes you back to the moment every time you look at them.
I met Brittany Erwin several years ago when I was officiating a wedding at Pipers at the Marott. If you aren't familiar with the Indianapolis venue, they have a beautiful atrium. The couple getting married were having a Hobbit themed wedding and getting married among the greenery and fountains of the atrium fit perfectly. I remember the couple as the one that wrote each other's vows on vintage looking scrolls and then exchanged the scrolls. The scrolls were unique and in line with the Hobbit theme. Even more interesting, was when they had to read out loud what the other had written about them as part of their vow exchange. Yes, you read that right. It takes a certain personality to feel comfortable with that!
A few years later Brittany and I were at the same weddings two weeks in a row. We noticed a pattern of the interesting couples at whose weddings we were meeting. I remember clicking with the couples over all things gloriously nerdy! The next wedding included a World of Warcraft grooms cake. The next was at the Indianapolis Zoo where this famous picture where the tiger was shot. The tiger was very interested in the bride's dress. That couple was not going to an island on the their honeymoon. They were headed to a spot in Brooklyn right on the train line into Manhattan with a busy itinerary planned. Not downtime for them!
When I say Brittany is the photographer for all things gloriously nerdy, I'm not kidding. She is a self proclaimed nerdy geek. She has a full schedule of photo shoots at Gen Con where she will capture your cosplay in beautiful pictures. She also LOVES zombies!! Last year she planned an entire zombie photo shoot! She had recently photographed a wedding for a couple that loved zombies as much as she did. They came and played the couple that was attacked by zombies on their wedding day. She works with Carmel based, Lorena Somers make up artist, who spent the day creating zombies and zombie aftermath! It also helped that Brittany had several friends who got be become zombies for the day! You can view the entire zombie photo shoot here.
Brittany always tells couples this: "You need to like the photographer you choose because you are going to spend your entire wedding day with them!" I've had a family photo shoot with Brittany and my boys loved her. She also took a head shot I LOVE. The wonderful thing about a great photographer is they can easily become part of the family. It starts with your engagement photo's, then your wedding photo's. Baby bumps and new born photo's make way for annual family photos. Sure, you have a smart phone to take pictures but a professional photographer is going to produce pictures you will want to share for years and years to come.
Brittany is a graduate of Herron School of the Art and Design at IUPUI. She has a studio in her home on Indy's west side and is happy to travel to wherever you are getting married. You can read her bio here.
I love it when I hear couples I'm marrying have booked Brittany for their elopement pictures. If you aren't sure where you want to elope, a professional photographer can tell you what spots in the greater Indianapolis area are great for photographs. The willow trees in White River State Park, the clock tower in front of the Indiana State Museum or Cox Hall Gardens. I performed a quick elopement for a couple this summer. Brittany was able to photograph them at the place they got engaged and the place they eloped. They will be getting married in a large ceremony again with family and friends in another state but the couple was able to share the intimacy of a very private elopement with just me, as the officiant, and Brittany, taking pictures. If you are wondering what your simple elopement could look like in pictures Here is a link to a recent elopement we did together.
If you are looking for a great photographer for your elopement, engagement pictures or full wedding check out Brittany Erwin Photography!!
Contact Brittany today!