Brooke and Andrew had the most stunning fall wedding at Barn at Bay Horse Inn this past weekend, and I was so honored to capture it for them! These two make an amazing pair, and the joy they exuded all day was absolutely contagious!
These two first met in high school, and they started dating in Fall 2011. After high school, they dated long distance while Brooke attended Franklin College to become a teacher and Andrew attended Indiana University for computer science.
In December 2019, they went to Indianapolis Zoo and Andrew asked Brooke to marry him. He surprised her by having all of her closest friends there to celebrate, and after 10 years, they were finally able to have the wedding of their dreams after COVID postponed their plans by a year.
Working with Brooke and Andrew was such a dream! With Brooke being a teacher, she was on top of every detail ahead of their wedding, and it just made things go so much smoother come their wedding day!
We started the wedding day photographing her details and getting ready at the Airbnb on the Barn at Bay Horse Inn property. It is so nice that the venue can offer this space to the couples to stay the night the weekend of their wedding, so Brooke and her bridesmaids stayed Friday and Brooke and Andrew were able to have somewhere close to rest the night of their wedding.
One of my favorite parts of the day was when Andrew saw Brooke for the first time. He had to wipe away some tears after seeing her, but after that, they exchanged letters and were so full of joy to be getting married.
It had rained literally the entire night prior to their wedding, so we were met with soggy, muddy grass and cool temperatures. But Brooke, Andrew, and their entire wedding party were absolute troopers and totally willing to do whatever it took to get the best photos for their day. I loved that portraits were a big priority for them, so while we did try to keep them as dry as possible, they were totally willing to go stand in the soggy grass to be able to get some amazing photographs.
Brooke and Andrew were a great example that the first look doesn’t take away that sweet moment you have seeing each other as you walk down the aisle. Both Brooke and Andrew were in tears as Brooke and her father walked down the aisle during their wedding ceremony. I was choking back tears myself as I photographed them, because finally – after all these years – they were going to be husband and wife!
When we were on our way back into the venue after family photos, Brooke was telling us about how they chose what food to share with their guests during cocktail hour. They said they didn’t want to just order vegetable trays through their caterer, and since they both like popcorn, they wanted to serve that during that time. As soon as we got back inside, I knew I had to grab a couple of bags so they could enjoy it while they relaxed before their grand entrance to the reception. Of course, that meant we were able to get some super cute photos with their popcorn as well, which I loved since it’s something they both enjoy and was a part of their special day.
After dinner, toasts, and special dances, their guests started filling the dance floor and had a wonderful time. I’m not sure if I ever saw Brooke take a break, but I loved that she got to enjoy so much time with family and friends and do what she enjoys – dancing!
Brooke and Andrew, thank you again for allowing me to capture such an incredibly important day in your lives. It was such an honor to be a part of your day, and I wish you both nothing but life’s greatest adventures together. Enjoy the highlights from your day!
Venue: Barn at Bay Horse Inn
Florist: Emily’s Backyard Blooms
Cake: SmallCakes Cupcakery
Caterer: Smokehouse Catering Company
Makeup: Chelsea Kay Lasiter
Hair: Kathryn Teague
Wedding Dress: The Wedding Studio Greenwood
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse