Mollie & Tyler’s Leap Day Indiana State Museum Wedding

After their first date lasted 7 hours, it became obvious quickly that Mollie and Tyler were a perfect match and destined to marry their best friend. Their Indiana State Museum wedding was absolutely stunning and full of joy, as their family and friends gathered on Leap Day to celebrate their love and commitment to each other.

bride places hand on groom's shoulder

Mollie and Tyler had booked their wedding venue based around Mollie’s spring break schedule, which just so happened to start the weekend of Leap Day, so they had joked that they lucked out and would only have to celebrate their wedding anniversary every four years. The girls arrived to start getting dressed at Irvington United Methodist Church in downtown Indianapolis, fully prepared with Jimmy Johns subs – my favorite! With a few final makeup touchups, Mollie was ready to get into her wedding dress to see her groom.

While the temperature hovered right around freezing for the entire day, the sunshine was very much welcomed on this cold February day. Snow still lined the ground from a pretty substantial snow storm earlier in the week, but that didn’t stop Mollie and Tyler from choosing to go outside for their portraits. They chose to do a first look, and it was such a sweet moment to be a part of. Tyler just admired his beautiful bride and they were able to spend a few quiet moments alone before the day began. “That day, I just really wanted to see him and talk to him. Having a moment together before the ceremony started was so calming for me and made the rest of the day a lot less nerve racking,” Mollie said.

These two chose the most amazing people to stand with them on their wedding day. Mollie had three of her best girl friends and three of her best guy friends, and we had a blast together! It was obvious that all of them cared deeply for Mollie and were so thrilled for her to be marrying Tyler. Tyler had his closest guy friends and brother with him for the day, and they were an absolute blast to be around!

During their wedding ceremony, Mollie and Tyler read letters they had written for each other, and it was hard to hold back the tears! Mollie shared that Tyler was the one who helped her find God, and he has helped her become stronger in her faith as they have grown closer in love. They were both so excited for their first kiss as husband and wife, and after their ceremony, they signed their first family Bible together.

They hosted their wedding reception at Indiana State Museum, which is an absolutely stunning venue! I hadn’t been to the museum before, but with it being located right outside the White River Canal, we dedicated time during the cocktail hour to some husband and wife sunset portraits along the water with the downtown Indianapolis skyline in the background.

Mollie’s parents kicked off the wedding reception with a beautiful speech, with so much love for the two of them. Kahn’s Catering served a delicious meal for their guests, along with a yummy chocolate cake with cookie dough filling. After the maid of honor Stephanie and best man Nathan gave their toasts to the couple, the dance floor opened up for Mollie and Tyler to share in their first dance as husband and wife to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley.

The DJ opened the dance floor with the anniversary dance, leading into their guests flooding the dance floor for the rest of the night, while Mollie and Tyler enjoyed the company of their friends and family celebrating their love.

Mollie and Tyler, what an honor to be a part of your wedding day! I loved getting to know you both and walking through the wedding planning process with you. Your joy and love of life is absolutely contagious, and I know you two will take many adventures in your years of wedded bliss. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Folk! Enjoy your sneak peeks!

Autumn Howell Photography is an Indianapolis wedding photographer, serving clients across central Indiana, including Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Indianapolis, and Bloomington. Learn more about booking me as your wedding photographer!


Ceremony Venue: Irvington United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: Indiana State Museum

Caterer: Kahn’s Catering

DJ: DJs Direct – Jeremy Gearries

Florals: The Flower Boys

Cake Artist: Kahn’s Catering

Wedding Dress: Luxe Redux

Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Second Shooter: Barb Sanders

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I'm Autumn, a wedding photographer for romantic and joyful couples who are genuinely in love with their best friend. I'm a wife to my best friend Ryan, mom to a sweet baby boy, and dog mom to our adopted husky Aspen.


I am a sucker for spontaneous road trips, and I take my margarita on the rocks. I promise to keep things lighthearted, stress free, and keep you laughing all the way to your marriage.

Autumn Howell Photography specializes in wedding and portrait photography in Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Indianapolis and beyond

Tel 765.432.7263

Autumn Howell Photography specializes in wedding and portrait photography in Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Indianapolis and beyond

Tel 765.432.7263