Elizabeth & Zach's Engagement Session

We started off the engagement session at Zach's family property. We trekked all over finding some beautiful spots with amazing light. It wasn't hard at all for me to photograph these two as they're both playful as hell with one another which always makes for great photos. 

Part 2 of our session put us on Pine Lake in Laporte Indiana where we got on Zach's boat to photograph one kickass wakeboarding session. Not going to lie, was a tad bit nervous having gear on the water like that but our driver was great and it was a freaking blast! 

Appreciate you both for letting me be apart of this and cannot wait for your wedding. It's going to be one hell of a party! 

Wes

Potato Creek Engagement Session | Anna & Ryan

Engagement sessions at Potato Creek always come out great. There are so many locations, views, scenes and lighting throughout the entire property. Anna & Ryan met me at Potato Creek and we had a blast! 

These two were awesome in front of the camera, such chemistry and I was so excited we got to take some beautiful sunset portraits with them both. Thanks SO much for coming out and spending the evening with me and you both rock! :D 

Wes

Notre Dame Engagement Session - Sarah & Justin

Engagement sessions at Notre Dame University are always a great time. Such a beautiful place and scenery. Sarah & Justin are both Alumni here at ND so of course, we had to make it the spot to photograph their engagement session. 

These two were so great together, made my day really easy. Constantly playing and the entire time they were just a-freaking-doreable! Lol.

Thank you both again for coming out and I cannot WAIT for your wedding day. 

Thank you,
Wes

Wedding at the Back Forty | Carmen & Adam

The morning of Adam & Carmen's wedding was beautiful, warm but still gorgeous outside. Their wedding was held at the Back Forty which is nicely tucked away surrounded by some wonderful scenery.

Within the building Adam & Carmen spent the morning with their friends and family prepping the building for the events to come. Centerpieces were placed out, decorations were hung and everything started to come together.

Once the majority of it was close to done, the bridal party made their way upstairs so that Carmen could get her makeup done with Makeup By Keria and that Adam and his groomsmen could start prepping their tuxes.

The two of them had a really loving yet carefree attitude about the whole day. Their ceremony was beautiful, the reception was a blast and we had a great time getting the chance to hang out with a bunch of amazing people.

Appreciate you both having us out to capture your wedding and getting the chance to hang out with you all.

Thank you,

- Wes

South Bend Engagement Photos | Paige & Tyler

It was a warm but gorgeous freaking day in South Bend at Leeper Park for Paige & Tyler's engagement session. They brought their adorable daughter out for a few quick photos and as you can tell, they're a beautiful little family!

Once we snapped a couple of photos of the family we walked around Leeper Park to start taking some engagement photos. Paige & Tyler have such a style and a connection between them. Free-spirited, loving, and overjoyed to be together. Once we felt like we got what we needed from the park, we moved out of the heat and over to our friends at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend. 

Tippecanoe Place is a beautiful old mansion that has nothing but amazing sites and history around every corner of that building. It makes for such a beautiful backdrop as every inch of that place has gorgeous detail within it.

Appreciate you both, Paige & Tyler for coming out and spending time with to capture your engagement photos. Cannot wait for the wedding day as it's going to be amazing!

Toodles,
Wes

Phill & Kailey's Engagement Session - Grand Mere State Park

I got the chance to meet Phill a few years ago at a group shoot in Kalamazoo. Phill is a fellow creative and I am really excited to get the chance to photograph Phill & Kailey's wedding day! 

The engagement session took place at Grand Mere State Park in Michigan. It's really a beautiful place that while it did require a bit of hiking to get to some of the ideal locations, it was totally worth it. Plus, free #LegDay, so win-win.

Phill & Kailey did an amazing job in front of the camera. The amount of love they showed for one another, always smiling, laughing and having that gleam in their eye, these two are in it for the long haul. <3 Appreciate you both for letting me capture these for you and cannot wait for the wedding day!

Saint Mary's Engagement Session with Karissa & Matt

Got the chance to hang out with these two, Karissa & Matt, on Saint Mary's beautiful campus to take some of their engagement photos. There really are a lot of gorgeous spots on this campus but while it is all beautiful it's still just a backdrop for these two kickass people. It didn't take them long to warm up to me popping in and out of bushes like a ninja to document their cuddles and smooches. It was a lot of fun.

Appreciate you both making the trip up and allowing me the chance to hang out with you as well capture your upcoming wedding day! You two rock and cannot wait to photograph your big day! 

Cheers,
Wes

Malinda & Chkuhmoen - Pokagan Wedding

Malinda & Chkuhmoen (Chik) had one amazing wedding. I got the chance to visit a beautiful piece of land on the Pokagan band property as well as spend the day with some great people. Their wedding day was beautiful with barely a cloud in the sky. The water there was so clean, clear and pure... It was amazingly gorgeous.

We started off the day at a cabin on the tribal property where everyone was finishing up their breakfast and preparing for the day. Malinda was upstairs getting her hair & makeup done while Chik was downstairs hanging out with the guys getting prepped for the day.

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and a brand new experience to me. It was inspiring with the amount of love and respect for the nature around them to embrace them both on their journey together. It was moving.

With the ceremonies over and rings placed upon their fingers, it was time for family photos, drone shots from above and a ride to the reception in an old school Bentley. 

The reception took place at "Pop's" place in Buchanan. It's a wonderful piece of land and a home that is as impressive as it is filled with fond memories. Malinda & Chik pulled up in the Bentley and was announced into their wedding reception. 

As the reception began, speeches were had, dinner was served and cake was shoved into faces. It was awesome. Malinda and Chik have a great sense of appreciation for each other and the playful love they have for one another is inspiring. Having gotten the chance to photograph one of the biggest days of their lives together, you could instantly tell these two will have no problems growing old together.

Congrats you two and thank you SO much for allowing me to be apart of your wedding day. <3 

Cheers,
Wes

 

Wedding CineVlog: Jack + Lisa

We're really stoked to be working with Joel from Comeuppence to provide clients of Westley Leon Studios some epic wedding videos in the signature CineVlog style. These wedding videos will offer a unique approach to capturing all that went down on your wedding day.

If you have or are planning to book Westley Leon Studios, send me a message if you'd also love to have a CineVlog added to your wedding collection.

Want to see the images from their wedding? Here you go! :D 

Wedding at The Allure - Jennifer & Todd

The morning I arrived at The Allure in Laporte Indiana for Jennifer & Todd's wedding, I got out of my car and appreciated the wonderful warming light falling around The Allure. While it may have been a tad bit windier early on, it faded away and allowed us to bring our bride outside all while she easily maintain her beautiful hair styling.

Walking to the main floor I find myself inside the beautiful and spacious bridal suite at The Allure. Jennifer got to relax and welcomed being pampered by Makeup By Keria and her very own sister (plus MOH) Danielle. They both did an amazing job as Jennifer couldn't help but say she felt just like a princess.

Once we were able to capture her dress, getting ready and the details of her morning, I decided it was time to go meet up with Todd and see how him and his groomsmen were doing. Practicing music, steaming shirts and talking Star Wars... I'm cool with that. We photographed the stud that is Todd as him and his fellas were getting ready. Oh and maybe played with light sabers... But we're adults... So they were NICE light sabers. :D

The moment everyone was done getting dressed it was time for the first look. Having let Todd know where to go he made his way to the spot and awaited his bride. Jennifer was so excited walking up behind him... The look of happiness on her face and anticipation on his, our groom turns around and what happens is priceless.

With those moments now captured forever we move to photograph some portraits. Some formal, most not, the not so formal ones are always my personal favorite. Everyone knocked their portraits out of the park and the entire bridal party was a blast to hangout with. There is a lot of energy and care with their friendships and you'll notice that instantly with these two. Ceremony time.

Pairs by pairs loved ones came walking, sometimes dancing, down the aisle towards Todd and his groomsmen. Shortly after everyone made their way down, our groom's soon to-be-wife starting making a b-line toward Todd... The moment he laid eyes on here, he become overjoyed. Todd's love for Jennifer is so freaking powerful that seeing Jen, again, made him well up with emotion, passion, and love. Their love is a force of its own. #iDO

Walking up those steps from the ceremony into The Allure's grand ballroom with everything setup... It's a-freaking-mazing... There were the beautiful floral arrangements, and center pieces carefully placed around the room and tables. Vivid and mood driven lighting & sound provided by the D.J and of course the uniqueness of the Allure. The bride and groom took a moment to soak it in, but only a moment as they would start prepping for their first dance soon.

The guests were seated and eagerly awaited the bridal party. With everyone's attention to the stage, the bridal party emerged from behind the curtain to welcome and appreciate their guests, friends, and family. With a roar and applause from their guests, they made their way down and started with an open dance, bringing everyone together.

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Jennifer & Todd. You two are some amazing people and I am very thankful I have gotten the chance to befriend you both. I cannot thank you enough for entrusting us to capture your wedding day and believe in me as well. I cannot wait to see what you two do in this life together.

 

Cheers,

Wes