Palais Royale Wedding with Abby & Vincent

The morning of Abby & Vincent's wedding we started off at Bangs Salon in South Bend Indiana. While all the girls were getting "beautified" for the day, I got the chance to walk around and capture candid moments of the morning.

Once the girls were finished with their hair & makeup it was time to head to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church to prep for the wedding ceremony. All the girls went downstairs to do some finishing touches and get their dresses on. As the girls were finishing up and getting ready, Vincent and his groomsmen arrived and patiently waited till it was time for the ceremony.

With time drawing closer for the ceremony, we all took our places. Vincent at the alter, the bridesmaids walking the aisle and Abby having a moment with her father right before she was about to walk. A moment later the doors flew open and Vincent got to see his beautiful bride. Their appreciation for each other during the ceremony was entirely apparent. The "I do"s were spoken, a kiss was had and an aisle was walked down. It was amazing.

With the ceremony finished along with the formal photos it was time for this bride & groom to get their party-freaking-started! Of course this calls for some bottle popping, a few drinks, a kickass limo with one badass playlist. Onward to the beautiful wedding reception at the Palais Royale!!

*Cues Fresh Prince Music* - "We.Pulled. Up-to-the reception, about 5pm, with the bride and the groom, and some drinks in their hands..."

As everyone exited the limo and we waved goodbye to the driver, and made our way towards some portraits! We walked around Downtown South Bend Indiana for a little bit and made our way to the fountain in front of the Morris Performing Art Center. While we were capturing some candid moments the people at the Morris were nice enough to invite us in and to take some more creative wedding photos. We quickly finished those images so that Abby & Vincent could get to their reception to start their party!

Walking into the Palais Royale everyone in the group started to venture to get ready for their grand entrance. All the guests were seated and ready. It started with the bridal party busting through the main door and to the head table each adding their own flavor for their entrance.

With all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen having finished their entrance it was time for Abby & Vincent's. Up top from the balcony the two newly weds greeted their guests with quite the elegant waves and received an elated  reaction from their friends and families. Opening those main doors the two of them floated passed their guests with pure joy given to them by an entire room of people they care about.

Ask any bride and groom and they'll tell you the reception seems to happen so quick. Dinner, speeches, cake cutting, first dances, in almost the blink of an eye these fun and wonderful events come and go. Once in a lifetime event, and it feels like minutes when it's all over.

It's one of the reasons I love being a wedding photographer. To capture the memories of the entire day for amazing people like Abby & Vincent.

You two are wonderful, fun, caring and amazing. It truly means the world to me that you trusted me to capture your day and create these images for you. Thank you for believing in me and letting me encapsulate these memories for you.

Cheers,
Wes


Also!

A HUGE thank you to Angie with Belle Behind the Ball as she assisted Abby with planning out this entire wedding. This allowed Abby to fully enjoy her day and really helped give Abby exactly what she needed. As a photographer she and I worked wonderfully together and the timeline was outstanding. She has an amazing team and couldn't thank her enough for her expertise.