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Every now and then we get a chance to photograph a couple who seems to have been brought together by fate. It’s impossible to imagine them with anyone else because they seem to match and complete each other so well. Callie and Colin are one of those couples. Their quiet voices and gentle demeanor belie these still waters that run deep. Their compatibility was definitely not lost on Colin’s family – after having ‘joked’ about Callie joining their clan many times before, they worked together on a group skit that ended in a surprise proposal from Colin! They celebrated their engagement with Colin’s family, checking out Christmas lights and enjoying cups of hot cocoa. Colin’s sister Bailee (a longtime friend of ours) contacted us almost immediately after the proposal to secure us as their Northwest Indiana wedding photographer and we couldn’t have been more pleased.
When we arrived at Callie and Colin’s home on a glorious fall morning, we realized even more the commitment this couple has made for their lives together – they had recently purchased a home together on a large piece of land with gorgeous mature trees and were in the process of renovating the home. The girls were all inside getting ready in the living room, and we peeked into the other rooms to see that Callie and Colin were making some extensive improvements to the home. It’s going to look amazing when they’re done! Mirrors had been set up on every wall with a pretty girl’s reflection in each one and they were all chatting merrily, so we gathered up Callie’s accessories for a photo shoot to complement the rustic details.
Callie and Colin chose to wed in one of our favorite spots in the ‘Region,’ the Sandy Pines Golf Club. The charming courtyard ceremony space (home to a family wedding last summer) fit perfectly with their outdoorsy, natural vision. After a quick peek at the ceremony and luncheon décor, Callie and her ladies headed down to the Changing Rooms where her Galina Signature gown was patiently waiting. She slipped on her dress, her bridesmaids helping fluff out her train and stepped into her cowboy boots, bridal transformation complete.
Outside, guests gathered near the heat lamps as Colin and his groomsmen quickly dried the fine mist off of the chairs. The girls lined up down at the bottom of the path and Callie’s father met them to escort his little girl down the aisle. Tears of joy flowed as the couple was married in a lovely ceremony, pronounced husband and wife by Callie’s Uncle Casey.
Afterwards, everyone was invited to enjoy a light luncheon in the covered pavilion where an assortment of snacks and treats were displayed. We absolutely loved the homemade napkins that decorated the tables, and fully intend to steal that idea for personal use.
The luncheon kept the guests busy during the nice, long break between the ceremony and reception, giving us plenty of time for photos with Callie, Colin, and their bridal party. The golf carts proved to be irresistible for joyrides, so we made sure to take advantage of the nearly empty golf course for an impromptu game of football with Callie’s bouquet before setting off for some locations throughout the countryside. Since we were in Joshua’s old stomping grounds, he knew the perfect spot – an old homestead with a quaint barn and grove of walnut trees that were only a few generations old.
Unfortunately, our remote locations meant no access to the, uh, facilities. And boys will be boys. 😉
At the Valparaiso Expo Center, an antique shutter in the foyer displayed the place cards, leading guests through the doors and into the twinkle-light reception. After a delicious meal, Callie and Colin shared their first dance together and spent the rest of the evening celebrating with friends and family. Our favorite detail at the reception was the Celebration Sweets dessert table and especially the assorted china and silverware that Callie and Colin had collected before the wedding. After seeing how perfectly the delicate plates fit with their vision, we completely agree that plain white dishes just wouldn’t be the same. As they were leaving with happy hearts, full bellies, and sweet cravings fulfilled, guests were also sent home with a small vial of wildflower seeds, a small token of Callie and Colin’s love for nature and each other.
Callie and Colin, we are so honored to be able to capture and document your wedding celebration, and we had so much fun spending the day with you and your family. We insist you share your secrets on staying thin with us (we know you have something up your sleeves after all those sweets at the wedding and we must know how you do it), and we can’t wait to see the finished home remodel. Best wishes and we will see you again soon!
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