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You believe in your story. I surrender to it. Capture it. And hand it back to you in a way you can remember forever.

You're about to embark on the most wonderful of adventures. Because you're here that tells me you value epic, mind-blowing photography. Well done!

I'm fortunate, and sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about how much I love what I do. I illustrate every story you trust me with.

Incredible photographs result from a trusted relationship between us. This comes from a friendship, and from time invested in getting to know you, and why you have chosen the different elements that will make up your wedding day. Think of me as a visual biographer of sorts, a narrator, telling your story through the images of your day.

I want you to be blown away by how beautiful you really are, by how beautiful I see you to be.

Lets get started!

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Engagement Photography in the Woods, Ella and Daniel

by May 11th, 2017 No Comments »

Joy. You can see it in their eyes. Meet Ella and Daniel. Two love birds who are getting married just a few short weeks. Their love is fresh, young, infectious and full of passion. And clearly, they feel complete when they’re together. Their Engagement Photography in the Woods was one of the most difficult to edit because they don’t really take a bad photo.

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Ella was off on a path to play college volleyball before an injury occurred  her senior year. Healing down time was spent at her parents restaurant where Daniel was starting his first head chef position at Ella’s parent’s restaurant “The Kitchen“. Neither of them were searching for love but friendship seemed to blossom. Daniel brought and taught Ella how to play the ukulele between breaks, because he knew she loved music and singing, and would need a new focus.

Their faith and common interest in food, music, and the outdoors brought them close. Daniel kept bringing Ella handmade pasta, muffins and more items to try all the while not knowing that as a little girl, Ella had always said that she would marry a chef to cook just for her.

Shortly after Christmas, Daniel proposed to Ella at a waterfall. He bought her a 1930’s diamond flower engagement ring from Foster’s Antique Store, owned by a long-time family friend.

The two are looking forward to always having their faith and each other, and plan to build a house in the woods shortly after the wedding.

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The clearing shown above and below is the spot where they hope to build their house in the woods.

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-xoxo


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Engagement Photography in the Woods, Richmond, IN : Trisha and Joe

by April 23rd, 2017 No Comments »

Trisha and Joe called me a couple of months ago to plan their engagement photography shoot for the spring. Of course, in Indiana scheduling around spring weather can be a shot in the dark. But we got incredibly lucky on our spring day in the woods.

The two met at summer camp when they were 9 but didn’t really know each other until high school when Trisha gave Joe her “spare” ticket to the snowball dance to go as friends. Joe insisted on “paying her back” for the ticket with dinner & a movie. And THAT was the beginning of their story. 

The proposal: (read this, it’s so sweet!) As a nurse, Trisha knew months in advance she would have to work Christmas Eve. Wanting Joe to have some quality time off during the holidays, she encouraged him to fly home to Allentown, PA to spend time with family during Christmas because she would only be home for a couple hours between shifts. So, Trisha kissed Joe goodbye Christmas Eve morning and went to work. It was a heartbreaking shift. Trisha was upset to be away from family and Joe. Once her shift was over and she was back home, she received a call from Joe asking how work went and what she was going to do Christmas morning. They wished each other Merry Christmas, said their “I love you’s” and hung up. Sigh.

 Then there was a knock on the door. It was Joe, and he was in Richmond all along! Trisha ran around the house jumping for joy like a new puppy greets its owner all because he stayed back for her. Once all the excitement settle and she stopped rambling about how happy she was, Joe explained the reasoning behind staying in Indiana–he didn’t want to spend any more holidays apart (Trisha was thinking this was so sweet–but absolutely no clue) then he got down on one knee. You know the rest. After that Trisha fell to the ground and sobbed. And more importantly, said yes!

“It was intimate. It was private. It was beautiful and it was us. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment. We never talked about rings or anything. Joe said he chose the ring to resemble my mothers ring and my grandmothers ring. Two women with the most beautiful marriages,” said Trisha. “We cannot wait to devote ourselves to each other more and more every day. I also cannot wait to hold hands with him, every day, in prayer, on walks, and through all life’s beautiful moments.”

Balancing play and seriousness…these two have it down.

xoxo to this special couple. Thanks for allowing me to spend a couple of hours sharing in your story.

Hidden moment:

Speaking of play…


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Engagement Photography-Richmond, IN-Kayla and Grant

by March 18th, 2017 No Comments »

A picture is worth a thousand words. And in the case of Kayla and Grant’s engagement photography session that seems to be the right sentiment. Admittedly, when we first planned the shoot I was slightly (okay a little more than slightly) skeptical we could pull off the shoot given it was only the second week of February in Indiana, but we got lucky that particular day (60 degree temps!) and walked away feeling confident in our session and had fun being outside as well. I kind of felt like we snuck one over on the weather gods.

Take a look for yourself!


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Richmond-Indiana-Christmas-Wedding: Ellie + Ian

by March 4th, 2017 3 Comments »

A Christmas Wedding

“She is SO personable. She does not know a stranger, and I love that about her. She is family-oriented, and has the most beautiful smile.

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“He is always up for having a good time, he is caring and generous, he is friendly, and HILARIOUS! I always feel safe when he is around, and I feel a bit empty when I am apart from him.”

If you’re a former bride of mine, you might recognize Ellie. She’s been my assistant at plenty of weddings. But on this day she took her turn among the STP brides. Ellie and Ian tied the knot on a rainy December day. I have to confess, I was a little concerned. A white dress and styled hair on a rainy, cold day might not make for a good outcome. But if anyone could shrug it off, it’s Ellie. And she did, for this Christmas Wedding. 

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The two met through a mutual friend years ago, and after several years of dating, friends and family realized they were destined for a long life of love and commitment. Ian proposed during homecoming week-end at Purdue, their alma mater. We went back to the site of the proposal for their engagement photographs. If you missed it, catch up here!


“The whole wedding day was amazing. Our favorite part was sharing such a special time with so many people we love. It was an awesome feeling having so many close friends and family members there to celebrate US and our love. The best part of the day was the fact that we made a vow to spend the rest of our lives with our best friend.”



I always ask married couples if they have advice to bestow upon newly engaged couples. After all, its good to have advice first-hand.  “Don’t blink, said Ellie. The day goes by way too fast. Don’t worry about pleasing everyone else, they are there to celebrate your love. So be in love. Make it the most perfect day with your closest friends, family members, and your new spouse, no matter the weather!”

Ellie and Ian, thank you for picking me to capture the love between the two of you. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

xoxo

Ceremony Venue: First Christian Church, Richmond https://www.facebook.com/FirstChristianRichmond/

Reception Venue: Kuhlman Center

Dress: Dance with Me: https://www.facebook.com/DanceWithMeBridal/ 

Tux: Louie’s Tux Shop (Indy) https://www.louiestuxshop.com/

Cake: Joetta Harris

Rings: Kay Jewelers http://www.kay.com

DJ: Brian Jackson (Indy) http://www.djbrianjackson.com

Photography: Susanna Tanner Photography www.susannatanner.com

First Dance Music: 90 Proof Twang acoustics, Conner Bane and Josh Brock https://www.facebook.com/90prooftwang/

Hair and Makeup: Tanoah Alexander

Flowers: Roses and Rainbows (Cambridge City) http://rosesandrainbowsflorist.com/


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Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Museum Wedding: Melissa and Ryan

by January 24th, 2017 No Comments »

Indiana State Museum wedding photography

They opted for a small wedding at the Indiana State Museum on the Canal in Indianapolis, IN, and had the people who love them most in the world in the room to celebrate. After 11 years together — to the day, they enjoyed each other, their love and celebrating finally becoming husband and wife.

Melissa and Ryan first became best friends, talking on the phone every day and hanging out. After a year of being best friends, they both knew they had fallen in love with the other and decided to start dating. Melissa moved to Indianapolis after she graduated college and a year after the move, they moved in together and started their journey together.

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It’s hard to narrow it down to a couple of things you admire in a person you’re in love with, but Melissa summed up her feelings well. “Ryan has always amazed me with his hard work and drive. Once he puts his mind to something, he will do everything in his power to make it a reality. He has a sense of humor that cannot be beat, on even my worst days, he can always manage to put a smile on my face. We have so many great memories just laughing together and being silly. His loyalty to me and those he loves is beyond measure. Ryan is always there for anyone who needs him, he is willing to drop anything to talk to me or a friend after a bad day, give advice or just listen.”

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Ryan’s top of the list when it comes to Melissa is her selflessness. “Melissa always puts other peoples needs before her own, 100% of the time. She enjoys being there for people she loves and helping them with any problem, celebrating their successes and loving unconditionally, her drive and work ethic–it was one of the things that pulled us together to begin with. I have always been impressed with her business sense. She has always had big dreams and worked hard to accomplish them. I also admire Melissa’s dedication to family. She has a strong love and dedication to her family and closest friends. She has always put these people first and cherishes the time she gets to spend with those she loves.”

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Indiana State Museum wedding photography

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Indiana State Museum wedding photographyThe Oceanaire, where their wedding reception was held, holds special memories for the two of them. They dined there on the night Ryan asked Melissa to be his wife. Being foodies, they had a wonderful dinner, then went to Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo, something Melissa had been wanting to do for years.  After a few hours of walking around and looking at the zoo lights (and animals), Ryan pulled Melissa off to a quiet, private area next to the Lions Den, dropped to one knee and asked Melissa to marry him. Ryan pulled the most beautiful ring out of his coat pocket and the rest is history.

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Indiana State Museum wedding photography

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“We both love Indianapolis and wanted our venues to give the Indianapolis feel. It was important it felt intimate and personal and both venues gave the ambiance we had dreamed of,” said Melissa.

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Melissa and Ryan, it was more than a pleasure to capture and share such an important day in your lives. Thanks for asking me to be your wedding photographer!

xoxo

The Deets

 


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A Doctor Who, Richmond, Indiana Wedding: Cassie and Kyle

by November 9th, 2016 No Comments »

Doctor Who Wedding

What started off as a quick glimpse at work and eventually a facebook friendship, turned into a date and the realization for Cassie that she had just met the man she knew she would marry. What Kyle calls Cassie’s “geek-chic style” fascinated him, and five months later he proposed, offering Cassie an engagement ring that had been handed down from his great-grandmother.

Cassie and Kyle both work in the social work field, advocating for children and families, which seems fitting when both describe each other as loving and compassionate.

They both have a bit of advice to pass along to engaged couples: simplify your wedding for less stress, and don’t get wrapped up into things that might be an over-the-top production because in the end its about two people committing their lives to each other and coming together as one. Expect an element of unpredictability throughout the day, laugh and try to be gentle and kind to people along the way.

Kyle’s favorite part of this Dr. Who wedding day was seeing Cassie walk down the aisle for the first time, taking her hand and placing the ring on her finger. You can see the joy on his face as they recess back up the aisle.  They both agreed that a very special part of the day was when they kissed as husband and wife.

We were able to steal away for a few minutes during the day for a couple of shots in the Rose Garden at Glen Miller Park.

Cassie and Kyle, thank you for giving me the honor of witnessing your love from a front row seat, and capturing the connection between you.

xoxo


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Vintage Chic Orchard Engagement Photo Shoot

by October 31st, 2016 No Comments »

Vintage Chic Orchard Engagement Photo Shoot :: Haley and Garrett

From the moment she met him, she knew there was something special going on. A student at Indiana University Bloomington, Haley ran into Garrett when he decided to visit the campus with one of his friends. The two enjoyed talking, laughing and getting to know each other one night and to Haley’s surprise, the next day Garrett told one of their mutual friends he was interested in getting to know her more. She was elated, and texted her mom to tell her she had met the man she was going to marry. He just didn’t know it yet. How’s that for certainty? Her mom still has that text. Haley can’t explain exactly what it was she felt that night that made her feel so certain, she just knew. Sure enough, after spending time together for a few months they realize they were a perfect match.

Fast forward two years to this past July 3rd. It was the second birthday Haley has celebrated with Garrett. She thought it would be fun to mark the occasion by searching for succulents to create an arrangement for her apartment. Succulent shopping and going to dinner were a great was to spend her birthday, not to mention a summer concert and the fourth of July fireworks overlooking a nearby lake the night before.

Garrett told Haley he had another present for her. He handed her a distressed white wooden box with their names carved in it. His dad is a very talented carpenter and Garrett knew Haley loved anything that looked antique or distressed. She was still unsuspecting at that moment and told Garrett how thoughtful it was for him to learn to make her a jewelry box. But when she opened the box there was a written letter for her, asking her to spend forever with him.

We were able to incorporate Haley’s vintage-chic sensibilities into their orchard engagement photo shoot, thanks to her organization and planning. A family quilt, an old wooden bench and an old Crosley record player added to the reflection of her sense of style. A special furry family member also made the shoot much more fun. (I love dogs.)

The shoes!!!

The shoes!!!

The future is bright for Haley and Garrett. After graduation Garrett will be attending law school, and Haley hopes to put her apparel merchandising major and business minor to work, finding a place in the retail industry and eventually owning her own boutique. In the midst of all that, there is a wedding to plan. I can’t wait for this summer!

xoxo

 

Hair: Victoria @ Dollhouse Salon and Blowdry Bar

Makeup: Lauren @ Dollhouse Salon and Blowdry Bar

Shoes: Bluetique Bloomington

Crochet Dress: Bluetique Bloomington

Midi Dress: Urban Outfitters

Flowers: Bloomington Farmer’s Market and Lemon’s Florist

Engagement Ring: Marshall Granger Jewlers

Venue: Dougherty Orchards


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Engagement Photo Shoot :: Ellie and Ian

by October 25th, 2016 2 Comments »

A Purdue University Engagement Photo Shoot

I’ve known her since she was two, maybe three. Its the age when little girls love combing long hair, and I had long hair. When I went to her house and sat on the floor, Ellie would grab a brush and begin methodically combing my hair. It was like a massage. Little girl grown to  young woman, she’s about to officially graduate from Purdue and begin a life with her love. What better place for an engagement photo shoot.

It was homecoming weekend at Purdue University. Ian, recently graduated, and Ellie, soon to graduate, attended a volleyball game. Reliving old memories, they walked around the campus with friends and family. As they headed toward the clapping circles on campus, Ian decided he wanted to go the longest way possible which took them by the Bell Tower. They posed for a couple of quick snapshots and then it happened. Ian teared up, telling Ellie how much he loved her and declared he wanted them to spend the rest of their lives together. You know the rest… he got down on one knee and said what every girl wants to hear, “Ellie Christine, will you marry me?”

We started the day at Harrys Chocolate Shop, a long-time gathering spot for students and alumni alike, and a favorite hangout for Ellie and Ian.

Then we stopped by the iconic Engineering fountain. (If you’re a Purdue University alum, I bet you can feel the memories come flooding back, eh?)

Ellie’s usually smiling and always up for anything, and once the official photographs had been taken, she convinced Ian to peel off his shirt and do a fountain run. Part of the Purdue University Boilermaker tradition for students, faculty and alumni is to run through the five beautiful fountains on campus. Watch here! So what better way to end an engagement shoot on a hot, sultry day? After all, it’s about a bit of adventure. (Only we kept it to one fountain.)

“The real power of a man is in the size of the smile of the woman sitting next to him.”  I read that somewhere and it seems like Ian must be doing something right.

xoxo


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Indianapolis Museum of Art Wedding, Indianapolis, Indiana: Maria and Tom Part 2

by October 1st, 2016 No Comments »

As promised, here is the final part of Maria and Tom’s Indianapolis Museum of Art wedding. In case you may have missed part 1, you can catch up here.

One of their unique elements of their wedding celebration was the “Colombian Dance Party” during the reception where they played traditional Colombian music. For the first dance, they chose “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, as the bride grew up listening to it with her father, but as a surprise for the guests, they also danced Colombia Salsa right after.

Maria and Tom loved the big floor to ceiling windows at their venue because they could bring the outdoors inside and enjoy the sunlight coming in. The IMA gardens were the perfect location for a romantic ceremony, and being surrounded by trees and lush flowers was perfectly in line with their natural wedding theme.

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I like to ask each bride to pass on something they learned through the wedding planning process. Maria encourages everyone to enjoy every minute of the big day! “I know everyone says it will go by fast, but it’s hard to explain how fast it actually is. Pay attention to all of the details you planned for so long the day of. Even if it is just for 5 seconds, make sure to stare at those gorgeous details you came up with. And if something goes wrong, let it go, no one else will notice, and all that matters is that you have the love of your life by your side. And lastly, stay together on the dance floor. It was amazing how this made all of the guests come and join us” stated Maria.

Maria’s view:

Tom was and is extremely funny! I remember this exact text he sent me right when we met that still makes me laugh, it was so relaxing to be with him and I still cannot stop staring at his beautiful blue eyes! Tom is so smart and a hard worker, and since we met I’ve been extremely inspired by his tremendous work ethic. Tom is always extremely kind and sweet and always finds a way to make me smile. I am extremely lucky to get to spend the rest of my life with him.

He has made me want to work harder for my dreams, because he showed me that working hard pays off, and I knew with him by my side I could accomplish anything. He has always been there for me, his unconditional love, support and companion, even when we were in different countries.

Tom’s view:

Maria is sexy and smart. When I met her, she was doing research at MIT, and has since gotten a Master’s from Duke. Each day, I am in awe of how incredibly intelligent and business savvy she is, and how she can do things that I can’t even begin to do half as well as her. She’s relentlessly enthusiastic and happy, and enjoys life more than most people. When she really gets happy, she’ll actually squeal, which is incredibly endearing. She’s contagious with how she views life. Nobody I know deserves the good things that happen to her more than Maria, and I plan to dedicate my life to ensuring that those good things keep on coming. I’m wildly in love with this gorgeous, brilliant woman, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.

I’ve loved getting to know Maria and Tom, and I was honored to spend such a special day with them. Gratitude goes out to all the wonderful vendors below for making the day run smoothly and for the fantastic memories.

xoxo

Vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Indianapolis Museum of Art

 http://www.imamuseum.org/

Photographer: Susanna Tanner Photography

http://www.susannatanner.com/

@susannatannerphotography

Wedding Planner: Plum & Poppy Weddings

http://www.plumandpoppy.com/

Social handle instagram: @plumandpuppy

Videographer: MK wedding Story

http://mkweddingstory.com/

Florist: Meg Catherine Flowers

http://www.megcatherinefloral.com/

Social handle Instagram: @megcatherineflowers

Catering: Kahn’s Catering

http://www.kahnscatering.com/

@kahnscatering

DJ: Sound Advice Indy

http://soundadviceindy.com/

Make-up and Hair artist: Something Blue Stylist

http://somethingbluestylists.com/indiana

@andischafer

Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige

https://www.jlmcouture.com/Hayley-Paige

@misshayleypaige

Bridal salon: Marie Gabriel Couture

http://mariegabrielcouture.com/

@mariegabrielcouturebridal

Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo

@jimmycho

Bridesmaids robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

http://www.plumprettysugar.com/

@plumprettysugar

Bride’s robe and jewelry: BHLDN

 http://www.bhldn.com/

@BHLDN

Bridesmaids dresses:

By Adrianna Papell @adriannapapell

http://www.adriannapapell.com/

Bought at Bella Bridesmaids @Bellabridesmaids

Wedding Rings: Hoppe Jewelers

http://www.hoppejewelers.com/

Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: Vera Wang Black at Men’s Warehouse

http://www.menswearhouse.com/

@menswearhouse

Stationary: Bright Room Studio

http://brightroomstudiodesign.com/

@brightroomstudio

Calligraphy escort cards: Manayunk Calligraphy

http://www.manayunkcalligraphy.com/

@mnycalligraphy


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Indianapolis Museum of Art Wedding, Indianapolis, Indiana:: Maria and Tom

by September 23rd, 2016 No Comments »

I’m beyond excited to share this wedding with you, and admittedly I know the post will be long. Sorry. I’m going to break it up for you in hopes you’ll return next week to read the rest.

Maria and Tom’s wedding was a myriad of  classic taste, culture, beauty, fantastic planning and above all else a display of incredible LOVE at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A photographer’s dream. There is a lot to show and tell.

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I’ve gotten to know Maria and Tom over the past year and what strikes me about them is the connection between their hearts. From their romantic engagement session, the pre-wedding love letters they wrote to each other, special gifts for each other to their heartfelt vows, there is no doubt they are the love of each other’s lives. What a beautiful thing to witness.

Maria and Tom wanted their wedding to be timeless and elegant, but also fresh and natural. They wanted to highlight both Indiana and Colombia in our big day to recognize both of our cultures. They wanted our guests to leave saying it was the most fun wedding ever. Dancing was important to Maria and delicious food was important to Tom.

They planned for an elegant garden wedding, with lots of natural and organic elements as well as modern and luxury details. Lush florals and lots of greenery was a big part of the décor. Maria wanted to bring the garden theme of the ceremony into the reception room. The groom grew up on a farm and the bride in Colombia, so nature has  always surrounded them, and is a big part of their lives.

A couple of interesting details that you might not realize by simply looking through the images: Tom’s dad and brothers cut each of the wood slabs that held the escort cards from their family farm trees. Tom’s mom  handpicked the ferns to be used in the floral arrangements. Their gorgeous welcome sign was hand carved and shaped by Tom’s brother-in-law. He cut the tree himself and shaped it into a rustic sign.


The favors were Colombian coffee beans covered with chocolate that the Maria’s family brought all the way from Colombia. They hand-tied them with gold ribbon and put a tiny Colombian flag on each of them.

The petals for the aisle were flown all the way from Bogota, Colombia.

A favorite moment was when Maria and Tom read their personal vows to each other. There was crying and smiles as they declared their love and made heartfelt promises. Maria’s dad could not attend the wedding due to health reasons, and when Tom promised Maria a second ceremony in Colombia so her dad could walk her down the aisle, she broke into tears. Highlighting both cultures, the ceremony readings were spoken in both Spanish and English.

Next week I’ll share the a m a z i n g details that put their reception over the top, provided by a group of fantastic Indianapolis wedding vendors.

Vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Indianapolis Museum of Art

 http://www.imamuseum.org/

Photographer: Susanna Tanner Photography

http://www.susannatanner.com/

@susannatannerphotography

Wedding Planner: Plum & Poppy Weddings

http://www.plumandpoppy.com/

Social handle instagram: @plumandpuppy

Videographer: MK wedding Story

http://mkweddingstory.com/

Florist: Meg Catherine Flowers

http://www.megcatherinefloral.com/

Social handle Instagram: @megcatherineflowers

Catering: Kahn’s Catering

http://www.kahnscatering.com/

@kahnscatering

DJ: Sound Advice Indy

http://soundadviceindy.com/

Make-up and Hair artist: Something Blue Stylist

http://somethingbluestylists.com/indiana

@andischafer

Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige

https://www.jlmcouture.com/Hayley-Paige

@misshayleypaige

Bridal salon: Marie Gabriel Couture

http://mariegabrielcouture.com/

@mariegabrielcouturebridal

Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo

@jimmycho

Bridesmaids robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

http://www.plumprettysugar.com/

@plumprettysugar

Bride’s robe and jewelry: BHLDN

 http://www.bhldn.com/

@BHLDN

Bridesmaids dresses:

By Adrianna Papell @adriannapapell

http://www.adriannapapell.com/

Bought at Bella Bridesmaids @Bellabridesmaids

Wedding Rings: Hoppe Jewelers

http://www.hoppejewelers.com/

Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: VERA WANG BLACK FOR MEN’S WAREHOUSE

http://www.menswearhouse.com/

@menswearhouse

Stationary: Bright Room Studio

http://brightroomstudiodesign.com/

@brightroomstudio

Calligraphy escort cards: Manayunk Calligraphy

http://www.manayunkcalligraphy.com/

@mnycalligraphy


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Raves

  • Susanna tries to understand her clients’ preferences and then uses that understanding to create images that surpass her clients’ expectations. She guides you using her professional eye, so that you end up with images that ...Read More
  • A personal recommendation, the work I had seen, and the experience, quality, and ease of the entire process, from consultation to designing our wedding album afterward were just a few of the reasons we hired ...Read More
  • Creative, thoughtful, and professional—I could not be happier with my experience working with Susanna as she captured such a wonderful day for my husband Jon and me.Susanna was a great combo of professional and creative, ...Read More
  • After getting engaged, the first thing I knew I wanted to check off my list was to book Susanna Tanner as our photographer….and I am so glad I did! I had been a bridesmaid in ...Read More
  • Bold, beautiful, graceful, elegant, gorgeous, stunning, magnificent and lovely” are only a few of the adjectives we’ve heard used to describe the images captured by Susanna Tanner on the most special day of our lives ...Read More
  • I have known Susanna for about four years and when my husband and I first got engaged I knew she was the one that I wanted to capture our day. I was was so happy ...Read More
  • Susanna is an amazing photographer that started out with taking our engagement photos, ultimately becoming a photographer we call “ours.” I recommend her to everyone I know because I know she will deliver the exceptional ...Read More
  • Planning our big day was absolutely stressful. Trying to decide a photographer was difficult because of how many options are out there. I found Susanna online and from the moment we met her until the ...Read More
  • We randomly came across Susanna on theKnot.com about a year ago when we started planning. I gave her a call and things just clicked. She had such great visions of shots for our wedding and ...Read More
  • Susanna was absolutely perfect for taking our engagement, wedding, and wedding celebration pictures! She is a seasoned photographer that helped us realize what moments we wanted captured. When we first met with Susanna we didn’t know ...Read More

Recent Instagram Photos

  • Mother's Day trip to #stockslagersgreenhouse. There can never be enough flowers! #naturelovers #mothersday #flowers #hibiscus #yellow
  • Joy. You can see it in their eyes. Meet Ella and Daniel. Two love birds who are getting married in  just a few short weeks. Their love is fresh, young, infectious and full of passion. And clearly, they feel complete when they’re together. Read more on the blog. Link in profile. #Photo
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  • So this was the first course during lunch today.  Food art and great cuisine rolled up into one. Thanks to the #EPIC folks for treating! #spoilmerotten #Earlham #food #foodart
  • Being in front of the camera seems to come easy for these love birds. Four weeks from today it gets real and they become Mr and Mrs! #engagementring #engagementphotography #engagementinspiration #engagementphotographer #enagementpictures #indianaengagementphotographer #indyengagementphotographer #richmondengagementphotographer #caratsandcake #borrowedandblue #stylemepretty @staceydils
  • I love this quote from Trisha when talking about her wedding proposal. “It was intimate. It was private. It was beautiful and it was us. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment. We never talked about rings or anything. Joe said he chose the ring to resemble my mothers ring and my grandmothers ring. Two women with the most beautiful marriages,” said Trisha. “We cannot wait to devote ourselves to each other more and more every day. I also cannot wait to hold hands with him, every day, in prayer, on walks, and through all life’s beautiful moments.”
Read more on the blog. Link in the profile. #engagementsession #enagementpictures #engagementphotographer #engagementinspiration #engagementphotography #engagementring #love #diamond
  • Only half way through editing this session and I just had to share with this sweet couple. Yesterday's engagement shoot took place in a beautiful wooded area where Ella and Daniel will live. @ellamariedils #engagementinspiration #enagementpictures #engagementphotographer #engagementsession #love #light #STPcouples