Beauty & The Beast Inspired Wedding | Laurel Hall | Indianapolis, Indiana

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To all the wonderful vendors that made this shoot possible!

Photography:  Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: Laurel Hall  
Stationary/ Signage: Blu3 Designs  
Dress & Tux : Bridal Superstore 
Hair: Alison Linnae Hair 
Makeup: Moriah Justin 
Rentals: Nerdy Fox Rentals  
Cake: Shyann Burris 
Florals: Julie Flowers of Giest 
Planner: Kaylee Creighton 

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What Does a Wedding Day Timeline Look Like?

Each and every wedding day is different, because each and every Bride & Groom are different. Your wedding day is meant to revolve around you and your personal preferences, so naturally, your wedding timeline will be set up the same.

So how is a wedding day typically structured, time wise? Many couples ask me this question in regards to choosing their amount of hourly coverage for their wedding photography package. It’s hard to know what exactly you’ll need without discussing every detail, but here’s an example of what a lot of wedding day photography timelines look like.

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Our Wedding Photography Timeline

12:00pm Jessica Newton Photography Arrives

12:05pm Details of Wedding Dress, Shoes, Jewelry, Cufflinks, Bowtie, Lapel Pen, Etc.

12:30pm Getting Ready with Bride/Bridesmaids

1:00pm Getting Ready with Groom/Groomsmen

1:20pm Bride Getting Into Dress

1:30pm First Look with Groom

1:45pm First Look with Father of the Bride

2:00pm Bridal Party Portraits

2:30pm Bride & Bridesmaid Portraits

3:00pm Groom & Groomsmen Portraits

3:30pm Guests Begin To Arrive  

4:00pm Ceremony Begins

4:20pm Ceremony Ends

4:20pm Cocktail Hour Starts

4:30pm Family Portraits 

5:00pm Bride & Groom Portraits

5:30pm Bridal Party Line Up for Reception Introductions

5:45pm Bridal Party Introduced

5:55pm Official Greeting/Prayer

6:00pm Dinner Begins

6:20pm Toasts by Best Man & Maid of Honor

6:30pm Cake Cutting

6:35pm First Dance as Mr & Mrs

6:40pm First Dance with Bride & Father of the Bride

6:45pm First Dance with Groom & Mother of the Groom

6:50pm Generation/Anniversary Dance

6:55pm Open Dance Floor

7:40pm Bouquet Toss

7:45pm Garter Toss

7:55pm Bride & Groom’s Grand Exit

8:00pm Jessica Newton Photography Departs

And that’s it! Your own wedding day timeline may look completely different, and that’s okay too. Pre-wedding consults are the perfect compliment for wedding packages, so that we can discuss your exact wedding day itinerary and needs. But this is a great starting point for anyone unsure of what to expect on their wedding day. 

 

 

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Clay & Victoria’s One Year Anniversary Session – Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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I think this might be a new thing you guys. I WISH I had done this for my and my husband’s one year. Victoria came up with the genius idea of surprising Clay for their one year anniversary by scheduling a styled photography session. She brought along her wedding dress, an arsenal of props, and of course the top tier of their wedding cake. 

My favorite part about this was that we were able to time their session around the “golden hour”, which often times isn’t possible to do on your wedding day. So even though we were at the same park, with the same wedding dress, and the same couple, these photos have a completely different look and feel to them. Check out my favorites from their session below, and if you happen to know V&C, be sure to wish them a happy anniversary!

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Laura & Robert — Kokomo Indiana Engagement Session

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Originally I supposed to meet with these two in Downtown Indianapolis for their photography session. Well as the weather would have it, we needed to make some minor adjustments to the plan. Not only was it going to be cold cold cold but it was going to be wet and icy as well. Hanging out on the streets of Downtown would have been lovely, but since the weather would have limited our options, we decided to stick close to home and work with the indoors. 

Big Ben’s Coffee in Kokomo is one of my favorites. They have a variety of couches and corners that you can hide in and study or you can choose a comfy window seat to enjoy your coffee and some people watching. It was where I had first met Laura and it seemed like the perfect place for their engagement session.

After some time at Big Ben’s, we eventually ventured outdoors to see if we could withstand the weather from some pictures in Downtown Kokomo. Overall, I love the variety in the session and I enjoy it so much when couples aren’t just posing for pictures, but are enjoying doing something fun and unique together. Thanks for braving the cold with me R & L and I can’t wait to watch you guys walk down the aisle in May! See more of their session below: 

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Paige & Doug ~ The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge Frankfort Indiana

Wow, what a weekend you guys. This has been the most successful year that I have ever had. After many inquiries, emails, coffee dates, and so SO many loyal clients, I’ve had weddings almost every weekend since the start of April and I’m currently booked through mid November.

Needless to say, that along with two littles ones, has kept me extremely busy this year.

There’s this rule that I set up for myself along time ago, which is, that I don’t shoot more than 1 wedding in a single day. Pretty easy rule to follow right? I often have to turn couples down because…well, I can’t possible be in two places at once. Or dedicate near enough time to do both, much less the energy of shooting one and then bouncing on over to another. But…it happened. I had two inquires for the same day, and both wedding timelines aligned perfectly with one another. They also happened to both be local weddings(which NEVER happens. I’m almost always in Indy for weddings). So I took on the challenge to do both and it was one of the best decisions that I ever made regarding photography. I watched two love stories weave themselves together within the same day, in very different ways, and it was an amazing experience.

A huge part of being a wedding photographer is to make things look perfect.

We pose lovely brides to flatter their body type. We straighten the groomsmen’s crooked boutonnieres for the bazillionth time. We remove odd things from the background that you may not notice. And we wait for that biker to cross the street so that they aren’t behind you in every shot. But sometimes, there are things that just MAKE a picture. Things that, by themselves, you normally wouldn’t consider photogenic, desirable, or lovely. And it is those things that I’m most attracted to at weddings because they are usually the most memorable of all.

Paige and Doug were totally meant to be, and after many tears shed between their family and friends, they tied the knot in a little church just outside of Burlington, Indiana. The church was gorgeous with high natural wood pillared ceilings and it was out in the country surrounded by fields.

It was the kind of church that you would expect to typically see a wedding in.

Afterwards, we left Burlington for Frankfort, Indiana. And we headed on over to a little place called The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge. Intrigued by the name alone, I was curious to see where we would end up. And unlike the church, the Moose Lodge did not pride itself on being the typical location for a wedding reception.

But as I walked the halls of this fraternal building, with scratched paint, crowded bulletin boards, dusty statues, and taxidermy staring down at me from every wall, it became more and more obvious, that this place was the perfect location for a wedding.

This place had character.

It wasn’t another shiny business ballroom, with chandeliers, gleaming china plates, and cutlery so varnished that you can use it as a mirror.  It was a place with personality. It was unique. Not another venue catering to weddings, but a place where people come to congregate. Where people come to chill, relax, shoot the breeze, and enjoy the company of many a fellow moose(taxidermy included).

I feel so privileged that Paige found me and that I was able to shoot her unique wedding that day after already shooting another. And I am so so so delighted with the pictures of their special day.

Loveliness can be found anywhere, as long as your bring the love along with you.

And that’s exactly where I want to be. Peace out y’all.

<3 Jessica

Pretty pretty packages and more things to come… {Kokomo, Indiana Wedding Photographer}

Change.

I am so so so excited to announce some huge changes that are coming to Jessica Newton Photography. You guys. This month, is my four year anniversary as a professional photographer. Four years. Goodness me.

You know, I typically delete photos that I’ve shot after they are safely in the hands of their owners. They stay online in PASS galleries for up to 10 years so I see no need to keep 100+ weddings on my hard drive. But one thing that I absolutely can’t do and probably never will, is delete the 1st wedding that I ever shot.

I occasionally open that little invisible dusty drawer in the back of my hard drive. And I look at those photos and think about how simple things were. I was such a newb! I had no idea what I was getting into, what I was doing, or where I was headed. I answered a Craigslist ad looking for a wedding photographer and that’s how it started. I made so many rookie mistakes, but how thankful I am for that opportunity. That 1st wedding.

Big changes are coming. Changes that are bittersweet and I’m a little bit teary eyed to think of how much this may change this crazy, whimsy, little job that I’ve been grasping to now for four wonderful years. But Jessica Newton Photography has changed. It’s become something calm instead of crazy. Big instead of little. Still whimsy though. Whimsy in a way that makes me smile at the little-big job that gives me so much joy.

With all that being said, here is the 1st of many changes coming during the remainder of 2015.

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Omgosh, right? Isn’t is PRETTY? Introducing, your wedding photos 2.0.

I can’t tell you how much I love getting stuff in the mail. Seriously, I LIVE for packages that arrive from sellers on Etsy. They always come in these cute little boxes or bags, with a hand written note or thank you from the shop owner. Perfect. It’s the perfect way to say thank you. In the future, clients choosing select packages, will be mailed a personalized package, hand assembled by me, when their photos are completed. Filled with all kinds of loveliness.

A small gift from me to you, to say that I love brown paper packages too. And to say thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of one of the most important days of your life. Thank you for choosing me when you could have chosen someone else. Thank you.

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Styles are definitely subject to change over time but I’m happy with this little creation for now. Change number 1 is here. More to come. Happy 4th anniversary y’all. We did it <3

 

Blaine & Renee ~ Elite Banquet Center Kokomo Indiana Wedding

When I first met Renee, it was a wet icy day. You know the kind. Dreary. Gray. Ice for me to slip on everywhere. The kind of day that you don’t often feel like going out in. But a warm coffee shop for our first meeting sounded lovely, and it totally was y’all. The coffee warmed our fingers as we talked over wedding details. But what warmed the atmosphere the most was Renee’s pure joy and smiling eyes. She gleamed as she talked about her fiancé Blaine and how they first met between mutual church friends. She showed me her gorgeous engagement ring, which he had found in an antique shop, just for her. Lit bits and pieces of a love song that was as obvious in her expressions as it was in the stories that she was telling me.

So wedding day arrives, and it was rainy and gray again. Big surprise right? I think every wedding I’ve blogged about this year mentions the word rain! But once again, the rain and bright sun snuck away behind the clouds as we ventured outside for their “first look” and wedding portraits. And as you guys know, I’m a HUGE fan of cloudy skies. They create some of the best and most beautifully lit photos, hands down.

The ceremony and reception sites at Elite Banquet Center were lined with twinkle lights through out. The tables were scattered with the most adorable antique lanterns, which Renee’ had pulled from her home, as she collects them for decor. And there was a “love is sweet” table set up with jars of honey and flavored honey sticks as favors.

During the ceremony there were many sweet moments. But one of the sweetest was the surprise wedding band that Renee’s parents had snuck into the best mans pocket. Earlier in the day, I was preparing to photograph their rings. And it came up that Renee had decided to forgo a wedding band. I was surprised at this because I’ve never seen anyone do it before, so I just said, okie dokie, and I made my way out of the room with just her engagement ring and Blaine’s band. Her mother quickly excused herself, followed me out, pulled me aside and handed me a little black box. Inside was the most beautiful band, which matched and fit snugly around Renee’s engagement ring. Her mother continued to tell me that Renee didn’t want to spend the extra money on herself, so she had only purchased a band for Blaine. But they wanted their beautiful daughter to have this gift on her wedding day. So they secretly handed it to the best man, and Renee saw this lovely present during the ceremony, as it was slipped onto her finger. So so so emotional. For those that knew the significance of what had taken place, there wasn’t a dry eye among them.

And the day ended with the most unique exit. It was pouring rain, but there was a little awning just outside of Elite that everyone was able to fit underneath. So guests took the fresh rosemary from their place settings, stripped the leaves, and tossed the leaves over Renee & Blaine as they left for their honeymoon. It. Smelled. Heavenly. It was the perfect way to escort them onto their honey moon. All in all it was a wedding that won’t soon be forgotten. I loved working with R & B and their families and it reminded me of why I so love photography. Congrats Blaine & Renee!!!