Mallory & Alan ~ Carriage Manor Estate & Milestone Event Center Wedding ~ Peru Indiana Wedding Photographer

My goodness, what can I say. This wedding was just FULL of charm. Mallory’s gorgeous champagne wedding dress combined with her bridesmaids french lilac gowns made for a stunning combination. Set at Peru, Indiana’s infamous Carriage Manor Estate or “Wallick Mansion” as it’s know by the locals, we were able to roam the property for some of the most gorgeous bride and groom portraits. 

With the wedding ceremony held at the Milestone Event Center at Grissom Air Force Base, the ceremony had a lovely green backdrop with plenty of seating for family and friends. Alan’s reaction after the first kiss was priceless and left many of the guests in laughing fits.

My favorite part of the wedding? During the toasts, Mallory’s bridesmaid ended her speech, toasting to the Bride & Groom, and surprising Mallory with a “first dance” of their own. Their dance ended with an emotional joy filled circle of bridesmaids all dancing together. It was a Joy FULL day for sure and I’m so honored that I was able to be there for you Mallory and Alan! Congrats!

Thank you sooooo much to Jamie Nicole Scott of Jamie Nicole Scott Photography for 2nd shooting with me! 

Myah Turns ONE! ~ Kokomo Cake Smash Photographer

Cake smashes are just a blast. The themed setups and outfits are always adorable, but watching that first bite of cake and those huge sugary grins is the highlight. This was my first cake smash and 12 month portrait session in the new Jessica Newton Photography studio in Kokomo Indiana and it didn’t disappoint. Myah’s mama loved the idea of a “First Floral” with a themed setup of colorful flowers and golden accents. See my favorites from Myah’s  session below!

Cake by Sheri’s Edible Art

Photography by Jessica Newton Photography

Custom floral backdrop by Photo Mommy

Cake topper by Tender Love Cardstock 

Greenhouse Engagement – Indianapolis Engagement Photographer

I must be behind on the times, but did you guys know that the IMA(Indianapolis Museum of Art) is now knows as Newfields? I had no idea! At least I didn’t until Chrissie & Nathan expressed their interest in having their engagement session there. I had to google it before I realized it was the same location, since I had never heard of Newfields before. But I have DEFINITELY heard of the IMA and I’ve had quite a few sessions(and even a wedding!) there. I was delighted to know that they were the one and only Newfields now and looked forward to their session with lots of excitement. I’ve you’ve never been to their gardens, they are absolutely stunning, especially this time of year with peak blooming season. We were able to schedule their session during the peak bloom season and it. was. incredible. However, we stumbled upon their tiny greenhouse and that’s what I’m sharing with you guys today. It made for such and interesting location, something unique and full of textures and colors. Thanks for letting my creative side show Chrissie & Nathan! I loved roaming the gardens with you guys.

And obviously I have to show you guys the rest of their session 😉 So here’s some from the Newfields garden, not just their greenhouse.

Baby Emryn ~ A Lafayette Indiana Birth Story ~ Kokomo Birth Photographer

I’ve always known that birth photography was for me. Always. 

The process of birth has been one of my favorite subjects for years. From studying pregnancy and preparing for my own births, to watching my friends prepare for theirs, it’s a heart warming yet equally terrifying subject. There’s literally nothing in the world like it. There is nothing like the anticipation of that 40th week.

I could sit with others for hours rehashing their birth stories. Hearing moms and dads describe the moments prior to becoming a parent. The excitement. The fear. The joy. So imagine my excitement when birth photography started trending as a subject and becoming a “thing”. 

I first met Shai and Zac via a slightly panicked phone conversation. Shai had gone into labor two weeks early, and her original birth photographer was out of town. Luckily her photographer had a backup plan in cases like this, and had asked me if I could fill in. Shai was already 5cm when I got the call, so I grabbed my bags(no makeup today!) and headed out to IU Arnett in Lafayette Indiana.

A little side note: Shai attributes her early labor to her friends surprise “pop party” that was thrown for her just hours prior to the onset of labor. So if you’re hoping to go into labor sooner rather than later, celebrate with a pop party!

See their beautiful birth story below, as they welcome sweet Emryn.

***this is a BIRTH story. Images of birth are present in this blog post. If birth photography isn’t for you, it’s best to skip this one 😉 *** 

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Sarah & Travis – An In-House Wedding – Kokomo, Indiana Photography

When I first met Sarah, I left our first greeting with a full and happy heart. Not only is she a kind hearted soul and stunningly beautiful, but she is completely head over heels in love with Travis. We met up at the Starbucks here in Kokomo, Indiana and she had told me a little bit about herself. She was currently in college at Ball State and Travis was away, training in the Navy. 

And now he’s deployed out at sea, and will be for quite some time. He came home for approximately two weeks for their wedding day, before heading out again just a few short days later. The sacrifices that our military(and their spouses and families) make on a daily basis can not be counted. It’s an unfathomable list. Small things that we take for granted on a daily basis.

During their reception, Travis’ brother Tyler gave a heartwarming speech and poem, that left most everyone in tears. He’d borrowed the poem from a friend who’s significant other had written about the hardships of being a military spouse and all of the thankless sacrifices that come with it. I was so moved by it that I had to get my hands on the poem, to share it with you guys. 

“Your boyfriend belongs to you, mine belongs to the military.

You haven’t seen him for a while, I will go months without seeing him.

You haven’t heard from him for a couple hours, I will go weeks without hearing him.

You may get mad and ignore his calls, I would give anything for just five minutes.

You may take him for granted. I do not.”

Tyler continued in encouraging Sarah to stay strong on the long and lonely nights for when our country calls. Travis and Sarah, thank you for your service. We wouldn’t be where we are, or who we are without you. 

 

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Anniversary Session Surprise ~ Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

 

Bethany and Graham’s faces have long decorated my website and blog. Their candid chemistry and obvious feelings for one another has always left me with a full heart. And their daughter(who just turned one this past year)has the BIGGEST smiles and it’s always rewarding when I receive a visit from them.

Bethany contacted me a few months back, wanting to plan an anniversary session in celebration of their 2nd year together. But with an added surprise. They were expecting baby #2! She wanted to preserve the memories of telling the news to Graham, by sharing it with him during our session together, with a pregnancy reveal.

Towards the end of their session, the sun was setting just over the cliffs of France Park in Logansport Indiana. And I asked them to turn around and think for a moment about what their favorite memory of 2017 and their 2nd year of marriage had been so far. Bethany had her answer 🙂 And the rest is preserved in history. Enjoy these sweet memories friends.  

Pastel Inspired Wedding ~ Hawthorns Country Club Fishers, Indiana

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Anyone else loooooove pastels? And donuts as an optional wedding treat? YES. See more of this lovely styled wedding below.

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Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors that made this day possible!

Photography by: Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club
Dress & Tux: Bridal Superstore of Indianapolis, Indiana
Makeup: Moriah Justin
Hair: Allison Linnae Hair
Macaroons: Etta’s Gooey Goodies
Decor: The Borrowed Boutique
Cake: Classic Cakes
Stationary: Blu3 Designs
Donuts: The Dancing Donut
Florals: Bokay Florist
Decor: Indiana Wedding Decorators

 

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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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The Thieke Family

Ah Fall.

There’s not much better. The colors, the cool crisp air, little pink noses, and warm coffee in cold hands. 

The Thieke family hit a huge milestone this Fall, and their big girl turned ONE! And they wanted to remember her first year’s memories by celebrating with a family session. Check out our fall session together below.

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