Welcome to one of the most unique weddings I’ve been a part of to date. With a beautiful blend of dark romanticism and biker, this celebration made me drool. On top of that, both Christina and Darius are incredibly awesome individuals. Located in the backyard behind the home which her parent’s built, this wedding was infused with personality… from DIY touches, dad playing saxophone, Jack n’ Coke, to an officiate with a gun. Their wedding was a perfect mix of Christina’s sweetness and Darius’ touch of bad-ass. Don’t just take my word for it… take a look for yourself!
C+D FIRST LOOK
CHRISTINA & DARIUS
THE BRIDAL PARTY
THE ESTATE & DETAILS
THE QUIET BEFORE THE STORM
Surprisingly no one opposed to this union :)
AND THE PARTY BEGINS
TO THE AFTER-PARTY WE GO
THE FIRST LOOK
TRICIA & ERIC
THE BRIDAL PARTY
THE CEREMONY: IDA NOYES HALL
THE RECEPTION: THE SMART MUSEUM OF ART
If you enjoyed Part I of Jessica and Justin’s big day, scroll on to continue their story. After being pronounced as husband and wife, we then enjoyed hanging out with butterflies, going outside for a few bride and groom portraits, eating gourmet cupcakes, and then getting the party started for the night. Check it out!
BRIDE & GROOM PORTRAITS
THE RECEPTION: PARTY TIME!
GETTING READY & DETAILS
I’ve known Justin for a little over 8 years now. We first met at Taylor University when I would go to visit my brother during our college years. It’s a little funny referring to him as Justin though, because over the years he’s always been “Clupper”. Thinking back, we’ve been through times of laughter, success, and even rough days. He’s kept me in mind for a number of shoots over the years and provided me with many opportunities. Justin even drove up to stay with me while my brother was hospitalized for a week and undergoing reconstructive surgery. He is an incredible man and I’m honored to have him as a friend. I have the upmost respect for him. All that to say, when he and Jessica met, I couldn’t be happier for him. They are so awesome together! And it has been an even bigger treat to get to know Jessica over the past couple years.
So finally their wedding day arrived. There was so much thought and planning that went into their big day at the beautiful Botanical Conservatory. But the Midwest weather decided to toss in a curve ball. While everything was planned to take place outside, all of that got thrown out of the window last moment and was moved inside due to the persistent rain. I can only imagine how stressful it was, but they handled it extremely well. While I’m sure they didn’t feel it on the inside,Jessica and Justin did an amazing job of keeping it together. And it paid off. Take a look at how the day panned out… and make sure to keep your eyes pealed for Part II.
THE FIRST LOOK
PORTRAITS IN THE RAIN
THE CEREMONY: “I DO”
WEDDING DAY SHOUT-OUTS:
Makeup & Hair: A Day Away Salon & Spa
Getting Ready & Accommodations: Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown
First Look & Portraits In The Rain: Friemann Square
Ceremony & Reception: Fort Wayne Botanical Conservatory
Continuing from where we left off with Part I, it was time for Mengmeng and Kevin’s exchanging of vows at the ceremony. Beautifully designed and decorated at the The Concorde, the packed room was full of energy. Admittedly, I was a little intimidated by the 50+ other DSLRs in the room. Once I got that out of my head, I was able to take in this unique experience. The entire ceremony was in Chinese… something I had never experienced. While I didn’t understand a word, I couldn’t help but be just as excited as the guests sitting around me.
After thankfully missing the downpour during the ceremony, we took advantage of the indoor lobby for a few last portraits before being announced at the reception. That was also something that I won’t forget. All of the bridesmaids and groomsmen came in dancing. Then it was time for Mengmeng and Kevin to be announced. That’s when the ring-bearers came out and performed Gangnam Style. It was hilarious and perfectly executed… the perfect way for the new bride and groom to be announced.
There was the usual fun dancing throughout the evening, but what really stuck out to me was the traditional toasts. Yes, there were toasts by the best man, maid of honor, and even bride’s dad, but in Chinese culture it is custom to go around and toasts at each table with their guests. So cool! It wasn’t just the casual meet and greet, but actually something to celebrate and enjoy!
I couldn’t be happier to have been part of Mengmeng and Kevin’s uniquely Chinese-infused American wedding. Congratulations to you both!
COCKTAIL HOUR PORTRAITS