Katie & Ryan

I walked into the JW Marriott hotel room filled with music, rose petals, and the prettiest of bridesmaids silk robes rummaging around as they prepared for the big day. Katie was as calm as a cucumber and as I walked her to the secret spot behind the hotel to have a first look with her father, her excitement was contagious.

From the hummer limo and Upland Wheat beer to a beautiful, fun-loving ceremony at St Mary’s and gorgeous reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions, Katie and Ryan did their day up right.

I’ll admit, I’ve never cried so much during a toast, Courtney… and while it definitely was not your Dad’s moment, I couldn’t help but get a photo of that too, because the moment tears fell faster than your eyes could see the page - that moment was one to remember.

Katie and Ryan, I know I speak of many when I say thank you for letting us share your special day. It was incredible to be part of such a fun atmosphere to celebrate the love of two who were just so perfectly fit for one another. To many more smiles and tons more laughing in the future, Your Photographer

AND A BIG THANKS TO ALL OUR VENDORS!

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I watched my sister grow up, and I grew up right behind her.  I don’t know how many of you are younger siblings, but it is a very strange experience to watch your older sibling grow up and experience things, knowing that in just a few years, you will be experiencing the exact same opportunities and obstacles. It’s easy as the younger one  to be jealous of the older one, like when your older sister wants to hang out with her friends, WITHOUT YOU? Or like when she starts wearing a bra and there’s no reason for you to own a bra, but your mom lets you buy one anyway. Or like when she gets to go on dates and no boys are even remotely interested in you and love to tell you how pretty your sister is.
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Sometimes, being the younger sibling allows you to go through life a little easier than your older sibling.  Being younger, you have the opportunity to watch your sibling make mistakes, see how your parents react, and then decide whether or not it is worth it for you to make those same mistakes.  I got to watch my sister’s rebellious phase and learn what not to do if I wanted to keep my parents happy, thus allowing me to finish high school without causing a stir, and I graduated as boring as I began.
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"I grew up watching my sister lose teeth, start kindergarten, learn that barney was stupid, start middle school, learn how to do a smokey eyeshadow look, date her first boyfriend, go to high school, be a volleyball babe, make a few iffy choices, graduate college, start a career, and meet the man she married today, all knowing that I would never experience any of those things before she.  I would never have the opportunity to turn to her and give her advice on how to get through life the way she’s done for me.  She’s always been able to guide me, and all I’ve been able to do in return is thank her for her help and make a fart joke as I walk away.  Sometimes, it’s easy as a younger sibling to wonder if you’ll ever have an experience that is uniquely yours.
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"I can guarantee you that when the time comes for me to get married, (if a man is ever lucky enough to lock this down) I will turn to you, look up to you, my sister whom I watched grow up (and who will always be a few inches taller than I), and, with the same excitement in my eyes that I’ve seen in yours over the past year, ask, “how the hell do I plan this shindig?” And I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
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"It’s one thing to be the first to get married, or, if using proper terminology, sold to another family, but it’s a completely different thing to be the first to watch your sister get married (sold), and that, sis, is where I have you beat.  This is an experience that is uniquely mine. I got to watch my sissy, the girl I’ve looked up to my whole life, walk like a fricken queen down the aisle and marry the love of her life today. Not only that, but I gained a brother before you did! And damn, Ryan is a great brother to gain.  Sorry, Erin, he’s mine now.  That’s just how it works.
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"I can’t wait to watch this new chapter of your life unfold. Congratulations, sissy, I love you.                                        - Courtney Doyle, Maid of Honor
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