Sarah + Michael = Married!

Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Collier! I am so happy for you two and I had a blast photographing your wedding this Saturday.  You two have the biggest hearts and care so much about those around you.  We all couldn't be more happier for you and really enjoyed being a part of your gorgeous and super fun celebration you two planned.  I loved all the attention to detail and that you two worked together to get all the details taken care of for the wedding.  Sarah, you could not have been more stunning!  I loved your gorgeous bright purple dresses and vibrant floral arrangements.  We all wish you the very best and can't wait to see all that you accomplish together.  I could not be happier for you two.  Thank you for letting all of us around you be a part of your big day.  I hope you have so much fun at Disney on your honeymoon!! 

Ceremony and Reception:  Valle Vista
DJ:  Matt Pennington
Videographer:  Ben with The Pros
Floral:  Steve's Flowers and Gifts
Centerpieces:  Fresh floral from Kroger
Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake
Ring:  Shane Company 
Photographed by Kristin and Lori Thetford

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the wedding day and a little more about their love story . . .

Sarah and Michael met at Franklin College.   That is why I loved taking Sarah and Michael's engagement pictures at Franklin College!  I loved getting to know them better and it was a bonus meeting their super cute Saint Bernard, Bailey, at the engagement shoot.  So fun.   They knew each other from their freshman year at Franklin College and had hung out, but it wasn’t until the end of their sophomore year (March 23, 2005) when Mike finally asked Sarah out on a date.  Their first date was at the Greenwood AMC theatre (now Regal Cinema) and Mike let Sarah pick out the movie to watch.  Sarah being an action junky picked out the movie ‘Constantine’ with Keanu Reeves.  She thinks that surprised him a bit, but she has always loved action/scary movies.  That was a change for him whereas Mike loves comedies. 

Sarah knew that Mike was the one after a few dates together.  He was so sweet, kind, and a true gentleman.  They have so many things in common, so it was so easy to be themselves around one another.  Their favorite things to do with one another is to rent a movie, order dinner in (usually pizza), on Friday nights and to chill with one another at home.  They enjoy each other company and their Saint Bernard, Bailey, loves the attention they give to her when they are both there with her. 

So Michael proposed to Sarah on March 23, 2011 (on their 6 year anniversary).  He purchased the ring and had orchestrated a dinner for the two of them in downtown Indianapolis at the Eagle Nest.  They said it was a wonderful evening and they enjoyed being so many feet above the city as the room rotated 360 degrees and they were able to see all of Indianapolis.  They look back and laugh now, but the day was gorgeous and so sunny . . . and then a storm rolled in that evening and cooled the entire city.  Mike wanted to walk the streets of Indianapolis and Sarah wanted to get back into the car and go home. It was so cold because the temperature had dropped by several degrees, but he insisted that they go and walk to monument circle.  Sarah was not prepared and didn’t have a coat, so Mike, being the gentleman he is, let Sarah wear his.  So they made it to monument circle with the rain starting to spatter and the night becoming colder.  Sarah noticed an ice-cream/chocolate shop and, Sarah absolutely loves ice-cream and chocolate, (what girl doesn’t, right?).   So that incident threw Mike off his game and he had to re-route his proposal plan.   So when they exited the chocolate shop, they walked a few feet more and Mike asked for Sarah’s hand in marriage!  Sarah was so happy, and, of course, said yes!

That night they called their family and friends to tell them the great news.  It was around eleven in the evening, but Sarah works nights so it was just the beginning of her day.  That night Mike and Sarah sat down and came up with their wedding date.  They definitely wanted the date of “23” somewhere in the wedding because it means so much to the two of them and Mike is a school teacher so they wanted their wedding/anniversary to be when he is out of school.  They agreed and chose June 23, 2012.  When it came to their wedding location, they have always planned on having their wedding at Valle Vista Golf Club in Greenwood, Indiana, because of the indoor/outdoor atmosphere.

Their favorite part of the planning process for their wedding had been the detail aspect.  They wanted their wedding to be different and special.  The wanted to incorporate their own personal style and they have found that with their vendors they chose, that it had been unique and special for them.  They loved seeing how everything came together and have enjoyed the magical time in their lives.  They were most looking forward to saying their vows in front of their family and friends and starting their lives together as Mr. and Mrs.  And that they did!  They definitely started out their lives together with a bang!  They know how to throw a super fun party.  Here are a few of my favorites of their magical day . . .

 I love that Sarah incorporated her style into her shoe selection!  So cute, Sarah!
 Love this one that Lori captured of Sarah! 
What a super fun bridal party!!  Loved this one with all of them in their shades . . .
 I loved the bright purple with the vibrant flowers against it!  Just gorgeous for pictures . . .
 I loved that Sarah thought about the flowers for the girls hair when she picked out the floral for the girls!  So cute and love the peacock feathers.  So fun for pictures and love the personal touch!
And the big moment for the ceremony was here . . . I loved the guys' super fun entrance on the Gatsby golf limos . . .
 I loved when Sarah and her dad surprised the guests by making a grand entrance to the ceremony via horse and carriage . . .
The happy couple are all smiles.  Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Collier . . . 
Yeah for Sarah and Michael!

 And then their super fun reception . . .
 I loved their super fun thumb print guest book.  They had their guests sign by their thumb prints too . . .
 The candy buffet table was a hit for the guests!
 I hope you had so much fun on your honeymoon to Disney.  Love this gift from your bridesmaid to wear there.  So cute . . .

Congratulations again, Mr. and Mrs. Collier!!!  Thank you again for letting me be a part of your wedding day photos!  I had a blast and couldn't be happier for you.  If you would like to view Sarah & Michael's wedding pictures, click on this link:

Thanks again!  Enjoy married life.  XXOO, Kristin

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