Indianapolis Wedding Photographer Alison Mae Photography
Cheyenne + James
Over the years I have photographed all kinds of weddings at various venues. But it turns out, for years there has been a hidden gem nestled into New Castle, Indiana! With landscaped paths, blooming flowers and a large covered shelter, The Art Association of Henry County’s Art Park is a beautiful place for wedding and was the perfect spot for Cheyenne and James to say “I do!”
Cheyenne began her wedding day by getting her hair and makeup done at Detour Salon in Anderson, Indiana surrounded by her bridesmaids, her mom and her soon to be mother in law. The ladies had a blast and the Detour team took such good care of them! From there, everyone headed to Art Park where Cheyenne finished getting dressed. Meanwhile - James and his guys put on their finishing touches as well!
When Cheyenne and I were working on her timeline, she mentioned that she’d really love to have a first look with her dad in addition to her first look with her groom. Both of these were super sweet moments with the two most important guys in Cheyenne’s life!
Cheyenne and James were surrounded by one of the best bridal parties I have worked with to date! But my personal favorite member of their bridal party? Their flower girl, Princess Minnie Pancakes - the mini horse! She was one of the girls all day and even rocked her own flower crown!
While a mini horse might not be your first thought when you think of a flower girl, it made perfect sense for Cheyenne and James! Cheyenne, James and their family own James Yoder Racing - a harness racing team. They absolutely love their horses and horses are understandably a huge part of their lives! So including horses in various ways through out their wedding was a no brainer. (Even their wedding colors had nods to their team color: forest green!) As for Princess Minnie Pancakes - well, she spends her days running around with the race horses and has no idea that she isn’t one of them. She joined us for James and Cheyenne’s engagement session and I just fell in love with her! She is clearly so loved by Cheyenne and James, so she simply had to be their flower girl!
Cheyenne and James had so many special details for their big day! One of the biggest hits of the day was a hand crafted candy cart made especially for the wedding! Guests also enjoyed the programs made by Erynn Erwin Designs! Before long it was time for the ceremony! After Cheyenne and James were pronounced husband and wife, guests sent good vibes, happy thoughts, prayers and love in a bubble ceremony! It was so meaningful and sweet!
The officiant for the wedding was a family friend of Cheyenne’s whose nick name is Top Hat - and he was great! At well over six feet tall (with out the top hat) a massive beard and tattoos, you can’t miss him! He was awesome and did a great job with both the ceremony and dancing to the Wobble on the dance floor during the reception! Maggie of Simply Pastierrie created the most amazing sweets to match the wedding theme! There were horse shoe shaped cookies, chocolate covered strawberries that looked like horses, delicious cupcakes and of course - a stunning wedding cake! Guests enjoyed a dinner prepared by Cheyenne’s aunt and uncle and as the reception wore on, the most beautiful glow flooded the dance floor from the sunset!
As the sun was setting, we took some time to sneak away for photos of just Cheyenne and James! These two are such a gorgeous couple - it made my job easy! Cheyenne looked beautiful in her whimsical wedding dress and flower crown and James was every bit the dapper groom! What I love about these two is what a great team they make - after all, they are apart of the same race team! They balance one another out so well and support one another endlessly! Being able to photograph them on their wedding day made my heart so happy!
Finally night fell and the stars came out. Guests danced under the twinkling lights that Cheyenne’s dad strung for the celebration as DJ Love Hertz kept the music coming! It was a great wedding!
Congratulations Cheyenne + James!