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{ Joe + Devree | 6.22.19 } - Wedding at Holy Spirit Chapel, Le Mans Hall Saint Mary's

St. Mary’s College is such a beautiful and peaceful campus and it’s perfect for a wedding day too! As local wedding photographers, we shoot in many different venues and churches throughout Indiana and Michigan, but this campus and church has to be one of the most amazing!

We had to get the wedding party out on the beautiful bridge for a shot with the bride and groom. This is such an iconic spot on the campus of St. Mary’s College.

Taking the wedding party out around campus for some wedding photo memories in and around St. Mary’s College.

The guys and girls were getting ready in different locations so we had to split forces and photograph both at the same time. This is why it’s so important to have at least two photographers for your wedding. When you look for a wedding photographer near you, make sure you ask about timeline coverage! We make sure we plan well ahead of time to make sure no moments or memories are missed!

Gorgeous white wedding dress on personalized hanger

As wedding photographers, it’s our job to always be on the lookout for the small details and moments that happen during your wedding day. We know these are the photos that will be cherished for many years to come. After all the cake has been eaten and the ceremony is over, these are the photos that will last for generations as mementos to be passed down and pulled out year after year to remember the day by! This short, quite time spent between Mom and daughter were special to them and we’re so honored to have been able to capture it on camera!

Just look at that expression on Dad’s face! Priceless memories of his daugther’s wedding day captured by the camera! Such a special moment.

What a special emotional moment to be cherished forever as the father of the bride is able to see his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. Dad’s - don’t hold back emotions on this special day. As a photographer, we make it a point to set aside time during bride prep to allow moments like this to happen naturally and for parents and family to be able to enjoy relaxed time for these memories. We’re always there and ready to capture these moments in photos.

Congrats to the bride and groom! Their Catholic ceremony was so meaningful and full of God’s grace and love for them.

The Catholic ceremony at the Holy Spirit Chapel was absolutely an amazing experience to photograph!

If you’re planning a wedding and would like to know more about how we can help make your dream wedding come true, click the button below and get in touch! We’d love to sit down and chat over coffee and show you what we can do for you!

We were able to capture a little quite time spent between these newlyweds as they crossed the iconic bridge on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana

We were able to capture a little quite time spent between these newlyweds as they crossed the iconic bridge on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana

Bride and Groom under weeping willow tree after getting married at Le Mans Hall
Beautiful wedding portrait taken by local South Bend photographers
Wedding reception photo of dancing bride by South Bend wedding photographer

There are a lot of wedding photographers to choose from when you search for “South Bend Wedding Photography” but we like to think that Dave Thompson Photography should be at the top of your list! We love capturing the excitement of your wedding reception!

This reception at Saints Peter and Paul Social Hall was amazing!

Reception photo of bride and groom kissing on the dance floor

Near the end of the reception the sunset was amazing, so we had to take the bride and groom outside for a couple of wedding portraits for their final memories!

Sunset Bridal Portrait in South Bend


Lex 530 - Elkhart Urban Wedding Venue

I was recently asked to shoot an editorial session to showcase a new up and coming urban wedding and reception venue near downtown Elkhart and we were pleased to jump right in!

The Lex 530 is located in the revitalized River District of Elkhart and has so much going for it! Location, food, atmosphere and ample open and airy spaces are the key standouts for this event center.

We had a volunteer bride-to-be who stepped in to model for us, isn’t she beautiful :)

Some of the gorgeous details used to decorate the space. Combined with the generous natural light coming in from the many large windows just really sets this venue apart from others around the Elkhart and Goshen areas.

Beautiful seating for your wedding guests!

With an executive chef on staff and one of the best wine selections in the area, your guests, family and wedding party will be more than happy. Your reception is sure to be a huge success.

With a neutral color pallet on the walls and floors, your table settings are sure to standout. Decorations can turn this space from formal and modern to rustic farmhouse and anything in between. The florals and table settings showcased during this shoot were amazing. The custom wood head table is truly a custom piece of art that any bride and groom would feel good sitting at!

CHEERS to this beautiful gem of a wedding location near the River District in Elkhart!

Wedding Wire Award Winners

I’m so happy to announce that Dave Thompson Photography has been given the Couples Choice award for 2019!

Bride in strapless ball gown with beautiful floral pattern and burgundy and green bouquet in front of white pillars.

Thanks to all of the amazing couples that have chosen this local photography team to photograph their wedding day! We love getting to spend the day with brides and grooms and being there to witness and capture all the special moments for them!

I’m always honored when we get great feedback on our Wedding Wire page and 2018 was no different! We got to see all the emotions of Moms and Dads, grandparents, children and of course brides and grooms as they make a life changing commitment to each other! It seems like every wedding I end up drying off my camera eyepiece right in the middle of the ceremony because I start crying :) At the end of the day, once all the hard work and stress of planning and organizing a wedding is complete, it’s really about the connections, moments and memories that are being made!

Here’s to another wedding season in 2019 full of fogged up camera eyepieces !!!

{ Devree + Joe | 9.30.18 } Engagement Session

{ Devree + Joe | 9.30.18 } Engagement Session

It’s always so much fun meeting a new couple and witnessing the genuine love an connections they share as they are venturing along the path of marriage! Joe and Devree share such admiration and respect for each other and it definitely shows in their engagement photos.

We were able to spend time with them in St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend at some of their favorite locations within the park!

Of course, the big blue barn in the park is awesome and we had to take a few photos there….

When we saw this long fence full of grape vines, I knew that Joe would have fun collecting a “bouquet” of grape vine leaves especially for Devree….surprise!

Oh, and the covered bridge, yea we had to shoot some photos around there too!

And the big red barn in the background…must have photo!

And last but not least, a short hike through the woods brought us to their favorite foot bridge over a creek within the count park!

Congrats to Joe and Devree for this exciting time in their lives together!

{ Jessica + Connor | 8.10.18 } Wedding at Basilica of the Sacred Heart

{ Jessica + Connor | 8.10.18 } Wedding at Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The day was so amazing being able to be there with these amazing families and capture their excitement and love for Connor and Jessica on their wedding day!

Isn't Jessica's dress and head dress just amazing!

Connor and his groomsmen got their Notre Dame inspired blue and green socks all on...what a cool idea!

Bride with vail and pearl headband

A few photos of Jessica and her sister and wedding party hanging out at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame just prior to the ceremony!

The ceremony at the Basilica was glorious in a setting that truly showed the faith in God that these two share together!

After the ceremony we were able to capture some great moments between these two super cool red-heads!

After the ceremony all the guests were invited over to the Gillespie Conference Center for an amazing reception.  The food was excellent and all the guests helped Connor and Jessica celebrate the start of their new life together!

{ Danae + Justin | 9.3.16 } Wedding

{ Danae + Justin | 9.3.16 } Wedding

Danae & Justin were married 2 weeks ago and I got to spend the day with them to document it!  They are one of the funnest and happiest couples I've been able to get to know in a long time.  Their families are truly blessed to have them and their wedding day turned out to be a special event for sure.  Congrats guys!

Here are a few photos from the day!

How to totally demolish you wedding dress


How to totally demolish you wedding dress

Now that the big wedding day is over, the photography opportunities don't stop.  With your trusty professional wedding photographer (me) by your side, it's time to trash you dress.  In this blog post, I'll share some great ideas for dress demolition sessions.  Book a session with me and let's have fun creating awesome photos of you and your new husband together!



{ Rob & Lori | 12.13.14 } Wedding at River Valley Church, Mishawaka, Indiana

Rob & Lori just seem to be made for each other, you can sure tell it just by the way they look at each other in these pictures. Everything about this wedding was outstanding, from the wedding party to the Converse shoes to the food, it was all fantastic. Rob & Lori tied the knot at 2pm at River Valley Church in Mishawaka. Many friends and family were there to witness this special day, which turned out to be full of fun, love, laughs and fellowship. I'm so glad to have been a part of this and to be able to document the memories to be kept and shared for many years to come. Cheers to Rob & Lori Burke!