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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!

{ Craig + Rachel | 1.19.19 } - Wedding at St. Joseph Conference Center in Mishawaka

{ Craig + Rachel | 1.19.19 } - Wedding at St. Joseph Conference Center in Mishawaka

Sometimes you photograph a wedding and end up falling in love with the day, the couple and the families more than you thought you would….this is one of those weddings for us! The weather forecast in Mishawaka on this day called for extremely cold temps and blowing snow (can you actually believe it - snow in South Bend lol)….but there was no stopping this couple and their families from celebrating the amazing coming together of Craig and Rachel!

When Rachel and Craig contacted us looking for a local wedding photographer, we were super excited to get to know them and hear about their story as a couple! After spending a couple hours taking engagement pics for them on the campus of IUSB, it was awesome to learn all about Rachel’s upcoming graduation from law school (how cool! We get to photograph a lawyer!), how her and Craig had met in high school and all about their favorite restaurants they like to go to on dates around the northern Indiana area.

We were able to find a beautiful set of windows in the hallways of the Holiday Inn Express Conference Center to photograph memories of Rachel’s dress, shoes, invitations and jewelry for her to remember forever!

Rachel and her bridesmaids looking gorgeous getting the final touches on her wedding dress and veil just before the ceremony. Mom was there too, what a great memory to have in photos!


The guys were getting ready at Craig’s apartment in Mishawaka and I was able to grab a few shots of the activities over there. These guys looked great in their green and black tuxedos!

The first look is always my favorite part of the day. As a photographer, I love being behind the camera watching it happen! These two were clearly meant for each other, just the look on their faces when they saw each other for the first time was perfect! There are a lot of local wedding venues around South Bend, but St. Joseph Conference Center is one of the most beautiful locations for a bride and groom to get married for sure!

What a beautiful ceremony at the Hoiiday Inn Express Conference Center in Mishawka. The flowers in all shades of pink were perfect!

The first dance at the reception was amazing…the connection between these two is contagious! The atmosphere of an Indiana winter wedding is perfect for dancing close with your new wife!

{ 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!

{ Tim + Carol | 6.23.18 } Wedding at Adamsville Rd. Church

{ Tim + Carol | 6.23.18 } Wedding at Adamsville Rd. Church

We had such a great time being there to document this super special wedding for Tim and Carol.  The ceremony turned out just as they wanted...based on Faith in God, meaningful and genuine!  The connection between them is amazing and inspiring.

The kiss....the music...the moment...all added up to tears around the sanctuary at Adamsville Road Church of God in Elkhart!

The Kiss
Walk down the isle

After the wedding ceremony we spent some time with the newlyweds at Hubbard Hill photographing a few shots with bride and groom enjoying each other.  We caught them during a stroll down this gorgeous floral lined path and couldn't resist a few photos!

Walk together down a path

Congrats Tim and Carol...happy for you and happy we got to capture it all!

{ Jessica + Connor | 6.3.18 } Notre Dame Engagement Photos

{ Jessica + Connor | 6.3.18 } Notre Dame Engagement Photos

What an absolutely beautiful evening to take engagement photos for this amazing couple!  We had a great time on the Notre Dame campus finding all sorts of locations to capture memories.  Like this path that leads away from the Grotto on ND campus....

Quite Moment Walking Together
Engagement Session Smiles

Since Jessica and Connor are getting married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame, we had to capture a few pics of them having fun together in front of the church!

Engagement Photos Fun
Basilica Engagement Photo

Of course, once we found this quite park bench in front of the ND Golden Dome, we knew it would make for a great scene!  This moment between Jessica and Connor captures their love and friendship perfectly!

Golden Dome Engagement Picture

Can't you tell how much these two are in love!  Their connection and spirit is contageous and we had to capture this couple in front of the amazing woodwork and architecture that Notre Dame has to offer!

Engagement Photo Holding Each Other
Smiles and laughs together
Dancing Engagement Photo

Jessica and Connors faith is powerful!

A date night wouldn't be complete without a little Lime Bike action on Saint Marys Lake!

Bike Riding Together

We had a blast hanging out with Jessica and Connor, getting to know them and their stories!  We can't wait to see you get married!

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