LEAH RIFE PHOTO

Darcy & David: A Wedding at The Sanctuary on Penn in Indianapolis

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Darcy and David’s wedding at the Sanctuary on Penn in Indianapolis was full of rich elements and traditions, fun, and beautiful touches. I absolutely loved working with this couple for their engagement photos and wedding. It was such an honor to help document their wedding day!

They chose The Sanctuary on Penn for their venue

The Sanctuary on Penn is a unique venue located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. In a historical brick building that once housed religious functions, it now serves as a beautiful venue with incredible character. The exposed brick, dynamic plaster details, and tons of hardwood elements, this venue was perfect for the beautiful wedding Darcy and David planned. Darcy and David each got ready on site in separate spaces, something that is so helpful for wedding venues! We shot Darcy’s gorgeous details in her getting ready space, and there was plenty of room to spread out in the cool basement area.

Their first look in the Sanctuary

Darcy wore a lace and beaded mermaid gown with sparkles and strappy details, as well as a gorgeous embroidered tulle train. David wore a traditional Scottish kilt to honor his family’s heritage. For the couple’s first look, they chose the Sanctuary area in the space they would soon share their wedding vows.

Wedding party and couple photos

Darcy and David each had 7 wedding attendants to surround them with love and support on their wedding day. We shot group photos indoors at the Sanctuary site, as well as couple photos. The dark green of Darcy’s attendant’s dresses complimented so well with David’s attendants who also wore plaid kilts with all of the gorgeous details.

Darcy’s wedding bouquet bore a gorgeous mix of florals, including some lavender thistles, which was such a lovely touch.

Their ceremony included some tradition and live music

Their ceremony at The Sanctuary on Penn included elements that were meaningful to the couple, including a friend officiating, another friend singing live music for Darcy’s entrance, and a tartan pinning ceremony for Darcy after their vows. With the exchange of rings and the first kiss, guests cheered as the couple took their first steps together being married.

A bubble grand exit

Guests were directed to line up outside the front doors of The Sanctuary on Penn and began blowing bubbles. Darcy and David were announced and made their grand exit through the bubbles and guests. What a way to get their reception party started! This was such a fun exit to photograph, and bubbles always look so lovely during daylight. It was a fun photo opportunity and the guests all loved it as they got to once again cheer the happy couple.

Their reception included signature cocktails and a plated elegant dinner

Cocktail hour commenced with signature cocktails. Guests mingled and enjoyed eats and drinks while the amazing staff at The Sanctuary on Penn flipped the large room for dinner. The dinner set up was so beautiful, with long tables in a U shape for a more intimate and connected feel for dinner.

Darcy and David were cheered into the reception and after a moving speech by Darcy’s dad, dinner was served. Then came cake cutting and dancing, and the evening was full of intentional conversation, epic dance moves, and cake and croissants for dessert.

We then snuck outside for golden hour shots. The lovely bride and groom were able to just soak in the fact that they were married while we photographed. Darcy had changed into a reception dress with ivory flowers and a flowy fabric that was perfect for the summer night.

Darcy and David: I’m so happy for you both! I wish you every single moment of joy as you begin your married life together. You are obviously so in love and it was an honor to witness and help document your beautiful day.

Venue: The Sanctuary on Penn 
Catering: The Sanctuary on Penn
Coordination: The Sanctuary on Penn
Cake: Bittersweet Indy
Florals: Post Road English Garden
Rings: Deal Between Us Jewelry and Helzberg Diamonds
Hair: The Hair Huntress
Makeup: Nick Crecelius Beauty
Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs
Groom’s Outfit: USA Kilts
DJ: Don Mathers
Photography: Leah Rife Photo

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