Best South Bend locations for the perfect wedding photos

After the cake is gone and the gifts are opened, the one thing you will have left to help you remember that special day forever is your photographs. Many couples are choosing to increase their wedding budget, have a first look, and increase the time between their ceremony and reception all to make sure they have plenty of time to take the best pictures ever of their best day ever! One of the biggest questions we get from our couples – where should we go?

We have compiled a list of some of our favorite places…

University of Notre Dame Campus:

Notre Dame is easily one of the first places that comes to mind when someone asks one of the best local places to take engagement or wedding photos. The campus offers a huge variety of backgrounds and landscaping.

Some of our favorite places to take photos on campus are:

  • The Golden Dome
  • The Grotto
  • The Basilica of Sacred Heart
  • The Football Stadium


Saint Mary’s College Campus

Located about five minutes down the road from the Waterford Estates Lodge, Saint Mary’s is easily one of the most beautiful places to capture images in. The campus is much smaller than Notre Dame with a lot less foot traffic making it much easier to get the perfect shot!


St. Patrick’s Park

St. Patrick’s Park is absolutely one of our favorite locations! Not only is it located close to us, but there is easily something there for everyone and every image style. This location features a large red barn, fields and paths, beautiful trees and greenery, the river, many bridges, and gazebos.


Downtown South Bend

From the historic houses and buildings to the river and East Race, Downtown South Bend is a great spot to go to get many different backdrops for all of your wedding photos. Though you may have to do a bit more walking to get the perfect shot downtown than some of the other locations – it will certainly be worth it!

 

A special thanks to Westley Leon Studios for all of the above images!


Waterford Estates Lodge

Many of our brides decide to skip the travel time and choose to take all of their pictures on site at the Waterford Estates Lodge. Our property actually has some beautiful landscapes available to help you get the best image. Indoor or outdoor, we are sure to have the spot for your perfect pictures!

Hive and Honey Photography:

Kayla Knies Photography:

Stephanie McKenna Photography:

Mr. and Mrs. Klein – June 30, 2018

A lot of work goes into planning an event that offers your guests a one of a kind experience that will have them talking about it for years to come. Jessica and Ian did just that. Personal touches are a huge part of any celebration and this reception had it all! Kicking off the event, the bridal party entered the room to a mashup of songs and choreographed dances that left the audience in tears from laughing so hard, a commemoration service and song for the brother of the bride in tears with remembrance and special late night snacks such as a soft serve ice cream machine with toppings and a make your own Smore station left everyone in tears because they were so full!

We have had the pleasure of working with this couple for so many months and one thing we can say without a doubt is that they are so much FUN! Not only at their reception, which was a blast, but also just in their love for each other. They are so playful with one another and there is always so much laughter! This beautiful couple met at Memorial hospital where they are both nurses.

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 5 pm Mr. and Mrs. Klein kicked off their reception with a cocktail hour, some relaxed music and an open bar. This elegant reception featured silver, rose gold, and burgundy. Varying centerpieces, pictures of the couple, a personal kids table, a fun photo booth, sequence table runners, sports team drink coasters as guest favors, and so many beautiful décor signs that were hand made by a bridesmaid are just a few of the persona and unique features that could be found at this reception.

Menu:

Prepared by the Waterford Estates Lodge Food and Beverage manager, Doug Schultz

Appetizers:

  • Bruschetta
  • Beef Satay

Dinner:

Old World Polish Buffet

  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Kluski Noodles
  • Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy
  • Polish Sausage
  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage
  • Fried Chicken
  • Garden Lodge salad
  • Rolls with handmade whipped butter

 

So much hard work went into place to pull this night off perfectly, a special shout out to all of their great vendors for all of their hard work!

Ceremony Venue: St. Monica Catholic Church

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Reception Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge

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Event Coordinators: Katie Mast and Rebecca Bohn

DJ: Jared with Wagner DJ Services

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Photographer: Lorrie Ann Photography

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Videographer: Garret with Explore Media

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Cake: West End Bakery

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Makeup: Camellia Cosmetics

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Mr. and Mrs. Austin – June 23, 2018

So many details go into coordinating a wedding and making it perfect. Because of this, many of our couples book more than a year in advance and over the course of that time, we meet, we email, we take lots of notes, and we do everything possible to help our couples plan the best day ever. Nikki and Ryan booked their special day with us about a year and a half in advance, so we had a lot of time to get to know not only their wedding and reception details but also them as a couple.

Nikki and Ryan met in High school in band class and had their first date at their prom. These high school sweethearts planned a beautiful day filled with delicious food, a ton of fun dancing, and so much love!

Saturday June 23, 2018 at 4pm we got to watch this beautiful bride walk down the aisle and say “I do” to her best friend. Our ballroom was beautiful with blue and silver accents and romantic lighting. The couple made special effort to make sure their guests had a one of a kind experience with a smoke machine, kids corner setup with coloring books and Legos, and a large array of delicious appetizers and food.

Menu:

Prepared by the Waterford Estates Lodge Food and Beverage manager, Doug Schultz

Appetizers:

  • Coconut Shrimp
  • Chicken Satay

Dinner:

Old World Polish Buffet

  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Kluski Noodles
  • Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy
  • Polish Sausage
  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage
  • Fried Chicken
  • Garden Lodge salad
  • Rolls with handmade whipped butter

 

Bettina and James put a great team in place to help everything run smoothly! Check them out here:

Ceremony Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge

Reception Venue: The Waterford Estates Lodge

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Event Coordinators: Katie Mast and Rebecca Bohn

DJ: KVAN Entertainment

Photographer: Dawn Plonski

Cake and Cupcakes: Adam’s Cake Shop

Makeup: Sephora

Officiant: Angela Clark with Beautiful Bless Weddings and Events