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Mr + Mrs Rooney
An Intimate Spring Wedding at BASH in Carmel, Indiana

Mr + Mrs Rooney
An Intimate Spring Wedding at BASH in Carmel, Indiana


It was a snowy Sunday morning in February when Katie + Lucas were on their way to grab some pizza. Lucas had other plans though as he lead them along a detour to “go on a walk” aka propose to Katie at a local disc golf park. It took some convincing but Lucas managed to get Katie to agree on the quick walk, (I mean, she was ready to eat some pizza, I don’t blame her!). They passed through a few walk ways until they arrived at a snow covered bridge. Lucas fell behind while Katie continued onward. Not a moment later she sensed him missing and turned around to see Lucas on his knee (in the snow mind you) proposing to his best friend!

They had known each other since college through friend groups but Katie actually wasn’t the biggest fan of Lucas at first! Fast forward a few years later, both of them and their friends were at a bonfire. Eventually everyone departed leaving only Katie + Lucas to be the last ones still awake talking. Katie realized she liked Lucas. Later that year, Lucas invited Katie over to his dorm to help decorate. It quickly turned into trying on a beard as a wig, dancing to music in the dark with a strobe light, and yelling at people through a crack in his window with a megaphone. Since that night, their relationship blossomed.


Such a beautiful March day it was for Katie + Lucas’ wedding! Katie got ready in the cutest AirBnb and when I arrived, she instantly greeted me with open arms as if we had been friends forever, love her to death! I first virtually met these two back in December. We didn’t have a chance to shoot their engagement photos but here in June, we’re doing a ‘newly weds’ sesh! It’s sure been a whirl wind for them, Katie + Lucas had to reschedule their wedding three times, fourth time is a charm right? You know it! These two were so ready to be married!

Their wedding was full of beautiful neutral colors and timeless vibes. Katie looked stunning in her Sophias gown while Lucas rocked a navy suit in New Balances! Their vision was perfect for any season and I absolutely love that. (Considering they were originally going to get married in June).

This day was full of water works! First, the first look with Katie and her father. So sweet and warming! Then, Katie’s parents gifted her a rosary from when she was a child and goodness, it was so precious to hear the story behind it. Lastly, right after the ceremony, Katie + Lucas went outside and just held each other shedding tears in a truly blissfully beautiful moment.

Let me tell ya, these two were so laid back and FUN and you could just tell they wanted everyone to have a great time. They even had a pizza food truck (delicious)! I hope this wedding trend continues because it’s so much fun. As their night came to an end, friends and family circled around the bride and groom holding each other on the dance floor while singing “I Want To Know What Love Is”. It was the perfect ending.

Katie + Lucas,

Thank you so much for letting me join in on your fun celebration. I feel like even though we just met a few months ago, we’ve been friends for the longest time and you two have filled my heart so much. Congratulations to the both of you! PS: What a fun rollercoaster this day was and I’m looking forward to hanging out with you two again soon! 😎 🆒


Ceremony + Reception Venue: BASH, Bridal Gown: Sophias Bridal + Tux, Florist: Sam’s Club, Wedding Planner: Tori Vegueria, DJ: AC3 Entertainment, Cake + Dessert: Cakes by Joline, Jacks Donuts, Caterer: The NY Slice, Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal, Grooms + Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse, Makeup: Sydney Overcast, Hair Stylist: Lexi Hall, Jewelry: Vierk’s Fine Jewelers, Shane Co, Guests Mask: Etsy – TwoJaysCreative, Bride + Groom Masks: Etsy – ModParty, Custom PJs: Etsy – MyLovelyPJs, BlushBlossomSugar


Hands down one of my favorite pre-ceremony images, Katie jumping on the bed with her cute pjs and veil, the most fun bride you’ll ever meet, I swear!

Katie, you were such a stunning bride!!

The rosary mom gifted Katie as “Something Old” ⏤ oh the tears!

That moment Katie + Lucas went outside after saying “I Do” and held each other, ugh my heart!!

Donuts and a pizza food truck, the best duo for a celebration!

Getting married at BASH? I’m in!

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