Alison Mae

Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati







Aria and JH had the most incredible wedding day at Hotel Carmichael in Carmel, Indiana. With perfect weather and a stunning venue, the setting was ideal for these two to tie the knot! Every little detail was thought through perfectly, a true testament to Aria’s impeccable planning. Spending the day celebrating Aria and JH was a joy and I am delighted to share their Hotel Carmichael wedding with you!

Hotel Carmichael is a distinguished hotel in the heart of Carmel, Indiana. With gilded details, stunning chandeliers and soft blue walls it fit the elegance of Aria and JH’s celebration perfectly. And speaking of elegant, Aria hand selected some of the most dazzling details for her big day! Her sparkle embroidered ball gown with detachable dream catcher sleeves by Hayley Paige was fit for royalty! Accordingly, JH looked dapper in his classic black suit! They both looked wonderful!

Before photos with her bridesmaids, Aria shared a first look with her dad. It was such a sweet moment! We loved both sets of parents and it was really incredible to see how much love they all share for Aria and JH! After all, JH did include both families in his proposal to Aria. He took her out on his parents’ boat, the same place where he asked her to be his girlfriend. And when they arrived back at the dock, both families were gathered there to watch from afar as JH got down on one knee. Between their friends and family, Aria and JH are surrounded by so much love. Not just on their wedding day, but everyday!

Aria’s bridesmaids looked positively astonishing! I loved that each bridesmaid wore a different dress, but they all complimented one another. And they looked incredible paired with Aria’s shimmering gown!

The Ceremony

Following photos with their bridal party, it was time for Aria and JH’s lovely ceremony! Soft blue and gold chairs and a floral adorned cross created a classic ceremony design. A string quartet played as Aria walked down the aisle and JH smiled at his bride.

Aria and JH

Finally it was time for some portraits of this adorable couple. Aria and JH met at Indiana State University. I’ve spent a lot of time on this campus thanks to my cousins. So I can only imagine these two exploring the Quad hand in hand. I wonder if those college kids had any idea that someday they’d be husband and wife. There are many things I love about Aria and JH. But one thing that really sticks out is their ability to have fun together! These two have such a spirit of playfulness together and make one another laugh constantly. It is such a beautiful thing to marry your best friend and I can honestly say that I believe that Aria and JH have done exactly that!

The Reception

Soon it was time for the reception to begin! The impressive team at Hotel Carmichael transformed the room into an inviting space, perfect for an elegant dinner. Sarah with I Do Flowers by Sarah filled the room with the most amazing flowers. Pops of gold, white, blue and pink filled the room. Flickering candles created a romantic ambiance. The first half of their reception was filled with a delicious dinner, beautiful speeches, a stunning first dance (with lots of twirls!) for Aria and JH and of course dances with thier parents. Aria and her dad surprised guests (and JH!) with a super fun choreographed dance!

And speaking of dancing, Aria spent the past five years dancing as a Pacemate for the Indiana Pacers. (Yeah, she really is that cool) so their dance floor was insane! DJ Bandcamp was incredible and kept the dance floor so full! It was a great night and so fun to celebrate Aria and JH along side their friends and family.

Congratulations Ari and JH! We are so happy for you!

Love, Alison and Zach

Hotel Carmichael Wedding Day Dream Team:

Venue: Hotel Carmichael

Florist: Sarah Wong, I Do Flowers by Sarah, 

DJ: DJ Bandcamp, 

Music: Kirkwood String Quartet

Catering:  Hotel Carmichael

Cake: Sweet Escape Cake Company, 

Hair And Makeup: Black Swan Beauty 

Rentals: Cross –  Blue Blossom Rentals  

Rings: Diamonds Direct

Dress; Marie Gabriel Couture Bridal, 

suit:  Men’s Wearhouse

Groomsmen – GenerationTux

Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations,
Photography: Alison Mae Photography @alisonmaephotography

An Idyllic Wedding at Hotel Carmichael

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