2017 has begun and we had a great start with an Aberdeen Manor Wedding in Valparaiso. Erika and Tyler chose to have both their ceremony and reception at Aberdeen Manor. We always wonder why anyone would choose to have their ceremony elsewhere and then come to this venue for the reception. The chapel at Aberdeen Manor is one of the best lit and most picturesque settings for a ceremony any time of the year. When its spring, sumer or early fall, the garden is wonderful as a ceremony site. Having everything happen at one place is awesome. Not that we mind going to multiple venues, but it certainly makes more time for other things besides travel. We have learnt after years of wedding photography that travel time and getting groups in and out of cars and limos is the most unplanned for part of any wedding and it’s where time is often lost and schedules fall behind.
Like any January wedding in North West Indiana, it was cold. Erika was brave enough to do a few quick photos in the garden, and a first look with Tyler before the light faded. The ceremony was quick but the sun had set by the time it was over. This gave us a chance to do a creative night photo we have done a few times. In fact when we met this couple at a bridal show they saw a photo we took of Sarah and Josh outside the chapel. They liked that night photo so much they wanted to book us and get that shot too. We love that haha! We don’t want to spit out the same photos at every wedding, but we really like a few signature shots we have developed at local venues. Since it was cold, we went out and set up quickly so Erika and Tyler could just walk out, snap a few shots. They were out and back inside in two minutes. Despite the quick set up and only snapping a few shots, we really love how they turned out.
The reception was a great party and as always included great food and the snow machine in the first dance. The snow machine one of our favorite things about Aberdeen Manor. A few venues have them and not all of them work so well. We are looking forward to a great year, we are back here a few more times this year and look forward to it. Here are our favorites from our first Aberdeen Manor wedding of 2017.