A couple months ago now, I went to a Pacers game with one of my friends. Somewhere during the third quarter, the nice fella sitting next to me turns to me and says, “Sorry, this is a little weird but are you a photographer?” I blushed and said yes. Then the pretty lady to his left leaned forward, smiled and said hello. This was a Thursday. As it turns out, I was meeting with this exact couple the following Monday to discuss photographing their October wedding.
That couple as you may have guessed by now was Molly and Matt. Bankers Life Fieldhouse holds just over 18,000 people. When I recount this story to anyone, it gives me chills. Because I can’t help but think there was some fate behind all of that and, thank my lucky stars, a sign that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my life.
When I met with Molly and Matt the following Monday, and we shared our love for the Pacers, we mentioned taking engagement photos at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. We all briefly geeked out at the thought of it but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Because it’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse! C’mon! They’ve got a pretty busy schedule. I wasn’t sure we could make it happen but after a few email exchanges on Molly’s end, soon we had a spot lined up for mid April to take their engagement photos and the excitement began to build.
I swear to you I was so nervous for this shoot for WEEKS! Pacers basketball means so much to me and I wanted to knock it out of the park for this awesome couple.
Molly and Matt – I am not lying: I’m still buzzing from this AMAZING experience. Thank you for all you did to help see this dream of mine come to fruition. Can’t wait for your big day in October!! It will be amazing.
On to the photos. True story. Sometimes, when I want to get out of my apartment (which is downtown), I’ll drive down to Bankers Life to grab a Dunkacinno and walk through the Pacers shop. It makes me really happy.
Ahh and here they are, the beautiful Molly and Matt!
Pacers basketball is so much more than a sport in my eyes. It’s spending time with my dad when I was a little girl. As a physician, my dad worked his tail end off when I was growing up and some of my favorite memories were going to games with him, spending one-on-one time with him and falling asleep on his shoulder during the fourth quarter because I was wiped from all of the fun.
You’ve seen by now how beautiful this couple is, right? Molly, you’re going to be one stunning bride!
My sister and I went to Reggie Miller’s last game and we cried. Neither of us is ashamed.
Walking on this floor, doing what I love, was nothing short of a dream come true. I hope I’ve made you proud, Dad.
Special thanks to Bill Benner who was so great to show us around and be so darn friendly. Bill showed us the interview room and practice room as well which made the three of us downright giddy. He even gave these two awesome tickets to Game 1 of the Pacers/Hawks series!!! How awesome is that!? This was their reaction.
On that note, there are still a few more to share from these session but I’m off to cheer on the Pacers in game 5! Super pumped!
Have a great night guys!