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South Bend Engagement – Alicia & Nick – South Bend Wedding Photographer

The lighting was perfect for Alicia and Nick’s engagement session in downtown South Bend! I met these two wonderful people last October at a bridal show. We immediately clicked and I was elated when they asked me to photograph their fall wedding! They will be getting married this October at the Basilica with reception to follow at the Century Center.

Before heading out to our first location, Alicia and Nick started their session at the studio for hair and makeup. Nidia of Blushing Beauty Hair did Alicia’s hair and makeup while Nick and I talked about how he proposed. We also discussed their wedding plans and their excitement to be husband and wife.

We left the studio and headed to St. Pat’s Park. Unfortunately I had a little technical problem and we had to improvise a new location. We decided on Howard Park in South Bend because of how close it was to both downtown but also Alicia’s apartment. I was worried we’d lose the light but boy was I wrong. These two killed it from the first shutter press. We had a blast walking around the park, finding these gorgeous pockets of sunlight. The gold hour was very good to us!

We found great places to shoot all within 10 steps of each other. The photos on the stairs are so intimate. ☺️

The change of location turned out to be a good thing as both Nick and Alicia loved having photos taken by the river. The golden hue and deep green were the prefect backdrop.

After your magical time by the water, we headed to downtown. When we arrived, I did the ring shot first thing. I love the pink hues and the fun angle here! 💍

Alicia & Nick’s evening looks matched perfectly with the background. Alicia is quite the savvy shopper! 😉

I have to give these two props, they did the dance spin perfectly the first time! That’s never happen before. The first spin is always a practice because the couple ends up running into one another. lol. But not these two… Pros!

Loving all the intimate moments! ❤️

The giggles were in full swing! 😆

This part of downtown is so fun! The reflection not only adds light to the photograph but creates this amazing visual interest! Win-win!


Our last spot of the day was in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Alicia and her team were instrumental in the design of the new road and aesthetic details. So it was only fitting that we use it as a backdrop.

This image could easily have been from the 1920’s. The black and white color, the romantic pose and the location, all point to the prohibition era.

The deep blue and golden street lights made this the perfect spot for the night shot!

An epic finish! 😱

To Alicia & Nick – I can’t thank you enough for an incredible session! I had a blast and I know you did too! I’m so excited for your wedding in just 5 short months! It will be the best day and the photos will be breath taking! All my love – S

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Photography: Sarah Sage Photography LLC

HMU: Blushing Beauty Hair

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