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Elegant June Wedding on Campus – Abbi & Dom – Notre Dame Wedding Photographer

After months of waiting, Abbi and Dom’s day is finally here! Their engagement session in Chicago last February feels like just yesterday so I can’t believe we are already at their wedding day!

Abbi and Dom’s wedding day was a beautiful June day filled with love, laughter and tons of personality! Every detail was well thought out and made extra special; from the details, all the way to the reception. Everyone had a hand in making their day truly one of kind.

So let’s begin… โ˜บ๏ธ

Abbi and Dom’s day, of course, started with all the finite details. Abbi’s mom made Abbi a hanky from her old wedding dress and embroidered a “R” in blue on it. It was the perfect backdrop for all their beautiful details. I also love that their invitation is clear. ๐Ÿฅฐ

The rings are always a favorite of mine when it comes to details and Abbi and Dom’s were no different. ๐Ÿ’

I LOVE Abbi’s shoes and she said they were comfy too… win-win! ๐Ÿ‘ 

Before getting dressed, all the girls shared a mimosa moment with our bride to be! ๐Ÿฅ‚

While the bridesmaids were getting their dresses on, Abbi, her sister Cassie and her mom went upstairs to get Abbi dressed.

It may not look like from these photos but Cassie was holding back tears of joy for her baby sister. โค๏ธ

When the rest of the ladies arrived, everyone had a hand in getting our girl ready!

Love the baby blue dresses! ๐Ÿ’™

Abbi’s portraits are truly elegant, especially the one in the center. The sun shinned through the windows and created this gorgeous glow all along the veil. I couldn’t decide if I liked the black and white or the color photo more!๐Ÿฅฐ

Now it was time for Dom to get dressed. I was ogling over his Rolex watch! ๐Ÿ˜

The boys had no problem jumping right in and getting our groom ready! Team work all the way. ๐Ÿ˜†

The boys had personalized glasses so a toast was definitely in order. Even Xavier, the ring bearer and Dom’s youngest brother, got in on the action. In case you’re wondering, he’s head of ring security. ๐Ÿฅƒ

Sorry ladies, this one’s taken! ๐Ÿ˜

Off to the chapel we go! After arriving at the Basilica, Abbi did a first look with her dad where she gave him an engraved tie clip. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ceremony time!

Swoon! ๐Ÿฅฐ

The priest giving the ceremonial mass was just ordained about a month ago and this was his first wedding. He’s a personal friend of Dom’s and did a wonderful job!

Exchanging of vows and rings. ๐Ÿ’

Communion.

The nuptial blessing. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

They brought flowers to Mary in the lady chapel and then sealed the deal with a kiss! ๐Ÿ’‹

Mr and Mrs Rosa!!! ๐Ÿฅณ

The Rosa family and the Fleming family!

Our awesome wedding party complete with 3 ring security personal and an adorable flower girl! ๐ŸŒธ

The Rosa’s!

Let’s celebrate! ๐Ÿฅณ

Family formals.

We embraced the sun and just walked it out! ๐Ÿ˜

Abbi and Dom went down to the Grotto to light a candle and share a private moment as husband and wife. ๐Ÿ•ฏ

On our way to meet up with the wedding party, we just had to stop by the beautiful Basilica doors. In our first attempt to make Abbi’s veil swoop, the wind had other ideas. ๐Ÿ˜†

Off we went to Touch Down Jesus. We were able to find some pockets of shade for the wedding party photos. Ladies first!

The guys were pretty excited about attacking Dom. ๐Ÿ˜†

Such a great group of people and don’t they look good! ๐Ÿ˜

One epic veil moment please… coming right up! ๐Ÿฅฐ

As the wedding party headed off to cocktail hour, the three of us went over to Saint Mary’s College (Abbi’s alma mater) for some beautiful and intimate portraits. Love that willow tree! ๐Ÿ˜

Gorgeous bridge photos! โค๏ธ

Off to the Double Tree for their reception! Each table centerpiece had a black and white photo from their engagement session. I love when my couples, not only print their photos, but use them in fun ways to make their day extra special! โ˜บ๏ธ

Mr and Mrs Rosa, come on down! ๐Ÿ˜‰

They walked right in and cut their cake. Somehow Dom ended up with frosting on his nose… haha! ๐Ÿคฃ

Abbi’s father welcomed everyone and gave a very heartfelt speech, congratulating his daughter and now son-in-law. โค๏ธ

I love their personalized neon sign! ๐Ÿ˜

After dinner, Cassie, (Abbi’s sister and maid of honor) and Joey, (Dom’s brother) toasted the couple on their big day!

Their first dance as husband and wife. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

During parent dances, Dom danced with his mother and there wasn’t a dry eye in all of South Bend. ๐Ÿฅบ

Abbi and her dad put on their dancing shoes and couldn’t stop laughing, especially when they busted out the chicken dance. ๐Ÿ˜†

Let’s get this party started!!! ๐Ÿฅณ

As the sun was setting, we went outside to catch a few minutes of golden hour. โ˜€๏ธ

About an hour later, it was time to end this epic day in a big way. We walked down the block to the Morris Performing Art Center and celebrated their day in style! How romantic are these night shots?! So grand and the perfect ending to their a perfect day! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

To Abbi and Dom – Thank you for allowing me to come on their journey with you! It’s been incredible and I’m so lucky to have been a small part of your story. I know our paths will cross again and I can’t wait to see how the Lord will bless you in this next chapter! All my love – S

To see their full day, click here.

Vendors:

Photography: Sarah Sage Photography LLC

Church: Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Venue & catering: Double Tree Hilton of South Bend

Floral: Blossom Floral Design

Ice sculpture: Danny Bloss

Videography: Vibrant Video Productions

Makeup: Thee Makeup Team

Cake: Becky Bloss

DJ: Infinity Music Service

Dress: Marie Gabriel Couture

Suite: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Lisa Cook

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