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Cat Alkire | Weddings & Portraits

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Caitlin and Nate | Notre Dame and St. Joe Farm Wedding | South Bend Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share Caitlin and Nate’s Wedding Day photos with you! The week before their wedding was a whirlwind for sure, but I am so happy we were able to step in for another photographer, who had a totally scary family emergency and capture their wedding day for them. It was a perfect spring day, with sunshine, gorgeous blooms and planned to perfection.


Caitlin and Nate met while they were attending Notre Dame. Nate was actually the Notre Dame Leprechaun! Which, how cool is that? When they graduated, they knew they were have to somehow make a long distance relationship work. Caitlin is from California and Nate is from Massachusetts. They made it work for as long as they could until Caitlin decided to go to grad school in Boston and being closer to Nate was the perfect perk.


The day was full of families all from out of town, coming to South Bend to watch them commit to each other for the rest of their lives, in the place where they fell in love. It was absolutely a dream to see everyone surrounding them with such support and happiness. And the best part, Nate promised Caitlin a dog when they move to Vermont where Nate will start his residency! The perfect gift for a perfect day. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Bombardier - have a blast in Costa Rica!!


Photo: Cat Alkire Photography
Florals: LB Floristry
Ceremony Venue: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception Venue: St. Joe Farm
Planner: Simply Be So Events
Designed By: Stephanie Abbitt
Rentals: Aays Rentals
Band: Blue Water Kings
Videographers: Mohr Entertainment
Catering: Navarre Hospitality Group
Hair/Makeup: Nicholas J Salon
Dessert Bar: Kilwin’s
Wedding Dress: La Reine
Custom Suits: Indochino
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group

Kaitlyn and Alex | Downtown South Bend Engagement Session
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When I first met with Kaitlyn and Alex at the Chicory Cafe, I knew right away I wanted to photograph their wedding. A May wedding at the new River House Bed and Breakfast at The Morris Estate. An intimate affair for their closest family and friends to celebrate their marriage! And Bed and Breakfast weddings will always have such a special place in my heart, because Miles and I were married at a bed and breakfast, and all our families stayed the weekend with us there. It was perfect and I know that Kaitlyn and Alex’s wedding in just 3 short weeks will be too.


We had so much fun in the warm weather. We talked about their final wedding plans and the excitement was written all over their faces. They beamed as they talked about their day, knowing it was just a month away. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding, I know it is going to be full of so many laughs, so much love, and maybe a few happy tears!