Black Tie Garden Wedding at Gabis Arboretum | Courtney Rudicel Photography

Black Tie Garden Wedding at Gabis Arboretum | Valparaiso, Indiana

June 7, 2022

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Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

This timeless, neutral garden wedding in Valparaiso, Indiana was a beautifully curated day from start to finish. From Martina’s sleek, fitted backless gown to the pale blue-green bridesmaids’ dresses to the white and green bouquets, this wedding will never go out of style. Gabis Arboretum was the perfect location for this sweet, intimate garden wedding.

I will never forget this wedding day. Martina and Andrew have made me feel like family since the day I met them. Martina has felt like almost like a sister from the day we connected on Instagram TWO YEARS AGO. She was a friend of a past bride and we became Instagram friends shortly after I posted that wedding. The excitement for this day has been building up for so long now and it’s bittersweet that our time celebrating this season for her and Andrew has come to an end.

Andrew and I grew close after we planned his proposal to Martina last August. And it meant so much to me when I saw him for the first time on Saturday, and he had a sweet look on his face and congratulated ME first about our baby girl on the way, on HIS wedding day. I just love this couple so much and feel so much love from both of them every second I spend with them!

To the newlyweds, Mr & Mrs. Faust,

I cannot begin to describe the immense joy I have felt being a part of this season of your lives. You two hold such a special place in my heart and can’t wait to watch your journey into marriage and beyond. I am so incredibly happy for you two to become husband and wife and so so honored you allowed me to capture the whole thing. Congraulations, from the bottom of my heart!

xo, Court

Photography Courtney Rudicel | Ceremony Venue Gabis Arboretum | Reception Venue Avalon Manor | Florist Schultz Floral | Bridal Boutique Nancy’s Bridal Boutique | Gown Designer Made With Love Bridal | Bridesmaids Azazie | Groomsmen Men’s Wearhouse | Hair Maddie Raspe | Makeup Nicole Flores | Dessert Kup Kates Custom Cakes | DJ Arrested Sounds

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

Andrew said, and I quote “I get this woman forever???” What a guy!

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

Harper was the star of the show lol She LOVED the camera!

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

Post-ceremony high-five haha!

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

Models I tell ya…. THESE TWO ARE MODELS.

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

This little frame on the table centerpiece says:
Bombaniera
An Italian Wedding Tradition
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat, to remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
An indivisible number to represent the paired will remain undivided and everything shared.
Five blessings for the new husband and wife: Health, wealth, happiness, family and long life!”

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

a fun-loving couple like Andrew and Martina is my all-time fave couple to work with!

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

This could possibly be one of my favorite reception photos of the all-time!

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

These two already love our little baby girl on the way! Andrew and Martina, you guys are just the very best, love you both to pieces!

Black Tie Garden Wedding in Valparaiso by South Bend Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

xo, Court

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