Dan and Emily are not only photography clients of ours, they're also very good close friends. When they first asked if we would be willing to travel to Southern Indiana for their wedding and engagement photos, it was an easy decision...absolutely!!!
New Harmony Indiana is a fantastically quaint little town in the far Southwestern corner of Indiana, with a defunct bridge that crosses into Illinois, and one lone stoplight in the center of town. It's the quintessential cozy, "Let's go get married here," town. Flower gardens line the sidewalks through town, rustic barns and historic landmarks can be found on nearly every street, and most of the locals drive golf carts rather than automobiles. The only downside to it is that in Mid-June, there are gnats. billions of obnoxious, in your face and up your nose gnats. Turns out, there is a local shop that has a wonderful natural repellent, but we didn't find that out until the second day we were there...
There are so many beautiful spots for portraits in New Harmony that it's tough to pick a favorite. The Labyrinth State Memorial is a super-fun spot with a hedge maze that is a blast to wander through. Murphy park is a great place for kids and adults to unwind and run around, the Wabash river creates the Western border of Indiana just outside of town, and there are countless little landscaped spots littered around that are perfect for photos.
The image that sticks in my mind the most though, was the last shot of the day. It was starting to sprinkle and as we were walking back down Main St. to the Inn, there was another park area I remembered seeing earlier and we made a quick run to get some shots before the rain got heavier. After a few portraits on the walls around the park, we found a bench inside that was surrounded by trees and shrubs at the end of a small gravel path. It was absolutely perfect! I gave Dan and Emily a quick suggestion on how I'd like them to sit and made a few quick shots, and that was it.
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