Saturday was everything that you would hope for from a Spring wedding at The Palais Royale in South Bend. The weather was perfect, the trees were all in bloom, and Amira and Noah couldn’t wait to say “I do”. It was a day filled with so much love and support from family, that you could feel it radiating every time they entered a room. I am so honored to have been a small part of their story and these photos were a great kick off to my 2023 wedding season!
Amira and Noah are a grade apart. They went to the same church during their 8th and 9th grade years, so they were in different youth groups since one was in high school and the other middle school. Though they knew of each other, they never really talked. But, little did they know, God had already planted the seed. Eventually, Amira stopped attending that church. They went onto their respective high schools and entered their adult lives. Then, in January of 2020, Amira was eating at Venturi in Goshen (the best pizza!) and in walks the Hochstetler family! They instantly notice each other and call it fate. They connected from there, and their relationship quickly developed into one they knew would last a lifetime.
Noah proposed on their 2nd year anniversary after a romantic dinner. They drove back to Noah’s house, where Amira saw the backyard. Noah had set up a romantic scene. There was a fire, a display of lights hung, and a chair with blankets and pillows. There was romantic music and Amira remembers that it felt so magical. On a table sat a chalkboard sign asking the big question with the ring in front of it. Noah retrieved the ring, got down on one knee, and gave Amira a speech about how he felt about her. Then, he popped the question and she of course said “Yes”!
And Saturday, in front of their family and friends, the youth pastor from all those years back, got to officiate the wedding at St. Paul Memorial Church. It was the perfect full circle moment and one that is the perfect start to their legacy together. Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs.! I couldn’t be more excited for you!
Photographer: Cat Alkire | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul Memorial Church | Reception Venue: Palais Royale | Florist: Always n Bloom Weddings | DJ/Band: EA Pro Music | Catering: Navarre Catering | Hair: Hair by Samye | Makeup: Thee Makeup Team | Cake/Bakery: C’est La Vie Cakes | Wedding Dress Designer: Calla Blanche | Purchased At: Marie Gabriel Couture| Tux: Louie’s Tux Shop | Bridesmaids Dresses: AW Bridal | Rings: Aurelius Jewelry, Revolution Jewelry | Henna: Henna and Coffee