Hey there! I'm so glad you're here! I'm Monica Brown, a wedding photographer from Indianapolis who loves to celebrate couples & photographers. I hope you enjoy browsing through recent work, advice for brides & photographers, and taking a peek into our personal life!
Junior year of college my housemates and I had the fun idea to host “An Art of Celebration” dinner party, inspired by Rend Collective’s video. We proceeded to host another one our senior year. Last year Drew and I decided to pick the tradition back up and hosted 15 friends, new and old, during our first year in Indy. This is year two so we decided its officially a tradition now! We doubled the size with about 30 friends from college, high school, and Indy + I took more pictures to actually document it which felt like a huge feat!
From “The Art of Celebration Story” by Rend Collective: “Life has a way of draining our child-like wonder from us. Whether it’s through our own failures or disappointments, whether its suffering or betrayal, or even just familiarity- that’s why we put up our defenses isn’t it? That’s why we become numb, we pull back from life & become spectators because we’re afraid of being hurt again. But the GOOD news is, Jesus is always doing a new thing! He’s not finished with us yet! We may doubt, we may feel like we’re broken beyond repair but He is the peace in our troubled sea, He is the healer of the broken hearted.
Seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but JOY is! There is an irrepressible laughter in the heart of God and the whole universe cannot contain it. He is the one who invented celebrations, and feasting, and holidays. He is the one who sings & dances over us. When He suffered the cross He did it for the joy set before Him, and that joy was knowing that you and I would be fully free, no longer captive to our sin. Our God is the ultimate artist of celebration- the inventor of the party and the healer of the broken. We need to get down to the serious business of joy because the joy of the Lord is our strength and after all, Heaven is going to be the greatest party of all time – so we need to start practicing now. So don’t get caught up in your guilt of failure, you are forgiven, you are free and you are worth more to God than you could ever imagine. Let’s rediscover the art of celebration.”
So with that, we were inspired to host a FUN fall party that was full of joy, laughter, good food, games, and intentionality. For us, this is how it looked this year:
And now for all phone pictures….
Polaroid camera: Amazon / Backdrop leaves: Amazon/ Fabric strips on string lights: Jo Ann Fabrics/ Gold silverware & twine: Walmart/ Pencils: Amazon/ Placemat card stock: Michael’s/ Table Cloths: Target/ Pumpkins, gourds, and eucalyptus: Trader Joe’s/ Misc. candle holders: Goodwill + some spray painted/ Taco piñata: Walmart/ Napkins + plates: TJ Maxx
Hope you enjoyed + feel inspired to host your own intentional fall party! Until next time friends!