Featured Notre Dame Wedding | Cynthia Basker Events

We are fortunate enough to be able to feature another fabulous wedding from wedding planner Cynthia Basker Events! Cynthia is in our opinion the top wedding planner for the Michiana, South Bend, Notre Dame area. Her weddings are always meticulously detailed, beautiful, well organized and raved about by the brides and grooms they are for. So we’d like to thank Cyndi for allowing us to feature the wedding of Laura & Bill on our wedding blog!


Laura and Bill envisioned their mid December wedding, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart,  to be elegant and sophisticated, yet full of creative touches that gave their guests an idea of who they were as a couple. Characterizing the look and feel they wanted to achieve as ‘winter glamour’ with just a touch of vintage, they decided on a color palette of burnished gold, platinum and the softest blush pink.  Bringing their guests to South Bend / Notre Dame in December is a gamble with the weather, but they could not see themselves marry any other place than the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The couple met at an MBA Welcome Weekend event on campus, at the Eck Center, which is where guests gathered between the ceremony and the reception for champagne and holiday music provided by family members.  The reception was held at the historic Palais Royale in downtown, South Bend, IN. The evening was full of personal details such as the use of the brides’ parents’ cake topper to a customized gingerbread house on the candy buffet.

-Cynthia Basker

All Images Copyright Josef Samuel












All Images Copyright Josef Samuel

To see more from this fabulous wedding see Cynthia Basker Events Or Josef Samuel Photographer

Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Consulting – Cynthia Basker Events
Ceremony – Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Reception – The Palais Royale
Floral/ Decor- MichaelAngelos “The Event Company”
Photography – Josef Samuel
DJ – In Tune DJ
Papery – Christina Duthie/ Cloud Nine Invitation Design
Cake – C’est La Vie
Transportation: Ambiance Limousine, Cardinal Buses
Hair Styling – Nicholas J Salon
Makeup – Camellia’s Cosmetics
Host hotel – Doubletree by Hilton

Would you like to be have your wedding featured on South Bend Weddings, then contact us at amy at michianaweddings.com

Notre Dame Weddings | Where To Start?

Notre Dame Weddings
Image Copyright Contemporary Images

Basilica Monday at Notre Dame is over and you as a bride or groom have secured your wedding date for 2014 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. Where to start?

Getting married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a destination wedding for most brides, grooms and their families, so we recommend find a wedding planner! Many consider wedding planners “expensive” but the truth of the matter a good wedding planner can more than pay for their services by helping you avoid the pitfalls of the local market. A good wedding planner is knowledgeable about the local wedding vendors, can help you avoid the bad wedding vendors, save you money through their knowledge, works within your wedding budget and being local can can do for you little things that you would have to commute to the area to accomplish. A good wedding planner will help you create your Notre Dame dream wedding!

Our favorite wedding planner and frankly the best in the market is Cynthia Basker of Celebrated Events.

Next you will want to lock down your wedding reception venue. A few of our favorites are:
Knollwood Country Club
Palais Royale
Double Tree by Hilton
Windsor Park Conference Center

After your reception facilities you will need lodging for your guests. A few of our favorites
Double Tree by Hilton
The Inn at Saint Mary’s
Hilton Garden Inn

One of the most important aspects of the wedding reception is the entertainment! Your entertainment will either make or break your wedding reception. The local DJs that we like are
Music Machine
The Hitman
Purrfect DJ

Make your Notre Dame wedding a wonderland with floral and decor. Our favorites in the area are:
MichaelAngelos “The Event Company”
A Single Rose

Some of our favorite wedding photographers who have shot withing the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame are:
Matthew Whitlock Photography
Contemporary Images

Photo Booths are the answer to entertaining your guests who don’t want to dance along with entertaining everyone else! But beware not all photo booths are created equal, always ask to see a demo of their photo strips to check quality and ask to see an image of the photo booth that will be at your wedding reception because the last thing you want is to be promised a photo booth and they bring a camera on a tripod and no printer! Our favorites are:

Fun Zone PhotoBooths
Tivoli Photo Booths
Gene’s Camera Store


Notre Dame Wedding | Wedding Video

Check out this Notre Dame Wedding as featured in this wedding trailer from Wedding Day Cinema… How beautiful!

Here at South Bend Weddings we love wedding videos for their emotions and their complete documentation of the wedding day.  We believe that a wedding video is a top 10 must have for every wedding. How else can you relive those heart felt words from the maid of honor for a lifetime. See the entire moment and not a still of one moment from the wedding day, except through a wedding video! Wedding videos today are not the same as your mom & dads three hours of boring footage, they are highly edited, entertaining works of art, if you hire the right company to document your wedding day.

This wedding video of Sara & Daniel was created by one of the best wedding cinematographers in the Midwest, WEVA Creative Excellence winning company Wedding Day Cinema out of Chicago. You can’t go wrong by hiring them for your Notre Dame Wedding!

Sara & Daniel from Wedding Day Cinema on Vimeo.

Wedding Ceremony: Notre Dame Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Wedding Reception: Tippacanoe Place, South Bend
Wedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Wedding Floral & Decor: MichaelAngelos “The Event Company”
Wedding Video: Wedding Day Cinema

Notre Dame Wedding : Real Wedding

Basilica Monday was last week at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame University and all the lucky brides and grooms who got their dates should be neck deep in planning their 2013 wedding day! To help with Notre Dame Wedding Planning, here is some wedding day inspiration from wedding planner Cynthia Basker of Celebrated Events in South Bend and the wedding of Mary & Michael.

The check out the gorgeous floral by Michaelangelos “The Event Company”! There are many good florists in the South Bend area, but Michaelangelos’ work is always exceptional. Check out the latest issue of Veils & Vows for their inspiring photo shoot in the spring issue on pages 42 to 53.

According to wedding planner Cynthia Basker: Throughout the planning process, the mantra was ‘soft, summery and romantic’, and I think we most decidedly accomplished that feel. The day was full of meaningful details and family traditions. Among them, the soup course at dinner: Italian Wedding Soup – made from a family recipe, handed down from mother to daughter on the bride’s side. The Groom’s aunts lovingly made and brought with them, traditional Italian cookies, which the guests enjoyed after dinner. The day was so joyful – can’t you see it on their faces?

photo booth fun at Century Center

Wedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Ceremony: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Reception: Great Hall, Century Center
Photography: Peter Thurin, Peter Thurin Photography
Band: Lynn Jordan and the Shivers
Floral/ Decor: MichaelAngelos
Cupcakes :Sweet Mandy B’s
Hair: Emerald Cut Salon & Spa
Makeup: Camelia’s Cosmetics
Photo Booth: Fun Zone Photo Booths
Papery :Christina Duthie, Cloud Nine Invitation Design

Notre Dame Weddings

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame UniversityIt is Basilica Monday for brides and their grooms, desiring to get married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame. This is the day when the Basilica opens the books for 2013 to begin scheduling 2013 Notre Dame Weddings for alumni. Brides, grooms and their families start calling early morning and prime wedding dates are usually gone by early afternoon.

So we wish all the Notre Dame brides dreaming of a Notre Dame Wedding, good luck!  And when you secure your date, check back here at South Bend Weddings for inspiration, tips and ideas for your upcoming Notre Dame Wedding!

South Bend Wedding Open House

Meet with wedding professionals as you plan your South Bend Wedding or Notre Dame Wedding and check out their services in action! South Bend and Notre Dame Brides, the South Bend Country Club is having a Bridal Open House on Sunday, March 11 from 12 to 4!  Admission is FREE. This is your chance to to check out the beautiful grounds and club house of the South Bend Country Club.

Call Samantha Geyer  at the South Bend country club 574.282.2527 to RSVP.

Our favorite photo booth rental company Fun Zone PhotoBooths will be there offering free photo booth sessions and photo strips to all the brides and grooms in attendance. Many other wedding professionals will be in attendance too.

South Bend Wedding Inspiration

Check out this absolutely gorgeous wedding and reception in South Bend, overseen by wedding planner extraordinaire Cynthia Basker from Celebrated Events! So gorgeous!

Mark & Molly were married at the Notre Dame Basilica o the Sacred Heart, with the reception following at the Palais Royale in downtown South Bend.

They also had a photo booth from Fun Zone Photo Booths. I love the fun you can have in a photo booth.

You can read more about the wedding on the Celebrated Events blog!

Ceremony – Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame

Reception – Palais Royale

Wedding Planning & Design – Cynthia Basker, Celebrated Events

Floral & Decor – MichaelAngelos

Photography – Peter Thurin, Peter Thurin Photography

Papery – Cloud Nine Invitation Design, Emily Dionne Events and Nuptials

Hair – Emerald Salon and Spa

Photo Booth – Fun Zone Photo Booths