Alexa and Matthew got married in late September, on one of those days where you could feel fall was in the air. Their ceremony time was at 11am, which means everyone had to be up with hair and make up done by about 10am. It was an early day for all, but the excitement of what was to come overcame the sleepiness! The morning flowed well, being able to get all of the pre photos done, and everyone to church on time. The day started off a little rainy, but the skies were starting to clear and I could tell it was going to be a gorgeous wedding.
The church was located in Lemont, IL, and was incredibly beautiful, particularly for a wedding. As the wedding started, Matthew's face lit up more and more until the doors opened to reveal his bride. She looked stunning, and it was such a special moment watching her dad walk his little girl down the aisle. As Matthew's smile grew and grew, Alexa and her dad got closer and closer. With a sweet kiss on her hand, dad handed her off and it was time to get these two wed!
Following the ceremony everyone congregated outside the church as Alexa and Matthew had doves to fly. It was a perfect ending to their ceremony, and then it was time for all the formal photographs. We stayed at the church for all the family photos and then headed to the quaint downtown Lemont area for the bridal party photos. The area was filled with green space, a bridge, brick walls...it was a great spot to get a variety of looks in one location. The sky opened up so we didn't have to fight rain, and it made for gorgeous photographs! Luckily Alexa had gifted all of the girls furs, so that helped keep everyone cozy while we worked through getting all these lovely images.
This wedding was unique in that we had a break between the photographs and the reception because the ceremony time was so early. It was a great chance to refresh, regroup for everyone and be ready for an amazing evening of celebrating. The reception was incredible with a great band, a sweets table that you would never believe unless you saw it with your own eyes, and a meat hut - which was something I never saw before, but was a huge hit! The toasts were lovely and her dad's toast of course made me tear up. The night ended with dancing, more dessert, and then it was time for us to say goodbye.
There is so much planning that goes into a wedding, and often I am along for the ride and helping in that process. It was so nice to see Alexa's day come together so nicely as we spent a lot of time talking about logistics and plans. Everything from my lens seemed perfect, most of all, her and Matthew. I wish them lots of love as they start their life together, and I also want to thank Brianne, my second shooter, who helped me capture what is surely to be one of the best days of Alexa and Matthew's lives. Congratulations!!
Lainey and Jon had such a gorgeous day for their backyard wedding reception! I loved how there was such an emphasis on getting married "at home". The bride and her girls all got ready at her mother's home, where the reception would take place and Jon met her there - meeting her for their first look. As his sister covered his eyes and walked him into the living room, Lainey was in the front room waiting, with their two adorable little boys. Mom and Dad were about to become husband and wife! Lainey looked absolutely stunning in her gown. The plunging back looked amazing on her and you could tell Jon felt like the luckiest guy!
Once everyone was ready we headed to downtown Frankfort. We stopped in a local hangout of Lainey's and took some wedding photos, a tradition of all the sisters. We then continued in downtown Frankfort, taking photos in the exact spot Jon proposed, and finishing up by the iconic brick walls in Frankfort.
The wedding ceremony took place at the absolutely gorgeous Bird Haven Greenhouse in Joliet. We were able to get beautiful shots of everyone before the ceremony started, including some new family photos of Jon, Lainey and their two boys. The boys were so excited to be a part of their parents big day and they had so much energy and excitement awaiting the ceremony! The wedding party consisted of both friends and family, and they were all a joy to work with!
Following the ceremony it was back to Lainey's mom's home, who had the most gorgeous backyard garden. It was the perfect setting for family photos and the perfect spot to host all their friends and family for a night of celebrations. They had a tented reception in the yard with yummy catering, lots of dancing, lots of heartfelt speeches and some delicious margaritas! The music was provided by Rick Howell of Your Elite Celebrations - a DJ we love working with! The decor was beautiful and it was a lovely atmosphere. As the night grew dark, the bride and groom danced the night away along with their closest friends and family. We loved seeing all the love and support these two have and loved seeing them celebrate as a beautiful family of four!
Wishing Lainey and Jon best wishes and congratulations! We loved being a part of this special day!
I had been looking forward to this wedding for quite some time, as Sarah is the daughter of one of my first ever clients when I moved back to Chicago and started LuvEd! Sarah was 15 when I met her at their first family shoot and now she's grown up, graduated college and is married... so it's been awhile! (oh boy I'm getting old) Her family has supported me throughout my time growing my business following me on social media, supporting gallery events I've put on, they've been there since the beginning and feel more like friends than anything, so to join them on this big day was such a treat!
The morning of the wedding was so calm! Sarah got ready with all her bridesmaids and her mom by her side, and Kameron got ready with all of his groomsmen. They decided to stay traditional and not see each other until the wedding ceremony, and their timeline of the day allowed that to work well, so the bride stayed hidden until it was time for her to walk down the aisle. In order to save a bit of time, we did some separate shots of all the girls and all the guys at the venue prior to the ceremony - and we could clearly see that both our bride and groom were so lucky to have such fun, caring, kind friends and family by their side for this day!
Once it was ceremony time, everyone gathered outside at Seven Bridges Golf Club - which was gorgeously decorated with an arch and white wedding chairs. The weather was perfect and it was such a gorgeous scene! When the music began, I was kind of caught off guard, but then quickly realized the music with lyrics being played was the PERFECT choice for this group. I loved the way everyone walked into the ceremony. Although, I couldn't help but tear up when it was time for Sarah to be escorted by her dad. I've been personally touched seeing this families love for each other and I'm sure this moment was not easy! When it was time to give her away you could tell he just didn't want to let go! I'm so happy I had Brianne, my assistant, photographing up front, because I was definitely in back having my own little moment!
After the I do's - and lots and lots of happy tears had by all, everyone met up to start the formal photos and we were off to work! All around, this couple, their families, their friends were such a joy to work with. Until it was time for us to leave, we had such a great time watching Sarah and Kameron be loved and supported by so many people. I truly can't wait to see where life takes them, and whether it's as their photographer or not, I hope they keep me posted on their journey, because there is a lot of LUV for these two! Congratulations Sarah & Kameron!