Sean & Colleen {married}

We could hear laughter bubbling from the kitchen where Colleen’s bridesmaids were snacking over girl talk while Colleen and her maid of honor were upstairs putting the finishing touches on. Sean and his groomsmen were over at Prairie Landing Golf Club enjoying the view and soaking up the sun. It was a beautiful start to an even better day.
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Sean and Colleen were so excited to see each other so they opted to do a first look. Sean waited for Colleen on the bridge where the happiness and laughter continued, and the excitement for the day began to escalate.  
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Their ceremony was outdoors at Prairie Landing on a beautiful, sun-drenched afternoon in late August. Surrounded by their family and friends, Sean and Colleen became husband and wife. There was so much happiness throughout the ceremony and just looking at the smiles on their faces, you could see the pride they shared in knowing that they had just married their best friend.
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Everything flowed so perfectly on their wedding day – it was like a dream. At sunset, the couple stepped outside for a few more quiet moments together. 
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Then the night continued with a romantic first dance. Shortly after, the dance floor was packed with all their guests and they danced the night away.
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Sean and Colleen, thank you for letting us be a small part of your wedding day. You two are incredible together and we’re so happy to have been able to celebrate your love for one another. Congratulations!

Check out more of their beautiful wedding day here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.972808452739648.1073741956.159456760741492&type=3

David & Jenny {married}

David & Jenny are an incredible couple – the story of how they came to be, and the road that lead to it are equally so. Through many twists, turns and the ever unexpected loop life brings David one day found himself sitting down to a table during a lunch break at a youth pastor’s conference. Across from him was beautiful brunette with sparkling eyes. Before he could think of a way to start conversation another person sat down and began to talk. As lunch drew to a close David scrambled to think of a way he could try to connect with the lovely lady across the table from him without (in his words) “being creepy.” Little did he know Jenny was hoping they would talk as well. They managed a few words to each other around their talkative table mate but that was about it. As they all stood up at the end of lunch David turned and asked what she thought of the conference AND for her email address since they didn’t have time to talk about it further. As he drove home he mentally berated himself for not thinking of something better, but a few days later he gathered his courage and shot her an email. A week or two later Jenny came home from their first date to tell call a friend saying “I just met the man I’m going to marry!” A few months, many dates and phone calls late into the night, David asked Jenny if she would be up for helping a photographer friend of his (me!) fill up her last winter mini-session. Jenny obligingly agreed and the wheels were set in motion for a perfect proposal. (You can see that here) Their wedding day was the opposite of that cold, February chill, but their love for each other had only grown and taken on dimension.j1Jenny dressed for the day amid laughter and quiet strains of worship music as her mom, sister and bridesmaids bustled around in anticipation. Exclamations over her grandmothers pearls, a quick text from David and funny little inside jokes filled the air. j2So much love and joy ran smack into each other the first moments they saw each other as Jenny’s father escorted her down the aisle.  t1It’s been said we can’t truly understand the full height of joy without experiencing the depth of pain in life’s valleys. I’ve never watched a more perfect picture of that saying unfold as this moment. t2Jenny & David were married in the church where David works as a youth minister. Several talented young musicians whose lives David has impacted provided incredible music, after which David had a surprise for Jenny – instead of proceeding with vows he walked over and played this. Other mentors, family and friends participated in the ceremony and their love for David & Jenny tinged every word spoken, read and sung.t3.8 t3.5After the ceremony we traveled to the nearby Harris Forest Preserve where their wedding party filled the next half hour with even more laughter – and snacks. It was the first time we’ve ever been offered scotch-a-roos while taking pictures! t7 t3.9 t9 t6 t7.5 t16 t5 t4 t3 t8Seriously, if Jenny sat across from you, you’d want to talk to her too. Not just because kindness bubbles out of her friendly smile and the easy way she initiates conversation, but those eyes are amazing. David, you’re a blessed man! t9.5 t12 t15.5 t10 t14.5 t12.5 t10.5 t15 t16.5 t13 t11 t14 t15.6 t17The new Mr. & Mrs. Thanepohn arrived at the Kendall County Fairgrounds and danced their way into a warm summer night. We stepped out for a few final photos as the sun begin to set and it was the perfect summation of their wedding day. Laughter. Joy. Contentment. Gratitude. We pray God continues to fill your lives increasingly with each of those attributes. We’re unbelievably happy for you! Congratulations!!! t18

Chris & Caitlyn {married}

High school sweethearts, best friends, husband & wife. Chris & Caitlyn have been a part of our family’s lives for the past 7 years. I’ve watched them grow, change and adapt as their relationship has endured each new challenge. Such an honor to have the chance to photograph this next step as they become a Mr. & Mrs.!1 2 As her mom, mother-in-law, sisters and friends bustled around her on the morning of her wedding, Caitlyn exuded joy in every excited glance and happy laugh. 3 4 5 6 7 8.5 8Chris & Caitlyn were joined by their hilarious wedding party and the celebrating that began with the excitement of getting ready in the morning, saying “I do” in the afternoon, and joking through photographs then stretched into hours of laughter and dancing the night away. 9 10 11 13 14.5 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31Chris & Caitlyn’s families did an awesome job decorating the Kendall County Fairgrounds and after a great meal, some handcrafted treats and signature drinks, the Ethan Bell Band provided plenty of music and fun. Caitlyn’s grandmother made their cake and stocked the dessert table in lavish fashion.chriscaitkendallco cake32 33 34Chris & Caitlyn, we are beyond happy for you, may God bless you with many happy years and so many more adventures together.

Cody & Kelly {engaged}

Cody & Kelly have smiles that immediately light up a room – they are genuine and funny and LOVE their puppy, Harleigh. When Kelly called me and asked if it was ok for them to start their session in Cubs jerseys (Harleigh included) I knew we were going to have a great time. 5834 5863 5854Cody & Kelly have been friends since high-school, but it wasn’t until much later that they started dating. Kelly smilingly said it was the most well-thought out decision of her life! Thoughtfulness seems to an underlying theme in their relationship – this February Cody created a treasure hunt for a date night with Kelly – each new clue a part getting ready for and eventually going on a memorable date. The very last letter she found asked her to marry him! I loved this story, but thought it was even sweeter after becoming friends on Facebook and seeing another one of Cody’s thoughtful date lists posted: (this isn’t my photo, but the man deserves applause for creativity!)codya588558755989a5918When asked what they most appreciate about each other it was increasingly apparent how much they truly ‘get’ each other. From Cody two simple, direct sentences wrapped up the awesome heart Kelly has: “I appreciate her hard work and dedication towards anything she puts her mind to. She’s loving.” Kelly was equally direct, saying “I appreciate his support. He has always been there, for the good and the bad, and gives me his opinion. It may not be what I want to hear, but it will always make me feel better in the end!” Hard work, love and honesty – what better way could you embark on marriage?  Sometimes you don’t need thousands of words, a few heart-felt ones say volumes. 5924 a5928 a5957 a5971 a5984 a5995 15997 6007 16002Cody & Kelly, your wedding day will be such an incredible celebration of the fantastic relationship you already have. We are unbelievably excited to have the chance to be there when you say the vows you already are living out!

Zach + Courtney | married

Zach and Courtney have a deep appreciation and respect for each other. When you see them together, you can tell they have been together for a long time and are very comfortable in each others presence. Their wedding day was perfect for an outdoor ceremony. The sun was shining at Emerson Creek in Oswego, where Courtney, her maids, her mother, and her and Zach’s children (the adorable Grace and Jaxson) calmly prepared for the day together in the ‘Bridal Coop’. Grace was the flower girl and loved to refer to it as ‘her’ wedding day, and Jaxson made an adorable ring bearer.
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The intimate ceremony took place outside on the Emerson Creek grounds overlooking a pond surrounded by beautiful, serene prairie. Grace cried many happy tears watching her parents become husband and wife. They make such a beautiful family!
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During cocktail hour the couple happily walked around the Emerson Creek grounds in their freshly wedded bliss. These are some of our favorites.
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m14Courtney and her mom lovingly handmade beautifully personalized details, centerpieces and so much more. The reception barn was overflowing with tasteful decor, delicious food and a welcoming coffee bar and cupcake station.reception desertbarA beautiful sunset filled the sky with color and Mr. & Mrs. McCoy enjoyed a few more moments together before joining their friends and family in dancing the night away.0951
Zach and Courtney, it was an honor to be a small part of your wedding day. We are so happy for you and wish you great happiness in your lives together! Congratulations!

Venue – Emerson Creek Pottery & Tea Room 

 

Josh & Jodi {married}

Laughter poured out of the bridal suite as the sun broke through the clouds on Josh and Jodi’s wedding day. Jodi was getting ready with her bridesmaids and mom on hand and every moment was bursting with readiness. Just down the hall Josh prepared for the day – both waiting eagerly for the moment they would finally see each other.lang6 lang7lang28 lang29 lang30 lang5 lang4When every detail was in place Jodi left to meet her groom at Whitetail Country Club – his reaction was a little teary and their mutual joy at the days events to come was all that was on their minds. Their wedding party joined them and the day only got better.lang8 lang20 lang11 lang3 lang2 lang1 lang24 lang22 lang25lang26 lang9lang19 lang10 lang12After a heart-felt ceremony, the couple stole out to the bridge for a few more photos together before returning to their guests and dancing the night away. lang13 lang15 lang16 lang17 lang18Josh & Jodi, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day! It was truly an honor and absolutely perfect. {for more on Josh & Jodi’s love story, click on over here}lang31

Vendors: Bridal Suite – The Hampton Inn, Yorkville IL

Wedding/Reception – Whitetail Ridge Golf Club, Yorkville IL

Cake – The Cakery, North Aurora IL

Photography – Pulse Photography & Design

Ryan & Rachel {married}

Ryan & Rachel are an incredible couple. Their steady, deeply considerate affection for each other resonates through every encounter you may be blessed to have with them and extends to the people around them. For more on their love story, click on over here.      Their day began at the Stade home, filled with sunlight, laughter and the occasional happy tear. Rachel descended the stairs to the delighted smiles of her family and bridesmaids, before being whisked away to the church and her eager groom. gsb20 gsb23 01The church was beautifully enhanced with some of our favorite flower arrangements ever – provided by Erin of Event Floral.  After a heart-felt ceremony, the bride and groom made a quick get-a-way in a fantastic antique car. After formal church photos the bridal party was taken by an old fashioned Trolley and transported in style to the grounds of the Ellwood House for wedding photos.02 03gsb19 gsb16 gsb15 gsb13After a laughter-filled time of photos, the new Mr. & Mrs. climbed aboard the trolley with our final destination of Aquaviva Winery and a stunning reception. The entire day was meticulously coordinated by Amanda of La’Di Events and could not have been more seamless. The vineyard was just showing glimpses of a new summer’s crop – it was a perfect backdrop for the new couple to have a few quiet moments together.gsb9 07 06 gsb8 gsb7 gsb12 gsb11 04 05gsb41009gsb5gsb1gsb2The Aquaviva dining room was candlelit, filled with flowers and overflowing with delicious smells and of course, wine! The night was filled with beauty and lots of dancing to the stellar sounds of Hey Jimmy – Rachel is a talented musician and the music at her wedding and reception reflected both impeccable taste and equally talented friends. 11glab_band-dancegsb6Ryan & Rachel, thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us, it was truly an honor and we pray God’s richest blessings in your new life together.

Vendors:                                                                                                                          Wedding Coordinator – Amanda Stowe http://ladievents.com/                                 Flowers – Erin, Event Floral http://www.event-floral.com/                                       Transportation – Carla, Village Trolley http://villagetrolley.com/                                        Photo Location – The Ellwood House, DeKalb IL http://www.ellwoodhouse.org/                 Reception – Aquaviva Winery, Maple Park IL http://acquavivawinery.com/                    Music – Hey Jimmy http://heyjimmy.com/                                                         Photography – Pulse Photography & Design http://www.pulsephotographyanddesign.com/