Derek + Brianna | married

Derek and Brianna’s share something unique – a mirthful connection that’s brimming just below the surface that they bring out in each other at a moments notice. Their wedding day was true to form full of laughter and took place on a chilly fall day at the newly renovated Fisherman’s Inn in Elburn, Illinois.
12Bri was surrounded with her mom and bridesmaids as she prepared to meet Derek – partially through her uncle called her out to the hallway where he had a special gift for her – a beautiful heirloom necklace, and a gentle hug followed by sweet congratulations.
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Brianna excitedly flew down the stairs to meet her groom to the cheers of their bridal party and family. The chilly wind and threatening storm clouds did nothing to diminish their enthusiasm.
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The venue has gorgeous grounds that Derek, Brianna, and their awesome bridal party bravely explored in spite of the wind and cold.
1213hi611109hi7hi13hi5ahi1ahi116hi253hi6a64hi11hi4Derek is a fireman (as were several groomsmen). We loved all of the touches of the ‘firefighter’ theme they incorporated into their wedding, especially this antique fire truck.
hi7bhi987hi7ahi7chi8hi10hi12Even though it was a lot colder than what you would expect for the first weekend of October, we were so happy the couple still decided to go forward with their outdoor wedding (don’t let the photos fool you – it’s so much colder than it looks!) They were such troopers!
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After a night full of love, dancing, and so much celebrating, Derek and Brianna exited their reception through a sidewalk full of family and friends cheering with sparklers and ended the night with this sweet kiss.
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What a fun night! Derek and Brianna, we were so happy to capture and celebrate your love with you. We wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

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Gabe & Megan {married}

From our very first meeting with Gabe & Megan we were struck by their warmth and genuine way they interact with people. Together they have an incredibly close and truly meaningful relationship that each values intensely. It was no surprise on their wedding day to feel just as surrounded by their equally welcoming families and friends. Our day began with the bride and groom enjoying relaxed mornings, eagerly preparing to see each other.tie groom brideshoes shoes earrings bridal deetsAlthough it was windy, chilly and overcast, nothing could dim their joy and anticipation at seeing each other! They had a beautiful first look at Whitetail Ridge Country Club and Gabe could not have been more delighted with his radiant bride. Their wedding party joined them and braved the wind. The colors Megan chose were the perfect pop against the autumn leaves.first_look first look snuggles bp3 maids gmen2 BP2 maids2 gmen bp maids flowersbridalflowers bandg2 flowergirl even more kissesWith their wedding party heading indoors to warm up, Gabe & Megan enjoyed a few more moments together. Although cold, it was apparent their focus was each other and not the chill.noses megan beauty fence bride tall groom4 bride gorge groom3  classic briderings groom2 gazing more kissing  kiss copy bandg bandg3 bandg2 walkingAs the first strains of delicate harp music played and guests were seated, Gabe’s gaze didn’t waver from where his bride and her father would soon appear. After a beautiful ceremony conducted by the groom’s uncle, everyone hurried to the warmth of the reception waiting inside for them!ceremony_details aisle vows ceremony kiss reception_details dining room reception deetsMr. & Mrs. Antonio were welcomed to their reception by a rousing Mariachi band and many, many cheers! The tide of happy wishes carried them through heart-felt toasts and sweet first dances. reception cake dance first dance Gabe & Megan it was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day. It’s easy to see how well you compliment each other, and we’re confident you will have many incredible years together. All of the very, very best to you!!