I love weddings! I remember planning my own wedding and the months of stressful decision making that went into it. It took every single second to pull off even the simple event that we had. So when I was contacted on a Tuesday about photographing a wedding ceremony on that Friday I was intrigued!It turns out that a treasured family member was going to be in town unexpectedly so the couple decided to tie the knot and all of the planning had to be done in two weeks. Mom was up for the challenge….and I was the last item on her list.Under normal circumstances, I probably wouldn’t have been able to help them out on such short notice with my kids in school and activities but, since it was spring break, I was excited to say YES!!
I had never photographed (or attended) a wedding at a courthouse before so I was thrilled to be able to document this special day for this lovely family. I had heard that the Kane County Courthouse was older but beautiful and it didn’t disappoint. Gorgeous old architecture for sure.The lobby was a buzz with the nervous energy of the various brides, grooms and their families all waiting their turn to step into the courtroom and say “I do”. I was able to squeeze into the tiny ladies room to grab a few photos of the bride getting ready. I also snapped up a few of the anxious groom.Next up was the ‘first look’. The weather outside was blustery and drizzling so we chose the stairway for the moment when the groom first sees his beautiful bride in her dress. These moments are always magical…One of my favorite touches was the photo locket displayed on the bride’s bouquet with a photo of her Mother and Sister who had both passed. This photo is of the bride’s hand along with her stepmother and the photo of her mother. So special.We were # 5 on the docket so I squeezed in as many photos as possible prior to the ceremony. I think it was good for them as it gave them something to focus on besides how nervous they were.And then we were up. Inside the courtroom it was all business….and ‘I do’s’.I always get a little weepy at weddings….even when they aren’t mine. A few more photos after the ceremony…We attempted some outdoors photos but the weather was not very cooperative. Here are my favorites…And then it was off the the restaurant and reception.Once the weather cleared up a bit, I asked the bride to step outside to take a few additional photos. I had noticed her body art and knew I wanted to capture that (a passion of mine) as well as a nice portrait in the natural light.I thoroughly enjoyed this day…meeting this wonderful family…and sharing in their joy.