Wedding Bells…

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!IMG_1520It 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.IMG_1466Under 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.IMG_1462The 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. IMG_1440I also snapped up a few of the anxious groom.IMG_1436Next 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…IMG_1446IMG_1453IMG_1456IMG_1457One 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.IMG_1469We 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.IMG_1475IMG_1494IMG_1503IMG_1515IMG_1524IMG_1530IMG_1532IMG_1553IMG_1557And then we were up.  Inside the courtroom it was all business….and ‘I do’s’.IMG_1611IMG_1625IMG_1627IMG_1632IMG_1643I always get a little weepy at weddings….even when they aren’t mine.  A few more photos after the ceremony…IMG_1668IMG_1669IMG_1696IMG_1690We attempted some outdoors photos but the weather was not very cooperative.  Here are my favorites…IMG_1734IMG_1709And then it was off the the restaurant and reception.IMG_1850IMG_1918IMG_1835IMG_1841Once 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.IMG_1932IMG_1948I thoroughly enjoyed this day…meeting this wonderful family…and sharing in their joy.