One Big Wedding Party | St. Andrews Golf | Emily + Dom

This day was one long, fun, crazy, beautiful, romantic wedding party and it was awesome!St andrews golf wedding in west chicago – elite photo

Let me start by saying the bride and groom picked this location solely on the fact Emily’s parents had their reception at St. Andrews 33 years ago.  Furthermore, her grandparents had their reception there over 70 years ago.  Wow!

Ceremony:  Visitation Church, Elmhurst, IL

Reception:  St. Andrews Golf Course, West Chicago, IL

Floral Design:  Town and Country Gardens

Music:  Admit One DJ’s – Affan

Sweets:  Oak Mill Bakery

Photography: Elite Photo

The ceremony and wedding reception/dinner were beautiful and so much fun, but I would have to say the real story of this wedding was the dance party.  Emily and Dom picked Affin from Admit One DJs as their Master of Ceremonies.  I have worked with him multiple times before and he really knows how to get a party going.  It felt like every person at this wedding had a fun song dedicated just to them because each time a song came on I would here someone yell “This is your/her/my song!”.  Note:  Dom’s was “Like a Prayer” by Madonna, I think, based on the dance party he threw complete with lip sync service.

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Funny and Cool Wedding | Fishermen’s Inn | Nick + Ann

wedding photographer in elburn, illinois – Elite PhotoCeremony and Reception Venue:  Fishermen’s Inn

Floral Design:  Christopher marks Fine Flowers

Ceremony and Cocktail Music:  Moeller Music

Beauty:  Montage Salon

DJ: Greg Hoover at DJs for You

Sweets:  The Cakery

Photography: Elite Photo

Menswear:  Lorenzos

Wedding Gown Boutique:  Crystal Bride

One thing I have learned about Nick and Ann is they LOVE to laugh.  This is one of the reasons I called this post a “Funny and Cool Wedding”.  It was all that and more.wedding at fishermens inn – by Missy at Elite PhotoFishermens Inn celebrity wedding – Elite Photo

Nick and Ann have known one another for over 25 years.  They reconnected and started dating about 5 years ago which led to Nick proposing to Ann on a beautiful September day in Barcelona, Spain.  “We were exploring Park Guell and went to the highest part of the park, known as the 3 crosses, where you can see almost all of Barcelona.  Once up there, Nick got down on one knee and popped the question”.  So romantic and way to go, Nick.  That’s a great proposal.

The wedding was just as romantic.  First of all, they were married on literally the prettiest day of the year.  The wedding color was blush with the theme, like the venue, being rustic elegance.  The couple wanted things to be formal, but a “little unique and fun”.  The ceremony was located a beautiful 2 minutes stroll from the Inn on the grounds under a beautiful flower adorned pergola.   Some favorite moments from this wedding were the toasts.  Ann’s sisters and daughter, Taylor, gave a co-toast together ad had so many funny stories to tell.  Lots of laughing.  Nick’s Mom chose to treat all the guests to her rendition of “At Last” during dinner.  Nick and his siblings grew up hearing her sing this song and tears and smiles were everywhere as she finished her last note.  Finally, Nick’s brother, THE John Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter from The Big Bang Theory) gave the best man speech which had everyone roaring.  He, like the rest of the family, obviously has the gift of comedy.  The coolest, funniest, nicest families have just been combined.  What a great match.wedding at fishermens inn – by Missy at Elite Photowedding at fishermens inn – by Missy at Elite Photowedding at fishermens inn – by Missy at Elite PhotoBest man, Johnny Galecki from Big Bang Theorywedding at fishermens inn – by Missy at Elite Photofather of the bride – first lookfather of the bride – first lookfather of the bride – first lookFishermens Inn celebrity wedding – Elite PhotoCeremony Details at fishermens inn – Elite Photowedding at fishermens inn – by Missy at Elite Photowedding photographer in elburn, illinois – Elite Photojohnny galecki walks down the aisle - Elite PhotoFishermens Inn celebrity wedding – Elite PhotoFishermens Inn celebrity wedding – Elite PhotoFishermens Inn celebrity wedding – Elite PhotoFishermens Inn celebrity wedding – Elite Photowedding at fishermens inn – by Missy at Elite PhotoI do with the rings – Elite Photosand ceremony – Elite Photo, batavia illinoiswedding photographer in elburn, illinois – Elite Photo
A touch I haven’t seen at many weddings that I thought made perfect sense and really says a lot about how “cool” Nick and Ann are is they gave away all their centerpieces at the end of the night.  Whoever’s birthday was closest to their wedding date got to take home the flower at each table.  Who needs 20 centerpieces the day after their wedding, anyway?  What a novel idea.  Also, a fun chance for guests to get to know more about one another and chat.
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Paramount Wedding Photographer | Aurora, IL | Kelly + Michael

Corpus Christ Catholic Church Wedding – Elite PhotoCeremony:  Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Carol Stream, IL

Reception:  Paramount Theatre Meyer Ballroom, Aurora, IL

Floral Design:  Shamrock Garden Florist

Music:  Backthird Entertainment 

Sweets:  Harner’s Bakery, North Aurora

Photography: Elite PhotoMeyer Ballroom in Aurora, Illinois – Wedding photography

Like most of us affected by the stay-at-home order, I have officially cleaned out every closet in my house and have moved onto something really fun……… blogging.  Besides actual wedding days, blogging is one of my favorite tasks I do for my business.  It’s so fun to pick my favorite images and write about the couple’s unique days.

Kelly and Mike were married in a Catholic ceremony and had their reception in Aurora, Il at the Paramount Meyer Ballroom.  I first have to tell you about something really funny that happened.  Every wedding day is unpredictable, and unique, as I always say.  During the ceremony, when the best man handed the rings off to the priest, the ring was accidentally dropped and must have rolled a LONG ways because it took a while to find.  Eventually, there were guests and even the priest down on their hands and knees looking around for the ring.  One of the groomsmen finally found it in about the 4th row on the grooms side and everyone had a little chuckle, let out a sigh of relief, and continued on with their beautiful ceremony.  I loved how calm everyone was and they worked together, even though it took a good 4-5 minutes to find the wedding band.

This was the first time I’ve photographed a wedding at the Meyer Ballroom, so I was excited.  New locations really open up my creativity AND I was looking forward to working downtown Aurora.  It ended up being a really pretty day and after the ceremony, we wandered around downtown for a bit taking pictures with the bride, groom, and their wedding party.

I asked Kelly and Mike to describe a detail or two that was really special to them about their wedding.

  • Kelly: The morning of our wedding day, my cousin Kathy presented me with my late Aunt’s nursing school pin. This gesture was so sweet and meant a lot because I worked extremely hard for my nursing degree and have been working as a nurse the past few years. I decided the best way to honor her was to attach the pin to my wedding bouquet as a “something borrowed.” I definitely felt her spirit that day.
  • Mike: For me it was standing up by the altar waiting for Kelly to walk down the aisle. It was especially exciting when the doors opened and I was finally able to see her in her dress. I just remember saying, “Wow!!” as she walked down the aisle.

Advice from the couple to couples in the process of wedding planning:

  • Try not to sweat the small stuff, seriously! There are a lot of decisions to be made regarding your big day and in the end, little hiccups will not matter. The most important thing to remember is it is a day to celebrate the love between you and your significant other while having the most important people there to celebrate with you.

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Surprise Marriage Proposal | Fabyan Villa, Geneva | Chris + Kara

Who doesn’t love a surprise marriage proposal?  It’s such a beautiful moment to witness and I’m always excited when someone contacts me about them.surprise proposal in geneva illinois – elite photo

So, when Chris e-mailed me and asked if I could do this for him and Kara, we started making plans.  They have a labradoodle puppy named Finley and he wanted to include the dog, so we found a place Finley could play.

The hard part is always getting the timing just right and somehow coming up with a story why and when for the soon to be fiance’.  Chris planned it out perfectly.  Kara thought her and Chris were meeting some friends for a pub crawl in Geneva and when they got close, he said he had Finley and needed to take him for a walk at this fun park first.  So, Kara came to the park to walk their cute dog.  I pretended to be a nature photographer (my usual) and when Chris found the right moment, I caught the moment.  She was definitely surprised and……. she said “yes”.

I had never met them before, but by the end of the session I felt so connected to them having been there for this awesome moment in their lives.  I am so thankful Chris picked me to photograph his surprise and I wish this couple (and Finley) all the very best and happy wedding planning.surprise engagement – elite photosurprise marriage proposal – elite photosurprise engagement – elite photoengagement session with your dogsurprise engagement – elite photoengagement photographer in ferns – elite photosurprise engagement – elite photosurprise proposal in geneva, illinois – elite photosurprise proposal in geneva, illinois – elite photo

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