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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Macaron and Sugar Plum Wedding | Fishermen’s Inn | Jessica + Ian

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Ceremony and Reception :  Fishermen’s Inn, Elburn, Illinois

Floral Design:  Wild Orchid Custom Floral

Music: DJs for You, Greg Hoover

Sweets:  Vanilla Sugar Bakery

Photography: Elite Photo 

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One thing you should probably NOT know about me is I am a bit of a crafting geek.  I love to send letters, paint, and have an unnatural obsession with postage stamps.  I get very excited on wedding days about a lot of stuff, but particularly seeing the flowers, the dress, and the invitations.  Something I really loved about this wedding, though, were the colors.  Jessica called them “Sugar Plum”, which is a crafty way of saying purple, and Macaron (which is a shade of pink).  I think this may be another new love of mine to find pretty ways of naming colors.

Ian and Jessica’s Fishermen’s Inn wedding day started out on one of the prettiest days in August.  It was a perfect 72 degree day with lots of sun.  Jessica walked down the aisle that day in a beautiful gown designed by Bijou Bridal.  The couple were married inside under a fantastic circle arch of purples and pinks.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour outside on the patio and then moved into the large dining hall.  Tables at dinner were so pretty, but the head table was a show stopper with tall columns of flowers at a table seating over 30 people.

I always love shooting weddings at Fishermen’s Inn for so many reasons.  One being it’s the venue I really got my start at so many years ago.  Since then, I have photographed almost 30 weddings here.  Each one, however, is so unique and different.  It’s really amazing how each couple’s style and event are always distinctly separate from others.   I love it!

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Two Magnets at Orchard Ridge Farms | Nick and Jessica | Elite Photo

Bride and Groom Celebrate – Rockton, IL – Elite PhotoCeremony and Reception: Orchard Ridge Farm

Floral Design:  Groom’s Mom

Music:  Affan with Admit One DJs

Photography:  Elite Photo, Batavia, Illinois

Hotel: Ironworks Hotel

Sweets/Cake:  Halo Cupcakes

Wedding Gown Boutique:  Veiled by ChaCha The Pavillian reception hall – Rockton, IL – Elite Photo

First of all, I met Nick and Jessica after Nick contacted me to photograph their engagement session last fall.  It was a beautiful evening at the Morton Arboretum and Nick brought along a bouquet of flowers as a surprise during the session.  It was extremely touching.  They hadn’t yet decided on a location for their wedding or even chosen a wedding photographer and I was extremely thankful after they received their images from the engagement shoot they made it official and asked me to photograph their wedding, as well.

Their wedding day was the first brisk fall-like day of the year.  It ended up being a perfect afternoon and set the scene for Jessica’s entrance out of the vineyard as she walked across the field to Nick.  I was photographing him as she emerged and I could tell she actually took his breath away.  He literally lost his breath.  I even had blurry eyes for a moment.  The whole moment was priceless.  Jessica wore a fitted gown with an attached tulle skirt and a cathedral length veil with delicate lace and crystal embroidery.  Nick looked smashing in his custom Enzo suit in blue with a tangerine tie.

After the ceremony, the family took photos under the old oak tree and the wedding party enjoyed a ride around the vineyard for pictures complete with appetizers and drinks.  This group was so much fun and I could tell how much they all loved Nick and Jessica.

The colors of the day were blue, tangerine, and berry.  The flowers were all designed and put together by Nick’s Mom, Beverly, and there were tons of roses and dahlias (my absolute favorite).

My personal favorite moment of the day?  Nick and Jessica are both very athletic and as the sun was setting, Jessica asked if we could go to the prairie for a photo.  It was almost dark, so she took off running in her dress and shoes with Nick, Maggie, and I running behind.  It was so much fun and we ended up getting some favorite shots in the golden rod  at dusk.

Thanks to the staff at Orchard Ridge Farms in Rockton, Illinois for doing such a fantastic job, once again, on a beautiful wedding.  They even pulled off the perfect sparkler exit for the couple.

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I loved the anticipation in this moment.  Married on a hill under two very large oak trees, Jessica had a long walk from her hiding spot in the vineyard to Nick, under the oaks.  He was able to watch her walk towards him for quite a bit of time and I loved hearing his comments of “wow” and “gosh” and by the time she got to him, he was just bursting with excitement to marry his bride.  Jessica, you could tell, was the same way.  They were meant to be together and that one to two minute walk was like watching two magnets getting closer and closer to one another.
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Lavender Wedding Florals on the Farm | Heritage Prairie Farm | Nicole + James

Elite Photo – Batavia Illinois Wedding PhotographerCeremony and Reception :   Heritage Prairie Farm, Elburn, Illinois

Floral Design:  Wallflower Designs, Batavia, Illinois

Music:  Vinny Chicago, Illinois

Sweets:  The Sugar Path, Geneva, Illinois

Beauty:  Montage Salon, Geneva, Illinois

Photography: Elite Photo, Batavia, Illinoisbest chicago farm weddings – elite photo

Would you love to get married late in August on a beautiful farm on the absolute prettiest day of the whole entire year?  Well, Jim and Nicole did just that.  Their ceremony and reception were both held at the always stylish and earthy Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn, Illinois.  Some favorite details of the day were the lavender florals by Wallflower designs that were overflowing everywhere you looked.  The couple even added a cascading grape vine wreath of florals to their dance floor which perfectly accented the cake during dinner and the dancing later on for the party.

Nicole and Jim are both big cat people, so of course we got some cameos from Carl, the farm cat (he’s a bit of a celebrity around here).

Colors for the day included mauve, lavender, sage green, and ivory with a perfect accent of “sunset” courtesy of mother nature.

 

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Do a little before and after and check out their engagement session at Peck Farm in Geneva, IL here.

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