Getting behind the camera is definitely one of our favorite things to do but writing about our experiences with every couple we meet fills our soul.
Being a Chicago based wedding photography company we have become well versed in the areas surrounding us and the local venues that we love. An area we were not familiar with is Freeport, IL. I have to be honest, when this couple first contacted us I definitely had to pull up a map to see where it was. It was over a two hour drive, but man was it worth it.
Meet Catherine and Jake, two amazingly accomplished individuals that match their brain power with incredible personalities. From the first day we talked to these two Rue and I knew we would be a great fit for each other. Listening to their plans of bringing a backyard wedding up a few levels to a grand event with the finest details made me want to capture it even more.
Jake made my job so easy. From the second I stepped into the room I felt like we were on the same page. He was so laid back, even though he tried to tell me he was nervous. Nothing seemed to bother him and his go with the flow mentality made the entire event go so smoothly. There is so much going on during these times and so much to think about but he took every minute he could to truly enjoy the time with his groomsmen and appreciate everything that was taking place.
Catherine was equally as laid back and go with the flow. The only times I remember seeing her without a smile on her face were the times we asked her for a more serious look for a photo. Even then, I think she really struggled turning that smile off, and that thing was contagious. Every person from bridesmaids, to parents, to guests, and vendors couldn’t help but grin every time she walked by.
The day was flawless of course, but that was not by accident. Alexandra and Brianna from Weddings by Danica were on site to coordinate everything. They handled everything like the true professionals they are. We appreciate great coordinators and so did Catherine and Jake. Catherine said, “They both did a fantastic job directing everyone both days! I highly recommend them to anyone that’s looking for a day of coordinator!”
Also, what wedding reception is complete without a great MC? Catherine and Jake hired DJ Harsh as their DJ and I have to say out of all the weddings I have been to, Harsh is amazing. His personality, style, and ability to make the party happen was incredible. He was there the entire time to help us make announcements and get everyone on the dance floor when it was time. Catherine said, “DJ Harsh! He stayed on for an extra hour and even stayed to enjoy the party. He did a great job making sure our music was how we wanted it! It was a pleasure working with him!”
After the wedding dust has settled and the bride and groom come down off their wedding day high we like to take a minute to ask them how things went and what advice they have for future brides and grooms.
What was your favorite part about wedding planning?
Watching everything and everyone come together at the end. I was really impressed with our vendors!
What advice do you have for future brides and grooms?
It’s never too early to start planning!
What is your favorite memory of the day itself?
Walking down isle and seeing Jake there.
Every single wedding we photograph is unique. Some may be at the same venue or use the same vendors but there are always little things that make it stand out in its own way. Take the time to plan your day and surround yourself with quality vendors that will make your wedding day memories even better.
Covid has definitely changed the way we all do things. Some of us have been affected more than others. Some of us take it more seriously than others. Regardless of your personal views, it is here and we all are dealing with it in our own ways. In all the negativity and division that came in 2020 we wanted to try to take some positives into 2021 by reflecting on what changed for the better during this time. One of the ways we have seen positive changes in the wedding industry is the emergence of more small weddings. These smaller, more intimate, events have just seemed so special. There is so much more focus on the couples themselves, their immediate family, close friends, and the reason everyone is there that day – To celebrate the love of two individuals that want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Funk. Two adorable love birds that contacted us last minute for an intimate backyard wedding at their home in the Chicago suburbs. During our initial chat on the phone they said they were hoping for a little snow to really make this a winter wedding. They didn’t get the snow they asked for but they did get a pretty good winter alternative being partly sunny and forty degrees in December.
We spent about four hours with these two with the “getting ready’ photos, bridal portraits, groom portraits, ceremony photos, and a 1 ½ hour session at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois. We wanted them to have their full wedding story told through their photos so they could re-live this day for the rest of their lives every time they look at their wedding album.
The love between these two is obvious. The way they look at each other, talk to each other, and seem to be always touching. It was such an emotional event because of how emotional they were. Everything was about just being together and celebrating privately as newlyweds. They waited to read their vows until they were alone at the forest preserve, had their first dance alone at Fabyan Woods, and just really seemed to enjoy every single moment they had with one another.