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The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois provides an amazing backdrop for every occasion. The Fragrance garden provides a great space for a small outdoor wedding ceremony. There are an unlimited number of locations to do photos for engagements and couples photos before or after a ceremony. Also, tall trees, dark paths, open fields of tall grass, meadows of wild flowers, or whatever else your heart desires is here.

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Austin and Stuti contacted us about having us photograph their small outdoor wedding ceremony in the Fragrance Garden at Morton Arboretum. Of course knowing what we know about the facility, we jumped all over it. It was a simple ceremony with their closest family and friends. The Fragrance Garden is a small space and ideal for their needs of their day.

Everything went exactly as planned, including the beautiful music played by Harpist Dawn Bishop. The ceremony was short and sweet and family photos were taken right there in the garden.

My favorite part about The Morton Arboretum happened after the small outdoor wedding ceremony at the Fragrance Garden. Then, we took Stuti and Austin around the grounds to explore the many photo spots they have to offer to get some amazing photos of the newlywed couple. I could not even begin to explain all of the different locations Morton has to offer. Rue and I definitely have our favorites that we like to take our couples to but we always love input from our bride and groom.

Event Space – Morton Arboretum Fragrance Garden

Music – Harpist Dawn Bishop

Photography – Eight Hands Photography

Small Outdoor Wedding Ceremony | Chicago Wedding Photographers

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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 for their backyard wedding 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. 

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Meet The Couple

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.  Also, 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.  

The Groom

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.

The Bride

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 Wedding Day

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 backyard 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!”

Free Advice

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.

Vendor List

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.  

Coordinators – Weddings by Danica

Photography – Eight Hands Photography

Hair & Make-up – Studio 218

DJ Service – DJ Harsh

Florist – Deininger Floral Shop

Rentals – North Park Rental Co.

Caterer – Hilldale Deli

No Details Spared for This Backyard Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographers