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.
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.
The Gathering Barn Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Waking up this morning, I was surprised by the amount of snow I found outside my suburban Chicago home. It was just a light dusting, and it was already starting to be melted away by the steady rainfall, but for a moment, I was taken back to November 8th, 2019 when another unexpected snowfall occurred.
We were referred to Missy and Kyle from another client (and friend) and we immediately hit it off! Missy and Kyle laughed their way through their engagement session and we were already getting antsy thinking that we had the honor of being their wedding photographer. I can still remember how excited Missy was while talking about the engagement and planning her vision for the wedding. The engagement session was flawless, but how could it not be with such a gorgeous couple?! I was mesmerized by the amount of love they shared between each other in those moments.
Next up: the wedding day!!
I remember the day so vividly, leaving Illinois to drive up to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Our destination was The Gathering Barn, the venue for Missy and Kyle’s Wedding. Missy had a vision of being outside on the beautiful property for their wedding and their photos, but the weather had some other plans. It was bitterly cold and the light blanket of snow made your feet just wet enough that after a few minutes you couldn’t feel your toes anymore. It seemed as if her wedding vision may be changed.
Most brides would have been disappointed, but not Missy, she was determined to make her vision come to life. The bridal party and groomsmen assembled inside their own bridal suites on separate sides on the property. The natural light flowing through the windows in each suite made for the most beautiful photos, and thanks to the propane heaters, we all stayed warm (and a little light-headed).
After the ceremony, the sun was in the perfect place for golden hour photos. Missy, undeterred by snow, wore her little jelly flats and walked around the entire property with us to capture as many moments as possible. I know I couldn’t feel my toes and fingers and I was much more covered than she was from the cold weather that day. Even with the snow, cold weather, and changes to the “plan,” Missy had the day she was so excited to have for so long.
After nearly getting frostbitten, we all went inside to warm up and enjoy some delicious food and dancing. The reception was also at The Gathering Barn and they surely delivered a wonderful space. The venue was large enough that no one felt crowded and with the cold weather outside it was a cozy retreat for the evening. Dinner was fantastic, the speeches were tear jerkers, and the desserts by Poppy Cakes were to die for. It was a day any bride, although somewhat unexpected, would love to have.