Rushville Bridal Expo January 23rd

Modeling wedding gown at bridal expo in Rushville, Illinois
Bonnie's Bridal of Macomb put on the style show at last year's Rushville Bridal Expo. Photo by Steve/

The Fourth Annual Rushville Bridal & Prom Expo is coming up — 1-4 pm Sunday January 23rd 2011 at the Virginia Community Building at Scripps Park in Rushville, Illinois. The event is sponsored by the Rushville Times. We will be on hand with more than 80 other vendors.

Tiffany Hermon Warmowski at trade show in front of booth
Tiffany in front of the Warmowski Photography booth at last year's show.

The show features a style show by Bonnie’s Bridal & Prom of Macomb at 3 pm as well as door prizes and food. We will give away at least two gift certificates as part of the drawing. Contact the paper for more info at 217.322.3321. The park is just west of the intersection of routes 24 and 67 in Rushville. Tell your friends you’re coming on Facebook.

The Virginia Community Building is a pretty place for a wedding as well. We photographed Carissa & Jim’s wedding there in the fall of 2009 (their ceremony was at Holy Family Church in Mount Sterling). Keep the location in mind if you’re planning an event in the area!

Dancing bride and groom, people watching from tables and from balcony
Carissa & Jim during their first dance at their reception at the Virginia Community Center at Scripps Park in Rushville. Photo by Steve/
Bride and groom from behind walk in park
Carissa & Jim wander into Scripps Park to take photos before their reception in Rushville.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, photojournalists offering wedding photography in Central Illinois. Based in Jacksonville, Morgan County; also available in Rushville, Schuyler County; Mount Sterling, Brown County; Macomb, McDonough County Illinois; and beyond.

Checking things out at WDBR bridal expo at Crowne Plaza

Showing products at bridal show
Showing off products at the Slumber Parties by Sara booth at the WDBR bridal show at Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Photo by Steve/

I stopped in at the WDBR bridal show in Springfield today, mostly to check out how fellow members of the Springfield Local Favorites were doing with their booths (above is Slumber Parties by Sara). Matthew Stevens of Stevens DJ Service said 23 of the 80+ vendors were members of the group. As mentioned before, Nelson’s Catering was collecting names for their veterans wedding give-away.

I made some videos of Stevens DJ Service and Specialty Cakes in their booths.

Also stopped in to see Girls in White Satin. They had a super busy day as they put on both style shows! You can also see them (and us) at the Jacksonville Main Street Bridal and Prom Expo Sunday January 30th at Hamilton’s 110 North East in Jacksonville.

And don’t forget to mark Sunday September 25th on your calendar for the Springfield Local Favorites 4th Annual Bridal Bash at The Northfield Inn and Suites.

Girls in White Satin in front of their bride dress booth at wedding show
Girls in White Sating at the 2011 WDBR bridal expo show.

Posted by Steve. Springfield Local Favorites is an organization of the top wedding vendors in Central Illinois. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife team of photojournalists, studio located at 611 E. State St, Jacksonville, IL 62650, wedding photography for Central Illinois and beyond!

Steve wins international award with lightning photo

Lightning flashes over tent at a wedding reception in Carrollton, Illinois
Lightning flashes in the distance as a summer storm passes by the wedding reception of Hannah Cunningham & Joe Reed in Carrollton, Illinois. Photo by Steve/

Steve has once again placed in the Wedding Photojournalist Association‘s contest with a photo from Hannah Cunningham and Joe Reed’s wedding summer 2010 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois (Image won 9th place in Great Natural Light).

Towards the end of the night he wandered off with a tripod to get an overall image of the tent the Cunninghams had put up on their farm outside of town. He captured the image by taking several long exposures of the scene. This one was eight seconds — long enough to capture the light from the tent and for a flash of lightning to illuminate the sky. Luckily the bolt was far off in the distance, so neither the guests nor my husband (standing in the middle of an open field next to a metal tripod) were at risk!

A little bit about the WPJA — the organization is a resource for brides and grooms around the world searching for the best photojournalists to capture their day. Not photojournalistic-style, as so many other wedding photographers say they can offer,  but experienced photojournalists using their talents to tell a couple’s wedding story. From the WPJA web site: We offer a new perspective on wedding photography – quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.

To be a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, a photographer has to submit a portfolio, not just pay their way into the organization. Our web site is periodically reviewed, to make sure the work are meeting the group’s high professional standards. Less than 5% of wedding photographer qualify for membership in the organization. The group also offers tips and ideas for planning via their on-line publication, Wedpix Magazine. See Steve’s profile on

Before his career as a wedding photographer and business owner Steve worked at newspapers in Jacksonville, Decatur, Freeport and LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. He also interned at newspapers in Muskegon and Saginaw, Michigan, before graduating from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (and working at the Daily Illini).

Steve has also won previously in the contest . . .

Posted by Tiffany. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team ready to make the best possible pictures at your wedding in Chicago, St. Louis, Central Illinois and beyond. Studio located at 611 E. State St. Jacksonville, IL 62650.

Nelson’s Catering to give away two free weddings to vets

Nelson’s Catering of Central Illinois will be giving away catering for the weddings of two veterans. To qualify the bride or groom have to be currently or previously serving in the military. You may enter the drawing at a Nelson’s Catering booth at one of the wedding shows in Central Illinois, including this weekend in . . .

  • Decatur Bridal Expo, Friday-Saturday 7th & 8th at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
  • Springfield, WDBR Bridal Show at the Crowne Plaza Sunday the 9th
  • Peoria, Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show, Sunday the 9th at the Peoria Civic Center

You can also register at their offices at 3005 Great Northern Road, Springfield, IL 62711. Or during their monthly open tastings, in January on the 18th in Peoria and on the 25th in Springfield. The prize is up to a $2,500 value, drawing will be held February 1st. To get more details visit their website or Nelson’s Catering Facebook page.

And speaking of wedding shows, be sure to mark Sunday September 25th on your calendar for the Springfield Local Favorites 4th Annual Bridal Bash at The Northfield Inn and Suites.

Nelson’s Catering is a fellow member of Springfield Local Favorites, an organization of the top wedding vendors in Central Illinois (SLF on Facebook). Warmowski Photography, husband-wife team of photojournalists, studio located at 611 E. State St, Jacksonville, IL 62650, wedding photography for Central Illinois and beyond!