Unique racetrack wedding – Olivia & Adam

Oliva & Adam were married at Shepp’s Racetrack, near Jacksonville, Illinois, on October 10, 2010. Shepp’s is a track were Adam races and he and Olivia thought it would be the perfect spot for their wedding.

A month before their wedding, we photographed Olivia & Adam with their race car at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
Adam fires up the engine before driving around the trailer, where the guests await the start of the ceremony.
The ceremony took place on a stage set up in front of the trailer. The guests sat in the stands.

Posted by Tiffany/WarmowskiPhoto.com

Free wedding and engagement announcements in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Bev from the Jacksonville Journal-Courier was at last weekend’s Jacksonville Bridal Expo at Hamilton Catering’s 110 North East. She had a message for brides — a reminder that wedding notices and engagement announcements in the newspaper are free.

It’s a great way to connect with your community to share your wedding story. Our wedding packages and engagement sessions include a photo you can send to the newspaper. And while other papers charge for announcement, the Jacksonville paper still does them for free. Call Pam (217.245.6121 day) with questions.

A quick note, Steve & Tiffany both used to work for the Jacksonville paper. Over the years they’ve photographed in all sorts of situations, all sorts of light, all sorts of conditions — experience put to use on your wedding day. Steve also worked at Illinois newspapers in Decatur, Freeport and LaSalle-Peru (as well at the student paper at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign).

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, experienced photojournalists available to tell the story of your wedding day. Jacksonville, Springfield, Quincy and all over Central Illinois. Chicago, St. Louis and beyond as well! Follow us on Facebook.

The Classic Harpist comes back to Jacksonville

harpist plays as seen through strings, WarmowskiPhotography.com
Devon Haupt plays the harp during the Jacksonville Bridal Expo. (photo by WarmowskiPhotography.com)

After years of building her reputation as a harpist in Northern Indiana, Devon Carpenter Haupt is coming back to Jacksonville, Illinois, with her business The Classic Harpist.

Devon and her husband, Jeff, are moving back to her hometown in the next couple months. The Classic Harpist will be available for weddings throughout Central Illinois, St. Louis, Chicago and beyond.

They have performed mostly in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. They’ve been asked to play in Nashville, Tennessee and flown off to Florida and New York. They are available either individually or together.

“It doesn’t have to be formal,” Devon said. “I’ve played at a hog roast.” Events have ranged from 10 to 300 guests, and don’t have to be formal or fancy. Their presence helps create a unique experience for your guests.

They perform more than classics — jazz standards or contemporary music, whatever your unique tastes and vision are for your day. Also available for engagement party, shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding breakfast as well as other events.

See The Classic Harpist on Facebook or call 877.HARP-578 (877.427.7578).

Posted by Steve. New finds from the Jacksonville Bridal Show. Warmowski Photography, just like the Haupts a husband-and-wife team who give your wedding a special touch. Skilled and experienced photojournalists dedicated to telling the story of your wedding day.

Thanks to all who put on the Jacksonville Bridal Expo

Model with short wedding dress, style show at bridal expo, WarmowskiPhotography.com
"Short and sassy" during the bridal style show, dresses by Girls in White Satin Bridal & Formal Wear. Image by Warmowski Photography.

Thanks to Jacksonville Main Street and all the sponsors and volunteers who made this year’s Jacksonville Main Street Bridal & Prom Expo a great success.

Flower Bouqets at vendor booth, Ashley's Petals & Angels, wedding expo, WarmowskiPhotography.com
Bouqets by Ashley's Petals & Angels.
  • American Rental & Party Center for providing tuxedos
  • A Head of Times Grand Salon & Day Spa for doing hair
  • Hamilton’s for hosting the event and food samples
  • World Travel for providing the grand prize vacation drawing
  • Casey’s DJ Service and Artistic Portraits for providing music and sound (regrets to John Casey — he was sick and had to sit out the show! Dedication to still get everything up.)
Prom style show by Girls in White Satin Bridal & Formal Wear. WarmowskiPhotography.com
Prom style show by Girls in White Satin Bridal & Formal Wear.

Sorry if I missed anyone. I know many individuals came out to help Jacksonville Main Street to put on the show. The group, which promotes downtown Jacksonville, puts on the show to showcase all the wedding and event vendors located in downtown Jacksonville.

I was standing next to Becky from Girls in White Satin during the style show, and it was great to see the reaction the crowd had when some of the dresses were shown on stage. She was getting goose bumps! We’ve been working with Girls in White Satin on their updated web page and prom model search contest. Check out our section on the Girls in White Satin web page.

It was fun to run into Mary Kay consultant Kelly Jones. We photographed her wedding back in the old days of film, when Tiffany & I were still working at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. The wedding was at the home of Janet Daniels, a fellow Mary Kay consultant. They remind brides to look their best to get quality make up. And, they show how to apply make up to make you look the best.

Also saw Hymes Videography for those wanting video of their day.

And, new to town (or back to town) are Devon and Jeff Haupt, harpists of The Classic Harpist who have performed around the country. 877.427.7578.

Brides-to-be talk to vendors at the 2011 Jacksonville Bridal Expo. warmowskiphotography.com
Brides-to-be talk to vendors at the 2011 Jacksonville Bridal Expo.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife team of experience photojournalists available to tell the story of your wedding day in Jacksonville and throughout Central Illinois. Studio located at 611 E. State Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650 (hours by appointment only). Best choice for wedding photography, featuring coffee table books featuring photos from your wedding, crafted in Italy.