Anne & Loren – Wedding highlights

Anne & Loren were married Saturday 23 April 2011 at Prairie Productions in Chicago. It has been raining a lot here in the Midwest, so I was preparing myself all week for that possibility. No rain appeared! The day was absolutely beautiful in every way.

Here are some of our favorite details from their day.

Anne & Loren decided to see each other before the ceremony. They did so at a park right near their home.

Anne’s dog, Murphy was an important part of the day (click here for a post on Murphy)

Anne had help making all of the napkins (and decorating the favor boxes).

Loren’s mom, Sharon, and Anne take a peek at people arriving for the wedding.

Loren’s father, Rudy is an organist and musician. He brought a small pipe organ to Prairie Productions and played for the couple’s ceremony.

Anne didn’t choose dresses for her bridesmaids. She simply asked them to wear blue or green. They choose dresses that fit their styles and body types as well as budgets.

They had amazing desserts from Sweet Mandy B’s including macaroons and cupcakes.

The cake Anne & Loren cut was from a bakery & coffee shop they visited the morning of their wedding.

The couple decided on using iTunes for their music. They plugged into Prairie Production’s sound system and danced all night.

There is a great view of the skyline right outside Prairie Productions and we took advantage of it near the end of the night.

Congratulations to Anne & Loren and a beautiful wedding day! Wishing you a long and happy marriage!

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Warmowski Photography photographes couples in Chicago, St. Louis, Springfield, all over Illinois as well as destination weddings.

Dreaming of the royal wedding

Bride's veil in wind England -
Carolyn & Daniel after their wedding ceremony in Buxton, Devonshire, England. Photo by Steve/Warmowski Photography

All the talk of the royal couple’s wedding is making us think of the wedding we photographed in England in 2008, how we met Carolyn & Daniel, and our Bacon Number of 2.

Tiffany & I ventured up to Waupaca, Wisconsin for the wedding of our friend (and Jacksonville Journal-Courier co-worker) Sada (Konkol) Reed. While at Sada & Jason’s wedding we hit it off with Carolyn & Daniel, her friends from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. They were planning their own wedding, and we threw out the suggestion we’d love to be their wedding photographers, and they thought that was brilliant!

Before I go on about their wedding — Sada, Carolyn & Daniel were classmates to Prince William, therefore by the Kevin Bacon Degrees of Separation, our number is 2.

Anyways, Carolyn is a native of Galesburg, Illinois and grew up in Saudi Arabia. She married Daniel in his hometown of Buxton, Derbyshire, England. It was fun to watch Daniel run around the Old Hall Hotel (he worked there as a teen). It was neat to see the English traditions like the ladies’ hats, the formal meal, “wedding breakfast” and even cutting the cake with a sword.

The event was not our first destination wedding. We’ve also done weddings in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Mariestad, Västra Götaland, Sweden; and Las Vegas. I dream of photographing a wedding in Poland. And, one day we’ll set up our Tuscan wedding packages with our friend and fashion photographer Jerry Lee Ingram of Florence, Italy.

Back to our wedding from the United Kingdom, and some of our favorite photos of the trip:

Groom walks through English park with groomsman in Kilt _
Daniel walks through Buxton's central park to the church.
Bride & groom in Buxton England -
Carolyn & Daniel near the Opera House in historic downtown Buxton.
Carolyn & Daniel's first dance at the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton.
Carolyn & Daniel's first dance at the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton.
Bride & groom go upstairs to bridal suite.
Carolyn & Daniel retreat to their room as their guests continue the party into the night.

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Wedding at Inn At 835 Historic Hotel in Springfield Illinois

Bride and groom look at each other while wedding license signed by judge - Warmowski Photography
June & Brandon Stricker had their wedding ceremony at the Inn at 835 in Springfield Thursday, the 6th anniversary of their first date. Warmowski Photography

Tiffany and I were honored to photography the very intimate wedding ceremony of June & Brandon Stricker Thursday afternoon at the Inn at 835 in Springfield, Illinois.

The couple picked Thursday for their ceremony to mark the sixth anniversary of their first date. The witnesses and only guests were June & Brandon’s parents. A neat opportunity to provide wedding photography. Afterwards we took portraits at the capitol building/state house and at Springfield Union Station/Lincoln Presidential Library Visitor Center.

Ceremony by retired judge Hon. Roger W. Holmes as officiant— who said they were a great couple because a) they know how to compromise (moving to Springfield as a half-way point between families) and b) reacted with grace and fun when the ring didn’t slip onto Brandon’s finger.

The Inn at 835 is a historic hotel just off downtown Springfield. (We’ve photographed wedding receptions here before, then venue has nice event facilities). Here’s some of the details we photographed before the ceremony.

Facade of Inn at 835 -
Facade of Inn at 835.
Stained glass, Inn at 835 -
Stained glass, Inn at 835.
Cool lamp, Inn at 835 -
Cool lamp, Inn at 835.
Cool lamp, Inn at 835 -
Cool lamp, Inn at 835.
Eagle chair Inn at 835 -
Used chair for portraits, too - Inn at 835.
Yellow flowers on bush - Inn at 835 -
Great gardens, but bush was the only thing greeting spring - Inn at 835.

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