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.
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:
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.