Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington great wedding location

Tiffany & I stopped in for a quick visit at the Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington last weekend while coming back from a wedding in the north Chicago suburbs (Lake Zurich).

The Vrooman Mansion is a great place for a small wedding or other special event. It’s located in the city’s historic Dimmitt’s Grove district on a tree-lined, paver brick street. The mansion is also a bed and breakfast, so you can reserve their rooms for yourself and others in the wedding.

We photographed the wedding of our friends Britt & Lloyd Young back in the day when we were newspaper photographers. They had their ceremony in one of the grand Victorian rooms on the main floor, food and reception in the other rooms and on the large porch, and really enjoyed the location. The owners Pan & Dana Kowalewski are great to work with.

Web link above or 309.828.8816 or toll free 877.346.6488. Vrooman Mansion, 701 E. Taylor St., Bloomington IL 61701.

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Chicago wedding roundup

Tarts and more from Sugar Hills Bakery warmowskiphoto.com
Wedding sweets from Sugar Hills Bakery.

We’ve made two trips to the Chicago area for weddings in the past three weekends, and just wanted to make a compilation of some wedding tips and vendors contacts . . .

  • For our Lake Zurich, Illinois wedding we came across some awesome food from “Something’s Cooking” Ltd of Des Plaines. Chef Ken Larsen and Chef Jim Pascolla offer custom catering and events, and cooked up shish kebobs, tri-colored ravioli and macaroni & cheese that everyone was raving about. Neat thing about the food was it didn’t have to be hot to be good (guests nibbled all night long). Web link above of 847.298.5002.
  • For our wedding in Arlington Heights / Palatine / Schaumburg we were quite impressed at the offerings of Hotel Bollero (recently renamed from Hotel Indigo). The meal was very high class, staff very attentive – a nice boutique hotel. Options for bridal shower menu, rehearsal dinner, day-after brunch (Quinceañera, too!) 847.359.6900. Sales & catering “in.bassador” is Kasia Piotrowski x.1629.
  • The bride told Marta Kulach of Design de Flores “I want ivory roses and I love hypricum berries” – and she was off. Results were stunning. 773.704.8200.
  • Not only a great red velvet wedding cake, but a tasty selection of deserts from Sugar Hills Bakery. 847.658.8765 Algonquin 847.541.4800 Wheeling.
  • Very professional music from John Coyne, Absolute Disc Jockey Chicago 866.687.4248.
flowers close up, warmowskiphoto.com
Centerpieces by Design de Flores.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife team of photojournalists focusing on wedding photography. Chicago natives, based in Springfield/Jacksonville, will travel anywhere to tell your wedding story. Find us on Facebook.

Beef shish kebobs, warmowskiphotography.com
Shish kebobs by Something's Cooking Ltd.


Western Illinois Youth Camp available for weddings

Western Illinois Youth Camp available for weddings, tree-lined lake with floating slide, WarmowskiPhotography.com
The Western Illinois Youth Camp in rural Jacksonville is available for outdoor weddings.

I took Tiffany along as my guest during a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville at the Western Illinois Youth Camp. We took a tour of the camp, located on the shores of Lake Jacksonville.

The camp is now available for outdoor weddings. They have a nice point that juts out into Lake Jacksonville, a large lawn area and some basic amenities. If you’re looking for an outdoor event location with more services, consider Buena Vista Farms.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, a husband-wife photojournalist team available to photograph your wedding, indoors or out. Follow us on Facebook.