Jamin' DJ

Busy times here at Warmowski Photography! We have two weekends with two weddings, so we’re busy processing thousands of images. Wanted to write a quick post about a cool DJ at last weekend’s wedding in Chicago.

Pamela & David chose DJ Leslie Stiles from Toast and Jam for their wedding. They had an intimate crowd for their reception at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg, and Leslie provided the soundtrack without taking over the room. It was great to see Pamela dancing to the music, and the couple talked to the DJ a couple times during the night — so Leslie was something more that just the person providing music.

Tiffany likes to make fun of me because I pretty much only listen to NPR (it keeps the journalism side of this “retired” newspaper photojournalist happy). But often while working on photos I’ll listen in to XFM out of London. I got hooked on the station while studying for a trip to see some friends in England. And many a time during the wedding night I heard something that I recognized from the XFM playlist.

Leslie described her group as “anti-wedding, wedding DJs” — so if you’re looking for something different in the Chicago area, check ’em out.

Pamela dances with her guests to music by Toast & Jam.
Pamela dances with her guests to music by Toast & Jam.

Wedding details: Ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Buffalo Grove; portraits taken in nearby Lake County Forest Preserve areas; reception and catering by Maggiano’s in Schaumburg.

Posted by Steve of Warmowski Photography — the husband-wife team of photojournalists offering wedding coverage in the Chicago area.

Busy mother of the bride

Chinese lanterns added a personal touch to the banquet hall at Kristen & James Buchanan's wedding.
Chinese lanterns added a personal touch to the banquet hall at Kristen & James Buchanan's wedding.

Pam Gaines not only helped her daughter, Kristen, plan for her wedding — she also made the decorations for Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and Gee Whillikers Banquet Hall. Pam also made necklaces for the bridesmaids, sashes for the dresses, decorated the wedding cake, and the list goes on.

The bride's mom made the cake.
The bride's grandmother made the cake. The bride's mom decorated it.
Flowers added a splash of color at the church.
Flowers added a splash of color at the church.
Italian lights carry the wedding colors over to the reception hall.
Italian lights carry the wedding colors over to the reception hall.
Hand-made paper candy boxes at each place setting.
Hand-made paper candy boxes at each place setting.

Event details: Family friends Jim & Linda Jones (Soundsations DJ Service 217.243.2928), wedding dress from State Street Bridal.

Blast from the past

Retired wedding photographer Glen Preston joined in with the rest of the family in photographing at the wedding of Kristen (Gaines) and Joel Buchanan last weekend in Jacksonville.

Glen, who said he photographed more than 2,000 weddings in his career, asked how many photos we usually take during a day (answer, around 2,500-3,000 images). He said his first wedding he took 24 pictures. “Oh, Glen,” his wife said at the time, “We’ll never sell all those pictures.”

Big difference between the days of the Speed Graphic and digital cameras!

Retired wedding photographer joins in with the rest of the family as Kristen and Joel Buchanan pose in their get-away car.
Retired wedding photographer joins in with the rest of the family as Kristen and Joel Buchanan pose in their get-away car.

Posted by Steve of WarmowskiPhotography.com.

Little brother

A funny moment during the dollar dance at Kristen (Gaines) Buchanan’s wedding . . .

First one up was her brother, Marc, who held aloft his dollar and made Kristen jump for it. After a swipe or two, he had his laugh. He handed over the bill, and the dance began.

Marc Gaines makes her sister, Kristen, leap for her dollar dance cash.
Marc Gaines makes her sister, Kristen, leap for her dollar dance cash.

Posted by Steve of WarmowskiPhotography.com, photojournalists offering wedding images in Jacksonville/Springfield, Illinois.

Lawrence Welk, eat your heart out

Kristen Gaines had her friends and family blow bubbles as she and Joel left Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Jacksonville last week. And they had a little help — a bubble machine. Walking through a cloud of bubbles is a nice way to leave, since many venues don’t allow guests to toss bird seed, throw rice and the like. What really helps is to have one (or two, or more) of these little bubble-blowing machines to help add to the show. Great idea Kristen!

Bubble machines are a great idea.
Bubble machines are a great idea.

Jamie and John engaged

We had some fun with Jamie Johnson and John Jeffers last weekend taking engagement photos. The couple came to Jacksonville for an afternoon of running around town and making pictures. Check out the gallery or click below to watch the slideshow.

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Car show

Kristen & Joel leave Wesley Chapel for a cruise in the country. Following them are fellow club members in their classic cars.
Kristen & Joel leave Wesley Chapel for a cruise in the country. Following them are fellow club members in their classic cars.

Saturday we photographed the wedding of Kristen Gaines and Joel Buchanan at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Illinois. We’re currently working on their photos, but we wanted to share some classic car images.

The newlyweds are members of the Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers. To make their hobby a part of their special day, fellow club members tailed their get-away vehicle. I wanted to get some details of the cars, but with everything going on I didn’t have the time. The club had a car show the next day, so I made the special effort to go out.

John Gaines, Kristen’s father, was nice enough to thank us for all our hard work. He said all the attention we gave on the wedding day made Kristen and Joel feel special.

John Gaines took the helm of a fellow car club member's limo.
John Gaines took the helm of a fellow car club member's limo.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.
Jacksonville Good-Time Cruisers.

Posted by Steve/Warmowski Photography. Photojournalists offering wedding coverage in Jacksonville/Springfield and across Illinois.

Everyone likes Emily and Jk's flowers

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Orchids in the vases by the altar, by Rachel Roman Speh.
Orchids in the vases by the altar, by Rachel Roman Speh.

Tiffany reports that everyone who sees our copy of Emily & Jk McLeod’s wedding album loves this photo. The flowers for the wedding were done by Floral Designer Rachel Roman Speh of Godfrey. She provides flowers for weddings in St. Louis and the Metro East region.

Some more bouquets from the day . . .

Emily holds her bouquet as she and her father wait to walk to the sanctuary.
Emily holds her bouquet as she and her father wait to walk to the sanctuary.
Flowers adorn Emily & Jk's cake as their daughter Ava asks for a bite, too.
Flowers adorn Emily & Jk's cake as their daughter Ava asks for a bite, too.
Bouquets atop the head table at Windows on Washington.
Bouquets atop the head table at Windows on Washington.
Bouquets ready for the wedding.
Bouquets ready for the wedding.

Event details: Ceremony at Provincial House Chapel at the University of Missouri St. Louis; reception at Windows on Washington.

Steve and Tiffany Warmowski, photojournalism wedding coverage in St. Louis, June 2008.

Feeling like a celebrity

Julie prepares to toss her bouquet during her reception at Hamilton's 110 North East in Jacksonville.
Julie prepares to toss her bouquet during her reception at Hamilton's 110 North East in Jacksonville.

Julie said we could pass this on . . .

Steve and Tiffany,

After a whirlwind 10 days or so, I was finally able to sit down and look over all the wedding pictures…tears are streaming down my face. They are simply amazing! You captured so many moments – things I never saw or noticed that day, stories and people I might have forgotten about, and feelings that I do remember very clearly and never want to forget.  You helped tell the story of our wedding so beautifully and that means to the world to me!

I know you stayed longer than you had to, and did much more than take our pictures. This might be the way you run your business, but it really made us feel special. Tiffany, thank you for all your help – fixing my bustle, providing everything in that amazing emergency kit of yours, and being so attentive to all my bridesmaids.  Audrey even commented that she wanted you to stay and hang out at whatever time you could stop taking pictures! You are such a great person.

Steve, as you probably remember, Phil is not much of a picture person. Therefore, I knew he wouldn’t be as moved as I was to see the pictures from last Saturday. But you did get a reaction out of him that was pretty cool.  He said you “were everywhere” and several times mentions that he had no idea you were around for pictures like the ones taken before we entered Hamilton’s and some of those taken in the library. You really were everywhere – quietly going about capturing the best day of our lives.

Call me an emotional new bride, but I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful pictures, and for being so affordable. I’m sure we’ll be in touch in the coming weeks or month about what’s next and how to order. Until then, I will be clicking through all of them repeatedly, feeling sort of like a celebrity on your website 🙂

Thanks again,

Julie Wilkinson

Thanks for the kind words Julie!

Julie and Phil walk down the aisle after their ceremony at First Christian Church in South Jacksonville.
Julie and Phil walk down the aisle after their ceremony at First Christian Church in South Jacksonville.

Steve and Tiffany,
After a whirlwind 10 days or so, I was finally able to sit down and look over all the wedding pictures…tears are streaming down my face. They are simply amazing! You captured so many moments- things I never saw or noticed that day, stories and people I might have forgotten about, and feelings that I do remember very clearly and never want to forget.  You helped tell the story of our wedding so beautifully and that means to the world to me!
I know you stayed longer than you had to, and did much more than take our pictures. This might be the way you run your business, but it really made us feel special. Tiffany, thank you for all your help – fixing my bustle, providing everything in that amazing emergency kit of yours, and being so attentive to all my bridesmaids.  Audrey even commented that she wanted you to stay and hang out at whatever time you could stop taking pictures! You are such a great person.
Steve, as you probably remember, Phil is not much of a picture person. Therefore, I knew he wouldn’t be as moved as I was to see the pictures from last Saturday. But you did get a reaction out of him that was pretty cool.  He said you “were everywhere” and several times mentions that he had no idea you were around for pictures like the ones taken before we entered Hamilton’s and some of those taken in the library. You really were everywhere- quietly going about capturing the best day of our lives.
Call me an emotional new bride, but I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful pictures, and for being so affordable. I’m sure we’ll be in touch in the coming weeks or month about what’s next and how to order. Until then, I will be clicking through all of them repeatedly, feeling sort of like a celebrity on your website 🙂
Thanks again,
Julie WilkinsonSteve and Tiffany,
After a whirlwind 10 days or so, I was finally able to sit down and look over all the wedding pictures…tears are streaming down my face. They are simply amazing! You captured so many moments- things I never saw or noticed that day, stories and people I might have forgotten about, and feelings that I do remember very clearly and never want to forget.  You helped tell the story of our wedding so beautifully and that means to the world to me!
I know you stayed longer than you had to, and did much more than take our pictures. This might be the way you run your business, but it really made us feel special. Tiffany, thank you for all your help – fixing my bustle, providing everything in that amazing emergency kit of yours, and being so attentive to all my bridesmaids.  Audrey even commented that she wanted you to stay and hang out at whatever time you could stop taking pictures! You are such a great person.
Steve, as you probably remember, Phil is not much of a picture person. Therefore, I knew he wouldn’t be as moved as I was to see the pictures from last Saturday. But you did get a reaction out of him that was pretty cool.  He said you “were everywhere” and several times mentions that he had no idea you were around for pictures like the ones taken before we entered Hamilton’s and some of those taken in the library. You really were everywhere- quietly going about capturing the best day of our lives.
Call me an emotional new bride, but I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful pictures, and for being so affordable. I’m sure we’ll be in touch in the coming weeks or month about what’s next and how to order. Until then, I will be clicking through all of them repeatedly, feeling sort of like a celebrity on your website 🙂
Thanks again,
Julie WilkinsonSteve and Tiffany,
After a whirlwind 10 days or so, I was finally able to sit down and look over all the wedding pictures…tears are streaming down my face. They are simply amazing! You captured so many moments- things I never saw or noticed that day, stories and people I might have forgotten about, and feelings that I do remember very clearly and never want to forget.  You helped tell the story of our wedding so beautifully and that means to the world to me!
I know you stayed longer than you had to, and did much more than take our pictures. This might be the way you run your business, but it really made us feel special. Tiffany, thank you for all your help – fixing my bustle, providing everything in that amazing emergency kit of yours, and being so attentive to all my bridesmaids.  Audrey even commented that she wanted you to stay and hang out at whatever time you could stop taking pictures! You are such a great person.
Steve, as you probably remember, Phil is not much of a picture person. Therefore, I knew he wouldn’t be as moved as I was to see the pictures from last Saturday. But you did get a reaction out of him that was pretty cool.  He said you “were everywhere” and several times mentions that he had no idea you were around for pictures like the ones taken before we entered Hamilton’s and some of those taken in the library. You really were everywhere- quietly going about capturing the best day of our lives.
Call me an emotional new bride, but I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful pictures, and for being so affordable. I’m sure we’ll be in touch in the coming weeks or month about what’s next and how to order. Until then, I will be clicking through all of them repeatedly, feeling sort of like a celebrity on your website 🙂
Thanks again,
Julie WilkinsonSteve and Tiffany,

Best decision ever

It was a blast covering Megan (Knocke) and Adam Wardlow’s wedding in Quincy this January. They had fun the whole day, and we’ve never seen so many people jamming the dance floor.

After their wedding we met to help plan their coffee table book. We asked for some feedback on our work, and Adam said hiring us was the “best decision ever.” Wow. What a compliment! It was our pleasure. And, I suppose you mean the best decision besides marrying Megan.

Their wedding was our first in Quincy. We’re located in Jacksonville and do most of our weddings here and in Springfield. But, we do many events in Chicago, St. Louis, and all around the state. We’re looking forward to our next wedding in Quincy this autumn, and hopefully many more in the future.

Megan & Adam Wardlow exit the church after their ceremony in Quincy.
Megan & Adam Wardlow exit the church after their ceremony in Quincy.

Steve and Tiffany Warmowski, photojournalism wedding coverage in Quincy, Illinois.