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

Rachel Roman Speh
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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.

Happy anniversary, to me

Hooray for Steve!

This month marks my first full year of “retirement” from the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. Before leaving the daily grind of the daily paper, I worked 11 years in Jacksonville, two years at the Herald & Review (Decatur, Illinois), two years at the Freeport Journal-Standard, and 4 months at the LaSalle-Peru News-Tribune (the home of half-time overtime, ask me about it sometime). While at the University of Illinois-Urbana, I was a photographer and photo editor for the Daily Illini. I took a summer and fall off to intern at newspapers in Saginaw and Muskegon, Michigan.

People have asked me if I miss working at the newspaper. Honestly, not in the least. I see my years in newspapers as a past chapter of my life. And, I’m using all the experience and skill from that time to do something I absolutely enjoy — telling wedding stories for our brides and grooms.

(Tiffany left the newspaper earlier to start our wedding photography business. She did all the “work” while I just joined her for the fun of photographing on Saturdays. We now are happy working as a team for our wedding clients. When you add our years together we have more than 30 years of experience as photojournalists.)

A little something about the photo atop our blog. Tiffany & I had a wonderful honeymoon in Sweden. We were married 15 September (the week of 9/11), and took a three-week trip to Sweden the next summer. I was lucky enough to have visited Sweden for five-and-a-half weeks the previous year as part of a Rotary Club Group Study Exchange (if you’re a young professional and can take an extended leave from your job, I highly suggest applying for the program).

New friends invited us to come visit, so we did! We stayed a week in Malmö with our friend Martin Israelsson; another week with our friends Bengt Josefsson and Ann Wilhelmsson at their home in Mariestad and their stuga (summer home) in Sisjön; and a final week in Stockholm. Bengt was the trigger man for our blog photo. We were visiting the small village of Hjo on the shores of Lake Vättern, when I saw the cool setting. I set the camera up, told Bengt not to put us in the middle, and we posed for the shot. Not bad for an accountant! And, a great remembrance of a place whose slogan is I love Hjo (pronounced “you”).

By the way, we suggest taking a pre-honeymoon followed by a full-fledged honeymoon. We went to Southern Illinois and stayed in cabins at the San Damiano Retreat Center a couple days after our wedding, then were able to take our longer honeymoon trip to Sweden. That way we could use vacation time from work to help prepare for the wedding and to settle things afterwards before our pre-honeymoon. Then our honeymoon could be longer and at a time when there was less to worry about and we had more energy.

Steve & Tiffany on their Honeymoon in Sweden. (Photo by Bengt Josefsson)
Steve & Tiffany on their Honeymoon in Sweden. (Photo by Bengt Josefsson)

Special teams

Adam and his teammates celebrate his great catch!
Adam and his teammates celebrate his great catch!

Ushers, sometimes they can be a little sensitive.

So you and your fiancé go through your list of family and friends and choose who will stand up with you at your wedding. Then, you ask two or three more buddies to be a part of your day and serve as ushers.

But somehow, the ushers always seem to get a bit jealous when they don’t get to be in all the pictures. “Ushers, can you please get in the group.” And they start to grumble.

Tiffany and I picked up on a fun comment at Megan (Knoche) and Adam Wardlow’s wedding in Quincy this January. We now refer to ushers as “special teams.” The game is at a critical juncture — who do you call in to get the hard, dirty job done? That’s right, special teams.

The guys love it. I guess it makes them feel special.

Event details: Location/Quincy, Illinois, service at Madison Park Christian Church, The Ambiance for reception hall, Blumin’ Express Florist for flowers, Designer’s Edge Day Spa Salon for hair and makeup, Hy-Vee for cake, I DO Bridal Shoppe for tuxes, JJ’s Kitchen Catering for food, Elite Bridal for dress (St. Peters, Missouri).

Our blog is new, and we’re trying to come up with our best pre-blog ideas to post here. Text by Steve / Warmowski Photography.

Leo's Pizza, a reason to come back to Jacksonville

Julie (Surratt) Wilkinson was gracious enough to share her special day with her bridesmaid, Audrey Zeilman. It was Audrey’s birthday, and to mark the occasion she surprised her with a delivery from Leo’s Pizza! A neat idea and a great way to celebrate their history together.

Photos from the wedding are uploading now! Go to the Warmowski Photography web site, click on “See proofs from your event” and click on Julie & Phil’s name to see the images on Thursday.

Julie Wilkinson celebrates the birthday of her bridesmaid, Audrey, with a special delivery from Leo's Pizza.
Julie Wilkinson celebrates the birthday of her bridesmaid, Audrey, with a Jacksonville specialty — a pizza from Leo's.
Audrey reacts to the special delivery.
Audrey reacts to the special delivery.

Reception gone to the dog

Even though JJ, Julie & Phil’s Old English Bulldogge, couldn’t be part of the wedding day, in a sense he was part of the reception.

Each table at the reception hall, Hamilton’s 11o North East in Jacksonville, was adorned with a photo of JJ announcing the table number. The photo was cool, one I wish I would have taken.

Photos from the wedding are almost done! They’ll be linked from our web site on Thursday.

Julie & Phil used used a photo of their dog JJ to tell guests table numbers.
Julie & Phil used used a photo of their dog JJ to tell guests table numbers.

He's a what? He's a what?

Turning the guests into a band to celebrate the marriage of Julie & Phil Wilkinson.
Turning the guests into a band to celebrate the marriage of Julie & Phil Wilkinson.

He’s a music man! A Wilkinson family tradition is to gather all the family, friends and guests around the dance floor and create a band — à la Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man — to serenade Julie and Phil, the new bride and groom.

The crowd was split up into piccolos, pianos, harps, drums and the like and performed under the direction of Phil’s Uncle Mike. He ended the performance with a swan dive off a chair — good thing Phil is a chiropractor, for he probably needed an adjustment in the morning.

Photo details: We like setting up lights around the dance floor to add more depth to the scene. We always try to use available light, but sometimes when it’s lacking we add our own. Just another way we at Warmowski Photography like to add a little extra to our wedding photography.

Event details: Hamilton’s 110 North East for catering and reception, State Street Bridal for wedding dress, flowers by Ashley’s Petals & Angels, D.J. Joe Kindred (Jacksonville, Illinois).