Our bride & groom on cover of Illinois Times’ Capital City Wedding Guide 2015

Cover of Illinois Times Capital City Wedding Guide 2015

We were thrilled that our image of Laura & Josh was chosen for the cover of the Illinois Times’ Capital City Wedding guide 2015.

They had their summer 2013 ceremony at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the first wedding there in modern times. They couldn’t set up for the outdoor wedding ceremony until after the national park closed, but Signature Event Rental was able to set up the chairs in time. Laura & Josh are history buffs, so they asked if the park hosted weddings and the director used the event for a trial run.

bride, dad face to face
Laura has a moment with her father after the ceremony.

group shot  Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois bride groom  Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois

Laura & Josh walk into the setting sun and head to reception.
Laura & Josh walk into the setting sun and head to reception.

After the ceremony Steve jumped in a 1972 Plymouth Fury III that Josh’s family uses for special events. That’s how the Illinois Times cover shot and some other fun photos came about.

Heading to the reception in Josh's family 1972 Plymouth Fury III.
Heading to the reception in Josh’s family 1972 Plymouth Fury III.

The reception was at Panther Creek Country Club. Shot of DJ Mike Testa scratching tunes (he’s now “Spin” – music services offered by Signature Event Rental); cake by Specialty Cakes.

Cake cutting, Specialty Cakes, Panther Creek Country Club.
Cake cutting, Specialty Cakes, Panther Creek Country Club.
DJ Mike Testa.
DJ Mike Testa.
End of the night moment, Panther Creek Country Club.
End of the night moment, Panther Creek Country Club.

A photo of Laura & Josh was used inside last year’s supplement as well. Theirs was a fun wedding that really showed their personality.

See Laura’s review of our wedding photography on Wedding Wire.

Warmowski Photography was incredible! They captured every special moment from multiple angles. Their photography continues to bring the memories to life from our big day. It doesn’t hurt that they are very personable. They are the type of people you’d love to have as personal friends.

See Laura’s review of our wedding photography on Yelp.

We used Warmowski Photography for our wedding in May 2013. I could seriously go on and on about how much we loved our photos and our photographers! Every special moment was perfectly captured. Since we didn’t have a wedding video made, I really wanted photography that would keep our memory of the day alive. Now almost two years later, we are able to relive that beautiful day thanks to the Warmowski’s. I follow their Facebook page to keep up with current weddings because they are so talented! I highly recommend them! They are also extremely nice people. They’re the type of people you’d love to have as friends. There are a lot of options when it comes to wedding photography and I urge those considering their options to think of the type of photos that you will want your children and grandchildren to look back on. In 30 years, no one will remember what flavor of cake you had or how good the music was, but they definitely will be looking at your photos. For me, photography was the most important part and we could not have made a better choice. I strongly suggest Warmowski Photography!!
Oh! And we’re not the only one’s who thought our pictures were great. The Illinois Times Capital City Wedding Guide agreed because we were in the 2014 edition and are now on the cover of the 2015 edition!

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Follow us on Facebook. Studio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only

Morgan County Fair Queen Brianna Klein finalist at state

Congratulations to the 2014 Morgan County Fair Queen Brianna  Klein — she won first runner up to the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. See coverage from the 2014 fair.

Morgan County Fair 2014 Queen wins first runner up at state.
Morgan County Fair 2014 Queen wins first runner up at state.

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Follow us on Facebook. Studio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.

Annie Brahler and Euro Trash make national news

Euro Trash owner Annie Brahler at her home, in Jacksonville, Illinois. http://euro-trash.us. Photo by Steve and Tiffany of Warmowski Photography http://www.warmowskiphoto.com

Euro Trash owner Annie Brahler at her home, in Jacksonville, Illinois. http://euro-trash.us. Photo by Steve and Tiffany of Warmowski Photography http://www.warmowskiphoto.com

We know Euro Trash owner Annie Brahler as a designer who’s made her mark on the national scene. Lately she’s been getting press as the person who designed U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s Washington office.

We’ve offered assistance to Annie as she has hosted photographers and art directors from national home magazines. Her historic home on State Street in Jacksonville has been featured in numerous home and style magazines. Annie also let Steve follow her when he photographed for the America At Home project (she appeared in the book).

Euro Trash is a bright spot in the economy of Jacksonville, Illinois. The company imports items purchased at sales and markets in Europe, and she has a team of trained carpenters and  refinishers who fix up the home goods which make their way into the homes of St. Louis sports stars and other high-end homes.

Styling by Annie Brahler of Euro Trash.
Styling by Annie Brahler of Euro Trash.
Styling by Annie Brahler of Euro Trash.
Styling by Annie Brahler of Euro Trash.
Styling by Annie Brahler of Euro Trash.
Styling by Annie Brahler of Euro Trash.

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski PhotographyFollow us on Facebook. Studio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.

 

Announcing the 2014 Morgan County Fair Queen & Princess Jacksonville, IL

Congratulations to the 2014 Morgan County Fair Royalty! Brianna Elizabeth Klein was named Queen and Addyson Lynn James was named Princess. Brianna is the daughter of Kevin and Jamie Klein of Murrayville; Addyson is the daughter of Derek and Dana James of Jacksonville.

2014 Morgan County Fair Princess Addyson Lynn James and Queen Brianna Elizabeth Klein.
2014 Morgan County Fair Princess Addyson Lynn James and Queen Brianna Elizabeth Klein.

 

Morgan County Fair 2014 Pageant winners, Queen contest

  • Jori Rose Brennan named 1st runner up
  • Caisey Jayne DeOrnellas named 2nd runner up
  • Payton Ericka McClenning won Best Interview, Miss Congeniality & People’s Choice
  • Jori Rose Brennan won Best Speech
(From left) 2nd runner up Caisey DeOrnellas, 2013 Queen Sydne Peck, 2014 Queen Brianna Klein, Best Speech Jori Brennan, and Best Interview, Miss Congeniality & People's Choice Payton McClenning.
(From left) 2nd runner up Caisey DeOrnellas, 2013 Queen Sydne Peck, 2014 Queen Brianna Klein, Best Speech Jori Brennan, and Best Interview, Miss Congeniality & People’s Choice Payton McClenning.
Brianna Klein crowned 2014 Morgan County Queen.
Brianna Klein crowned 2014 Morgan County Queen.

Little Miss Contest

  • Ella Sue Beard named 1st runner up
  • Kamdyn Aggi Johnson named 2nd runner up
  • Jaycee Renea Bates won Best Stage Presence
  • McKenzie Ann McGee won Best Interview
  • Jamisyn Michal Wood won People’s Choice
(From left) People's Choice Jamisyn Wood, 2nd runner up Kamdyn Johnson, 2014 Princess Addyson James, 2013 Princess Kenadi Ryan, 1st runner up Ella Beard, Best Stage Presence Jaycee Bates, and Best Interview McKenzie McGee.
(From left) People’s Choice Jamisyn Wood, 2nd runner up Kamdyn Johnson, 2014 Princess Addyson James, 2013 Princess Kenadi Ryan, 1st runner up Ella Beard, Best Stage Presence Jaycee Bates, and Best Interview McKenzie McGee.
Morgan County Fair 2014 Princess Addyson James and 2013 Princess Kenadi Ryan.
Morgan County Fair 2014 Princess Addyson James and 2013 Princess Kenadi Ryan.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography donated their services to the pageant committee, and awarded prizes to the winners, on Facebook. Tiffany & Steve Warmowski, top wedding and event photographers in Morgan County. Also offering senior portraits, family portraits & more. Studio (hours by appointment) at 301 E. Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650 – next door to Girls in White Satin, first floor of Hamilton’s 110 North East

2014 Queen Brianna Klein in speech.
2014 Queen Brianna Klein in speech.
2014 Queen Brianna Klein in bathing suit.
2014 Queen Brianna Klein in bathing suit.
Queen contestants in bathing suits.
Queen contestants in bathing suits.
2014 Queen Brianna Klein in evening wear.
2014 Queen Brianna Klein in evening wear.
Queen contestants in evening wear.
Queen contestants in evening wear.
Princess contestants in bathing suits.
Princess contestants in bathing suits.

2014 Princess Addyson James in dress.

2014 Princess Addyson James in dress.

2014 Princess Addyson James with emcee WLDS' Gary Scott.
2014 Princess Addyson James with emcee WLDS’ Gary Scott.
Princess contestants in dresses.
Princess contestants in dresses.

Information & links

Check back at coverage 201020112012 and 2013 contests. Warmowski Photography is happy to also be a sponsor of the contest, and first place winners will get special photo cards.

Running to stay fit for your wedding day

Are you running to stay fit for your wedding, or training for a 5k or another run?

You should take part in the Bridesmaid/Groomsmen Run and 5K Race Saturday June 14th at Duncan Park in Jacksonville. You can do a one-mile run wearing wedding/prom/formal attire, or a full 5K race. Proceeds to benefit Relay For Life, Tri County Illinois.

Bride & groom job on bike path
Amanda & Luke met on the Centennial trail (by Warmowski Photography).

The event reminds us Amanda & Luke’s wedding. They met while running on the recreational path at Centennial Park in Springfield, Illinois and we went out and photographed them on the trail before their reception at the Firefighters-Postal Club on Lake Springfield. Just one way our wedding photography can tell the story of your wedding day.

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Follow us on FacebookStudio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.

Get wedding ideas in Illinois Times’ Your Capital City Wedding

Your Capital City Wedding planner, the bridal guide for Illinois Times, just hit newsstands. It contains ideas for planning your wedding, including wedding dresses, complete guide to Springfield, Illinois wedding venues, tips for planning your wedding, this year’s top wedding trends — and some of our wedding photography.

The tab included our photo of Laura & Josh, who were married in May at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (as we mentioned in our previous blog post).

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Family dances outside Springfield Hilton – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography).

The bridal planner also included one of our photos of Rushita & Benjamin’s Indian wedding (above). The wedding couple based their event out of the Springfield Hilton downtown hotel (700 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701), and had sangeet, mendi, mandap muhurat, as well as other South Indian wedding traditions and a grand reception at the hotel. They also had a Western wedding at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (1725 S. Walnut, Springfield, IL 62704), and a second reception at the Hilton. Here’s some more photos from the day.

dressing Indian clothes
Getting ready – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
bracelets, jewelry details for Indian wedding
Jewelry detail – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Detail Indian wedding dress sari
Bridal sari detail – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Indian ceremony
Indian ceremony at Hilton – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Coconut detail - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Coconut detail – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)

 

Groom on white horse, Indian wedding
Groom on horse – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Bride's family lifts Rushita, making it harder for Benjamin to put on necklace - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Bride’s family lifts Rushita, making it harder for Benjamin to put on necklace – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Groom "points out stars" - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Groom “points out stars” – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Looking out windows of upper floor banquet room at Springfield Hilton in downtown Springfield - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Looking out windows of upper floor banquet room at Springfield Hilton in downtown Springfield – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Veil detail - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Veil detail – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Bride in limo - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Bride in limo – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Approaching  Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Approaching Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Interior, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Interior, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Veil flows in wind, portraits at Washington Park - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Veil flows in wind, portraits at Washington Park – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Portraits at state capitol building - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Portraits at state capitol building – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Chatting with friends at cocktail hour - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Chatting with friends at cocktail hour – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Wedding cake detail - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Wedding cake detail – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Tables set for grand reception, Hilton - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Tables set for grand reception, Hilton – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
First dance - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
First dance – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Traditional Stick dancing - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Traditional Stick dancing – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Shoes detail - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Shoes detail – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Bride & groom dancing at reception - Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)
Bride & groom dancing at reception – Rushita & Benjamin (by Warmowski Photography)

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Experienced photographers of Indian weddings. Follow us on FacebookStudio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.

Buena Vista Farms adds wedding weekend packages

Buena Vista Resort has a new “Complete Wedding Weekend” package which can include extra nights in their resort cabins or spa services at the wedding venue in rural Jacksonville, Illinois near Springfield. It’s a way for brides to enjoy a wedding weekend, with more time with friends and family, on top of their wedding day.

“We had several brides last year that really enjoyed a wedding weekend as opposed to a wedding day,” said owner Teri Gutierrez. “As the mother of the bride a few years ago, I can say that it went by too fast! I wanted a do over in slow motion, because it was such a wonderful day and such a wonderful party with many traveling from Iowa and Indiana. We just did not get enough time to enjoy our friends that we do not get to see often enough.”

Buena Vista features an air-conditioned “Euro” tent; a cabin to get ready with full inside restrooms for guests; game area for kids; and more. Their resort area with cabins on their pond also hosts spa services such as manicures, massages (hot stone, sugar scrub, deep tissue for example) and haircuts, formal hair style or up-do. Check their website or call Teri 217.370.1219 for details.

Buena Vista attracts weddings from Springfield, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, St. Louis, Chicago and all over the Midwest.

Here’s some of our wedding photography from outdoor weddings at the resort.

woody cabin interior
Deluxe cabins at Buena Vista Resort (by Warmowski Photography).
Flowers at outdoor wedding area at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Flowers at outdoor wedding area at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
outdoor tent wedding
Euro tent at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
bride & groom by farm pond
Jillian & Daniel, portraits by pond at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
walking down aisle, outdoor wedding
Walking down aisle for outdoor wedding (by Warmowski Photography).
Big kids enjoy game area at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Big kids enjoy game area at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Child game area at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Child game area at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
tent at dusk
Euro tent at dusk at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Ashlee & Justin outside tent at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Ashlee & Justin outside tent at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Ashlee & Justin's first dance in Euro ten at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
Ashlee & Justin’s first dance in Euro tent at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).
outdoor wedding
Outdoor wedding for Jillian & Daniel at Buena Vista (by Warmowski Photography).

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Follow us on FacebookStudio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.

Wine bottles as guest book idea, wedding photography at suburban Chicago wedding

Working on wedding photos from Kimberly & Stephen’s wedding at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont (suburban Chicago). One of the neat personal touches is guests were able to sign a pair of wine bottles – to act as a guest registry. Kim says they plan to open the bottles to celebrate their first anniversary.

Wedding was held at St. Patrick’s Church in Lemont. The bride and groom hail from Jacksonville, and had Warmowski Photography come up to capture their day. We travel all over the region for wedding photography — Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, Metro East St. Louis, Chicago. We’ve even gone international to Canada (Victoria, British Columbia) and overseas (Buxton, England).

Blue wine bottles, signed

Guests at Kim & Steve’s wedding signed bottles of wine for guest book.

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Follow us on FacebookStudio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.

Illinois Times Capital City Wedding tab coming out next month

The Illinois Times contacted us recently for wedding photos for the Capital City Wedding Planner Magazine for 2014. The wedding tab will be published around Valentine’s Day, and the tab is available year round. Here’s some of the images we sent in . . .

Laura & Josh were married in May at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois. Theirs was the first wedding (at least in modern times) at the national park. The couple are history buffs, and wanted to do something special for their guests. There are some restrictions – like they could’t set up and have the ceremony until after the park closed – but Signature Event Rental took care of all that! Their reception was at Panther Creek Country Club; music by DJ Mike Testa; dress from Formals of Litchfield; cake by Specialty Cakes.

Laura & Josh
Laura & Josh

Heather & Brandt had a June wedding at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church. Having us photograph this was a special treat, for Heather is a photographer and worked at a photo studio in Kansas. Their reception at Northfield Inn & Suites.

Heather & Brandt
Heather & Brandt

Rushita & Benjamin’s Indian wedding at the Springfield Hilton (with Sangeet, Mendi, Mandap Mahurat and other southern Indian traditions), two receptions, and ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Springfield in August.

Rushita & Benjamin
Rushita & Benjamin

Teresa & Mike’s wedding at Yatesville School near Prentice (Ashland) in October. The old one-room schoolhouse is used for family events, and is available for rentals.  To find out more contact Scott Atwood at 217.886.2316.

Teresa & Mike
Teresa & Mike

Casey & Jeff’s May wedding in Virginia and Jacksonville. Getting ready in Beardstown, ceremony at Virginia United Methodist Church, reception at Jacksonville Country Club. We photographed the wedding of Jeff’s mother — great to be the family photographer, and have another family rely on us for their special events! Wedding dress from Eighth Avenue Villager in Quincy, flowers from 4 All Seasons Flowers & Gifts in Beardstown.

Casey & Jeff
Casey & Jeff

Allie & Todd’s November wedding at MacMurray College in Jacksonville. Ceremony at Annie Merner Chapel; reception at Hamilton’s 110 North East. They used Girls in White Satin Birdal & Formal Wear for everything; flowers by Ashley’s Petals & Angels in Jacksonville, DJ and entertainment by Joe Kindred (call/text 217-720-6835).

Allie & Todd
Allie & Todd

Jillian & Daniel’s wedding at Buena Vista Farms in rural Jacksonville in July. Ceremony outside under old oak tree on shores of pond, reception in air-conditioned tent.

Jillian & Daniel
Jillian & Daniel

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Follow us on FacebookStudio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.

Elegant Bridal Expo Springfield Illinois Bridal Show

As part of our efforts to reach out to brides to educate them about our wedding photography services, we took part in the Elegant Bridal Expo last weekend at the Hilton, downtown Springfield Illinois 62703.

One of the cool new people we met was Lisa from The Old Homestead, an old historic barn in Rushville that was turned into a wedding venue. Check out their website, and also  photos we took at a barn wedding last fall (below).

  • Thanks to Hamilton’s Catering for the yummy sandwiches! They have been especially busy lately, helping some of the brides who lost their dates and deposits when the Camelot Banquet Center in Springfield closed. Hamilton’s not only has the 110 North East banquet facility in Jacksonville, but they also manage bookings for facilities in Springfield (in addition to catering events all over Central Illinois).
  • Thanks to Girls in White Satin Bridal and Formal Wear for helping us get our wall and other supplies over to Springfield.

You can also see vendors at this Sunday 19 January 2014 Jacksonville Main Street’s Bridal and Prom Expo at Hamilton’s 110 North East.

Now, here’s those photos from Katie & Zach’s wedding in Iowa City, Iowa. Zach’s family hails from Jacksonville, and wanted us to photograph their wedding – so we went out west to Iowa for the weekend. They had a Quaker wedding at the Friends Meeting House in town, then a reception at the family’s farm near the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort. The day featured craft beers, antiques from Zach’s mom, catering from New Pioneer Food Co-Op, dining in an outdoor tent, dancing in a historic barn, and capped off with a bonfire.

Fun portraits with Katie & Zach, outside historic family barn.
Fun portraits with Katie & Zach, outside historic family barn.
Dance floor inside barn. Katie's dad cleaned out the barn, put in hard gravel floor.
Dance floor inside barn. Katie’s dad cleaned out the barn, put in hard gravel floor.
Quaker wedding ceremony in barn.
Quaker wedding ceremony in barn.
Katie & Zach, Quaker wedding ceremony.
Katie & Zach, Quaker wedding ceremony.
Bride & groom look at baby
Katie & Zach check out new member of family.
Katie & Zach in front of strings of lights used to illuminate barn.
Katie & Zach in front of strings of lights used to illuminate barn.
Katie dances with her father.
Katie dances with her father.
Zach dancing to the music.
Zach dancing to the music.
Barn at night.
Barn at night.
Bride & groom in front of bonfire
Katie & Zach capping off the night with a bonfire.

Posted by Steve. Springfield Illinois area wedding photography by Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day in pictures. Follow us on FacebookStudio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650, open by appointment only.