Alissa & Brandon’s wedding photos have been added to our web page as one of our sample weddings. Their ceremony was at Our Saviour Church and reception at Hamilton’s 110 North East. We especially had fun with the couple and their wedding party taking outdoor portraits at the house of Alissa’s sister in rural Jacksonville.
One of the things we see a lot when we are photographing wedding parties in their limo is there’s issues getting music to play. No one brought a CD with a party mix, and there’s no cord to attach your phone or iPod to play your songs. It’s surprising how many limos fail this test — and wedding parties have to mess with radio, skip commercials, listen to static vs having a party.
We were really impressed with All Occasions because they had a one-step music connection — so easy to connect phone into the sound system. Owner Paul Carver says he does that with all his vehicles, and always makes sure the bathroom is in service. 217.622.0504 – Facebook – web. Springfield-area limousine service company.
When you book your limo check to make sure you can connect your phone to the sound system. And put one of the groomsmen in charge of music, and getting in the limo a few minutes before you leave for the reception and learn the sound system. It’ll make sure you have a great party and get the most out of your investment.
“It’s such a perfect day! If we weren’t getting married today, we’d probably be out on the bike!” – Michelle Cox on the way to see her groom on their wedding day.
Jordan’s Harley appeared in their engagement photos (see the last photo in this post) so it wasn’t a surprise that is showed up on their wedding day, too! And Michelle pulled off her idea of surprising Jordan with a Harley groom’s cake.
I woke up this morning after a night of rain and decided to check out what was going on with the Town Brook (I’m helping a group trying to create a linear park through Jacksonville, find out more at townbrook.com).
Turns out all the roads going east from Jacksonville are closed by flood waters! Old Jacksonville Road/Old State Road, I-72 eastbound and Morton Avenue are all blocked. Hopefully anyone with a wedding today that has to travel between Jacksonville and Springfield can schedule extra time to thread through any open country roads.
(Lori from Ashley’s Petals & Angels reported on her Facebook page that she had to thread her way through county roads to go to Springfield. A wedding that was planned for MacMurray College’s Annie Merner Chapel with reception at the Jacksonville Country Club had to be relocated to Springfield. Oh my! She says she had to travel through Arenzville to Virginia and then on to Springfield.)
This reminded me about a wedding we did in 2008 in Blandinsville, Illinois. Liz & Mike had their ceremony at the Blandinsville (Ill.) First Christian Church and then had to make it over the Mississippi Rover to Burlington, Iowa and their reception at the Catfish Bend Inn & Spa Event Center. The road headed towards Iowa was covered with floodwaters, and traffic was down to one lane and controlled by a traffic signal. They allowed extra time to get to their reception.
But the fun part (and a signature of our style) is while Tiffany & I were stuck in traffic behind them, we stopped and got our our camera and a light stand. We lifted the camera 13 feet up into the air to get an overall view, and tripped the shutter with a remote switch.
As we were making the photos, Liz, Mike and the whole wedding party got out of the limo to get in the photos.
Just an example of how we work to capture the story of every wedding, and help you remember your day.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Posted by Steve/Warmowski Photography. Photojournalists offering wedding coverage in Jacksonville/Springfield and across Illinois.
Riding in many a limo with our wedding parties, I can report the biggest difficulty is trying to figure out how to get the radio to work.
You get in the limo, then you see this thing that requires a computer programming degree to get it to play a CD. So you end up listening to a pop station, and that means commercials and usually a dearth of party music.
Here’s a two-prong suggestion for everyone:
1) Make a mix CD – get the music you’d want to party to, and burn a couple copies for the big day (so there’s a better chance it’ll make it into the limo for the ride).
2) Task a groomsman or usher with figuring out the radio and loading the CD. While you’re doing your receiving line, signing your wedding license and all the post-wedding fun, he can prime the limo with music.
This way everyone can relax after the ceremony and you can start your party with your best friends!