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.

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.

Buena Vista Farms planning for great wedding season, rebuilding and expanding despite fire

Teri & Nestor Gutierrez, owners of Buena Vista FarmsBuena Vista Resort in rural Jacksonville (Chapin) Illinois, have been growing their business for years. On Wednesday night they had a fire in the banquet hall (their secondary wedding venue). They are working with their insurance company to rebuild, and have been making contingency plans for events that were booked for the barn.

In a letter to brides-to-be, Teri said “Buena Vista Farms is the brainchild of creative thinkers and hard workers. I am full of hope, faith, perseverance and determination to provide for each of you just like I would for my own children. There is great joy in accomplishment and I believe that we can accomplish together, with prayer, a day that is even better than you have imagined.” See full letter.

Their tent wedding venue was not effected by the fire, and weddings and receptions may be relocated there. They are also working on other plans. Follow Buena Vista Farms on their Facebook Page for updates. See story on WLDS radio (fire) (rebuilding) and the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. We have provided wedding photography for Beuna Vista couples and for the Gutierrez family, and here are some of our favorite photos which also tell the story of Buena Vista . . .

Kassie & Matt with an iconic folk ark flag at Buena Vista Farms.
Kassie & Matt with an iconic folk ark flag at Buena Vista Farms.
Stephanie & James were married in the banquet hall at Buena Vista. She saw flames while driving past on US 67, and reported the fire.
Stephanie & James were married in the banquet hall at Buena Vista. She saw flames while driving past on US 67, and reported the fire.
Kassie & Matt had their wedding ceremony inside the banquet hall at Buena Vista Farms.
Kassie & Matt had their wedding ceremony inside the banquet hall at Buena Vista Farms.
Kassie & Matt flipped the room, and also inside the banquet hall at Buena Vista Farms.
Kassie & Matt flipped the room, and also inside the banquet hall at Buena Vista Farms.
Matt with his groomsmen at Buena Vista Farms.
Matt with his groomsmen at Buena Vista Farms.
Kassie & Matt surrounded by family for the last dance of the night at Buena Vista Farms.
Kassie & Matt surrounded by family for the last dance of the night at Buena Vista Farms.

Kassie & MattAbsolutely loved all the pictures from our wedding. We have gotten so many compliments on our wedding books and photos. You captured our wedding so well that I can look back at the pictures and remember everything SO very well. Thank you so much for your amazing work!!

Ashlee & Justin's wedding at Buena Vista Farms. The outdoor wedding venue is unaffected by the fire.
Ashlee & Justin’s wedding at Buena Vista Farms. The outdoor wedding venue is unaffected by the fire. The building gives a place for the wedding party to get ready before the ceremony.
Ashlee & Justin's wedding at Buena Vista Farms.
Ashlee & Justin’s wedding at Buena Vista Farms.
The large tent is a great place for weddings, and attracts couples from throughout the region to Buena Vista Farms.
The large tent is a great place for weddings, and attracts couples from throughout the region to Buena Vista Farms.
A small hall besides the wedding tent gives a place for folks to come inside and use the restroom during receptions (no porta potties needed!)
A small hall besides the wedding tent gives a place for folks to come inside and use the restroom during receptions (no porta potties needed!)
Wedding tent lit up at dusk for Ashlee & Justin's wedding.
Wedding tent lit up at dusk for Ashlee & Justin’s wedding.
Exterior of wedding tent venue, Ashlee & Justin's wedding 2012.
Exterior of wedding tent venue, Ashlee & Justin’s wedding 2012.
One of the ponds at Buena Vista Farms at sunset.
One of the ponds at Buena Vista Farms at sunset.
Buena Vista Resort, part of Buena Vista Farms, offers full-service cabins on site.
Buena Vista Resort, part of Buena Vista Farms, offers full-service cabins on site.
With the cabins, brides and grooms can even stay at the resort on their wedding night, or hold bachelor/bachelorette parties, or rehearsal parties.
With the cabins, brides and grooms can even stay at the resort on their wedding night, or hold bachelor/bachelorette parties, or rehearsal parties, or get ready in spa facilities.

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. Be sure to check out our neighbors Girls in White Satin for formal wear for the occasion.

Springfield Illinois wedding photos by Warmowski Photography

One of our highlights from last year was when Amanda, whose wedding we photographed in the summer, took the microphone at the Springfield Local Favorites Bridal Bash at Northfield Inn and Suites and told all the brides what great photos and service she received from us. She said she didn’t have to worry about photos at all, and had a great time with us on her wedding day. Thanks Amanda!

Amanda and Luke had their ceremony at South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur Boulevard, Springfield, IL 62704. Reception at Firefighters Postal Lake Club on Lake Springfield with catering by Hamilton’s Catering.

Part of the plans for our Springfield professional wedding photography was to photograph the couple on the running trail in Centennial Park where they met. With temperatures over 100° – we took a quick photo then jumped in the air-conditioned limo and headed to their health club for fun photos with the wedding party.

Other vendor note — flowers, centerpieces and decorating by Tom Anderson of An Event Design florists and event planning.

Amanda & Luke on the running path where they met in Springfield's Centennial Park.
Amanda & Luke on the running path where they met in Springfield’s Centennial Park.
Amanda & Luke with their wedding party stop at their health club.
Amanda & Luke with their wedding party stop at their health club.
Amanda organized a flash mob dance at their wedding reception.
Amanda organized a flash mob dance at their wedding reception.
Dancing at the Firefighters Postal Lake Club.
Dancing at the Firefighters Postal Lake Club.
Fun in the photo booth.
Fun in the photo booth.

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.

Fun event photography at Hamilton’s 110 North East at Masquerade Ball

Tiffany and I had a great time last night at Jacksonville Main Street’s Diamonds & Ice Masquerade Ball last night at Hamilton’s 110 North East with the party and with event photography. Here’s some notes that might be of help with your wedding planning.

Dancing by Springfield Ballet Company.
Dancing by Springfield Ballet Company.
  • Steve Tankersley of Springfield-area Rage Revolta Stage Lighting 217.883.2634 did a fantastic job setting the scene with white LED uplighting around the ballroom. The lighting really fit in with the diamonds and ice theme of the night. When you’re planning a wedding, at Hamilton’s Catering or any other wedding venue, look into upgrading the lighting. We always love the opportunity event lighting gives for beautiful, different photos for Central Illinois wedding photography.
  • Troy Armstrong was the DJ for the night. He’s recently relocated to Springfield from Metro East St. Louis and is working at 104.5 WFMB radio. He also provides DJ service for weddings.
  • Precious Jewelers donated a beautiful necklace.
Tiffany & Steve in costume.
Tiffany & Steve in costume.
Whitewashed branches around the room.
Whitewashed branches around the room.
Kate Roth and Allison Pratt organized the event.
Kate Roth and Allison Pratt organized the event.
Tiffany and her award-winning mask.
Tiffany and her award-winning mask.

Thanks to Duncan & Hoots Jewelers for donating a $100 gift card which Tiffany won for “Most Elaborate Mask.” I think it was mostly for matching the great dress she picked up from Girls in White Satin Bridal & Formal Wear.

Another company we’ve seen do a great job with event lighting and up-lighting when we are out doing Springfield Illinois wedding photography is Premiere Audio-Visual.

Posted by Steve. 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. Be sure to check out our neighbors Girls in White Satin Bridal & Formal Wear for formal wear for the occasion.

Detail photos of downtown Chicago wedding at Ritz-Carlton

Our bride and groom Margie & Ken are getting their photos today of our downtown Chicago wedding photography at the Ritz-Carlton (Four Seasons) last weekend. We wanted to share some detail shots and links to some of the great wedding vendors who helped make the evening so wonderful . . .

Margie wore a gold sequin dress.
Margie wore a gold sequin dress.

A string quartet from Rendezvous Music played contemporary music through the night, such as Viva La Vida by Cold Play and All You Need is Love by the Beatles. At one point I went over to Tiffany and joked it was like watching one of our favorite movies, Love Actually. Rendezvous Music provides live music for Chicago special events. Ken passed along the contact info for one of the performers, Katherine Hughes.

String quartet from Renzedvous Music.
String quartet from Renzedvous Music.

Margie wanted a white rose wedding bouquet, and the best she found was from Scot Steuber Florist & Greenhouses ezblooms.com in Chicago (773) 238-2013. They also decorated the event room at the Ritz-Carlton.

EZBLOOMS.COM white rose bouquet
EZBLOOMS.COM white rose bouquet

Also had fun photographing details of the intricate decorations around the hotel. The hotel also catered hors d’oeuvres and a wonderful dinner.

Chandelier detail Ritz-Carlton.
Chandelier detail Ritz-Carlton.

When we photograph weddings we pay special attention to the details of the day. You put so much effort into the extras that make the day, and we want to help you remember how great everything looked.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day. Follow us on Facebook. Offering wedding photography in the Chicago area, downstate Illinois (Springfield, Quincy, Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington-Normal, Jacksonville), as well as St. Louis and beyond.

Including their furry friend in the wedding day

I already did a post on Meghan & Ryan and their dog, Bailey, in regard to their wedding stationary. I wanted to show you another way they included Bailey in their wedding day.

They used photos of Bailey as table numbers.

And, Rob, the matron-of-honor’s husband, took the same photo of them that we did (with Bailey outside of their home) but he took the digital file immediately to a nearby drugstore and had copies printed for their parents, which were put in frames on the head table – where the bride and groom and their parents sat. It was a fun surprise for their parents when they sat down to eat!

Bailey is four years old and she became a member of Meghan & Ryan’s family when they got her from another family that could no longer keep her. She is a sweet, well-mannered pup with obviously adoring ‘parents.’

Posted by Tiffany. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team want to tell the story of your wedding day. Follow us on Facebook. Member of Springfield Local Favorites, a group of the top wedding vendors in Central Illinois (on Facebook).
St. Ita Catholic Church, Chicago/The Park Grill, Millennium Park, Chicago, were Meghan & Ryan’s wedding venues.

Mandy’s gift from her ladies

Mandy walked around (and danced) all night holding her beautiful “Bride” wine glass given to her by her bridesmaids. The goblet’s color matched the wedding color perfectly and it brought am air of “PARTY!” everywhere she went.

Mandy & Billy celebrated their marriage with their family and friends at a beautiful reception at Mandy’s mom’s home in Jacksonville. The huge white tent and turquoise accents and yellow flowers everywhere were an exciting vision as guests arrived.

Posted by Tiffany. Warmowski Photography notices the fun details and work you put into your wedding. We also get to know you before your wedding so we know what’s important to you on your big day! Husband-wife photojournalist team available to tell the story of your wedding day. Follow us on Facebook. Wedding photography for Springfield, Quincy and all of Central Illinois. Member of Springfield Local Favorites, a group of the top wedding vendors in Central Illinois (on Facebook). Studio located at 301 E Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650 in the Hamilton’s 110 North East building.