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.

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.

Japanese connections to Jacksonville, Japanese wedding traditions photography

This week and next Tiffany & I are hosting our sixth Japanese exchange student through the Illinois College program with Ritsumeikan University in Japan. It’s always great to learn a different culture and traditions, and to share the great life of Central Illinois with a foreign visitor.

Last year we got a glimpse of some Japanese wedding traditions when we provided professional wedding photography for Shiori & Brett at the Jacksonville Country Club. Shiori started the day with a traditional wedding kimono and then switched to a white Western wedding dress. Their rings were made of wood and were carved by Shiori. And, part of a traditional Japanese wedding the families provide entertainment for their guests — so Shiori’s family sang and danced and put on quite a show!

Shiori in her wedding kimono.
Shiori in her wedding kimono.
Shiori carved her and Brett's wedding rings on lucky crane origami.
Shiori carved her and Brett’s wedding rings on lucky crane origami.
Shiori's family provides entertainment for wedding reception guests.
Shiori’s family provides entertainment for wedding reception guests.
A western tradition with cake smashed into Brett's beard.
A western tradition with cake smashed into Brett’s beard.
Shiori & Brett on the golf course at Jacksonville Country Club.
Shiori & Brett on the golf course at Jacksonville Country Club.

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.

Bobby Hoffman Night at the JHS Bowl

Tiffany covered Bobby Hoffman Night at the JHS Bowl over the weekend, and also photographed some of the action on and off the court of the Jacksonville High School basketball game.

Kristan and daughters at Bobby Hoffman Night at the JHS Bowl
Kristan and daughters at Bobby Hoffman Night at the JHS Bowl

See photo galleries on our Facebook pageBobby Hoffman Night, action on/off court.

Read more about the efforts to preserve the JHS Bowl, its history, and to put in a new floor. Also links to donate (make check payable and send to: Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation, 516 Jordan Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650) or to donate onlineStory also in The Source this week. Or, to help, purchase Leah’s Lemonade and Kolby’s Cookies while at a basketball game this season.

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.

2013 Bridal Shows in Central Illinois

Bride model wedding dress walks down runway, red LED uplighting in background. http://www.warmowskiphoto.com
Ashley Wall models a dress in the Springfield Local Favorites Bridal Bash 2012 at Northfield Inn & Suites. (See below for more on Ashley)

As you plan your wedding, bridal shows are a great way to get ideas for planning. Our hometown bridal show the Jacksonville Main Street Bridal & Prom Expo will be Sunday January 20, 2013 at Hamilton’s 110 North East.

We have not made specific plans for which bridal shows we will take part in beyond Jacksonville’s. As a small boutique studio it’s always a question — we already meet our goal of photographing 25-30 weddings a year just through word of mouth from our happy brides. Adding a bridal expo (which could cost $1,000+ for a booth) is an expense we don’t want to pass on to our brides. Call/text Tiffany 217.473.5581 or contact us from our web site to schedule a consultation for your wedding photography. She has lots of suggestions for other vendors including venues, banquet facilities, wedding cakes, dress shops, bridal bouquets and flowers, wedding DJs, limousines & transportation, and more to help you in your wedding planning!

The wedding dress model above Ashley Wall is actually our bride from September, here’s what she wrote about us on our Facebook page . . .

I HIGHLY recommend Warmowski Photography!!! They were so wonderful to work with! I heard numerous times throughout our wedding night how awesome they thought our photographers were!!! Not to mention Tiffany not only took wonderful photos but kept me so calm and did some last minute sewing… Even called the dress store and had Steve pick up a button without me knowing!!! I cannot say enough about these two!! They were simply amazing!!!

Here’s a list of the 2013 Bridal Shows in Central Illinois (as complete as I’ve been able to find). Thanks to Girls In White Satin for doing the initial leg work! If you have additional information for me, message me or post on our Facebook page. Everything is listed by date, day of the week, city, description of the show and times (anything in italics is a guess based on the previous year). I’ll put in links when available, and will update this post as I get more information (post changes to our Facebook page or contact us from our web site). Included in this list are bridal show Springfield Illinois 2013, bridal show Quincy Illinois 2013 and more . . .

  • January 4-5 Friday-Saturday Decatur Bridal Expo Annual Bridal Exposition at the Decatur Conference Center 5-9pm Friday (fashion show 7:30pm) 12-4pm Saturday (fashion show 2:30pm) tickets $3 in advance, $5 at the door 217-428-3481
  • January 6 Sunday Champaign Elegant Bridal Expo at the I Hotel & Conference Center 12-3pm tickets online
  • January 6 Sunday Springfield WDBR Bridal Extravaganza at Crowne Plaza 10am-3pm (fashion shows noon & 3 pm by Girls in White Satin)
  • January 6 Peoria Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show Peoria Civic Center
  • January 13 Sunday Springfield Elegant Bridal Expo at Hilton 12-3 pm tickets online
  • January 13 Sunday Bloomington The Wedding Show at Marriott 11am-3pm (fashion shows noon and 2pm) tickets online, Behind Every Bride
  • January 13 Sunday – Lasting Memories Bridal Show – Parke Hotel and Conference Center – Bloomington 11am-3pm (fashion shows noon & 1:30pm)
  • January 20 Sunday Jacksonville Main Street Bridal & Prom Expo at Hamilton’s Catering 110 North East, noon-4 pm, $5 in advance (click link above for locations) $8 at door (prom fashion 1:30 pm, bridal fashion 3 pm)
  • January 24 Thursday Collinsville Gateway Convention Center 5-9 pm
  • January 25-26 Friday-Saturday Peoria Bridal Bash at Embassy Suites East Peoria with Radio Peoria 5-8 pm Friday, 10-2 Saturday
  • January 26 Saturday Quincy Y101 at The Ambiance 12-3pm free
  • January 27 Sunday Springfield Mid-West Family Broadcasting at the Prairie Capital Convention Center Everything Weddings Expo & Style Show 12-4pm (style show 3pm) $5 at the door
  • February 25 Saturday Quincy KHQA Bridal Show at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center, 1-4 pm (fashion shows 3pm)
  • July 29 Sunday Collinsville Gateway Convention Center
  • TBA/October Jacksonville Girls In White Satin Extravaganza, annual end-of-season sale with $199 wedding dresses, $99 mothers dresses, $59 maids dresses, $49 flower girl dresses, and more.

Hope this helps you. It’s so frustrating to find wedding expo information online. Many of the shows are put on by radio and TV stations and they don’t do much on the web! The knot.com lists a bunch of Chicago shows under downstate/St.Louis region, and other sites are hit and miss. Just like with wedding photography on your special day, we work to make things easy and stress free.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team available to tell the story of your wedding day. Studio  301 E. Court Street Suite B, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650, hours by appointment, first floor of Hamilton’s 110 North East.

Deals on wedding dresses at bridal shop in Jacksonville

The owner of State Street Bridal & Formal bridal shop in Jacksonville, Illinois is retiring, and is having a going-out-of-business sale with prices 50-75% off wedding dresses and other remaining items. Store is open for now, so you might be able to find close-out deals on items for your wedding. 523 W State St. Jacksonville, IL 62650 (217) 245-0300 (call to double check hours).

After checking out State Street’s remaining items, be sure to go to the other side of the Jacksonville downtown square to Girls in White Satin Bridal and Formal Wear,  300 E. State St. Jacksonville, IL 62650 (217) 245-5400. We are listed on the GIWS site for wedding photography. Worth a trip from Springfield, Quincy or other places to check out for sure!

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. Great wedding photography for Springfield, Quincy, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana and all over Central Illinois.

Fun night Friday January 11th at Masquerade Ball at Hamilton’s 110 North East

Graphic Diamonds & Ice masquerade ball January 11 2013

Another way we are wedding photographers that are a lot of fun — Warmowski Photography is one of the sponsors of Jacksonville Main Street’s Diamonds & Ice Masquerade Ball next Friday 1/11/2013 at Hamilton’s 110 North East here in Jacksonville, Illinois. Tickets are $35 for a night of dancing, hors d’oeurvres and complimentary (2) drinks. Make the night extra fun and get a mask (in stock at Pier One) and a costume (with prizes for best costumes & masks) and/or dress up for the night (black tie optional).

Entertainment by Josh Jones, chorus member of the Chicago Lyric Opera, with dance accompaniment by Jessica Manker. Members of the Springfield Ballet Company will perform to “Burlesque” and “Somebody that I Used to Know.” Troy Armstrong will DJ the night – Facebook event page.

We had a blast at the last event – photo gallery. You can buy tickets online or get them at

Hope to see you there!

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

Downtown Chicago wedding photography

Congratulations to Margaret & Ken who were married Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago on Saturday. We spent the day with them and made some nice downtown Chicago wedding photography images.

We will have more photos on-line later, but wanted to share a quick image of them across from the Ritz-Carlton (Four Seasons Hotel) in the Seneca Playlot Park. It’s a little pocket park that has a beautiful paving brick walkway lined with trees that makes for a nice photo spot. Also took some photos along nearby Michigan Avenue, and of Water Tower Place.

We’ve been to this park before, during an engagement session for Jamie & Dave (later married at the Hotel Orrington in Evanston, Illinois, in a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony and lavish reception in the grand ballroom.)

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.

Portrait bride & groom (gold sequin dress) out in the cold across from the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. http://www.warmowskiphoto.com

Announcing the 2012 Morgan County Fair Queen & Princess

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Morgan County Fair Pageant! Lauren Ashleigh Martin was named Queen and December Ann Mitchell was named Princess. (Watch video slideshow of favorite photos from the night). Lauren Ashleigh Martin is the daughter of Brian and Marianne Martin of Jacksonville. December Ann Mitchell is the daughter of Chuck and Tiffany Mitchell of Jacksonville

2012 Morgan County Fair pageant winners Queen Lauren Ashleigh Martin and Princess December Ann Mitchell. Warmowski Photography
2012 Morgan County Fair pageant winners Queen Lauren Ashleigh Martin and Princess December Ann Mitchell. by Warmowski Photography

Morgan County Fair 2012 Pageant winners, Queen contest

  • Lauren Ashleigh Martin was crowned Queen, won Best Speech
  • Sydne Jane Peck was named First Runner-up, named Miss Congeniality and also won Best Interview.
  • Kenzie Nicole Jones won Second Runner-up
  • Tara Anne Stremlau won the People’s Choice award
Queen royalty (from left) Sydne Peck, Lauren Martin, Kenzie Jones & 2011 Queen Calla Kaufmann.
Queen royalty (from left) Sydne Peck, Lauren Martin, Kenzie Jones & 2011 Queen Calla Kaufmann.

Little Miss contest

  • December Ann Mitchell named Princess
  • Katelyn Mae Adams won First Runner-up
  • Bella Collynn Evans won Second Runner-up
  • Mackenzie Marie Gerard won Best Stage Presence
  • Elle Noel VanNoy won Best Interview
  • Callie Ann Howerton People’s Choice award
Princess royalty (from left) Mackenzie Gerard, Katelyn Adams, 2011 Princess Madison Davis, December Mitchell, Bella Evans & Elle VanNoy
Princess royalty (from left) Mackenzie Gerard, Katelyn Adams, 2011 Princess Madison Davis, December Mitchell, Bella Evans & Elle VanNoy

Fun facts . . .

  • Both winners (Queen Lauren Martin and Princess December Mitchell) wore dresses and evening gowns from Girls in White Satin Bridal & Formal Wear.
  • Queen Lauren Martin gave a speech on Forrest Gump’s “life is like a box of chocolates” saying she might not be 5 feet tall, but she’s full of surprises.
  • After the crowning, Queen Lauren Martin was mobbed by her dancers at Sara’s School of Dance.
  • Stage decorations and flowers were done by Ashley’s Petals & Angels. Lori Wankle also serves on the pageant committee.

And a note of congratulations and thanks for a great job to 2011 Queen Calla Kaufmann & 2011 Princess Madison Davis. They had a busy year and served Morgan County well.

Queen Lauren Ashleigh in swimsuit and evening gown.
Queen Lauren Ashleigh in swimsuit and evening gown.
Princess December Ann Mitchell in dress.
Princess December Ann Mitchell in dress.
Princess contestants in swimsuits.
Princess contestants in swimsuits.
Queen contestants in swimsuits.
Queen contestants in swimsuits.
Princess contestants in dresses.
Princess contestants in dresses.
Queen contestants in evening gowns.
Queen contestants in evening gowns.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography donated their services to the pageant committee, and awarded prizes to the winners. 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. We are members of Springfield Local Favorites, a group of the top wedding vendors in Central Illinois. Planning or anticipating a wedding? Get free tickets to the 5th annual Bridal Bash Sunday September 23rd in Springfield 2012

Information & links

Check back at coverage 2010 and the 2011 contests. Warmowski Photography is happy to also be a sponsor of the contest, and first place winners will get special photo cards.

2012 Morgan County Pageant winners gallery

Queen

Lauren Ashleigh Martin was crowned Queen, won Best Speech
Lauren Ashleigh Martin was crowned Queen, won Best Speech
Sydne Jane Peck was named First Runner-up, named Miss Congeniality
Sydne Jane Peck was named First Runner-up, named Miss Congeniality
Kenzie Nicole Jones won Second Runner-up
Kenzie Nicole Jones won Second Runner-up
Tara Anne Stremlau won the People's Choice award
Tara Anne Stremlau won the People’s Choice award

Princess

December Ann Mitchell was named Princess
December Ann Mitchell was named Princess
Katelyn Mae Adams won First Runner-up.
Katelyn Mae Adams won First Runner-up.
Bella Collynn Evans won Second Runner-up
Bella Collynn Evans won Second Runner-up
Mackenzie Marie Gerard won Best Stage Presence
Mackenzie Marie Gerard won Best Stage Presence
Elle Noel VanNoy won Best Interview
Elle Noel VanNoy won Best Interview

 

Callie Ann Howerton won the People's Choice award
Callie Ann Howerton won the People’s Choice award

Full list of competitors in the 2012 pageant . . .

Princess

  1. Olivia Pricilla Cook, daughter of Jared and Patty Cook of Jacksonville.
  2. Brooklyn Elizabeth Anders, daughter of Matt and Heidi Anders of Jacksonville.
  3. Elle Noel VanNoy, daughter of Tim and Maghen Smith of Jacksonville.
  4. Chaeli Addisyn Thomas, daughter of Chelsea Phillips and Nathan Thomas of Jacksonville.
  5. Alaina Leigh Ford, daughter of Jason and Aleece Ford of Franklin.
  6. Gerica Braelyn Gillis, daughter of Brad and Geri Gillis of Jacksonville.
  7. Katelyn Mae Adams, daughter of Aaron and Amber Adams of Jacksonville.
  8. Callie Ann Howerton, daughter of Mark and Jodi Anderson and Jake Howerton of Waverly.
  9. Kayla Carolynn Brackett, daughter of Brandon and Jennifer Brackett of S. Jacksonville.
  10. Mackenzie Gerard, daughter of Chad and Melissa Gerard of Jacksonville.
  11. Macie Renee Rolf, daughter of Brian and Traci Rolf of Concord.
  12. Bella Collynn Evans, daughter of Sean and Amy Evans of Jacksonville.
  13. Amiah Jade Christison, daughter of Eric and Misty Christison of Alexander.
  14. Elizabeth Louise Stremming, daughter of Thad and Melissa Stremming of Jacksonville.
  15. December Ann Mitchell, daughter of Chuck and Tiffany Mitchell of Jacksonville.

Queen

  1. Kenzie Nicole Jones, daughter of Richard and Meri Jones of Jacksonville.
  2. Haliegh Lauren Fredericks, daughter of Tammy Kemp and Jeffrey Fredericks of Jacksonville.
  3. Sydne Jane Peck, daughter of Richard Peck and Kim Peck of Jacksonville.
  4. Darcy Allison Arendt, daughter of Doug and Dee Arendt of Chapin.
  5. Katie Lee Knox, daughter of Scott and Paula Knox of Murrayville.
  6. Tara Anne Stremlau, daughter of Mike and Janine Hankins and Andy Stremlau of Jacksonville.
  7. Lauren Ashleigh Martin, daughter of Brian and Marianne Martin of Jacksonville.

Photography for the 2012 Morgan County Fair pageants

Warmowski Photography will once again provide photography for the Little Miss Morgan County and Morgan County Fair Queen pageants at the 2012 Morgan County Fair in Jacksonville, Illinois. The pageants start at 7 pm Tuesday July 10th, the fair starts Wednesday (fair schedule and info). We provided the group and individual studio portraits and studio shots, and also will photograph the contest.

2012 Morgan County Fair Princess contestants group photo, http://www.warmowskiphoto.com
In the 2012 Morgan County Fair Princess pageant are (from left, front row) Chaeli Addisyn Thomas, Bella Collynn Evans, Amiah Jade Christison, Elizabeth Louise Stremming & December Ann Mitchell; (middle row) Brooklyn Elizabeth Anders, Olivia Pricilla Cook, 2011 Princess Madison Ann Davis, Elle Noel VanNoy & Macie Renee Rolf; (back row) Katelyn Mae Adams, Mackenzie Gerard, Callie Ann Howerton, Kayla Carolynn Brackett, Cerica Braelyn Gillis & Alaina Leigh Ford.

The following ladies will be vying for the title of 2012 Morgan County Fair Princess:

1. Olivia Pricilla Cook, daughter of Jared and Patty Cook of Jacksonville.
2. Brooklyn Elizabeth Anders, daughter of Matt and Heidi Anders of Jacksonville.
3. Elle Noel VanNoy, daughter of Tim and Maghen Smith of Jacksonville.
4. Chaeli Addisyn Thomas, daughter of Chelsea Phillips and Nathan Thomas of Jacksonville.
5. Alaina Leigh Ford, daughter of Jason and Aleece Ford of Franklin.
6. Cerica Braelyn Gillis, daughter of Brad and Geri Gillis of Jacksonville.
7. Katelyn Mae Adams, daughter of Aaron and Amber Adams of Jacksonville.
8. Callie Ann Howerton, daughter of Mark and Jodi Anderson and Jake Howerton of Waverly.
9. Kayla Carolynn Brackett, daughter of Brandon and Jennifer Brackett of S. Jacksonville.
10. Mackenzie Gerard, daughter of Chad and Melissa Gerard of Jacksonville.
11. Macie Renee Rolf, daughter of Brian and Traci Rolf of Concord.
12. Bella Collynn Evans, daughter of Sean and Amy Evans of Jacksonville.
13. Amiah Jade Christison, daughter of Eric and Misty Christison of Alexander.
14. Elizabeth Louise Stremming, daughter of Thad and Melissa Stremming of Jacksonville.
15. December Ann Mitchell, daughter of Chuck and Tiffany Mitchell of Jacksonville.

2012 Morgan County Fair Queen  contestants, http://www.warmowskiphoto.com
In the 2012 Morgan County Fair Queen pageant are (from left, front row) Sydne Peck, 2011 Queen Calla Kaufmann, Lauren Martin; (back row) Darcy Arendt, Haliegh Fredericks, Tara Stremlau, Katie Knox, Kenzie Jones.

The following ladies will be vying for the title of the 2012 Morgan County Fair Queen:

1. Kenzie Nicole Jones, daughter of Richard and Meri Jones of Jacksonville.
2. Haliegh Lauren Fredericks, daughter of Tammy Kemp and Jeffrey Fredericks of Jacksonville.
3. Sydne Jane Peck, daughter of Richard Peck and Kim Peck of Jacksonville.
4. Darcy Allison Arendt, daughter of Doug and Dee Arendt of Chapin.
5. Katie Lee Knox, daughter of Scott and Paula Knox of Murrayville.
6. Tara Anne Stremlau, daughter of Mike and Janine Hankins and Andy Stremlau of Jacksonville.
7. Lauren Ashleigh Martin, daughter of Brian and Marianne Martin of Jacksonville.

Portrait of 2011
2011 Morgan County Fair royalty Queen Calla Kaufmann & Princess Madison Ann Davis.

Check back at coverage 2010 and the 2011 contests. Warmowski Photography is happy to also be a sponsor of the contest, and first place winners will get special photo cards. See more pageant info. Good luck to all the contestants!

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, experienced photojournalists who love to capture the story of your wedding day. Also offering event photography, portraits, senior portraits and more. New studio at 301 E. Court St. Suite B, Jacksonville, IL 62650 – next door to Girls in White Satin, first floor of Hamilton’s 110 North EastFollow us on Facebook. We are members of Springfield Local Favorites, a group of the top wedding vendors in the Central Illinois Region. Planning or anticipating a wedding? Get free tickets to the 5th annual Bridal Bash Sunday September 23rd in Springfield.