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.

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Laura has a moment with her father after the ceremony.

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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

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.

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.

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.

Miranda & Larry – Irish wedding traditions

Miranda & Larry were married April 22, 2012, at Central Baptist Church in Springfield. The sanctuary was flooded with light from huge windows and the decor was simple and elegant.

The men in the bridal party and fathers wore kilts in the bride's family's tartan. The blue carpet in the sanctuary was a perfect match.
Clovers were grown especially for the wedding from seeds from Ireland.
Miranda's shoes were special order from Europe with her family's tartan.
The guys all looked so ... Irish!

Miranda & Larry included descriptions of some traditions in their wedding program, including this one: Irish tradition holds that bridesmaids wear white to confuse any fairs that want to cause mischief during the ceremony. Also, during Midieval times, it helped confuse anyone who wished to break up the ceremony and kidnap the bride for her dowry or ransom.

The bridesmaids wore sashes of the family tartan.

 

Posted by Tiffany. Warmowski Photography, 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.

Life imitating art

I met Bailey at our first meeting with Meghan and Ryan. I could tell she was a very important part of their lives.

When I saw this little doodle was on Meghan & Ryan's church program, I knew we had to do a photo just like it!

 

 

Meghan & Ryan and their sweet dog, Bailey, outside their Chicago apartment following their wedding ceremony.

Congrats to Meghan & Ryan on their awesome wedding day Saturday, April 21, 2012. We were honored to have been chosen to document their day.

Warmowski Photography works to make your wedding photos reflect who you are. We travel to Chicago, England, Kansas and beyond! Whether your wedding is in your backyard or at a destination, we will photograph your day in a way that reflects you!

St. Ita Catholic Church, Chicago/The Park Grill, Millennium Park, Chicago

Love, marriage & Harley Davidson motorcycles

“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.

Posted by Tiffany. Warmowski Photography, husband-wife photojournalist team including your hobbies and interests into 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). Cake by Specialty Cakes.

Dreaming of the royal wedding

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Carolyn & Daniel after their wedding ceremony in Buxton, Devonshire, England. Photo by Steve/Warmowski Photography

All the talk of the royal couple’s wedding is making us think of the wedding we photographed in England in 2008, how we met Carolyn & Daniel, and our Bacon Number of 2.

Tiffany & I ventured up to Waupaca, Wisconsin for the wedding of our friend (and Jacksonville Journal-Courier co-worker) Sada (Konkol) Reed. While at Sada & Jason’s wedding we hit it off with Carolyn & Daniel, her friends from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. They were planning their own wedding, and we threw out the suggestion we’d love to be their wedding photographers, and they thought that was brilliant!

Before I go on about their wedding — Sada, Carolyn & Daniel were classmates to Prince William, therefore by the Kevin Bacon Degrees of Separation, our number is 2.

Anyways, Carolyn is a native of Galesburg, Illinois and grew up in Saudi Arabia. She married Daniel in his hometown of Buxton, Derbyshire, England. It was fun to watch Daniel run around the Old Hall Hotel (he worked there as a teen). It was neat to see the English traditions like the ladies’ hats, the formal meal, “wedding breakfast” and even cutting the cake with a sword.

The event was not our first destination wedding. We’ve also done weddings in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Mariestad, Västra Götaland, Sweden; and Las Vegas. I dream of photographing a wedding in Poland. And, one day we’ll set up our Tuscan wedding packages with our friend and fashion photographer Jerry Lee Ingram of Florence, Italy.

Back to our wedding from the United Kingdom, and some of our favorite photos of the trip:

Groom walks through English park with groomsman in Kilt _ WarmowskiPhotography.com
Daniel walks through Buxton's central park to the church.
Bride & groom in Buxton England - Warmowskiphoto.com
Carolyn & Daniel near the Opera House in historic downtown Buxton.
Carolyn & Daniel's first dance at the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton. Warmowskiphoto.com
Carolyn & Daniel's first dance at the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton.
Bride & groom go upstairs to bridal suite. WarmowskiPhoto.com
Carolyn & Daniel retreat to their room as their guests continue the party into the night.

Posted by Steve. Warmowski Photography, a husband-wife team of photojournalists based in Jacksonville/Springfield Illinois. Easy travels to Chicago, St. Louis, or destination weddings around the nation and world. Follow our adventures on Facebook. Members of Springfield Local Favorites — a collection of the top wedding vendors in Central Illinois. Studio at 611 E. State St., Jacksonville, IL 62650.

Unique racetrack wedding – Olivia & Adam

Oliva & Adam were married at Shepp’s Racetrack, near Jacksonville, Illinois, on October 10, 2010. Shepp’s is a track were Adam races and he and Olivia thought it would be the perfect spot for their wedding.

A month before their wedding, we photographed Olivia & Adam with their race car at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
Adam fires up the engine before driving around the trailer, where the guests await the start of the ceremony.
The ceremony took place on a stage set up in front of the trailer. The guests sat in the stands.

Posted by Tiffany/WarmowskiPhoto.com