My sister’s useful wedding favor

My sister and her husband Matt gave jars of rosemary-infused sea salt as favors at their Chicago-area wedding last month. I haven’t had much time to cook since then, but finally used it in this linguine & pesto recipe I made today. The rosemary went perfectly with the sage and parsley called for in the dish. It’s perfect warm-weather food. Thanks to Nicole & Matt for the great favor!

I got the recipe from Fitness Magazine – my subscription is an annual Christmas gift from Steve’s Aunt Kathy & Uncle George. Kathy is a fitness nut and loves to share her passion! Thanks for a great gift!

Posted by Tiffany/Warmowski Photography. We love a good wedding favor idea! Nicole & Matt’s wedding was in Lake Zurich (Chicago area). We also photograph weddings in St. Louis, Springfield and beyond!

Katie & Aaron’s engagement session

Katie & Aaron are getting married later this month in Springfield. We had a blast Thursday photographing them with Katie’s horses.

We were petting Stanley when Katie told me, “He likes you to pull on his tongue.” WHAT!?! Here are a couple of photos. Hilarious!

The other funny moment was when Katie was on Reggie with Aaron standing nearby. We were photographing and I said to Katie, “Give him a kiss.” As I was getting ready to jokingly say, “Aaron, not Reggie,” Katie was leaning forward to give Reggie the horse a kiss on the neck. We all laughed – but Aaron laughed hardest of all. Good thing for Katie!

Here are a couple of our favorites from the session. Looking forward to the wedding!

And a couple more of the horses.

Posted by Tiffany/Warmowski Photography. We love to photograph engagement sessions. It’s a great way to document that special time in between dating and being married. We photograph in Springfield, Illinois, Chicago, St. Louis and beyond!

Featuring: The Kids!

There were 3 little ones who participated in  Monica & Luther’s wedding in Lombard, Illinois. They were Luther’s nieces and nephew.

The nice thing about having kids participating in your wedding is that you never know what’s going to happen. And one of the downsides to having kids in your wedding is that you never know what’s going to happen. Choosing whether or not to have children participate is a decision the bride and groom should make – keeping in mind how easily they are able to roll with things. Because, very rarely do ring bearers and flower girls walk directly and quietly down the aisle. Which is fine! It wouldn’t be memorable if they did!

It look Bode a minute to follow his cousins down the aisle. But he did it!

Bode got going, but then Allison realized her big sister, Avery, had dropped some flower petals. Allison pointed to them and said, “uh oh.” And it took her a minute to decide whether or not she was going to pick them up or keep going. Eventually, she kept going.

Bode got caught up in the aisle runner, but Grandpa Dan was right there to help out.

Monica and Luther with their ring bearer and flower girls.

Posted by Tiffany/Warmowski Photography. We photograph weddings with kids and without kids in Jacksonville, Illinois, Chicago, St. Louis and all over.

The “out”

Dad and I wait upstairs at MacMurray's Annie Merner Chapel while guests are seated. 15 September 2001 Photo by Zuzana Killam
Dad and I wait while my sister Nicole (far left), and best friends Tracy Mazurkiewicz and Michelle (McIntyre) Davlantis chat. Not pictured is Steve's sister, Janet (Warmowski) Jackson, also a bridesmaid. She was the first one to walk down the aisle, which is probably why she isn't in this photo. 15 September 2001 Photo by Valérie Berta Torales


I’ll never forget the option my dad gave me before walking me down the aisle on my wedding day 15 September 2001:

Dad (looking at the door to go outside): We can walk out the door if you want to, Tiffy.

Tif: What do you want to do, Daddy?

Dad: No, Tiffy. What do you want to do?

Tif: I think I’ll walk down the aisle.

It might seem weird to be given that option moments before walking down the aisle, but in honesty, I have always been grateful for that “out.”

When we were walking down the aisle, dad said to me, "Tiffy, I've been thinking about this day for a long time." Here we are just before that. My cousin, Amy Bennett, was our flower girl. I was the flower girl in her parents' wedding 18 years before. 15 September 2001 Photo by Valérie Berta Torales


Before our good friend Esther married Steve’s mentor, Archie Lieberman, Esther’s aunt told her, “Five minutes before is better than five minutes after.” Esther didn’t take the “out.” But she never forgot about her aunt offering to her, either. Esther and Archie were married 60 years before his death in 2008.

We’ve had 3 couples cancel or indefinitely postpone their weddings this summer. But believe me, there are no hard feelings here! Making a lifetime commitment is not something that you should do just because you have been planning a wedding for months or because people will be disappointed if you decide not to go through with it.

I hope that all couples work as hard on preparing for their marriage as they do planning their wedding (if not harder!). And if they reach a point in that process where things don’t feel quite right, then taking a step back and taking a good hard look at things just might be the right thing to do, whether the wedding is months, weeks or days away.

**Photos Copyright Warmowski Photography 2010** Blog post by Tiffany/Warmowski Photography Tiffany & Steve Warmowski were married in Jacksonville and photograph others’ weddings in Jacksonville and around the world.

A summer of wonderful weddings

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I want to use this space as a resource of ideas for brides planning their weddings as well as to let former and current couples know what we’re up to! Enjoy!