Chicago Wedding // Jewel Tea Pavillion // Citizen’s Park // Stonegate Banquets // Laura & Eric

Laura and Eric are a wonderful couple that I had the pleasure to photograph on a super sunny day in early October, 2011.  I love the quality of light during the fall, and like to use it to add little drama in some of the outdoor pictures.

strapless wedding dress

Bride outdoor portrait Fall Barrington IllinoisSuch a cute shot of the girls!Bride bridesmaids outdoor portrait shoes flowers orange Fall Barrington Illinois

groom groomsmen portrait outdoor wedding ceremony fall Barrington Illinois

The bride and groom had decided not to see each other prior to the ceremony, so this is Eric seeing Laura for the first time as she walks down the aisle with her father.

groom outdoor wedding ceremony Fall Barrington Illinois

initmate wedding, outdoor ceremony, wedding, fall, outdoor, citizens park, barrington, father of the bride, jewel tea pavilion, bride, processional, parkInteresting behind the scenes story of this couple’s day…the bracelet you see the bride wearing in the photograph above was her “borrowed” for her day; an emerald and diamond channel-set stunner (which also matched her shoes!) Halfway through dinner, the groom quietly approached me to let me know the bride realized she had lost the bracelet, but didn’t know where.  Thinking quickly on my feet, I looked through all the pictures I had taken so far on the back of my camera.  I pinpointed the time and location that I believed it went missing (since it was no longer on her wrist in the pictures.) Thanks  to my CSI skills, someone went back out to the park and found it in the dark.  It had fallen off during  family pictures which I had taken after the ceremony in the “altar” area.  Not only was I able to preserve their special memories for years to come, I was also able to be a little bit of a hero for the day as well!

initmate wedding, outdoor ceremony, wedding, fall, outdoor, citizens park, barrington, jewel tea pavilion, bride, wedding ceremony, park, lens flareLaura and Eric had their outdoor ceremony at the Jewel Tea Pavilion at Citizens Park in Barrington, Illinois.  Not a cloud in the sky!

We then took some photographs in the park that surrounds the pavilion area.   I love incorporating interesting elements that I find in locations into my portraits.  Below I used a unique gate door.Bride groom outdoor portrait Fall Barrington Illinois sun flare



Bride and groom portrait outdoors in FallBride groom outdoor portrait Fall Barrington IllinoisThe bride also happened to be the banquet coordinator at the Stonegate Banquets in Hoffman Estates, where the reception was held.  Having much experience with weddings, Laura knew exactly what she wanted for her fall wedding…

wedding reception decor fall centerpieces Stonegate Hoffman Estates Illinois

wedding reception decor toasting flutes Stonegate Hoffman Estates, IllinoisEveryone had a great time dancing at the reception, including the groom’s dad!  He had more “moves” than Jagger…

Reception Dancing Party Stonegate

The couple enjoying a quiet moment together on the dance floor…so much love!

Bride Groom Dancing Wedding Reception Stonegate Hoffman Estates Illinois

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Wedding photographed for Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists

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