Jacqueline & Patrick’s Marriott Normal IL wedding day was a stunning one. Their first look, at Bloomington Country Club, was filled with laughter and smiles and though there was quite a chill in the air, the backdrop for the moment they first saw each other on their wedding day was a beautiful one…complete with sunshine, blue skies and wispy clouds.
They were married in Bloomington, Illinois at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the grand space flooded in soft afternoon light filtered through the gorgeous stained glass windows. Right before she walked down the aisle to meet Patrick at the altar, Jacqueline’s and her father shared their own first look. When he saw her for the first time, her dad scooped her up in his arms for the biggest bear hug and buried his face to hide the tears. It is definitely one of the most tender moments I have seen.
They followed the ceremony with cocktails, dinner and dancing along to the music of a live band. Jacqueline and her father took dance lessons to prepare for their special dance and it did not disappoint. Each detail of Jacqueline & Patrick’s Marriott Normal IL wedding day was touched with beautiful elegance and each moment they shared with family and friends was just bursting with the myriad of emotion that encompasses a wedding day.
Kate & Brodie’s Allerton Park Mansion wedding in Monticello, IL was actually the backdrop of where they met while in school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL. They both worked at Allerton Park Mansion as part of the architectural degree program they were enrolled in at the time. When it came time to find an amazing venue for their wedding day, the choice was obvious.
Their celebration took place on an uncharacteristically, but beautifully, warm day late in September. On the days leading up to their wedding it rained and rained and rained. So much so that many of their guests were unsure if they would be able to attend Kate and Brodie’s Allerton Park Mansion wedding. But that morning, waking up to gorgeous weather, I knew we were going to have an amazing day!
They said their vows in the Fu Dog Gardens under the very spot where Brodie proposed. So perfect, right? They were surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, who all stayed on the grounds in one of Allerton Park Mansion’s several charming rooms. After the ceremony, cocktail hour took place on the back lawn of the mansion as the sun was setting. It was absolutely magical.
Cocktail hour was followed by dinner in the main room and dancing in the library…all accompanied by a live band. Kate and Brodie took dance lessons leading up to their wedding day, which made for one of the most adorable first dances. It was fantastic!
If you’d like to see more, Kate & Brodie’s Allerton Park Mansion wedding day was also featured on JuneBug Weddings.
Amanda & Ryan’s Bloomington Country Club IL wedding took place under a gorgeous white tent set up on the lawn in front of the clubhouse. And though the late summer day was incredibly hot and muggy, everything surrounding the tent was lush and green and full of life. In fact, it was so humid that day, when moving from the air conditioned clubhouse to the outdoors there was instant fog on everyone’s glasses.
Just before dinner, Amanda & Ryan served their guests two signature drinks during the cocktail hour, both of which must have been delicious because they disappeared quickly. One of my favorite moments during weddings are during the toasts and Amanda & Ryan’s family toasted them incredibly well. Amanda’s sister and Ryan’s father both shared beautifully emotional tear-jerkers. Once dinner had ended, they turned the music up and dance into the night.
The day was filled with so many pops of gorgeous color and perfectly whimsical details. And each moment of Amanda & Ryan’s Bloomington Country Club IL wedding day was infused with their fun personalities. Their love for one another and their zest for life was evident all day long…and the way everything intertwined together created something truly memorable.
If you’d like to see more,Bloomington Country Club IL wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty.
I am so excited to finally have a place to call home for Rachael Schirano Photography. This gorgeous new space has been a long time in the making…and now that launch day is here, I feel like I should be throwing confetti and popping open some bubbly!
I have to give huge shout out to my designer Bre…thank you for everything. I honestly could not have imagined anything more beautiful.
Of course, new endeavors wouldn’t be any fun without some kind of road bump… In the process of transferring everything over, I managed to lose my entire blog, which means I will be rebuilding it from scratch. But, that also means we will have the chance to revisit some of my favorite weddings from the past couple of years. It will take a bit of time to put everything together, so until then…if you’d like to see more of my work, I’d love to share it with you. Just pop on over to my contact form and send me a note.
Lindsey & Josh were married at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, IL.Their day was filled with grey and dreary skies, but that didn’t stop the endless smiles and contagious laughter that permeated the entire celebration. Which was made even more spectacular by the way every last last detail was imbued with a personal touch. They both love music and have a wonderful collection of vinyl records, so when they asked if we could sneak around the corner to Ribbon Records for their photographs, I could not resist.