There are days when we feel like we are so lucky to have the opportunity to follow our passion as photographers and do what we love. And on other days…we absolutely KNOW IT! Saturday was that kind of day. From the first time we were with Courtney and Mike together, we just had a ball!! It was their engagement shoot. Because of the intesity of their love for Hockey, the only fitting place would be on the ice, so we found a pond and cleared it. They were dressed super cute, and Autumn and I were in full snowsuits. No joke….ski boots and all. We had so much fun that day. Sure, we were able to capture beautiful images, because they are beautiful people, but their true beauty lies in how comfortable they make everyone feel around them. They are genuine people and when you’re with them, you want to grab a cocktail and turn up the music.
Fast forward to August 30 and you will be at a room filled to the brim of people who felt the same. All of the planning that Courtney put into the most important day of her life, turned out just perfect. Her Jim Hjelm dress was stunning and looked as if it were imagined just for her. Her hair and makeup, by the incredible Laura Paciorek of Planet Color, was flawless and perfectly complemented her style. Mike and ‘the boys” were in grey suits with black patent leather Chuck Taylors, which was just the right touch to keep Mike’s personality in the mix. And I think that word sums it up…this wedding was full of style and personality. The photo place card board and amazing print products from Julie Hanan Designs are always fabulous. The food was delicious, Sounds Abound had the dance floor packed at all times, and there was every kind of glowstick and glow accessory you can imagine! As if that weren’t enough, the star of the evening…was that it was all captured via Gopro. I can hardly wait to see that footage! Ha!
At the end of the day, all of the guests, from all different walks of life, Autumn and I included, all felt the same around Courtney and Mike. We all felt welcome. We all felt like we wanted to grab a cocktail and turn up the music.
Thank you to all of the friends and family who were so kind to Autumn and I throughout the entire wedding. Thank you to the Neumanns and the Passaglias for welcoming us into your families for the day. And to the bridesmaids, maid of honor, (and Laura)….thank you so much for being so helpful and making our jobs so much easier! Most importantly, Thank You and Congratulations to Courtney and Mike. You are perfect for eachother, and it makes our hearts smile just knowing that there are people out there in the world like youLots of love!! xoxo Autumn and Melin
Dress: Jim Hjelm www.jlmcouture.com
Florist: The Meetinghouse Companies www.meetinghouse.com
Photo Place Card Board and Programs: Julie Hanan Design www.juliehanandesign.com
Hair and Makeup: Laura Paciorek www.planetcolorsalon.com
Baker: Oak Mill Bakery www.oakmillbakery.com
DJ: Sounds Abound Entertainment www.soundsabound.com
Venue: Oak Brook Hills Resort www.oakbrookhillsresort.com