Lakeside Engagement Session Ottawa IL Engagement & Wedding Photographer

Sometimes at weddings, guests will ask us to take their photo with their phone, which is totally fine, but often times we end up taking one with our camera as well. That happened last year:

I remembered Jake because this group of groomsmen was so hilarious and when I dismissed them back to the bus after pictures, they all took off running in tuxedos and it was hilarious. I was so excited when DaNae emailed me. Sadly we already had a wedding on their date, but since Stephanie had decided to work with us shooting as an associate, we are able to work with them for their wedding. So Seth and I shot their engagement session yesterday (whoa-look at me on top of things- just don't look at my messy house and unbathed children) and Stephanie and Jared will shoot their wedding this fall. 

Jake's family owns property right behind where Seth grew up so it was funny to hear them discuss it. It's awesome that they saw the potential of this land and built a beautiful house around a lake that made an awesome backdrop for pictures and will be gorgeous for a wedding. 

Here are a few of my favorites. I went all kinds of hipster with the wood pile, but I just couldn't help myself. :) 

I am so excited for these two and look forward to many photos shoot out at the lake. (and maybe a bbq or two?!?!?! we'll bring beer!) I'm so glad we met them at z&s's wedding and had such a good time. 

It also feels good that when a wedding party who worked with us chooses us for their wedding. I'm glad people like our photos and know that we have fun with it. Stephanie is very similar and has a great personality. Their outdoor fall wedding is going to be beautiful!! 

Lifestyle Newborn Session

I love building relationships with our clients, not just because they are super rad people and I just like being around them, but also because it means that we get to be there for so many big moments in their life. 

As we were prepping for taking some photos of baby Brock, Courtney & I  were talking about their engagement session and wedding and it was fun to think back and remember those happy times, especially because she is so good about printing and hanging pictures. I loved seeing so many familiar pictures around their home. Seth and I feel truly honored that so many people choose us to be their photographer and we love hanging out with all of you. 

Which means-KEEP HAVING ADORABLE BABIES, PEOPLE.  

Brock is SO cute. SO SO CUTE. And he is a little snuggle bug. Like Dad's littlest cutest football. Most first time dads take a little while to be comfortable holding a newborn, but not Kyle. All those years of keeping the football safe gives him a leg up on everyone. Brock obviously felt so comfy in dad's arms and keep giving us sleep smiles. 

So here are a few from their newborn session yesterday. I was so glad to be able to capture this time in their life and provide some new material for those frames in the house. :)

Starved Rock & Matthiessen State Park Engagement Session

A lot of people ask me if we can do engagement pictures with the waterfalls at Starved Rock. Sure, we can. But I warn you, the reason there is a waterfall means there has been rain which also means....mud. Lots of mud. 

But still people take me up on the offer to hike through the mud for some pictures and honestly, they always are beautiful and worth the effort. It has been super rainy here this week so the waterfalls are flowing in every canyon in Starved Rock but the river flooded limiting parking and the trails are crazy muddy. 

So we opted for Matthiessen State Park just down the road. It was fun to get Nora & Ryan out for a few pictures to capture their engagement. They were cracking me up with their fun loving nature and Ryan being so excited for a picture reward pizza afterwards. I think Seth was wishing he could have Bianchi's pizza as a reward for taking the pictures. :) 

We had only spoken on the phone when they booked us for their wedding so it was really fun to meet in person and get to hang out for a bit. Really looking forward to November at the Barn at Hornbaker Gardens for their wedding! 

Yorkville Nature Winter Engagement Session by Seth Morris Photography

Devotees will remember the family with 4 boys who I have dubbed the most loving family I have ever seen. I love this family. I want the secrets to raising kids who not only get along but genuinely love each other and their family. I'm so thankful to have met this family and now we get to shoot another epic Libman wedding.

"My name is James. But you can call me Jimmer." Off the bat, Nate ( NOT James) stood out as a fun loving guy. He was so goofy and hilarious and we had a great time at his brother's wedding. So much that he just HAD to propose to his girlfriend of 8 years right away just so he could get his pictures taken again by us. :)

I remember when Jimmer called me to say he was engaged and needed a wedding photographer. I was so excited and still thought to myself, I wonder what kind of woman marries Jimmer.

Enter Jimmer 2.0- Connie. She is so perfectly matched and the two of them together are the kind of relationship I think everyone really wants. They are so goofy and silly and fun and so loving. I have never laughed so hard at a session. Ever. In 10 years. It was obvious that they were in sync and it was beautiful. 

And so, here are some of my favorites from Nate & Connie's session. The future Mr. & Mrs. Jimmer.

Downtown Maternity Session :: Uptown Normal :: Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

One of my biggest regrets was not having Seth take some real maternity photos of me. At the time, I felt (and who are we kidding-looked) huge, but now looking back, I remember being pregnant fondly. Not fondly enough to do it ever again, but it was a nice little stage of life and I wish I had a few non iPhone-in-a-mirror pictures. So I really encourage women to get out there and grab a few shots. For nostalgia. You don't ever have to hang them up in your house, but honestly, I know your child is going to love that photo someday. You anxiously awaiting their arrival and already loving them more than you can understand. 

I include a little mini maternity session with our newborn session. You don't need 2 hours of maternity pictures and if you want to get out your nude jumpsuit and floral crown like queen B, maybe you find a different photog. :) I try to keep it super simple and fun. Not lots of props and signs and outfits and locations. Just a few with your partner so you can really remember......

And without further ado, Julia & Richard. The smiliest, warmest, totally awesome & wonderful people. We shot their wedding and BOWLING reception a few years ago. Yea, that's right. Bowling. Like I said, AWESOME. They are having a little boy here soon and I can't wait to go snuggle and photograph him. 

I love urban settings, especially in winter when everything is kinda dead. But the colors in uptown Normal are some of my favorites. 

So if you are looking for a lifestyle photographer, here I am baby. Shoot me a line and let's get out there! 

Chicago Engagement Session :: Board of Trade Lasalle Street Pictures

Seth & I include engagement pictures in our wedding package. We love to get an hour or so to just spend time with you and get to know you a little better. It gives you a better idea of how things go for portrait time and it is a great way to capture your relationship as it evolves into a marriage. We have lots of locations near us or in the 'burbs but occasionally a couple will want to do incorporate downtown Chicago if they live or met there. 

Amanda & Dan met in Law School but they live downtown. In fact, they both work on Lasalle Street so it was important to use this session to capture their love and their life as it is now. I LOVE that idea and we were glad to have a decent weather Sunday morning to wander around for some shots. Here are a few of my favorites! 

Starved Rock Winter Wedding :: Utica IL :: wedding photographer

So...you know who is a lot of fun......teachers on a three day weekend. :) 

This was the winter wonderland wedding of John & Gina, except we were missing the winter part. It was 70 degrees this lovely February day and we took full advantage of it. Lots of love and laughter outside in the sun and we had a great day celebrating their wedding at Starved Rock Lodge. {Gorgeous flowers by one of our favorites, Flowers Plus}

J&G met outside the lodge so we could wander around for some portraits. Luckily, even in the winter, the lodge has some beautiful spots. I particularly love the greens, the lodge itself, the bridge and even the cabins. I try to change it up for backgrounds and get a few at different spots. 

So then we grabbed the crew and went around for a few more pictures with the wedding party. And these adorable kids were just the best. I particularly love the one of them hugging. That's a framer for sure! Also I want to say that Gina was in love with EVERY dog that passed us, which happened about every 3 minutes since it was 70 degrees. So I finally asked someone to let us borrow their dog for a picture. I think that was Gina's favorite picture of the day! :) Oh the lengths I will go to please a client!!

It was pretty muddy on the trails from the weather but Gina & John really wanted to get some of the scenery from the canyons so we snuck quickly to grab a few shots with a rock wall! 

And then it was time to get married! It was a beautiful ceremony and the new Mr. & Mrs. were official! {Note-check out the uplighting from Guys on the Radio. It makes a huge difference so cut those silly embossed napkins out of your budget and get uplighting!}

So I want to pause here to talk about cocktail hour. We usually do family pictures right after the ceremony at Starved Rock and then head into cocktail hour for mingling. This is a good time for Seth and I to take a few shots. Seth took some detail shots of the room, the rings, the centerpieces ect and I took shots of the people mingling. While these aren't ever pictures I expect to be a big canvas on the mantle, I do think they are nice to have to remember the people who love you and came together to celebrate your marriage. I love catching people smiling and laughing or even, in this case, John's daughter talking to Gina's grandpa. Little moments like this are important and being able to be in 15-20 minutes of cocktail hour really enables us to capture them.

Notice the uplighting again. Just sayin'

So then it was time to introduce the new Mr. & Mrs. Thomas and get things rollin'.....like I said, those teachers were ready to party! 

And a special thanks to these two Guys on the Radio for getting the party going. We always have fun working with them! 

J&G-we are so happy for you two and we had such a great time enjoying the weather and your day together. Don't forget that our couples get a discount on family pictures so as that beautiful family of yours grow, give us a buzz. I'm sure I can find more random dogs to be in your family pictures! :) 

 

Wedding & Reception at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens, Princeton, IL

I seriously love New Year's Eve weddings. They are so fun. 

I love them as much as I love shooting at the Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, IL. It's a wedding photographer's dream. 

So here is a little preview of pictures from New Year's Eve. I have had a loooooong night with crying children and exhaustion and internet going in and out while I'm trying to binge watch hulu....REAL PROBLEMS PEOPLE. So I'm skipping over writing commentary. I know you are all disappointed my charming personality isn't going to accompany lovely photos. :) 

I'll add it later until then here are some beautiful people....

Wedding & Reception at The Danada House Wheaton IL, Photographer

So I'm trying to catch up here so let's throw it back to a September wedding at The Danada House . It is one of my FAVORITE venues. It's beautiful at every turn. Then you throw in this couple and this wedding dress and you have perfection. 

The couple met at the hotel before heading over the the house. It ended up being perfect for these Cubs fans meeting in front of the big ivy wall. 

So then we headed over to the Danada House and had some bridal party pictures. This bridal party was HUGE. One of the biggest! But thankfully everyone paid attention and were super great during picture time. It's hard to organize and pose big groups but I like the challenge!

So once I get the bridal party pictures done, I dismiss them so we can focus on the couple. I like their attention to be solely on each other. Hard to do that with 25 people watching. So the bridal party went inside and we had some time to wander the grounds and let Laura & Rich spend some time together. 

The Danada House is beautiful and the reception area is so pretty! This was a pretty rocking party!!

Ottawa Illinois Wedding Photographer | 807 Lasalle St.

So let me start by saying I found this new blog software and this is my first attempt with using it so let's see how this goes. 

But I cannot wait to share these photos because I love this woman and her family dearly. This wedding is from last November and the happy couple left for Australia right after the wedding so I actually got their pictures to them right away and then kinda forgot about posting some.....oops. It was a busy fall, ok? 

Anyway, Kristen has been babysitting our kids while we are out taking all your photos and we just love her. The kids get so excited for her to come over that they voluntarily clean up so they have space to "play games with Kristen". Yea, so for real, her moving to Australia is a loss to parents of America! But thankfully she found Daniel and he is just the real deal. He is a super cool guy and you know what, he ADORES her the way she deserves. It was fun to see them interact together. Let me show ya..... here we go: Kristen & Daniel -best day ever....

Kristen dressed at her parents' house and it was so full of emotion and love. I felt special to be there and I was just the photog. I may have teared up a bit along with everyone else. #tears Meanwhile Seth took some getting ready photos of Daniel and then headed to grab a pint. And THAT sums up the difference between guy and girl getting ready photos!  

Time to get married! Being that Kristen is a talented singer, it came as no surprise that their ceremony had lots of beautiful singing. My favorite perhaps was when Daniel's German parents showed off their newly learned English to sing a prayer for them. It was so touching. #moretears

Daniel had one requested photo so I was happy to oblige and I even gave the instructions in German: 

küsse deine Frau

One of my favorite photographers talks about taking a walk around the block. Luckily we had perfect weather (as we almost always do the first week of November) so that's exactly what we did. All these photos were taken within 1 block of the church and reception. 

We took a few with the bridal party and then sent them to the reception. I like to have time with just the couple without distractions so they can really just be together. The bridal party was barely out of the park and these two were in their own little world. And that's exactly what I want. I tell everyone, it's the only time you are alone the entire day. Enjoy just being together. 

So Nordstrom weddings are some of the best. But this one, got me all teary eyed again and again, especially when Daniel's mom sang to him while we watched his baby pictures behind her. #majortearsforthismama For real, it was so beautiful and luckily I got off a couple shots between the tears. I also just love when everyone sings That's What Makes You Beautiful to Kristen's cousin. It's tradition and I love it. We ended up staying until they left since we were basically hanging out and dancing with our friends. So we were able to get some shots as they left Kristen did a "Father of the Bride" final hug with her dad.....and cue the #finaltears. 

St. Katherine Drexel Sugar Grove Wedding Photographer

I know I need to spend this off season catching up on posting our amazing weddings this year. I have been posting on Facebook! But in attempts to form a new habit, I am posting a preview here. It's smaller than usual (but still 50 pictures!) but still gives you a feel for our snowy, wintery wedding in Sugar Grove, IL. 

If you are going to have a winter wedding, you gotta hope for snow. It makes the pictures magical  and even just the feel of the day is cozy and fun. I mean, cozy and fun when you AREN'T outside standing in the 25 degree snow to GET those magical pictures. We had such a great day with Jerry & Michelle and their awesome crew who took a swig and got right off that bus and into the snow for pictures. I was so impressed that they all tried to just have fun and smile without complaining about the weather. 

I met the gals at her house to grab a few of the final getting ready shots. They have a beautiful home and it was fun to be there while Michelle got ready. 

Seth met the guys at the church. 

St. Katherine Drexel Church in Sugar Grove, IL, is a GORGEOUS church. Oh my goodness. So much light and beauty. I wish we had more time and could have done a few more pictures there! How often do you hear THAT from a photographer? (I know I know. I'm guilty of complaining about the catholic red carpet far too much!) But this church was amazing. On top of that, Jerry & Michelle did a few of my favorite things: 1. leaning in to whisper during the readings 2. smiling at each other and 3. hugging after the first kiss.

So we did a couple in the church and then headed to the country club (with special VIP access) for some pictures. 

We had some downtime after pictures and Seth & I were able to capture lots of candids of everyone at cocktail hour and then we headed into the reception at the Chicago Northwest Westin for the celebration. We were working with a new DJ, Limelight Music Services, and MAN! Was I impressed!! He was a super sweet guy and did a great job! I am so glad we met him this weekend, since we print our wedding guide on Monday! He is definitely making our vendor list. Check him out! Great job! 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you want people to dance at your wedding, you gotta dance!! These guys were so much fun and we had a blast in the snow with them! We wish them many happy years together!!

Patrick Haley Mansion Fall Wedding Joliet Photographer Seth Morris Photography

So if you follow us on Facebook or ig, you may know that we didn't have internet for a couple weeks. That's right. We had no idea what was going on in the world or what our friends were having for dinner! It was a cruel reality especially considering we couldn't post any photos and we have so.many.amazing fall weddings & sessions that we want to post. 

But we have moved and made sure that media com came the same day to set up our internet and we are back in the game.

Here is a gorgeous wedding at the Patrick J Haley Mansion in Joliet which is one of my favorite venues. It is beautiful and we had a great day with Derek & Jess. 

Jess told me she and Derek are big family people and wanted lots of pictures with their family. Those pictures are always a priority to me and I LOVE hearing brides & grooms say that. So this post is dedicated a little more towards showcasing those images. While there are lots of great candids of other things, I'm going to show a few extra of the family type candids that I like to capture. Starting with Dad's first look. 

Since the bride & groom opted not to see each other until the ceremony, we wandered around for some pictures with the gals...

And then with the bride hidden back upstairs, it was then guys' turn. The videographer had the guys "just hanging out" in this first one front of the door (right color photo) and I like how it turned out. Great job! 

Then it was time to get married. Jess hugged all the groomsmen as they walked down to meet Derek and this moment with her brother had me all teary eyed. I'm such a sucker for loving families. (Also sidenote: I need to get the woman's name who sang. HOLY MOLY. She has a beautiful voice.)

Then we did another lap with the new Mr. & Mrs. J. 

A few with the wedding party!

Now it was time to party with this awesome group of family and friends. While there was a lot of awesome dancing shots, I'm focusing on some of the family shots for the purpose of this post. :) 

So since we've been without internet (read: super productive without distraction/facebook) I am actually almooooooooost done with this wedding and ready to send it out to the happy couple.

If you are looking for a photographer in the Joliet or southern Chicagoland suburbs, give us a shout. :) We love heading out that way. 

Thanks to D&J for being so sweet and wonderful and understanding of our crazy life moving and living under a rock in a tiny house with 3 small children and then moving again and setting up a new house. You two are wonderful and we look forward to a life of hotdogs...I mean photo sessions with you. :) 

The Haight Elgin Wedding Loft :: Elgin Northwest Chicago Wedding Photographer

I looked at the Haight's website after I spoke with Jenn about her wedding and from that moment, I was so excited to see how it was going to look. And it didn't disappoint. 

We had the perfect fall day there yesterday. That's right. Yesterday. Look at me, blogging away despite a one year old getting teeth and a crazy double wedding weekend. BUT I love these pictures and instead of just uploading to Facebook (my normal MO) I decided to throw them up here. This isn't a full preview (as you can see from other posts) but I picked out more than 5 which is my Facebook number. So here are a few pictures from Brian & Jenn's beautiful fall wedding. 

They both got ready at the Marriot and we were going to try to have the first look at the riverwalk but that was kinda a crazy plan so we found a pretty spot and met at the hotel and then went together to the river. I love this shot took of their moment together through the trees. And then we went to to the Walton Island Park in Elgin. 

We  had so much fun. And I just loved that cathedral veil. The wind was perfect for having a little fun with it. And we didn't lose it in the river, so WIN WIN!

Here is a funny example of the evolution of a pose. I love the order of these. You can see how I work through the poses. 

So then we were done and headed back to the Haight. BUT WAIT, I have another idea. This happens waaaaaay too often. But it was worth it. Silhouette for the score. 

Ok so NOW we're headed back to the Haight. For real, this venue is super cool. It is a loft venue with a great atmosphere and a super friendly staff....and christmas lights. A photographer's soulmate. Now, normally, I don't post a lot of pictures of stuff. We take pictures of stuff but it is not our forte and it is not our focus. We are not editorial photographer's. But Jenn's design was amazing and truly looked like a page in a magazine. 

The ceremony was beautiful & so sweet. I have more to post from that (and plenty more detail photos) but I will just say that I am so happy these two found each other and then found us. We were so happy to spend the day with you and your family & friends. And way to dance. You really set the tone of the party. Brides & Grooms-DANCE AT YOUR WEDDING! :) Love to you both. Enjoy your honeymoon!

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Wedding at Starved Rock Lodge

On Facebook today Heather said today was the second best day of her life (while visiting Harry Potter land at Disney) so let's revisit the BEST DAY OF HER LIFE.....

That's right people, I am talking about a Harry Potter wedding and it was as awesome as you'd imagine. Heather & Danielle planned a perfect wedding to represent their love, affection, and HP nerdiness that makes me want to go buy all the books right now. But what I loved most was that the fun decor and Harry Potter mentions didn't distract from the celebration or even make the day comical, but instead really enhanced seeing Heather & Danielle as a couple joining together. They made so many mentions of their best friendship and it was so evident. And that is special. 

The day started with Danielle having a first look with Dad & then wandering around the lodge with her attendants. We haven't had a couple who chose not to see each other in a while. I will never pressure you to have a first look but if you don't, you tend to get more shots of each side of attendants (bridesmaids/groomsmen) rather than a ton of everyone together. 

So then with the girls hidden away, we grabbed Heather, Liz & the dudes and headed back out for what would turn into the most hilarious 30 minutes of photos. Honestly I am about ready to just make a flip book of the photos. At one point, they are all waiting in a line to wipe their shoes on this squirrel thing and then some funny stuff happen with a banister (see instagram for that) and then mom comes out and photobombs and all kinds of stuff. Here is a little PG glimpse.....

Then it was time to get married. There was such excitement and joy in the air. I don't know if I have ever been to a wedding ceremony like it. I think, for me at least, being able to see and celebrate gay couples being able to be married makes the wedding even more exciting and emotional. The years of yearning and fighting and hoping and working from the gay community and their allies just gets me in the gut. It makes me so proud of our country and thrilled for these families. Especially as I get to know our clients and I get to celebrate alongside them. I love showing my kids the pictures and telling them they can marry whoever they love. Anyway, I wasn't the only one tearing up.....

I posted on Facebook but if you didn't see it, go check it out but the GRANDMA FLOWER GIRLS were the highlight of the show. Especially because they were chucking flower petals at the crowd. That is the kind of grandma I want to be. Anyway, as per usual a couple flower girls wandered off during wedding party photos but we got one with everyone. I love it. 

So we sent everyone in for cocktail hour while the 4 of us took our time going back to the lodge stopping for photos along the way. Honestly every inch of Starved Rock is photogenic so we were able to take some sweet shots of the newlyweds. 

It was so sweet to listen to the two of them tell each other how the previous photo time went. At one point by the cabin, I had them standing so I could get the edge of the wood in the photo and Heather says, "She likes it, I guess." And Danielle says, "Yea she had me in the doorway earlier." It was just fun to hear them recap little moments to the other. 

So I had told the wedding party we were going to take a picture out on the steps before the big entrance and usually once I excuse the wedding party to the bar, "SAY GOODBYE BECAUSE IT'S THE LAST TIME..." But these guys were all ready to go and were so easy during picture time. Thanks guys. You win.

Time for the speeches and they were sweet. My favorite was Liz who stood on the chair so everyone could tell she was standing. 

So they had set up the dance floor under all these candle lights and it looked so awesome. We always see the same set up in that room and this was so unique and fun....and Harry Potter-ish.

The DJ was off the hook and the party was jamming. If I didn't have a nursing baby at home, I probably would have never left. 

Seriously one of my top 5 weddings of all time. I laughed, I cried, I wore an awesome outfit and it was just the best day ever. Now if only I could have convinced them to take me with them to Harry Potter Disneyworld. Next time.......until then, Heather & Danielle, I'm so glad you have become more than clients, but friends. I look forward to many years of photoshoots wearing my HP skirt and I promise I will read Harry Potter this winter. 

Starved Rock Proposal Utica, IL

(It's starting to look like we don't go anywhere else so I better get posting some other weddings. We do shoot all over Illinois, we have just had a lot at Starved Rock lately!) 

 When Travis called me to ask if we could come take some photos of his proposal, I wondered if our photo ninja skills were up to the task. We had it all planned out and we were going to be back a ways playing with our kids, totally unnoticeable. And then it POURED last night and our spot was flooded. So they had to basically walk right up to us so we said hi and I pretended to get the kids ready to leave while they ventured towards the waterfall. But it was perfect and adorable and I am so excited for these two.

That last picture was from the stairs as we were leaving. I took the kids so Seth could take a shot. I just love the excitement and emotion in these photos. It was seriously so fun to do this. I know a couple other great shots to propose if you are looking for a good idea and a ninja photographer-give us a shout! Congrats again to Travis and Alexa!! 

Rainy Summer wedding at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL

It has been a couple years since we had a rainy wedding at Starved Rock, but this summer has been crazy! Thankfully it didn't rain all day so we were able to make it work to get some outdoor pictures. Sadly it was too muddy for us to hike too far at Starved Rock, but honestly, just around the lodge creates so many great pictures. 

Adam & Kristen chose Starved Rock for their wedding and it suites them so well. They are avid outdoors people and love to fish and hike with their dogs. So they took the weather in stride and were up for anything. Not only that, but they are just about the sweetest people on earth. Adam's smile looking at Kristen just melts my heart and Kristen is such a caring and sweet person. It was so fun to hang out with them for the day...even if Adam did get this song in my head: 

We are hoping to take on an associate photographer next year but are still working out the details. I will post her pictures in another post. So these are pictures by Seth & Mary. 

Typically the bride or groom gets ready in the Hennepin Room which isn't the most gorgeous of locations. But I tend to shoot tight in those situations. Stephanie, our associate, had Kristen step in the hall to get her veil and that was super pretty by the windows. Then we took off to meet the groom on the patio. I love this spot. You see it a lot in our shoots but the stones and the trees and the lodge are all so pretty. Especially on days like this when it was threatening rain and sprinkling on us all day!

The plan was to hike to St. Louis canyon but the radar was showing rain so we opted for a cheat spot. But even that was sooooo muddy we couldn't even get that far back. So we took one picture and headed back to the lodge singing Moose Alpaca Moose Moose Alpaca....

So we had the wedding party under the overhang and we stood in the sprinkling rain. But then boom, it starts to pour so we head inside. I tell people that it's a great spot for pictures and I stand by it. We took some in the lodge with the moose (had to) and by the fireplace while it poured outside. 

So since we had planned to hike, but the weather didn't cooperate we had an hour extra in our timeline. We ended up just letting everyone hang out and have a beer and relax. But once the rain passed we snuck away for just a couple more photos in this little entrance way. I swear there are so many little hidden spots that are perfect for pictures. 

Time to get married!

A quick picture with their babies and it was time to party!

The Walk Ins was the band and they.were.fantastic. Seriously the best band I've ever seen and at the top of my list for favorite DJs too. Very rarely do I add DJs to my list, but these guys were amazing.

Sweet first dances and such fun moments captured during the reception. 

Next up some of Stephanie's photos from this wedding!