There are so many personalized details from Karen and Justin's wedding I don't even know where to start. From the bouquet charms to the flask garter with their name, every item hold a special meaning to the couple. One of my favorite part of the day to photograph is the getting ready including the accessory shots. When I saw Karen's collection of personalized items I could not not contain my excitement. I think the getting ready image is an essential part of the wedding story. It provide a nice transition into the main event. Also there are so many great emotional moments to be captured during this time.
This is my second wedding at the Mayslake Peabody Estate . This time I had the privilege of working with the nicest officiant Pam from Rev for Whatev. Haha, with a name like that you know she is laid back and fun to work with. The historic chapel of Mayslake and main estate provided a dreamy backdrop to the ceremony. The venue also have great shabby chic vintage interior plus outdoor space with mature trees. The whole place looks like the set up from a movie set and I can't believe it located right here in Oak Brook. Sorry Justin, I love a teary eyed groom too much not to share the moment you saw your bride.
It's so cool that the bride and groom got a school bus to take the guests to the reception at the Crystal Grand Banquet of Lemont. I didn't even know you can rent a school bus! I must say this is a premium looking bus. It just looked shinier than the ones I took to school years ago. The lighting of the day was perfect so we were able to step out and grabbed a few more portraits during dinner. After that? Hours of dancing with music provided by Windy City Mix DJ service until the sparkler grand exit.