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A Classic Wedding at The Grand Ballroom in Joliet, IL

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We’ve had some amazing weddings this year so far, and as much as we have enjoyed being part of so many great couples' big days we couldn’t help but be excited for Sean and Katie’s big day since finding out about their hobbies.


We always try to find a common hobby between our clients and us, it helps us “click.” Knowing Sean and Katie were car enthusiasts made it all too easy for us to get excited. Of course to make things even better we found out that the wedding would be held at The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station, which has been a dream of ours to be able to shoot a wedding there.


We were overwhelmed, to say the least, in a great way of course. The way Sean and Katie incorporated their “likes” into their wedding was fantastic!


While Sean is the biggest car enthusiast between the two and Katie spends a lot of time with their cats, it was no surprise to see some beautiful classic and luxurious cars in the venue. The cutest funniest was seeing that they had two signature drinks named after both their cats (The Dempsey and The Dino.)


We started the beautifully sunny day at Autobahn Country Club with Sean and his groomsmen along with his parents as well. Shooting their pictures was like being in a James Bond film. They were so handsome in their suits and it was just so much fun taking videos of them they definitely made us laugh. The Aston Martin was a plus and a great prop for the men.


Afterward, we headed towards The Joliet Union Station where we met with Katie and her parents. As we entered and got a glimpse of the bride, we were in awe of just how beautiful she looked. She wore her hair down and wavy, her dress was stunning I don’t think I could’ve taken enough pictures to really show the detail of it.


After getting wonderful pictures of Katie we took some details shots of the venue. I thought I had a good mental picture of this place but I was wrong, this venue was much more beautiful than I could have imagined.


Katie and Sean did a sand ceremony, I still think they are the most beautiful type of ceremony, the way the sands mix together symbolizing their new union of not just themselves but of their families as well.

Immediately after (which could not have been more perfect) were both Katie and Sean giving roses to their new mothers-in-law and grandmothers-in-law.


After the ceremony, we headed outside Union Station for portraits. There was a classic car waiting for Sean and Katie to use as their prop which tied their whole theme together. We also worked with the bridesmaids, they were in forest green colored dresses which we thought went so well with everyone having white rose bouquets. It was simple but elegant it went very well with the whole theme.


Once we got all the shots we headed inside for the real fun. They had a donut wall which was actually pretty awesome, cheese and fruit charcuterie boards, a bar, and all the work!

They had some pretty heartfelt speeches given by family members. Beautiful dances with the groom and his mom and the bride with her dad.


Once the dance floor had opened up there was not one person who did not at least dance one song. Everyone there was ready to celebrate the unity of Sean and Katie. The night was truly “lit” with so many glow sticks being swirled and held up high.


We really could not have foreseen this day going any other way, if there was a perfect wedding for the right couple, well Katie and Sean definitely did a good job putting together their big day! Congratulations and may you both be blessed with a lifetime of happiness!


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**** Vendor Love ****


Venue: Joliet Union Station Hair and Makeup: Ten Friends Bride and Bridesmaids dresses: Birdy Grey

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Men's Warehouse Caterer: Joliet Union Station Cake: Sams Club DJ: Sounds Abound Stationary: Etsy Florist: Shultz Florist Transportation: Ideal charter Photo and Video: Vero and Sal LLC

A beautiful blue and pink wedding at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills, IL

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The further into fall we get, the more beautiful these wedding shoots come out. The best part is getting the beautiful hints of oranges and reds with whatever green it is left. Melissa and Timothy’s wedding definitely gave us more than we could have asked for on a perfect sunny day.


We had the pleasure of doing Melissa and Timothy’s engagement shoot back in September so coming back together was fun. We started the day at Francis Xavier Church in La Grange, IL. We were astonished by how adorable and sophisticated the church looked it was a literal mini cathedral that just begged to be photographed.


Having worked with them previously, I distinctly remember that feeling of curiosity, where we just couldn’t wait to see what the big day would look like. Seeing Melissa come down the aisle left us speechless, and judging by Timothy’s face, well she made him smile and blush as he admired her coming towards him.


After the ceremony and some family portraits at church, we met with them at Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs where we got even more beautiful photos of Melissa. She has a subtle natural makeup look that shines through just perfectly with the sun. We were able to capture more intricate work of her dress. Of course, we had to get some photos of the handsome groom but most importantly we got that “love in the air” that we felt when first did their engagement shoot!


Capturing both of them together even gave us butterflies, it was as if the universe itself was yelling to the world that these two souls not only were meant for each other but had found one another! What can we say? We are total romantics.


Once done at the forest preserve it was time for some real fun. The Mr and Mrs jumped into a limo and went on their way to the venue. Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills, IL is where we were to celebrate our couple, and what a celebration it was indeed!


There were beautiful chandeliers hung along with many mini ones on the walls. In the center of the floor was a huge very yummy looking three tier cake. Flower centerpieces decorated every table and the chopper scheme, blue and rose gold looked amazing.


What we really loved about the party is that we know that Melissa is Hispanic and Timothy is Polish, they both incorporated their heritage into their venue. There were cute mini conchas along with other Hispanic sweets and yummy polish sausage and other polish snacks.


Now the fun really started the minute the bridesmaids walked into the room in shark blow-up costumes and started hyping up the crowd, all while the groomsmen walked in with marshmallow face masks. The perfect way to get all guests up and dancing and cheering for Melissa and Timothy.


The night was definitely far from over but it there was one thing for certain, there was not one single person who wasn’t either dancing, laughing, or crying tears of joy. We enjoyed being a part of helping collect those memories and we hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them. Have a perfect Happily Ever After Melissa and Timothy!


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***** Vendor Love****

Venue: Camelot Banquets Makeup: Lisa Guerrero Hair: Rising Radiants Hair Studio; Sam Rayburn Bride and Bridesmaids dresses: Brides by Young

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Savvi Formalwear

Dj: Sky Media Inc

Photo and Video: Vero and Sal LLC





A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL

A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer

​This weekend was what felt like a wedding straight from a fairytale book. A beautiful crisp sunny morning to start what was an incredible celebration.


We had the pleasure to have met Dana and Nicholas when we did their engagement shoot earlier in the year. We were so excited to be able to work with again and the common interest we shared was like being there with longtime friends.


Right off the bat, we started our day early in the morning as there was a two-hour drive ahead of us. The drive was foggy and a little chill, but as we went on the sunrise and fog lifting reassured us it would make for a great day for an outdoor wedding.


We met Dana and Nicholas at a beautiful white home, an Airbnb they rented, where the bride and her bridesmaid had the first floor to themselves while Nicholas and his groomsmen had the second floor.


Immediately we fell in love with the fall colors they chose, burnt orange and gold. Dana’s dress was a beautiful off-shoulder flowy dress with long sleeves it reminded me of almost a fairy queen in a garden, and after hearing that they wanted a garden theme we knew we were in for a beautiful wedding.


Both Dana and Nicholas opted for a first look, we were so excited to be able to get these photos in front of their ​Air​bnb, with the greenery in the white home in the background our bride and groom were radiant. Dana wore a beautiful flower crown that emphasized her in all her beauty, Nicholas was a very handsome groom with a matching boutonnière and navy suit.


After the first look we drove to their to the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens for the ceremony, this is where we knew that Dana and Nicholas indeed have their fairytale wedding. There was a beautiful river with a rock waterfall with orange and green plants all around, the day at that point was shining and we captured some amazing photos. We love a red bridge we saw and just could get enough of the pictures we took. The way Dana’s bridesmaids dresses shined with nature surrounding them was astonishing. The ceremony was just a beautiful experience and knowing that their families traveled from out of town to be there for them was just absolutely fantastic.


After the ceremony we met with them again at Lake of The Wood Forest Preserve for the venue where they had a food truck making personal pizzas, it was honestly such a wonderful experience to be there. We got such great pictures of not just Dana and Nicholas but of their friends and family and of course the bridesmaids and groomsmen.


We truly enjoyed the entire day, we love working with amazing couples and we love doing what we do. It’s experiences like these that make our job so much fun that we forget it’s an actual job, being in the moment with them just makes all this so worth it, so a huge thank you and big congratulations to Dana and Nicholas, we wish you all the happiness this world has to offer!


A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer
A gold and burnt orange wedding at Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens in Mohomet, IL Illinois Wedding Photographer

***** Vendor Love *****

Venue: Lake of the Wood Forest Preserve Officiant: Mitchel Donahue

Bride Dress: Luxe Bridal

Bridesmaids' dresses: Azazie Groom and Groomsmen: The Black Tux

Stationary: Zola

Bride's Ring: Aurora Designer Groom's Ring: Jordan Jack Photographer: Vero and sal LLC

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