Jess & Steve { A Gatsby Themed Wedding }

Jess and Steve’s wedding day is one that I think we will remember for years to come!  First, they are incredibly kind and thoughtful people.  At their rehearsal they gave us the sweetest gift and even included a toy and treat for our dog Cody!  That blew us away.  Also, they did a Gatsby Themed wedding day and they did an amazing job of incorporating touches throughout the day.  From renting a vintage car to take photos with, to buying props to fit the theme for them and their wedding party to use, to being perfectly selective in the details of their reception, the 1920’s glam showed in every element of the day.  We loved it!!!!  When a couple has a clear theme and embraces it fully it’s always fun for us.

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 When we walked in she looked at us and the three of us just started laughing!  It was a ridiculous situation that there’s a whole lot of nothing you can do about once it’s done so all that was left to do was laugh about it.  Lucky for Jess, she had hired one of the best makeup artists in Galena and Maggie from Studio One did an AMAZING job with her makeup so that you couldn’t even tell the bruise was there!  Thank goodness for professionals that know how to do their job well!!!!Bride Getting Ready, Bridal Hair, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Bride Getting Ready, Bridal Hair, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Bride Getting Ready, Bridal Hair, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Bride Getting Ready, Bridal Hair, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Bride Getting Ready, Bridal Hair, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Jess had a sweet first look with her stepdad outside of the house.  I loved his smile when he saw her! 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 This group loves to have fun and were so good about helping keep smiles and laughter on Jess and Steve’s faces!  Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Gatsby Themed Wedding, Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Burgundy Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Bride, Bridesmaids, Gold Dresses, Gatsby Themed Wedding, Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena Wedding Photographer, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Groom, Groomsmen, Black Suits, Gatsby Themed Wedding, Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena Wedding Photographer, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography I love this next shot with the hats on the guys, the fans, Jess’ shawl, and the car.  So fun and so 20’s! Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Gatsby Themed Wedding, Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Burgundy Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Scenic Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Because their whole group loves party buses, it was important to Jess and Steve that they had a little time to ride around on the bus and hang out together.  This was the point in the day when everyone let loose a bit and just had fun.  Bride and Groom, Party Bus, Fun Wedding Party, Tipsy Trolley, UnPosed Photography The slightly overcast day made for perfect lighting at the Point Patio!  Everything sparkled and stood out beautifully!  Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Ceremony, Lake Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Jess and Steve’s grandmas were their flower girls!!!!!  This was such a cute and fun touch!  Grandma Flower Girls, Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Ceremony, Lake Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Ceremony, Lake Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Ceremony, Lake Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Lots of happy happy tears were shed throughout the ceremony.
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Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Ceremony, Lake Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography After the ceremony, it was time for cocktail hour!  Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Illinois Reception, Ballroom Reception, Elegant Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Galena Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography I would be remiss to write this post and not mention Steve’s dad in it.  He’s in the photo on the right below.  After a long and hard battle with cancer, he passed away about a week after Jess and Steve’s wedding.  He had promised them that he would be at the wedding and he made good on that promise.  He was a kind man and we are so glad we got the chance to meet him.  Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Illinois Reception, Ballroom Reception, Elegant Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Galena Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gatsby Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Illinois Reception, Ballroom Reception, Elegant Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Galena Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL, UnPosed 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Ridge Resort, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Just before we left for the evening, we took Jess and Steve out to create one cool night photo for them.  The story behind this image is pretty funny and includes Jeff and our friend Brandon from The After Party running around with fire at one point.   🙂  Nighttime Wedding Photos, Night, Night Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Illinois Lake Wedding, Gatsby Themed Wedding, Great Gatsby Themed Galena Wedding, Gold and Black Wedding, Black and Gold Wedding Details, 1920’s Themed Wedding, Roaring 20’s Themed Wedding, Gold Wedding, Black Wedding, Gold Wedding Details, Gatsby Wedding, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Lake Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography

Jess and Steve, thank you for trusting your wedding day to us!  It was a pleasure to capture these memories for you!  We love you both and fully expect that you stay in our lives forever and ever now  🙂

Thank you to the vendors that made Jess and Steve’s wedding day possible:

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Galena IL / Wedding Coordinator: Red Heels, Dubuque IA / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: HandPick’d {Just for You}, East Dubque IL / Hair & Makeup: Studio One Spa and Salon, Galena IL / Officiant: Jess Farlow, Galena IL /Bridal Gown: Demetrio’s Purchased from Eva’s Bridal, Orland Park IL / Bridesmaids Attire: Each selected their own / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Milroy’s Tuxedos, Dubuque IA / Ceremony Music: Schweitz Strings / Entertainment: The After Party, Guttenberg IA / Cake:  Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL / Drapery: Special Moments Entertainment, Rockford IL / Photo Booth: Special Moments Photo Booth, Rockford IL

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Sam & Joe { A Vineyard Themed Eagle Ridge Wedding }

Sam and Joe celebrated their gorgeous summer wedding at Eagle Ridge in August.  These two have been together for so many years that Sam’s younger sister (who was also her maid of honor) mentioned in her speech that she doesn’t remember a time without Joe being part of their family.  Together they have a daughter, Gia, who was the cutest little flower girl for their ceremony!  Their day was filled with sweet moments throughout it.  From their sweet first look, to their first moments with Gia, to the butterfly release they did at the end of their ceremony, the day was romantic through and through.  I loved Sam’s gorgeous dress and their vineyard theme pulled through in every detail.  It was a beautiful day.

Sam and Joe both started the day getting ready at Eagle Ridge Premier Home #604.  With how large that house is, the ladies were able to get ready upstairs while the guys hung out downstairs all morning.

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 With all the vineyard themed touches throughout the room, Sam and Joe did an incredible job tying the day together.  Vineyard Themed Wedding, Vineyard Themed Galena Wedding, Burgundy Wedding, Burgundy Wedding Details, Winery Themed Wedding, Wine Themed Wedding, Olive Wedding, Cocoa Wedding, Champagne Wedding Details, Burgundy and Champagne Wedding, Scenic Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Vineyard Themed Wedding, Vineyard Themed Galena Wedding, Burgundy Wedding, Burgundy Wedding Details, Winery Themed Wedding, Wine Themed Wedding, Olive Wedding, Cocoa Wedding, Champagne Wedding Details, Burgundy and Champagne Wedding, Scenic Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Vineyard Themed Wedding, Vineyard Themed Galena Wedding, Burgundy Wedding, Burgundy Wedding Details, Winery Themed Wedding, Wine Themed Wedding, Olive Wedding, Cocoa Wedding, Champagne Wedding Details, Burgundy and Champagne Wedding, Scenic Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Vineyard Themed Wedding, Vineyard Themed Galena Wedding, Burgundy Wedding, Burgundy Wedding Details, Winery Themed Wedding, Wine Themed Wedding, Olive Wedding, Cocoa Wedding, Champagne Wedding Details, Burgundy and Champagne Wedding, Scenic Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography, Lake Wedding, Outdoor Wedding Illinois Reception, Ballroom Reception, Elegant Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Galena Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Illinois Reception, Ballroom Reception, Elegant Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Galena Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Illinois Reception, Ballroom Reception, Elegant Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Galena Wedding, Galena IL Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL, UnPosed PhotographyJust as the sun was going down, we stole them away for a few quick photos with the falling light.  The one of them with the bistro lights is one of my faves of their day!!!Sunset Wedding Photos, Sunset, Sunset Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Illinois Lake Wedding, Vineyard Themed Wedding, Wine Themed Wedding, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Lake Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed Photography Sunset Wedding Photos, Sunset, Sunset Wedding, Romantic Wedding, Illinois Lake Wedding, Vineyard Themed Wedding, Wine Themed Wedding, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Lake Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL, UnPosed PhotographyThe end of the night was dancing, dancing, and more dancing! 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Sam and Joe, thank you so much for asking us to join you on your wedding day!  We had a wonderful time and are so happy for you two!

Special thanks to the vendors that made their day possible: Ceremony/Reception Venue: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Galena IL / Wedding Coordinator: Maggie with Eagle Ridge / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: HandPick’d {Just for You}, East Dubque IL / Bride Hair & Makeup: Courtney Olson from Boutique Noir, Chicago IL / Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup:  Stonedrift Spa at Eagle Ridge Resort /Bridal Gown: Bella Bianca / Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Ceremony Music: Schweitz Strings / Entertainment: Green Fourteen, Chicago IL / Cake:  Nothing Bundt Cakes / Painted Wine Glasses: SAM Designs, samdesigns.net / Videographer: NightOwls Media, Chicago IL / Slow Motion Photo Booth: NightOwls Media, Chicago IL

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Mike and Bryan { An Anniversary Session in Denver Colorado }

Oh my heart!!!  Today is a day I have been waiting for!!!  I’m a stickler for blogging roughly in order of when sessions were taken so I knew this one was coming up soon and I have been dying to share it!

While Jeff and I were in Denver in August, one of the highlights of that quick trip was that I had a chance to reconnect with my dear friend Mike.  Mike and I were very close in college.  He was one of my very best friends and someone I always knew I could count on.  Through a series of things life threw at us, we drifted apart over the years as sometimes happens.  We were always in each other’s hearts, but living so far apart and having no real connection pulling us together, we stayed just outside of each other’s orbit for many years.

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A few years ago, I got an invitation to Mike’s wedding.  He was marrying Bryan!  To tell you I was elated would have been an understatement!  Mike had come out to me many years ago.  At the time I knew I was one of few people he told.  For years I had hoped and prayed that he would find the strength to come out and embrace the amazing man that he was created to be.  In finding Bryan, he found a reason to do that with someone that would love and support him no matter what that meant.  Though I couldn’t attend the wedding (of course we’d already been booked), I thought about the two of them all weekend and hoped it was a beautiful day for them.

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Fast forward to this most recent trip Jeff and I took out west.  We are in the process of actively trying to reach out to the LGBTQ community to show that we are not only accepting, but beyond happy to work with them as they plan their weddings.  However, we don’t have much of a portfolio to portray that yet.  When I knew we’d be in the Denver area, I reached out to Mike and asked if he and Bryan would be open to being models for us.  He was happy to take us up on that offer and we planned a day to hang out together taking photos.

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To say that I was nervous as we pulled up in front of their house that day would have been an understatement.  What if we’d grown into two people that no longer got along?  What if we were too different now that all of this crazy life had happened to us?  But the second I saw Mike’s big grin, it all melted away and I wrapped him up in the biggest hug not wanting to let go.  Then I got to meet Bryan and immediately recognized in him the kind of man that complimented my friend and would love him throughout their lives.  We fell into natural and easy conversation and it was as though the past decade hadn’t passed between us.

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I will say that when we left that night I felt like I left part of my heart behind with Mike and Bryan.  There’s something about old friends that know the true you and love you through and through that never can be replaced no matter the time or distance that passes.  Denver will certainly be a place we plan to visit much more frequently in the years to come so we can keep in touch with these two.

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Mike and Bryan, thank you for being our models for a day.  For trusting us to take these and not make you look “too cheesy”.  For being open to doing what we asked of you.  We love you both more than you know.

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