Anthony + Alexis | Married! | Frankfort Backyard Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer

The weddings I love the most, the one's that make my soul sing and remind me why I do what I do, are the weddings that ooze love and laughter.  The weddings where tradition is cast to the side to make the day truly all about the couple.  Alexis and Tony's wedding was one of those weddings, and I am so happy that the stars aligned so that I could be a part of their day.

The week before, I received a message from a bride explaining that her photographer had a medical emergency and could no longer shoot her wedding so she wondered if I had the date available....10 days later. Can you imagine that stress level?  A year of planning and the week before, in June no less, you're suddenly without a wedding photographer? Fortunately, that was the one Saturday I still had open, and I have to say, that other photographer missed out.  Tony and Alexis were a DREAM to work with and their wedding was unique, fun, and amazing!

The two were married by a lifelong friend in the bride's parents' backyard in Frankfort.  Being huge Jimmy Eat World fans, they told themselves that if they ever won the lottery they would hire their favorite band to play at the reception.  Well ten years was long enough to wait. ;) And while they haven't hit the Powerball jackpot, they have an amazing group of friends and a few of those friends are in a killer Jimmy Eat World cover band, Salt Sweat Sugar. Instead of a traditional reception, Tony and Alexis held a full on concert in the backyard.  IT. WAS. AWESOME.

Jen + Chris | Engaged! | Rock Run Preserve Engagement Session | Joliet Wedding Photographer

Remember that weekend at the end of September, when the temperature was in the 90s and everyone was complaining and wondering if we would have a fall?  Well, on this 40 degree day in April, I wish I could take it back.  Sorry mother nature.  Can we have our warmth and gorgeous sunsets back please?!

Jen and Chris came out to melt with me that weekend for their engagement session at the Rock Run Preserve in Joliet.  They are the funnest couple and we spent their whole session laughing...and sweating. I am so excited to be shooting their wedding this August at the GORGEOUS Mistwood Golf Club.