Oh my gosh, you guys!!! I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Josh and Nicole on their wedding day at Independence Grove in Libertyville, IL. I have been looking forward to this day for MONTHS!! Nicole is a former student of mine and when I was just starting out my photography business, she reached out for engagement pictures. One thing led to another and they hired me to capture their big day. I have been prepping, learning, and acquiring new equipment leading up to June 15th and it was MAGICAL!
Nicole’s attention to detail has always been one of my favorite things about her. Even as a student, she was focused, hardworking and didn’t take short-cuts. Seeing her as a young woman, getting married had me SO emotional. I admit to tearing up more than a few times throughout the day. Her colors (blush pink and mint) were so complimentary and the way she wove these throughout the day created such a cohesive look (which made my photographer heart sing!!) Her dress was a combination of two dresses and her mom told me that the dress shop will now start making this dress because of how gorgeous it is!
I loved watching each of them interact with their friends and I have to say that the groomsmen were some of the BEST behaved group of guys I’ve photographed in a while (THANK YOU!!!). The ladies were so much fun and made my job easy! It helped that I also had Nicole’s sister, Monica and Josh’s sister, Emily as students as well!! (it was like a little reunion!!)
Josh and Nicole were high school sweethearts, and while I had Nicole as a student, I didn’t know Josh in school. Maybe a passing moment at a choir concert… But watching the love that Josh has for his bride is all I need to see to know that Nicole is in wonderful hands. The support from their friends and family was tangible throughout the day, from the bridesmaids circling up around Nicole when we saw the groomsmen coming (SO funny!!!) to the funny and loving toasts from their Maid of Honor and Best Man.
One of the most touching moments for me to witness was the dad’s giving their speeches and prayers. After losing my dad so suddenly, I know that this part of the day will always be emotional on a personal level. The way Nicole’s dad spoke about her and the life she had growing up, to how he watched the love of Josh and Nicole grow….it did me in. When Josh’s dad stood up to talk about welcoming Nicole into the family as another daughter (he has 4 now!!), it was the sweetest moment. But the end of both father speeches is what hit me hard. Each dad ended their speech with a prayer, but an interactive one. They asked that all the family and friend outstretch their hands to cover Nicole and Josh as they prayed for love, patience, forgiveness, laughter, and togetherness. It was such a powerful moment and not one that I will ever forget.
Josh and Nicole, you have so many people supporting you, loving you, and praying for you. I pray that you always lean on each other in the hard times and that you rejoice together in the best of times. I love you both. Thank you for trusting me with your day and CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I am OBSESSED with these Kate Spade keds! I want a pair for everyday!
The daddy/daughter first look had me in tears. Such a sweet moment!
One of the groomsmen suggested the “Flying V” formation…of course my answer was YES!!!
This is the Maid of Honor, Brooke, and her reaction as Nicole was walking down the aisle!!
These guys are so fun!!!
I love this veil shot!!
One of my favorite images below!
Covered in prayer. It makes my heart melt.
Below, Nicole’s sister and one of Josh’s sisters sang their first dance song! Lots of tears!
Venue: Independence Grove
Dress: Jasmine Bridal
Tux: Men’s Warehouse
Florals: Trellis Flowers
DJ/Entertainment: Memory Makers Entertainment
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Catering: Catering by Michael’s
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Marta Mardosz