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Armour House Indoor Wedding | Katie & Andrew

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Katie & Andrew picked the perfect month for this perfect venue to have their special day. While the weather wasn’t so perfect, the ceremony and reception certainly made us all forget about the gloomy rain outside.

Katie’s day began full of emotions with her close friends and family at Deer Path Inn in downtown Lake Forest. There were plenty of tears as memorable gifts and lasting words were exchanged as Katie prepared for the ceremony. Andrew finished up at getting ready at the Armour House.

The forecast for the day wasn’t very promising. But as Katie zipped up her dress, there was a glimmer of hope as the sun tried to peek through. But as we headed to the Armour House for the ceremony, it started to pour. I must admit I was disappointed myself as this is one of those magical venues for outdoor photos. But luckily it’s also just as magical inside as it is outside. When the ceremony started and the wedding party began walking down the aisle, the rain was quickly forgotten. Tears from getting ready continued on through as they exchanged rings. And as the ceremony ended, so did the rain. And with all this rain, we were given a reward… a rainbow which lasted just long enough to get our best photo of 2017! What a way to finish off our 2017 wedding season with this exclamation point of a photo! The guests still had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during cocktail hour, perfect timing.

Some cool & fun details… Katie & Andrew had a custom personalized painting of the Armour, first time we’ve seen this. Guests enjoyed many treats! There were his and her signature drinks, old fashioned for the groom and champagne peach schnapps for the bride. A high-end coffee bar serving up Kahlua, Bailey’s, Amaretto and more. Gourmet ice cream buffet, and lots more! See more details on our See more highlights on our FB Page!

Congratulations Katie & Andrew! Thank you so much for having us photograph your special day. While our photo shoots were all very wet (starting from the flooded engagement session and now a rainy wedding day), we can honestly say they’re one of our most favorite photos. Thank you for placing your trust in us. – LOP

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Armour House Outdoor Wedding Ceremony | April & Dylan

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You can dress up a wedding as much as you want but at the end of it all, the only thing that really matters is that you’re surrounded by people that you love and genuinely love you back. This creates an entire day full of authentic moments that you’ll remember for life. (And of course you need an awesome photographer to document these moments =) April & Dylan’s wedding was exactly that. It reminded us of why we love what we do.

Their entire day took place at our most favorite venue, the Armour House in Lake Forest. While we try to convince most couples to do a “first look” to take advantage of more photo time, April & Dylan decided they wanted their first look to be in tact for the isle. We did sacrifice more wedding party photos but got some very emotional ceremony photos in return. We did make sure to have enough bride & groom photo time as well.

Some fun details…April & Dylan displayed old wedding photos of their parents and even took photos with them, one of our favorite details, we love seeing old wedding photos. One of their close friends sang their first dance song which just melted everyone’s hearts, not a dry eye on the dance floor. April changed to an amazing red dress to finish off the celebration. They had a perfect sparkler send off, with the entire wedding participating and timed perfectly at dusk with the dark blue skies. Lots more to see so just go check out their gallery on our Facebook Page.

Congrats Sarah & Anthony! Thank you for having us around your adventure of a day!

Armour House Winter Wedding | Lindsey & Anthony

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Final wedding of the season and we’re finishing it off at the amazing Armour House in Lake Forest. But best of all, we’re in the company of familiar faces & great people! One week ago, Chicago weather was so warm that we actually had some expectations that this could be an outdoor wedding in November. But of course, this is Chicago so things change in just days. We woke up to a blizzard that kept the wedding festivities inside for most of the day. But this wedding was nothing short of a huge celebration! We tried to fight the snow, having their first look outdoors. And the wedding party were troopers as we trekked through the blizzard to get the signature Armour House picture. Our efforts gave us some great winter snow photos for a brief moment, but we surrendered and spent the rest of the day indoors.

Some cool details… Lindsey carried her dad with her on her bouquet with the words “walk with me dad.” Lindsey gifted Anthony with a pocket watch and movado wrist watch. Groomsmen had fun matching socks but Anthony wore a special pair gifted to him by his mom. Candle decor lit up the ceremony which was a perfect décor for the dining room. They had signature drinks, one was the old fashioned. There was a surprise flash mob dance from the bridesmaids which set the tone for the rest of the party. The night ended with a sparkler send off. So much more to show! See all the highlights on our Facebook Page.

Congratulations Lindsey & Anthony! While we had some weather challenges, your wedding was certainly a fun celebration filled with warm people to fight off the blizzard. Thanks for having us back and hoping to see everyone again soon!

Armour House Wedding Reception | Katie & Matt

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We’re back again at the amazing Armour House in Lake Forest. This was a golden day, the sun shining so bright upon Katie & Matt and this truly was the perfect venue for them, as this is Katie’s home town. Preparations began at Armour House where the two exchanged gifts, Matt getting a golf club bottle opener and custom cuff links from Katie, which Katie receives a beautiful bracelet for “something blue”. They opted to do a first look on the Armour House staircase to make sure we have enough photo time to take advantage of the amazing surroundings. We then took a short ride to St Patrick Catholic Church for the ceremony. Immediately after the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a perfect outdoor weather cocktail hour while the wedding party took more photos, exploring more photo op areas.

Some fun details…Their pug Olive made an appearance sporting a collar bouquet to match the wedding party. Katie’s niece and nephew were the flower girl and ring bearer, certainly something special to have on your wedding day. While they had a hard time at the beginning of the day, they walked proudly with big smiles down the isle. There was a collection of previous generation wedding photos in very aged photo frames, again something we very much enjoy looking at. Photos get better and better over time! The champagne color theme was a perfect complement to Armour House’s elegant dining room. You can see more of the beautiful details on our Facebook Page.

Congratulations Katie & Matt! I immediately connected with your sweet personalities the day we met and we’re so happy to be the ones to document your wedding. Thank you for having LOP!

Armour House Wedding | Katie & Eric

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A cold outdoor wedding day in June. That’s Chicago weather, never know what’s going to happen. But the sun was definitely shining on Katie & Eric’s faces as they saw each other for the first time. With the threat of rain, we were lucky enough to get the green light for an outdoor ceremony. Thanks to all their guests toughing out the windy Halloween weather. The Hoopah barely held on. Katie & Eric are such a fun couple to be around. Their contagious excitement and laughter for each other makes it easy to have fun memories to capture.

Some fun details…The couple gave Katie’s parents a picture frame with their old wedding photo along with space for Katie & Eric. They changed to some awesome colored chucks that they sported on their engagement session which you can see here. Their very unique cake and table welcomed the guests as they walked into the reception. They were prepared for a hot summer day treating the guests to a cute lemonade jar. The escort card table had a nature wood theme matching with the cake table. Eric surprised Katie with a special song accompanied by his dad. So much more to list so just visit their Facebook album here.

Congratulations Katie & Eric! It was so much fun photographing your creative journey with so many unique details. Thank you for having LOP!

Armour House Wedding Ceremony | Megan & Alex

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No one wants to admit it on the wedding day, that the rain just plain sucks! Especially when you’ve planned for an outdoor wedding ceremony. You try to sugar coat it with the bride & groom. Sometimes I wonder if the saying “rain is good luck” is just that, sugar coating. This day, Megan & Alex’s wedding day, was definitely non stop rain.

But there’s one thing we did notice while photographing this day, and perhaps proof that the only thing that really matters, is the fact that you’re finally taking that key step in spending the rest of your lives together which trumps any unwelcome events that transpires throughout your wedding day.

At the start of the day, we sensed some frustration towards the weather. However, as you can see with the photos, Megan & Alex were all smiles right after that key moment, their first look. After that, nothing else mattered in their eyes. You can see Alex giving a thumbs up in the middle of the rain! And perhaps having their loved ones witness that moment with loving support is the best “sugar-coating” you can have on a rainy wedding day.

Despite having to pull the trigger on a back-up plan, the Armour House Lake Forest Academy provided a magnificent backdrop for their ceremony and reception. Megan & Alex did a great job putting together what we would consider the best dining set-up we’ve seen at the Armour House. Some fun details included mini floral vases as escort cards, pin spot lights that accentuated the dining hall, wishing stones which the guests took full advantage of, and our personal favorite, a display of old wedding photos from previous generations.

Congratulations Megan & Alex, and thanks for toughing out the rain to get some good outdoor images! It was definitely worth getting a little wet. Thanks for having LOP!

Special thanks to One Fine Day Events for coordinating a smooth day and Instincts Design Studio for the beautiful flowers.

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Flowers by: ixia Flowers

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Bridal dress by: Jim Hjelm    Flowers by ixia Flowers

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We went back in time to blog about all our weddings going back to 2006!

Our highlights page (blog) was introduced on Nov 2nd 2007. For the past few weeks, we’ve been “retro-blogging”, posting wedding highlights going back to 2006. Why did we do this? We want our visitors to see our consistent work week after week and experience how truly unique each wedding is. And most importantly, we want to help brides in their planning process by showing different ideas through our images.

Here are just some of the entries going back to 2006.

Margarita & Jeff at the Woodstock Opera House

Sheri & Chris at Promontory Point

Kristy & Jason at Notre Dame

Carol & Ted at the Armour House

Ghoncheh & Majid at the Chicago Cultural Center

Danica Pete at Mill Creek Golf Club

Laura & Jarett at Adler Planetarium

Christine & Paul at Chicago Botanic Garden

Mary Ann & Mark at Cancer Survivor’s Garden

Nadia & Bryan at Hyatt Lodge McDonald’s Campus

Britny & Troy at Bloomingdale Golf Club

Margaret & Eric at Ruffled Feathers

Ann & Jake at Grand Bear Utica

Kara & Drew at Cafe la Cave

Mariza & Brian at Pazzo’s 311

Melissa & Albert at Bolingbrook Golf Club

To see more, use our monthly archive menu below or use the search function to see specific venues.

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