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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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Chevy Chase Country Club Wedding | Nora & Nick

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The Chicago area has been plagued with heavy rain during the entire months of June and July causing widespread flooding. But Nora & Nick was blessed with a perfect summer day. Their wedding took place at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling. Even though the entire golf course was closed due to flooding, their ceremony site was one of the few dry spots on the course. The reception was at Chevy Chase’s new modern Devonshire Room with the best view of the golf course.

Some cool details… Nora’s son joined the first look which made that moment extra special. Her son was also the ring bearer sporting a “Ring Security” lunch box, super cool! A special guest, a bee, got comfortable inside Nora’s veil during the ceremony made for some funny photo moments. Nick had personalized collar stays with an embossed first date and wedding date. They also personalized moscow mule mugs which made for some nice contrast on the table. See more details on our See more highlights on our FB Page!

We were so excited to hear from Nora & Nick, as they are familiar faces. We met Nora 11 years ago at her sister’s wedding Congratulations Nora & Nick! It’s always a treat to see previous couples and families. We’re very honored to be asked to return and be part of something special.

Charles Gates Dawes House Wedding | Jessica & Andrej

Ceremony: Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston IL Reception: Biagio Banquets, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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Jessica & Andrej wanted something unique on their special day. Having a Charles Gates Dawes House wedding ceremony certainly made that dream come true. Just a few steps into this Evanston property and you’re magically taken away from the inner city atmosphere and taken somewhat back in time. This was all complemented with a classic car ride to the reception at Biagio Events in Chicago. But first, we took a quick photo stop at one of the North Shore’s hidden gems, Shakespeare Garden inside Northwestern University campus. This Evanston garden was also a perfect fit for their wedding theme. While it’s a small area for photographs, it still provides for some magical images.

Congratulations Jessica & Anrej! Thank you for allowing LOP to capture this unique wedding experience!

The Glen Club Wedding Photos | Shauna & Anthony

Ceremony: St. Raymond de Penafort Parish, Mount Prospect IL Reception: The Glen Club, Glenview IL See Full Gallery

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Shauna began her day at her sister’s home not to far from where the ceremony took place at St. Raymond de Penafort Parish in Mount Prospect. There were many little bride-to-be’s watching Shauna prepare for her big day which made for some cute photos. Anthony started his day at the reception venue, The Glen Club in Glenview.

There were many tiny intimate moments between Shauna & Anthony especially during the ceremony which a few we captured. You can tell that these two are truly made for each other. We were running a bit short on time between the ceremony and reception but we were able to sneak in some fun photos at a nearby Glenview Park and topped it off with some breathtaking sunset photos at The Glen.

Some cool details… While The Glen Club doesn’t need much dressing up, Yanni Design Studio did an amazing job with decor. It was a nature theme with lots of greens and wood accents which worked well together along with the menu, escort cards, and table signs all blending with the theme. Guests enjoyed late night sliders and pretzel treats along with an ice cream sundae bar. Shauna & Anthony also showed off their engagement photos with a nice guestbook. You can check out their Engagement Photos here. See more of the amazing details on our FB Page!

Congratulations Shauna & Anthony! We know how important photography is to you so we thank you for trusting us with your most important day!

Evanston Ecology Center Wedding | Denise & Jon

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Short & Simple… Small & Sweet

Weddings come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, that’s why we love every single wedding we shoot. We were lucky enough to be part of Denise & Jon’s intimate ceremony with select close friends and family. And it all took place in a very fitting environment that the couple enjoys very much, Evanston Ecology Center. Surrounded by nature and next to the river, it was the perfect setting for an informal outdoor ceremony and celebration. The guests were treated to a live cello/guitar duo and enjoyed some great food via food truck which was certainly a lot of fun to experience. We managed to sneak out during the reception to take advantage of our surroundings, getting some early fall colors along the river.

Congratulations Denise & Jon! You’re one of the sweetest couples and we’re very privileged to have photographed your special day!

Chicago Botanic Garden Marriage Proposal | Ashley & Jimmy

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One of the most satisfying thing about being a photographer is capturing real unscripted moments and preserving them for people to enjoy and cherish life memories. Jimmy’s proposal is a perfect example and it was executed to perfection!

We had the heads up from Jimmy months before hand and talked in careful detail about his proposal. The challenge was (1) it was a surprise and (2) Ashley is not to notice that they are being photographed. This is usually a 50/50 outcome but the groom placed his soon to be bride in the perfect position to accomplish both a surprise proposal and great angles for unnoticed shots. Jimmy earned extra bonus points by surprising Ashley with large prints of the proposal mounted on their living room wall weeks later as she came home from a business trip.

Congrats to Ashley & Jimmy! Thanks for letting us be your ninja photographer!

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!

Chicago Botanic Garden Engagement Photos | Aimee & Steve

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Steve has been planning and waiting for this day for a very long time. He contacted us many months ago, excited to plan his proposal and engagement session. Although we weren’t there to witness his exciting surprise proposal, we’re excited to have shot their engagement session. They chose a location where you can’t go wrong, the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was chilly but our timing was perfect for the sun’s angle and bright golden colors. There are endless spots for photos, but here are some of our favorites.

Congratulations Steve & Aimee! We’re excited for your big future ahead!

Armour House Wedding Reception | Katie & Matt

Ceremony: St Patrick Catholic Church, Lake Forest IL Reception: Armour House, Lake Forest IL See Full Gallery

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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 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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