We’re in the middle of wedding season, and I have wedding fever! Since I took some short time off to spend time with my newborn, I’m re-living some wedding shoots I did through these blog posts! This post is about Megan and Matt’s wedding.
Being a Chicago wedding photographer I get to travel all around Illinois and many other states! Megan and Matt are originally from Amboy, IL but live in Chicago now, but for their wedding, they brought it back to their hometown. The ceremony was at St. Patricks Church in Amboy, IL with the reception following at the Mendota Civic Center in Mendota, IL. What was so sweet from the start, was how even though the couple live a different “city-life” now, they brought their wedding back to their roots. We took a lot of images at Megan’s parents house in Amboy. They had a super neat and beautiful backdrop at the house with barns and cornfields setting a classic and timeless backdrop for the photos of the bridal party and the happy bride and groom.
St. Patrick’s Church lent a beautiful backdrop as well. The stunning architecture and beautiful simplicity of the church played well with the classic theme, and even the colors of the church walls matched Megan’s bouquet. As a wedding photographer, I always seek to capture unique and special moments that my subjects share with each other, especially during weddings when there are so many happy emotions to capture. I had one of those moments when Megan walked down the aisle with both her dad and step-dad; later they each shared a dance with her during the father-daughter dance, and my heart melted.
Megan and Matt’s reception was full of love, sunshine and happiness! It had such a youthful vibe to it, and made for some beautiful and memorable pictures! One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the photo booth. What made this photo booth so cute was that Megan and Matt created and picked out their own props, which brought their own fun personal flare to the wedding! Likewise, since Megan and Matt are both attorneys, their guest book was themed having to do with their profession. As a wedding photographer, I have been to many weddings, but Megan and Matt’s will always stand out in my mind. Even though I wasn’t an official guest, and I still had a blast!
The best part about the wedding is that I was the second shooter! I love being a second shooter for many reasons! I not only get to work with some amazing photographers, but I am able to capture different moments of the wedding. This wedding I worked with Jenna Marie as the primary shooter, you can find her website here! I can capture a photo journalistic approach and more behind the scenes images. Another fun part of second shooting is being able to play with the images afterwards. So many images I would love to try out new editing and see what new work I can create with them. This wedding allowed me to do just that!