When a past client refers a friend to us, it’s such a compliment. When the referral is a family member, it’s all the more special. We wrapped up 2016 with such a referral. The bride, Liz, is the sister of a past bride, Katie (of Katie and DJ’s wedding last fall)</a> and we were thrilled when she asked us to photograph her wedding to Mike.
The day started with the bridal party getting ready at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott in Normal, Illinois. Not only was that where everyone was getting ready but also where the ceremony and reception were going to be. We began with getting some details pictures of Liz’s dress and accessories. The card Liz’s mom gave her with the old English rhyme, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe”, was a cute backdrop for Liz’s wedding day good luck charms.
Liz and Mike didn’t see each other before the ceremony, so once everyone was ready we did a few group pictures of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Since all the day’s events were in one location, we headed outside for pictures. After a few portraits, it was time for the ceremony inside the hotel’s ballroom. One of the best pictures from the entire day is Mike’s face as he saw Liz for the first time. He had a look of awe and wonder on his face the entire time she walked down the aisle with her dad. The ceremony was sweet, simple, and to the point as it highlighted the love Mike and Liz have for one another.
Since there really isn’t much natural light late in the day in December (as in none!), we did full wedding party portraits in the hotel’s lobby, which was still decorated for the holiday season. Then it was time to focus on some pictures of just the bride and groom. We did a few in the lobby and then braved the chilly winter night to head to the art deco marquee sign of the Normal Theater. Once we were sufficiently cold enough, it was time to walk back to the hotel for the reception.
Liz’s family toasted the newly weds the only way they know how, with some amazingly personal and touching speeches. And then it was time to dance! Guests warmed up their dancing shoes in anticipation for the big countdown to the new year! Mike and Liz surprised guests with New Year’s hats, noisemakers, and glowsticks. The dance floor was hopping as the night was capped off with a countdown led by Mike, with guests singing Auld Lang Syne.
Thanks, Liz and Mike, for not only having us be part of your big day but letting us help kick off 2017. We had such a fabulous time celebrating with you and your love ones!
Piper & Justin
A special thanks to all the vendors that helped make Mike and Liz’s day perfect:
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero gown from Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony and Reception Venue, Catering: Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel
Cake: Hy Vee
DJ: Absolute Light and Sound
Florist: Casey’s Garden Shop and Florist
Invitations: The Copy Shop
Rentals: Palace Events