So exciting to be sharing Alina + John’s wedding with you! These two and their style, it’s just everything. When I saw her dress in the morning when I got to Le Méridien, I was in love. And then when she put it on? Utterly obsessed. And then when we go to Oak Brook Bath + Tennis and I saw John? Suit. On. Point. He had it custom made through Indochino, and man was it perfect! That blue. Obsessed. Put them together and you have the cutest most stylish amazing gorgeous bride and groom <3
These two got married in what was a beautiful and emotional ceremony! Their officiant had me in tears! Family traveled from near and far. And by far? I mean Thailand far. So many amazing guests were there to celebrate their love! So happy for these two! Congrats again to these lovebirds!
Photography | Jenna Marie Photography, Venue | Oak Brook Bath + Tennis, Getting Ready Hotel | Le Méridien, Florals | Details in Bloom, Hair + Makeup | Kim Nguyen, Diem Angie, Invitations | Paper Dainty Designs, Photographer Assistant | Jenna, Catering | Inspired Catering, Cake | family, DJ | Show on the Road, Videographer | Studio One Video, Photobooth | Icon Video Photo Booth, Bridal Dress | TBD, Custom Groom Tux | Indochino
I’m so so excited to announce the launch of my Print Shop, packed with images from my travels! Hopefully you find something that speaks to you and finds itself a place in your home <3 I’ll update the gallery periodically as I travel new places and shoot new pretty things :)
Babes. I love my couples. They are just so amazing. These two? OMG their chemistry. I love how they laugh with each other! Laughter, to me, is the key to happiness! Our session at Olive Park with Meg + Marc was one of my faves! You may not be able to guess it, but there were (I swear) 40mph winds the entire session! Olive Park is known to be windy, but man it was insane! So glad that these two braved the crazy weather with me because the wind made for one extra gorgeous session <3 I’m so utterly excited for their wedding next year at River Roast!
This was probably one of the more emotional weddings I’ve ever been a part of. I arrived to Nicole at Hotel Chicago, which side note… they have the most amazing penthouse suite there that is amazing for getting ready! Nicole was surrounded by all her girls! There was so much excitement in the air! As I’m shooting her details, Nicole comes over and explains a poetry book she left out for me to shoot. She goes on to explain that she bought that book 18 years ago. And 18 years ago found this very specific poem that she fell in love with. It was something that she immediately knew “I want to find a man that makes that poem become a reality for me.” And she knew one day when she found that man, that these would be her vows. Cue tears, right?
As we go on to look at more of her details, her flowers arrive from Natural Beauties Floral. And she shows me how she has her mom’s dress around the stems. And she gives me more of her mom’s lace to style her invitations with. She then turns to her dress hung on the most gorgeous mirror and lifts up the skirt to show me part of her grandma’s nightgown sewn into it as her “something blue.”
Need more reason to cry yet? I’m shooting their rings, and she shows me Chris’s wedding band. It’s his grandpa’s wedding band. Inside, it’s engraved with his grandma + grandpa’s wedding date on one side. And on the other side, theirs <3 This is the same grandpa that is so sweet and officiates the wedding. AND the same grandpa that busts a move on the dance floor later that night. I was pretty much in love with him.
Yet more tears coming? Yep. She goes to read her letter from Chris. And OMG babes, I was in tears hoping that everything I was shooting was in focus. Tears filled her eyes. She clutched that card. And just kept saying how she loves him and how lucky she is. That’s really how we should all feel on our wedding day, right? I seriously cried 5 different times before we even left that hotel for their first look!
The rest of the day was of course just gorgeous! Their emotional first look. Their wild bridal party. The ever beautiful Greenhouse Loft. Her brother that wrote a song for Nicole and played it during the ceremony. The amazing creative team. So so honored to have been there to not only document their wedding but to be part of their story! Congrats to Nicole + Chris!
Photographer | Jenna Marie Photography, Venue | Greenhouse Loft, Getting Ready Hotel | Hotel Chicago, Wedding Planning | Elevate Events, Florals | Natural Beauties Floral, Hair Stylist | Debra Petrielli, Makeup | Sophia for the Debra Petrielli team, Photographer Assistant | Nikole, Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas, Bridal Dress | Casablanca Bridal, Groom Attire | The Black Tux, Catering | Big Delicious Planet, Cake | Big Delicious Plant, DJ | Danny Wedel, Videographer | Kathleen Quinn Films
Babes, nothing makes me happier than finding your type of people in this industry! I’m going to keep it real with you for a second. There are a lot of really horrible people in this industry to work with. From wedding planners to videographers to DJs/bands. It’s always my goal for every wedding to do my best to form one team for your wedding so we’re all working together. But honestly, some people reject that and see it more as a competition. This year, I’ve really had this hit home. And realizing how much of a difference working with a team of amazing people can really change a wedding day on the vendor side. So when I met Calli earlier this year for Kelli + Bill’s wedding, OMG I fell in love with her. She’s a perfect balance of your best friend, stylist with amazing taste, and assertive wedding planner who will get things taken care of. I’m so excited to be working with her next year for Grant + Lorenza’s wedding! So for all my JMP couples, go check her out at Greatest Expectations <3 Loved hanging with her to grab some headshots for all her new amazing ventures!
Lake Geneva + a yacht club? Yea, I’m sold. Jennifer + Matt got married on a gorgeous September day lakeside, surrounded by 30 people in the most beautiful and intimate day!
We started at the Abbey Resort where Jennifer was the most relaxed bride ever. After getting into her gorgeous dress, we headed over to the Lake Geneva Yacht Club for her first look with Matt! If you haven’t been to Lake Geneva, you need to. And if you haven’t seen this yacht club, you need to. It’s just stunning all around!
Matt grew up at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. For as long as he can remember, he spent summers here in sailing school. But back then, this wasn’t the big gorgeous place it is now. From Matt, it used to be a very small building. Whereas now it’s a big two story just gorgeous space! When you step inside, there’s history all over the walls. Model boats after real boats that his dad’s friends raced. Trophies with his best friends names on them growing up. With every turn, new memories from his childhood! A post on the wall of races his dad won. It’s things like that. Places that are so tied to who we are that make me so inspired.
On a gorgeous fall day at sunset, walking out onto that dock, you feel a sense of calmness. A sense of beauty. A sense of peace. And happiness. What a perfect way to celebrate your wedding!
Venue | Lake Geneva Yacht Club, Getting Ready Hotel | The Abbey Resort, Bridal Dress | BHLDN, Groom Attire | Macy’s, Hair + Makeup | Avani Spa at The Abbey Resort, Invitations | Minted, Florals | Tommi’s Garden Blooms, Cake | Bittner’s Bakery