As a daughter with a wonderful stepfather, I love seeing blended marriage ceremonies. Jenny and her son, Ethan, were doing just fine before Evan came along, but now life is even better.

Instead of unity candles, Jenny, Evan and Ethan held a sand ceremony to symbolize their  family becoming one. It was very cool to see Ethan participate.  (Of course, it was even cooler to see Ethan dance with his friends later in the evening.)

I had a great time and especially enjoyed the grilled peach salad with goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette.  I loved it so much that I later recreated it with nectarines and added toasted pecans at a 4th of July picnic. Yummo!

Well, enough from me chatting about culinary adventures. Onto this gorgeous wedding, which happened to also have BEAU-TI-FUL light and fantastic friends and family.

Venue: Byron Colby Barn
Cake: Sweet Dreams Organic Bakery
Dress: Dolly Couture
Caterer: Heller Catering
Hair Stylist: Stella D'Ora Salon (Sarah Gianforte)
DJ: Just Press Play Productions

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Ben Godkin says:

Such a cute couple. I can't even begin to understand that blue picture with the tree limbs... stunning. Great detail shots and use of natural lighting!

(07.08.10 @ 06:30 PM)
Laurie Peacock says:

The blue photo with limbs is where I shot up into the silo of the barn.

(07.08.10 @ 06:34 PM)
Jared Tseng says:

Yeah, that blue picture is rockin! Ben pointed out your great use of natural light, but I also spot some great use of off camera flash. Well done!

(07.08.10 @ 07:20 PM)
Sally says:

Wow!!! These are all so gorgeous, and I'm in love with the series in front of the cattails! Beautiful.

(07.08.10 @ 07:52 PM)
Jenny Kuehm Bunting says:

All of these beautiful pictures bring back the euphoria of the day. You captured all of the details and emotional moments. Thank you for all of your hard work. I love every single one of these pictures so much. It was a lot of fun having you and Jake there.

(07.08.10 @ 10:14 PM)
Chris Limas says:

WOW!! All the photos are absolutely stunning! The photography really captures the feeling of the day. What great memories you have to keep forever!

(07.08.10 @ 10:49 PM)
Jamie says:

Love this set! You really have a mastery of great lighting, and it shows in the various settings throughout the day!

(07.08.10 @ 11:31 PM)
JAMES says:

stunning photos and great locations

(07.09.10 @ 04:00 AM)
Albert Palmer says:

You sure know how to take a great portrait - the lighting in these shots is sensational.

(07.09.10 @ 05:14 AM)
Emily Porter says:

This couple is adorrrrrableeee!!! And that blue shot - inside the silo? maybe? - is just a total work of art. I am loving all the detail shots, too. And the shots of them in front of the tall grass. Beautiful light. Love your work!!

(07.09.10 @ 09:26 AM)
Deb Jashinsky says:

Absolutely gorgeous! Every aspect was captured with such attention to detail. Photos begin where are memories leave off. Thank you for creating such beautiful ones for us!

(07.09.10 @ 09:43 AM)
Linda says:

beautiful photos for a beautiful couple!

(07.09.10 @ 01:29 PM)
Amber Hughes says:

Lovely wedding! I adore their little bird details and her super cute dress. Beautiful work on their portraits!

(07.09.10 @ 03:07 PM)
Natalie says:

I absolutely adore these images! You have such a talented eye for composition & light. Wow!!

(07.09.10 @ 03:11 PM)
Emily Donelan says:


(07.09.10 @ 04:53 PM)
Jenna Cole says:

I'm a photographer moving to Chicago in September and I've been asking around to find out the names of other Chicago photographers and your name was suggested to me as someone to watch. Your work is beautiful! I love your use of color. Looking forward to reading more.

(07.11.10 @ 07:56 PM)
Tenielle (Feather + Stone) says:

Ahhhh I LOVE her dress and that couple set in the afternoon light (by the reeds) glorious.....beautiful job!

(07.12.10 @ 07:36 AM)
Nessa K says:

Love love love the field shots!!

(07.12.10 @ 10:17 AM)
Sarah Gianforte (Stella d'Oro Salon) says:

Wow! These pictures are amazing! Jenny, get me some business cards I deal with a lot of brides and your pictures are fantastic! You guys look amazing and what a wonderful day!

(07.16.10 @ 10:57 PM)
Catherine O'Meara says:

Wow, that picture of the silo is amazing. I would love to use a picture or two on our web site. What are the chances? You three were adorable and so fun to work with. Hope Ethan got his fill of that corn souffle.

(08.14.10 @ 07:06 PM)
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Jenny + Evan

I haven't done a sneak peek for a while to torture my friend, Rebecca, who HATES when I do this.  hehehe.  Aren't I mean? Seriously though, aren't Jenny and Evan handsome - even if this is a photo of their backsides? 

As a side note, there are still spots available for July 18 and 19 for the Revealed Boudoir marathon.  You can view details here. Sign up and get your groove on!  :)
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Rebecca says:

Ok it's been awhile I'll forgive you this time!

(07.07.10 @ 10:39 AM)
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Lauren and Mike dated in high school, broke up and reconnected two years ago and reignited the good ol' chemistry between them. Lucky for me, we were allowed to do a little photo shoot in their high school where they dated. 

Lauren and Mike's wedding was filled with sweetness, tears, admiring glances, and lots of laughter.  One of the highlights of the evening occurred when Mike's brothers and sisters did a little rendition of "Just the Two of Us" by Will Smith with a ton of few changes to the rap lyrics.  The girls dancing behind them were hilarious!

I also had the honor of seeing one of my future brides and grooms, Elizabeth and John, at the wedding.  Elizabeth is Lauren's cousin and danced her little heart out (she's one of the bridesmaids in green in the last photos). Her wedding in October is going to be so much fun.

Lauren and Mike's wedding was also fun to photograph and I left the wedding with two lasting impressions.  Lauren is one of the sweetest people I've ever met and she is one lucky lady to have a husband who looks at her the way Mike does. *Sigh*

Thanks for having me and my second photographer, Maggie Rife, document your lovely day.

Vendors and Locations:
Immaculate Conception Church, Elmhurst, Illinois
Grotto Oak Brook (reception venue and caterer)
Chow (cupcakes and dessert)
Aisle Style (dress)
Skincare Company & Spa (make-up)
Jill Koch (hair stylist)
Jeff Overstreet (DJ) 

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brooke says:

these are great! the one of her coming down the staircase is heavenly :)

(07.02.10 @ 10:36 PM)
Lauren and Mike says:

Thank you for taking such beautiful photographs and capturing each and every moment of our special day! You and Maggie are not only talented artists but also enthusiastic and energetic professionals. Can't wait to see more! See you in October for Liz and John's wedding :)

(07.04.10 @ 11:58 PM)
Rima says:

Gorgeous set of images Laurie

(07.07.10 @ 02:46 AM)
Tenielle (Feather + Stone) says:

LOVE the expressions you've been able to capture at this wedding, the brides face walking down the aisle is just gorgeous.

(07.07.10 @ 07:23 AM)
Jessica says:

Love the shots at the high school.... my hubby and I met in high school, and makes me want to have our photos done there!

(07.07.10 @ 08:05 AM)
Avelaine Scyrup says:

You really captured the emotions of the day! Wonderful job!

(07.07.10 @ 10:22 AM)
Erin Lassahn says:

I LOVE the classroom kiss!!!!

(07.07.10 @ 10:48 AM)
Photographer Jen deVos says:

There's such emotion in your images... this set really tells the story about the couple, Oh and I like the graphic quality of the photo of them getting off the bus. :)

(07.07.10 @ 11:04 AM)
Cynthia Marie says:

Beautiful moments! You really did a fantastic job!

(07.07.10 @ 11:35 AM)
adam @ says:

I love the reception photos! Looks like too much fun!

(07.07.10 @ 01:39 PM)
Ryan Brenizer says:

Great set! I love nothing more than breaking into schools. :)

(07.07.10 @ 06:07 PM)
Alicia Kennison says:

A great story of true love and you have captured their day so well. They must loves these. :)

(07.08.10 @ 04:52 AM)
Rebecca Pettigrew says:

My goodness, that was an awesome wedding! !

(07.13.10 @ 08:30 PM)
Jonathan Roberts says:

I love the down the stairs shot. Great use of light. :)

(07.14.10 @ 08:44 AM)
Alex says:

Stunning couple, stunning pictures..! The shots at the high school really make it.

(07.15.10 @ 07:27 AM)
Elizabeth says:

These photos are wonderful Laurie! Especially the shots taken in the highschool. They capture Lauren and Mike's personalities perfectly. Lovely lovely! These pics do show me that I need to learn to control my facial expressions while dancing. It's tough to do!

(08.03.10 @ 03:01 PM)
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