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I admit it: I am a sap. Ask anyone who knows me and they will agree…Hallmark movies are a year around event and can have me in tears, I cry at pretty much every wedding, and the greeting card section at Target….don’t even get me started!  I love all of the sentimental parts of wedding days– and I also love the homily during the ceremony.  I always love hearing with the Officiants have to share with the couple, especially if they have history with them.

Even after 50 weddings photographed and almost 100 total attended, there is always something new, but I was particularly touched by what was spoken about during Anna and Josh’s wedding. Their Priest said that wedding ceremonies are one of the strongest reflections we have of Heaven.  An event with all your loved ones gathered, celebrating in joy, worshiping the Lord, in their finest, at a banquet feast with the most lovely music (which at Anna and Josh’s wedding it was truly the most lovely ceremony music ever)…it really struck me.  And I have not really ever seen a celebration with more joy and love than this one. Everyone who meets Anna and Josh just loves them, and I am positive you will see why in these pictures.

I have known Anna for quite a few years now through local community theatre, and have always adored her. She is extremely talented– but much more importantly, she is one of those people who just wraps you into her fun and energy when you are around her. You just can’t be help but be happy in her presence.  And while this was the first time I officially met her Josh, I felt the exact same way around him. Like I could share a drink and talk with both for hours.  They are just the sort of people you want to be around…and every one of their guests looked just so honored to be there.  It was a beautiful day…rain and all.  Absolutely perfect… and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Josh’s mother’s ring sat on Anna’s right hand all day long. Proud mama and her 2 beauties This first look…so so sweet! True Colors made the most vibrantly beautiful bouquets! Sometimes you just need an umbrella and rain boots on your wedding day…Alanis might be sad to hear it jus’t wasn’t really a problem! Anna made just the most beautiful bride! Favorite! Other favorite! I absolutely love this… Married! The had the most beautiful choreographed first dance and totally rocked it! Anna I adore you! Thank you both so much for the honor of being a part of your day- I’m sending you both so so much love!!

I LOVED working with Anna and Joshua’s creative team!!

Reception Venue: Sangamo Club

Flowers: True Colors Floral Artistry

Bridal Boutique: Clarice’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: The Dessy Group

Wedding Cake: Specialty Cakes

Invitations: Paper Boutique

Site Coordinators: Emily Becker and Craig Williams

Band: Late Night Band Chicago

Caterer: Sangamo Club

Rentals: Signature Rentals

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  1. What a gorgeous wedding and a happy couple! I love her Wellies! So cute! And where’d they find umbrellas in the perfect shade?! So fun!

    • Jill says:

      This couple is so full of life and joy!! 🙂 I think she said she ordered them on Amazon! They really were the perfect shade!

  2. Gorgeous!! Her shoes are to die for!

    • Jill says:

      I know—I want to wear those shoes every day!!! 🙂 I think these are one of my favorite bridal shoes EVER!

  3. Those bridal details. Jill. Omg. GORGEOUS!!

  4. Joanna Moss says:

    OMG those shoes… beautiful!

  5. Congratulations! Those are the most beautiful wedding pictures. Your photographer captured your smiles and the emotions of the day! You two looked so happy…I wish you many happy days together 🙂

    • Jill says:

      Thank you! It was such an honor to capture Josh and Anna’s beautiful day and their love for each other!

  6. Deborah Martin says:

    Beautiful day for a beautiful couple. Josh darlin’ you have a beautiful bride….she has great taste in shoes too! I know you will cherish each other forever. My best wishes for a long wonderfully happy marriage and family.

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I'm Jill, a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and Central Illinois, and available world wide! I'm also a photography educator, wife to my favorite person on the planet, mama to 3 amazing kids and an energetic Aussie, and obsessed with statement jewelry and all desserts (especially fruit pies!). 

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