September 26, 2018

Their lives have been intertwined since she was only 14 and they went to high school together (but were just acquaintances).  They performed around each other, each extremely talented and musical, and always knew of each other.  His best friend married her sister.  They had many similar friends and interests.  And years later, once she was out of high school, he finally considered her as more than just a beautiful girl a few years younger than him, and their already connected lives would never separate again.  Cory and Taylor are a beautiful couple, and just pull everyone into their orbit.  Their families and friends are exactly the same way- and they are so adored by those who know them.

Their day was the first real fall feeling wedding of the season, and it was just beautiful.  There was such real emotion, such beautiful music, such true community, such loving parents.  Taylor’s sister said that she looked like Barbie Bride and I’m thinking maybe Disney Princess bride…there is something that is so classically beautiful about Taylor, yet she is so down to earth, fun, and easy going about the wedding day.  She just wanted to marry her best friend with all their loved ones present– and they did just that.  Here are some of my favorites from their beautiful day!

You know I loved these glittery shoes!! Thee is something about a classic elegant dress like this that just speaks to my heart!!! I love her mama and sister helping and watching on here… The Crown Plaza is definitely my new favorite hotel for getting ready!  This suit was just gorgeous and bright! So many cute littles involved in this!  This little one was mostly full of sunshine but I loved her shy end of her walk! One of my favorite little buddies to photograph on the left here was feeding his daddy leaves…from the brides bouquet…on his walk down the aisle. It doesn’t get better than that! And Taylor (who is just the most stunning bride) had an emotional and joyful walk both up and down the aisle, and I loved every second of it! Love these sibling shots!  I loved this bridal party full of all brothers and sisters! So many favorites!  You two are just classically lovely together!! Angela did such beautiful work with this space!!  There was so much music— bands, choirs, soloists, combos…between the ceremony and the reception, this was an ex music teachers dream come true!  There was so much talent present in the room (including in these two)– it was so fun to be a part of!
SUCH a fun party!  Taylor– I ADORE you! Congrats to a beautiful couple that loves each other and loves life!  You two energize every room you are in, and we are all lucky to get swept up in it!  I am SO happy for you both and sending you much love to the beach you are sitting on right now!!!

To see more of Taylor + Cory’s Yacht Club engagement session, click here!

Ceremony Location: St. Aloysius

Reception Venue + Caterer: Island Bay Yacht Club

Wedding Day Coordinator: Angela Holland with Rose Colored Notions

Flowers: Pat O’Connor

Dresses: Morilee from Girls in White Satin

Tux Rental: Girls in White Satin

Videographer: Burlap Videos

Hair Stylist: Jessica Kocurek with Willow and Birch Salon

Makeup Artist: Rowela French with Willow and Birch Salon

Band: Jane Hartman Trio

DJ: The Elite DJ Service by Dave Isaacs

Cake: Sue Bull

Donuts: Mel-O-Cream Donuts

Officient: Monsignor David Lantz

Invitations: The Paper Boutique


  1. Lindsey Helm says:

    Jill, these are stunning!

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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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