June Wedding Celebration Featuring First Kisses

The year 2013 has seen me shoot a few Winter and Spring weddings already, but now that June is upon us, things are really heating up.  Next week sees a double header wedding weekend with Todd and Krystyne on Friday at the Parish of St. Joseph in Homewood, Illinois and Mike and Kelly at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point.

To celebrate I thought I'd post a few first kisses wedding photos to get us all excited...

First kiss at an outdoor ceremony in the Cancer Survivor's Garden inside Grant Park in Chicago

Shaun and Brittany had a gloriously sunny day for their Chicago wedding in Grant Park. You can tell by the warm tone of the photograph just how sunny it was that day.  I love this photograph, but the one I'm nuts about is this next one where our groom spontaneously lifts his bride into the air.  I'm always poised and ready for the first kiss, but also keenly aware that sometimes the best moments occur right after...

The newly married couple celebrates after becoming man and wife at an outdoor wedding in downtown Chicago.

Another similar candid moment occurred at Gary and Brandi's outdoor wedding at Deep River Park in Hobart, Indiana.  I love the spontaneous burst of laughter and joy in the the bride's face as well as the way she tenderly holds her new husband face with her hand.  A very loving moment...

The bride erupts with laughter and joy during her outdoor wedding ceremony at Deep River Park in Hobart, Indiana.

I've photographed a lot of Catholic ceremonies inside churches so I've learned anticipate the first kiss.  It doesn't always occur at the end of the ceremony in many cases.  Here is an image of Brandon and Jackie at St. Michael's Church in Schererville, Indiana.

First kiss at a wedding ceremony St. Michael's Catholic Church in Schererville, Indiana.

The next image in our series of first kiss photographs usually can't happen at churches, but I was able to pull it off during an indoor wedding ceremony at Avalon Manor with David and Jessica.  I loved catching family and friends in the background as the bride and groom did their traditional first kiss.

First kiss at an indoor wedding ceremony at Avalon Manor in Hobart, Indiana.

I don't really coach my clients on how to kiss, but I will give this bit of advice to the grooms - don't be shy!!  Don't just give her a quick peck, I swear her dad won't lecture you afterward!!  :)

I'm looking forward to all my June weddings.  If you are a planning a 2014 wedding, please contact me via the online form now.  June and September dates tend to fill up a year in advance.  I've already got June weddings for 2014 booked and I'm having consultations for another this coming week as well as a September couple.  If your day isn't available, I'd be glad to refer you to a qualified professional.  

Happy planning!!

First kiss at an outdoor ceremony at the International Friendship Garden in Portage, Indiana.

Wedding at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Michigan City

When I entered St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Michigan City, Indiana to photograph the Catholic wedding of Natalie and Greg, I was immediately struck by the architecture and the unique green tinge in the stone walls.  It is truly a majestic buidling.

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I took my place inside the pews as Natalie and her Dad waited to walk down the aisle together...

The father and the bride were both overjoyed as they walked past family and friends toward the front of the church where Dad would give away his daughter to the groom.

This grand old Catholic church in the heart of downtown Michigan City is a wonder to see.  The balcony was quite a hike, but Catholic ceremonies tend to run at least an hour, giving me plenty of time to get some photographs from above as well as on ground level.

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Something about the tradition of this church led me to convert many photographs into vintage looking, sepia toned wedding photos from the days of old.  Here is one of the bride and groom in prayer..

One of my favorite moments was capturing this future bride peering into the aisle to get a better look...

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I love the groom's "hey, we did it" expression as the newly married couple retreats from the church...

Natalie booked me as her photograph while living in Washington D.C.  I met her and her Father when she was here on a break from school last year.  It was an honor to photograph her wedding and she did an incredible job planning it from such a long distance.

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