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Stephanie & Eric | Sneak Peek!

Stephanie & Eric were married a couple weeks ago, at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Naperville, and their reception was at one of my favorite spots of all time, Meson Sabika (also Naperville)!  I clicked with Stephanie and Eric right away, and we had a blast shooting their engagement session last year!  I was really looking forward to their wedding with good reason - the whole day was beautiful and their wedding was just as unforgettable as this awesome couple!  The two met at a bar on a fluke and the rest was history -- they couldn't stop thinking about or talking about each other from then on!

My favorite thing about this wedding though was all the emotional moments throughout the day that I got to experience - wedding photography is not just about the images to me - its about the moments and special memories that happen that really influence my work.  The emotional thing (other than the extreme love the couple had for each other) that stands out in my mind about Stephanie & Eric's wedding was the fact that Stephanie's father passed away recently from Pulmonary Fibrosis - she had her brothers walk her down the aisle, dance her "father/daughter" dance with her, and she paid tribute to his memory throughout the wedding including the favors that were donations made in his name (a special bracelet was handed out as well to commemorate this).  This really hit home for me because I thought this was such an awesome way to include her father's memory in the day, and it was a reminder of my wonderful Father-in-law, Brian Hazelton who passed away a year ago Father's Day (which was the day after the wedding, coincidentally).  I must say I had tears in my eyes (which did not interfere with my photo taking, haha!) more than once that day.

This post is mostly about the pretty pictures, but some of the candid moments can be seen as well...

Stephanie getting ready at home...

The beautiful bride and the necklace her father gave to her to wear at the wedding...

Eric made a very handsome groom!

The bride's brothers walking her up the aisle and the ceremony...

Window light portraits in the church

In between we hit up the Naperville Riverwalk for bridal party photos!  The girls rocked it serious...

and not so serious!

A serious bridal party photo -- hoooooooot!

and not so serious!  Also hooooooot!

We quickly grabbed a few with the bride and groom...

and then headed to the reception to get some detail shots!

Stephanie hand made each and everyone of these place cards - fabulous!

A non-traditional delicious looking wedding cake!

First dance...

A few tears were shed after Stephanie's dance with her brothers - but there were smiles too, I think their dad was right there with them :)

One shot outside at night at Meson Sabika...

Some of Stephanie's father's ashes were placed inside their rings (covered by bits of metal) to honor his memory and keep him with them forever...

Thank you SO much for letting us be a part of your special day! <3