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Pettingill Historical Home Wedding by Pam Cooley Photography

This Illinois garden wedding by Pam Cooley Photography is GORGeous with a big, fat capitol G-O-R-G!  I love the new take on a the mismatched bridesmaid attire.  Each lovely lady was draped in beautiful pastel hues that perfectly coordinate with the fun striped straws, the colorful “just married” sign and compliment their beauteous bouquets.  The entire affair was created with loving care by the bride and groom and they filled their perfect day with absolutely fabulous touches.  You can see them all in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…Will and I agree that our wedding day was truly perfect. It was exactly what I had envisioned and worked towards. We chose the Pettengill-Morron House as our venue because we both love and appreciate history and architecture. I truly enjoyed all of the planning and DIY projects I took on and to see them enjoyed by our guests was very satisfying. I am so thankful that Will was very involved and offered his expertise, ideas, and support.

My favorite moment of the wedding was, in essence, all of the little moments strung together: getting ready with my bridesmaids, tapping Will on the shoulder and him turning around for our “first look”, holding my dad’s arm tight and feeling his constant support as we walked out of the house, praying with our parents and pastor, watching our guests enjoying the night, and driving away under a sea of sparklers and shouts of well wishes. Will and I feel very blessed to have friends and family that have loved and supported us all along the way.

Will and I chose to see each other before the ceremony, and honestly, I wouldn’t have been able to wait a second longer! Walking out of the house, with his back to me, waiting for him to turn around and see me, was oh so fun. We soaked in the moment, laughing, and enjoying our time together. Spending time with Will before the ceremony gave me a deep peace and joy that lasted throughout the entire night.

From the Groom… When I saw Lindsay and how beautiful she was, I knew that nothing else mattered..all of the little details, all of the big details, seemed to fade in comparison, and suddenly seemed unimportant. I knew all was perfect.

Wedding Photography: Pam Cooley Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Black Olive Photographics / Floral Design: Garden Gate Floral / Event Design + Planning: The Bride / Location: Pettingill Historical Home / Wedding Invitations: The Bride + Groom / Bride’s Shoes: Pour la Victorie / Wedding Dress: Country Bride

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Illinois Wedding by Jeffrey and Julia Woods

Despite the fact that you see one outdoor wedding after another on SMP (and around the web, frankly), we are always, always, always on the search for really beautiful indoor, ballroom style weddings. I had a ballroom wedding myself so I know just how tricky they can be when it comes to design. The yucky carpets, the banquet chairs…you know what I’m talkin’ about. Well this ballroom wedding is anything but yucky. It’s flat out GORGEOUS and the bride did an incredible job infusing her day with a little bit of princess, a little bit of Marie Antoinette…and a LOT of style. Photographed by the powerhouse duo, Jeffrey and Julia Woods (who we love, big time), this is definitely a keeper. And if you are dying to see more, click right here!

illinois wedding by jeffrey and julia woods

illinois wedding by jeffrey and julia woods

illinois wedding by jeffrey and julia woods

illinois wedding by jeffrey and julia woods

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With the help of my mom and our wedding coordinator Beth Maxwell, we were able to create the perfect elegant country club wedding with an outdoor feel. After falling in love with Manolo Blanhik’s “Something Blue” shoes, I knew everything about the wedding would have a touch of elegance and “blue”.

The day began early in the morning with my mom, bridesmaids, in blueberry Juicy Couture tracksuits, and myself, in a white Juicy Couture tracksuit, getting our hair and makeup done. Marissa Schmitt at Studio 110 in Chicago, Illinois and Makeup by Sabrina made my wedding “look” flawless and stunning.

Staying traditional, Nick and I decided the big reveal would be walking down the aisle. It was a moment I know we will both remember forever. My dad walked me down the aisle to the River City Quartet at Sacred Heart Church. As we left the church, man and wife, eleven doves were released as we made our way to a white Rolls Royce getaway car—with blue interior of course!

Our reception turned out absolutely beautiful. From the specially made sushi inspired from our favorite roll from Ko Fusion in Champaign, Illinois to the large outdoor tent, draped in white with crystal chandeliers hanging down the center to our amazing band and vocalist, Peter Oprisko, who kept the party going for hours. The guests were able to dance the night away, overlooking the picturesque Illinois River.

The inside of the Country Club of Peoria was draped in elegant rose-colored dupioni silk, with ruffled silk hanging at the corners. These beautiful linens were inspired from my wedding gown. The ivory chiffon ruffles hung beneath my Monique Lhuillier blue sash, similar to the ruffles from the table. To continue the theme of blue, the groom wore a blue and navy striped bowtie with his black Calvin Klein tuxedo to match the groomsmen. The bridesmaids wore beautiful navy chiffon gowns by Amsale. Barbara Evans at the Cake Connection dyed the Ron Ben-Israel inspired cake, which was trimmed in ancient architectural elements, a deeper shade of the blue in my sash.

As a special surprise to Nick, Beth helped me create “Lavin’s Pub,” a dedication to Notre Dame football and his Irish heritage. Here, wedding guests could enjoy pub food, such as sliders and potato skins. Cyd’s Sendsationals created the Notre Dame mascot in the form of a standing rice crispy treat and a red velvet cake (Nick’s favorite) adorned with the Lavin family crest.

Before leaving the reception the guests were able to collect strawberry shortcake in a jar, which were created by That’s a Cake? and inspired by Martha Stewart. After almost a full year of planning, our wedding day was exactly what we wanted it to be and more. Jeffrey and Julia Woods captured our memories of this day perfectly.”


Photography: Jeffrey and Julia Woods / Cinematography: Jeffrey and Julia Woods / Flowers, Event Design + Planning: Save the Date / Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart Church / Reception Location: Country Club of Peoria / Dress: Oscar de la Renta with Monique Lhuillier Sash / Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale / Cake: That’s a Cake? / Make-Up: Studio 101, Chicago

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Portal Films + Jeffrey and Julia Woods = Black Label Cinematography

Good Morning 2010! Wow … it’s hard to believe we’re in a new decade. And while the technology of wedding documentation has grown by leaps and bounds, we find ourselves appreciating the older artistic styles of the past even more now than we did back then!  We’ve shown you several examples this week of the Super 8 style of cinematographry that has become popular with brides and grooms. Today, we’d like to show you a film produced by Andy Jackson of Portal Films and Jeffrey & Julia Woods Photography. It’s called their Black Label and combines the rich portraiture and journalistic photography of the Woods’ with classic vintage-styled filming from Andy Jackson.

A description of the Black Label product from Jeffrey Woods

We feel that this new visual ~ our Black Label ~ creates greater documentation of your wedding day. It tells a different story that you just can’t get from still images alone. It allows you to see what goes on behind the scenes of those images and enhances those relationships that mean everything to you as a bride and groom. This combination of still images and Super 8 filming provides a holistic documentation merging the two mediums together to produce something vintage and chic. It goes beyond the ordinary.

This film is about 6 minutes. Please press play and then pause and allow the film to load in the background. Then press play again for a much smoother playback. While the film is loading, take a peek back in time to the original feature on Ashley & Andrew’s wedding. Their classic, elegant wedding in Peoria was the essence of beauty.

You WILL enjoy this Black Label style ~ it’s the best of both worlds!

Stunning, right?


Oh … and Happy New Year to all of you!!!!