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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!!!!

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Wedding Elegance From Jeffrey And Julia Woods, ii

We switched things around a bit today and started with Rachel and Nathan’s fantastically fun wedding celebration at the Peoria Country Club. But now, it’s time to get take a few steps back to earlier in the day … because seriously … their ceremony and portraits are unbelievably gorgeous!

And we have to start by thanking their awesome photographers, Jeffrey and Julia Woods for sharing these photos with us. Their artistic flair is pure and simple genius!

Isn’t Rachel just the epitome of the radiant bride???

Here’s a bit of their story ~ from Rachel …

We have both known each other since childhood … we grew apart and decided to meet up again 6 years ago. We immediately hit it off and dated for 5 years until Nathan proposed on September 13, 2008, which happened to be the wettest day in Chicago’s history! It seems that the rain followed us throughout our entire engagement — a snow storm hit the night of our engagement party and a storm came through during my (outdoor) wedding shower. But on August 22, 2009 when we married, the weather was absolutely perfect. Not a cloud in the sky.

Congratulations Rachel and Nathan from all of us here at Style Me Pretty!

And as always, a huge thank you to the tremendously talented Jeffrey & Julia Woods!!

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To see all 90+ images from Nathan & Rachel’s wedding, simply click on any one of the photos and you’ll be linked to the SMP gallery! (or ~ click right here!)

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Event planner: Save the Date~Peoria,  Floral Design: Moniers Flowers,  Lighting: Scott Fort Lighting Sound & Creations, Cake: Cyd’s Sensationals

Wedding Elegance With A Twist From Jeffrey and Julia Woods

Rachel and Nathan’s first date was at their local fair, so when it came time to plan their wedding, they decided to transform the bar at the Country Club of Peoria into a carnival! There was a cotton candy machine, stuffed animals, fish tanks and more! Such a fun theme and their guests had a ball! Elegance re-defined.

from the beautiful bride …

The reception was very elegant and classy — the walls and ceilings were draped in an ivory with a soft pink up-light. The tables were all square and in different sizes with candelabras draped in orchids. Candles were found everywhere for a very romantic and intimate environment. The Stanley Paul Orchestra out of Chicago got us all dancing and the party didn’t end until 3 am. We had been waiting for this day for 6 years and it was absolutely everything we had imagined and more….

You kind of have to see ALL the images to believe how totally spectacular this party was~

You can see more of the celebration in all its splendor (seriously!) and some pretty incredible photography from Jeff and Julia Woods over on their blog!

Next up … Nathan & Rachel’s wedding ceremony and portraits!

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And … for those of you who also love the Super 8mm-styled films that are being made by wedding cinematographers, you need to check out Jeff & Julia’s newest venture ~ their Black Label. They’ve collaborated with another great visual artist, Andy Jackson of Portal Films and merged their art into one stunning film product. You can read about it and see one of their ‘reels’ right here: Black Label.

Whimsical Elegance From Jeffrey & Julia Woods

Talk about teasers! This has to be the teaser of all wedding teaser photos!

Candy buffets, step aside. The child in me would kill to have cotton candy at a very posh, ever-so-elegant wedding! Imagine it … sipping champagne while oh-so-delicately pinching the most delicious bites of pure silken spun sugar from the freshly made confection! Mmmm… I’d totally do it! And enjoy every moment of the splurge!

If your curiosity is just too much … you can see Rachel & Nathan’s absolutely stunning wedding on Jeff & Julia Woods’ blog.  OR, you can wait a bit for us … and we will definitely share the whole shebang with you on Thursday, so do come back!!!

Real Wedding: Kathleen & Tyson – February Red, IV

Today’s featured Little Black Book members are Jeffery and Julia Woods. The wedding photos of Kathleen and Tyson are simply magnificent!

If you’re just joining us, here’s part I, part II and part III. Sooooo many beautiful images!

Photography by Jeff & Julia Woods

Kathleen has joined us to tell us a little bit more about her February wedding celebration at the Peoria Country Club …

My Mom and I were so intimately involved in every detail which made it even more special when we were able to see the finished product of the weekend’s events. We had amazing help from very talented people and it was truly the staff and those behind the scenes that made it so extraordinary. My sisters and step-mom were also huge when it came to unique elements to integrate into the day.

Photography by Jeff & Julia Woods

We did a stand up cocktail buffet which began at 7:00. Food stations and themes were scattered around in about 3 different rooms with various musical pieces in each room. Everyone moved downstairs at 8:45 for the toasts and dancing. The band was so tremendously phenomenal (The Larry Eckerling Orchestra) and the floor was literally packed nonstop until 1:30 am. After the toasts they passed around grasshoppers in shot glasses as well as chocolate milkshakes. The ice bar was a huge hit with guests and added an element of uniqueness. Around 11:30 they opened a mac’ n cheese bar for a late snack which consisted of several different cheeses and a variety of toppings. It was a truly memorable and special night which is what I hope every bride experiences!

Photography by Jeff & Julia Woods

Kathleen and Tyson’s talented team of wedding vendors include: The Wedding Cake Connection, Save The Date-Peoria, Ultimate Bride, Bronze Frog (Invitations), Five Senses Spa, Enchanted Florist, Sound & Light Creations

Photography by Jeff & Julia Woods

Kathleen’s gorgeous gown was designed by Kenneth Pool. Bridesmaids wore Badgley Mischka.

A HUGE thanks to Jeffrey and Julia Woods for sharing this totally exquisite wedding with us today. You guys are simply awesome! We’re looking forward to having you as guest bloggers when you get back from Brazil! Safe travels!!

And to Kathleen and Tyson … our very heartfelt Congratulations from all of us at Style Me Pretty! Thanks for sharing your joy!

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Real Wedding: Kathleen & Tyson – February Red, III

Kathleen and Tyson’s wedding images, sent to us by two of our favorite Little Black Book photographers,  Jeffrey and Julia Woods, elicit such a sense of tranquility deep inside … it’s obvious from beginning to end that the Woods have an innate instinct for capturing not just the obvious beauty surrounding a wedding, but the most subtle nuances that completely define the essence of the day as well.

Photography by Jeff & Julia Woods

From the lovely bride, Kathleen …

Tyson and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Chicago. I went to the University of Wisconsin- Madison and Tyson went to the University of Illinois as did a lot of my high school friends, so we know a lot of the same people. The bizarre part was that one of our friends, Brittney, introduced Tyson to me as my “future husband” and then introduced me to Tyson as his “future wife”. It was awkward but funny and obviously, we had no idea that would actually happen!

Photography by Jeff & Julia Woods

Red was the chosen color for our wedding. We chose February because that is the month we met and we didn’t want a super lengthy engagement. We really wanted a completely romantic feel so we went with red and black. The red theme was carried throughout the 9 month engagement which was really fun. The engagement party had a red Asian theme and the showers and rehearsal dinner also went with the red idea. I thought it was fun to wear red in some way for all of the events too. There was no shortage of red…flowers, purses, bridesmaid dresses (in which all of the girls were stunning), red lighting, red drinks, red cake, red draping, red candles…even the Country Club staff wore red tuxedo shirts. It was just a blast to have fun with the color!

Photography by Jeff & Julia Woods

More of the story to come!

In the meantime, we really wish you would look back at another of Jeff and Julia Woods’ weddings featured on The Little Black Book Blog …

Ashley and Andrew also celebrated their wedding at The Peoria Country Club. This wedding feature was one of our more popular weddings on the LBBB. {Click Here} to see Ashley & Andrew’s wedding.