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You can always tell when a wedding is full of heart. I think that’s one of the biggest things I look for when going through submissions. Why? Because you want the photos to tell as much of a story as they can. To give readers and viewers a chance to feel like they were there and could understand the couple’s style and personality.

Steve Koo Photography

From the Bride:
Like most, Brian and I wanted a wedding that fully reflected our personalities and our relationship. Our biggest challenge was finding a reception venue that was unique, convenient for our suburban family and city friends and could accommodate our 250+ guest list. The Nineteenth Century Club in historic Oak Park met all of our requirements and offered vintage charm without feeling dated. Our other priorities – a menu of craft beer, an awesome DJ and wedding pie – were easier to fulfill.

I had tucked away the idea of having a gospel choir at my wedding ever since I saw Love Actually. I saw no reason why our ceremony couldn’t have the same energy as our reception. We were lucky enough to connect with the Wheaton College Gospel Choir and their ensemble was a highlight of our wedding day.

I am an event planner with a long commute so between internet research and traffic I had plenty of time to come up with some personal touches. I am a big fan of handmade wedding details. While the size of our wedding forced us to reel in some of our ideas, we still spent many worthwhile hours assembling invitations, stitching programs and hot gluing all sorts of things. I over ordered on a wholesale button site, leaving us with an unintentional button theme – button table numbers, button entree indicators, button boutonnieres for the ring bearers and other accents. For our guest book we printed assorted postcards with photos of significant places and things in our relationship. Guests left a message on the postcard of their choice and they are being mailed to us throughout our first year of marriage. It’s been a lot of fun checking the mailbox for well wishes from our guests.

We loved every minute of our wedding and wouldn’t have changed a thing. We are especially grateful for our amazing family, wedding party, friends, and vendors for making the day so memorable!

Ceremony Venue: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: The Nineteenth Century Club | Dress: A Joyful Occasion | Hair: Maria Milano, Zano Salons | Makeup: Melissa, Benefit Cosmetics | Catering: Beyond Events | Pie: Baker’s Square | DJ: Amanda Hohmeier, Toast & Jam | Photographer: Steve Koo Photography | Videographer: Sally Films


  1. Such a pretty wedding. I love the image of the bridal party in the brewing room!

  2. Loving this couple! They look like they planned a fun reception and even sweeter wedding. The button numbers are so fun and cute!

  3. naomi
    9:04 pm on February 7th, 2012

    Love the buttons they used on the favors…and on the table numbers! Very sweet!

  4. I love everything about this shoot. So romantic!

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