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I could honestly listen to a couple’s story for hours. There is something about seeing them interact and the sparkle in their eye when talking about how much they love each other. After watching The Vow this weekend, it resonated with me over the fact that every couple’s story can be so enchanting. So full of life. Amy and Jason’s story is just that. The love behind their wedding and their marriage is why you see me posting on this blog and sharing beautiful photos. Because, love is worth being heard.

Kristin La Voie Photography

From the Bride:
We were married on 3/24/12 in Elmhurst, Illinois at the Hammershmidt Chapel. We selected the Elmhurst College Chapel because that is where Amy went to College. She had many fond memories of speakers, events and services at the Chapel. We also loved the serene nature of the campus filled with trees.

We met when I was running a few errands at Gurnee Mills and Jason, a recent transport to the Great Lakes Navy Base was out shopping as well. I passed by the Sunglass Hut and Jason approached me asking what I thought of the sunglasses he had selected. This was his way to start a conversation and before we knew it we both began talking and grabbed some coffee at the Starbucks nearby.

While we were dating, we had many great memories including a Halloween party held at my house where I dressed up as a sailor to surprise Jason. With Jason’s packed schedule with duty every other weekend and my insane 7 day work week at the time we both found we had to make every minute count. We planned many outings to explore Chicago more including Fox Lake bar crawls, downtown museum visits and concerts. Before we knew it we became the best of friends and knew within the first few months that we had found the most amazing love imaginable.

When Jason was set to move to his next duty station in Norfolk, Virginia, the largest Navy Base in the world, we both talked about how much we loved each other and took a lot of time thinking about our future. Jason knew he wanted to propose to me and Amy knew she was ready to make a commitment to move to be with Jason. After one evening out for dinner we decided to relax and take a nap. Shortly after Jason began to profess his love and got on one knee and proposed. It was the romantic day. His words were perfect.

Our advice for others planning a wedding is nothing wrong with having a longer engagement. We had to make a tough choice with this. Since Jason was going on a deployment and since I just had secured a good job, I stayed here in Illinois. We set our date and decided we’d do long distance so that we could get things in order. In today’s day in age many couples need to pay for their own weddings. We were fortunate to have our parents help us with some smaller items but had to develop a savings plan. We ultimately felt so proud that we were able to take the time to plan things out and save.

Also, it’s great to take advice from friends and family. Sometimes when choosing a theme, colors or a vendor they are able to give you insight. Remember not to worry too much about coordinating your theme because when it comes down to it everything comes together. The same goes for stress. Remember to relax and delegate a bit. One of the bridesmaids reminded us to delegate and that was great advice. Lots of people want to help you but often aren’t wanting to get in the way. It’s okay to ask!

Ceremony Venue: Hammerschmidt Chapel, Elmhurst College Campus | Reception Venue: Bristol Court | Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids Dresses: House of Brides | Groomsman Attire: Black Tie Formalwear | Shoes: David’s Bridal | Bride’s Engagement / Wedding Rings: Jared | Other Jewelry: A’Lamour Bridal Boutique | Groom’s Wedding Band: Donna Jewelry | Hair: Paulina Badalof | Makeup: Tomi Schatz | Cake: Bristol Court | DJ: DJ Frankie Fiore (Francesco L Fiorentino) | Linens / Decor : Bristol Court | Florist: Aberdeen’s | Wedding Planner: Honey Bee Weddings


  1. Kristin
    11:03 am on May 14th, 2012

    Thanks so much Landlocked Bride!

  2. The sunlight in those portrait shots is perfection! What a beautiful bride 🙂

  3. Amy
    11:19 pm on May 14th, 2012

    Thank you so much for featuring our wedding on this blog. Kristin did an amazing job. Such a happy day!!!!

  4. Sandra Bumgardner (MOB)
    12:10 am on May 15th, 2012

    Amy and Jason’s wedding was truly beautiful and magical from Hammerschmidt Chapel, Bristol Court, the photography by Kristen Garcia to mention a few. Thank you all for making this day so very special for Amy and Jason.

  5. Peggy Clymer
    8:28 am on May 15th, 2012

    Amy what a beautiful story, I am sooo happy choose you to be his bride,I love you both <3 & Kristin did an amazing job !!

  6. Amy & Jason your wedding was one of a kind,Jason I am soo happy you choose Amy as your wife,& Kristin did an amazing job 🙂

  7. This is a beautiful post for such a beautiful couple. Congratulations Amy and Jason!