Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Laura and Derek's Wedding 10.9.10

Last Saturday Five Grain Associate Consultant Sara had the opportunity to work with a WONDERFUL couple.  Here is Sara's recap of the day's events...

Laura and Derek couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day or a more beautiful wedding!  They chose to get married on October 9th in Northwest Indiana (where they both grew up) and ended up with a perfect 80-degree Indian Summer day. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Merrillville, IN. The church was beautifully decorated by Kelly of Fleur and the personal flowers were stunning! Their lovely ceremony was captured gracefully by their photographer, Dory L. Touhey, and videographer, Jon Romashko.

After the ceremony, the wedding party loaded into a limo and rode to Chicago to take photos by the lakeshore while my assistant Shannon and I drove to the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, IN to oversee set up of the reception.

The ballroom looked unbelievable: Kelly truly outdid herself!!  The centerpieces beautifully complemented the ivory tablecloths and chocolate chair covers.

After their photo adventure, the bridal party arrived and the festivities began!  The cocktail hour featured passed hors d’oeuvres and was followed by a delicious dinner catered by the Center for Visual and Performing Arts. After dinner and some heartfelt speeches Lori Shane and the Mix started the night off right and kept the party going until the clock struck midnight.

Laura and Derek’s friends and family lovingly baked (!) hundreds of cookies of all kinds which guests took home as favors--though many were consumed before the end of the night :) .  The photo booth from Magnolia Photo Booth Co., which came equipped with TONS of props, was a huge hit among the silly and serious crowd alike!

Laura and Derek were so much fun to work with.  They had a fabulous day surrounded by their amazing friends and family and I feel really lucky to have been a part of it.  Congrats, you two!!  ~Sara

All images courtesy of Dory L. Tuohey Photography
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cool People Volume XIV: Steve Koo Photography

Those of you who are twitter-ers (tweeters?) can understand how it might be difficult to pinpoint the exact moment you were connected to someone on twitter.  A couple of months ago via a series of back and forth tweets and re-tweets, Steve Koo, of Steve Koo Photography, and I set a date for coffee.  :)  I had heard great things about him--and his wife and I share a mutual friend!--so I knew it was time we met in person.

We got together at a cute coffee shop in Lincoln Square called Cafe Neo and just...well...chatted!  We talked weddings, of course, but also discussed the perils of home ownership, both of our semi-recent marriages, and "the biz".  Steve struck me as being extremely REAL.  Photography is truly his passion and it is reflected in both his work (absolutely amazing photos) and the way he talks about his clients.  He doesn't mind doing two weddings in a row because, well, he loves what he does!  That's the recipe for a really dedicated photographer if you ask me.

Here are a few of his photos...but be sure to check out both his website and blog for more.

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