Michelle and Jerry’s Independence Grove Wedding Photos – Libertyville IL
We first met Michelle and Jerry last year when we did their
engagement photo session at the Lincoln Park Zoo. They had used their engagement photos to make a beautiful guest book that all the guests could sign at the wedding.
But let’s get back to the wedding photos from Independence Grove on August 2nd.
A day that we be in our minds for long time ! It was a hot summer day with strong winds in the afternoon and it came to a tornado warning in the night.
Wedding Venue – Independence Grove
Wedding coordinator – Melinda Jacobsen
Makeup – Stella Mikhail
H Photography by Doru & Claudia Halip
Assistant Photographer: Marian Nestor
We started at Hampton Inn where the couple got ready. When Claudia came into the room, Michelle was almost finished with her beautiful makeup done by Stella Mikhail from Stellair Beauty.
Few more touch up…
It was great taking pictures of Jerry one-on-one because he made a lot of fun faces at the camera. Jerry’s brother-in-law kept joking around but would also help him get ready for the wedding.
Last shot with the girls before getting the dress on…
When the bride and from were finished getting ready, we went to Independence Grove in Libertyville for the first look photos.
Jerry was very moved by seeing Michelle for the first time as his bride.
They had a few romantic moments together, which of course we captured on camera and then we got ready for the family photos.
We explored the park in a golf cart looking for the perfect location get the best wedding portraits.
When we returned back to the bridal party, Claudia and I split ways again. Claudia took some very elegant portraits of the ladies while I was taking some photos of the guys around the lake.
The bride wore a traditional white wedding dress and the ladies were dressed in a deep blue.
We eventually reunited again to take some fun pictures of the entire bridal party together.
Despite the very hot and humid day, time flew very fast and the next thing we knew we were back at the venue for the Ketubah signing.
It was very emotional for Michelle and she even cried at the end.
The ceremony begun with the Rabbi entering the aisle followed by the bridal party and then the groom with his parents and then lastly with Michelle and her parents. Both parents of the couple had huge smiles as they were walking down the aisle with their daughter/son.
The guests arrived at the Native Garden that was already prepared for the outdoor Jewish ceremony.
Michelle and Jerry circling around each other at the beginning of the ceremony.
Jerry breaking the glass!
After the ceremony, the cocktail party started in the foyer area at the Independence Grove and then the party moved to the Audubon room where the introduction of both the bride and groom begun followed by the Kiddush-Hamotzi tradition.
Gold Coast band had an amazing performance.
During the dinner, there were toasts made as well as the cake cutting and then of course, we couldn’t forget the father/daughter and mother/son dance.
Cake cutting time!
The band was fantastic, but they were interrupted by a tornado warning, so everybody in the group moved towards the hallway where it was safer.
Since there were not enough outlets in the hallway the band started playing unplugged and everybody banded together to sing in one voice. It was amazing!
Michelle and Jerry singing on hallway with the unplugged band
After about 30 minutes the tornado warning was canceled, but we were all surprised at how well Michelle could sing. She ended up singing a couple more songs that night!
The night was closed with sparklers outside!