Beautiful Wedding Rings with Ola and Tobi’s wedding invitation in background.
The hair and make up artist was hard at work getting all the girls ready.
The couple got ready at the Hotel Sheraton Suites in Elk Grove Village.
Toni getting help to get ready.
Girls were getting ready meanwhile in the other room, I was able to spend some quality time with the groom and his friends.
We took some shots of the groom posing just by himself in the hallways before we were able to reunite with Ola and the girls at the White Pine Golf Course- Bensenville, IL.
The groom was dressed in a white jacket and shirt with a black bow tie and the groomsmen wore traditional tuxedos with pink bow ties on.
The bride and bridesmaids were already in their robes ready for some fun pictures.They all had a bridal bag with their names on it.
The fun series of bridesmaids photos continue with more props.
Ola having fun with the bridesmaids at the Sheraton Suites in Elk Grove Village.
Ola gave us the chance to snap a few portraits.
One last portrait before leaving for the first look.
Due to Chicago weather, it was a bit tricky to pull off the first look because it was raining and it didn’t stop until late.
We decided to carry on despite the weather interruptions, which created some interesting first look wedding photos in the rain.
Toni seeing Ola for the first time as a bride.
Ola was so expressive at first look.
It was around 3:30 PM when the outdoor ceremony started and the rain had started to slow down a bit. We told the couple that rain means prosperity and it was good for their wedding.
Ola walked down the isle with her brother while Tobi was waiting near the pastor looking at his lovely bride.
They exchanged their vows as well as the rings and Ola got a bit emotional during the ceremony.
The guests who attended were very colorful in their fashion style and dress.
The minister then lays hands on the new couple and say: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall be one flesh, so they are no longer two but one flesh. ( Matthew 19:5-6)
You may kiss your bride the minister said!!
It was really quite fun photographing all of the guests who attended the couple’s wedding. They were ladies with bright blue dresses, purple, and yellow.
Mothers of the bride and groom,
This is where we had a fun photo session with the couple and the bridal party while the banquet room was getting ready.
Groomsmen walking around the Golf Course
Toni playing as a star being photographed at his wedding by paparazzi…
It was keep raining at the photo session so we decided to get some unique rain wedding shots.
Some photo will look better in black and white for a more dramatic feeling.
Wedding Photo under the umbrella was a good idea.
Raining for all the photo session. Great bridal party enduring the whole time this challenging weather.
Beautiful Afro-American wedding!!
The customized golf cart was a great addition to our rainy wedding photo session at White Pine Golf Course.
Taking a farewell tour at White Pines Golf Course on the golf cart.
Last shot at White Pine Golf Course.
After the ceremony, the bridal party got into a white limo and we headed off to the Avalon Banquets – Elk Grove IL
Our favorite portrait of the bride!!
Avalon Banquets in Elk Grove offers a beautiful background for some indoor portraits when is rainy outside.
Ola and Tobi taking some more photos during cocktail hour.
The reception started around 6pm and the Afro-American wedding in the Chicago area was certainty very unique.
Many guests arrived in traditional Nigerian outfits and when it was time to dance, the guests showed us their very traditional dances and dance moves.
Best man traditional wedding dance!!
After the dancing, the couple presented a short slide show talking about Ola and Tobi’s story as well as couple’s first dance and cake cutting.
First dance of the newly wed couple.
The wedding cake waiting to be cut after the first dance.
Mother son dance!
Mother – daughter dance.
There were speeches that were done by both the mothers of the couple and then there was a slow mother-son and mother-daughter dance.
There was dance after dance. One nicer than other.
Ola and Tobi’s speech!
Tossing of the bouquet and garter removal was a lot of fun and laughter. The couple even bought a surprise birthday cake to mom, so everyone had extra cake all around.