This wedding season has been tough on a lot of photographers. For while there it seemed as though every other week there was rain threatening our wedding day plans and timelines. Lauren & Nick’s wedding was no different. Marc and I traveled out to Dixon to meet up with Lauren & Nick on the morning of their wedding. The drizzle persisted throughout the getting ready portion of the day as the bridal party buzzed around finishing with their hair and makeup. Every time I thought there was a break in the rain to place the girls outside for a few portraits, the skies would open again. Lauren & Nick were so chilled and relaxed that morning – the drizzly weather would not put a damper on their vision for the celebration. Perhaps it was because Nick & Lauren were already married! They had tied the knot about six months earlier and today was just an extra celebration planned to include all of their family and friends.
In chatting with Lauren during the time leading up to the wedding, she expressed that she and Nick were most excited about was their choice of venue. The Post House Ballroom is now an event space converted from the Dixon post office which was originally built in 1911. Mementos of time passed still adorn the large space – tall arched windows, stained glass, ornate brass décor, and beautiful chandeliers. Lauren was right – it was a beautiful space for the day’s celebration.
Lauren’s first look with her dad was one of the sweetest moments of the morning. Although Lauren’s mother had sadly passed away years earlier, she left a note for Lauren to read on her wedding day. “Marriage is not about the size of your ring, how big your wedding was, how much money you make, how big your house is – or about what car you drive. It is about being each other’s best friends and staying in love.” With that – Marc and I wish you the most happiness of times being just. Best friends. Here are some favorites from the celebration.
A special thanks to all the vendors who made Lauren & Nick’s day beautiful!
Ceremony & Reception Venue – Post House Ballroom | Dixon, IL
Catering – Custom Catering and BBQ
DJ – Chaos Productions
Groomsmen Tux Shop – Vera’s Bridals
Jeweler – Busch Jewelers
Invitations – Shutterfly