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Algonquin, IL Wedding Photographer | Daryn & Lillian

Algonquin, IL Wedding Photographer

Daryn and Lillian’s wedding almost felt like a family reunion for me. In the past year and a half I’ve photographed two of Daryn’s cousin’s weddings (Geoff & Stephanie and Erica & Mike!), and now his and Lillian’s! It’s kind of surreal to show up at a wedding and recognize almost half of the people there without actually being related to them myself. It’s something I could definitely get used to!!

Daryn and Lillian did things a little differently and decided to have their reception in their own backyard, which really added to the intimacy of their day. Obviously weddings are special events no matter what, but the fact that you can walk outside to your backyard and immediately relive your reception every single day is a pretty cool experience to have.

One of my favorite moments was doing their first look right out in their front yard…having Lillian walk out of her own front door to her almost husband. Of course I cried because I almost always cry and you’ll see in a moment how sweet it was, but it just felt a little more personal than normal. I know it ended up being a lot of work for Lillian and Daryn with not only the logistics of having a reception in a place that isn’t set up for one, but with fixing up the outside of their home (which looks AMAZING, btw!!), but I really think the memories made it all worth it.

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Such a good-lookin’ group of Chrissy Deming couples!! ;)

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Click here to see their engagement session

Favorite wedding day memory:

This is very hard, because everything was perfect, but having our friends and family there to help us celebrate made it so very memorable.

What they would have done differently:

I can honestly say that I would not have done anything differently. It was difficult putting it all together, since it was at our home. We had to do a lot of the work ourselves that banquet halls normally take care of, but it was worth it!

Best piece of advice for brides and grooms:

Be patient and take time for yourselves. Planning a wedding is stressful. Do little things to relax (e.g. simple dinners at homes, massages).

Honeymoon:

We will be going to Aruba for an all-inclusive honeymoon where we don't have to worry about anything!

Final Reflections

Our wedding was a day we will never forget.

Naperville, IL Wedding Photographer | Paul & Kristen

Naperville, IL Wedding Photograper

Paul & Kristen may have been married on a dreary day, but their day itself was far from it. Kristen was completely unfazed by the rain, and mercifully the clouds parted at the exact moment we needed them to, allowing us to get out for a few pictures before they closed again and let loose for the rest of the day. Their ceremony was perfect with their sweet personal vows, and their rip-roarin' reception could have won an award for number of guests continually on the dance floor at a wedding! Most of all, I'm so happy for these two because they were finally able to bid adieu to long-distance dating and are now enjoying their relationship in each other's continual presence out in Seattle. <3 

Now on to some of my favorites from their day!

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Hair & Makeup Total Images Bridal

Florist: Eden Floral Design

Wedding Dress: David's Bridal

Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Suits: The Black Tux

Ceremony & Reception: Noah's Event Venue, Naperville, IL

Caterer: Cuisine America

Cake: Sam's Club

DJ: Backthird Entertainment

Second Photographer: Carrie Holbo