Carla + J.R. : Patrick C. Haley Mansion Wedding in Joliet

A day filled with two of the most beautiful people, both inside and out!  That’s the best description for Carla & J.R.’s wedding day.  Surrounded by so many friends and family, and with an amazingly gorgeous and classic attire, these two enjoyed a very music filled night with a live band…THE GROOM’S band!  What an amazing wedding day I get to share with you! 🙂

Vendor Information :

Venue : Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet

Photographer : Elizabeth Greve Photography

Cake : The bakery at the Patrick Haley Mansion made our cake.

Band : J.R.’s cover band! Their name is The Walk-ins.

The Dress : House of Brides. (Allure bridal gown)

The Suit : Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Dresses : House of Brides and Cache

Hair & Makeup : Salon Rhapsody in Frankfort.

Florist : Lincolnway Florist

Shoes : Converse and Audrey Brooke Quillan…both from DSW Shoes

The details of this wedding were gorgeous and classic.  I fell in love with her dress as soon as I saw it! <3The lovely ladies before everyone got into their dresses. So much detail!!! <3 <3 <3She’s dressed!!!!When your Maid of Honor is also your sister AND your hair dresser. 😉So gorgeous! Right when I started saying how lucky J.R. is, she said SHE was the lucky one!

<3Love big reactions like this!Such a heartfelt gift from J.R.Their story…framed. So awesome! <3I saw this window and HAD to get a bride portrait there.  Carla, you are STUNNING!!!The gorgeous bridal party!Meanwhile over with J.R. and the guys…There is something about a bow tie and suspenders that makes you feel fancier. 😉The VERY dapper groom.Carla’s gift to J.R.A perfect addition to his wedding attire, a new watch!The handsome groomsmen.Ceremony time!And here we go…A fun overhead shot! 🙂🙂 🙂 🙂So happy!Check out this amazing church!LOVE little moments like this!Make sure it fits! LOL!You two are adorable! Love that you had these little moments together!AND THEY’RE MARRIED!!!A few pictures around the University before heading to the mansion.Seriously, one PERFECT couple!Off to Patrick C. Haley we go!How fun is this ‘guest book’??? Sign a Jenga piece they can use for games later on.

LOVE it!If you haven’t been to Patrick C. Haley before, you should check it out.

The entire upstairs is filled with so many turns and hidden rooms.  It was so much fun to explore and photograph in!The big and beautiful wedding party!Cheers to the bride and groom!We of course had to get pictures of the ladies in the bridal suite.The guys never seem to need too much direction. 😉This small staircase is filled with framed pictures of past brides and grooms. 🙂Now Carla and J.R. are a part of this group!Same mansion, different floor! 😉These ladies can’t take a bad picture!

🙂It started to rain outside so we cramped everyone in the front entrance way.

Those vines on the mansion were gorgeous for pictures!LOVE this bridal party picture!!!You all belong on the cover of a bridal magazine!Different views…Carla for sure needs to be on a magazine cover! So gorgeous! 😉These ladies were so much fun to work with all day!

The men made their way throughout the rooms in the mansion for fun pictures.

I’m pretty sure rooms like this were MADE for guys like this! 😉Why NOT light up the cigar?

ACTION SHOT!I’m pretty sure stop watches need to make a come back!Look at these guys! I had so much fun coming up with fun pictures ideas with them all!As I was taking this picture, I couldn’t stop thinking J.R. looked exactly like James Marsden!!!Mr. & Mrs.!!!  You two are adorable! <3It’s doesn’t get much better than this!🙂 😉 🙂I swear I didn’t hire these two! They hired me! 😉

Such a perfect couple! <3Oh and remember those adorable Converse shoes from the pictures in the beginning.  How cute is this?!?The faces of a bride and groom DONE with wedding portraits. 😉

HA!Right before the wedding party was to be announced, I gathered them quickly outside because it stopped raining!

🙂The adorable ring bearer and flower girl. <3First time announced as MR. & MRS.!!!High fives all around.Beautiful speeches from the groom’s family.The BM and MOH were amazing.  Everyone was cheering and laughing.

🙂After a delicious dinner it was time for the first dance…As mentioned, J.R. has a band, The Walk-ins, and they performed all night…INCLUDING the bride & groom!

AMAZING!J.R. killing it on vocals! 🙂<3 <3 <3Live bands really make the night more fun.  Everyone was dancing all night!Such a fun group!LOVED this sweet little moment. <3The bride and her niece, the flower girl. <3Gorgeous sisters!What are stop watches good for?  Putting people into a trance of course!


😉Photobooth fun!!!Can you guess which Van Halen song this was done to? HA!Right before leaving, we snuck the newlyweds out for a few night shots…GORGEOUS!You two are so cute! Even the in-between pictures are perfect! 😉

I had such a blast being a part of such an amazing day with you and your friends and family.  Thank you for allowing me to partake!

I wish you two a lifetime of happiness filled with lots of laughs and music.  I don’t think you’ll have any trouble with that. 😉

Hope to see you for future shoots!


{A little about Carla & J.R.}

 1. When did you meet? Where?

We met at a backyard party! J.R. was playing in his cover band, and I thought he was just so dreamy.

2. When did you get engaged?

We got engaged in New York on July 3, 2013.

3. How did the proposal happen?

We were on a dinner cruise in New York with J.R.’s family. It was raining all day and just as we got on the ship, the sun came out. We were standing on the ship deck, and there was a gigantic rainbow over NYC. We then went downstairs. J.R. and I danced to one of my most favorite songs, Cupid, by Sam Cooke. We ate a super yummy dinner with the family, and right after dinner, J.R. got down on one knee and proposed. Just minutes after the proposal, we were passing the Statue of Liberty, so we ran upstairs on the deck to check it out. It was all lit up and gorgeous. The proposal felt like it was straight out of a romantic movie.

4. Wedding Ceremony & Venue

Wedding Ceremony – St. Joseph Chapel at the University of St. Francis in Joliet

Reception – he Patrick Haley Mansion in Joliet

5. Honeymoon?

We went on a mini honeymoon to Galena, Illinois and are planning on taking a honeymoon cruise next summer.

6. What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?

Obviously we loved getting married! It was also the greatest feeling to celebrate with our favorite people. We are so thankful for our family and friends.

7. If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

We would like to slow down the wedding day, so we could catch some of the things that we missed. The day came and went so quickly.

8. What was your first dance song?

Sam Cooke- Nothing Can Change This Love

9. Any advice for future couples?

Love always, and don’t stress the little things!

10. 3 words to describe each other?

Carla to J.R.- loving, driven, and silly

J.R. to Carla- selfless, beautiful, truly my better half (J.R. has trouble following the rules)

🙂 🙂 🙂

Thank you for sharing you two!!!

And finally a HUGE thank you to my friend and 2nd photographer, Maria of Maria Harte Photography, for your hard work throughout the day.

You rocked Maria!!!And we OF COURSE had to do the photobooth! 😉


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