Woodland Inspired Bridal Shoot in Woodstock, IL

This spring I once again collaborated with Kristin from Petals n’ Bloom to create another unique bridal stylized shoot.  We wanted to create a wedding scene that used nature’s surroundings as our palate while picking colors for the table settings and flowers.  The shoot took place out in Woodstock, IL at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area Stone Amphitheater in McHenry County.  It takes about 90 minutes to get here from Chicago, but the views were worth the drive.

I was so excited to see the finished products that Kristin and I had been discussing for the few weeks prior to the shoot date.  Kristin always amazes me with her designs and this time really surprised us all as you can see when you scroll down.  We also received beautiful calligraphy work from The Constant Scribe as seen on the table cards and menu.  Our models, Laura and Mick, were wonderful to work with and really helped in creating truly beautiful portraits of a couple just married. 😉  Kristin’s daughter Lily was our very own flower girl and her beautiful sister Margo was our bridesmaid for the day.   

We had beautiful weather working for us and even witnessed a gorgeous sunset just in time to wrap up the shoot.  I had so much fun creating these images and cannot thank our volunteers and vendors enough for their participation and patience throughout the day.  I am really proud of these pictures and hope everyone enjoys them! 🙂

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This was the sign from Kristin’s actual wedding day! 🙂The trees were in full bloom and ready to be photographed!See what I mean by the ‘natural surroundings’ matching Kristin’s design? So fun!Kristin did a WONDERFUL job designing this centerpiece and this location just adds the perfect background, don’t you think?I loved how the table cards and menu turned out.  The handwriting is so perfect thanks to The Constant Scribe!Debuting her business for the first time, Amanda with Amanda’s Bake Shoppe donated a delicious cake, cookies, and cupcakes for the shoot.  Yes, we ate them ALL! YUM! 😉I have to thank my wonderful boyfriend for staying up late with me scraping off wine bottle labels in order to create this shot.  Thank you! Thank you! 😉Another wonderful card donated by The Constant Scribe. 🙂 Thank you!Nothing like a sweetheart table for two in the forest!The coral peonies were a BEAUTIFUL touch of color! The trees in this area were so cool to photograph!Sometimes people just make me smile.  Mick and Laura, you are so cute together in this shot! 🙂And if this isn’t the cutest flower girl ever, I don’t know who is! <3 <3 <3Our bridesmaid and flower girl just happened to be Aunt and Niece. 🙂 So cute!Lily’s eyes are so cool! They were meant to be photographed. 😉Margo, I said it then and I’ll say it now, you are STUNNING! Thanks for helping to create such beautiful portraits. 😉This is Margo laughing – ‘natural’ is best! 😉  I LOVE this picture! One of my favorite’s! Peonies = Perfect!I loved this chair Kristin brought in.  The yellow worked so well with the them of the day.When we first went to scout out this location, I noticed these trees.  I’m SO glad because how pretty are these portraits?!This was about the millionth time I said ‘you two are just too cute together’.  But I mean come on, they are! 🙂Laura’s eyes = AWESOME!Thanks to Kristin for these sweet wedding props! Love Laura and Mick’s pre-laughing reactions. And ahhhhh, in comes the sunset light. 🙂 🙂 🙂A big thanks to Kristin and Mr. Hansa (the bf’s dad ;)) for letting us use these amazing lanterns.  The brown ones are vintage and so cool to use for the photo shoot!Laura and Mick, your eyes are so cool and meant to be photographed! 😉This just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Thank you to everyone involved in this shoot!  I could not be happier with how the pictures turned out and I truly believe we were able to capture a beautiful rustic woodland wedding day.

Photography: Elizabeth Greve Photography – ME! 🙂

Florist/Design: Petals n’ Bloom

Calligraphy: The Constant Scribe

Cake/Dessert: Amanda’s Bake Shoppe

Hair: Brit Rodriguez

Make Up: Gracie Hoffman

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservation Area  Stone Amphitheater McHenry County Conservation District Woodstock, IL

Models: Mick Johnson, Laura Ferkaluk, Margo Borg & Lily Behrns
Thanks for stopping by! HUGS!


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