There were SO many unique touches at the weddings I got to be a part of last year and man, it made things so enjoyable. Having a defined style throughout your wedding is one thing, and then adding personality throughout is the total icing on the cake. Talking about style has been a growing discussion between my couples and I throughout our planning because I want to make sure that I'm thoroughly documenting all the thought that they are putting into it. Planning a wedding is like decorating a freakin house nowadays, where you're thinking about cohesiveness of the end result from start to finish. Knowing all the little details creates a little scavenger hunt for me on the day of and I looooove it.
Emelia and Aaron's day was the perfect mix of classy and fun AF! The Warehouse on State is a neat little spot in Peoria's Warehouse district that is industrial to the core and a great setting for Emelia's modern industrial style. I'm talking rustic, clean lines, organic greenery, wood, metal, old brick, metallic touches, and calligraphy all tied in seamlessly. This venue is essentially a big open square, so when you think about a ceremony layout that didn't have to change for the reception, traditional just wasn't going to work. The Schinke's tied the knot right in the middle, so that their ceremony was a full 360 degree experience. They wrote their own words to each other, but had them read by the officiant, which created a whole different level of emotion that could be felt by every single person in the room. It was such a refresher from the traditional wedding ceremony. From there, it was an easy flow right into cocktails and the reception. This was one of those weddings where guest experience was priority without compromising what the couple wanted to do. We did all the photos beforehand with plenty of time packed in the schedule to make it a non rushed, totally enjoyable day for everybody involved. Emelia's dress was a $300 sample, but Aaron's suit was completely custom. Don't even get me started on their couple's tattoos. Obsessed is an understatement and ever since shooting this wedding, I've been trying to think of an equally cool set for me and Mr McCormick. Update: I'm failing miserably.
Here's a collection of some of my faves from Emelia + Aaron's day, which I'm sure I will be intermittently posting them to insta for the rest of my days.
Venue: The Warehouse on State
Dress: Cloud Nine
Hair: Christy Matthews
Makeup: B.Loved - Jenni
Floral + Design: Create A Scene