One thing that I love about Ali and Troy is their love for the little things; the smallest of details that are incredibly sentimental, symbolic, or handmade. Ali presented me with the most beautiful details to photograph including her grandmothers pearls. She also handed me a green macaron ring box where she had made the floral padding insert for their rings to sit in. Ali is not only a passionate and hardworking teacher, but she’s also a talented artist. She gifted me a drawing of purple hydrangeas and I have it hanging in my office. I love it!! You can see more of her work here! I could have spent an hour photographing just her details- that’s how much I loved them. Ali and Troy were surrounded by their closest family and friends while they were getting ready that day. I love the robes that the girls wore. Does anyone recognize one of the bridesmaids?! 🙂 It’s Nicole from Storybook Weddings! Hey girl, hey!
Since it began to rain heavily as soon as it was time for their first look, we decided to stay inside the hotel. It was a beautifully lit backdrop that really couldn’t have been more perfect. Their first look was incredibly sweet and emotional- I definitely teared up as I watched them see one another for the first time that day. As soon as the rain subsided, we made our way outside and to the mansion for portraits. I love all that the Jacob Henry Mansion has to offer for photos! So many gorgeous things!
For the reception, I love that they incorporated Troy’s career and love for planes. The plane theme was seen on the name cards (handmade paper airplanes, guys!! SO cute!), the decor on the tables, as well as on their save the dates that they sent out beforehand.
I absolutely loved being a part of Ali and Troy’s wedding day in Joliet and know that they are going to have such a fun time being married to one another! They are some of the sweetest people I know and I could just hug them a million times over. To the new Mr. and Mrs. Schlote, I hope you guys had an amazing honeymoon in Charleston and Savannah! Congratulations!!!
Getting Ready Location: Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel
Venue: Jacob Henry Mansion
Floral: Karen with Flowers By Steen
DJ: Loren with Event Entertainment
Cake Designer: Milano’s Bakery
Caterer: Jacob Henry Mansion
Hair Stylist: Amanda Uskert
Photo Booth: PhotoboothDJs
Second Photographer: Maria