Ravisloe Country Club Wedding | Katie & Joel

As a photojournalist, it’s incredibly rewarding when another journalist asks you to document their special day. Katie is a damn good reporter from outside of Chicago and Joel is an eye surgeon who loves Alabama football. I knew that we would get along when they were interested in sharing some amazing beers out of my cellar the first time we met. I travel all the time for weddings, especially in Chicagoland, so I was excited that I was able to capture their Ravisloe Country Club wedding. Since they live in Colorado I was able to shoot their spring engagement session in downtown Denver.

In all of my years doing weddings, Katie is one of the top two most organized brides that I’ve ever worked with. It came as no surprise that during one of the toasts, Katie was described as someone who can eat dinner, hold a conversation and juggle two phones while reporting breaking news. She had everything under control and at the same time, trusted me with so much. I enjoyed every time she would call me with a logistics question or sent me photos from the venue walk through. She cared immensely about photos and as part of that, she wanted me to be successful. I like to pride myself in being one of the hardest working photographers out there but having an awesome couple like Katie and Joel made us work even harder.

From the moment I walked into the suite at La Banque hotel, I knew it would be an awesome day. Katie’s friends and family were full of energy. I had a blast all morning hanging with the girls while Travis was with Joel and the groomsmen. After spending the early parts of the day getting ready with perfect light we traveled over to Ravisloe CC for first look. Joel’s reaction when he saw Katie was priceless. There is nothing better than capturing raw emotion on a wedding day.

Although we were in the South Chicago suburbs, the courtyard at the country club looked like something out of southern California. The ivy and terracotta roof were stunning and looked like no venue that we’ve ever photographed in the Chicago area, or anywhere for that matter. The Catholic and Jewish ceremony had touches that represented each of their faiths.

Their day went by fast but not before everyone partied all night. Katie’s dad surprisingly stole the show on the dance floor. He seemed to have as good a time as anyone that evening. How could he not when celebrating the fact that his successful, intelligent and gorgeous daughter was marrying her equal.

Great people are the reason that I enjoy doing what I do. I have a feeling that I’ll be popping a few more bottles with Joel, Katie and my fiancée Amy soon. Thanks again for trusting Travis and I to photograph your Ravisloe Country Club wedding.

The groom and groomsmen get ready at La Banque hotel Bridesmaids at La Banque hotel The bride has her makeup done at La Banque hotel The groom and groomsmen adjust pocket squares at La Banque hotel The bride has her lipstick applied before her wedding The groom receives some help from his groomsmen while getting ready for the wedding at La Banque hotel The bride share a moment with her friend The groom shares a beer with groomsmen at La Banque hotel bar The bride toasts with bridesmaids Katie puts on her gown Katie and her mother share a moment after getting into her wedding gown Katie adjusts her ear ring Bridesmaids react to seeing the bride at La Banque hotel Katie reads a note from Joel Katie rides to the wedding with her sisters Katie arrives at her Ravisloe Country Club wedding Katie and Joel react during their first look at Ravisloe Country Club Joel reacts to seeing his bride during their first look at Ravisloe Country Club Katie and Joel together at Ravisloe Katie and Joel embrace near the flower garden Katie and Joel walk together Joel stands under the chuppah A bride walks down the aisle in the courtyard during her Ravisloe Country Club wedding Summertime ceremony during a Ravisloe Country Club wedding Katie and Joel stand under the chuppah Katie smiles at Joel Joel smiles at Katie Katie and Joel light a candle under the chuppah Joel breaks a glass under the chuppah during their Ravisloe Country Club wedding A bride and groom share their first kiss during their Ravisloe Country Club wedding Katie and Joel after their ceremony The bride and groom celebrate after their Ravisloe Country Club wedding ceremony in the summer in Homewood Illinois The couple celebrate during their entrance Katie reacts to her father's toast The brides sister gives a toast The bride and groom toast at Ravisloe The father of the bride celebrates his birthday at Ravisloe Country Club The newleyweds pose for a portrait during their Ravisloe Country Club wedding in Homewood Illinois Katie and Joel share a moment together at Ravisloe The groom spins the bride during their first dance at Ravisloe Country Club A first dance between Katie and Joel during their Ravisloe Country Club wedding The bride dances with her father at Ravisloe The groom waltzes with his mother at Ravisloe Guests dance at Katie and Joel wedding The newlyweds dance with guests at Ravisloe The bride and groom during the hora at Ravisloe Country Club The bride dances with her sister at Ravisloe Guests dance at Katie and Joel Ravisloe wedding Guests sing at Katie and Joel Ravisloe Country Club wedding Guests dance at Katie and Joel wedding in Homewood The groom dances with the bride at Ravisloe The bride and groom pose for a twilight portrait during their Ravisloe Country Club wedding

1 Comment

  1. Therese Foody

    Wow Kate & Joel sure knew what they were doing when they picked you. GREAT preview photos can’t wait to see the rest! MOB

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