A while back I rolled out an award for awesomest wedding of the year. It was called the Guapo and one of the things that would better your chances was to have a wedding outside the state of Oregon. This years leader in the club house is Megan and Cody’s wedding in Chicago. Actually, the wedding was about an hour or so outside Chicago on Megan’s family’s farm. It was a weird juxtaposition to leave the concrete and steel of the city behind and drive into lush farm land. There were corn fields as far as the eye could see. There were also corn fields as far as the eye couldn’t see as well which made it a challenge trying to find my way back into Chicago. The family far was awesome equipped with an old barn that was great for photos. Apparently, Cody and Megan are super lucky because there was a thunder storm moving in but decided at the last minute to move east and their perfect wedding day was saved. They decided not to see each other before the wedding so when the time came, the smile on Cody’s face when he saw Megan was priceless. After their wonderful ceremony we took some photos utilizing the barn and the beautiful Illinois sky. Then we moved on to their reception site. This place was a photographers dream, really. It was the coolest place I’ve ever been in. It was an old factory and has been in their little town for a hundred years or so. Exposed beams, wood floors and exposed brick adorned this place. I wished with all my might that I could somehow shrink this place and bring it back to Oregon. It was so cool. After getting some clutch shots in the venue it was time for the introduction. They used an old freight elevator to make their entrance. There was even a little air guitar happening as the wedding party strolled in. The rest of the evening went like the afternoon….perfectly. To top it all off, we got to take some photos of the beautiful sunset and even had the cooperation of a train conductor to make it happen. Congrats to Cody and Megan!
From the couple :-)
We were thrilled with our experience with Powers. I fell in love with your work before I was even engaged two years ago. I was so disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to use Powers since I was getting married in Illinois….until I found out the studio will travel. I think one of the most important aspects of a wedding is the photographer since we will have these pictures the rest of our lives. I am so beyond happy with the entire experience: from meeting with Ben, to meeting with our photographer, to the day of with him, and now our beautiful photographs. I have been and will continue to sing your praises to anyone who will listen! Thank you!!
Our photographer was AMAZING! Since the wedding, we have heard so many wonderful things about him from our family and guests. He was so friendly, was able to provide direction, and knew everyone’s name after just hearing it once! Not only that, but he also immediately knew how each person was connected to the bride and groom. This was SO helpful in taking pictures after the ceremony because we didn’t have to waste time telling the photographer who was who and what families went together, etc. he made everyone feel comfortable and did a fantastic job.
He made everyone feel comfortable and was so friendly. He did whatever he needed to do in order to get a great shot, even if it meant laying in dirt. I also really appreciated his eye for finding great places to take pictures and would sneak us away for a few minutes to make sure to capture the clouds as they were or the perfect sunset. I cannot stress enough not only how impressive that was, but more importantly, how helpful that was! He is truly a professional. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. I am SO happy with our experience with him and with all the beautiful photographs he produced. I just can’t say enough good things about him. PLUS! He traveled to the middle of nowhere in Illinois for us. I imagine most photographers enjoy traveling to different cities to get the city experience…unfortunately, Michael was not able to capture any wedding photos in Chicago. He deserves a bonus just for having to travel so far :) He was just wonderful!!