When I was a child, my favorite movie was Sabrina (the remake version starring Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford). I loved all the images of Paris, and especially, the fabulous backyard parties that the Larrabee family held in their yard, with live music, dancing and beautiful dresses. At Kelly and Anthony’s wedding, I truly felt like I was transported to one of those only-in-movies celebrations, with dinner and dancing taking place in tents on the property of her beautiful childhood home.

Kelly and Anthony met in high school. For some reason, I tend to get a lot of couples that met as children, and these are almost always my favorite weddings to shoot. I find that there is such a relaxed feeling of intimacy at these weddings, even if they are very formal. With the couples, their families, and friends knowing each other so well, everyone can just relax and cut loose.

This was truly a perfect wedding — I hate saying that as I don’t think weddings should have to be “perfect,” and so many fun moments often come in some of those bits of imperfection, but I won’t lie, it’s great to photograph a truly perfect wedding! The location was stunning, the natural light was incredible, and most importantly, the day was filled with so many fantastic opportunities for photos. I loved all of the emotional and sweet moments, from Kelly reading Anthony’s letter to her with memories and momentos he had saved since they met, her dad’s incredibly sweet reaction at seeing her dressed up for the first time, and Anthony’s reaction at seeing her walk down the aisle. While it was a very formal wedding, this couple also really knew how to have fun and relax. There were so many funny toasts — it was so clear that both of these families really loved to laugh and celebrate,  and the day had a relaxed and fun vibe. I loved all of the amazing dance floor photos we were able to shoot, as well as the fun photos of the guys enjoying cigars in the yard later in the night. There were also three of my couples at this wedding — one from several years ago, Kelly & Anthony, and another couple that married later last fall (you can see a photo of them and me down below!). It is such a treat to be a part of so many weddings for friends and family and seeing past clients and parents at weddings is always so fun.  I haven’t blogged in so long that I decided to share this wedding, with its enormous quantity of photos. Enjoy these fantastic Lake Forest wedding photos! <3

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Creative Team: Wedding Planner: Stephanie Cook/The Creative Planners | Dress: Vera Wang | Groom’s Attire: The Blk Tux | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids | Music: Rendezvous | Floral Design: Art Quest | Landscaping: JLC Landscape, North Shore | Caterer: Food for Thought | Makeup Artist and Hairstylist: Sonia Roselli | Cake: Three Tarts Bakery | Invitations: Sarah Drake | Calligraphy: Stacy Shapiro | Videographer: Charlie Hilbrant Films | Portrait Artist: Betty Sitbon | Tents: Blue Peak Tent  | Photography: Olivia Leigh and Jenn Gaudreau for Olivia Leigh Photographie