A Special Bridal Session

When Jeff's little sister was to get married recently at picturesque Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois, aside from Jeff's ushering duties, we were tasked with simply enjoying ourselves and the moment on her special day — the photos were covered.

A couple weeks before the Big Day, however, Chelsea informed us that her photography team had back-to-back-to-back weddings that weekend (not a bad problem to have!) and wouldn't arrive in time to be able to grab anything of the bridal party getting ready in the morning. We were honored to be asked to jump in and ensure she had some memories of the quieter moments before being swept up in the whirlwind of the ceremony, family photos and the reception.

Tucked away in a windowless room far from where her groom-to-be could stumble across her before seeing her walk down the aisle, we shared memories, mimosas, laughs and a few tears as the girls got their makeup and hair done. And then we were off to our original task: enjoying ourselves and the moment. But we couldn't help snapping a few more photos along the way.